A new bill in the state legislature would block approval of a proposed incinerator in Seneca County.
The bill, which has versions in the Senate and Assembly, would prevent developers from expediting the incinerator project through the Article X process.
That process would allow developer Circular EnerG to bypass local leaders in Romulus and build the facility, planned for the Seneca Army Depot, with only approval from state leaders.
The new legislation would change the law to remove incinerators from projects that can be approved under Article X.
The proposed incinerator has faced heavy public scrutiny from Romulus and Finger Lakes residents who fear its impact on the environment.
Developers say the project would be a “clean operation” that would provide a better way of dealing with trash than dumps — like the massive landfill in Seneca Falls.
Senator Pam Helming, who represents the area, wrote in a release, “As the State Senator representing Seneca County and a significant portion of the Finger Lakes area, I have spoken with countless local citizens, local businesses owners, and community leaders regarding the proposed incinerator. They have made it very clear to me, if this project is approved, it will have a devastating impact on Romulus and the entire region.”