Riverkeeper and supervisors team up against Colonie landfill

October 24, 2017 06:06 PM

WATERFORD -- Two Saratoga County town supervisors do not want the Colonie landfill to get any bigger, they want it to close. Kevin Tollisen from Halfmoon and Jack Lawler from Waterford teamed up with Riverkeeper on the banks of the Mohawk River near Lock Six to call for the the Department of Environmental Conservation to deny Colonie's application to renew its landfill operating permit.

"The landfill is legally schedule to close at the end of this year and that's we expect DEC to do," said Lawler, Waterford Supervisor.

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As it goes through the DEC approval process, the supervisors say the landfill has proposed to add as much as 12 million tons of garbage, which could increase the elevation 100 feet or more.

The town of Colonie makes over a million dollars a year from the landfill, now operated by Waste Connections. Town leadership anticipates the landfill could operate for another 20 years.

"This is not a matter of depriving the town of Colonie from sorely needed funds. This is a matter of protecting the ecology we have, saving this beautiful river right next to me, and making sure the generations to come are able to come out and enjoy this beautiful scenery without being exposed 12 million tons of new garbage," said Lawler.

If the Colonie landfill closes, the Capital Region would lose a place to put its trash. Lawler says there are a number of other options. He says it would actually be cheaper for Waterford to send its trash to Seneca Falls.

Waste Connections did not return NewsChannel 13's call. DEC says it is still reviewing the landfill's application, and the landfill can continue taking trash until it reaches capacity, or the DEC makes a decision. The DEC's statement is below:

"As the town of Colonie submitted a timely application to renew its landfill operating permit, the current permit would be extended under the State Administrative Procedures Act until a new permit is issued or the landfill reaches its current permitted capacity.
DEC is currently reviewing the permit application and will make a decision when its review is complete."



Asa Stackel

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