Waste-to-energy plant proposed

Residents take aim at Kentucky company’s gasification design

— Residents and environmental activists at the Wednesday meeting were concerned about aesthetics, environmental safety and the safety of employees who could one day work at the plant. Some were also concerned that after recycling is accounted for, the waste fed into the plant would not have enough material to be turned into renewable aggregate.

Jim Travers, a Ravena resident and member of the Citizens Environmental Coalition, Selkirk Coeymans Ravena Against Pollution and the Coalition Against Riverfront Pollution said the site interferes with the natural course of the Normanskill and the structure could be unstable because of the soil.

“This is not something I would want in my town,” he said. “We’re not hearing a whole lot. This is a very superficial overview, what we’re seeing … I would have to tell you there isn’t really enough in host benefits for this to profit the town in any way.”

Travers told the board there is no known ventilation system that can clean 100 percent of toxins before they are filtrated into the air and every baby born today is born with 200 chemicals in their bodies that didn’t exist 100 years ago.

“Most us don’t call these waste-to-energy plants but wasted energy plants,” he said.

Resident Linda Jasinski said although she is undecided on the project, it is something the town should continue to research. She said residents were also opposed to a recycling center being placed on the site out of fear that materials sent to the facility, like plastic bags, would fly into the town.

“They went a couple hundred feet and set up shop in Albany so if there are any problems we still had them, but now we don’t have the tax income from it, the benefits from it and we don’t have the control over it and that kind of thing. … We have to have an open mind, we can’t just shut it down,” Jasinski said.

Supervisor John Clarkson said the board would consider forming another citizen’s committee to help study the proposal while more informational meetings and public hearings would be held in the future.

“The proposal really still needs to be properly vetted,” said Morelli. “The board will look at all of the facts and do the right thing. Right now, they just can’t make an informed decision without all of the information.”

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