Ha, or more accurately precedent....

On Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 1:49 PM, Anna Kelles <annakel...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks Irene for the added information!  It is indeed super exciting and
> if all goes well we will set president for municipalities throughout the
> state and country!
>
> Anna
>
> On Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 1:46 PM, Irene Weiser <irene32...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Thanks, Anna for all this amazing work!  You ROCK!!
>>
>> One minor tweaky revision to your description of NYSEG RFP.  The entire
>> town of Lansing has been under a gas moratorium since 2015 - no new
>> construction requiring gas because there isn't enough supply to meet demand
>> on peak days  (like the super cold days in early January) for any more
>> buildings than currently use gas in that area.
>>
>> NYSEG's Non Pipe alternative is a really exciting  - first of its kind in
>> the State (!)  - request for proposals that NYSEG issued and the State
>> Public Service Commission approved for non-pipe alternatives such as heat
>> pumps and building energy efficiency to meet thermal demand in the entire
>> Town of Lansing - (not just the industrial park area).
>>
>> Irene Weiser
>> irene32...@gmail.com
>> Brooktondale, NY
>> 607-539-6856 <(607)%20539-6856>
>>
>> *Joy to the world*
>> *All the boys and girls*
>> *Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea*
>> *Joy to you and me. *[image: šŸø]
>>
>> On Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 1:29 PM, Anna Kelles <annakel...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> As some of you may know I have been appointed this year as the chair of
>>> the Planning Development and Environmental Quality (PDEQ) committee. Last
>>> Monday three resolutions were voted out of the PDEQ committee that will be
>>> discussed and in most cases voted on tonight by the full legislature at our
>>> bimonthly meeting from starting at 5:30pm (the meeting starts with
>>> privilege of the public to speak!) at 121 E. Court St. in the Legislative
>>> Chambers on the second floor.
>>>
>>> The first is a resolution in opposition to the proposed large scale
>>> incinerator in Romulus, Seneca County that is just North of the town of
>>> Ulysses. I created an submitted this updated resolution from a template
>>> created by members of Gas Free Seneca. I'm happy to answer any questions
>>> anyone has but in a nutshell the garbage would be shipped by hundreds of
>>> trucks a day from downstate, burned creating significant air pollution very
>>> near an elementary school and two correctional facilities as well as nearby
>>> towns and wineries, created about 52 truckloads of toxic ash daily that
>>> would need to be landfilled locally, and would withdraw 445,000 gallons
>>> daily from Seneca Lake.
>>>
>>> A resolution urging the state to pass a plastic bag ban with an
>>> additional 5 cent fee of paper bags passed. However, breaking news is that
>>> a few days before the committee vote a bill in the senate and an equivalent
>>> bill in the assembly were introduced that are more comprehensive than our
>>> resolution (here is a link to the senate bill:
>>> http://legislation.nysenate.gov/pdf/bills/2017/S7760). These bills, if
>>> approved, would ban both plastic and paper (paper bag production and
>>> transport have an equal to or even greater carbon footprint than plastic).
>>> As a result I will be sending our resolution back to committee tonight to
>>> align more closely with the proposed state bills. The next PDEQ meeting
>>> will be March 26th at 3pm in the legislative chambers.
>>>
>>> Lastly, recently NYSEG put out an request for proposals (RFP) as a
>>> result of long talks local officials and experts have had with the state
>>> Public Service Commission, requesting proposals in a designated area in and
>>> around south Lansing (the Cornell business park area) for alternative
>>> energy development and upgrades. The intention of the RFP is to reduce
>>> demand on the existing natural gas infrastructure and to promote future
>>> development with minimal natural gas needs. However, the current RFP says
>>> that they will accept a proposal that can include the trucking in of
>>> compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified Natural Gas (LNG), if it is
>>> acceptable to the community. The resolution we will be voting on tonight
>>> states that the inclusion of trucked in CNG and LNG is not an acceptable
>>> solution to reduce our dependence on the piped natural gas infrastructure,
>>> which would in no way help us reach our our Tompkins County stated goal to
>>> decrease use of natural gas to achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
>>> reduction.
>>>
>>> Below is the official press release that followed the PDEQ meeting last
>>> week.
>>>
>>> Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.
>>>
>>> In good health,
>>> Anna
>>>
>>>
>>> *Committee Recommends Support of Statewide Plastic Bag Ban*
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> The Legislatureā€™s Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality
>>> Committee, which back in 2013 considered a proposal from the Environmental
>>> Management Council (EMC)for a Local Law banning single-use plastic retail
>>> bags, today consideredā€”and recommended to the Legislatureā€”a new proposal on
>>> the issue from the EMC, one urging a statewide ban on such plastic retail
>>> bags.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Following the EMCā€™s recent adoption of a measure supporting such a
>>> statewide ban, the Planning committee, in a unanimous 5-0 vote, joined in
>>> recommending that the Legislature express its strong support of a plastic
>>> retail bag ban, which would also include a fee on recyclable paper bags,
>>> and urging the Governor to propose and the State Legislature to adopt such
>>> legislation as part of the Stateā€™s Fiscal 2019 budget.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> At the time that a Local Law was extensively discussed five years ago,
>>> County Recycling and Materials Management Director Barbara Eckstrom had
>>> advised that the issue be pursued at the State level, instead of through a
>>> Local Law.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Speaking to the committee today, EMC Chair Brian Eden said that, just as
>>> when recycling was introduced years ago, achieving such a ban on the
>>> environmentally damaging plastic bags is ā€œeminently do-ableā€ and can be
>>> achieved, and accepted by the public, over time.  Committee Chair Anna
>>> Kelles reflected that itā€™s realistic to proactively reduce our reliance on
>>> plastic.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> The Committee, with its unanimous support, also forwarded two other
>>> resolutions for consideration by the full Legislature, to take stands on
>>> two other environmental issuesā€”one voicing formal opposition to the
>>> proposed garbage incinerator in the Seneca County Town of Romulus; the
>>> other opposing the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) or Liquified Natural
>>> Gas (LNG) in response to the New York State Electric and Gas ā€œnon-pipe
>>> alternativeā€ Request for Proposals to address natural gas demand in the
>>> Lansing area.  Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability Katie Borgella
>>> told the committee it is clear that NYSEG will be looking to the local
>>> community for its input on those elements, mentioned as potential options
>>> in the RFP, and that actions such as this would try to put some boundaries
>>> on what the community would support.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> *Contact:  Anna Kelles, Chair, Planning, Development, and Environmental
>>> Quality Committee, 342-2036*
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> *- END -*
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> --
>>> *Anna Kelles*
>>> Vice Chair - Tompkins County Legislature
>>> District 2
>>> akel...@tompkins-co.org
>>> www.annakelles.com
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*Anna Kelles*
Vice Chair - Tompkins County Legislature
District 2
akel...@tompkins-co.org
www.annakelles.com

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