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> On Mar 6, 2018, at 2:13 PM, Anna Kelles <annakel...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Hi Regi,
> 
> Thank you for asking!  It is always helpful for people to show there support 
> for initiatives that involve protection of the environment because the 
> arguments and resistance against them are always so strong. These meetings 
> are video recorded and mean something to the whole community watching. The 
> plastic bag resolution will be coming back too and any showing of support for 
> the initiative even if it doesn't get voted on tonight will make it that much 
> easier when we bring it back strong next month!
> 
> Thanks,
> Anna
> 
>> On Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 2:08 PM, Regi Teasley <rltcay...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Sounds good.  Do you think they still need warm body comments on the other 
>> initiatives?
>> 
>> Regi
>> 
>> One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.  
>> Wm. Shakespeare
>> 
>> 
>>> On Mar 6, 2018, at 1:52 PM, Irene Weiser <irene32...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Awww, c'mon.  Anna for President!   Go Anna!
>>> 
>>> Irene Weiser
>>> irene32...@gmail.com
>>> Brooktondale, NY
>>> 607-539-6856
>>> 
>>> Joy to the world
>>> All the boys and girls
>>> Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
>>> Joy to you and me. 
>>> 
>>>> On Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 1:51 PM, Anna Kelles <annakel...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> 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
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> Joy to the world
>>>>>> All the boys and girls
>>>>>> Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
>>>>>> Joy to you and me. 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> 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 Legislature’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 considered—and recommended to the 
>>>>>>> Legislature—a new proposal on the issue from the EMC, one urging a 
>>>>>>> statewide ban on such plastic retail bags.
>>>>>>>  
>>>>>>> Following the EMC’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 State’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 “eminently do-able” and can be 
>>>>>>> achieved, and accepted by the public, over time.  Committee Chair Anna 
>>>>>>> Kelles reflected that it’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 issues—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 
>>>>>>> “non-pipe alternative” 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
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> -- 
>>>> Anna Kelles
>>>> Vice Chair - Tompkins County Legislature
>>>> District 2
>>>> akel...@tompkins-co.org
>>>> www.annakelles.com
>>> 
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> Anna Kelles
> Vice Chair - Tompkins County Legislature
> District 2
> akel...@tompkins-co.org
> www.annakelles.com

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