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Rensselaer County Greens Records

1979-2004

The arrangement and description of this collection was made possible through a New York State Archives Documentary Heritage Program Arrangement and Description Grant.

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Abstract

The records of the Rensselaer County Greens (RCG) contain relevant information behind its efforts to protect the Rensselaer County, New York community from the destruction of environment and historical landmarks.

Summary

Creator:
Rensselaer County (N.Y.) Greens
Date Coverage:
1979-2004
Quantity:
6.96 cubic ft.
Quantity:
11
Quantity:
32

The Rensselaer County Greens (RCG) was founded in January 1999. The organizations purpose is to strengthen the Rensselaer County community through the preservation of significant historical landmarks and through the encouragement of environmental-friendly procedures. The grassroots approach is designed to have the voice of every individual citizen interested in the community heard, with their involvement dictating how their community is run. No matter gender, race, age, or class, the RCG strives for the equal treatment for members of the Rensselaer community.

Since its inception, the organization has worked to save, protect, and dissuade Rensselaer County from accepting proposals that will compromise the environmental and living standards of the community. The RCG was a founding member of Historic Action Network. In RCGs first year of existence the organization successfully prevented a microchip semiconductor plant from being built in North Greenbush, NY. Behind one of the partys spokesmen, Eric Daillie, the Greens used community pressure to stop this microchip plant, known as Chip Fab, from being built. The environmental destruction and physical health issues that RCG believed would result led to their involvement in the issue.

In a more controversial and time-consuming case, the RCG spent the years 2000-2004 attempting to keep Besicorp out of Rensselaer. Besicorp-Empire Development Company, LLC, or BEDCO, wanted to build a $680 million state-of-the-art facility in Rensselaer in 2000. Besicorp planned to team up with Empire State Newsprint, LLC to create a recycled news clipping manufacturing facility and a cogeneration power facility. The desire to make the Hudson River waterfront aesthetically pleasing, protect the citizens from harmful pollutants, and to clean up the toxic by-products of the previous company, BASF, was the motivation for the RCG members to keep this new business out of Rensselaer. However, re-industrialization took precedence and both the power plant and the papermill received the necessary state permits to build. As of 2006, Besicorp has not constructed either facility.

The RCG has also been involved in many smaller projects during its existence. Preserving woodlands and farmland from being destroyed for the construction of highways, and the sprawl that would result, was an issue when the idea of an Interstate 90 connector was planned in East Greenbush. The preservation of historic landmarks is another issue RCG has been involved with including saving the Freihofer Building in Lansingburgh from being demolished and replaced by a drug store chain. Other initiatives undertaken by RCG are also documented in the organizations records.

The records of the Rensselaer County Greens (RCG) contain relevant information behind its efforts to protect the Rensselaer County community from the destruction of environment and historical landmarks. The records consist of applications, permits, court material, environmental statistics and research, news clippings, visual information, rulings, and audiovisuals. The main focus of the records is RCGs conflict with Besicorp and the factory the company planned to construct in Rensselaer.

The records were donated to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives by member, Eric Daillie. Many of the papers are records he personally created or collected, including correspondence, speeches, and political information he composed. The records came in boxes that were for the most part organized. Much of the information was already in folders and binders. The original order of the records in the collection was largely maintained with a few exceptions.

The records lack comprehensive information about the membership of RCG other than Eric Daillie. The strength of the records lies in documenting how the organization viewed individuals and other organizations who held opposing views.

Several collections in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives provide further information on the environmental issues of concern to the Rensselaer County Greens. For a complete list of related collections see the subject guide for Conservation and the Environment. Of particular interest are the records of Tom Blandy (APAP-133), Jeanne Casatelli (APAP-150), and the Environmental Clearinghouse, Inc. (ECOS) (APAP-180).

