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READ THE DOCS: DEC unveils final scoping document for proposed Seneca Meadows Landfill expansion

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has officially completed the final scoping document for the proposed expansion of Seneca Meadows Landfill, located in the Towns of Seneca Falls and Waterloo, Seneca County. The expansion, known as the Valley Infill project, aims to add approximately 15 years of operational life to the existing facility by increasing its vertical height and adding new disposal areas.


The project plans include the addition of about 47 million cubic yards of space for waste disposal, which will occur over the inactive Tantalo Hazardous Waste Site and surrounding areas. Despite the significant increase in capacity, the types of waste accepted and daily traffic levels are not expected to change, continuing to handle non-hazardous solid waste as per state regulations.

Community feedback has been integral to shaping the scope of the environmental review process. Approximately 600 public comments were considered, leading to a more detailed focus in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on air quality, water quality, odors, and particularly human health impacts. DEC officials contend this approach underscores their commitment to mitigating potential environmental impacts while ensuring the project meets rigorous regulatory standards.

The approval process for the landfill’s expansion is set to include thorough environmental and health impact assessments to reassure the community about the project’s safety and sustainability. Public hearings and comment periods will provide additional opportunities for community input, ensuring that all voices are heard as the project moves forward into its next phases.