It seems that this was not a secret to the many property owners who lived here when a factory spewed soda ash into the air for decades. It may have been a secret to people who subsequently purchased property in the area.
I am reminded of many debates I've overheard or read. Debates between my grandfather and friends at the counter at the old Pumpernickel restaurant in the 1980s. And debates right here on this website a decade ago. Geneva has always had two factions of people, both on city council and among the general population: those who strongly favor business, and those who strongly favor environmental causes. Far too often those two do not mix, especially when local government is concerned. It seems to me that Geneva has always had a majority (in society and on council) who support business over all. I am hopeful that this news will be the tipping point for that, and that protecting our environment (Seneca Lake, the lakefront, etc.) will begin to be the majority view. As we see here, our failure to do so can have consequences that last for generations.