The collection is organized into the following series: 1 - Besicorp-Empire Development Company, LLC: 1999-2004; 2 - BASF: 2000-2003, Undated; 3 - Chip Fab: 1998-2004, Undated; 4 - Series 4 - Other Projects: 2000-2004; Series 5 - Audiovisuals: 1999-2003.

Eric Daillie of the Rensselaer County Greens donated this collection.February 2005

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Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Rensselaer County Greens Records, 1979-2004. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Rensselaer County Greens Records).

Contents of Collection

Quantity: 5.33 cubic ft.

The multiple issues that Rensselaer County Greens (RCG) raised with this company can be seen in the diversity of the records in this series. Environmental issues were the primary priority with information pertaining to water pollution, air pollution, traffic congestion, previous contaminants in the ground where the new site was to be built, and the noise and smell that would be given off by the plant documented in the records. Application and permit material make up a major component of the series while background statistics and material directly from the court proceedings account for another large section of the series. The environmental concerns and research files were created to be used by RCG, and as a result the majority of the information in the series documents RCGs claims against Besicorp. The pros and cons of what Besicorp could mean for Rensselaer and what it could do to influence the lifestyles of Rensselaers citizens is documented in the various newspaper stories on the topic. RCG handouts give a clear statement of why the organization was fighting against the newly planned plant.

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1 1Application Material, Empire State Newsprint Project, Article X Preliminary Scoping Statement & SEQR Draft Scoping Document2000 January

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1 2Application Material, State of New York Department of Public Service2000 December 12

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1 3Application Material, Article X, Empire State Newsprint Project, Table of Contents and Appendix2001 December

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1 4Application Material, Article X, Empire State Newsprint Project, Sections 1,2, 32001 December

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1 5Application Material, Article X, Empire State Newsprint Project, Section 42001 December

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1 6Application Material, Article X, Empire State Newsprint Project, Section 52001 December

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1 7Application Material, Article X, Empire State Newsprint Project, Sections 6, 72001 December

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1 8Application Material, Article X, Empire State Newsprint Project, Sections 8, 92001 December

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1 9Application Material, Article X, Empire State Newsprint Project, Section 10, Appendix J2001 December

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1 10Application Material, Article X, Empire State Newsprint Project, Design and Visual Modifications relating to Section 102001-2003

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1 11Application Material, Article X, Empire State Newsprint Project, Maps of Visual Resources (Relating to Section 10)2001-2002

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1 12Application Material, Article X, Empire State Newsprint Project, Sections 11, 122001 December

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1 13Application Material, Article X, Empire State Newsprint Project, Sections 13, 142001 December

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1 14Application Material, Article X, Empire State Newsprint Project, Sections 15, 162001 December

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1 15Application Material, Article X, Empire State Newsprint Project, Sections 17, 182001 December

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1 16Application Material, Article X, Empire State Newsprint Project, Sections 19, 202001 December

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1 17Application Material, Article X, Empire State Newsprint Project, Section 21 and a memo on transportation2001 December

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1 18Application Material, Draft Post-Remediation Construction Plan, Empire State Newsprint Projects and Article X Issues of Sierra Club Hudson Mohawk Group2002

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1 19Application Material, New York State board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment2002 October 23

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1 20Application Material, Young, SommerLLC, aboutApplications for special permits2003 January

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1 21Application Material, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NYSDEC, and Department of Health2003

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1 22Joint Settlement Material, Joint Settlement Agreement"2003 June

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1 23Joint Settlement Material, Table of Contents and Cover for Joint Application for Permit2003 April 25

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1 24Joint Settlement Material, Exhibit 3 to the Joint Settlement Agreement, Joint Application for Permit"2003 April 25

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1 25Joint Settlement Material, Environmental Questionnaire"2003 April 25

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1 26Joint Settlement Material, Joint Proposal on State and Local Law Issues, (list of Exhibits in back)2003 June 18

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1 27Joint Settlement Material, BS&K, overview of material2003 June 18

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1 28Joint Agreement Material, Federal Consistency Assessment Form2003 April 25

