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State fines Cohoes company $90K for hazardous waste violations

State fines Cohoes company $90K for hazardous waste violations

A local company producing ceramic materials will have to pay a $90,000 fine for hazardous waste viol

A local company producing ceramic materials will have to pay a $90,000 fine for hazardous waste violations, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The DEC fined the Norlite Corporation and ordered upgrades at its plant in Cohoes for misusing fuels made out of hazardous waste, equipment deficiencies and improper removal of waste into a nearby creek.

The plant, located at 628 Saratoga St., must also pay $35,000 to help the DEC’s Environmental Benefits Projects program.

Norlite must follow strict environmental safety requirements because it is located in an urban setting, said DEC officials.

Based on 2009 inspections, the DEC charged Norlite with violations that include burning an unsafe mixture of waste as fuel, improperly disposing of waste into the Salt Kill following a heavy rainstorm, and failing to provide required data to the DEC.

To address the equipment deficiency violation, Norlite will have to update the plant’s equipment to limit emissions and map out adequate emergency plans, as well as other measures to ensure the plant meets DEC standards.

Norlite has already taken steps to address the DEC’s citations by hiring an independent engineer to collect data and submit reports to the DEC.

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