Local tourism businesses are organizing to oppose a proposed waste incinerator facility they say could result in trains full of garbage traveling along the western side of Seneca Lake on their way to the former Seneca Army Depot.
The group of more than 100 businesses includes several from Yates County who are urging the Romulus Planning Board and Romulus Town Board to disapprove a proposal to develop a waste incinerator facility at the former Seneca Army Depot.
The Finger Lakes Wine Business Coalition (FLXWBC) sent a letter to Romulus officials ahead of a meeting of the Romulus Planning Board Monday night.
“The mission of the FLXWBC is to lead upstate economic development through wine-driven agritourism and sustainable business practices, unifying wineries, vineyards, local food producers, and creatives who are stewards of the Finger Lakes Wine country.
Signed by the organization’s president, Scott Osborn of Fox Run Vineyards in Penn Yan, the letter points to possible air pollution, daily withdrawal of 445,00 gallons of water from Seneca Lake, and the impact of additional truck traffic as threats to the Finger Lakes tourism and agricultural community.
In an email accompanying the letter, public relations representative Kenneth Londono said the development could lead to rail traffic of tons of trash could travel through Watkins Glen State Park and along the entire west side of Seneca Lake, through the city of Geneva.
Circular enerG LLC is seeking approval to develop 394 acres of the former Seneca Army Depot into a sustainable waste-to-energy facility where solid waste will be incinerated and converted to energy. The Facility will combust municipal solid waste and the combustible fraction of construction and demolition debris to generate electrical power for sale in the New York market.
Yates County Planner Dan Long says Yates County officials will monitor the project.