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1 29Joint Agreement Material, Appendix A"2003 April

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1 30Joint Agreement Material, Appendix B-D"2001, Undated

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1 31Joint Agreement Material, Appendix E"2003 April

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1 32Joint Agreement Material, Appendix F"2003 April

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1 33Joint Agreement Material, Appendix G"2002 October

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1 34Joint Agreement Material, Related to Appendix G, Historic Architectural Evaluation, Appendix 1"2001

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1 35Joint Agreement Material, Related to Appendix G, Photos, Appendix 2"Undated

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1 36Joint Agreement Material, Related to Appendix G, Correspondence, Appendix 3"2001-2003

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1 37Joint Agreement Material, Appendix H2002 May 24

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1 38Joint Agreement Material, Appendix I and Appendix J2003 April, Undated

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1 39Joint Agreement Material, Appendix K-LUndated

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1 40Joint Agreement Material, Appendix M-NUndated

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1 41Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement, Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement, 2 Volumes, Exhibit 4, NYSDEC Draft Permits and Fact Sheet Narratives2002 May

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1 42Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement, Exhibit 4 continued, Air Pollution Control PermitUndated

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1 43Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement, Exhibit 4 continued, PermitUndated

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2 1Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement, Exhibit 5, Letter, Virginia C. Robbins, Bond, Schoeneck & King, to Christopher Hogan, NYSDEC BEDCO comments on Draft PSD Permit"2002 July 19

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2 2Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement, Exhibit 6, BEDCO Responses to Sierra Club"2002 August 16

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2 3Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement, Exhibit 7, Air Quality Impact Assessment"2003 April 28

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2 4Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement,Exhibits 8-112002 August 16, 2002 December 9, 2002 December 19, 2003 May 28

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2 5Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement, Exhibit 12, BEDCO Responses to NYSDPS Staff Interrogatories"2002 August 19

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2 6Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement,Exhibits 13-152003 April-June

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2 7Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement,Exhibits 16-182002 September 16, 2002 October 25, 2003 April

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2 8Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement, Exhibit 19, Letter and Attachments, Kevin M. Bernstein to Judges Brilling and Garlick, Traffic Submission"2002 September 19

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2 9Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement,Exhibits 22, 23, 23a, 242002 November 19, 2003 April 2, 2003 May 15, 2003 May 28

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2 10Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement,Exhibits 25, 25a2002 November 12, 2002 December 16

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2 11Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement,Exhibits 26-302002 July 22, 2003 February 24, 2003 June, Undated

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2 12Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement, Exhibit 31, Analysis of Alternatives Pursuant to Section 106for Demolition of Buildings 75, 87, and 88 at the BASF Facility, October 20022002 October

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2 13Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement, Exhibits 32-362002 October 23, 2003 February 13, 2003 March 13, 2003 March 28, 2003 April 9

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2 14Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement, Exhibit 37, BEDCO Responses to Interrogations"2002 June 28

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2 15Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement, Exhibit 37 continued2002 June 28

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2 16Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement, Exhibit 38, RC/Greens Responses to BEDCO Interrogatories"2002 September 19

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2 17Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement, Exhibit 39, Revised Preliminary Landscape Plan"2002 December 19

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2 18Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement,Exhibits 40-432002 November 8, 2002 December 2, 2003 April

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2 19Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement,Exhibits 44-452002 September 19, Undated

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2 20Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement,Exhibits 46-472003 February 6, 2003 June 2

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2 21Exhibits to the Joint Settlement Agreement,Exhibits 100-1062002 August

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2 22Visual Resources; BEDCO Response to RCG2003 September 22, Undated

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2 23Evidentiary Hearing, Vol. 1, p. 1226-14002003 September 17

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2 24Evidentiary Hearing, Vol. 1, p. 1401-15872003 September 17

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2 25Evidentiary Hearing, Vol. 2, p. 1588-18002003 September 19

