The Time is Now!
Let YOUR Voice be heard!
Write and Oppose the Farmersville Dump!
The public comment period ends on Jan.2. – see
the public notice
We need your voice!
YOUR COMMENT LETTER CAN BE SIMPLE OR MORE PERSONALIZED. PLEASE DO ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING BEFORE JANUARY 2:
1. Read some part of the IWS application, at various locations; refer to those pages that you believe contain inaccuracies, misleading statements or fail to include information you believe to be true; compose a comment explaining why your experience or background leads you believe the application is faulty in some particulars, then mail it to the DEC.
2. Come to one of our Teach-Ins on the Farmersville dump proposal to guide you through the process, and give you pointers on comments to submit. You'll learn a lot about local and regional waste issues!
3. Invite us to present a Teach-In at your church, school or community group.
4. Donate your time or money to CCCC. It will go a long way toward keeping us involved and effective in the review process. Without a vigorous citizen voice, only the DEC's minimal environmental and health protections are likely to be considered. With a strong voice, we can convince the DEC another 16 million tons of disposal space in western New York isn't needed.
Points for your own letter (but make every effort to tie these to the
actual IWS application):
Health & Environment:
Water Pollution - The
proposed Farmersville site is located on a steep slope. Active springs
cover the space for the proposed landfill. Run-off from the site flows
into Ischua Creek which recharges a major drinking water source for well
users. The water supply of the City of Olean is mostly provided by
surface water from the same source.
Toxic Leachate – Although
most landfill advocates say that “no hazardous wastes will enter this
landfill,” a 1988 study published in the journal Hazardous Wastes and Hazardous
Materials reports that:
Air Pollution- Landfills
emit gases including methane and non-methane organic compounds (NMOCs).
According to the EPA, NMOCs contain nearly 30 hazardous air pollutants.
Although there is a Landfill
Gas Rule meant to contain this pollution, this is not always
adequately enforced. A Resident living next to the Franklin County
Quality of Life:
Destruction of our way of life
– Our beautiful quiet country life-style will be affected. Even urban
areas will get inundated with garbage trucks, whose drivers have to eat,
sleep and relieve themselves somewhere. Do want one or more stinking,
leaking garbage trucks parked outside your diner or restaurant?
The landfill will reduce property values – Who wants to live in an area where one of the largest dumps on the east coast will be located?
Tourism will be affected –
The Finger Lakes Hiking Trail, located near the proposed dump, may not
be usable because of air quality problems. Travel on area roads will be
discouraged for those with other options. Tourism is our county's
largest single industry! Check the county's tourism website for more
Traffic hazards – The roads
in our area are not capable of handling 300 truck trips in and out each
day. Also, county road bridges are in poor condition and will be
affected. The Franklinville elementary and high schools are on Route 16,
a major route garbage trucks must use to get in and out of a
Farmersville dump. According to the pedestrian rights organization Right
of Way, garbage
trucks are the least safe on the road of any type of vehicle.
Noise Pollution - Garbage
truck traffic will increase with truckloads of garbage arriving about
every five minutes. This will create a dangerous mix with local
motorist, school buses and pedestrians. The noise will affect life night
points to make:
There are enough
dumps in New York State already. Each
year, over a million tons of permitted landfill space in New York goes
unused. The DEC
is required to determine whether there is a need for this landfill. New Yorkers
don't need another major regional landfill. Cattaraugus County uses the
Ellery Landfill in Chautauqua County, which has another 50 years of
permitted life. We don't need
another major regional landfill.
IWS (Integrated Waste Systems) which owns the Farmersville site, filed for bankruptcy in December, 2002 and hasn’t paid its property taxes to Cattaraugus County or the town for three years. Who will actually operate a dump in Farmersville? The town might not see a dime for a long time!
Under the town's contract with IWS, the company doesn't have to make any payments to the town until its "fully operational." That might not happen! Even if it might, who's to say when a dump become "fully" operational?
of Farmersville will have to host this dump and the risk of water
pollution, slope failure and toxic air emissions for more than a
century, but current law provides for only 30 years of care after it
closes, and even then only for monitoring, not cleanup costs.
Send your letter to:
Ken Taft, NYSDEC Region 9 Allegany Sub-Office
182 E. Union, Suite E
Allegany, NY 14706
Make a copy of your letter and send it to CCCC, and to the editor of your local paper.
See also our Technical Guide, "How
to Prepare and Submit Public Comments"
CCCC Home Page
what's happening at the Chaffee Landfill up the road
CCCC Teach-In on Submitting Public Comments