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Community Advisory Group for the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund Site:

In 2019, EPA provided assistance to the Nassau, NY community to support the formation of a Community Advisory Group (CAG) for the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund site. CAGs can enhance public participation in the cleanup process by providing a forum where representatives of diverse community interests can voice their needs and concerns related to the Superfund decision-making process. At the community’s request, a neutral facilitator was hired through the Agency’s Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center to assist with CAG formation and to provide initial support with group structure and function. EPA does not establish or control CAGs; however, the Agency can and does assist interested communities in undertaking CAG activities.

The CAG provides a setting in which representatives of the local community can get up-to-date information about the status of cleanup activities, as well as discuss community views and concerns about the cleanup process with EPA, the state regulatory agencies, and other parties involved in cleanup of the site. A CAG can also assist EPA in making better decisions on how to clean up a site. It offers EPA a unique opportunity to hear and seriously consider community preferences for site cleanup and remediation.

The CAG is made up of members of the community. CAG membership is voluntary, and members serve without compensation. All CAG meetings are open to the public, and all members of the community are encouraged to participate.

EPA also holds periodic public meetings to provide project updates to the community.

The following information is being provided to the public at the request of the CAG:

Upcoming CAG meetings: March 3, 2020 at 6:30pm at Nassau Town Hall, 29 Church Street, Nassau. 

Dewey Loeffel Landfill Community Advisory Group - Mission Statement: The goals of the Dewey Loeffel CAG are: 1) to provide community input in all aspects of actions taken to address the contamination related to the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Site, including all impacted areas; 2) to work to ensure that the cleanup is fully protective of human health, wildlife, fish and the environment, and that it is performed in a timely manner; and 3) to make certain that the natural resources in the area will be restored without use restrictions and that all potential future risks related to the site are eliminated.

CAG Membership (as of 10/19):

Lani Richards, Town of Nassau – Chairperson; Alternate: David Fleming, Town of Nassau
Bruce Herron, Resident – Vice Chairperson
Anne Rabe, UNCAGED – Secretary; Alternate: Kelly Travers-Main, UNCAGED/resident
Michelle Baxter, Resident
Michelle Becker, Resident
Vanessa Beuschel, Resident
Steve Everett, Kinderhook Lake Corporation
Tyler Giles, Resident
Erica Gundrum, Resident
Hans Hallman, Resident
Dave Harris, Town of Schodack; Alternate: Dawne Kelly, Town of Schodack
Andy Kahnle, Resident
Amanda Keenan, Resident
Dan Langer, Kinderhook Lake Corporation
Patsy Leader, Town of Kinderhook; Alternate: Kinderhook Lake Representatives
Debbie Prime, Resident
Jim Prime, Nassau Lake Park Improvement Association
Ann Shaughnessy, Rensselaer County; Alternate: Rich Elder, Rensselaer County
Dan Spilman, UNCAGED
Brian Wilson, Nassau Lake Park Improvement Association


For questions or for more information about the Dewey Loeffel CAG, contact Elizabeth Murphy, CAG facilitator at or Lani Richards, CAG Chair at


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