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Environmentalists Oppose Albany Incinerator Plan

By Dave Lucas

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Albany, NY – Environmental advocates are up in arms over a proposal they fear would make the city of Albany the final destination for garbage from at least four counties. Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

"Save the Pine Bush" is sounding the alarm concerning The Capital Region Solid Waste Management Plan, which they say is suggesting an incineration facility be built to burn garbage for at least four counties Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Saratoga. First Ward Albany Common Councilman Dominick Calsolaro says the city is required to create a 20-year plan for handling solid waste. Although he admits he has not seen a finalized version of a plan said to propose creating an authority to manage an incinerator, Calsolaro is dead-set against it. Bill Bruce chairs the Solid Waste Management Plan Sterring Committee. He says he knows of no plan on the table involving an incinerator. The 20-year plan was written by Clough Harbor Associates: the firm did not return a call for comment.