April 14, 2015
Under a consent order issued in January by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Tilcon New York is developing a plan to address dust issues at its Haverstraw Quarry. Lohud, The Journal News reports that since October 2014, the quarry has received seven violations from the DEC, which included citations for over-excavation, erosion from material stockpiles, and failure of dust control. The stockpiles in question consist of fine stone particles left from crushing rocks. The company sells them when there’s a demand, but the market has been slow in recent years, so the pile has grown and complaints have been coming in from residents at Harbors at Haverstraw, a 544-unit luxury housing complex near the quarry’s processing area.
“People in Harbors have complained about dust settling on windowsills, blowing onto their screens, coating their cars,” Haverstraw village Mayor Michael Kohut tells the news agency. “Tilcon is supposed to keep it watered, but they can’t do it all the time. It dries out overnight. … So on windy days, the dust will blow.”
The DEC consent order requires Tilcon to develop a plan to reduce the size of the stockpiles in its processing area located near. It also requires Tilcon to “eliminate the dust and visual impacts from the approximately 150-foot stockpile,” according to the report. The company will also pay a $125,000 fine, and faces an additional $25,000 in penalties if it doesn’t comply.
“The company has been cooperative and is currently in compliance with the consent order,” DEC spokeswoman Wendy Rosenbach tells the news agency in an email statement.
Geoff Thompson, spokesman for Tilcon New York, says the company is working closely with the DEC and has already started removing some materials from the stockpile while developing a remediation plan. “When the plan is prepared, obviously, they are going to share it with the mayor as well,” Thompson tells the news agency.