A NEW YORK-BASED COMPANY
In 2018, BioHiTech, a New York-based company, received city Planning Commission approval to build a solid waste processing facility on the opposite end of the city to Dunn Landfill. The proposed 72,000-square foot facility would turn mixed municipal waste, such as tires and plastics, into an EPA-recognized fuel using High efficiency Biological Treatment (HEBioT). BioHiTech owns the exclusive development rights for using HEBioT technology and established the country’s first facility in March of 2019.
BioHiTech wants to put waste in big new pits and try to sort out the plastic and paper. The plastic and paper would be dried, shredded and then trucked to a cement plant to be burned. With the Dunn Landfill already creating problems, the city of Rensselaer does not need or want more solid waste coming into the city.
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation wisely rejected the state permits for this project and BioHiTech is trying it again and public hearings are in process. This rejection was in part due to the vigorous opposition by the Rensselaer Environmental Coalition in concert with other groups such as Riverkeeper. A success for REC.
On October 22, 2020, BioHiTech announced the acquisition of an interest in the site thru a 99-year ground lease allowing for certain uses including solid waste transfer stations, waste to energy facilities, waste renewable fuel processing facilities and other industrial uses. They take the position that this will enable them to qualify for expedited permitting for renewable energy facilities.
This is directly opposed to what community members want and commented on in the public comment hearing reported on earlier in this section.
So Rensselaer, do you have any say in what happens in your community? Seems like money and lawyers control your community! Make your voices heard.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 27, 2020
After being rejected by NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, waste company doubles down and proposes even bigger project on the banks of the Hudson River