The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has renewed Seneca Meadows landfill's facility operating permit for eight more years, despite opposition from some local residents.
It is a victory for operator Waste Connections, although the firm had been seeking a 10-year extension.
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"Following a rigorous review of Seneca Meadows Inc.'s (SMI) permit application for the renewal of its Solid Waste Management Facility permit to continue operation of the Seneca Falls landfill, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has determined the application to be in compliance with all State rules and regulations governing waste management practices and all operations at the facility fully protective of public health and the environment," the DEC said in a statement to The Citizen on Monday. "The renewed permit includes several new conditions to reduce odors and ensure proper facility management."
The DEC said those measures are included in the landfill's already existing Comprehensive Odor Control Plan and include things like installation of horizontal gas collection lines and additional surface emission monitoring. The landfill will be required to submit monthly updated odor complaint log charts and summaries. The DEC also stipulates that Seneca Meadows will pilot an off-site odor assessment program.
"DEC will continue to provide strict oversight of the facility, including an on-site monitor, to ensure all conditions of the permit are met to protect public health and the environment," the DEC added.