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Nexamp Seneca offers community solar option

Nexamp Seneca offers community solar option
Anyone who has driven a stretch of Route 14A from Geneva to the hamlet of Hall has likely noticed solar panels being installed on a large tract of land for nearly a year. The completion of that work was unveiled Thursday, when officials from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and a Massachusetts-based renewable energy company... more

The end is near: Auburn landfill has about two years of life left

The end is near: Auburn landfill has about two years of life left
Auburn’s landfill has just under two years of life left. In preparation of its cap-off, the city is planning on constructing a transfer station, where trash will be transported to another nearby landfill. Based on a survey taken in December, an estimated 116,000 tons of space remains at the landfill, which may sound like a lot, but about 60,000 tons... more

Supervisor write letter to lawmakers asking for passage of Finger Lakes Community Act to kill proposed incinerator

Romulus Town Supervisor David Kaiser, a Republican, sent a letter to state lawmakers – requesting that the Finger Lakes Community Act of 2019 be passed and adopted. The proposed legislation comes as the Town of Romulus would host a $365 million waste incinerator, which was proposed more than a year ago by Circular enerG, LLC. Supervisor Kaiser thanked state legislators... more

DEC public meeting on Skaneateles fisheries postponed

DEC public meeting on Skaneateles fisheries postponed
A public information meeting held by the state Department of Environmental Conservation on the state of fisheries on Skaneateles Lake scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed. With the National Weather Service issuing a winter storm warning for Cayuga County, including a forecast of six to nine inches of snow, the DEC is rescheduling the meeting for a mid-March date, according... more

Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard

Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard
Former Seneca County Sewer and Water Administrator Mary Anne Kowalski said this latest set of reports should move the board to rethink the “expensive, unnecessary and misguided proposal to ‘centralize’ the two County Sewer Districts in Southern Seneca County.” It’s a project that would cost at least $24 million. That doesn’t mean the direction the County is mandated to go... more

Greenidge Power Plant wins huge appeals victory over Sierra Club

Owners of the Greenidge Generation power station scored a major legal victory late yesterday when an appellate court in Rochester announced the dismissal of an appeal challenging the facility’s air permit.  Ruling unanimously, a five-judge panel held that the appeal was “moot” on procedural grounds without addressing allegations that state regulators granted permits in violation of the State Environmental Quality... more

Seggos will remain DEC Commissioner

Seggos will remain DEC Commissioner
The top official at the state Department of Environmental Conservation will remain at the post after it was announced late last year he would depart. DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos on Thursday announced his decision to stay on in an email to department workers. “I’ve said it many times — this is the best job, at the best agency, and I’m... more

Bills re-introduced to stop incinerators from being built in the Finger Lakes

Bills re-introduced to stop incinerators from being built in the Finger Lakes
Lawmakers are working on stopping a proposed incinerator from being constructed, or even moved through the Article 10 process in New York State. Senators Rachel May (D) and Pamela Helming (R) and Assemblymember Michael Cusick (D), with strong support from Assemblymembers Phil Palmesano (R) and Brian Kolb (R), introduced bills in the state Senate and Assembly that would stop developers... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Finger Lakes reaching an environmental fork in the road

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Finger Lakes reaching an environmental fork in the road
When it comes to the region’s natural resources – they may feel endless to those who call it home. The Finger Lakes region is a destination that folks can identify. As Yvonne Taylor, Vice President of Seneca Lake Guardian explained, “It’s a regional brand that people and businesses – generations of them – have worked to create.” Both Taylor and... more

Public Health officials recommend radon testing

Public Health officials recommend radon testing
Yates County Public Health along with the New York State Department of Health recommends that Yates County residents test their homes for Radon Gas. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), approximately 21,000 people die from Radon-induced lung cancer each year. Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and the... more

Casella seeks county approval to operate organics depackaging system

Casella seeks county approval to operate organics depackaging system
Pizza boxes with cheese and sauce stuck to the inside. Yogurt containers not rinsed out. Those are examples of packaging that cannot be recycled because of the food contamination. However, there is a way to remove the food and organic material from packaging to be added to an anaerobic digester so it can be recycled properly and not dumped in... more

Land donation adds to protection of Keuka Lake

Land donation adds to protection of Keuka Lake
The Finger Lakes Land Trust has accepted a donation of 28 acres in the town of Jerusalem, Yates County, from Art and Kay Wilder. The property contains a half mile of frontage on Big Gully Creek—a tributary to Keuka Lake that has carved a three mile long gorge. The property, located just north of Branchport, features streamside woodlands and an... more

Yates Soil Workshop will focus on nutrient management

Yates Soil Workshop will focus on nutrient management
We are incredibly blessed to live in an area with active agriculture, vibrant communities, and plentiful natural resources. I see these three areas as vital to the overall health and prosperity of our county. However, as the increased numbers of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) seen in our lakes have shown us, sometimes we need to step back and evaluate our... more

Waterloo Town Board looks to regulate solar energy systems

Waterloo Town Board looks to regulate solar energy systems
Solar energy will be the focus of Monday’s Town Board meeting. The board will consider a resolution calling for a Feb. 25 public hearing, part of the board’s next regular meeting, on the introduction of Local Law 1 of 2019. The legislation is entitled “Solar Energy Systems, Chapter 134.” A Florida company called NextEra Energy Resources wants to build an... more

Boil water order issued for Village of Cato

Boil water order issued for Village of Cato
The Cayuga County Health Department is advising residents of the Village of Cato and those who use its water supply to boil it before use. This order was issued Saturday afternoon. This comes after part of the village’s water system lost pressure due to a water line repair. Health officials say when this happens, it increases the chance that untreated... more

Waterloo could host huge solar facility

Waterloo could host huge solar facility
A state agency has provided details for 20 large-scale renewable energy projects in New York, including a proposed massive solar facility in the town of Waterloo. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced $1.5 billion in competitive awards for the projects. That came after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State Address, when he ramped up... more

Town of Geneva pitching community solar project

Town of Geneva pitching community solar project
Town officials are encouraging residents and business owners to sign up for a community solar project. Why? It will save money on their electric bills. Town Supervisor Mark Venuti said about 40 people attended a December meeting with representatives of Joule Assets, an energy efficiency company in Westchester County. From that meeting a project called Geneva Community Power was born.... more

Progress in cleaning up Honeoye Lake

Progress in cleaning up Honeoye Lake
A new report pinpoints plans to dramatically reduce the overabundance of phosphorus in Honeoye Lake. Phosphorus — from runoff, erosion and other sources — is a major driver of problems with weeds and algae in Honeoye Lake. The draft 352-page document by the state Department of Environmental Conservation will be the subject of a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday,... more
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