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DEC Investigating Norlite Facility

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After a federal lawsuit this week claimed that PFAS-based substances were incinerated at the Norlite facility in Cohoes, the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation says it is investigating.

DEC spokesman Sean Mahar said the state agency is reviewing all permitting and regulatory requirements to ensure the facility can store and process Department of Defense firefighting foam.

“And to further this oversight, we are working with EPA’s office of research and development and the facility to design and implement a stack test prior to this material being further processed at the facility. This stack testing, which is analyzing what comes out of the smokestacks that are there, will provide important information regarding this potential disposal method for these compounds and whether or not incineration can be effectively used to destroy these compounds.”

Mahar said DEC will continue “aggressive oversight” of the facility and that the agency is committed to ensuring the Capital Region community has “full understanding” of the issue.

Lucas Willard is a news reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011. He produces and hosts The Best of Our Knowledge and WAMC Listening Party.
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