PEARL RIVER A community-organized meeting is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Pearl River Library to discuss concerns related to the recent proposal by Anellotech, a tech-based start-up who houses at the Pfizer campus.
Anellotech wants to build an addition to its existing facility on the campus on North Middletown Road.
A 15-foot-high vent pipe would be attached on top of the 84-foot-tall extension building, according to the plan. The company has been before the Orangetown Zoning Board of Appeals for review.
Neighbors of the facility said they were concerned because they have come to believe that the vent pipe is actually a “smokestack.”
Upon request from organizers, Anellotech’s lead engineer Chuck Sorensen has agreed to attend the meeting to answer any science-related questions on the company’s project, organizers said.
Anellotech specializes in converting non-food organic waste — such as sawdust and the byproducts of corn and sugar cane processing — into a mixture of industrial chemicals — benzene, xylene and toluene. The new facility would serve as a pilot plant for the new technology before building a commercial-scale facility elsewhere.
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