Group protests incinerator proposal
ALBANY--Elected officials, business owners and residents from the Finger Lakes area traveled to Albany Tuesday, Feb. 20 in opposition of a trash-burning incinerator in the town of Romulus (Seneca County).
The group held a press conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday to call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reject the trash incinerator concept. Opponents say the proposal poses a serious risk to the Finger Lakes environment, economy and quality of life for local residents. The press conference highlighted the harm the trash burning will create to the region's economy, environment and public health.
The facility would be constructed 3.5 miles from Seneca Lake, 3,200 feet from a K-12 school and a residential facility for at-risk youth. If built, it would have a 260 foot smoke stack, and would be importing nearly 3,000 tons of trash likely from New York City using 260 trucks per day. The town of Romulus is opposed to the construction of the facility.
The proposal, submitted by developer Circular enerG, LLC, would allow the daily transportation of thousands of tons of trash from around the state by truck and/or rail for burning at an incinerator facility built at the Seneca Army Depot in Romulus. Toxic emissions and residual ash from trash incinerators contain dioxins, lead, mercury, and other toxic chemicals that are harmful to the health of humans, plants and animals.
Some of the people that traveled to Albany included:
Joseph Campbell, President of Seneca Lake Guardian
Yvonne Campbell, Vice President of Seneca lakes Guardian
Will Ouweleen, Finger Lakes Wine Business Coalition
Michael Warren Thomas, host of Grapevine Radio ("The Ambassador to the Finger Lakes")
Sue Ellen Balluff, Town of Romulus Planning Board
Lou Damiani, co-owner of Damiani Wine Cellars
Alan Kiehle, Seneca Lake Property Owner, Town of Romulus Resident, person who filed the appeal with the Romulus ZBA
Fred Bassette, Cayuga Lake property owner, Chaplain, retired Kodak executive.