On Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00 PM at the Polish
Community Center (255 Washington Avenue Extension, corner
of Rapp Road), the NYS Department of Environmental Conversation
will hold a Public Scoping Session on the proposed expansion.
The purpose of the hearing is to allow the public to
submit comments on the scope of issues to be covered
in the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement that
the City of Albany will prepare.
A copy of the Draft Scope - City of Albany
Rapp Road Landfill Eastern Expansion Fourth Supplemental
Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) can be obtained at
the Albany Public Library, the Colonie Town Library or on
the web at http://www.capitalregionlandfill.com/documents/DraftScope-Final-1-2-07.PDF.
More documents relating to the proposed expansion can
be found at http://www.capitalregionlandfill.com/documents.
The proposed eastern expansion of the landfill
will take 15 acres of Pine Bush. The City is confusing the
issue by saying the land is not in the Pine Bush Preserve.
Don’t believe the City’s nonsense - this
proposal will eat up 15 acres of precious Pine Bush
ecosystem. Whether land has been dedicated to the Preserve
or not, the these 15 acres are Pine Bush and must be protected
from becoming a dump.
Perhaps the most ridiculous statement in the
Draft Scope document is “Odor control has been an issue for
residents in the past . . .[emphasis added]” as
if the stink is not still a problem. Talk to anyone
in the neighborhood, the landfill stinks to high heaven!
In the expansion application, the City is
proposing habitat restoration of the former Fox Run Mobile
Home Park. Remember, until Save the Pine Bush sued the City
last year, the City was proposing to expand the landfill
onto Fox Run.
The City of Albany needs to adopt a rational
solid waste policy that does not include importing garbage
to balance the City budget.
Zero waste is the ultimate answer. Only 9%
of the garbage comes from City of Albany households and that
9% can be brought down to almost zero by reduction, reuse,
and recycling. The City refuses to listen to the citizens.
Its time now for Citizens to take action!
Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 PM, Polish Community Center
- Attend the public hearing, whether you wish to speak
or not. Copy the poster inside this newsletter and give
to friends. Read about the expansion at www.capitalregion
landfill.com. Prepare a statement about your concerns
about the landfill expansion. Come a few minutes early
and talk to Save the Pine Bush volunteers. If you do
not wish to speak, please come and support the opponents
of the landfill.
Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 PM, Village of Colonie
Family Recreation Center, 2 Thunder Road, Albany - Save the
Pine Bush will have a “Call to Action” Public
Meeting. Meet members of Save the Pine Bush, and hear
a Save the Pine Bush lawyer speak about legal actions
available to local residents who live with the stink.
Copy the poster inside this newsletter and give to friends.