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Government must take lead on garbage

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first_imgAbout 25 years ago, the DEC announced it would no longer allow landfills to be sited near rivers. The Colonie landfill also overlaps a hazardous waste dump. I doubt if anyone knows what is in there. Hopefully, the town of Colonie can find new employment options for the landfill workers as the dump is shut down. When the Colonie dump closes, at least some of the trash that would have gone there may go to the humongous Seneca Meadows landfill near Seneca Falls, which probably leaks into the Montezuma National Wildlife Refugee. I have friends in Seneca Falls who are trying to close that dump. It’s the failure of government at many levels that leads to these unsafe policies. Managing what we discard isn’t easy. We receive little leadership from the national and state governments. Frequently local governments, businesses and residents devise their own solutions.I think it long past time that we as a species get serious about creating a world economy that minimizes poisons and waste and where we reuse, compost or recycle everything else.Tom EllisAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scam Ken Kimball (letter, Nov. 19) responded to a letter (Nov. 8) from John Kenney about the Colonie landfill. Mr. Kimball insisted that “You don’t just close a landfill without an alternative location in place.” More than a year ago, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) held two hearings in Colonie that I attended concerning the town of Colonie’s application to triple the volume of its old landfill, which is located near Route 9 on the south bank of the Mohawk River. Numerous speakers said that if, and when, the landfill closes, even on short notice, market forces would soon lead to a new equilibrium, with the trash going to other places. This happens frequently in the United States.The landfill should be closed because it’s almost certainly leaking wastes into the river. If the DEC took water samples in the river near the dump as diligently as it takes water samples in the Hudson River looking for PCBs, I’m certain it would find plenty of landfill poisons in the water.  Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Talgo couchettes commissioned

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first_imgFROM March 1 German Railway put into service the first of a small fleet of Talgo couchette cars on its InterCityNight services. Some of the initial vehicles were tested in the formation of the Berlin – Bonn service during February.The cars are laid out with a series of alcoves with pairs of seats staggered on each side of a central gangway (PP6 2.96 p6). At night the seats in each alcove convert to form a single berth, and a second berth folds down from the wall above them. Open storage lockers are provided for each passenger, and the berths are screened off by curtains.The design concept is similar to that of traditional Pullman sleeping cars, and will be a welcome alternative for budget-conscious passengers who wish to lie down to sleep rather than use reclining seats. olast_img read more