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Seneca Falls Town Board approves MOU, as landfill expansion debate continues

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The Seneca Falls Town Board has given the green light to a controversial Memorandum of Understanding involving the Town and Seneca Meadows Landfill, if the latter is given expansion authority by the DEC.

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This agreement, contingent upon approval from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, would expand the landfill’s area by 47 acres and elevate its height by 70 feet, extending its operations until 2040.

However, the proposal, led by Waste Connections, the landfill’s operator, has encountered significant resistance.

Ten nearby municipalities, including Rochester, have voiced their objections, either through resolutions or by reaching out to Governor Kathy Hochul directly.

Additionally, 40 state legislators, numerous environmental groups, and hundreds of regional businesses have called on Governor Hochul to reject the extension.

Critics argue that the landfill has led to a slew of environmental issues, including air and water pollution, persistent odor problems, and water contamination with potentially harmful chemicals known as PFAS.