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Public Meeting: Lafarge's Modernization Plans and Results of Mercury Emissions Tests

Rensselaer County EMC Announces Public Meeting, Tuesday 3/24 in Schodack

FoH Encourages Public Participation

Date, Time and Location
Tuesday March 24, 2009, 7-9 PM
Castleton Ambulance Headquarters, near intersection of Brookview (State Route 150) and Maple Hill Roads

In 2007 Toxics Release Inventory identified Lafarge as the largest producer of mercury emissions in NYS. Its annual 400 pounds is the equivalent of combined mercury emissions from 8 of the 26 operating coal fired power plants in NYS.

Due to this and other emissions problems, inefficiency and other operating constraints as well as anticipation of its inability to meet future environmental standards, Lafarge announced plans to modernize its Ravena Cement Plant. The NYS DEC made a determination that the proposed plant could have an impact on the environment and therefore in August 2009 issued a "Positive Declaration" requiring a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to be prepared for DEC and public review.

Since then Lafarge has submitted and received approval of Project Scoping. The Final Project Scoping Document outlines the scope of work for the DEIS. From May 2008-October 2008 Lafarge conducted mercury emissions testing at Ravena. In its Mercury Report (December 2008) Lafarge announced findings that estimate mercury emissions at Ravena at about half of the previusly reported 400 pounds.

Lafarge has said it expects to submit the DEIS for this project at the end of March 2009. After initial DEC review it will be released for public comment. Therefore the Public Meeting in Schodack on March 24 is an ideal time for concerned members of the public to hear the plans and especially to have questions and concerns addressed by representatives of Lafarge. There will be an initial presentation followed by a Q&A period. FoH encourages residents on both sides of the River to attend. This is an important opportunity to raise questions and issues.

DETAILS:
Lafarge Public Meeting
Tuesday March 24, 2009, 7-9 PM
Castleton Ambulance Headquarters, near intersection of Brookview (State Route 150) and Maple Hill Roads