ROMULUS — The Finger Lakes Wine Business Coalition and The Seneca Lake Guardian have sent letters to the Romulus Planning Board, urging it to reject the waste-to-energy plant proposed for the former Seneca Army Depot.

The wine coalition, based in Watkins Glen, said the Finger Lakes region is a “place of truly unmatched beauty with incredible economic potential.’’

“But we must protect our environment as we grow the agri-tourism that has fueled regional economic development,’’ said the letter, signed by 113 people — mostly winery owners.

“As such, it is our duty to strongly oppose the proposed construction and operation of a waste incinerator facility under consideration by the Romulus Town and Planning Boards,’’ they stated.

The group cited the 260-foot-high smokestack and building, the daily 445,000 gallons of water withdrawn from Seneca Lake and the hundreds of trucks per day on Routes 89 and 96 as having a “significant negative impact’’ on Finger Lakes tourism and the agricultural community.

“The economic gains that the region is just starting to realize will be severely curtailed. Cultivation of wine grapes require clean air, soil and water and requires a delicate balance and stewardship between man and environment,’’ it states. “This proposed project threatens that balance and our way of life.’’

The letter states that the region is building a brand rooted in world-class wines, world-class agriculture and world-class agri-tourism, “not garbage and waste management.’’

“It should be clear to any casual observer that the two are incompatible,’’ it states.

The group also said the prevailing winds from west to east will deposit soot from the incinerator onto grape vines, which will absorb the toxic soot and negatively affect wine quality.

The Seneca Lake Guardian, an affiliate of the Waterkeeper Alliance, tells Planning Board members that Circular EnerG’s proposal would emit almost a million tons of carbon dioxide and other hazardous compounds a year, including mercury and lead.

“The facility is merely a mile from the Romulus Central School, where children do not need to be breathing in the pollutants,’’ that group’s letter stated.

The organization also said the ash produced in the incineration process can be highly toxic.

“Circular EnerG has no track record, let alone experience in solid waste management, leaving us extremely concerned about their competency to manage such an ill-conceived project,’’ they stated.

“It is grossly irresponsible to permit a facility that would emit more carbon than a coal-burning plant in the midst of a global climate crisis,’’ the letter continues.

The group said Seneca Lake, particularly the northern end, has enough of a trash problem with the Seneca Meadows Landfill and “our region does not need additional trash-related industry.’’

Seneca Lake Guardian said the 2,600 tons of waste per day that is proposed for the facility will not decrease the amount of New York City trash coming to other area landfills. In opposition, it also cited the withdrawal of 445,000 gallons of water from the lake per day, discharging the wastewater into an already impaired Reeder Creek, and their fears of damage to the local economy.

The group points out that the zoning code prohibits storage, processing or transloading of any waste materials, which would warrant a denial of the special use permit.

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