New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Norlite Virtual Public Information Session
DateWednesday December 9, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Contact Regina Willis
Additional Information
LocationOnline / Virtual

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the City of Cohoes will a hold a second virtual public information session on issues related to the air pollution control emissions testing and shale mining at the Norlite facility in Cohoes.

DATE: December 9, 2020, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, DEC presentations will be conducted virtually through the WebEx Events online platform or via conference call.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Local residents and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to join the virtual session and submit questions before and during the session.

To join the virtual session on December 9, 2020, at 6 p.m.:

To join by phone:

  • Dial: 1-518-549-0500
  • Access Code: 178 272 7974 #
  • Press # again in lieu of an attendee I.D. number 


DEC officials will provide information and take questions after each presentation on the following important topics:

Monitoring Incineration at Norlite Including Update on Comprehensive Performance Test
Status of incineration at the Norlite facility, including overview of the November 2020 comprehensive performance testing of Norlite’s recently upgraded air pollution control equipment and DEC’s ongoing oversight

Overview of Norlite’s Mining Permit
History of mining at the Norlite facility, overview of the facility’s mining permit that regulates blasting, dust, and overall mining operations, and DEC’s ongoing oversight

How to Contact DEC

Options for when and how to contact DEC with complaints, concerns, or other general questions about Norlite operations


Submit questions to DEC in advance:

  • Email:
  • Call: (518) 357-2075
  • Mail: Public Participation Office, NYSDEC,
    1130 N. Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306

To ask questions during the information session:

To preserve audio quality of the presentation, DEC will be answering questions submitted in advance and through the Webex’s ‘chat’ function during the three presentations. DEC will answer verbal questions following the presentations.


A recording of the meeting will be posted on DEC’s Norlite website,, in addition to information about the comprehensive sampling investigation, virtual public information session, and additional Norlite updates.

For questions, contact DEC at 518-357-2075. 

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