Finger Lakes Lawmakers Introduce Law to Stop Romulus Incinerator


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Opposition is growing against a proposed trash incinerator in the town of Romulus. In recent months several Finger Lakes municipalities have voted resolutions opposing the proposed incinerator in the town of Romulus.

Article Ten allows for state review for proposals like this.

Now, lawmakers have proposed a law eliminating trash or waste incinerators from the Article Ten process. When the project faces strong local opposition the company withdrew it’s application for local permitting. They said they would bypass local permission and seek a permit from the state under Article Ten instead.

The incinerator was first proposed by a Rochester start up, Circular EnerG. It would cover 48 acres in the former Seneca Army Depot near Seneca Lake.

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano said that’s not what the Article Ten process is intended to do. The process is meant for energy production projects.  He believes a a trash incinerator should have unanimous local approval.

“If we’re successful in passing that legislation and the governor signs it, it would stop the Romulus incinerator project dead in its tracks,” Palmesano said.

Palmesano added that the sponsors of the bill will do everything they can to stop the project.