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 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, 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 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 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 SEQR process.
A Draft Scoping Document that outlines topics for future 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) has now been prepared for consideration by the County Legislature. Copies of the Draft EIS can be viewed online at:
If the County Legislature approves the DEIS for public review and comment at its December 2, 2014 Session, the public comment period and any public hearing dates, times and places will be posted here.