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DEC Confirms Wheelabrator Permit Applications Withdrawn

The panel (L to R): Judith Enck, Richard Webster, David Walker.
Activists (L to R): Judith Enck, Richard Webster, David Walker, rallied in May against the ash dump proposal.

A New Hampshire-based company has withdrawn a proposal to create an incinerator ash dump at an abandoned quarry in Catskill, New York.

Wheelabrator Technologies wanted to lease the old quarry to re-purpose it as an ash landfill.  Environmentalists were staunchly opposed and several public meetings were held in hopes of stopping the plan. In a letter dated June 11th, posted on the Town of Catskill website, the state Department of Environmental Conservation confirms reclamation and solid waste permits Wheelabrator applied for were withdrawn from consideration.

Environmentalists argued the project would have meant 445,000 tons of toxic waste being trucked in annually for the next 48 years.

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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