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Taking Action

Posted by Eric Hoppel on

A garbage burning facility in Albany's Arbor Hill neighborhood regularly spewed toxic ash across the community. Aaron Mair had to learn that the hard way after he moved his family there. Yesterday's post was about how he discovered the problem. Today, we look at what he did to help shut down what they kept calling, "that damned plant."

The study to which Aaron refers is the Toxic Wastes and Race Study. His interview prompted me to look up standards for lead levels in soil. He also references Love Canal and the Hoosick Falls Water Crisis. One of the tools they used to get information on the ANSWERS plant was  FOIL. We looked at that last week with Bob Freeman of New York’s Committee on Open Government.

Tomorrow, we will look at what happened when Aaron approached the Sierra Club, an organization he would go on to lead.