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Proposed Regional Solid Waste Partnership
Enviromental Review
 

The Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) and the Counties of Cortland and Onondaga have proposed the formation of a partnership for improvement of municipal solid waste (MSW) management within the two counties. The proposed Partnership would include the use of the existing OCRRA Waste-to-Energy (WTE) Facility, located in Onondaga County, for processing both Onondaga County and Cortland County MSW into energy.  In addition, the existing Cortland County Landfill would be utilized for disposal of ash residue from the WTE Facility.

As Co-Lead Agencies, Onondaga and Cortland Counties are carrying out a joint environmental review of the proposed Partnership under the State Environmental Quality Review Act, or SEQR.  The basic purpose of SEQR is to incorporate the consideration of environmental factors into the planning, review and decision-making process.  To accomplish this goal, SEQR requires a determination of whether a proposed action may have a significant impact on the environment and, if it is determined that the action may have a significant adverse impact, preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  The Onondaga and Cortland County Legislatures determined that the proposed Partnership and associated actions might have a significant impact on the environment, and that a Draft EIS must be prepared.

A Draft Scoping Document that outlines topics for study in the DEIS was made available in May for public review and comment.  Based on the comments received on the Draft Scoping Document, a Final Scoping Document was prepared and posted to this web site in July 2014.  Onondaga County and Cortland County circulated the Final Scoping Document to all involved agencies.  Based on the Final Scoping Document a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was prepared and in December of 2014 determined by the  Onondaga County Legislature to be satisfactory with respect to scope, content and adequacy for public review and comment.  The DEIS was made available for public review at:  www.bartonandloguidice.com/CortlandOnondagaPartnership.htm.  Hard copies of the DEIS have also been available at the Onondaga County Central Library (447 S. Salina St, Syracuse, NY), the Cortland Free Library (32 Church St, Cortland, NY), the Cortland County Legislative Office (60 Central Ave, Cortland, NY), and the Onondaga County Legislative Office (401 Montgomery St, Courthouse Room 407, Syracuse, NY).  Written comments on the DEIS were accepted until Saturday, January 17, 2015.  Public comments were also heard and recorded at public hearings held in each County. These hearings were held at the following times and locations: January 5th, 2015, 6:00 pm, Cortland County Legislative Chambers, 60 Central Ave., Cortland, NY, and January 6th, 2015, 6:30 pm, Van Buren Town Hall, 7575 Van Buren Road, Baldwinsville, NY.

Based on the comments received in writing, via e-mail and at the two public hearings, a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) has been prepared and determined by the Onondaga County Legislature to be satisfactory with respect to scope, content and adequacy.  The FEIS is available for public review at: www.bartonandloguidice.com/CortlandOnondagaPartnership.htm.  Hard copies of the FEIS have also been available at the Onondaga County Central Library (447 S. Salina St, Syracuse, NY), the Cortland Free Library (32 Church St, Cortland, NY), the Cortland County Legislative Office (60 Central Ave, Cortland, NY), and the Onondaga County Legislative Office (401 Montgomery St, Courthouse Room 407, Syracuse, NY).

The next step of the environmental review process under SEQR is to prepare a “Findings Statement.”



 
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