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2 26Evidentiary Hearing, Vol. 2, p. 1801-19802003 September 19

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2 27Evidentiary Hearing, Vol. 3, p. 2688-28002003 September 26

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2 28Evidentiary Hearing, Vol. 3, p. 2801-28982003 September 26

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2 29Affidavits, August 20032003 August

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2 30Interrogatories, Department of Public Service to Besicorp2002 August 8

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2 31Interrogatories, Besicorp to Sierra Club2002 August

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2 32Interrogatories, Besicorp to NYSDPS2002 August-November

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2 33Interrogatories, Department of Public Service to Besicorp2004 March 1

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2 34Testimonies, Packet of testimonies on the Empire State Newsprint Project, and an expert witness testimony list2002 June, 2003 August 12

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2 35Testimonies, Testimonies on behalf of Besicorp (1 of 2)2003 August 12

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2 36Testimonies, Testimonies on behalf of Besicorp (2 of 2)2003 August 12

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3 1Testimonies, Testimony on Visual Impacts and Land Use/Waterfront Development by Besicorp2003 August 13

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3 2Testimonies, Testimony Andrew Davis and Richard Powell2003 August 13

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3 3Testimonies, Testimony on behalf of the Fort Crailo Neighborhood Association2003 August 14

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3 4Testimonies, Testimony on behalf of the Fort Crailo Neighborhood Association2003 August 13, 2003 September 8

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3 5Testimonies, Testimony of David Kahlbaugh on behalf of the City of RensselaerUndated

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3 6Testimonies, Testimony of John Shafer on behalf of the City of RensselaerUndated

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3 7Rebuttal Testimonies, list of Besicorp witnesses, and testimonies on behalf of Besicorp2003 August 27

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3 8Rebuttal Testimonies, Testimonies on behalf of Besicorp2003 August 27

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3 9Rebuttal Testimonies, Testimony of Stephen J. Savaria on behalf of Besicorp2003 August 27

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3 10Rebuttal Testimonies, Testimony/Statement by Besicorp to the City of Rensselaer2003 August 27

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3 11Rebuttal Testimonies, Testimony on behalf of the Department of Public Service2003 September 9

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3 12Rebuttal Testimonies, Testimony by David Kahlbaugh on behalf of the City of Rensselaer, undatedUndated

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3 13Exhibit list and RCG court paper without content2003-2004

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3 14Correspondence of court information by email2002-2003

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3 15Besicorp-Empire Project Mail List"Undated

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3 16Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, BEDCO CommentsUndated

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3 17Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, BEDCO Response2003 April 30

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3 18Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, BEDCO Response to Comments2004 April 19

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3 19Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, BEDCO Statement2003 August 12

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3 20Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, BEDCO Briefs2003 April 19, 2004 July 14

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3 21Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, BEDCO Initial Brief (1 of 2)Undated

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3 22Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, BEDCO Initial Brief (2 of 2)Undated

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3 23Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, BEDCO ReplyBriefsUndated

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3 24Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, BEDCO Public Information2002-2003

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3 25Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, City of Rensselaer Briefs2003-2004

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3 26Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, City of Rensselaer Motions2002 December 6, 2003 April 17

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3 27Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, City of Rensselaer Statement2003 August 13

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3 28Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, City of Rensselaer Reply2004 April 19

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3 29Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, City of Rensselaer Petition for Full Party Status2002 July 3

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3 30Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Briefs2003-2004

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3 31Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, NYSDEC Interim Decision and Responsiveness Summary2003 August 22, 2004 March

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3 32Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, NYSDEC Reply2003 July 11

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3 33Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, NYSDEC Permit2004 October 3

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3 34Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, New York State Department of Public Service Briefs2003-2004

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3 35Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, NYSDPS Responses2003-2004

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3 36Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, NYSDPS Appendix B2004 April 7

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4 1Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, Rensselaer County Greens Briefs2003-2004

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4 2Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, RCG Cost/Benefit Analysis2002 July

