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Proposed galvanizing mill in Romulus touted as environmentally benign, but many questions loom

While plans to build a $365 million garbage incinerator on a site at the former Seneca Army Depot were derailed by a state law enacted in May, a local businessman has been quietly preparing to build a 48,600-square-foot steel galvanizing mill less than one mile away. That developer, Earl Martin, asserts that his facility would have a comparatively modest environmental footprint and produce virtually no hazardous waste. Martin ...
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Expert says busy year coming for toxic algae blooms in FLX

The first suspicious algal blooms of the season have been reported on Conesus, Honeoye, Otisco and Keuka lakes, although none has been confirmed with high toxins — yet.  But conditions are ripe for severe outbreaks later this summer, according to a leading regional expert on harmful algal blooms, or HABs. “I think this is going to be a very busy year, especially with this heat spell for the ...
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New York’s fracking waste loophole faces major test

The oil and gas industry is days — perhaps hours — away from once again blocking a state bill that would cancel its special exemption from regulation of dangerous wastes. Similar bills have died every year since 2009 when the fracking boom swept the region, opening the door for Souther Tier landfills to import fracking waste from Pennsylvania’s gas drilling fields even after New York State banned fracking ...
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Landfill expansion app calls for limits on screening for radionuclides and radon

Hakes C&D Landfill Inc. plans to quit screening for two key markers of radioactivity in its leachate, according to documents filed this month in connection with its proposed expansion. Health and radiological experts have decried the decision and called for more — not less — radiological testing of liquids that have percolated through the landfill about five miles northwest of Corning. State-required samplings of Hakes leachate have occasionally shown high ...
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Gov. Cuomo signs Finger Lakes Community Preservation Act into law

Supporters of the Finger Lakes Community Preservation Act say the bill, which was signed into law on Friday showed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s commitment to the region, environment, and tourism industry. It was a campaign promise, which came after the Governor was pressed on his support of legislation that did not pass both state legislative chambers in 2018. This year, the legislation got through Senate and Assembly – leaving ...
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Is Cuomo waffling on opposition to Romulus trash incinerator?

Two months after both chambers of the state Legislature unanimously passed a bill to ban new waste incinerators in the Finger Lakes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo still hasn’t signed the measure into law. The unexplained delay is fueling anxiety among opponents of a proposed $365 million trash burner in Romulus, midway between lakes Seneca and Cayuga. They’re concerned that resolving the most urgent environmental issue for the region isn’t ...
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