Albany County Executive Dan McCoy signed the Clean Air Act into law Friday.
Also known as Local Law B, the Clean Air Act bans waste burning throughout the county. Advocates have called it the most protective anti-air pollution law ever enacted at the county level.
The measure includes bans on tire burning and burning of firefighting foam that contains potentially toxic substances like PFAS.
McCoy says passing this bill was a collective effort at the county level – and hopes this is just one step toward creating a cleaner Albany.
"And we can do better,” McCoy said. “We come up with better technology to get rid of stuff like this. And we owe it to the people we represent and we owe it to the rest of the world to do the right thing."