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Lystek schedules public information meeting on biosolids plant

Lystek schedules public information meeting on biosolids plant

Some residents have criticized concept, with additional truck traffic a specific concern
Lystek schedules public information meeting on biosolids plant
The Lystek biomass processing plant in Fairfield, Calif., is similar to what is being proposed in the town of Glen.
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Editor's note: This story was updated at 11:45 a.m. on Feb. 13, 2018. The town planning board has canceled a public hearing it had previously slated for Thursday, following the Lystek event.

GLEN — Lystek International, which is proposing a biosolids processing plant at the Glen Canal View Business Park on Route 5S, will host a public information meeting in the firehouse hall at 134 Auriesville Road on Thursday.

The event, which will feature information stations for the public, will run from 4 to 7 p.m. The public will also be able to discuss the plan with Lystek representatives and ask questions, company officials said.

Lystek's plans, which have drawn criticism from a number of local residents, call for construction of a $12 million plant that will accept residual waste from municipal sewage treatment plants — and potentially food waste — and use a proprietary process to transform the waste into a commercial agricultural fertilizer.

Some residents have criticized the concept, with specific concerns expressed about additional truck traffic in Fultonville, which already has a busy Thruway exit with a truck stop and significant truck traffic coming to and going through distribution centers in Johnstown and Gloversville.

Lystek described the Thursday meeting as part of an effort "to engage the community in open, transparent dialogue about the project prior to any final decisions being made."

The company, which is based in Ontario, operates 10 plants in Canada, as well as one in the San Francisco Bay area of California.

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