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Town of Malta makes 'inroads' with AMD

The Town of Malta made two big steps this week toward hosting Advanced Micro Devices' proposed microchip manufacturing facilities.

On Monday, March 31, the town approved a revised Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) submitted by AMD for the company's proposed three chip fabrication plants in the Luther Forest Technology Campus.

Just a week before, town officials and residents weighed in on AMD's impact on the town's emergency services and how the company would manage its ecological impact. With the acceptance of the document this week, Steve Groseclose, AMD's director of global environmental, health and safety, said the town has demonstrated that we can work together.

The SDEIS' function is to identify and address potential environmental impacts the project would have, and to offer reasonable alternatives to the processes creating those impacts. The document adopted at the March 31 meeting supplements the Generic Environmental Impact Statement that was adopted in 2004, before AMD presented the specifics of its proposed chip manufacturing operation.

Although the town has deemed the document to be sufficient in scope and content, town officials and consultants will now begin a technical review of the document, to ensure that the data provided by AMD is accurate.

Before a final draft EIS is prepared, the public will have the opportunity to weigh in on it at a public hearing scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 5, at Malta Town Hall. Written comments will be accepted through May 16.

The SDEIS is available on the town's Web site, www.malta-town.org.

Also at the March 31 meeting, the Town Board took steps toward the construction of the 5.5 miles of interior roads the chip plants will need.

Town Comptroller Kevin King recommended the town award the bid for construction of the roads in the LFTC to Rifenburg Construction of Brunswick.

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