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Cayuga County departments urge legislators to oppose Romulus waste incinerator

A proposed waste incinerator in the town of Romulus would have a negative environmental and economic impact on Cayuga County and the Finger Lakes region, a study by the county planning and health departments has found.

Steve Lynch, director of the department, presented a resolution for county legislators to oppose the project and call on the town of Romulus and others to oppose it, too. The Cayuga County Legislature’s Planning Committee passed the resolution Wednesday.

Proposed by Circular enerG, the trash incinerator would be the largest in the state, accepting up to 2,600 tons of waste per day near Seneca Lake on the former Seneca Army Depot property. According to a company presentation on the town of Romulus’s website, the $365 million investment would have no odors, avoid greenhouse gas emissions from landfills, create 85 jobs and have a green business center including greenhouses and a solar facility. The project would also convert waste into electricity.

While the company highlights the incinerator as an environmentally friendly alternative to landfills, the county’s study outlines a number of reasons it would be detrimental to the area.

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