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EXCLUSIVE: Breaking down the SMI court ruling & how Long Island sludge is being imported to Upstate NY (video)

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This week there were a pair of major environmental headlines that involved a longstanding issue for the Finger Lakes.


To get an update on those, we caught up with environmental reporter and Water Front Online founder Peter Mantius.

The first story involves a recent court decision to toss Local Law No. 3 in Seneca Falls. That law, which would’ve required closure of Seneca Meadows in less than three years, was ruled invalid. While that decision is expected to be appealed – it’s a major milestone as the company attempts to secure a new DEC permit to expand.

The second story involves sewer sludge being spread on farm fields. While the practice is actually fairly common – environmental activists are concerned about the practice, and several municipalities in Steuben County have taken action – preventing the practice from becoming more common. The issue revolves around the possibility of sewer sludge from Long Island being transported to Steuben County and spread across a piece of property that sits between three towns.

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