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Finding Aid for the
TOM BLANDY
PAPERS, 1990-1999
(APAP-133)

A Reasonable Waste Plan for the Capital District, By Bethlehem Work on Waste, Tom Blandy
A Reasonable Waste Plan for the Capital District, by Bethlehem Work on Waste, Series 1: Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator
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Finding Aid Compiled by
Joshua Hauck-Whealton
January 2006

Box and Folder List Assistance by
Kayla Misner

The arrangement and description of this collection was made possible through a New York State Archives Documentary Heritage Program Arrangement and Description Grant.



 
 
 
 
 
 

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VOLUME: 2 cubic ft.

ACQUISITION: All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Tom Blandy in May 2002.

ACCESS: Access to this record group is unrestricted.

COPYRIGHT: The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Series Descriptions

Box and Folder List:


Tom Blandy
Biographical Sketch

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Tom Blandy, a resident of Troy, New York, is an architect whose specialty is adaptive reuse of older buildings. He has been involved with a number of local and regional environmental groups, including the Rensselaer County Greens, Save the Pine Bush, and Concerned Citizens for the Environment (CCE). CCE was formed in 1987 by Ken Dufty as a means of opposing the Inter-Power coal burning power generation plant proposed for Halfmoon, New York. Dufty left in the early 1990's to form the Rensselaer County Environmental Management Council and Tom Blandy became president of the CCE at that time.

During the late 1990's, CCE was primarily concerned with the Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator proposed by the American Ref-Fuel Company. Ref-Fuel was a joint operation of Brown Ferris Industries & Air Products & Chemical Inc. The opposition campaign culminated in the court case Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation & American Ref-Fuel Company. CCE charged that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation had incorrectly issued a permit for the building of a solid waste transfer station, which included the proposed incinerator. CCE won the initial trial in 1996, but lost the appeal in 1997.


Tom Blandy
Scope & Content Note

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These papers document the political and legal opposition of the group Concerned Citizens for the Environment against the proposed Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator. They consist of court records, correspondence, documentary evidence, publications, news clippings, and other materials directly or indirectly relating to this opposition. The most well documented aspect is the case Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation & American Ref-Fuel Company, which contains official court documents, legal briefs, and correspondence with CCE's law firm, Gordon, Siegel, Mastro, Mullaney, Gordon& Galvin, P.C.

This collection does not contain a great deal of administrative information about CCE itself. What there is consists of correspondence, meeting minutes, and newsletters, primarily focused on the trial and related fundraising attempts. These materials, along with collections of materials indirectly related to the incinerator, make up the Subject File series. There is no biographical information about Tom Blandy himself, though there is an autographed copy of his book on home weatherproofing, All Through the House.

Related collections in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives can be found in the subject guide for Conservation and the Environment. Of particular interest are the records of Bethlehem Work on Waste (APAP-148), another group that opposed the incinerator.


Tom Blandy
Series Descriptions

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Series 1: Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator, 1991-1998, undated, 1.0 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically

This series contains materials pertaining to the solid waste incinerator proposed by American Ref-Fuel Company in the town of Green Island, New York. The bulk of the series consists of documents relating to the case Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation & American Ref-Fuel Company, in which CCE charged the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation with improperly issuing a permit for the incinerator. These documents are primarily court documents from the case and the resulting appeals, but also include correspondence with the law firm representing CCE. The remainder of the series consists of background materials for the case and publicity materials opposing the incinerator.

Series 2: Subject Files, 1990-1999, undated, 1.0 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically

These files contain materials relating to solid waste and incineration issues, such as recycling and dioxin production. The series also contains the small amount of administrative materials for the group Concerned Citizens for the Environment to be found in this collection. It also contains materials relating to the proposed Inter-Power power generation facility that inspired Ken Dufty to form CCE in opposition.


Tom Blandy Papers
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator, 1991-1998, undated

Box 1
Folder

1. Citizen's Clearinghouse for Hazardous Waste, Conference Materials, 1990,1992,1994, undated
2. Concerned Citizens for the Environment, Correspondence, 1996
3. Concerned Citizens for the Environment, Meeting Minutes, Agendas, Notes, 1996-1997, undated
4. Concerned Citizens for the Environment, Newsletters, 1996
5. Dioxins, 1993-1996
6. Inter-Power Facility, 1991-1994
7. Mount Ida Preservation Association, Poestenkill Dam, Correspondence, Maps, Pictures, 1998-1999
8. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 1989, 1993-1995, undated
9. Photographs, undated
10. Citizens' Environmental Coalition, Newsletters, Correspondence, 1994
11. Recycling, 1992-1996, undated
12. Ref-Fuel, 1991-1995
13. Ref-Fuel, Cumberland Farms vs. Browning Ferris Industries, Court Documents, 1990
14. Solid Waste Incineration, 1991-1995, undated
15. Toxic Dumps in New York State, Map, undated


Tom Blandy
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Series 2: Subject Files, 1990-1999, undated

Box 1
Folder

1. Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Appeal, Correspondence, Court Documents, 1996-1998
2. Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Appeal, Legal Briefs, Correspondence, 1997-1998
3. Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Counter Appeal, Court Demands, 1998
4. Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Cross Appeal, Correspondence, Court Documents, 1997
5. Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Initial Trial, Court Demands, Decision, 1996
6. Concerned Citizens for the Environment vs. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Legal Bills, 1996-1998
7. Doctors Fundraising Packet, 1996
8. Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator, Articles, Fliers, 1992-1995, undated
9. Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator, Correspondence, 1992-1995, undated
10. Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator, Diagrams, undated
11. Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator, News Clippings, 1991-1995, undated
12. Green Island Solid Waste Incinerator, Notes, 1991-1994, undated
13. New York Public Interest Research Group Legal File on Transfer Station, 1994-1996
14. New York Public Interest Research Group Legal File on Green Island Transfer Station, 1995-1996
15. New York Public Interest Research Group Legal File on Green Island Transfer Station, Documents obtained through FOIL, 1994
16. Troy Area United Ministries (TAUM), Correspondence, Meeting Minutes, Fliers, 1992-1995
17. "The Very Real Danger," Book, Poster, 1995


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