Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Update on Valatie Kill

The Register-Star provides an update today on dumping in Valatie Kill: "EPA approves third tank of treated toxins into Valatie Kill."


  1. yes we are !! and the PCB and mercury cocktail GE cooked up for us is going to be pretty tasty in the water wells of kinderhook and valatie.

    many of the children in the neighborhood around the site died of cancer.

    are our supervisors asleep at teh wheel, or just dont care ? is this another TCI incident in the making ?


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    VaaltjeRoughNotes said...

    This is not simply about the water wells of Kinderhook and Valatie...this is about the waterways and tributaries that run downstream from Nassau to the Hudson River and including much of Columbia County. This is about the food crops and livestock produced in our county and ingested throughout New York State. If you are reading this blog, you are in the zone.

    This is about the EPA moving the pollution from one location to another rather than cleaning it up with a final remedy.

    Read the Resolution by the Columbia County Board of Supervisors to the EPA at this link:

    It clearly states the predominance of our concerns which is about a final remedy which does not include dumping any of this waste into our waterways and tributaries.

    Here is the full text pasted below:

    WHEREAS, Dewey Loeffel Landfill Federal Superfund Site is located in the Town of Nassau, Rensselaer County and is estimated to contain 46,000 tons of toxic waste which is more than two times the contamination of the infamous Love Canal; and

    WHEREAS, toxins from the hazardous waste site have been leaking from the capped site for more than fifty years, causing increased environmental damage and contaminating wildlife, residential wells, property and waterways which include the Valatie Kill; and

    WHEREAS, this Superfund Site has contaminated the not only the environment of Columbia County as a result of these pollution pathways but also the well-being and quality of life of the residents of Columbia County; and

    WHEREAS, proposed remediation measures include a landfill leachate
    treatment facility that will discharge treated landfill groundwater into the Valatie Kill and which may contain contaminates from the landfill which are not present in the Valatie Kill and related tributaries; and

    WHEREAS, the State of New York has already spent millions of dollars on failed remediation efforts and the contamination of fish, sediment and water in and around the surrounding communities continue; and

    WHEREAS, the costs for additional test, remediation and studies, are the responsibility of the polluters under the federal Superfund program.


    1. The County of Columbia hereby calls for the immediate and comprehensive remediation of the Dewey Loeffel lLandfill under the direction of the USEPA thereby providing for the removal of all toxins from the Landfill and surrounding environment that has injured towns and property in Columbia and Rensselaer County.

    2. The County of Columbia supports, as part of USEPA remediation efforts at the Dewey Loeffel Landfill, a comprehensive environmental and health study of the impacts of this Superfund Site on Columbia as well as Rensselaer County.

    3. The County of Columbia opposes any remediation activity related to or at the Dewey Loeffel Landfill which will discharge any contaminants into the Valatie Kill or any other related tributary.

    4. The County of Columbia directs that a copy of this resolution shall be appropriately certified by the Clerk of the Board of Columbia County and that such copies shall be delivered to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Governor of the State of New York, United States Senator Charles Schumer, New York State Senator Kathy Marchione, Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin, the County Executive of the County of Rensselaer and the Supervisors of the Towns of Nassau and Schodack.


    dated January 8, 2014

    February 7, 2014 at 1:14 AM

  3. Thank you, VaaltjeRoughNotes.

    Now I will contact my County Supervisor to show my support for this Resolution, and to ask what else can be done at the county level.