|08/12/11||Managing Solid Waste Facilities to Prevent Odor||Paper by written by The National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) - a trade association representing for-profit companies in North America that provide solid, hazardous and medical waste collection, recycling and disposal services.|
|06/21/10||NYSDEC New Solid Waste Plan Draft||Entitled Beyond Solid Waste - A Sustainable Materials Management Strategy for New York, the NYSDEC has drafted a 480-page plan to reduce solid waste through increases in reuse, recycling and composting in local communities. Further, the plan calls for a reduction in packaging by manufacturers and a reduction in climate and environmental impacts caused by transporting waste and harmful emissions coming from incinerators and landfills.|
|06/17/10||New Yorkers for Zero Waste Platform 2010||Local, regional, state and federal organizations join with NY Zero Waste Alliance, a project of Citizens Environmental Coalition, to support the reduction of waste through increase in reuse, recycling and composting.|
|10/24/06||11 August 2006 DEC Letter||Region 6 Water Engineer Steven Botsford's letter to OHSWA Executive Director Hans Arnold stating OHSWA's environmental responsibility for clean water quality compliance associated with the Ava Landfill site.|
|06/08/06||ACAL vs. OHSWA||ACAL filed a lawsuit against OHSWA for polluting the trout spawing stream of Moose Creek for over a year. The ongoing pollution to the creek violates State environmental law and the Clean Water Act.|
|04/20/06||Letter to Ava from OHSWA||Lengthy letter from OHSWA Executive Director Hans Arnold to the Ava Town Board regarding a "host community benefit package". The Ava board refuses to negotiate with OHSWA for a 1000+/- acre landfill that is being forced into their rural community.|
|03/31/06||DEC response to Ava||DEC Region 6 Director Sandra LeBarron's letter to Town of Ava regarding Ava's request to rescind the March 2006 DEC Consent Order and take "appropriate enforcement action". Ms. LeBarron states the DEC's response must be "somewhat restrained" since ACAL has filed a notice of intent to file a citizen's suit against OHSWA. |
|03/21/06||Notice of Intent to Sue||Pursuant to the Clean Water Act, against the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority (OHSWA) and Rifenberg Construction, Inc. by Adirondack Communtities Advisory League (ACAL)|
|03/20/06||Ava Complaint to DEC||The Town of Ava sends a letter to Region 6 DEC requesting their Consent Order be rescinded. The town board and the citizens they represent are genuinely concerned about the environment in Ava. They are extremely distressed that OHSWA and Rifenburg have been given permission by the DEC to allow excessive sediment to enter Moose Creek - "a provision that is contrary to the basic mission of the DEC."|
|02/13/06||NYSDEC Consent Order||NYSDEC is giving OHSWA permission to discharge excessive sediment and water into nearby Moose Creek, a federally protected trout spawning stream in Ava, NY. |
|09/10/05||DEC Complaint||August 2005|
Tickets are still available for ACAL’s June fund rasier – Picnic in the Park for Two. Each ticket entitles two individuals to a delicious homemade picnic including a selection of meats, rolls, salads, drinks and dessert and a chance to win several nice cash prizes.
The picnic will be held in the Erwin Park Pavilion, on the hill over looking the village, on Tuesday, June 7 beginning at 5:30 PM. The cost of each ticket is $20 and includes a picnic supper for 2 people. Names will be drawn for cash prizes after the picnic. If you would like to purchase a ticket please call Ann Owens or Sylvia Ziegler, or see any ACAL member. So come on out to the park on June 7 – share a picnic supper with your family, friends and neighbors, and help support the good people of ACAL who continue to work to preserve rural America.
On Monday night, May 23, the Town of Ava board meeting met with several Ava residents, ACAL members and Town of Lewis councilpersons in attendance, including Ava’s new town attorney Steve Smith.
Attorney Smith proposed filing a notice of appeal for the town with regard to Oneida County Judge Samuel Hester’s recent ruling which has denied the Town of Ava the ability to protect itself, through zoning laws, from the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority and their actions on the landfill site. The Ava town board voted 4-1 in favor of filing the appeal.
