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Malta won’t seek tougher environmental restrictions on AMD

Town of Malta officials won't insist on holding Advanced Micro Devices to environmental protection r
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Town officials won’t insist on holding Advanced Micro Devices to environmental protection requirements that could exceed federal standards and that the company considers vague, the Town Board decided this morning.

The board agreed informally to be satisfied with new zoning language stating the computer chip maker’s proposed factory will “comply with all state and federal regulations” for environmental protection.

AMD wants to change a provision in the Luther Forest Technology Campus zoning law requiring a chip factory to have “state of the art” pollution control technology. The term is vague, making measuring compliance difficult, the company argued.

“Let them go with the state and federal regulations. That’s what they’re there for,” said Councilwoman Sue Nolen.

The Town Board is reviewing requested zoning changes as AMD considers whether to go forward with plans for a $3.2 billion chip factory that would employ about 1,465 people.

A public hearing on the environmental impact of the zoning changes will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday at town hall.

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