Microplastic is leading to big problems for fish in the ocean

Newborn fish are mistaking tiny bits of trash for food. If they die, there’ll be fewer big fish—and that could rattle the food chain.

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Albany County considering ban on single-use plastic bags – Times Union

Albany County wants to join a growing number of governments across the state and country in banning single-use plastic bags to reduce the amount of plastic that winds up in oceans and landfills. Local Law “D,” recently introduced in the county legislature, will be debated by lawmakers in committee with public hearings on the proposal to follow.

Source: Albany County considering ban on single-use plastic bags – Times Union

Cement plant eyes tire-burning plan in Coeymans – Times Union

Coeymans Owners of a Coeymans cement plant along Route 9W are looking to revive a decade-old plan to burn used tires to fuel their new kiln. The move by LarfargeHolcim comes as town officials weigh a local air pollution law that would severely restrict the burning of such wastes, which could present a major stumbling block to burning tires at the cement plant. Last month, Lafarge Environmental Director Kevin G. Bretz told town officials during a presentation on the proposed law that the company has “developed relationships” and held “preliminary discussions” with potential tire suppliers. During his presentation, Bretz also cited a 2006 approval by the state Department of Environmental Conservation that gave permission for Lafarge to burn up to 4.8 million tires annually at the plant, under a permit called a “beneficial use determination” (BUD). BUD permits are aimed at allowing for various wastes to be put to use. For Lafarge, tires would replace some of the coal and coke, a coal byproduct, used as fuel to fire the cement kiln. However, the BUD approval cited by Bretz, as well as by LafargeHolcim Communications Director Jocelyn Gerst this week in response to an inquiry by the Times Union, expired in May 2018, according to DEC.

Source: Cement plant eyes tire-burning plan in Coeymans – Times Union