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Incinerator opponents gather to celebrate signing of law

Opponents of a proposed waste-to-energy incinerator in the town of Romulus gathered last week to celebrate Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing into law the Finger Lakes Community Preservation Act.

The New York State Senate and Assembly had unanimously passed the legislation to stop incinerators in the Finger Lakes region, and Cuomo’s signature on May 24 sealed the deal.

The community came together in opposition of a proposal by Circular enerG to build a $365 million trash-burning incinerator in Romulus, between Seneca and Cayuga lakes.

“I just want to say how truly honored, and proud I am to be part of a community that cares so much about our home: our clean air, our water, our vibrant economy, that we are willing to work together, across party lines, with such passion, to preserve and protect our way of life,” said Yvonne Taylor at the celebratory gathering at Three Brothers Winery & Estates. “If only the rest of the planet could work that way.”

Taylor is vice president of Seneca Lake Guardian, a Waterkeeper Alliance Affiliate dedicated to working to protect the Finger Lakes from industrial projects that could threaten the health of the lakes.

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