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Schodack residents against proposed hazardous waste truck facility

April 12, 2019 07:43 PM

Residents in the town of Schodack are concerned about their water being contaminated. That's because Goulet Trucking, a hazardous waste hauler is planning to put a facility on top of the town's aquifer.

The lot is zoned for highway commercial and local business. When residents bought their properties, they never dreamed a hazardous waste hauler would end up there. The planning board would have to issue a special permit, but neighbors are urging them to take the proper precautions.

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Barb Haberland said she didn't even know anyone was interested in buying the cornfield next to her house on Lape Road in Schodack. That is until about six weeks ago, when a surveyor showed up in her backyard with a machete.

"I asked him who was the person interested in buying the property and he said they were not privy to that information," Haberland said.

Haberland's neighbor, Rachel Tiedman, and her husband started asking around. They learned Goulet Trucking is planning to build their new headquarters there. In addition to a 20,000 square foot facility, the company wants to keep 100 trucks on site and install a wash bay.

"When the trucks are washed how is it going to drain?" Haberland said.

"They haul contaminated hazardous material I certainly don't want that around my two young kids," Tiedman said. "I don't want that in my water system. We live in a direct recharge area of the town's aquifer, which is the main source of our water supply for our own well."

Neighbors are also worried about how this facility would affect property values.

"Nobody is going to want to live next to a contaminated waste hauler," Tiedman said. "I certainly don't want to. I can't imagine anybody on the planning board would want to live next to that so it's unfair of them to think that we would want to."

There is a town law protecting the aquifer, but Goulet is asking the planning board for a special permit.

Neighbors want to see a full environmental impact study done before that happens.

"Schodack residents don't need to be the next people that show up on the news with contaminated water," Haberland said. "We need to save our beautiful area that we live in."

The town initially sent out a notice with the wrong public hearing date. That meeting will be held Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m. NewsChannel 13 reached out to the planning board and Goulet for comment, neither responded immediately on Friday.

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Emily Burkhard

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