Landfill? More like landfull, foes say

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With help from Irie Sentner

Anna Kelles holding dirt

Assembly member Anna Kelles (D-Ithaca) is pushing for better steps to control the growth a Seneca Lake landfill. | Shawn Ness/POLITICO

Seneca Meadows, New York’s largest landfill, could get even bigger.

The current plan, proposed by the landfill’s Texas-based operator Waste Connections, would expand the landfill by 47 acres and approximately 70 feet in height. It is already the eighth largest landfill in the country – almost as tall as the Statue of Liberty.

The growth of the Finger Lakes landfill continues to draw the ire of local Democratic leaders and environmental groups, who held a news conference at the Capitol today to say the plan stinks.

“We can’t continue to neglect the Finger Lakes. In the Finger Lakes and the Great Lakes combined, we have about 95 percent of all surface freshwater in the United States,” Assemblymember Anna Kelles (D-Ithaca) said. “That is what we’re risking.”

Residents and people fighting the expansion are concerned about the landfill’s toxic chemicals on the Finger Lakes and Seneca Lake. Landfills can produce

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