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Tom Blandy Papers

1990-1999

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Abstract

The Tom Blandy Papers document the group Concerned Citizens for the Environment's legal and political opposition to the proposed Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator

Summary

Creator:
Blandy, Tom
Date Coverage:
1990-1999
Quantity:
2 cubic ft.

Tom Blandy, a resident of Troy, New York, is an architect whose specialty is adaptive reuse of older buildings. He has been involved with a number of local and regional environmental groups, including the Rensselaer County Greens, Save the Pine Bush, and Concerned Citizens for the Environment (CCE). CCE was formed in 1987 by Ken Dufty as a means of opposing the Inter-Power coal burning power generation plant proposed for Halfmoon, New York. Dufty left in the early 1990's to form the Rensselaer County Environmental Management Council and Tom Blandy became president of the CCE at that time.

During the late 1990's, CCE was primarily concerned with the Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator proposed by the American Ref-Fuel Company. Ref-Fuel was a joint operation of Brown Ferris Industries & Air Products & Chemical Inc. The opposition campaign culminated in the court case Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation & American Ref-Fuel Company. CCE charged that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation had incorrectly issued a permit for the building of a solid waste transfer station, which included the proposed incinerator. CCE won the initial trial in 1996, but lost the appeal in 1997.

These papers document the political and legal opposition of the group Concerned Citizens for the Environment against the proposed Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator. They consist of court records, correspondence, documentary evidence, publications, news clippings, and other materials directly or indirectly relating to this opposition. The most well documented aspect is the case Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation & American Ref-Fuel Company, which contains official court documents, legal briefs, and correspondence with CCE's law firm, Gordon, Siegel, Mastro, Mullaney, Gordon & Galvin, P.C.

This collection does not contain a great deal of administrative information about CCE itself. What there is consists of correspondence, meeting minutes, and newsletters, primarily focused on the trial and related fundraising attempts. These materials, along with collections of materials indirectly related to the incinerator, make up the Subject File series. There is no biographical information about Tom Blandy himself, though there is an autographed copy of his book on home weatherproofing, All Through the House.

Related collections in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives can be found in the subject guide for Conservation and the Environment. Of particular interest are the records of Bethlehem Work on Waste (APAP-148), another group that opposed the incinerator.

The collection is organized into the following series:

Both series are arranged alphabetically.

All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Tom Blandy in May 2002.

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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Tom Blandy Papers, 1990-1999. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as [shortened name]).

Contents of Collection

Quantity:  1 cubic foot
Arranged alphabetically.
This series contains materials pertaining to the solid waste incinerator proposed by American Ref-Fuel Company in the town of Green Island, New York. The bulk of the series consists of documents relating to the case Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation & American Ref-Fuel Company, in which CCE charged the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation with improperly issuing a permit for the incinerator. These documents are primarily court documents from the case and the resulting appeals, but also include correspondence with the law firm representing CCE. The remainder of the series consists of background materials for the case and publicity materials opposing the incinerator.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 1Citizen's Clearinghouse for Hazardous Waste, Conference Materials1990, 1992, 1994, Undated

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1 2Concerned Citizens for the Environment, Correspondence1996

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1 3Concerned Citizens for the Environment, Meeting Minutes, Agendas, Notes1996-1997, Undated

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1 4Concerned Citizens for the Environment, Newsletters1996

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1 5Dioxins1993-1996

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1 6Inter-Power Facility1991-1994

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1 7Mount Ida Preservation Association, Poestenkill Dam, Correspondence, Maps, Pictures1998-1999

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1 8New York State Department of Environmental Conservation1989, 1993-1995, Undated

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1 9PhotographsUndated

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1 10Citizens' Environmental Coalition, Newsletters, Correspondence1994

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1 11Recycling1992-1996, Undated

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1 12Ref-Fuel1991-1995

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1 13Ref-Fuel, Cumberland Farms vs. Browning Ferris Industries, Court Documents1990

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1 14Solid Waste Incineration1991-1995, Undated

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1 15Toxic Dumps in New York State, MapUndated
Quantity:  1 cubic foot
Arranged alphabetically.
These files contain materials relating to solid waste and incineration issues, such as recycling and dioxin production. The series also contains the small amount of administrative materials for the group Concerned Citizens for the Environment to be found in this collection. It also contains materials relating to the proposed Inter-Power power generation facility that inspired Ken Dufty to form CCE in opposition.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 1Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Appeal, Correspondence, Court Documents1996-1998

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1 2Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Appeal, Legal Briefs, Correspondence1997-1998

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1 3Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Counter Appeal, Court Demands1998

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1 4Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Cross Appeal, Correspondence, Court Documents1997

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1 5Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Initial Trial, Court Demands, Decision1996

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1 6Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Legal Bills1996-1998

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1 7Doctors Fundraising Packet1996

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1 8Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator, Articles, Fliers1992-1995, Undated

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1 9Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator, Correspondence1992-1995, Undated

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1 10Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator, DiagramsUndated

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1 11Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator, News Clippings1991-1995, Undated

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1 12Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator, Notes1991-1994, Undated

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1 13New York Public Interest Research Group Legal File on Transfer Station1994-1996

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1 14New York Public Interest Research Group Legal File on Green Island Transfer Station1995-1996

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1 15New York Public Interest Research Group Legal File on Green Island Transfer Station, Documents obtained through FOIL1994

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1 16Troy Area United Ministries (TAUM), Correspondence, Meeting Minutes, Fliers1992-1995

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1 17"The Very Real Danger," Book, Poster1995