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Rezone sought for soil storage

Norlite's property straddles the city of Cohoes and the town of Colonie.

Their current mining permit allows them to harvest shale from a 90-acre site within Cohoes. Engineers have estimated enough shale is available to keep the operation going for the next 100 years. Of the 250 acres the company owns in the area off of Saratoga Avenue in Cohoes, 200 acres lie in Colonie.

As of now, there are no discussions between Colonie and Norlite about mining the Colonie property. If mining were to come into the town, Norlite would have to seek a permit and then remove the soil it plans to dump on the property if the re-zoning goes through.

Attempts to reach Norlite officials were unsuccessful.""

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