Ontario County readies response to trash-burning plant
With a state permitting process underway for a proposed $365 million trash-to-electricity plant in Seneca County, Ontario County is getting its official response ready.
Rochester-based Circular enerG LLC jump-started an Article 10 — a New York state process for approving large electric generating facilities. The company filed details of its proposal in a document called a Public Involvement Program Plan posted online.
The PIP calls for public input, and there will undoubtedly be plenty of it. Environmental concerns are coming from all directions including from the Ontario County Board of Supervisors, numerous other local government entities, tourism businesses and environmental groups opposed to the facility pegged for construction on a 48-acre parcel at the former Seneca Army Depot.
“The biggest problem with this proposal is the location,” said Canadice Town Supervisor Kris Singer, who chairs the Ontario County Planning and Environmental Quality Committee. “An incinerator has its own issues and byproducts and this hits right in the middle of an agriculture and watershed area.”
Singer said the proposal calls for taking water out of Seneca Lake and then returning water to the lake, raising a lot of concerns about effect on the ecosystem.
Singer said the Ontario County Planning Department is drafting a response to the Circular enerG LLC proposal. “We are not just shooting from the hip,” she said.
The comments will be backed by facts and data regarding the effect the incinerator would have on Seneca Lake and the entire watershed, to include long-term impacts on the environment.
Singer said since Ontario County is located beyond a 5-mile radius from the proposed site, the county will seek status as an “interested party” to ensure consideration of its comments. Singer said she expects to discuss a draft response at the next meeting of the county Planning and Environmental Quality Committee taking place at 1:30 p.m. April 9 at the county Municipal Building, 20 Ontario St., Canandaigua.
By Julie Sherwood firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted at 1:55 AM
Updated at 1:55 AM