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Old 02-01-2011, 02:29 PM
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We are looking to move to the CD area but with a baby on the way, I want to make sure we don't buy a house next to the power plant.

Please let me know if there are any "toxic areas" where there was a spill 10 years ago or the factory has been dumping into the river, that sort of thing.

Thanks for all your help.
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:38 PM
Location: Albany, NY
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I have no direct knowledge of this, but when we were house-hunting another parent at our kid's day care who was an environmental attorney told us that Halfmoon is where most of the problem sites his firm dealt with were located.

Also, a chip fab plant is planned for Malta. There is a lot of debate over how toxic this sort of plant really is. Right now we are told not much, but I have seen articles from other places stating otherwise, so you might want to do a little research on this industry before deciding to settle nearby.

There are some plants further south down the Hudson that have been in the news for toxin controversy, but if you are looking close to Albany then those are probably outside the area you are looking. Other readers may know more.

There are some plants (I don't know what they are) in southern Bethlehem/Selkirk, but those are pretty obvious - lots of smokestacks - and there are not a lot of houses there.

The Hudson River itself in this area is cleaner than it's been in decades. A lot has been done to clean up PCBs and other things. It is monitored very closely now, so dumping in the Hudson shouldn't be much of a worry.
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:12 AM
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AS an RN, let me advise you that you are very wise to be thinking about toxins ~ NY has a high rate of birth defects / developmental delays due to maternal / fetal exposure and many of the sources are/were near Albany and all along the Hudson river.

Stay away from Ravena, NY (just south of Albany), Coeyman's and any area within at least a 10 mile radius (about 314 square miles). There are other areas as well- keep doing your research!

Mercury is something for a pregnant woman to run from...and FAST!

Cement Plant Mercury Pollution - Air Pollution from Cement Kilns - The Daily Green

LaFarge Building Materials Inc., Ravena, N.Y., # 15 on the list of
Biggest Cement Kiln Mercury Polluters, 2008

As Ravena study finds mercury in cement plant neighbors, GOP moves to block new limits on cement plant mercury - The Green Blog - Environmental and Energy Issues - timesunion.com - Albany NY
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:00 PM
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more info...

The Daily Mail > Archives > News > Holcim, Lafarge by the numbers

CATSKILL — Cement makers Holcim and Lafarge are among the state’s top polluters, according to a recently released report from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The report, which details the amount of toxic chemicals released to land, air and water in 2009 by industrial facilities across the United States, shows Holcim’s Catskill plant and Lafarge’s plant in Ravena are among those most responsible for pollution in New York.

The Finch Paper plant in Glens Falls topped the agency’s list of state polluters, reporting a total of nearly 3.8 million pounds of on-site releases.

Most recently, Jan 2011 (I did a little editing so the link is below):

On January 6, House Republicans announced a Congressional Review Act resolution that seeks to undo U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules to control toxic emissions from cement plants.

EPA scientists have estimated the rules would prevent up to 2,500 premature deaths and save billions of dollars in health costs each year.
"Without these important EPA rules, our families will continue to be exposed to mercury and other toxic pollution from the Lafarge plant in Ravena, New York," said Susan Falzon, with Friends of Hudson, a nonprofit group that works to protect public health and the environment in New York's Hudson River Valley. "It sickens me that some of our elected leaders are trying to remove these protections."

"The House resolution places thousands of American families at risk," said Jennifer Peterson, attorney with the Environmental Integrity Project. "Cement kilns are among the top mercury polluters..."

Mercury is a neurotoxicant that can build up through the food chain and interfere with the brain and other parts of the nervous system, resulting in birth defects, loss of IQ and developmental problems.

House Republicans Try to Undo EPA Air Pollution Rules

I'd stay away from Schenectady:
Did Schenectady PCB Exposure Lead to Your Health Problems?

Mercury in eagles

In November 2008, a study found that eagles in the Catskills region of New York contain more toxic mercury than those in other areas of the state. A quarter of eaglets had elevated blood mercury levels from eating contaminated fish, increasing the likelihood of reproductive or developmental problems in the birds. A quarter of adult birds had elevated levels of mercury in their feathers. The study, conducted by the BioDiversity Research Institute and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, found that coal-fired power plants in the upper Ohio River basin were the most likely source of the mercury.[12]

Citizen activism

Ravena, New York, citizens meet to hear results of mercury survey

About 100 local citizens of Ravena, New York, attended a meeting on January 6, 2011, at the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School to hear Michael Bank of the Harvard School of Public Health discuss the results of a study based on testing of mercury levels in 172 people. According to Bank, nearly one person in 10 of those tested had blood levels high enough to warrant a visit to their doctor. The study found that fish consumption was not the source of the mercury. Local citizens have organized Community Advocates for Safe Emissions to push for tougher controls on mercury pollution from the Lafarge cement plant, which uses coal fly ash from power plants and fires its kilns with coal. The plant is New York state's second-largest emitter of mercury.[6]

Mercury and coal - SourceWatch

Depleted Uranium (DU) Contamination in Colonie, New York
Professor Randall R. Parrish, PhD, is the head of the British Geologic Survey’s
Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) Isotope Geoscience Laboratories in
Nottingham, England and Professor of Isotope Geology at the University of Leicester. In
2007 he was the lead author of a peer-reviewed journal article that investigated depleted
uranium (DU) inhalation exposures in Colonie, New York, home to National Lead, Inc.,
which produced depleted uranium for U.S. military
munitions from 1958 to 1984, when
the site was closed due to violations of environmental emission standards.36 In 2006, the
federal government completed a $190 million cleanup of the site. In 2007, however, professor Parrish and researchers at the University of
Albany – using a newly developed method – detected DU exposures in 100% of the
former workers
at the site they tested and 20% of the residents they tested, in addition to
DU in the soil found miles away from the site.

p://democrats.science.house.gov/Media/file/Investigations/ATSDR Staff Report 03 10 09.pdf


Well, that should be enough to scare anyone...do your homework!
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