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Thurston faces uphill battle defending its sewage sludge ban: Will state heed town’s warning of PFAS risk?

Thurston faces uphill battle defending its sewage sludge ban: Will state heed town’s warning of PFAS risk?
Legal precedent is not on the side of the Town of Thurston as it prepares to defend its law banning the spread of sewage sludge on fields in a bid to protect public health. In ... more
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Casella sues Town of Thurston to kill local law banning the spread of sewage sludge on fields

Casella sues Town of Thurston to kill local law banning the spread of sewage sludge on fields
A unit of Casella Waste Systems Inc. filed suit late yesterday against the Town of Thurston to try to block enforcement of a new local law that bans the spread of municipal sewage sludge on ... more
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PFAS levels 9x higher in water sites adjacent to fields that spread sewage sludge, tests find

PFAS levels 9x higher in water sites adjacent to fields that spread sewage sludge, tests find
Water wells, streams and ponds adjacent to fields spread with municipal sewage sludge have levels of PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ roughly nine times higher than non-adjacent fields, according to Sierra Club test results from dozens of ... more
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Thurston bans sewage sludge spreading, setting up legal fight with Casella over Steuben farm fields

Company wants to transport sewer sludge from NYC to Wayne County
The Thurston Town Board last night enacted a local law that bans the spreading of municipal sewage sludge on local fields, setting up a near-certain legal battle with Casella Waste Systems Inc. that could have ... more
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USDA rates Steuben-area poorly suited for sewage sludge spreading, according to Thurston’s draft ban

USDA rates Steuben-area poorly suited for sewage sludge spreading, according to Thurston's draft ban
A revised draft of a local law that would ban the spreading of municipal sewage sludge on fields in the Town of Thurston notes that federal agencies have rated the soil and topography of the ... more
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Thurston braces for legal battle with Casella: Town retains Earthjustice to litigate local ban on spreading sewage sludge

Thurston braces for legal battle with Casella: Town retains Earthjustice to litigate local ban on spreading sewage sludge
After postponing a scheduled vote on a proposed local law to ban the spreading of municipal sewage sludge on fields, the Thurston Town Board voted last night to retain new outside counsel to prepare for ... more
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After Thurston officials say they’ll vote on law to ban sewage sludge spreading, Casella issues legal warning

After Thurston officials say they’ll vote on law to ban sewage sludge spreading, Casella issues legal warning
A Steuben County town’s plan to hold a final vote Sept. 20 “at the latest” on a proposed local law banning field-spreading of municipal sewage sludge prompted warnings last night that the law would be ... more
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DEBRIEF: Cargill could sell Cayuga salt mine, Thurston moves toward banning sewage sludge, and more (podcast)

DEBRIEF: Cargill could sell Cayuga salt mine, Thurston moves toward banning sewage sludge, and more (podcast)
In this edition of The Debrief Podcast we're joined by Peter Mantius from The Water Front Online. The longtime environmental reporter has been busy publishing a number of high-profile pieces on the Finger Lakes over ... more
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Casella urges state agriculture commissioner to help it derail Thurston’s plan to ban sewage sludge spreading

Casella urges state agriculture commissioner to help it derail Thurston’s plan to ban sewage sludge spreading
Casella Waste Systems Inc. is seeking to rally support from two state agencies in its bid to sidetrack the Town of Thurston’s proposed ban on the spreading of sewage sludge on local farm fields. The ... more
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Thurston poised to ban field spreading of sewage sludge: How did this complicate Casella’s plan to bring it from Long Island?

Thurston poised to ban field spreading of sewage sludge: How did this complicate Casella’s plan to bring it from Long Island?
The Thurston Town Board is preparing to enact an outright ban on the spreading of sewage sludge on fields within its jurisdiction, threatening Casella Organics’ plan to spread sludge from Long Island on 2,789 acres ... more
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Thurston Town Board votes 5-0 for landfill moratorium: Supervisor resigns

Thurston Town Board votes 5-0 for landfill moratorium: Supervisor resigns
In step toward controlling or even preventing the spreading of municipal sewage sludge on up to 2,789 acres in Steuben County, the Town of Thurston’s board voted 5-0 last night to pass a one-year moratorium ... more
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Campbell teen arrested after accident in Thurston

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State police report the arrest of a Campbell teen following an accident in the town of Thurston. Troopers were called to County Route 333 in the town of Thurston for a crash. After investigation, 19-year-old ... more
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Casella officials watch in silence as Thurston Town Board warms to idea of banning sewage sludge permits

Big turnout expected for Monday meeting in Butler for sludge processing facility
The Town of Thurston’s board split sharply last night on whether a proposed one-year moratorium on waste facility permits should apply only to new landfills or extend to municipal sludge spreading operations as well. The ... more
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DEC police find stolen vehicle in Steuben County

DEC police find stolen vehicle in Steuben County
A routine traffic stop led to the arrest of a car thief in the town of Thurston on Monday. DEC police pulled over a vehicle for running a stop sign and speeding on County Road ... more
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Casella takes control of 2,789 acres in Thurston: Town Board weighs one-year moratorium on new landfills

Casella takes control of 2,789 acres in Thurston: Town Board weighs one-year moratorium on new landfills
A rural community in Steuben County is weighing a one-year local moratorium on permits for new landfills in response to news that Casella Waste Systems Inc. recently acquired or leased 2,789 acres of a local ... more
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Steuben County man violates order of protection

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Police say a Thurston man was arrested following a violation of an order of protection. According to a news release, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Garrett S. Ragusa, 27, of Thurston for aggravated family ... more
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Troopers: Drunk driver caused one-car crash in Steuben County

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A Steuben County man faces drunk driving charges after a one-car crash over the weekend. According to a news release, troopers were called to a single-car crash on County Road 1 in the town of ... more
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State police investigate drowning in Steuben County

State police investigate drowning in Steuben County
New York State Police say they are investigating a drowning that occurred on Bonny Hill Rd. in the town of Thurston. Around 9:45 p.m. on Monday troopers were called to 5227 Bonny Hill Rd. for ... more
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FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to support continued growth in local digital content

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to continue growth in digital content
FingerLakes1.com has officially launched a Patreon Support model, for readers, viewers, and listeners who want to support our mission. For 20 years now, FingerLakes1.com has focused on delivering news and information in a unique, interactive ... more
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