Albany officials propose expanding landfill

"The materials just came out, and we're going through the documents. We'll be at the public hearing," he said.

According to the DEC environmental notice bulletin, filed Wednesday, Oct. 8, the "eastern expansion," is designed to serve residents and businesses that make up the Albany New York Solid Waste Energy Recovery System, also known as ANSWERS and the Solid Waste Management Planning Unit.

"The main components of the landfill expansion include a landfill liner system, leachate collection and removal system and a landfill gas control system," the bulletin states.

The planned expansion deals with an overfill of close to 23 acres of existing landfill, a lateral expansion of close to 15 acres, with two of those acres falling in the "existing landfill operations area," and 13 undeveloped, city-owned, acres to the northeast of the landfill, according to the DEC notice.

It also states that the city is proposing to relocate infrastructure, such as recycling buildings, offices and other privately owned parcels to the east of the entrance road.

The expansion could extend the life of the landfill for more than six years, the notice states.

"The expansion would require the direct filling of 5.05 acres of wetlands and an additional 4.06 acres of wetlands would be re-graded as part of the overall wetland mitigation and restoration plan," the DEC review states. "The mitigation plan for the wetland impacts will involve the creation of 22.14 acres of new wetlands in areas that are currently uplands. An additional 27.45 acres of existing wetlands would be enhanced in quality and function."

Hawver said that restoration of the wetlands aspect of the proposal is the most beneficial item in it.

The City of Albany would be responsible for the removal of "invasive species," which are not naturally part of the wetlands, if its proposal is accepted, he said.


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