ROMULUS — The Seneca County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs has joined the opposition against the waste-to-energy incinerator proposed for the former Seneca Army Depot.
Federation President Dieter Kraemer expressed the opposition in a letter to the governor and a host of other state officials, as well as to Seneca County Board of Supervisors chairman Bob Shipley.
“The Seneca County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, which represents all of the sportsmen’s clubs in the county, strongly opposes this incinerator project,’’ Kraemer wrote.
Circular EnerG of Rochester has applied to the state Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment under an Article 10 proceeding for a permit to build and operate a $356 million facility on a 48-acre parcel.
The federation’s letter notes that 176 tractor-trailers or 30 railcars loaded with trash would be traveling on local roads and rail lines. It also mentions the withdrawal of 445,000 gallons of water a day from Seneca Lake; the discharge of warmed water into Reeder Creek; the generation of 126,000 gallons of leachate per day; and Seneca Lake’s role as the drinking water source for several communities.
“The incinerator would emit dioxins, furans, lead, mercury, arsenic, chromium, particulates, hydrochloric acid, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides that are harmful to human health, dairy herds and fish and wildlife,” the letter said. “Further work done by Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, the Finger Lakes Institute and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Finger Lakes Water Hub indicated that 45 metric tons of waste are left in Seneca Lake every year, mostly consisting of phosphorus and nitrogen. The outflow from Reeder Creek into the lake has high levels of phosphorus and nitrogen. The discharge of the proposed incinerator into Reeder Creek will further degrade the water quality of Seneca Lake.
“The proposed incinerator by Circular EnerG LLC is not the type of economic development that is in the Finger Lakes best interest.”