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The SA Dunn Landfill has been a very visible sight for a long time in the Albany area, sitting in Rensselaer. While many might call it an eyesore, there are a lot of people now that are saying it’s causing a lot more problems than the visual ones. Protesters in the area are claiming that the Dunn landfill is very dangerous, and it can cause a lot of health problems in the coming years if the proper action isn’t being taken.

There are a lot of playing fields with children and houses nearby the Dunn landfill, and it’s leaving a big impact on the neighborhood. Ruth Seaburg is just by the school next to the landfill, and says that “We can’t even have people over. We can’t eat on our deck because the stench is so bad.” Another landmark nearby is a cemetery, which Dan Wilson said he visits to clean off his grandmother’s grave from all of the dust that collects from the landfill. “Everything that’s airborne is making me sick, burning my throat,” he said.

On top of the smell, the garbage that’s flying around the neighborhood and the possible contaminants in the air, environmental activists are saying that the Dunn landfill is likely to cause cancers. They’ve claimed that higher levels of cancer-causing chemicals have been found in the Quackenderry Creek next to the landfill, and it drains into the Hudson River. The New York DEC has said there are no issues yet. “They didn’t actually test anything on the landfill proper so I don’t believe there’s anyway they can draw a correlation between the landfill and any of these compounds that they’re allegedly finding in the environment,” Sean Mahar of the DEC said. “And anytime we find a violation, we’ve come down very hard on this facility.”

Gary Holmes of the Department of Health also said that airborne odors aren’t likely to make anyone ill. “We’re confident with what we’ve reviewed to date here, and residents should feel confident that this isn’t imposing health concerns,” he said. “Some of the smells that we’re hearing, certainly anecdotally tonight, can impact people differently and certainly we understand those concerns. But what we’ve reviewed, we feel very confident that this is a situation that we will continue to monitor.”

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