Power to Be
A Dirty WasteHow Renewable Energy Policies Have Financed the Unsustainable Waste-to-Energy Industry
The end of the 20th Century saw a major shift in the United States’ approach to energy policy. After decades focused on fossil fuel production, the country began to realize that renewable sources of energy were the way of the future. Governments relied on both mandates and tax incentives to encourage the use of energy from sources like solar and wind power. Waste- to-Energy (“WTE”) power is another form of energy production that is classified as renewable. This Note summarizes the WTE pro- cess and the laws that allowed it to grow, argues that WTE is not economical- ly sound or environmentally sustainable, and proposes legislative changes to prevent more harm from WTE in the future.
January 29, 2019
Assemblyman Kolb, Assemblyman Palmesano and Senator Helming Incinerator Letter
Letter expressing opposition to the EnerG incinerator.
March 9, 2018
Chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Energy, Michael Cusick, and Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton Introduce Bill to Exclude Major Electric Generating Facilities from Expedited Power Plant Siting Process
Assembly Legislative Press Release
On March 27th, NYS Assemblyman Michael Cusick and NYS Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton introduced a bill in the NYS Assembly which would exclude major electric generating facilities, which generate electricity from the combustion or pyrolysis of solid waste or fuel derived from solid waste, from an expedited power plant siting process.
April 4, 2018
Deborah Goldberg Environmental Stewardship Scholarship
The Deborah Goldberg Environmental Stewardship Scholarship will be awarded annually to a Finger Lakes High School Senior who is pursuing a career in Environmental Law.
March 29, 2019
Finger Lakes Lawmakers Call On State To Block Unwanted Incinerator Project
‘Few, If Any, Areas of New York State Are As Dependent On Vibrant Natural Resources As The Finger Lakes Region’
Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I,Ref-Canandaigua), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Sen. Pamela Helming (R-Canandaigua) called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state officials to block a prospective application from Circular EnerG, LLC to construct a waste-to-energy incinerator at the former Seneca Army Depot in the Town of Romulus.
March 14, 2018
Finger Lakes Lawmakers Introduce Legislation
To Block Controversial Incinerator Project
New York State Legislature
Senator Pam Helming, Senator Tom O’Mara, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano have introduced legislation that would block a proposed waste-to-energy incinerator project from moving forward at the former Seneca Army Depot in the Town of Romulus.
April 6, 2018
Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Stop Waste Incinerators in the Finger Lakes
The Finger Lakes Community Preservation Act to Protect Region’s Environment, Quality of Life and $3 Billion Wine and Tourism Industry
Romulus, NY – Two months after the New York State Senate and Assembly both unanimously passed the legislation to stop toxic incinerators in the Finger Lakes, Governor Cuomo has officially signed the Finger Lakes Community Preservation Act into law, showing how committed the Governor is to protecting the environment and local businesses of the region.
May 24, 2019
Help Stop Dirty Garbage Incinerator in the Finger Lakes
With the budget finalized, it's time for the Governor to sign the Finger Lakes Community Preservation Act of 2019 into law. This bill would prohibit the construction of garbage incinerators within the Finger Lakes Watershed.
April 3, 2019
A story from the Netherlands
Although presented as state of the art, the youngest incinerator in the Netherlands is far from a clean: long-term tests reveal emissions of dioxin, furan and persistent organic pollutants far beyond the limits.
The case of the REC plant raises important questions for future policy-making concerning waste incineration and its potential effects on public health and the environment.
Learn more about the Romulus Train Trash Incinerator
Please come and learn from an independent expert how the impacts of the proposed “Waste to Energy” train trash facility at the Seneca Army Depot in the Town of Romulus would effect the Finger Lakes region.
Save the Date: Sunday, January 7th
INCINERATORS IN TROUBLE
What Are The Problems With Waste Incineration?
Waste incineration is a flawed approach that is expensive, polluting, and inefficient; aging incinerators are causing trouble with toxic emissions, odor, fires, financial insecurity, and environmental injustice.
