Updated: 04/11/2014 6:27 PM
Created: 04/11/2014 9:07 AM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff
RAVENA - The smokestack that is seen easily from Route 9-W, the Thruway and other locations near Ravena pushes various materials into the atmosphere.
Even though the 50 year old facility meets current environmental standards to operate, officials at the groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning stressed the new plant will do a lot better.
"Total emission of sulfur dioxide will drop 95%," said Gene Kelly, Regional Director of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Congressman Paul Tonko (D - Amsterdam) said they welcomed the 150 million dollar plant rebuild with open arms.
"The over 100 jobs are important to our regular economy," Tonko said.
Officials threw the mandatory shovels full of dirt for the project's ceremonial beginning.
Construction is supposed to be completed by June of 2016.
"Our modernized plant will become one of the most advanced cement facilities in the United States," said John Stull, Lafarge US President and CEO. "We are excited that our plant will operate within the strict environmental regulations, contribute to our sustainability ambitions and result in a number of operating improvements including significantly improved emissions and fuel efficiencies."