Sunday, May 15, 2011
The interview with Susan is near the beginning. Animal lovers may wish to listen to the entire clip for an interview with Columbia Greene Human Society President Ron Perez and Animal Kind Director Katrin Hecker.
Thanks very much to Sam for continuing to bring this (and other) important issues to the airwaves in the Hudson Valley!
Monday, February 7, 2011
This month is a critical time for CASE's efforts to reduce toxic air emissions from the Lafarge plant in Ravena. Lafarge's proposal to modernize their plant has been submitted to the DEC and is open for public comment. The outcome of this proposal will have an enormous impact on air quality, human health and the environment for this region for decades to come.
CASE is working closely in partnership with Friends of Hudson to review and comment on Lafarge's proposal. However, it is essential that we hire some top notch technical experts to help if we are going to fully ensure that Lafarge's proposal is truly state of the art, comprehensive, and fully protective of human health.
And that means that we need your help.
Please consider participating in our February Fundraising Drive. Proceeds for monies raised during the month of February will go toward payment of technical expert review of Lafarge's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for their proposed modernization.
As part of this effort, we are happy to announce our first-ever:
FEBRUARY FUNDRAISING CONTEST -- Win a Great Prize!
Starting Saturday, 2/5 to Wednesday, 2/16, CASE will be holding a Fundraising Contest. The winner who collects the most donations can pick their choice of prize:
-A NEW Keurig Coffee Maker; OR
-A Gift Certificate for a Massage and Manicure!!!
We urge you to talk to your friends and co-workers, or pass the hat at SUPERBOWL and VALENTINES DAY parties and collect donations! Then email us by 9pm on Wednesday, 2/16 with the total amount of donations collected. Thursday, 2/17, we will announce the WINNER and deliver their prize!
OR simply make a donation at any time this month to CASE. Donations can be mailed to CASE, PO Box 291, Ravena, NY 12143 or online right here with paypal.
This is our last chance at making the new plant as safe and clean as possible! Please enter the contest or make a donation!
Thank you so much for your support at this important time.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Recently, however, Rep. John Carter (R-TX) is trying to build support for a congressional resolution to undo these EPA regulations before they have even gone into effect. These rules are long overdue: the EPA was actually required to set these standards for cement plants 13 years ago.
These regulations will reduce numerous toxins currently emitted by cement plants that can cause cancer, neurological problems, respiratory problems, cardiac problems, birth defects, and other medical ailments that can be catastrophic to human health. The EPA estimates that with these new cement plant standards, as many as 2,500 premature deaths will be avoided each year, and as much as $18 billion in health care costs will be saved just by reducing fine particulate matter emissions. And those numbers don't even include the health and savings benefits for the reduction of mercury, hydrochloric acid, hydrocarbons and sulfur dioxides which the EPA has not yet quantified.
The technology is here now and the cement industry can afford it. American companies build this equipment and America workers will be ones installing, operating, and maintaining it. These standards are not going to kill jobs - on the contrary, the EPA has estimated that the net effect of the rules could actually create jobs. Approximately 80% of the cement manufacturing capacity in American is owned by large foreign corporations (including French owned Lafarge in Ravena) with ample resources to install better pollution controls. Both Lafarge and Swiss owned Holcim are expected to report over $1billion in net income for 2010.
Rep. Carter's resolution would endanger thousands of Americans and waste billions of dollars every year. Even worse, if Carter succeeds, the EPA would be prevented from ever pursuing a similar pollution standard in the future.
Please take a few moments to contact your US Congressman and ask them to reject this outrageous attempt to allow one of our nation's dirtiest industries to have a free pass to pollute the air, harm human health, and cost this country billions in avoidable health care costs.
One easy way to help is to go here and send a message to Congress set up by Earthjustice.
Friday, January 21, 2011
This was the last time to make a public statement on Lafarge's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the modernization of their Ravena plant. However, the DEC will continue to accept written comments until Feb 22, 2011. Information on how to submit written comments is below. The outcome of this modernization will affect this region for decades. It is vital that we speak up now and share our concerns with DEC during the public comment period.
Many thanks to Sam Sebren for recording this important hearing and making it available to the public online.
Monday, January 17, 2011
This is a new link that takes you directly to the portion of the show with Elyse and Susan with no need to fast forward.
Many thanks to Sam and everyone at WGCX for hosting this lively and informative discussion!
Monday, January 10, 2011
Our friends at WGXC were in attendance and have made a recording of the event available on their website here.
For those who would prefer to read, Brian Nearing at the Times Union did a great job in covering the meeting. His article is here.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
The outcome of Lafarge's modernization may impact this region for decades. This hearing is a critical step in the approval process. All persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies which may be affected by the proposed projects are invited to attend the hearing or to submit oral or written comments.
The RCS High School Auditorium is located at 2025 Route 9W, Ravena, NY.
For more information, please see the post below.
A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and a Draft Permit for this project have been issued for public comment. This public comment period is the primary opportunity for the general public to express their opinions on this project. The comment period ends on February 22, 2011.
Info on the modernization can be found here. Hard copies are located at:
DEC Region 4 Headqrtrs
Coeymans Town Hall
Stuyvesant Town Hall
Chatham Town Hall
Kinderhook Town Hall
Schodack Town Hall
New Baltimore Town Hall
Kinderhook Memorial Library
North Chatham Free Library
RCS Community Library
Chatham Public Library
Valatie Free Library
Written Comments on the DEIS can be submitted by regular mail, email or fax to:
Sarah H. Evans
Project Manager/Environmental Analyst
Region 4 Headquarters
1130 North Westcott Road
Schenectady NY 12306
(518) 357-2460 (fax)
Written comments must be received no later than 4:45 PM on February 22, 2011.
The report is now available for public comment. This comment period ends on February 15, 2011.
Written comments on this report can be sent by mail or email to:
Education and Outreach Unit
547 River Street, Room 316
Troy NY 12180
Monday, December 27, 2010
2011 promises to be another exciting year starting right away in January!
The Harvard School of Public Health will host a community meeting at the Ravena Coeymans Selkirk High School Auditorium on January 6, 2011 at 8PM to present findings from heavy metal testing conducted by HSPH in conjunction with CASE in May 2010. This meeting will include a presentation and Q&A, and will be a valuable opportunity to hear first-hand about the status so far of Harvard's human biomonitoring investigation in the Ravena, NY area.
The NYS DEC will host a Legislative Public Hearing on Lafarge's proposed modernization for its Ravena cement plant on January 20, 2011, 6 PM, also at the RCS High School Auditorium. The outcome of Lafarge's modernization may impact this region for decades. This hearing is a critical step in the approval process. All persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies which may be affected by the proposed project are invited to attend the hearing and to submit oral or written comments. More information on Lafarge's modernization can be found at http://lafargeravenafacts.com/
The RCS High School campus is located at 2025 Route 9W, Ravena, NY.
Please join us for these important meetings and best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!