Call Lt. Governor Antonio Delgado to Deny Norlite's Permits
Please call Lt. Governor Antonio Delgado and ask him to shut down the Norlite hazardous waste incinerator in Cohoes.
Call 518 402-2292.
As the recent Congressmember from the Hudson Valley and Capitol District, we hope that Delgado will pay attention to this serious issue.
We are asking Lt. Governor Delgado and the Hochul administration to stop the decades of pollution from the Norlite hazardous waste incinerator (and aggregate facility) in Cohoes and to deny the renewal of the expired permit for the plant which DEC is presently reviewing.
If you talk to a staffer, thank them for taking your call.
Please take a moment fill out the form on the right to let us know how your call went. It is so helpful for us to know what you're hearing.
Thanks for taking a few minutes out of your busy day to help protect our right to clean air and a healthful environment.
Norlite is the only commercial hazardous waste incinerator in New York State, spewing out many toxic contaminants, The incinerator is used in the company's production of aggregate for the construction industry, which also results in the release of toxic quartz silica dust into the surrounding community. For more than 30 years, Norlite has been fined repeatedly for its pollution.
State law enables Norlite to continue to operate with expired permits while DEC reviews the case. Norlite repeatedly delayed submitting a "completed" application in order to avoid such reviews, especially since changes to the law would now require a new permit to require the ash from the incinerator to be treated as hazardous waste. The situation is so bad that the federal housing agency (HUD) has approved the city of Cohoes buying the 70-unit public housing complex across the railroad tracks from Norlite it, move the tenants out and raze the buildings. DEC is a supporter of incineration as a waste disposal method and has continued to support Norlite's operations despite its repeated violations. A review of state cancer data showed a significant cancer cluster near Norlite.
For a timeline of Norlite's enforcement history, visit lightsoutnorlite.org