Governor Andrew Cuomo has come out as being against the proposed Circular enerG trash incinerator project at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus. In a statement released Tuesday, Cuomo said the project is “not consistent with my administration’s goals for protecting our public health, our environment, and our thriving agriculture-based economy in the Finger Lakes.” Seneca Lakes Guardian is a grassroots group made up of local residents and business owners opposed to the project. Their spokesperson, Dr. Joseph Campbell gave us his reaction to the Governor’s statement.
Campbell says he is hopeful that Cuomo’s statement and the overall disapproval of the project by so many in the region will resonate with Circular enerG and they will pull the plug on the proposed project. You can read the governor’s full statement below:
“The Circular enerG trash incinerator project is not consistent with my administration’s goals for protecting our public health, our environment, and our thriving agriculture-based economy in the Finger Lakes. Importing and burning municipal solid waste in one of the State’s most environmentally sensitive areas is simply not appropriate. I’m confident that the Article 10 siting board will carefully consider these impacts and reject the project application if one is ever filed. If the legislature proposes other solutions, we will consider all options to protect against this proposal that is at odds with New York’s renewable energy plan and that threatens important natural resources, environmentally sensitive areas, and economic drivers in the Finger Lakes region.”
Senator Pam Helming issued this statement:
“As the State Senator representing Seneca County and a significant portion of the Finger Lakes area, I spoke with countless local citizens, local businesses owners, and community leaders regarding their opposition to the proposed incinerator. I took their feedback and shared it directly with both the Governor and DEC. We sent a loud and clear message to Albany and made our voices heard. Today, these efforts paid off. The Governor’s announcement is terrific news for our entire region, and I appreciate his leadership in working to stop this proposal. The Finger Lakes is a treasure, and I am committed to continuing to work with the Governor and my colleagues in the Legislature to protect and enhance our environment. Working together, I am committed to promoting job creation and developing real renewable energy solutions, such as solar, at the former Seneca Army Depot.”