The State Assembly’s Energy Committee has voted unanimously in favor of a bill drafted by local lawmakers that would require incinerators to comply with local laws and zoning when submitting to the state’s Article 10 process.
The bill, which was introduced in the Assembly by Ithaca Democrat Barbara Lifton, was also championed by Corning Republican Phil Palmesano, who represents Romulus. Canandaigua Republican Pam Helming sponsors the bill in the Senate. It now heads to the full Assembly for vote.
The bill was in direct response to Circular enerG’s 365-MILLION dollar waste-to-energy trash incinerator proposed for the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus.
Seneca Lake Guardian Vice President Yvonne Taylor released this statement following the vote:
“The Governor, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, local elected officials and residents across the Finger Lakes have all agreed Circular enerG’s proposal to build a trash incinerator facility in the heart of the region is not only inappropriate but also dangerous. We applaud Assemblyman Michael J. Cusick and the State Assembly Energy Committee for voting unanimously in favor of legislation that will honor local laws and zoning during the State’s Article 10 process. We look forward to working with legislators in passing this bill in the full Assembly and State Senate and cementing a future for the Finger Lakes free of incinerators.”