On Monday December 18, 2018, NYSDEC Regional Director Paul D’Amato sent a formal letter to Waste Management of NY, LLC (WM) regarding continued odor complaints at the High Acres Landfill facility. In his letter, Director D’Amato expressed his concern over allegations that a recent derailment resulted in NYC waste being delayed nearly 21 days before it was disposed at High Acres.Read More
Documents obtained from the town of Perinton, Macedon and NYSDEC, as well as oral testimony from WM and its engineers at a January 16th, 2018 Perinton Conservation Board meeting, has led the legal team to conclude that there is sufficient documentary evidence that WM violated, and continues to violate, their permitsRead More
On April 5, Waste Management released a community update to inform residents that, on April 3, high winds resulted in damage to exposed portions of the geomembrane cover at High Acres. In recent months, both Waste Management (WM) and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) have applauded the speedy installation of this geomembrane cover, and have promised that its implementation would result in a significant decrease in odors experienced by the community...Read More
On March 9, Supervisor Mike Barker and the Town of Perinton released a statement to the media to provide an update on Waste Management and the ongoing issues at High Acres Landfill. In the release, the town states the Waste Management's original work plan for mitigating odors at the landfill was examined by the town's consultant, and deemed inadequate.
However, on March 6, Waste Management submitted a revised work plan that has now been approved by both the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the Town of Perinton.
This revised plan contains additional steps recommended by the Town. Steps include:
- Further examination of geo-synthetic cover at well sites
- Plans to "provide the community, the Perinton Conservation Board and NYSDEC with real-time data needed to evaluate whether these measures are effectively addressing the odor problems."
This statement was picked up by local new station 13WHAM. The station has posted an article with, what FAFE believes may be, misleading statements around resolution and real-time data.
FAFE continues to express concerns that data is not being streamed in real time to the community and, to date, has not received any information on how to access this data.