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Albany County Executive Signs Clean Air Act


Environmentalists and the Democratic Albany County Legislature Majority are applauding after Albany County Executive Dan McCoy signed a local clean air law passed by the legislature in mid-August.

“Local Law B” targets companies like LaFarge, which wants to burn tires at its Ravena cement plant, and Norlite, which was ordered to halt the burning of firefighting foam at its Cohoes incinerator.

McCoy, a Democrat, had the Clean Air Law on his desk since August 13th. Thursday marked the deadline for either signing or vetoing the bill.

"There's people that were not for this, that spoke against it. There's many more people that spoke for it."

Former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck says McCoy made the right decision.

"This will be the strictest county-level air pollution statute in the entire state and I applaud him for choosing to stand with the people and not the polluters."

While McCoy deliberated over signing the measure, his team gauged the county’s legal liability.

"I had to hear from everyone. And I feel as County Executive, and I do this with every local law, I take it to heart. I had to hear what everyone had to say."

LaFarge is expected to take Albany County to court.


Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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