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Proposed Municipal Solid Waste Processing Facility

Rensselaer Resource Recovery, LLC applied for an Air State Facility permit and a Solid Waste Management permit, proposing to construct and operate a Municipal Solid Waste Processing Facility with an annual throughput up to 150,000 tons. The proposed location is at 36 Riverside Avenue, within the Port of Rensselaer. The facility is designed to process municipal solid waste using a high efficiency mechanical-biological treatment technology to produce a solid recovered fuel that is an EPA-approved marketable commodity substitute for coal. The facility is designed to remove recyclable material from the waste stream prior to producing the solid recovered fuel product. All processing of materials will occur inside a building under negative pressure. There will be no storage of any materials outside.

Project Documents

Commissioners Policy (CP-29) on Environmental Justice and Permitting applies to this facility and the applicant has developed a Department approved Public Participation Plan to ensure community participation in the environmental review process. Documents related to this facility are available for public review at the following designated document repositories:

Rensselaer City Hall
62 Washington Street
Rensselaer, New York 12144

Rensselaer Public Library
676 East Street
Rensselaer, New York 12144

Additional project documentation is available on Sterling Environmental's website (link leaves DEC's website).

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination

This project is a Type I action and, as determined by the City of Rensselaer Planning Commission, which served as lead agency under SEQR, will not have a potentially significant adverse effect on the environment. A negative declaration is on file with the City of Rensselaer Planning Commission.

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination

No registered, eligible or inventoried archeological or historic sites were identified at the project location.

Contact: Kate Kornak, NYSDEC, 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306, E-mail:

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