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For Release: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Statement from NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos

Today, DEC informed the Holcim Cement Plant in Ravena (PDF), NY, that we are modifying this facility's Title V air permit to remove the authorization to burn tire-derived fuel, or TDF. The LaFarge facility currently lacks the infrastructure to burn TDF, and has not, nor has it ever, completed the steps necessary to burn tires pursuant to this permit. DEC uses every tool at our disposal to ensure all of New York's communities are protected. That is our goal and what drives everything we do and why we rigorously review every permit application and require compliance with stringent standards using the latest and best available science to ensure public health and the environment are protected.

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