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Inside the FLX: Joseph Campbell, Yvonne Taylor talk environmental issues in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

On episode #87 of the Inside the FLX Podcast Josh Durso is joined by Joseph Campbell and Yvonne Taylor, who are President and Vice President of Gas Free Seneca and Seneca Lake Guardian, a Waterkeeper Affiliate. They were in-studio to talk about a number of environmental issues that have made headlines in recent months. Both have worked tirelessly to develop... more

Supervisors question Romulus incinerator, send waste disposal law back to committee

The Seneca County Board of Supervisors did not want to move forward with a resolution proposed by outgoing, at-large Seneca Falls Supervisor Steve Churchill. The room was packed Tuesday with residents and business owners from throughout the region voicing opposition to Circular EnerG’s waste-to-energy incinerator proposal. Many of those who spoke also voiced support for a resolution before the Board... more

International panel seeks information on Lake Ontario floods

An international panel is asking businesses and property owners along Lake Ontario to complete an online survey about flood damage from record water levels this spring and summer. The International Joint Commission says the survey takes about 10 to 25 minutes. The deadline to take it is Dec. 31. The joint U.S.-Canadian panel says the survey gathers information on the... more

Comment deadline set for Keuka Outlet Development permit applications

The comment period for three permits related to a 42-unit condominium project in the Keuka Outlet will end Dec. 21. Keuka Outlet Development, a limited liability corporation formed by Gorham developer Chris Iversen, has applied for state Department of Environmental Conservation permits: For docks, platforms and moorings. For excavation and fill-in of navigable waters. To disturb a freshwater wetlands. KOD... more

Cayuga Solar project moving forward as it awaits funding

In May, big news was announced by the Cayuga Operating Company – a large-scale solar project would be taking up residence at its 434-acre site in Lansing. The proposed large-scale clean energy project, Cayuga Solar, is planned to generate 18 megawatts of solar electricity, enough to power the equivalent of 3,100 homes. Since then, Cayuga Solar project team has been... more

Ken Camera pushes Council to oppose incinerator

City Councilor Ken Camera is urging his fellow members to formally oppose the proposed trash incinerator at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus. Circular EnerG LLC is proposing to build what it is calling a $365 million waste-to-energy plant on a 48.3-acre parcel at the former depot. The proposal is being reviewed by the Romulus town Planning Board, which... more

Varick Town Board opposes trash incinerator

The Town Board voted unanimously last week to oppose the proposed waste-to-energy incinerator in the neighboring town of Romulus. Citing its “negative impact on the environment,” the motion was made by board member Richard Peterson and seconded by Todd Horton at Tuesday’s board meeting. The proposed $365 million facility was formally introduced to the Romulus Planning Board on Monday, Dec.... more

Feds reject aid for Cayuga, 14 NY counties affected by severe weather

A request by the state for a major disaster declaration covering 15 New York counties affected by flooding and severe weather over the summer has been rejected by the federal government. Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, informed Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a letter Wednesday that the state's request submitted Aug. 31 was denied. Long explained that... more

Federal reps ask FEMA to reconsider Cayuga County’s flood aid request

Two upstate New York members of Congress and the state’s U.S. senators are urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reconsider requests from Cayuga and Monroe counties for assistance after Lake Ontario flooding affected communities along the shoreline this year. U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long urging him to add Cayuga... more

Local residents will be able to take advantage of septic rebate program

Senator Pam Helming announced that the six counties that she represents are included in the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation’s septic system rebate program. This fund allows property owners in eligible areas to be reimbursed for up to 50 percent of the costs for certain septic system projects up to $10,000. Senator Helming fought for this funding in this... more

Soil and water district asked to keep Owasco Lake inspectors into 2018

The Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District will decide this month if it will keep the Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program for a while longer, after efforts to transfer its ownership have been delayed. The Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council, a nonprofit corporation created in 2010 by the city of Auburn, town of Owasco and Cayuga County, was meant... more

‘Achilles heel’ begins to surface on Lake Ontario

What one expert calls the “Achilles' heel” of the controversial plan for regulating Lake Ontario water levels is revealing itself for the first time this fall. The lake is high — at a near-record high level for this time of year — because the new regulatory system, Plan 2014, dictates that it be that way. The water is likely to... more

Penn Yan pays fine for spill

The village board will pay a $5,000 fine to the Department of Environmental Conservation and take steps to prevent future spills of effluent from the sewage treatment plant. But if Penn Yan does not comply with the order issued after a summer spill of sludge that entered the Keuka Lake Outlet, the village could be on the hook for another... more

Public meeting on habitat plan set for Wednesday in Savannah

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has recently completed a habitat management plan for the Lake Shore Marshes Wildlife Management Area in the towns of Huron, Sodus and Wolcott. The DEC will conduct a public information session from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 Route 89, Savannah. Lake Shore Marshes is composed of eight units... more

Attorney outlines benefits of waste-to-energy plant at former Depot

An attorney representing the group hoping to build a trash-burning incinerator at the former Seneca Army Depot is certain the project will be a boon for Seneca County. “This is a green project, great for the environment and local economy,” said Alan Knauf, a partner with Rochester-based Knauf Shaw LLC, a firm specializing in environmental law. “It is a comprehensive... more

$1.2M lab to fight tree-killing insect impacting FLX

A new research lab announced for Cornell University will fight a tiny pest destroying hemlock trees. The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is threatening trees in about half of the state’s 62 counties and more than a dozen states nationwide. In Ontario and surrounding counties the invasive specie has been found around Canandaigua and Honeoye lakes and other areas. The $1.2 million... more

Firefighters contain fuel spill on Keuka Lake

The Branchport-Keuka Park and Dresden Fire Departments were called out at about 1 p.m. Nov. 19 to a gasoline spill on Keuka Lake near 2717 Lower West Lake Road between Keuka Park and Penn Yan. Resident Jim Trezise was sitting at his desk in his home when he noticed a strong smell of gasoline. Stepping outside, he noted the smell... more

Little information available behind company proposing Romulus incineration facility

A 48-acre parcel that is owned by Flaum in Romulus could be the home of a massive, first-of-it’s-kind in the U.S., municipal solid waste incinerator. However, as local media outlets are learning – there isn’t a lot of information on the company behind the facility proposal, which would burn up to 175 truckloads of trash each day. The D&C reports... more
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