The Varick Town Board has retracted its previous endorsement of Seneca Meadows Inc. and its landfill expansion plans, originally expressed in an October 3, 2023, resolution.
This decision, made during a recent vote, reflects a shift in the board’s stance, emphasizing that local governance should not be overridden by external entities without proper jurisdiction, such as the state Department of Agriculture & Markets or the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The move underscores the board’s intention to more accurately represent their support for local businesses within the legal framework of municipal authority.
This decision comes amid ongoing discussions and environmental reviews related to Seneca Meadows’ request to extend its operating life until 2040 through an expansion.
With its current permit expiring in 2025, and public hearings anticipated following the completion of an Environmental Impact Statement, the debate over the landfill’s future continues to engage local communities and governing bodies, reflecting broader concerns about environmental stewardship and local governance.
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