Editor:

I am writing with respect to Lehigh Northeast's application to use raggertail as a fuel alternative at its cement plant in South Glens Falls. Thank you for your diligent coverage of this issue.

While I am not a scientist, I understand that Warren County has one of the highest incidences of cancer in New York state. It can hardly be a coincidence that this area has, for decades, been a dumping site for PCBs by GE, trash at the Hudson Falls burn plant, and in general, a myriad of other dirty industrial byproducts.

Based on press reports, it appears that Lehigh's contention that use of this fuel does not pose a safety risk derives from Lehigh's own tests. At the very least, a third party should be brought in to prepare a full environmental impact statement.

It is time for upstate New York to cease being the path of least resistance for companies seeking to use, burn or dispose of potentially dangerous contaminants.

Katherine Roome, Greenwich

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