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Town Board to authorize audit of Casella 2018 landfill payments

Town Board to authorize audit of Casella 2018 landfill payments
The town receives $1.7 to $1.9 million a year for hosting the Ontario County Landfill. Tuesday, the Town Board will authorize an independent audit of the 2018 payments from Casella Waste Services, operator of the 389-acre landfill on Routes 5&20, to make sure they correspond with the amount of solid waste disposed of at the landfill last year. Typically, there... more

Life beyond landfill: Ontario County looks beyond 2028

Life beyond landfill: Ontario County looks beyond 2028
The operation and management lease of the Ontario County Landfill by Casella Waste Services is scheduled to end in 2028. But county officials want to start making plans for that day now. The Board of Supervisors Planning & Environmental Quality Committee voted 4-1 Monday to approve a motion calling for presentation of a draft strategic plan no later than Sept.... more

Engineers to reveal odor findings for Ontario County landfill

Engineers to reveal odor findings for Ontario County landfill
Supervisors will learn this month what engineers found in their investigation of stench from the Ontario County landfill. The Planning and Environmental Quality Committee will review a report from SCS Engineers the county hired in December, along with findings by an independent consultant hired by landfill manager Casella Waste Systems at a special meeting April 24. At issue is landfill... more

Mantius, Durso appear on WXXI’s Connections to discuss regional waste issues exposed by digester report

Mantius, Durso to appear on WXXI’s Connections to discuss regional waste issues
Last week, FingerLakes1.com brought you reporting from Peter Mantius, Investigative Environmental Reporter & Founder of The Water Front Blog, which highlighted the untimely exit of a digester manager in Cayuga County. The former manager of the Cayuga Regional Digester, which was designed to generate electric power from reprocessed farm manure and food wastes, said he quit in January because he... more

Deputies: Man charged with assault after incident at Casella’s in Seneca

Deputies: Man charged with assault after incident at Casella’s in Seneca
Deputies arrested a Syracuse man on assault charges after an incident at Casella’s. On Friday at approximately 4:59 a.m. deputies arrested Elrheiaam C. Thomas, 45, of Syracuse – charging him with assault. The arrest took place following an investigation into an incident located on County Road 49 in the Town of Seneca. Thomas was transported to the Ontario County Jail... more

Odor reporting portal launches online for local landfills

Odor reporting portal launches online for local landfills
A local duo is taking a new approach to odor collection for those who are smelling two of the largest landfilling operations in the Finger Lakes. Complaints about the Ontario County Landfill and Seneca Meadows Landfill have been seen wide- and far on social media. Jackie Augustine and Jeff Henderson, the local duo behind the Seneca7 running relay, are convinced... more

Casella plans to send Ontario County Landfill leachate by rail to Ohio

Casella plans to send Ontario County Landfill leachate by rail to Ohio
For years, the city of Canandaigua wastewater treatment plant has handled leachate generated at the Ontario County Landfill, which is eight miles away. That may change. Casella Vice President & Assistant General Council Shelley Sayward told the Ontario County Board of Supervisors Planning and Environmental Quality Committee Monday that she is working on a contract to have most of the... more

Landfill sludge to drop for six months at Ontario County landfill

Landfill sludge to drop for six months at Ontario County landfill
Landfill manager Casella Waste Systems Inc. plans to limit the amount of sewage sludge coming into the Ontario County landfill to 8 percent for the next six months. The announcement at Monday’s meeting of the county Planning and Environmental Quality Committee came as part of a number of measures Casella pledged in addressing ongoing odor complaints. Stench from the landfill... more

Ontario County supervisors doubt landfill promises

Ontario County supervisors doubt landfill promises
Can landfill manager Casella Waste Systems Inc. fix persistent odor problems rising from the Ontario County landfill? Some don’t think so — at least not under the current arrangement. “As soon as the expansion started the odor has been consistent, pervasive, expanding,” said Charlie Evangelista, a former Geneva City supervisor who was on the Ontario County Board of Supervisors for... more

Radioactivity issues heat up again as Hakes Landfill seeks more space to import drilling waste

Radioactivity issues heat up again as Hakes Landfill seeks more space to import drilling waste
Three environmental groups representing hundreds of Steuben County residents are seeking to block proposals to rezone and expand the privately-owned Hakes Landfill five miles northwest of Corning, pending further radiological testing. The Town of Campbell board could vote as soon as March 11 on an application to rezone 390 acres that include the landfill. Meanwhile, Casella Waste Systems, owner and operator of... more

Supervisor calls for action against Ontario County Landfill

Supervisor calls for action against Ontario County Landfill
Geneva City Supervisor Lou Guard is calling for a change at the Ontario County Landfill, after a series of violations and local complaints due to ongoing odor issues. The supervisor wrote in a post to Facebook followers that he’s calling on other county officials, as well as landfill management to address the smell being created at the site. “Like all... more

Multiple departments called to fire along CR 47 on Wednesday

Multiple departments called to fire along CR 47 on Wednesday
Multiple departments were called out to a chimney fire on County Road 47, which turned into a structure fire by the time first responders arrived on-scene. The fire was reportedly near Route 488. Hopewell, Seneca Castle, Cheshire, Shortsville, and Manchester fire departments were called out. No additional information was available. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.... more

Despite latest violations, Ontario County Landfill management says they’re ‘trying’ to do the right thing

Despite latest violations, Ontario County Landfill management says they’re ‘trying’ to do the right thing
While acknowledging the latest violation of its permit to operate the Ontario County Landfill, the facility’s general manager said Casella Waste Systems “is trying to do the right thing.” “We work hard to build a good landfill that fits into the community,” said Mark Clinker, the landfill’s GM. “It’s a tough job, and we try to do the right thing... more

Sludge up 93 percent at Ontario County landfill

Sludge up 93 percent at Ontario County landfill
The Ontario County landfill took in 130,295 tons of sludge last year — a 93 percent increase from the average annual intake of 67,579 over the previous six years. That was an eye-opener for a committee of county supervisors who also learned Monday the landfill had been slapped with yet another violation from the state Department of Environmental Conservation —... more

Seneca Meadows, Ontario landfills to be approached by Auburn in two years

Seneca Meadows, Ontario landfills to be approached by Auburn in two years
The city of Auburn landfill will be at capacity in about two years. When that time comes, the city plans to close and cap the 20-acre landfill and convert the site to a transfer station. City officials will then be looking to take the trash brought to the transfer station to another area landfill. Seneca Meadows in Seneca Falls and... more

Court rules against Town of Seneca on solar panel assessment

Court rules against Town of Seneca on solar panel assessment
State Supreme Court Judge John Ark has ruled that a solar farm on Gates Road should not be assessed and subject to local property taxes. The Town Board will likely vote to appeal that ruling when it meets tonight. Supervisor Andrew Wickham said the the town will ask the Marcus Whitman school district and Ontario County to join in the... more

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

INSIDE THE FLX: Sheriff Kevin Henderson discusses potential policy changes, and future of Ontario County (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Sheriff Kevin Henderson discusses potential policy changes, and future of Ontario County (podcast)
When Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson succeeded longtime Sheriff Philip Povero, the focus was on transitioning smoothly. Now, more than 50 days after taking office – Sheriff Henderson is establishing himself as a leader, not only locally, but in the region. This week he joined FL1 News Intern Reporter Gabriel Pietrorazio in the FingerLakes1.com Studio to get an update, and... more
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