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Ken Tingley is Editor of The Post-Star in Glens Falls, N.Y. and writes a regular blog called "The Front Page."

Glens Falls emissions

Lehigh Northeast Cement Co., left, and Finch Paper, right, are seen on Sept. 23. Despite its pollution history, there's no independent air-quality monitoring station in the Glens Falls region.

As I was driving in to work Monday, the smoke pouring out of the smokestacks at Finch was literally blotting out the sun.

It was sunny when I left my house in Queensbury, but snowing when I got to work.

I think we all wonder what the real quality of the air is in Glens Falls. And after Gwendolyn Craig’s story on the front page of Sunday’s newspaper showed, we should understand there is no way of knowing.

We learned that the closest air monitoring stations are at Whiteface and in Stillwater. I doubt either reflected the smoke pouring out of the stacks Monday morning.

The cement plant’s recent proposal to burn a new substance as renewed the discussion about air quality in Glens Falls.

It’s something that we don’t talk about much at all.

But considering the cancer clusters in Warren County, we probably should.

The first step would be some regular monitoring of the air quality. I don’t know how much that would cost, but it seems long overdue.

This is our health we are talking about and we deserve some answers.

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