Oaks Notes Funds for Landfill Closure Projects

Macedon receives funding to close inactive municipal landfills
May 10, 2005

Assemblyman Robert Oaks (R,C-Macedon) today said the town of Macedon, Wayne County, received $1,650,000 as part of Gov. George Pataki’s $8.5 million in funding for municipal landfill closure projects across New York state. The landfill closure process has been conducted over the past several years in accordance with stringent state requirements that will prevent pollution and protect public health and the environment.

Oaks noted that the Town of Macedon Sanitary Landfill, located on Quaker Road, covers an area of approximately 18 acres. This grant will provide reimbursement funding for the engineering, design and construction of a gas venting layer and gas collection system, a barrier layer, barrier protection layer, topsoil layer and a vegetative cover.

"Once again, Gov. Pataki has demonstrated his dedication to protecting the environment and ensuring a high quality life in upstate New York," Oaks said. "I applaud the governor’s decision to include Macedon in this important program."

To receive state assistance for landfill closure, municipalities must have a landfill closure plan approved by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and be in compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations.

According to Oaks, this grant is provided through a combination of funding from the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act, the state Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), and other available environmental funds. Since 1995, more than $135 million has been provided to municipalities across New York for more than 141 landfill closure projects. Approximately 1,781 acres of unlined landfill area have been capped, preventing an estimated 539 million gallons of polluted runoff or leachate from entering groundwater.

The Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act, proposed by Gov. Pataki and approved by voters in November 1996, authorized $1.75 billion for important environmental programs. It has provided $175 million for solid waste projects, including $100 million that has been committed to municipal recycling and landfill closure projects.

The EPF supports a variety of important, ongoing environmental projects, including municipal waste reduction, recycling and landfill closure projects. Since 1995, approximately $116 million from the EPF has been invested for such projects across the state.