Committee calls for independent investigation into handling of Geneva Foundry

The Foundry Action Committee, a group of Geneva residents concerned about and living in the old- foundry zone, organized a press conference in response to the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) confirmation that there was no confidentiality clause preventing Geneva city officials from informing residents of the soil contamination in the Foundry Zone. Recently, the former director of public works... more

Some fracking waste found its way to Seneca Meadows

Hundreds of trucks roll into the Seneca Meadows landfill in Seneca Falls every day, dumping your garbage. But environmental advocates say, for years, trucks carried construction debris straight from Pennsylvania fracking sites. “The concerns are that they can contain the hundreds of chemicals that are used during the process, some of these chemicals are known or suspected carcinogens,” says Liz... more

Facts and fiction about Lake Ontario’s Plan 2014

From the time the first big waves started slamming the Lake Ontario shoreline in March, south shore residents have been shouting the same refrain across the water: The lake is too damned high, and it’s the International Joint Commission’s damned fault, or at the very least it’s somebody’s fault. It’s difficult to find someone who lives along the Lake Ontario... more

DEC: Geneva could have released foundry information

At an emotional City Council meeting June 7, a number of people came to the defense of embattled City Councilor Gordy Eddington. Their reaction was related to the Geneva Foundry contamination that has resulted in protests and legal actions. It was Eddington himself who drew the most attention that evening. After being vilified in protests, criticized in a local political... more

Sen. Pam Helming hopeful Cuomo won’t veto $90M flood relief bill

It received unanimous support in the state Legislature, but it appears legislation to establish a $90 million flood recovery program for communities along Lake Ontario and others that have been affected by severe weather will be vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo and representatives from his administration addressed the bill Thursday during a media availability in Albany. He said they... more

Why the $90 million Lake Ontario flood relief bill may be about to sink

A $90 million flood relief bill for residents, businesses and municipalities along Lake Ontario has hit a big snag. The bill passed both the Senate and Assembly unanimously, but don’t expect it to be signed into law – at least, not in its current form.   The governor’s office tells CNYCentral the bill, as it is now, is “unworkable.” The... more

DEC to sample the air in Seneca Falls

Air samples will be tested for toxins at four locations in the town where children gather. The state Department of Environmental Conservation Tuesday approved the application of the Seneca Falls Environmental Action Committee for the community air sampling program. First a schedule must be determined with dates to do the air sampling collections. The DEC will provide four pieces of... more

Geneva property owners file grievances

The next big showdown over the lead and arsenic soil contamination in the former Geneva Foundry neighborhoods may be over property assessments. The city’s Board of Assessment Review must make decisions on 53 property assessment grievances filed Tuesday. Most were filed by property owners within the so-called foundry contamination zone on the city’s northeast side, according to the Foundry Action... more

Cayuga County Legislature chooses not to support lawsuit against DEC

The Cayuga County Legislature chose not to file a friend-of-the-court brief for a lawsuit against the state Department of Environmental Conservation regarding its new permit for large animal farms. Cayuga County Farm Bureau President and chair of the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District Ray Lockwood had submitted a letter to the body on June 2, requesting they not... more

DEC expands water quality monitoring program to all 11 Finger Lakes

All 11 Finger Lakes will now have citizen scientists collecting water quality data that is state-certified, a new development spurred on by the Finger Lakes Water Hub. Scott Cook, supervisor for the hub, said the expansion of the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program, often called CSLAP, was huge. Hub staff along with Chief of the... more

Owasco Lake council concerned over large building projects in watershed

Amidst work to update the Owasco Lake watershed rules and regulations, construction in the watershed has garnered more attention from local officials. One particularly — a milk parlor expansion at Allen Farms in Scipio — had Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council members talking about how those larger building projects are permitted. Leslie Baxter, a Scipio town board member, told members... more

DEC closes in on final proposal for Ithaca Falls cleanup

As The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) seeks final public opinion on the Ithaca Falls cleanup initiative, one local advocate continues to push for further action. Walter Hang, local environmental activist and president of Toxics Targeting, held a documentation release event at Ithaca Falls on Tuesday afternoon, hours before the DEC’s scheduled proposal for possible “no... more

Gov. Cuomo blames IJC ‘blunders’ for Lake Ontario flooding; IJC responds

In the midst of criticism from several lakeshore communities and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the international committee that oversees water levels in Lake Ontario is defending its decision making over the last several months. Governor Cuomo has become a vocal critic of the International Joint Commission and a controversial set of regulations known as Plan 2014; in May he... more

Crestwood ‘fire’ stirs debate as polarizing issue grips Schuyler Co.

What exactly happened at the Crestwood facility in Reading on Saturday? It’s not entirely clear. While FingerLakes1.com received a press release from an organization outlining the moments that played out around 7 pm, many have questioned the validity of the claims. The original story has been left, unedited, below. Calls to authorities in the area have gone unanswered, with exception... more

Relief money coming? Legislators working flooding package

Two Rochester-area state legislators have reached an agreement on a $90 million flood recovery package that would help communities affected by rising water levels, particularly those along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle and state Sen. Pam Helming announced the deal Monday. They have introduced legislation in their respective houses to establish the program.... more

DEC seeks comment for treatment plant

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has tentatively decided to issue a new, revised discharge permit for the Honeoye Lake Consolidated Sewer District Treatment Plant. The plant at 8696 Main St. discharges up to 500,000 gallons of treated wastewater into Honeoye Creek, which has recently been reclassified from Class D to Class C. Before the permit is issued, the DEC... more

Seneca Meadows drops Article 78 suit against Seneca Falls

On Thursday, Seneca Meadows, Inc. announced that they filed a Notice of Voluntary Discontinuance regarding the Article 78 lawsuit against the Town of Seneca Falls. The discontinuance was made possible by the repeal of the 2016 Waste Disposal Law, negating the need to challenge its legality. The notice was filed with the Seneca County Slerk’s Office on Wednesday and was... more

Cayuga Lake hydrilla fight gets $400K boost

A $400,000 award from the Aquatic Plant Control Research Program will be used to fight an invasive plant species in Cayuga Lake. The United States Army Corps of Engineers will use the funds to apply an herbicide that will decrease the lake’s population of hydrilla. Hydrilla is an aquatic weed that can grow quickly and disrupt boating and fishing. It... more
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