Attorney outlines benefits of waste-to-energy plant at former Depot

An attorney representing the group hoping to build a trash-burning incinerator at the former Seneca Army Depot is certain the project will be a boon for Seneca County.

“This is a green project, great for the environment and local economy,” said Alan Knauf, a partner with Rochester-based Knauf Shaw LLC, a firm specializing in environmental law. “It is a comprehensive recycling program that is so much better than landfilling. The state’s own solid-waste plan ranks waste-to-energy projects before landfilling.”

The proposal from Circular EnerG LLC calls for the facility to be built on a 48-acre parcel in the middle of the former Seneca Army Depot. It would produce electricity by burning up to 2,600 tons of trash a day.

Household trash would be brought to the plant in sealed containers by truck and railroad.

The electricity created would be available to provide power to any new businesses or industries interested in building at the former depot in Romulus and Varick.

Knauf noted that many European countries are doing this type of waste-to-energy conversion successfully, as is Japan.

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