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December 19, 2012

Town approves city compost plant permit

Town allows city operation,if needed, with conditions

PLATTSBURGH — The Town of Plattsburgh Planning Board has approved a permit — with numerous conditions — that would allow the City of Plattsburgh to operate its wastewater sludge compost facility.

The compost plant, located off Rugar Street near Interstate 87, closed in 2005 after numerous odor complaints and has been dormant every since.

The possible resumption of operations has been a point of contention between the city and town on multiple occasions since then, with the city saying that idea is only a backup option in case landfills can’t accept sludge anymore.

COOPERATION CITED

The city needed a permit because the town passed a local law in 2011 regulating the operation of solid-waste facilities. 

Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett said that while the permit process took several months, both sides worked together for a successful outcome.

”The Planning Board and (Planning Department head) Phil Von Bargen worked very closely with (City Environmental Manager) Jon Ruff to resolve the issues as best they could,” he said.

”We hope to be able to meet the city’s needs without problems for the residents of the Town of Plattsburgh.”

City Mayor Donald Kasprzak said he was pleased the issue was resolved in a cooperative manner.

”I appreciate the efforts of the Town Planning Board, Phil Von Bargen and Jon Ruff during this process,” he said.

The city is reviewing the conditions of the permit approval and how they pertain to the city’s long-term plans and goals for the facility, Kasprzak said.

”There are no plans at this point to pursue operation of the plant until we have reviewed all conditions of the approval.

”We have been true to our word in that we were seeking a legitimate backup plan for sludge disposal. That has always been my priority.”

DEC PERMIT SECURED

The city received a permit earlier this year from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to operate an alkaline treatment process at the plant.

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