Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lafarge in Our Own Backyard

Earlier today, Gossips reported that India--a Third World country--had rejected a proposal for $200-million cement plant. Meanwhile, back on the Hudson River, efforts continue to make the modernization of Lafarge Ravena as environmentally responsible as it is possible for it to be. (Lafarge Ravena has the reputation of being the single greatest source of mercury emissions in New York State.) All of Columbia County is downwind of the Ravena stack, and we're probably more likely to experience the effects of wind-borne pollution and toxins than Ravena itself.

Thanks to the efforts of Friends of Hudson and Ravena-based CASE (Community Advocates for Safe Emission), Lafarge Ravena is holding "Information Fairs" to discuss the proposed modernization of the Ravena plant. Two of the meetings will be held on our side of the river. The first is on Thursday, September 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Stuyvesant Town Hall, 5 Sunset Drive. The second in on Thursday, September 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Castleton Volunteer Ambulance Building, 1700 Brookview Road in Castleton. At the meetings, representatives from Lafarge will discuss the technology proposed for the new facility, the construction timeline, and other details of the modernization.

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