Statement from NYS DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos on Ongoing Norlite Enforcement

Albany NY (3/31/2021) – On March 16, DEC initiated formal enforcement proceedings against Norlite after ongoing monitoring of this facility documented multiple violations and unacceptable conditions resulting in dust impacts on the surrounding community. As part of that enforcement proceeding, DEC demanded that Norlite address the ongoing violations and immediately cease all unauthorized activities that could result in dust illicitly escaping from the facility. Because Norlite’s management has failed to agree to DEC’s enforcement terms, DEC has referred this matter to the Office of the Attorney General to pursue the matter in court on behalf of the State of New York. DEC will continue our comprehensive efforts to increase accountability at the facility, respond to concerns, assess appropriate penalties for violations, and keep the community informed.