FAFE December Update

FAFE December Update

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.

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Remediation Torn to Shreds

Remediation Torn to Shreds

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...

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WM Legal Responds to Knauf Shaw Notice of Intent

WM Legal Responds to Knauf Shaw Notice of Intent

Waste Management's Legal Team, Harris Beach, PLLC, has released a formal response to the Knauf Shaw LLC's Notice of Intent Letter.

Over eight weeks have now passed since Linda Shaw's January 19th letter to Basil Seggos, Commissioner of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). In this letter, Ms. Shaw notified NYSDEC, that Waste Management (WM) is in noncompliance with the department’s regulations on odors at its High Acres Landfill facility. Ms. Shaw recommended that the NYSDEC require immediate community air monitoring and that the NYSDEC revoke or suspend the WM’s Part 360 Permit (“Landfill Permit”) in three weeks, if odors and/or tremors did not permanently cease...

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The Sniff Test: Chapter 2

The Sniff Test: Chapter 2

It seems the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) may finally understand the gravity of the issues at High Acres. In response to FAFE, Inc. concerns around the Towpath report, the NYS DEC has agreed to facilitate our ongoing efforts to assess and address odor impacts affecting neighborhoods surrounding the High Acres landfill.

In a written response to both FAFE admins and Waste Management (WM) leadership, the NYC DEC announced that it will be increasing its presence in the neighborhoods near the facility over the weekends. The NYS DEC has deployed uniformed officers to patrol the area from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on both Saturdays and Sundays to assess the situation and respond to complaints by citizens. 

But, it seems WM might have taken this advance notice as an opportunity to redefine “Business as Usual" at High Acres...

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