New York is one of the few places where you can 1. ) Dump Frack Goo onto roads as de-icer, 2) Dump frack flowback into municipal water plants and 3) Dump radioactive drill cuttings into municipal land fills – without having to pay-off any local officials to look the other way – because the state regulators have already been paid off. Such a deal. A frackers dream come true. New York has basically rolled out the red carpet to take frack waste that other states reject. Saves trucking the mess to Idafrackho.
Next up on the Turn New York Into Fracksylvania’s Dumping Ground Agenda is the plan to turn the Chemung County Municipal Landfill into a nuclear frack waste dump, as reported here:
Posted Jan. 30, 2014 @ 9:25 pm
Residents spoke out Thursday evening against a plan to double the size of the Chemung County Landfill and more than double the annual tonnage of waste accepted there.
At a public hearing held by Chemung County legislators, many objected to the large amounts of drill cuttings from Marcellus Shale gas well sites in Pennsylvania being accepted by the landfill, saying it contained radioactive materials from deep underground.
The expansion plan would only lead to more drilling waste being trucked in from Pennsylvania, they said.
“This is a huge project,” said Dr. Earl Robinson, a member of the group Residents for the Protection of Lowman and Chemung. “It is going to have a lot of environmental impact.”
The landfill is owned by the county but operated by a private company, Casella Waste Management, on a long-term deal signed in 2005.
The landfill currently sits on 54 acres of a 327-acre site. The expansion would add roughly 50 more acres of lined landfill areas on the site, along with soil mining areas for fill, stormwater ponds, a leachate storage lagoon, and access roads. The annual tonnage limit would be increased to a total of 417,000 tons. The limit is currently 180,000 tons of municipal solid waste and 20,500 tons of construction/demolition debris.
Robinson, who lives on a farm nearby, said the landfill is a former gravel pit in a poor location that was the site of largely unregulated dumping with inadequate lining systems during its early years.
“All landfill liners will eventually fail,” he said, noting that the landfill sits above a large aquifer that serves the greater Elmira area, and is just above the Chemung River.
“I am very concerned that the landfill sits above an aquifer and is very close to the Chemung River,” said Bonnie Chollet of Horseheads, saying studies have shown high radioactivity levels in the Marcellus Shale. “We all live downstream.”
“If this stuff is as harmless as they say it is, why is it not allowed in the Pennsylvania landfills?” asked Jason Knapp, who lives on County Route 60 near the landfill.
Joe Donovan, who lives on nearby Roberts Hill Road, urged legislators to take the time to educate themselves on exactly what goes into the landfill.
The heavy metals and organic compounds not only can seep into soil and drinking water supplies, but can also be released as radon gas, project opponents say.
Ruth Young of Horseheads said the county landfill shouldn’t be “a dumping ground for surrounding counties and surrounding states.”
“Why do people in Chemung County have to solve the problems of Pennsylvania?” asked Don Flynn of Horseheads. “I know it’s motivated by the revenue this material generates.”