Panel to discuss the Wheelabrator waste incinerator | Local
HUDSON FALLS – A public discussion slated for next week poses a question residents have grappled with for over 30 years: Is garbage incineration good for the future of Hudson Falls?
The October 21 discussion, sponsored by the Glens Falls Clean Air Action Network and the Southern Adirondack Democratic Socialists of America, will focus on the Wheelabrator Waste Burning Plant in Hudson Falls.
The plant is among the top air polluters in Warren and Washington counties, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and has proven to be one of the most polluting incinerators in the country for lead, mercury and carbon monoxide, according to the 2019 report published by the Tishman Environment and Design Center at the New School in New York City and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives.
The discussion will feature a panel of three experts in the fields of environmental justice, public health and ecological sustainability.
The panel includes Ana Baptista, assistant professor of professional practice and chair of the graduate program in environmental policy and sustainability management in New York; David Carpenter, public health physician and environmental health scientist professor at the University of Albany, who is director of the Institute for Health and the Environment; and Fred Magdoff, professor emeritus of plant and soil sciences at the University of Vermont.