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DC Court of Appeals Rejects Industry Challenge to Mercury Rule

On December 9, 2011, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Portland Cement Association's attempt to prevent the implementation of long overdue Clean Air Act standards to reduce cement plants' emissions of mercury and other pollutants.

For more than 10 years, Earthjustice representing Friends of Hudson and other groups fought first to force the EPA to write the standard and then intervened when the PCA sued to have it overturned by the courts. The Court of Appeals rejected the Association's claim that the regulations would impose an impossible financial and technical burden on the industry.

This decision is a very significant victory for clean air and public health in the Hudson Valley and around the country. The full text of the Earthjustice press release includes comments by FoH's Susan Falzon.

Proposed South Bay Creek and Marsh Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat

On June 15, 2011, the Department of State (DOS) proposed to designate major portions of the South Bay as a Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat (SCFWH).

The map prepared by the South Bay Task Force shows the proposed SCFWH boundary, still in draft form. The Task Force map is based on a DOS topographic map which accompanies a draft memorandum.

This new designation would provide the South Bay with the same level of protection as Stockport Creek and Flats SCFWH, and all such designated habitats throughout New York State.

Lafarge Ravena: Two Opportunities for Public Comment

Friends of Hudson is urging all concerned to send comments to the two state agencies that are currently reviewing aspects of Lafarge's cement plant in Ravena NY

Public Comment Period on Modernization ends February 22.

Major Developments This Week Concerning Lafarge’s Ravena Plant

Two State Agencies to Conduct Public Information Meetings at R-C-S HS in Ravena

DEC on Lafarge Ravena Proposed Modernization (December 8, 2010) and DOH on Public Health Assessment of Lafarge’s Ravena Plant (December 9, 2010)

Army Corps of Engineers Visits the South Bay, 4/27/10

Two representative's of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from the New York District recently came to the City of Hudson to meet with local citizens and officials. The meeting took place at the Basilica Industria on Tuesday, April 27 from Noon to 1:30PM.

Ecology of the South Bay, A Symposium

A significant, forward-looking development for the South Bay took place yesterday at Space 360. It was a forum on the ecology of the South Bay, past and future with 4 presenters, a moderator, and over 25 invited stakeholders.  A lot can be said about what transpired.  For the moment, I'll simply

Army Corps of Engineers and the South Bay, July/August Update

Just as it has taken years to make the hydrological function of the South Bay more central to the civic conversation, FoH's more recent efforts to focus on toxicology issues are also beginning to bear fruit.  Any authentic program of ecological restoration of the South Bay must begin with a much

IMPORTANT MEETINGS-Lafarge's Proposed Ravena Cement Plant Modernization

Concerned Citizens Are Urged to Attend

Lafarge Ravena is holding Information Fairs to discuss the proposed modernization of their Ravena Cement Plant.


This week marks the passage of an era for Friends of Hudson, the City of Hudson and for Columbia County. In just a couple of days Patrick Doyle, Catherine Dodge Smith and their daughter Dodge will begin the physical portion of their journey to their new home in Pennsylvania.

City of Hudson Proposed LWRP-DGEIS

FoH and LWRP Task Force Submit Separate But Compatible Comments to Hudson Common Council and DOS At the close of the Public Comment period on March 15, 2010 FoH board president Christopher Reed submitted FoH's formal comments on the proposed LWRP-DGEIS.