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Friends of Hudson has just received word that the New York State Department of State has found the St. Lawrence Cement Greenport proposal to be inconsistent with New York's 44 coastal policies, based on the scale and scope of the project.

We all made the process work. SLC has been denied its Coastal Consistency determination.

Without this crucial permit, SLC cannot gain approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. While the company could in theory continue other permitting reviews, to do so would be a colossal waste of company, State, Federal, and community resources.

Details to follow shortly. We will be holding a bring-your-own-champagne cele- bration this Saturday night at 8 pm in the third floor ballroom of Vince Mulford's building at 417 Warren Street (between 4th and 5th streets). Please enter via the back staircase on the alley.

There are too many people to thank here -- please accept our general but most heartfelt thanks for all that you have done to make what once was almost univ- sally called a "done deal" into a (nearly) dead issue.

There's more to be done: We will now need to ramp up one more round of pressure to convince SLC corporate management to withdraw all remaining applications, so that our communities can move past this six-and-a- half year controversy, heal the divisions instigated by this multinational polluter, and come together to support a green and sustainable quality of life for the future here in the Valley.

To that end, we are not disbanding -- we're here to stay.

In the next 45 days, Friends of Hudson will issue our long-range Strategic Plan, which our board has been developing for more than a year now.

We did it!