Concerned about Lystek trucks entering Route 5S

Since December, it has been consistently reported that the facility proposed for the town of Glen by the Canadian Sewage Waste-to-Fertilizer company, Lystek would result in the addition of 10 to 20 trucks per day to our community’s local traffic.

On December 21, 2017, Glen Supervisor-Elect John Thomas provided a document available to the attendees of the town of Glen Planning Board meeting which stated:

“The 20 trucks a day that will be coming into the plant is a number that is statistically insignificant when compared to the current level of truck traffic; 20 trucks a day is less than two trucks per hour. Most of these trucks will be coming off the Thruway and will head east on Riverside Drive, taking a right onto Route 5S before entering the park.”

Since I have lived just to the west of the Riverside Drive/Route 5S intersection for 40 plus years, “only” 10 to 20 trucks a day has me concerned for the safety on that intersection.

One concern is the potential for more accidents. Heavily loaded trucks heading to the facility in the Glen Canal View Business Park will make an uphill turn very slowly onto a 55 mph State Highway, Route 5S. Cars coming from the east cannot see the trucks until they crest the top of the hill. At that point they are traveling the speed limit which would make it very difficult to avoid an accident.

Another major concern is that these trucks will be hauling untreated sewage sludge — which by Lystek’s own admission and documentation can contain significant pathogens, contaminants and heavy metals which they would then reduce or dilute to “lower than the legal limits.” In addition, per Lystek’s own documentation, a number of these trucks use only simple tarps to cover the “material”.

Conservatively, “10 trucks a day, five days a week” calculates to 5,200 passes annually — half of them being trucks loaded with sewage sludge. If you use their full estimates of 20 trucks per day, at 365 days, it becomes 14,600 truck passes! Keeping count, 2,600 to 7,300 sewage sludge-filled trucks arriving to the business park each year.

A different picture from “only” 10 to 20 trucks!