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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.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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
William Keeler

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.

Rensselaer County

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.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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.