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New treatment technology added at Dewey Loeffel PDF Print E-mail
Written by STAFF   
Monday, 28 July 2014 09:58

NASSAU – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that an additional treatment technology will be added to the existing treatment plant at the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund site in the Rensselaer County Town of Nassau. The plant, which began operating in January 2014, is treating liquids seeping from the landfill, called leachate, and contaminated groundwater. The new treatment system is being added to further address the long-term treatment of the chemical 1,4-dioxane. The new system will be in place by November 2014.

Since the treatment plant began operating, the EPA has required that the treated water be stored in a series of three on-site storage tanks and tested before each individual tank is discharged to the Valatie Kill. This tank-by-tank process will continue until 7 to 10 days prior to delivery of the new treatment system, expected in late October. In order for the new system to be installed, the storage tanks at the site will need to be removed.

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Hillsdale wants plowing, differs over who will pay PDF Print E-mail
Written by TOBIAH BLACK   
Sunday, 27 July 2014 13:56

HILLSDALE—Discussion continued at the July 15 Town Board meeting about whether the cost of plowing certain roads, parking lots and sidewalks should come out of the Highway Department budget or the town general fund.

Board Member Steve Tiger gave a presentation on the recommendations from a recent meeting about the issue. “Everybody at the meeting agreed that all these things are beneficial to the town and should be done,” he said. Mr. Tiger mentioned Local Law 32, which says that if the Town Board requests the highway superintendent to perform certain duties, the superintendent must comply.

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Chatham says survey will guide bridge road changes PDF Print E-mail
Written by EMILIA TEASDALE   
Friday, 25 July 2014 10:11

CHATHAM--The Town Board has approved spending $9,800 on a survey of the area leading up to the Albany Turnpike Bridge in East Chatham.

The new survey is a follow-up to aerial photos outlining ideas for a redesigned intersection leading to the bridge presented to the board last month. The images were created by the town’s engineering firm, Barton and Loguidice, after Highway Superintendent Joe Rickert asked the firm to come up with concepts that would make the entrance to the bridge off state Route 295 safer. Mr. Rickert said at the June meeting that before any formal plans to could be completed the firm would have to survey the land.

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Gillibrand, SBA chief promote lending to firms PDF Print E-mail
Written by EMILIA TEASDALE   
Friday, 25 July 2014 23:21

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (c) and Maria Contreras-Sweet (r), head of the SBA, discussed government loans available to start-ups and small businesses at the Chatham Brewing Company July 25. Their host was Tom Crowell (l), one of the brewery's owners. Photo by Emilia Teasdale.

 

CHATHAM--United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) and federal Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet toured Chatham Brewing on Main Street in the village Friday, July 25. Their tour guide was Tom Crowell, co-owner of the brewery.

After late afternoon the tour Sen. Gillibrand and Ms. Contreras-Sweet hosted a roundtable conversation on helping local businesses access financing and support with several business owners from the region and bank representatives.

Ms. Contreras-Sweet said that she was interested in hearing how the Small Business Administration (SBA) was helping the local businesses. “That’s what we’re here to learn about, how we can do our business better,” she said

Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 23:56
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Arson suspect charged in Blue Stores blaze PDF Print E-mail
Written by DIANE VALDEN   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:45

District Attorney says Darrin Buffa, who leased restaurant, acted alone

CLAVERACK—Darrin J. Buffa, 40, of Taghkanic was charged with third degree arson, a class C felony, when a sealed Columbia County Grand Jury indictment was opened in County Court shortly after noon, July 22.

Mr. Buffa, who leased and operated the Historic Blue Stores Restaurant, is accused of intentionally starting a fire to damage the building on March 15.
He pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday.

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