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Closer look at Cuomo’s complicated relationship with oil, gas industry

Closer look at Cuomo’s complicated relationship with oil, gas industry
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to make the state’s fracking ban permanent by enshrining it in law earned due praise last week from a bandwagon of environmentalists. Sandra Steingraber, co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking, called it “exactly the right thing to do.” Actor/activist Mark Ruffalo (right)  touted the governor’s “real environmental and climate change leadership.” more

Improvement is coming, even if odors get worse at Ontario County Landfill in short-term

Improvement is coming, even if odors get worse at Ontario County Landfill in short-term
Officials in Ontario County doubled-down on statements made before about the Ontario County Landfill, which is operated by Casella. Carla Jordan, the county’s Director of Sustainability and Solid Waste Management, said things could get worse before they improve in the long-term, according to the Finger Lakes Times. “Over the next few weeks, a construction project will be underway with a... more

Waterloo secures grand funding to help navigate solar facility application process

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The town of Waterloo has been granted $28,000 in intervenor funds to help in its technical and legal participation in the application of Trelina Solar Energy Center to build and operate an 80- megawatt facility, according to the Finger Lakes Times. The Florida-based company is moving through the Article 10 process. Both the town’s attorney and MRB Group will receive... more

Governor Cuomo outlines full-plan for spending in 2020 (video)

Governor Cuomo outlines full-plan for spending in 2020
Governor Andrew Cuomo says his proposals outline a bold vision for New York as it battles with some of the toughest economic pressures the state has faced in years. The 2020 budget plan features a $33 billion five-year plan to combat climate change, including a new plan to streamline government bureaucracy to deliver renewable energy projects faster; a $25 billion expansion of... more

Newark will receive $30K through grant to help with new DEC standards

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The Village of Newark is getting more funds to help with local infrastructure expenditures. The Village announced on Tuesday that they received a $30,000 grant from the Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant Program through the New York Clean Water State Revolving Fund. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has new requirements involving disinfection of sewage treatment plant... more

Dozens of volunteers work at Crescent Beach over the weekend to address 40+ feet of erosion

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Work is underway to try to prevent further erosion from high waters along Lake Ontario at Crescent Beach. Dozens of volunteers from around Sodus Bay convened and joined forces at the east end of Crescent Beach, near Lake Bluff, to help prevent future erosion through a mitigation project that will protect the bay. Storms this past fall did significant damage... more

SAFETY MOMENT: Protecting against Mercury exposure

SAFETY MOMENT: Protecting against Mercury exposure
Our team recognizes and trains for a variety of potential exposure hazards, and one potential hazard we can all work together toward eliminating is exposure to mercury.  One common item is fluorescent bulbs.  Fluorescent bulbs should always be properly recycled, and most local hardware and home improvement stores accept them for recycling.  more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing the Finger Lakes Land Trust and conservation in the region (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing the Finger Lakes Land Trust and conservation in the region (podcast)
What does the Finger Lakes Land Trust do? That’s a question the newsroom has gotten a number of times over the years. This week a conversation with Andy Zepp. He’s the executive director of the Finger Lakes Land Trust, who works as a conservation advocate in the region. The Land Trust was founded in 1989 to protect forests, farmlands, gorges,... more

Former TRW site in Union Springs subject to DEC cleanup

Former TRW site in Union Springs subject to DEC cleanup
Two state agencies are seeking public input into a proposed expedited cleanup of contamination at the former TRW facility in Union Springs. The proposed cleanup includes excavating and disposing of 10,000 cubic yard of heavily contaminated soils at the site on Salem Street. The proposed excavation measures extends to depths of 16 feet, and covers approximately 18,000 square feet. Planned... more

Seneca Lake Pure Waters exceeds fundraising goal for 2020

Seneca Lake Pure Waters exceeds fundraising goal for 2020
For Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association – this fundraising period has been all about exceeding expectations. The organization announced that it exceeded its annual fundraising goal for 2020, which means that the “Lake Friendly Living” initiative will take shape. SLPWA President Jacob Welch said they initially set out to raise $20,000; and instead raised $22,000. “Our Pure Waters team is... more

Odor could get worse at Ontario County Landfill before it improves this winter

Odor could get worse at Ontario County Landfill before it improves this winter
Casella says things may get worse, before they improve. At least as it pertains to the ever-worrisome smell associated with the Ontario County Landfill along 5&20. Mark Johnson of Casella Waste Systems says changes are coming, but that those changes will take time to implement. “We want to put them on the slopes, but we need it to freeze to... more

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

MANTIUS: Taking a closer look at Cuomo’s
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... more

Farmington man could face five years in federal prison for not properly inspecting Newark building for asbestos

Farmington man could face five years in federal prison for not properly inspecting Newark building for asbestos
A Farmington man has been indicted after allegedly failing to properly inspect a building for asbestos before it was renovated. James Marshall, 67, served as a maintenance supervisors with the Finger Lakes Office for People with Development Mental Disabilities and was the person who had oversight over buildings that were being renovated and demolished. Authorities say that in October 2014,... more

Schumer says millions of federal dollars coming to region to battle HABs

Schumer says millions of federal dollars coming to region to battle HABs
Senator Chuck Schumer announced this week that upwards of $40 million will be spent to battle harmful algal blooms across the U.S. He says that a portion of those funds will need to come to the Finger Lakes and Rochester-areas. The state says that more than 1,100 reports of HABs were received in 2019. Schumer says that those could be... more

Seneca Falls moves to dismiss Seneca Meadows lawsuit

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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... more

Higher outflows temporarily on Lake Ontario

Higher outflows temporarily on Lake Ontario
Outflows are going to be increased, but not the way some have called for on Lake Ontario. Higher outflows will continue, according to the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board. The board stated Wednesday that mild temperatures have allowed for higher outflows – at times, up to 10,700 cubic meters per second, according to 13WHAM-TV. The Board says water levels... more

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... more

Wegmans will eliminate all plastic bags this month in stores across region

Wegmans will end plastic bags this month; charge fee for paper
In just a couple weeks, Wegmans stores will remove plastic bags, and charge a fee for paper bags at stores across New York State. The company announced the move at all its stores following a successful pilot run at stores in Corning and Ithaca. The change will happen on January 27th. Wegmans’ goal is to shift all customers to reusable... more
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