Romulus Incinerator

The Finger Lakes are facing an enormous environmental, public health and economic threat that few people know about. There is a new proposal to build a massive garbage incinerator in the town of Romulus, New York, less than 4 miles from the shores of Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. If approved, it would be built at the old Seneca Army Depot, just a few hundred yards away from the Romulus K-12 public school. It is also near Hillside Children’s Center, a residential facility for troubled youth, the 5 Points Correctional Facility, Willard Drug Treatment Center and the Seneca County Jail, making this an environmental justice issue.

Circular enerG (not a typo) was incorporated just over one year ago and they have no track record of ever handling municipal solid waste, let alone building and operating a massive garbage burning incinerator.

The incinerator would burn 2,640 tons of garbage each day – making it one of the largest incinerators in the country. The 260-foot smoke stack would emit lead, mercury, acid gases, nitrogen oxides and dioxins in a region that is home to hundreds of wineries and vineyards.

Incinerators emit huge amounts of carbon dioxide, often more than coal plants, making climate change worse.

It is projected that 238 huge trucks hauling trash would rumble through the Finger Lakes region each day, and additional trucks would remove the toxic ash. Eventually, the company may rely on trash trains to import garbage from a vast geographic range.
As the Finger Lakes is poised to grow its agricultural economy, including grapes and wineries, and is really getting a foothold as a tourism destination, this is the last thing this region needs.

The pastoral landscape of Seneca County is already disrupted by Seneca Meadows, an existing giant landfill. There are better ways to deal with solid waste. It is time to fully embrace waste reduction, recycling and composting as the foundations of a sustainable solid waste policy.

Local zoning would prohibit this facility from being built in Romulus. Initially, Circular enerG applied for a variance. But they have now changed course and decided to circumvent the local government and go to the New York State Siting Board for approvals. The state’s Article 10 Power Plant Siting Law allows garbage incinerators to be included in the expedited siting process. This process overrides the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and gives the siting board the option of ignoring local zoning and local laws that would block construction of the incinerator.

The residents of the Finger Lakes need your help.

Join the Business Coalition

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Seneca Lake Guardian Business Coalition

Seneca Lake Guardian is a pro-business, pro-economic coalition supporting the developing tourist industry around Seneca Lake.More Info

Four Ways To Fight The Incinerator Now

The residents of the Finger Lakes need your help. Here are four ways you can help today.More Info
Incinerator Viewshed

The Incinerator Viewshed

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Regional Governments and Organizations Opposed to Romulus Incinerator

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?More Info

GAIA Information Sheet

Garbage Inciineration is Dirty Energy

GAIA (Global Alliance for Incineration Alternatives) information sheet on incinerators.

Waste burning facilities are the most toxic, expensive, and climate-polluting energy industries in the U.S.
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Statement of Evidence

Particulate emissions and Health

Statement of Evidence
Particulate Emissions and Health
by Professor C. Vyvyan Howard MB. ChB. PhD. FRCPath.
June 2009
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Watch: Trash Incinerator Forum

On Jan. 7, 2018 we hosted an independent expert on 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.

You can watch an archive of our live stream of the Trash Incinerator Forum here.
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Watch: Seneca Lake Guardian Press Conference

Legislative Office Building Albany, NY

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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.

Urgent: Assembly Vote Today

Call your Assembly Person Now!

TODAY (Tuesday, June 19th) - We have an opportunity to kill the proposed garbage burning facility in Romulus, NY, if we act swiftly. There are bills proposed ( S8109b/A11214) which, if passed in the Assembly and the Senate, then signed by Governor Cuomo, would prohibit garbage incineration in the Finger Lakes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Assemblyman Kolb, Assemblyman Palmesano and Senator Helming Incinerator Letter

Letter expressing opposition to the EnerG incinerator.

Watch: Seneca Lake Guardian Press Conference

Legislative Office Building Albany, NY

Watch: Trash Incinerator Forum

On Jan. 7, 2018 we hosted an independent expert on 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.

You can watch an archive of our live stream of the Trash Incinerator Forum here.
Romulus Train Trash Incinerator

Incinerator Forum

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.
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