Public comment sought

AMSTERDAM — The public will have a chance to comment until Aug. 13 on a state Brownfield Cleanup Program application involving the former Nathan’s Waste and Paper Stock site on Erie Terrace.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation issued a news release inviting public comment about the site.

DEC received a Brownfield Cleanup Program application from Mike Keegan and Mary Keegan for a site known as the former Nathan’s Waste and Paper Stock, site ID #C429012. The site is located at 111 Erie Terrace in the city of Amsterdam.

Members of the public hoping to comment can access the application and other relevant documents online through the DEC info locator: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C429012/. Documents will also be available at the document repository once reopened, located at the Amsterdam Free Library, 28 Church St., Amsterdam.

There exist several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted to site Project Manager Joshua Haugh, 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY, 12306; via email at [email protected]; or by calling (518) 357-2008. All comments must be submitted by Aug. 13.

Site information can be viewed by entering the site ID — site ID #C429012 — at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/derexternal/index.cfm?pageid=3

New York state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program is designed to encourage private-sector cleanups of brownfields and to promote their redevelopment as a means to revitalize economically blighted communities. The program is an alternative to “greenfield” (land not previously developed or contaminated) development and is intended to remove some of the barriers to, and provide tax incentives for, the redevelopment of brownfields.

The release said that since its inception in 2003, the Brownfield Cleanup Program has catalyzed the cleanup of more than 500 contaminated sites statewide and incentivized redevelopment. There are more than 550 active sites in the program.

Additional information on the state’s Brownfield program is available at DEC’s website: https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8450.html.

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