In a statement, Governor Cuomo is taking a stance against the trash incinerator planned for the Town of Romulus in Seneca County.
The statement comes as a group of opponents have planned a rally in Albany against the incinerator.
Circular enerG wants to build the incinerator on land at the Seneca Army Deport. The project has faced a great deal of opposition from activists and Romulus residents who say the project will have a negative impact on surrounding areas.
However, the developers said the incinerator would be a clean operation that will provide an alternative to dumping trash in landfills. They are seeking Article 10 approval from the state for the project which would allow them to bypass local permits.
But, in his statement, Cuomo said the state siting board shouldn’t approve the project. He writes, “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.”
Cuomo adds, “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.”
The company’s attorney Alan Knauf says the project will help boost the economy and have no impact on the local businesses or surrounding environment.
Residents in Romulus are concerned that will be similar to the landfill that is just a few miles north.