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On Page 17 of the DEIS, the Applicant states that
the Pine Bush aquifer is not a potential source of municipal
water. This is not correct. The Pine Bush is on top of a principle
aquifer. A principal aquifer is one that has enough volume and
flow to be used as a municipal water supply. The Pine Bush Formation
(as the aquifer under the Pine Bush is called) was designated
a principal aquifer by the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation in 1986 in accordance with regulations written to
comply with the Clean Water Act.
The applicant should be required to analyze the
impact of this proposed Residence Inn on the principal aquifer.
The final proposal would put asphalt and buildings on a substantial
section of the property and the applicant should analyze how
this will affect groundwater absorption and the aquifer. Also
the applicant should analyze how oil, salt and other pollutants
from the parking lot and building roof will pollute the aquifer.
The Applicant should also correct the fact that the Pine Bush
is on top of a principal aquifer.
The applicant should look at the cumulative impact
of adding more cars to the road, and this impact on air pollution.
Albany County has had an increase in ozone exceedances days.
More cars mean more ozone and air pollution.
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