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Seneca Falls Town Board postpones decision on landfill permit

The Seneca Falls Town Board has deferred a decision on issuing a local operating permit to Seneca Meadows Inc. (SMI), the operator of New York’s largest landfill.

The board’s first meeting of the year saw the newly formed group choose to table the permit discussion for further review.


While the town permit verifies compliance with zoning codes, the landfill’s operations are not contingent on it, as SMI holds a state permit that takes precedence. This state permit allows the landfill to function despite local permit status.

The landfill, often a topic of debate due to concerns over odors, truck traffic, and environmental impact, currently operates under a Department of Environmental Conservation permit that expires in 2025.

SMI has proposed an expansion to extend its operations until 2040, with a decision on this still pending.