Category: Environment

Tops Markets bringing back plastic bags temporarily

Tops Markets bringing back plastic bags temporarily

Plastic bags are making a temporary comeback. Tops Friendly Markets confirmed its allowing customers to use single-use plastic bags amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said it won’t enforce the ban until May 15th. The main concern is sanitation connected to reusable ... MORE
Solar projects

Solar projects put on hold amid COVID-19 pandemic

Ten industrial-scale solar energy farms proposed for the Finger Lakes region are stuck in regulatory limbo as the coronavirus crisis complicates an already clogged state permitting process. If approved, the Finger Lakes projects would produce more than 1800 megawatts of power, theoretically ... MORE
Webinar will be held by IJC to address Lake Ontario levels

Webinar will be held by IJC to address Lake Ontario levels

The International Joint Commission is hosting a webinar on Lake Ontario’s water levels. While that might have been one of the top-issues covered thus far in 2020 along Lake Ontario – it recently took a backseat – as the Novel Coronavirus ripped ... MORE
DEC establishes oak wilt quarantine district in Middlesex

DEC establishes oak wilt quarantine district in Middlesex

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced that an oak wilt quarantine district has been established for the town of Middlesex in Yates County. The confirmation of two oak wilt infection centers last year led to the need for a ... MORE
Finger Lakes Land Trust acquires 5.5 acres in Hector

Finger Lakes Land Trust acquires 5.5 acres in Hector

The Finger Lakes Land Trust announced that it acquired a 5.5 wooded acre parcel in the town of Hector on Tuesday. The property includes more than 1,300 feet of shared boundary with the Finger Lakes National Forest (FLNF) and approximately 1,000 feet ... MORE
Big turnout expected for Monday meeting in Butler for sludge processing facility

Big turnout expected for meeting in Butler on proposed sludge facility

A major turnout is expected at Monday's meeting of the Butler Town Board, as it considers an application from Tully Environmental to construct a sewage sludge processing facility in its community on State Route 89. Over the weekend, Seneca Lake Guardian, the ... MORE
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Residents blast proposed sewer sludge facility in Butler at meeting; no decisions made yet

As expected, residents turned out in force to oppose the sewer sludge composting facility on State Route 89 in the town of Butler. Tully Environmental gave a presentation to the Town of Butler, and its Town Board at a meeting on Monday ... MORE
Greenidge could pull down $50K per day as bitcoin operation launches

Greenidge could pull down $50K per day as bitcoin operation launches

The Greenidge Generation power plant has shifted from intermittent to full-time operation to accommodate a new Bitcoin mining operation capable of generating about $50,000 of the virtual currency daily. The plant recently installed and tested 7,000 crypto mining machines that draw 14 ... MORE
Butler project could move forward despite opposition; environmental attorney hired by town board

Butler project could move forward despite opposition; environmental attorney hired by town board

A raucous standing-room-only crowd that spilled out of the steamy 150-seat Butler Town Hall vented opposition Tuesday evening to a proposed facility to handle sewage sludge hauled from New York City. After Dan Scully of Tully Environmental gave a broad-brush description of that company’s ... MORE
Company wants to transport sewer sludge from NYC to Wayne County

Company wants to transport sewer sludge from NYC to Wayne County

The Finger Lakes could be home to a new sewer sludge composting facility. The waste would be transported in from New York City, and processed at a facility on Route 89 in the town of Butler. The Finger Lakes times reports that ... MORE
Local residents voice concerns over sewer sludge treatment facility in Wayne County

Local residents voice concerns over sewer sludge treatment facility in Wayne County

Back in November 2019 there was a presentation given to officials in the town of Butler over a proposed Bio Solid Composing facility. The project was proposed for a piece of property located on Route 89 in the town of Butler, which ... MORE
Supervisor continues hammering environmental, economic issues in Ontario County

Supervisor Lou Guard continues advocacy on environmental, economic issues in Ontario County

Geneva City Supervisor Lou Guard believes Ontario County is 'healthy', but don't take that assessment as complacency. Guard talked about the progress and growth in Ontario, and the opportunities county government still has in front of it. "It's one of the growing ... MORE
Senators write letter to EPA calling for chemicals in Seneca Lake to be addressed

Senators write letter to EPA calling for chemicals in Seneca Lake to be addressed

The Finger Lakes is getting some environmental advocacy attention from Senators Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and about 28 others in U.S. Senate. Last year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency outlined a plan to address contamination – in form of PFAS – at ... MORE
Reps Katko, Brindisi, and Morelle send letter to IJC to maximize Lake Ontario outflows

Reps Katko, Brindisi, and Morelle send letter to IJC to maximize Lake Ontario outflows

The Congressmen serving along the shores of Lake Ontario are calling for maximized outflows from the lake to ensure minimal flood damage, as experts warn of a difficult spring. Reps. John Katko, R-24 of Camillus, Anthony Brindisi, D-22 of Utica, and Joe ... MORE
Local residents hammer

Residents rally against sewer sludge processing facility in Wayne County

When it comes a proposed composing facility, which would process New York City sewer sludge – residents have stepped up to oppose it. “Upstate New York has become New York City’s dumping ground,” Steve Wickman of Sodus said, as reported by News10NBC ... MORE