Thanks, Hillary. You’re absolutely right about remaining work. I’ll write to
our Albany Reps.
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On May 16, 2018, at 9:32 AM, Hilary Lambert
This good statement by Gov Cuomo is in fact just a first step.
It encourages legislators to step out of the shadows and support a necessary
Almost all of the work to get that bill made into law this session still lies
I went to Albany yesterday with folks mostly from Seneca Lake (Cayuga - we must
do better!!) to ask legislators to support this bill, to return local control
by municipalities over proposed Article 10 energy projects like this proposed
trash incinerator project - in this case, to the town of Romulus and Seneca
Home rule is essential to NYS and it needs to apply to Article 10 projects.
The developers of the proposed incinerator (the mysterious Circular EnerG) did
not like the reception they were getting via the local permitting process in
Romulus and Seneca County, so they withdrew from that and went to the
state-level Article 10 process, maintaining that their imported-from-NYC trash
burning plant is a “renewable energy” facility — thus evading the local
community’s negative response to this project being sited 3200 feet from a
school, in between our two lakes, hundreds more garbage trucks daily, affecting
air quality and water quality, wineries, already harming real estate values -
A press conference was held yesterday morning in the Legislative Office
Building, organized by Yvonne Taylor, Joseph Campbell, and MaryAnn Kowalski of
the (new) Seneca Lake Guardian organization, and Judith Enck, retired US EPA
admin for our region. Well attended, and boosted by the news of Cuomo’s
Legislative participants/cosponsors: Pam Helming; Brian Kolb, Phil Palmesano,
Tom O’Mara, Mike Kusak.
If you are a constituent, please thank them.
Live stream of the press conference:
Our teams (again, thanks to Seneca Lake Guardian and allies) then spread out to
present our request for support of the two bills - state assembly and senate -
to numerous legislators.
A long day, lots of driving, really worth it.
(Note that I was there as private resident, not as exec director of the CLWN,
because our org’s tax status does not allow lobbying.)
PLEASE understand that Gov Cuomo saying something encouraging is JUST THE START
- and PLEASE help if you are asked to do so.
THIS AFFECTS Cayuga Lake as much as it does Seneca - and we all need to do our
For more info go to Seneca Lake Guardians website
and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SenecaLakeGuardian/
Cayuga Lake Watershed Network
POB 348 Aurora NY 13026
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On May 15, 2018, at 3:11 PM, Gay Nicholson
Oh this is good news indeed!!!!
Gay Nicholson, Ph.D.
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Ithaca, NY 14850
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Subject: [New post] Cuomo Trashes Plans for Municipal Waste Incinerator in
Peter Mantius posted: "Gov. Andrew Cuomo today strongly condemned plans for a
proposed $365 million garbage-burning incinerator in Romulus, joining a
groundswell of opposition that now appears insurmountable. “The trash
incinerator project is not consistent with my administra"
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Cuomo Trashes Plans for Municipal Waste Incinerator in
by Peter Mantius<http://waterfrontonline.blog/author/pmantius/>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today strongly condemned plans for a proposed $365 million
garbage-burning incinerator in Romulus, joining a groundswell of opposition
that now appears insurmountable.[CuomoReady]
“The trash incinerator project is not consistent with my administration’s goals
for protecting our public health, our environment, and our thriving
agriculture-based economy in the Finger Lakes,” the governor said in a
statement Tuesday morning.
Circular Energy LLC, a Rochester startup with no background in waste disposal
or energy production, announced its plans in November. The bulk of the garbage
it would burn was to have been shipped to the former Seneca Army Depot site by
truck or train from New York City.[ComparableREADY]
The company tried and failed to win local support and local zoning permits. Its
announced backup plan was to apply for permits from the state Board on Electric
Generation Siting and the Environment under Article 10 of the state Public
Service law. The siting board has qualified authority to waive local objections.
But Cuomo’s unequivocal opposition suggests that the siting board permit
initiative would be another dead end.
“Importing and burning municipal solid waste in one of the state’s most
environmentally sensitive areas is simply not appropriate,” the governor said.
“I’m confident that the Article 10 siting board will carefully consider these
impacts and reject the project application if one is ever filed.”
Circular enerG has kept its ownership and financing plans private, and it has
relied on Rochester attorney Alan Knauf to serve as its public spokesman.
Knauf did not return a phone call today seeking comment on Cuomo’s statement.
Last summer, before it unveiled its plans, Circular enerG convinced a local
zoning officer to sign a letter — drafted by the company — stating that the
trash incinerator would produce renewable energy. Knauf later cited that letter
in his failed bid to win local zoning approval.[AlanKnaufREADY]
Romulus officials have since disavowed the zoning officer’s letter and voiced
their unanimous opposition to the incinerator plan.
Meanwhile, a group of state legislators led by state Sen. Pam Helming
(R-Canandaigua) and Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-Ithaca) mounted a political
campaign to derail the project.
Each sponsored legislation to remove trash incinerators from the list of energy
producing facilities that may receive permits from the siting board under
State Sen. Tom O’Mara (R-Big Flats), chair of the Senate Committee on the
Environment, co-sponsored Helming’s bill, while Assemblyman Brian Kolb
(R-Canandiagua), that chamber’s minority leader, was among the backers of
"If the Legislature proposes other solutions," Cuomo added in his statement,
"we will consider all options to protect against this proposal that is at odds
with New York's renewable energy plan and that threatens important natural
resources, environmentally sensitive areas, and economic drivers in the Finger
Cuomo had been silent on the incinerator plan until today's statement. But
Cynthia Nixon, his expected challenger in the Democratic primary for governor
in September, vowed to stop the incinerator, if elected.
At a press conference in Geneva late last month, Nixon asked why Cuomo hadn’t
come out definitively against the project, given that is widely viewed as a
threat to the tourism-based economy of the wine region.[NixonREADY]
Nixon poked at Cuomo by saying that California Gov. Jerry Brown would never
allow a trash incinerator near Napa Valley, that state’s premier wine region.
Also today, Helming, Lifton, O’Mara, Kolb and others joined a press conference
denouncing the Circular enerG incinerator plan.
“This proposal belongs in a trash incinerator,” said Assemblyman Phil Palmesano
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