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Rensselaer County

The Rensselaer County Legislature is set to vote tonight on a Solid Waste Moratorium that would impact communities along the Hudson River.

Former EPA Administrator Judith Enck and protestors in Rensselaer.
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Environmental activists joined concerned citizens in the city of the Rensselaer this weekend to protest the dumping of waste in the city.

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  Authorities have put a stop to releasing treated water from a tank at the Dewey Loeffel landfill into the Valatie Kill.

From about 1952 to 1968, approximately 46-thousand tons of toxic waste was deposited in the Loeffel Landfill area in Rensselaer County.  That's more than twice the contamination of the notorious Love Canal.

  

Routine testing found a high level of the chemical compound 1,4-dioxane, a possible carcinogen, in a sample of ground water from Tank 18 at the  Superfund site .

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GOSHEN – The Orange County Democratic Alliance has released a report documenting some 40 toxic sites in the county, many of which have been on the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s cleanup list for years and have yet to be remediated.