Lake group responds to assembly inaction
Romulus--After the state assembly adjourned without taking up the bi-partisan bill to stop the Romulus incinerator project, holding it hostage to push Senate movement on unrelated bills, Seneca Lake Guardian, a group dedicated to preserving and protecting the health of Seneca Lake, released the following statement:
"We are extremely disappointed that Assembly Speaker Heastie and Assembly Majority Leader Morelle held the incinerator bill hostage and that the Assembly failed to join the State Senate in protecting the Finger Lakes region from toxic incinerators," said Joseph Campbell, president of Seneca Lake Guardian. "We remain strong, we will persevere, and we are confident that we will ultimately kill this devastating project here in the Finger Lakes. We urge the Assembly to pass the bill when they return later in the year."
A recently formed company named Circular enerG LLC is proposing to build a large garbage incinerator or "Waste to Energy" facility in Romulus, between Seneca and Cayuga lakes, the two largest of the Finger Lakes and just 3,200 feet from the K-12 Romulus Central School and in close proximity to the Hillside Children's Center (a residential facility that houses troubled youth), the Five Points Correctional Facility, the Seneca County Jail and the Willard Drug Treatment Center.
The proposed facility would burn 2,640 tons of garbage and withdraw 445,000 gallons of water from Seneca Lake every day and bring 238 trucks through the region six days a week. The 260-foot smoke stack will emit dioxins, furans, lead, mercury, arsenic, chromium, particulates, hydrochloric acid, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides.
More than 30 local governments and school boards and over 20 local, environmental and business organizations have come out in opposition to the project because it is not compatible with current or future economic development goals of the region, or with New York state's renewable energy standards.
The wine, craft beverage, agriculture, and agri-tourism industry is driving job creation and economic growth in the Finger Lakes, which is home to hundreds of family vineyards and wineries, generates billions of dollars in economic activity and supports 60,000 jobs in the Finger Lakes alone.