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Cohoes Common Council passes one year foam burning ban after Norlite chemical discovery


 The Cohoes Common Council, has voted to put a long-term stop to the burning of firefighting foam. (WRGB FILE)
The Cohoes Common Council, has voted to put a long-term stop to the burning of firefighting foam. (WRGB FILE)
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COHOES NY (WRGB) - The Cohoes Common Council, has voted to put a long-term stop to the burning of firefighting foam. This, all centered on the Norlite plant in the city.

The incineration plant had stopped burning the foam earlier this year, but this new action imposes a one year moratorium on incinerating the material containing potentially dangerous PFAS chemicals.

MORE: Researchers find "dangerous" PFAs levels around Norlite facility in Cohoes

The year long ban comes one day after researchers say they found chemicals in the soil and water near the plant.

The council, also voted to end the contracts with the 2 companies the city has paid to operate the Cohoes Music Hall. The reason? The economic impact of the pandemic. One of those impacted was Park Playhouse Inc.

"They informed us last week that based on the current shortfall, that they're projecting in their budget that this is an expense that under the current circumstances they can't take on," said Owen Smith, Park Playhouse Inc.

ALSO: City of Cohoes furloughs, lays off some employees due to COVID-19 causing lack of revenue

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The other contract terminated was with Music Hall Arts Alliance. Cohoes Mayor Bill Keeler says he hopes to have a more feasible plan for the music hall in place soon.

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