SENECA FALLS — The 47-acre expansion proposed by Seneca Meadows Inc. “could have a significant negative impact on the environment.”
That’s the determination of the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Accordingly, SMI will be required to prepare and submit a draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed expansion, which would occur within the existing footprint of the 400-acre landfill on Highway 414.
An environmental impact statement must include:
• A description of the action, including its needs and benefits.
• A description of the environmental setting and the areas to be affected.
• An analysis of all the environmental impacts linked to the action.
• An analysis of reasonable alternatives to action.
• Identification of ways to reduce or avoid negative environmental impacts.
The DEC will then publish a draft guidance document to advance the development of DEIS for public review before developing a final guidance document.
State officials said they are committed to a ‘full and transparent’ review of Seneca Meadows’ application ‘with particular emphasis on potential climate change impacts and consistency with state law. on climate leadership and community protection, in addition to ensuring ongoing compliance with the DEC. current license for the installation.
SMI is proposing to deposit the waste in the valley fill area above the original Tantalo landfill, a move that would extend the life of the landfill to 2040.
The current landfill operating license expires on December 31, 2025, and Seneca Falls Local Law 3-2016 requires the landfill to close on that date.
SMI is challenging local law in court.
“We have always welcomed a fair and objective review of our facility,” said Kyle Black, district manager of Waste Connections Inc., “but it requires a good faith effort to assess relevant data and information.”
Black said the dump continues to work with the DEC to answer questions about his request.
“Infilling the valley is a continuation of our long-term investment in environmental infrastructure, community protection and green, renewable energy generation,” Black said. “Infilling the valley will not expand our current footprint, allowing us to continue to create career jobs and green, renewable energy opportunities in our communities.”
The Seneca Falls Environmental Action Committee has advocated for Local Law 3-2016, while urging that a city business license not be granted to SMI due to ongoing odor issues.
Members Jean Gilroy and Doug Avery posted this statement on the DEIS requirement:
“The DEC has determined that the Seneca Meadows Valley Infill Project could have a significant adverse environmental impact,” the statement said. “The SMI site will be covered with a liner and then subjected to 6,000 tons of waste per day for the next 15 years. This is cause for serious concern. »