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    Contact Your Representatives

    Governor Kathy Hochul

    The Honorable Kathy Hochul
    NYS State Capitol Building
    Albany, New York 12224
    Email Governor Hochul

    NYS DEC Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar

    Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar
    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
    625 Broadway
    Albany, New York 12233

    Assemblyman John T. McDonald

    Assemblyman John T. McDonald III
    LOB 417
    Albany, New York 12248

    NYS DEC Regional Director Tony Luisi

    Tony Luisi, Director Region 4
    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
    625 Broadway
    Albany, New York 12233

    Senator Jake Ashby

    Senator Jake Ashby
    LOB, Room 706
    Albany, New York 12247

    NYS DOH Commissioner Dr. James V. McDonald

    Dr. James McDonald MD, MPH
    Commissioner, New York State Department of Health
    Corning Tower Building
    Albany, New York 12237

    Writing to Elected Officials

    Tell DEC and Governor Hochul that the Dunn Landfill does not belong in a heavily populated area next to a public school.

    Some impacts of this landfill:

    This huge 99 -acre industrial operation is right next to a large school district campus housing over 1,100 students and hundreds of teachers and other school staff.

    Up to 100 long-haul tractor trailer trucks from seven states travel each weekday over our highways to dump their loads in Rensselaer.

    These trucks roar through residential neighborhoods in the city of Rensselaer from 6:40 am to late afternoon, disturbing the peace, spewing diesel exhaust and tying up traffic.

    Foul-smelling hydrogen sulfide gas assaults the nostrils of residents, schoolchildren and school staff.

    All of these issues create health hazards and negatively impact quality of life for the people of Rensselaer and neighboring East Greenbush.

    Significant levels of PFAS chemicals have been found in the landfill leachate. Millions of gallons of this leachate is discharged untreated each year into the Hudson River, potentially affecting the seven communities downstream from Albany that draw their drinking water from the river.

    The permit for the dump expired on July 19, 2022 and the facility continues to operate while the application is under review and has the capacity to continue operating through 2036 or beyond. The people of Rensselaer and East Greenbush are tired of having their lives disrupted by the dump. They deserve better. The dump should be closed and remediated.

    Sign Dunn Dump Petition

      Dear Governor Kathy Hochul and DEC Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar:

      We, the undersigned call on you both to immediately shut down the Waste Connections Dunn Construction & Demolition (C&D) waste dump in Rensselaer, NY. It is located 200 feet from a pre-existing PreK-12th grade school, athletic fields, and close to many neighborhoods. Up to 100 massive tractor trailer trucks also roar through the city of Rensselaer each day. Therefore, this dump is a health and environmental hazard to thousands of children and families, and a serious quality of life issue. We urge you to shut down the Dunn Dump and require the company to fully clean up the school, homes and the dump, and to reject any proposed expansion.

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      Submit A Complaint


      (And Document it)

      Complaints, records of them and other essential information you have concerning the impact of the Dunn Landfill needs to be forwarded to the right people. This will be reviewed by NYSDEC once the application for the renewal of the operating permit is being judged by the agency.

      If you make a phone call complaining, you need to follow that up with an email to the correct party, so you have a record of the complaint. If the complaint email is not directly to DEC, you should copy them in with the emails listed below. If you don’t use emails, you can call REC at 518-227-1570 and leave a message with the details and we will email it for you.

      Noise Complaints:

      Rensselaer City Police 518-462-7451 Request enforcement of the City Noise Ordinance under Chapter 131 of General City legislation

      Back that call up with an email to the police chief . All complaints will be documented by either you or us emailing NYSDEC:


      Oder Complaints:

      Dunn Landfill 518-292-0449 This call generates an email to NYSDEC. Request feed back by leaving your information. These calls are answered by employees of Answerphone. Follow this call up with your own email to NYSDEC using emails listed above.

      Other complaints and documentation of issues with the landfill.

      NYSDEC 518-357-2096 you may need to leave a message and your call back number. It is also recommended that you email NYSDEC at the above listed emails with the details of your issue.

      Emergency 844-332-3267 is the NYSDEC number for environmental violations or situations requiring immediate response.

      Again, document with the NYSDEC emails above.

      COMPLAIN at formal hearings. Within the next few months you will have the opportunity to complain during the formal permit renewal process. Anyone regardless of where they live can participate. We will have that information on our website which you can access at

      The Dunn Landfill will be required to publicize this information with various media 30 days before the process starts. It will also be posted at the NYSDEC site. Simply do a search for NYSDEC Dunn Landfill.


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