ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that Momentive Performance Materials, Inc. (MPM) in Saratoga County will fund $1 million in Environmental Benefit Projects (EBPs). The projects are in Waterford and Halfmoon.
The projects are part of the $2.3 million enforcement penalties against MPM for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, air, water, and hazardous waste laws, and conditions of the facility’s permit.
“Violations of New York State’s environmental laws and regulations are serious offenses that carry consequences,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “DEC takes seriously our responsibility to protect public health and the environment and holds polluters accountable for breaking these laws.”
To resolve the violations, MPM was required to fund up to $1 million in local Environmental Benefit Projects in the towns of Waterford and Halfmoon. An EBP is a project that the responsible party agrees to undertake as part of the settlement of an enforcement matter.
The EBPs and estimated costs are:
- Water Treatment Plant Sludge Tanker Replacement, $150,000
- Hurst Harbor Visitors Center Repairs, $165,000
- Waterford Town Hall Roof Repairs, $125,000
- Town Playground Equipment Upgrades, $40,000
- Town Swimming Pool Repairs, $80,000
- Town Highway Garage Roof Repairs, $125,000
- Expansion and Upgrades at Waterford Highway Garage Salt Shed, $100,000
- Town Wastewater Pump Station Repairs, $100,000
- Trail and Landfill Maintenance Equipment, $40,000
- Assistance with Construction of Outdoor Pavilion, $75,000
The projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
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