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 facility under the State Environmental Quality Review Act, or SEQR. The basic purpose of SEQR is to incorporate the consideration of environmental factors into the existing planning, review and decision-making processes. 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, prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Onondaga and Cortland County Legislatures have determined that the proposed regional partnership and associated actions might have a significant impact on the environment, and have determined that a draft scoping document and a Draft EIS must be prepared.
In the development of a Draft EIS, preparation of a draft scoping document represents an initial step in the review of potential environmental impacts for the proposed Regional Partnership. The primary goals of scoping are to focus an EIS on potentially significant impacts and to eliminate consideration of those impacts that are not relevant or non-significant with respect to the proposed action. The purpose of the draft scoping document is to provide an opportunity for involved agencies, interested agencies and the public to review and comment on the identification of significant environmental conditions and resources that may be affected by the proposed action, and the extent and quality of information necessary to address those issues during the SEQRA process.
A Draft Scoping Document that outlines topics for future study in the DEIS was made available for public review and comment. Based on the comments received on the Draft Scoping Document, a Final Scoping Document was prepared. Onondaga County and Cortland County have circulated the Final Scoping Document to all involved agencies. Copies can be viewed at the Onondaga County Central Library (447 S. Salina St, Syracuse) or obtained from the Onondaga County Office of the Environment, 421 Montgomery St., Syracuse, NY 13202, from the Cortland County Clerk of the Legislature, 60 Central Ave., Cortland, NY 13045, and can be viewed online at: www.bartonandloguidice.com/CortlandOnondagaPartnership.htm
Based on the Final Scoping Document, a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is now being prepared for public review and comment. Once completed the DEIS will be made available at the Onondaga County Central Library (447 S. Salina St, Syracuse) or obtained from the Onondaga County Office of the Environment, 421 Montgomery St., Syracuse, NY 13202, from the Cortland County Clerk of the Legislature, 60 Central Ave., Cortland, NY 13045, and will be available online at: