UPDATE (April 2019):
What Ray Vaughan has said in his expert reports and what we argue in the lawsuit is that the monitors can be manipulated by off-gassing radon from a load before trucks pass through the monitors. We also point out that if the monitors were effective at detecting radium in loads entering the landfill, there would not be radium breakdown products in the landfill leachate.
Our principal legal arguments in the lawsuit are:
A. Respondent DEC Violated SEQRA in Issuing an FSEIS that Failed to Take a Hard Look at Scientific Evidence of High Levels of Radium and Radon in the Landfill and that the Landfill’s Entrance Monitors Are Ineffective
B. Respondent DEC Violated SEQRA in Issuing an FSEIS that Failed to Mitigate the Risks of Radioactivity in the Landfill
C. Respondent Town Violated SEQRA In Issuing Two Findings Statements that Failed to Take a Hard Look at Scientific Evidence of High Levels of Radium and Radon in the Landfill and that the Landfill’s Entrance Monitors Are Ineffective
D. Respondent Town Violated SEQRA in Issuing Two Findings Statements that Failed to Mitigate the Risks of Radioactivity in the Landfill
Saying that the monitors have never been activated does not respond to our arguments. Our legal papers are posted at http://treichlerlawoffice.com/waste/hakes/index.html
—- Rachel Treichler, Esq.
CCAC submitted a letter to the Campbell town board on the topic of the EIS for the Hakes Landfill Expansion. We, along with the Sierra Club and People for a Healthy Environment as well as two citizens from Steuben county joined forces to send a message to the town board that we don’t agree with their supplemental Environmental Impact Assessment. We are challenging it because the company and the what the DEC has approved of consist of suspicious facts, circular arguments, and questionable facts. CCAC’s chair, Karen Ash, wrote a letter that put our stance on the Hakes Landfill expansion plainly: We can boil it down to “There is waste coming into their area. There are results in the tests that Hakes released that say that there is a red flag that there is a problem within their system. This could be a 1,600 ( the half life of the radium) year problem.
Press Coverage of Expansion Process
April 21, 2019: http://corningleader.ny.newsmemory.com/?publink=2ec9aba17
Casella gets local approval for expanding C&D landfill with ongoing radon concerns, Igor Geyn, WasteDive, March 11, 2019, updated March 12 2019.
Campbell Town Board Approves Landfill Expansion, Lucas Day, Finger Lakes Daily News, March 12, 2019.
Zoning change OK’d for Steuben landfill expansion, Jeff Murray, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, March 12, 2019.
Radioactivity issues heat up again as Hakes Landfill seeks more space to import drilling waste, Peter Mantius, FingerLakes1, March 11, 2019.
Campbell Town Board Approves Landfill Expansion Zoning Measure, Tony Chiavaroli, WENY-TV, March 11, 2019.
Hakes Landfill in Campbell approved for expansion, Nate Niles, MyTwinTiers, March 11, 2019.
Groups want more testing at landfill, Stephen Borgna, Corning Leader, March 9, 2019.
Foes of landfill expansion cite worries over Marcellus Shale gas drilling waste, Jeff Murray, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, March 6, 2019.
Landfill expansion concerns residents, Jeff Murray, Elmira Star-Gazette
Campbell residents want more information on proposed landfill expansion, Jeff Murray, Elmira Star-Gazette, March 6, 2019
Campbell to hold public hearing on landfill expansion: Area residents concerned over a variety of issues, Jeff Murray, Elmira Star-Gazette
Neighbors oppose Hakes Landfill looking to expand, Michelle Ross, MyTwinTiers, February 28, 2018.
Landfill expansion discussed, Stephen Borgna, Corning Leader, February 28, 2019.
Landfill expansion discussed, Stephen Borgna, Steuben Courier Advocate, February 28, 2019.
Landfill Expansion Proposal in Campbell, Dan Schrack, WENY-TV, February 26 2019.
Campbell to hold public hearing on controversial landfill expansion, Jeff Murray, Elmira Star-Gazette, February 25, 2019.
Neighbors worried about Campbell landfill expansion, Jeff Murray, Elmira Star-Gazette, February 19, 2018.
Mix of concerns at Hakes landfill hearing, Stephen Borgna, Corning Leader, February 14, 2018.
WHAT RADIOACTIVITY? Hakes Landfill Wants More Fracking Waste Imports, Peter Mantius, WaterFrontOnline, January 12, 2018.