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CITY OF RENSSELAER ANNOUNCES NEW ACTIONS REGARDING PROPOSED BIOTREATMENT FACILITY

6/7/2019 1:20:43 PM

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RENSSELAER, N.Y. (June 7, 2019) – The City of Rensselaer has announced new actions regarding the proposed BioHiTech facility in Rensselaer, including an additional review of local approvals issued, while addressing mitigation efforts at the Dunn landfill.



These efforts are coupled by the meticulous steps being undertaken by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to review permit applications submitted by BioHiTech (doing business as Rensselaer Resource Recovery LLC) to operate a facility at the former BASF plant.



“I’ve directed the Department of Planning to perform an additional review of BioHiTech’s proposed facility. Although the Planning Commission completed a thorough review of the proposal, in compliance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), after speaking with several residents and my own concerns over the project, we will perform a further evaluation of the impacts this project has upon our community,” said Mayor Richard J. Mooney.



“We recognize Rensselaer as a city of opportunity, including for industrial use. Newer developments, however, cannot come at the expense of residents or families here in the city. We’re performing this additional review as an effort to ensure the impacts stated by BioHiTech remain minimal,” said Charles E. Moore, director of planning and development.

 

DEC review and additional permits necessary include the following: 



·         Part 360 Solid Waste Permit

·         SPEDS General Permit for Stormwater Discharges

·         Article 19 Air Permit

·         Site Management Plan Review 



Additional to the second review by the city on BioHiTech, additional monitoring and mitigation efforts regarding the Dunn landfill have been announced.



Increased patrols for truck traffic have been implemented in collaboration with the Rensselaer City Police Department. Further, DEC has installed air monitoring instruments to regularly report updates back to DEC, while the landfill, per DEC regulations, covers the waste daily and installed a gas recovery system. These efforts have resulted in mitigated impact so far.



DEC will also locate a trailer near the landfill to measure air particulate. 



In August of 2018, DEC required the Order on Consent with S.A. Dunn & Company to violations of its mining permit and to take necessary actions to fix operational deficiencies that were negatively impacting the surrounding community. The order included a $100,000 penalty, stringent requirements to address dust and other mining violations, and required the company to spend $225,000 on Environmental Benefit Projects (EBPs) for the community.



In close consultation with the city, DEC selected the following EBPs:



·         $107,000 to construct a new playground at the Rensselaer School District campus at 25 Van Rensselaer Drive, which was requested by the school district;

·         $83,500 to improve the roadway and parking area from Sixth Street to The Hollow, a city-owned nature preserve, and implementing stormwater controls; and

·         $35,500 to plant trees, install a rain garden, and create new stormwater features along Third and Partition streets to improve the overall aesthetics in the neighborhood, provide visual barriers, and alleviate dust.



DEC, in collaboration with the city, continues to rigorously monitor operations and air quality conditions at the facility and in the surrounding community and will strictly oversee the implementation of the corrective actions and modifications identified in its dust control plan. Failure to comply with the terms of the consent order may result in additional fines or penalties and revocation of this facility's permit.



“With our partners in state government, Rensselaer residents’ concerns are vigorously addressed, especially for the air we breathe. This is a city in the midst of a resurgence and we’re doing our part to make sure Rensselaer is a bright, clean, and proud community for the next generation,” said Mayor Mooney.

For more information about the City of Rensselaer, visit RensselearNY.gov or on social media (fb.com/RensselaerNYS, @RensselaerNYS on Twitter, and RensselaerNYS on Instagram).




About the City of Rensselaer. 
Situated on the Banks of the Hudson, the City of Rensselaer is a small city with a rich history and a wide potential for future growth. With direct access to locations like New York City, Boston, and Montreal, the city is at a crossroads of industry and innovation. Its proximity to the Hudson River Waterfront and breathtaking views of Albany lends itself to an experience that combines metropolitan living with a close-knit sense of community. Rensselaer has cemented its historical legacy as one of the Capital Region’s most important centers of trade and commerce for over 375 years, beginning as a railroad town and transitioning into a modern, professional, and accessible Transit Village. 

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