Yates County opposes waste-to-energy plant plan

The Yates County Legislature has agreed to join other municipalities around Seneca Lake in opposing the development of a waste-to-energy plant at the former Seneca Army Depot site in Seneca County.

Circular enerG has announced plans to build the plant on 39.4 acres, and has filed documents seeking approval of the project from New York State after withdrawing an application for local approval of a special use permit in the Town of Romulus.

A resolution unanimously approved by the 13 legislators (James Multer was absent) at the April 9 meeting noted the operation of the proposed plant would involve importing up to 2,640 tons of municipal solid waste to be burned. The waste would arrive in the Finger Lakes via up to 176 tractor-trailer loads or up to 30 rail cars of refuse traveling over local roads and/or rails.

The resolution states, “The Yates County Legislature has serious concerns over the negative environmental impacts associated with said proposed waste-to-energy facility on Finger Lakes’ tourism, quality of life, water quality, and air quality, and thus the negative impact these would have on the economic vitality of the Finger Lakes Region’s tourism and agriculture industries.”

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