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For Release — Tuesday, April 8, 2003

COUNCIL URGES STATE TO APPROVE ST. LAWRENCE CEMENT PLANT

ALBANY—A proposed replacement cement plant in Columbia County would bring important economic and environmental benefits to the region and should be approved by the state, Business Council President Daniel B. Walsh has told Governor Pataki.

"We support this project because it represents the type of reinvestment in manufacturing that New York should welcome and encourage," Walsh said in a March 19 letter to Governor Pataki.

"This new, larger replacement facility will retain and create manufacturing jobs and stimulate the regional economy. At the same time, even with a significant increase in production, it will bring dramatically improved environmental performance-virtual elimination of water intake from, and discharge to, the Hudson River; the reduction of acid rain precursors by 45 percent; and the reduction of lead and mercury emissions by 95 percent."

Noting that the project has been tied up in state permitting and environmental review processes for more than three years, Walsh added: "This precedent sends the wrong message to the businesses looking to major investments or reinvestments in New York State.

"We urge you to facilitate the timely conclusion of the St. Lawrence Cement permitting process to ensure that New York remains an attractive location for this and other economically beneficial, environmentally sound investments," the letter concluded.

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