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Cuomo weighs in on controversial trash incinerator in Seneca County

May 15, 2018 05:18 PM

Governor Andrew Cuomo is voicing his opposition to the proposed garbage incinerator facility in Seneca County.

Community members' opposition to the project on the site of the old Seneca Army Depot in Romulus has been loud and clear. 

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Cuomo issued a statement Tuesday, saying the project "is not consistent" with his administration's goals for the Finger Lakes region. He adds the proposal "threatens important natural resources, environmentally sensitive areas, and economic drivers" in the region.

"Importing and burning municipal solid waste in one of the State's most environmentally sensitive areas is simply not appropriate," Cuomo says.

That said, Cuomo also mentions that he will "consider all options to protect against the proposal." 

Other lawmakers that represent that area, have expressed their concerns with the project as well.   

 "The finger lakes region is one of the most precious regions in our entire state, we should not be doing anything that would put this precious reason at risk in any way shape or form in terms of an incinerator place in the finger lakes," stated Brian Kolb of Canandaigua. 

The attorney representing the energy company proposing the project told News10NBC, "If the governor thinks the army depot would be a bad location for waste-to-energy, does he have a better site to suggest? Or does he just want to continue to dump waste in environmentally damaging landfills like high acres in Perinton or Seneca Meadows in Seneca Falls, which are smelling up their communities?" 

He also adds, "people, including the governor, shouldn't pre-judge the proposal before an application is even filed." 

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