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4 3Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, RCG Pre-Hearing Intervention Remarks and RCG Statement2003 August 13, Undated

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4 4Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, RCG Funding2002 June-July

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4 5Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, Organichem Corporation Application for Full Party Status2002 July 5

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4 6Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, Approved Permits2004 September

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4 7Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, Traffic Analysis and Rulings2004

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4 8Briefs, Decisions, Rulings, Rulings, 2002/20042002-2004

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4 9Environmental Concerns, ESNP PM 2, 5 Mobile Source Analysis"2002 November 15

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4 10Environmental Concerns, Death, Disease & Dirty Power"2000 October

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4 11Environmental Concerns, Air Pollution Research and Statistics2000, 2002, Undated

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4 12Environmental Concerns, Air Pollution Research and Statistics2000-2001

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4 13Environmental Concerns, George Bush CartoonsUndated

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4 14Environmental Concerns, Technology and Paper Articles2001, 2003

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4 15Environmental Concerns, Energy and Biofuel Articles2000-2002

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4 16Environmental Concerns, Research on Newsprint Industry2002-2003

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4 17Environmental Concerns, Research on Newsprint Industry2002

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4 18Environmental Concerns, Research on Newsprint Industry2000-2001

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4 19Environmental Concerns, Research on Newsprint Industry, Articles on Besicorps history1998-2000

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4 20Environmental Concerns, Additional Visual Information (1 of 2)Undated

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4 21Environmental Concerns, Additional Visual Information (2 of 2)Undated

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4 22Environmental Concerns, Additional Visual Information (1 of 2)2002, Undated

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4 23Environmental Concerns, Additional Visual Information (2 of 2)2002, Undated

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4 24Environmental Concerns, Technical Conference2002

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4 25Environmental Research and Background Information, Pollutants, Gas Turbine Emissions, Diesel, and Pollution Offsets2000

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4 26Environmental Research and Background Information, Info on Besicorp in the Hudson Valley Prior to Rensselaer County1999-2000

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4 27Environmental Research and Background Information, Ordered Information on Besicorp in the Hudson Valley1998-2000

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4 28Environmental Research and Background Information, SEQRA1999

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5 1Environmental Research and Background Information, Past Case Examples1997, 1999, 2001

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5 2Environmental Research and Background Information, Impacts on Property Values [BEDCO]2002

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5 3Environmental Research and Background Information, Study on Traffic Problems and how to Solve them2001-2002

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5 4Environmental Research and Background Information, Public Involvement Program2002

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5 5Environmental Research and Background Information, Article X/SEQRA Processes1998-1999, 2001-2002

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5 6Environmental Research and Background Information, Empire State Newsprint Project Overview2000-2001

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5 7Environmental Research and Background Information, Local News Clippings on Besicorp, Times Union1998-2004

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5 8Environmental Research and Background Information, Local News Clippings on Besicorp, The Record2000-2004

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5 9Environmental Research and Background Information, Local News Clippings on Besicorp, Rensselaer TU, Independent, Metroland, etc.1999-2004

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5 10Environmental Research and Background Information, RCGs Flyers, Handouts, etc.2000-2004

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5 11Environmental Research and Background Information, Besicorps Flyers and Newsletters2000-2004

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5 12Environmental Research and Background Information, Random Information Relating to Besicorp and Rensselaer1999-2004

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5 13Environmental Research and Background Information, Information and Guidelines on how to win a Court Case1979, 1981-1982, Undated

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5 14Environmental Research and Background Information, DEC Policy System, Permit, and Record of Decision2000-2003

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5 15Environmental Research and Background Information, Visual Resources for US Army Corps of Engineers1988

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5 16Environmental Research and Background Information, Waterfront Planning for Albany, New York1996, 2002

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5 17Environmental Research and Background Information, Urban/Waterfront Planning in Rensselaer1986-1987, 1996

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5 18Environmental Research and Background Information, City of Rensselaer Planning and Development Agency2002

