Hearing held in Malta on AMD impact draft

Town of Malta and Saratoga County officials gathered at a public hearing Monday, March 24, to weigh in on Advanced Micro Devices' completion of the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for its proposal to build chip manufacturing plants at Luther Forest Technology Campus.

AMD's impact on the town's emergency services and how the company would manage its ecological impact were areas of concern for some town residents.

Brian Stekloff, of the Round Lake Fire Department, said AMD's arrival would have an incredible impact on the town's first responders, and he said the issue needed to be addressed.

There are some dynamic concerns for the emergency services of this town, said Stekloff, who is also a member of the town's Luther Forest Technology Campus Community Response Board. He said that even just the construction phase of the project would be challenging for the town's emergency services as they exist today.

"We are changing the scope of the emergency services needs in this town," said Stekloff. "It is a much bigger scale."

Mike Relyea, executive director of the Luther Forest Technology Campus, addressed environmental concerns such as exhaust, waste, and water management, by saying all of AMD's impacts were already within the scope of Luther Forest's existing environmental impact guidelines.

"We're not starting from scratch here," said Relyea. "This process has taken several years to complete. ... The town of Malta, the town of Stillwater, have been partners in this process."

Several representatives of Saratoga County's various chambers of commerce spoke in support of the project, and County Supervisor Anita Daly said her home town of Clifton Park was "very envious of Malta" to be able to host AMD.

But some felt the public hearing devolved into an opportunity to either endorse or reject AMD's proposed move to Malta.

Ann Klotz, wife of Malta Councilman Peter Klotz, said those assembled had lost sight of what the public hearing was supposed to address.

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