August 10, 2018
Judge Hears Lawsuits Against Romulus by Incinerator Corporation Circular enerG
Reserves Decisions on all motions
Waterloo, NY- In a packed courtroom, the Honorable Judge Doyle heard two Article 78 proceedings filed against the Town of Romulus by garbage incinerator applicant Circular enerG.
October 12, 2018
Judge reserves decisions on Romulus incinerator cases
WATERLOO — After listening to oral arguments for about an hour Friday, state Supreme Court Justice Daniel Doyle reserved decisions on two Article 78 proceedings initiated by the company interested in building a trash-burning incinerator in Romulus.
September 30, 2018
Lawsuits addressed in Romulus trash incinerator hearing
WATERLOO, N.Y (WENY) -- In the Seneca County Courthouse Friday morning, Circular EnerG and the Town of Romulus voiced their sides regarding a potential trash incinerator to coming to the town, at the former Seneca Army Depot. The hearing addressed two lawsuits filed against Romulus by the Rochester-based company challenging a zoning determination, and the town's revised zoning laws. For Circular EnerG, it hopes to come out on top after the ruling.
September 28, 2018
Letter to Tompkins County
Re: Cayuga Power Plant
Seneca Lake Guardian’s mission is to promote sustainable energy, increase investment in water supply/sewer systems, and to challenge destructive power plants, reckless development and decrepit infrastructure around Seneca Lake and throughout the Finger Lakes Region. As such, we write to urge you to adopt Resolution A, which asks the DEC to categorically deny Cayuga's application to convert to fracked gas, asks the Governor to provide support for transition to renewable energy, acknowledges that Cayuga’s proposal will result in significant environmental impacts, and calls on the DEC to require Cayuga to submit a full Environmental Impact Statement.
November 7, 2018
NY governor signs legislation to stop WTE project
UPDATE: May 28, 2019:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill (A5029A) on May 24 aimed at protecting "the Finger Lakes region from the adverse effects of the siting of newly constructed incineration facilities." The legislation effectively blocks plans for a new $365 million Circular enerG incinerator in the Finger Lakes region.
May 28, 2019
Public Service Commission Requests Revisions to Circular enerG’s Public Involvement Program Plan for Article 10 Application
Circular enerG Seeks to Build NY’s Largest Trash Incinerator Facility in the Finger Lakes
In a letter released today, staff of the New York State Department of Public Service requested revisions to Circular enerG’s Public Involvement Program Plan (“PIP Plan”) for their Article 10 application on their proposal to build the state’s largest trash incinerator facility in the Finger Lakes. The letter requested the developer to revise several aspects of the plan, most notably explain how it will overcome local zoning laws, describe the impact on the wine and tourism economies and describe the source of the garbage.
April 12, 2018
Regional Governments and Organizations Opposed to Romulus Waste Incinerator
Everyday opposition builds to the Romulus Waste Incinerator. Want to see if your local government or partner organizations are opposing the incinerator?
Save the Finger Lakes
Stop the Incinerator
It has been such a beautiful beginning of summer in the Finger Lakes. Clean air and clean water are the foundation for a vibrant wine and agriculture industry. It is what keeps the tourists coming back. But, that is now at risk if the proposed garbage incinerator in Romulus goes forward.
June 27, 2018
Seneca Lake Guardian
The Eyes, Ears and Voice Fighting for Clean Water
Waterkeeper Alliance, a global movement uniting more than 270 Waterkeeper organizations and affiliates, recently approved a new affiliate, Seneca Lake Guardian. Joseph M Campbell and Yvonne Taylor of Gas Free Seneca are excited to extend their efforts as the Seneca Lake Guardians to protect and preserve Seneca Lake, one of New York's Finger Lakes, by combining their firsthand knowledge of the watershed with an unwavering commitment to the rights of the community.
January 5, 2019
Preserve and Protect
Seneca Lake Guardian
PO Box 333
Watkins Glen NY 14981