New York legislature passes bill to limit WTE siting

Read the full story in WasteDive.

The New York State Senate unanimously passed a bill on June 18, S8109, that would “exclude major electric generating facilities which generate electricity from the combustion or pyrolysis of solid waste or fuel derived from solid waste from an expedited power siting process.”

This bill is directed at a specific proposal from Circular enerG to build a waste-to-energy (WTE) combustion facility in the town of Romulus. The company plans to go through the expedited Article 10 process of the state’s Public Service Law rather than obtain local zoning approvals.

Seneca Lake Guardian, an environmental group, recently sent a letter to state leaders co-signed by nearly 500 businesses in support of the bill. A matching bill, A11214, would now require approval from the state Assembly for this to move forward.

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