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Letter to Governor Kathy Hochul: Close Seneca Meadows by 2025

Environmental advocates, local business leaders and elected officials have sent a letter to Governor Kathy Hochul calling for the closure of Seneca Meadows landfill by 2025.

Seneca Meadows parent company SMI is seeking state DEC approval to operate until 2040. With the landfill as a backdrop, Waterloo Container hosted a news conference Monday to announce the release of the letter. Seneca Lake Guardian President Joseph Campbell announced the release of the letter.

Seneca Lake Guardian President Joseph Campbell

Seneca Falls Town Council member Steve Churchill said Seneca Meadows had essentially bought a pro-landfill Town Council with hundreds of thousands of dollars of campaign contributions over the years.

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Seneca Falls Town Councilor Steve Churchill

Three Brothers Winery President/COO Erica Paolicelli said the state’s largest landfill is incompatible with the region’s tourist economy.

Erica Paolicelli of Three Brothers Winery

Waterloo Container CEO Rich Swinehart said it’s time that the Finger Lakes no longer take on the burden of accepting waste from other parts of the state.

Waterloo Container CEO Rich Swinehart

The letter to Governor Hochul reads, in part “The undersigned urge you to direct the Department of Environmental Conservation to deny the Permit Modification for Seneca Meadows, Inc.’s “Valley Infill” expansion at SMI’s landfill in Seneca Falls, New York. Despite a DEC Part 360 Permit to operate until 2025 and Seneca Falls Local Law #3 requiring the landfill to close in 2025, SMI is seeking DEC authorization to extend the life of its landfill to 2040, increase its vertical height by an additional 70 feet into the viewscape, and cover the former Tantalo landfill, a state superfund site.”

A truck delivers trash to Seneca Meadows

Listen to the full news conference below.

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