Little information available behind company proposing Romulus incineration facility

A 48-acre parcel that is owned by Flaum in Romulus could be the home of a massive, first-of-it’s-kind in the U.S., municipal solid waste incinerator.

However, as local media outlets are learning – there isn’t a lot of information on the company behind the facility proposal, which would burn up to 175 truckloads of trash each day.

The D&C reports that Circular enerG, the company behind the proposal set to go before the Romulus Planning Board on December 4th incorporated at the end of 2016.

“Circular enerG, incorporated just 11 months ago, shares a downtown Rochester office with Top Capital of New York. That firm is best known locally for a controversial proposal to turn the historic Rochester seminary near Highland Park into a luxury hotel.” – D&C

It’s a company that is also involved in some pretty diverse projects. Two senior housing projects, as well as an undertaking to manufacture LED lights or fixtures in Rochester – all are proposals or developments under management of Circular enerG or its affiliates.

Promotional material associated with the proposal also cites funding obtained through the EB-5 program, which offers legal residency in the U.S. to citizens of foreign counties who invest a minimum of $500,000 to development a project.

“This is so new to us. It’s an incinerator design that’s been used overseas. This is almost like the first run in the United States. It’s a new technology.” Karlsen said to the D&C. “It sounds too good to be true, but my ears are open. I don’t know everything. I want to hear about it. Let’s hear them out.”

The proposal, which would bring another 2,600 tons per day of municipal solid waste to Seneca county became public at a critical point.

The D&C notes that Circular enerG does not have a listed phone number. Reporters attempted to visit the Andrews Street offices in Rochester – and those visits drew blanks, as well.

While opposition to anything municipal solid waste-related is far from uncommon – it becomes another environmental lightning rod. Significant opposition to the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Seneca Falls has resulted in several years of tumultuous dialogue.

This proposal in Romulus will likely contribute to it.

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