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OPINION: Characterizations of Seneca Meadows intention ‘cynical’

The following is an op-ed written by Kyle Black, District Manager for Seneca Meadows Landfill in Seneca Falls in response to an article published June 30, 2022.

Your recent article (Seneca Meadows files documents with DEC, has no intention of complying with local law requiring closing, June 30) contained misleading and cynical characterizations of our long-term plans.

The last election put this issue to rest. The community spoke loud and clear when they overwhelmingly elected business friendly town board members that promised to reduce taxes and increase opportunities for residents.

Seneca Meadows has been a positive contributor to the local economy for thirty plus years. With more than 100 employees and local vendors, we help families plan for their future and build a career right here. Opportunities matter and we’ve been providing them for three decades.

Our Valley Infill plan will keep us safely operating without expanding our footprint utilizing our critically needed environmental, recycling, renewable energy technologies and infrastructure we have invested in to protect our environment, our neighbors and our communities.

Seneca Meadows has attended numerous public meetings to discuss our Valley Infill plans. We’ve answered countless questions from regulators, elected officials, and the public. We’ve given transparent, detailed, and thorough answers to what our plans are for the future. We look forward to the continued regulatory and public input on this important plan. We hope members of the community will join us on July 24th as we hold our annual open house. We invite you to attend and learn more.

By filing documents with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), we continue to follow the proper path clearly required by our regulators. We look forward to the DEC and public input related to the Valley Infill Plan. It’s what we’ve done for thirty plus years and will continue to do.

We are a vital part of Seneca County’s bright future, and are proud of the essential work we do onsite and the support we provide everywhere else locally that’s important to your readers.