Cuomo to propose plastic bag ban – Times Union

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that his 2019 executive budget will include a New York state ban on single-use plastic bags. Cuomo had already introduced a program bill last year that followed a state task force’s recommendations to prohibit businesses from providing plastic carryout bags.

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Food Industry Alliance opposes plastic bag ban in New York – Capitol Confidential

A ban on the use of plastic bags from grocery stores is one of the proposals the Food Industry Alliance is gearing up to oppose in the 2019 legislative session. The association, which represents su…

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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.

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