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State lawmakers urge Hochul to reject expansion of Seneca Meadows Landfill

State legislators are urging Governor Kathy Hochul to stop the expansion of New York’s largest landfill, Seneca Meadows, in Seneca County. State Sen. Pete Harckham and Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, environmental conservation committee leaders, highlight the landfill’s negative impact on air quality and local health, including a cluster of lung cancers in the area.

They’re advocating for the landfill’s closure next year, opposing Texas-based Waste Connections’ proposal to expand it by 47 acres and increase its height by 70 feet.

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The landfill, which handles 2 million tons of waste annually, predominantly from New York City and its suburbs, has become a contentious issue in Seneca Falls. Local residents and environmental groups like Seneca Lake Guardian oppose the expansion, citing the area’s historical significance and environmental concerns. Waste Connections asserts the landfill’s local economic impact is $72 million yearly.

The DEC is reviewing public comments and assessing the project’s environmental impact. DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos emphasizes the state’s goal to reduce landfill reliance and increase recycling, aligning with efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and environmental degradation.