The town board in Seneca Falls, N.Y., approved a proposal to close the Seneca Meadows Landfill within the next 10 years.
It’s a surprising turn of events for a facility that has been in the news a lot in the past year.
In the spring, the Town Board was considering Local Law No. 7 of 2016, which states that no solid waste management facility shall be constructed or allowed to continue operating within the town. The landfill was exempt from the proposed law.
Then last month, Local Law No. 3 was introduced as an amended and modified version of Local Law No. 7., that would restrict new solid waste disposal facilities, prevent existing solid waste facilities from expanding and call for closing of the landfill by Dec. 31, 2025.
In April, the landfill’s operator sought a 10-year renewal of its solid waste facility permit, which, if approved, would end in 2027.
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The law was proposed just weeks ago, against the wishes of Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazarro -- who walked out of a public meeting last week.
At the meeting, residents packed the town hall, talking about their concerns about the dump, including pollution, traffic and the smell it creates. Tuesday, they celebrated the town board's decision.
Now concerns will turn to the town budget, which will have to make up for the loss of revenue from the dump -- millions of dollars. Along with the loss of jobs for Seneca Meadows employees.