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K’hook, Valatie want treated water tested


VALATIE–Both the Village of Valatie and the Town of Kinderhook are asking for the federal government to conduct environmental reviews on water processed by a new treatment plant at Dewey Loeffel Landfill site and released into the Valatie Kill.

The boards met last week in separate sessions, on Monday, January 13 and Tuesday, January 14, respectively, to discuss the issue. The Dewey Loeffel Superfund Site in the Town of Nassau, in Rensselaer County, was a dumping ground for huge amounts of toxic industrial chemicals. According to the Environmental Protection Agency website, “from 1952 until 1968, the site was used for the disposal of an estimated 46,000 tons of waste materials” generated by several large companies with plants in the area, including General Electric, Bendix Corporation (now Honeywell International, Inc.) and Schenectady Chemicals (now SI Group, Inc.).

According to the EPA, the waste included industrial solvents, waste oils, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), scrap materials, sludge and solids. The EPA took over testing and cleanup management at the site in 2011, and in 2012 the federal government came to an agreement with GE and SI to conduct the cleanup.

Kinderhook town Supervisor Pat Grattan, who is also chairman of the County Board of Supervisors, introduced a motion at the Kinderhook Town Board meeting January 13 asking the federal government to do an environmental study of the water the plant will release. Similar requests have come from county state and federal officials. Mr. Grattan said the town was “asking them to do a health study before they start dumping into the creek.”

The village also wants to protest the water being added to the Valatie Kill, but Mayor Diane Argyle wants to craft her own resolution asking for more than just a health study she said at her board’s regular meeting January 14. Mayor Argyle also attended the town meeting the night before the Village Board met.

“We want to know who is going to inspect the plant,” she said. Mayor Argyle wants to make sure the water coming out of the plant is not toxic. “I’m going to bring some other stuff into it,” she said of the motion she plans to craft before the next village meeting in February.

To contract reporter Emilia Teasdale email eteasdale@columbiapaper.com.


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