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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation held a marathon public information session Wednesday night focused on issues related to the incineration of hazardous materials at the Norlite facility in Cohoes.

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New data reveals a third of the U.S. military’s stockpile of AFFF was burned at Norlite in Cohoes, in Albany County.

The Saratoga Sites public housing neighborhood in Cohoes.
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Activists are challenging a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation report that finds no clear connection between the Norlite plant in Cohoes and PFAS contamination of the area.

Environmental activist Joe Ritchie was born and raised in what he calls “the shadow of the Norlite plant” in the Saratoga Sites public housing neighborhood in Cohoes
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Capital Region residents are suing the Norlite facility in Cohoes and its parent company, alleging hazardous dust is settling in their neighborhoods.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says in a 450-page report that there is no clear connection between the Norlite plant in Cohoes and PFAS contamination of the area.

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says its study of soil and water surrounding the Norlite facility in Cohoes found no clear pattern of aerial contamination that could be traced to the plant.

Cohoes residents were joined by activists and advocates on a Thursday morning Zoom meeting.
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Already under intense scrutiny from environmental advocates and local elected officials, the Norlite plant in Cohoes is facing new clean air violations from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. But environmentalists are also taking aim at the DEC.

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation held a four-hour meeting online Wednesday evening to speak with Cohoes residents about the Norlite incinerator, the subject of ongoing environmental concerns.

A drone's view of the Norlite site in Cohoes.
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Activists say they have identified a new health threat at the embattled Norlite facility in Cohoes.

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
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The Cohoes Fire Department responded to the Norlite plant in the Albany County city Monday morning.

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
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Activists recently held a Zoom meeting to discuss the ongoing effort to regulate the Norlite incinerator in Cohoes. The commercial hazardous waste-burning operation is in a densely populated urban neighborhood in the Albany County city.

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
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The Cohoes Common Council has passed a local law putting a levy on the income received by Norlite for its treatment and disposal of hazardous waste.

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
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The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation and the city of Cohoes held an online public information session Wednesday night on air pollution control and emissions testing at the Norlite facility in the Albany County city.

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill banning the burning of aqueous film forming foam containing PFAS chemicals in cities designated Environmental Justice areas. The new law is tailored specifically for Cohoes.

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
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A public information meeting on the future of the Norlite Hazardous Waste incinerator in Cohoes, New York is set for Wednesday night.

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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.

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Environmental activists say the clock is ticking for residents as the Albany County executive considers whether to sign a local clean air law.

Environmentalists gathered outside the Albany County Courthouse New Year's Day to raise awareness about their efforts to stop an Albany County cement plant from burning tires for fuel.
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A vote by the Albany County Legislature on a local clean air law is expected tonight.

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
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There have been major developments related to the Norlite Hazardous Waste Facility in Cohoes.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has released new actions to further restrict burning of potentially toxic firefighting foam at a Cohoes facility. 

Cohoes Mayor Bill Keeler, Assemblymember John McDonald
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A bill banning the burning of AFFF firefighting foam has passed both the New York State Assembly and Senate. The legislation was crafted specifically for Cohoes, as the prohibition would only impact cities with populations between 16,000 and 17,000 people.

William Keeler
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Concerns remain over environmental pollution from burning toxic materials at the Norlite site in Cohoes.

Dr. David Bond speaking during a Zoom video conference.
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The mayor of Cohoes is siding with environmental activists who are recommending immediately stopping the burning of PFAS at a local plant.

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The Rensselear County legislature is scheduled to take action on Tuesday on a measure related to a facility across the Hudson River in Albany County that burned U.S. Department of Defense firefighting foam.

Officials gathered at the LOB in Albany for the announcement about new legislation to ban the burning of substances containing PFAS chemicals.
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Two Democratic state lawmakers from the Capital Region are introducing new legislation to ban the burning of substances containing PFAS chemicals.

Cohoes Mayor Bill Keeler speaking Feb. 25, 2020.
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Cohoes Mayor Bill Keeler met with officials from Norlite Tuesday after a federal lawsuit filed last week claimed the company’s facility incinerated PFAS-based substances. 

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.