ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Local elected officials, wineries and Finger Lakes residents will host a news conference in Albany on Tuesday, May 15th at 10:30am to call on Governor Cuomo to reject Circular enerG’s trash incinerator proposal and urge legislators to pass bi-partisan bills in the state Senate and Assembly that would support Home Rule in the state expedited power plant siting process, known as Article 10.
The legislation, if enacted would allow the Town of Romulus to decide whether Circular enerG’s proposal to build the state’s largest waste incinerator at the former Seneca Army Depot moves forward.
Finger Lakes wineries and residents have consistently opposed Circular enerG’s trash incinerator citing its negative impact on the nearly $3 billion tourism and wine industries.
Circular enerG filed an Article 10 application with the state, which would allow the state siting board to ignore local laws and local zoning.
Elected officials, along with the residents and entrepreneurs of the region have overwhelmingly stated their opposition to the project, citing several areas of concern including the economy, environment and public health.
The Senate bill (S8109) was introduced by Senator Pam Helming (R-Canandaigua) and Thomas O’Mara (R-Big Flats) and the Assembly bill has been introduced by Assemblyman Michael J. Cusick (D-Staten Island), and Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-Ithaca).