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AMD alters Malta plans

"I was very glad to hear AMD say that they'll need 3 million gallons just to start," said Saratoga County Supervisor and Saratoga Water Authority Chairman Jack Lawlor. He said the announcement would quell skepticism that Saratoga County would have the usage for the water system. "I'm very pleased that our business plan just got a shot in the arm," he said.

As part of the PDD amendments, AMD is requesting they be able to perform "pre-construction" tasks on the LFTC site, such as clearing trees, excavating and installing portable bathrooms. Currently, the language in the PDD prohibits any site preparation without an approved site plan and issued building permit.

But AMD is also asking the town to issue a building permit that would allow continuous construction of concrete pouring and placement, structural erection and framing.

"I think that we can come to an agreement on that as long as there is an agreement in place that they will restore the site to its previous condition should they not commit," said Malta Town Councilman Peter Klotz in a later interview.

AMD is also submitting a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) that must get town approval. The company outlined an aggressive timeline for the process, with a public hearing on the SEIS as early as May. As it stands, AMD's proposed schedule has Malta accepting the SEIS as complete by the end of March, conducting public hearings in May, and accepting a final environmental impact statement in June.

With this timeline in place, said Caudell, AMD can start work on the site as early as July.

Malta Town Attorney Thomas Peterson said the schedule relied on "best-case scenario," and questioned whether the Town Planning Board would have their recommendation on the SEIS by the end of March.

AMD officials said it was feasible if town officials focused only on the amendments to the plan, and not the plan in its entirety, which it has already reviewed.

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