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5 19Environmental Research and Background Information, City of Rensselaer Zoning Ordinance1979

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6 1Environmental Research and Background Information, Rensselaer County Industrial Development Agency2001

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6 2Environmental Research and Background Information, Besicorp, Benefit or Burden? Press Release, and IDA2002

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6 3Environmental Research and Background Information, Notices, Replies, Memorandums2002-2004

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6 4Environmental Research and Background Information, Notices, Replies, Memorandums2000-2002

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6 5Environmental Research and Background Information, Memorandums2003-2004
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This series contains information on the history of BASF back to its corporate roots in Germany. The history of the dye industry in Rensselaer traced back to 1868 is also available. This series also includes statistics of the BASF brownfield in Rensselaer, information on BASFs response to RCGs claims, the history of the BASFs landfill, and the land investigation that took place.

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1 1BASF, History of Company in Germany and United States (IG Farben and GAF)1988, 1999, 2001-2002

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1 2BASF, Statistics of Chemicals in RensselaerUndated

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1 3BASF, Brownfield Bill/DEC Remediation2001-2003, Undated

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1 4BASF, Environmental Releases for Rensselaer County2000

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1 5BASF, Rensselaer Landfill Site History1980, 1982, 2001-2002

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1 6BASF, Work Plans made for BASF2001

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1 7BASF, Feasibility Study Report for BASF2001

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1 8BASF, Petition to BASF Land Reclassification and Land Investigation1979-2001

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1 9BASF, Land Investigation Information2002

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1 10BASF, Land Investigation Information and Maps2003

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1 11BASF, BASF Stocks and Mergers from Morningstar.com2000

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Flat-File 1BASF, Maps assembled by Rensselaer County Greens Regarding Environmental Remediation needed and BASF Plansca. 2000-2003
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The Chip Fab series compares the positives and negatives of this semiconductor plant. Information on the employment and revenue impacts versus the pollution potential, health hazards, and industry instability is scattered throughout the series. Other semiconductor manufacturers in New York and their statistics are available here as well. Health hazards such as high employee cancer risks, and water pollution and usage cause microchip plants to be dangerous. A geometrical report and a water supply study are each located in folders in the series. Local news clippings show how the community rallied against the Chip Fab project and prevented it from being constructed despite the influence of politicians who wanted the company to be built in North Greenbush.

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1 1Chip Fab, Traffic Impact Study1998 November

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1 2Chip Fab, Traffic Impact Study1998 November

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1 3Chip Fab, Input on Environmental Health and Safety Impacts, and Semiconductor Industry StrategyUndated

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1 4Chip Fab, High-tech Centers in the Capital District1999-2001

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1 5Chip Fab, Local News Clippings, Times Union1999-2004

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1 6Chip Fab, Local News Clippings, The Record, The Advertiser, etc.1998-2000

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1 7Chip Fab, Transcripts and Statements against Chip Fab1999

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1 8Chip Fab, Presentation and Information as to why North Greenbush should not accept Chip Fab1999

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1 9Chip Fab, Other Semiconductors in New York and their Hazards1999

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1 10Chip Fab, Geometrical Report for Chip Fab1998 August 19

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1 11Chip Fab, Archeological Field Investigations1998

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1 12Chip Fab, Water Supply Study1998
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This series contains information about other projects undertaken by the Rensselaer County Greens (RCG). A proposed I-90 connector in the town of North Greenbush was opposed by the Rensselaer County Greens and community opposition to the proposed project was organized. (They believed it was unnecessary and was not worth the destruction of woodlands and the sprawl that would result.) Other information on urban sprawl shows how proposed tax legislation would cause surrounding farmland and country to be quickly inhabited.

In 1913, Freihofer purchased a building constructed in 1896 in Lansingburgh, NY. The Freihofer building became a community fixture. In 2000, the drugstore chain Eckerds planned on demolishing the building to replace it with one of its box design store fronts. The RCG intervened, and eventually the building was saved from demolition. The news clippings and handouts in the series depict this. It remains a historic site on the Hudson River.

