HOPEWELL — The most recent inspections of the Ontario County Landfill turned up no violations related to its operating permit.
The county Board of Supervisors’ Environmental Quality Committee learned about David Kay’s May 29 inspection — Kay works with the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Region 8 office in Avon — at its meeting Wednesday.
Kay’s report showed compliance with 21 of 36 items. The other 15 items weren’t inspected — it was noted the lack of an inspection did not mean no violation occurred.
Another inspection performed May 3 by DEC rep Joseph Melito found 15 of the 36 items on the list in compliance. Twenty-one items weren’t inspected.
Most of the 36 items on the list were inspected during one of the DEC’s visits.
In other EQ matters Wednesday:
• EASEMENTS: Casella Waste Systems, which operates the Routes 5 &20 landfill for the county, has obtained more noise easements from adjoining town of Seneca property owners, as required by the DEC in considering Casella’s application to expand within its existing footprint.
Casella wants to add a new, 43.5-acre deposit area.
Jerry Leone, regional engineer for Casella, told board members Barton & Loguidice engineers are working on the other information the DEC requested. Leone also reported that the company has purchased two parcels of land near to the landfill.
• ROAD: In his oral report on landfill operations, Leone said Casella is upgrading the roads leading to the top of the landfill, widening them and installing guide rails.
“Our new gas-collection project is completed, and all connections with the electricity-generating plant have been made,” Leone said.
Casella and Innovative Energy Systems, which operates the methane gas-powered generating plant at the landfill, met recently to discuss ways to work together. Leone said collaboration will be important when the 43.5-acre landfill expansion opens and the waste begins generating more methane gas.
• ODORS: Regarding landfill odors, a consulting firm made 16 recommendations to lessen their impact. Casella has implemented 12 of the 16 recommendations and is working on one of the four remaining suggestions.
Some committee members urged that all recommendations be followed.
• WATER: EQ members voted 4-2 in favor of a resolution opposing the expansion of federal control related to what defines a body of water in terms of the Clean Water Act.
Mark Venuti, D-town of Geneva, and Charlie Evangelista, D-city of Geneva, were opposed.
The matter now goes to the full Board of Supervisors for a vote.
County Planning Director Tom Harvey said the proposed rule change, if adopted, will cause significant economic harm to local farmers; stall the development of businesses; remove land used for food production from local hands; and negatively impact county-owned and county-maintained roadside ditches and flood-control channels.
“The rule change would impact almost all physical areas with a connection to downstream navigable waters, including ditches, natural or manmade ponds and flood plains in the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act,” Harvey said.