Seneca Meadows Inc. has applied to renew its state mined land reclamation permit for another five years.
The permit is for the landfill’s 122-acre Meadow View Mine in the town of Waterloo. The original permit was issued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation Region 8 office in Avon July 19, 2013, and expires July 18, 2018.
The company initiated mining operations after obtaining state and town mining permits, but a successful legal challenge filed by property owner Dixie Lemmon and Concerned Citizens of Seneca County halted the project in 2017 and no mining has taken place since then.
The legal issue that stopped the project was the access road from the mine area along Burgess Road being in a single-family residential zone, which prohibits mining. The access road is required to get the mined material across Burgess Road onto Salcman Road and the landfill, located in the town of Seneca Falls.
Concerned Citizens of Seneca County reacted to the news by informing its members of the permit renewal application.
“CCSC will oppose this application and a decision from the DEC is expected on or about July 2,” said President Lee Henry of Waterloo. “The zoning issue with the access road hasn’t gone away.”