In 2002, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute began spending a quarter of a billion dollars on new buildings on its campus, becoming known as the RPI Expansion Project. The project became a sore spot for the RCG. Six houses built in the 1800s that were still structurally sound were to be destroyed to make room for the construction. RCG believed the area would also suffer aesthetically and traffic would become a bigger issue. This RCG project is documented in a report by the RCG in the series.

A Report to the Community located in the toxic spraying folder explains the RCGs opposition to spraying chemicals of unknown health risks in the community to prevent West Nile Virus. The question of whether the chemicals or virus posed more of a threat was an issue. News clippings and RCG handouts depict the efforts many of the members of the Troy community were willing to go to to prevent potentially harmful chemicals from being randomly sprayed throughout the city.

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1 1I-90 Connector and Sprawl2000-2002

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1 2Freihofers, Exhibits and News Clippings2000-2004

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1 3RPI Expansion Project2000-2002

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1 4Toxic Spraying, Report to the Community2000 September

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1 5Toxic Spraying, Community Uprising2000
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The moving images in this series are visual documentation of the projects and issues of interest to the Rensselaer County Greens. The series includes commercial and non-commercial films documenting public hearings dealing with Besicorp and community meetings dealing with Troys waterfront. The VHS about BASF titled Locked Out! is based on the companys so-called attack on workers and the environment at their company located in Louisiana.

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Video-Tape 1BASF, DEC Hearing2003 March 4

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Video-Tape 2BASF, Locked Out! The Story of BASFs Attack on Workers, the Community, and the Environment in Louisiana"Undated

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Video-Tape 3Besicorp, Public Hearing2002 September 10

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Video-Tape 4Besicorp, DEC/DPS Public Hearing2001 January 30

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Video-Tape 5Besicorp, Public Hearing, Air and Water Issues2001 March 14

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Video-Tape 6Besicorp, Public Hearing, "Community Impacts"2001 March 29

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Video-Tape 7Besicorp, Public Hearing, "Safety/Material Use"2001 April 3

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Video-Tape 8Besicorp, Public Hearing, Final Scoping Sesion2001 May 24

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Video-Tape 9Besicorp, Scoping Session2001 February 6

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Video-Tape 10North Greenbush/Defreestville Town Board Meeting2000 December 14

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Video-Tape 11Rensselaer City Council Meeting2000

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Video-Tape 12Rezoning R. 4/43, North Greenbush Town Meeting2000 December 14

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Video-Tape 13South Troy Waterfront, Community Meeting2000 November 9

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Video-Tape 14Troy Planning Commission, The Drugstore Wars"2001 Fall

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Cassette 1BASF, DEC Hearing2003 March 4

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Cassette 2Besicorp, DEC/DPS Public Hearing2001 January 30

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Cassette 3Besicorp, Council Meeting2002 June 10

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Cassette 4Besicorp, Public Hearing2000 November-December

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Cassette 5Besicorp, Public Hearing, "Air and Water Issues"2001 March 14

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Cassette 6Besicorp, Public Hearing, "Community Impacts"2001 March 29

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Cassette 7Besicorp, Public Hearing, "Safety/Material Use"2001 April 3

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Cassette 8Besicorp, Public Hearing, Final Scoping Sesion2001 May 24

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Cassette 9Besicorp, Rensselaer City Council Meeting2002 June 7

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Cassette 10Besicorp, Rensselaer City Council Meeting2000 November 9

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Cassette 11Besicorp, Rensselaer County Environmental Management CouncilUndated

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Cassette 12Besicorp, Scoping SessionUndated

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Cassette 13Chip Fab, Community Forum1999 April 28

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Cassette 14Chip Fab, North Greenbush Town Meeting1999

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Cassette 15Chip Fab, Master Plan Committee, Report on Chip Fab, Workshop Meeting1999 September 23