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MANTIUS: Taking a closer look at Cuomo’s plan for the Erie Canal

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new plan to spend $300 million upgrading the Erie Canal is designed to boost tourism, help farmers and restore wetlands, but it ducks addressing the canal’s costly role as a “superhighway for invasive species.” The governor’s proposal bypasses a consultant’s confidential recommendation in October to sever the canal in Rochester and Rome to block the migration of nasty aquatic invaders from reaching the Finger Lakes and other ...
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Seneca Falls moves to dismiss Seneca Meadows lawsuit

The Town of Seneca Falls and a neighbor of Seneca Meadows Inc. landfill have filed separate motions to dismiss an SMI lawsuit that seeks to overturn a town law requiring it to close by 2025. Both filings argue that the landfill’s November 2017 lawsuit is disqualified by the statute of limitations, which they say ran out April 30, 2017, four months after Local Law 3 went into effect ...
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MANTIUS: Permit allows Hakes Landfill to expand despite high radioactivity, health threat

The Cuomo Administration has quietly granted a Steuben County landfill permission to expand from 57.9 acres to 78.9 acres despite scientific evidence that the dump’s leachate is laced with prohibited radioactive elements. The decision gives the Hakes C&D Landfill, located six miles northwest of Corning, the green light to continue accepting drill cuttings from Pennsylvania gas wells and burning off methane and other gases generated from the decomposition of ...
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MANTIUS: Cuomo calls for immediate end on aerial spraying of pesticide used for apple trees

Prodded by legislation that he vetoed this month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered state regulators to phase out by July 2021 a toxic pesticide widely used to protect apple orchards.  He called for an immediate halt on aerial spraying of the chemical chlorpyrifos. By December 2020, all other uses will be banned, except spraying apple tree trunks. That exception is now set to end in July 2021 ...
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Waste Connections under microscope for lawsuits, $94K in local election contributions

In recent months, a unit of Texas-based Waste Connections revived its two-year-old lawsuit challenging Local Law 3. Meanwhile, another unit was quietly plowing more than $94,000 into the outcome of local elections Nov. 5 ...
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Taking a closer look at lawmakers position on environmental issues in Finger Lakes

Finger Lakes Lawmakers Resist NYS Legislature’s Tilt To Green Activism – By Peter Mantius While the New York State Legislature took a sharp turn this year toward environmental activism, lawmakers who represent the Finger Lakes clung to their role as rear-guard warriors standing firm against sweeping green legislation. The 2018 election, which flipped the state Senate to Democratic control, paved the way for passage of what the non-profit group Environmental ...
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