December 14, 2021

Neighbors of LaFarge Cement Plant Urge Gov. Hochul to Veto Concrete Bill

Community groups are urging Governor Kathy Hochul to veto Assembly Bill 2591, the Low Embodied Carbon Concrete Leadership Act, saying the bill would incentivise waste burning in New York’s cement kilns. The Coeymans Clean Air Coalition says two major problems with the bill are that it does not define low carbon concrete, and that it sets up an advisory board of industry insiders to define low carbon concrete.

HMM’s Alexis Goldsmith spoke with Barbara Heinzen of Coeymans Clean Air Coalition and independent filmmaker Sonja Stark. Governor Hochul has until Sunday, 12/19 to sign or veto the bill.

For more information on the Coeymans Clean Air Coalition, visit

For more information on waste-to-fuel in concrete plants, see the Reuter’s special report “Trash and Burn, Big Brands Stoke Cement Kilns with Plastic Waste as Recycling Falters” published on Oct. 28, 2021 (

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