The State Senate unanimously voted Monday in favor of legislation that would not allow Circular enerG to build a waste incinerator at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus.
The vote came on the same day as almost 5-HUNDRED businesses from throughout the Finger Lakes released letters to the Assembly, Senate and Governor Andrew Cuomo urging them to pass this bi-partisan legislation that was introduced in the Senate by Senator Pam Helming of Canandaigua. Proponents of the bill now look to the Assembly and Governor Cuomo to swiftly act before the end of session on Wednesday.
The proposed facility would burn 2,640 tons of garbage and withdraw 445-THOUSAND gallons of water from Seneca Lake every day and bring 238 trucks through the region six days a week. Over 30 local governments and school boards and over 20 local, environmental and business organizations have come out in opposition to the project.
“The families and businesses in the Finger Lakes consider Senator Helming a champion for her Herculean efforts to protect the region from this ill-conceived garbage burning facility. She has worked tirelessly across party lines to ensure that the bill gets passed unanimously in the Senate this session. We appreciate Assembly Members Cusick and Lifton for all their efforts and are counting on the Assembly to quickly pass this bill, and Governor Cuomo to sign it into law,” said Joseph Campbell, President of Seneca Lake Guardian.
Senate bill 8109 (Helming) and Assembly bill 11214 represent a bi-partisan approach to one of the most serious environmental risks facing the Finger Lakes today.
“This legislation is a major win for the Finger Lakes! It is a historic accomplishment, we successfully brought together many diverse stakeholders. This would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of Assembly Energy Committee Chairman Mike Cusick, the environmental advocacy groups, tourism groups, my colleagues in state government, and the willingness of the business community to come to the table and work together. We are one step closer to passing this legislation, which is known as the Finger Lakes Community Preservation Act of 2018. It’s time for the Governor and both houses of the legislature to take immediate action and pass this bill to protect the Finger Lakes. We don’t have time to wait-we need to vote on this before the end of session,” said Senator Pam Helming.