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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. (about 2 boxes)

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.

  • Series 1: Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator, 1991-1998, Undated, 1.0 cubic ft.
  • Series 2: Subject Files, 1990-1999, Undated, 1.0 cubic ft.

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.

Processed by: Joshua Hauck-Whealton in 2006.

Collection record created by: Adam Hoffman

Published: 2012

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Access to this record group is unrestricted.

Copyright Statement

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

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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11Citizen's Clearinghouse for Hazardous Waste, Conference Materials1990, 1992, 1994, Undated

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12Concerned Citizens for the Environment, Correspondence1996

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13Concerned Citizens for the Environment, Meeting Minutes, Agendas, Notes1996-1997, Undated

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14Concerned Citizens for the Environment, Newsletters1996

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15Dioxins1993-1996

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16Inter-Power Facility1991-1994

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17Mount Ida Preservation Association, Poestenkill Dam, Correspondence, Maps, Pictures1998-1999

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18New York State Department of Environmental Conservation1989, 1993-1995, Undated

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19PhotographsUndated

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110Citizens' Environmental Coalition, Newsletters, Correspondence1994

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111Recycling1992-1996, Undated

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112Ref-Fuel1991-1995

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

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114Solid Waste Incineration1991-1995, Undated

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115Toxic 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

nam_apap133-2_1

11Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Appeal, Correspondence, Court Documents1996-1998

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12Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Appeal, Legal Briefs, Correspondence1997-1998

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13Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Counter Appeal, Court Demands1998

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14Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Cross Appeal, Correspondence, Court Documents1997

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15Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Initial Trial, Court Demands, Decision1996

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16Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Legal Bills1996-1998

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17Doctors Fundraising Packet1996

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18Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator, Articles, Fliers1992-1995, Undated

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19Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator, Correspondence1992-1995, Undated

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110Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator, DiagramsUndated

nam_apap133-2_11

111Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator, News Clippings1991-1995, Undated

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112Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator, Notes1991-1994, Undated

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113New York Public Interest Research Group Legal File on Transfer Station1994-1996

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114New York Public Interest Research Group Legal File on Green Island Transfer Station1995-1996

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115New York Public Interest Research Group Legal File on Green Island Transfer Station, Documents obtained through FOIL1994

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116Troy Area United Ministries (TAUM), Correspondence, Meeting Minutes, Fliers1992-1995

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117"The Very Real Danger," Book, Poster1995