Several Ava residents, ACAL members, and Town of Lewis councilpersons spoke with regard to the Ava landfill issues and the board’s actions regarding the long 12 year battle to keep the landfill out of Ava. All who spoke expressed their continued support and appreciation for the Ava’s board continued opposition to the landfill and their refusal to accept any host community benefits from the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority.
Ava resident Dave Bird spoke of a “close call” which occurred in front of the landfill site entrance on Rt. 294 less than two weeks ago. According to sources, a dump truck coming from Boonville refused to move to the left turning lane to enter the landfill. Instead, the driver stayed to the right then suddenly swung left, missing the turning lane and entering the landfill entrance. The driver of a school bus, which was behind the dump truck, had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the dump truck that made an illegal left turn into the site.
As an Adirondack Central school board member and parent, Mr. Bird is seriously concerned about the safety and welfare of the school children. He rasied the point that if there are “close calls” involving dump trucks and school buses now, he is fearful about what is likely to happen when hundreds of garbage and leachate trucks are traveling to and from the landfill site on a daily basis.
Councilman Ian Klingbail of the Town of Lewis also shared Mr. Bird’s concern with regard to truck traffic and safety conditions on Rt. 294. At a public hearing held in Utica before Oneida county officials, the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority and hundreds of local citizens nearly 5 years ago, Mr. Klingbail expressed his opposition to the Ava landfill site by showing a slide presentation of the actual road conditions of Rt. 294 and the potentially fatal accidents that could occur on the stretch from Boonville to West Leyden. Increasing substantial tractor trailer traffic (at least 50 trucks to and from each day) filled with garbage and leachate traveling on Rt. 294 in all types of weather, in addition to the slippery conditions created from mud and debris that would be dragged into the roadway from the landfill site, local residents and their children will be in potentially dangerous driving situations every time they travel Rt. 294.
Town Supervisor Dawn Zagurski was adamant in her resolve to refuse negotiations of any kind with the Solid Waste Authority. Mrs. Zagurski, who owns land in the Town of Ava, said she would be happy to pay her taxes rather then sell her soul. Supervisor Zagurski also asked each of the Ava town board members where they personally stood on the landfill issue.
Town Supervisor David Mathis and Councilman Alex Stempien gave the strongest statements in refusing to negotiate or accept host community benefits from the Solid Waste Authority. Supervisor Mathis said in the 12 years OHSWA has been trying to build a landfill in Ava, not once have they come to the town with an offer of any kind. Mathis is concerned there is a reason OHSWA continues to invite Ava (and other townships) into negotiations. “As soon as you sit down and ask them what they will give the town, you accept the landfill and everything that comes with it.” Mathis and Stempien agreed that as long as they serve the people of Ava, they will never negotiate with the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority.
The remaining Councilman Reed, Ossant and Pratt also agreed not to hold any discussions with the Solid Waste Authority at present and referred to the Joint Town Board Coalition resolution that was signed by representatives from the towns of Ava, Boonville, Lewis and Village of Boonville in August 2004. The resolution clearly states that the 3 townships and village will not hold discussions of any kind with the Solid Waste Authority unless they agree to do so as a joint coalition.
Plans are being made to gather the Joint Board Coalition for a meeting in the near future.
The remaining Ava residents and ACAL members at the meeting thanked the board for their continued opposition to the Ava landfill and offered words of encouragement and support for their continued efforts.
The next Town and Village of Boonville board meetings will be held on Monday, June 13 beginning at 7:00PM. It is extremely important for all residents to attend these meetings and express their continued opposition to the Ava landfill. Board members are elected to serve the residents of their communities. They are not self-serving entities, but a voice of the people. In order for boards to serve their communities wisely and effectively, they must know what residents think and feel.
Finally, I wish to offer a prayer of thanksgiving for all of our family, friends, neighbors and veterans who have gone before us. May this Memorial Day remind us of our history to this area and guide us in our actions as we continue to protect our community from harm. Our ancestors settled here for a reason. They wanted us, their descendants, to share in the pristine beauty and abundance of resources that only God can provide. For their vision and desire to share with us the gifts of fresh water, clean air, green hillsides, plush forests and a home for wildlife, we thank them and count our blessings.
03/16/12 - NEW SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
08/07/11 - Can Landfill Odors Be Prevented?
07/27/11 - Don't Give Up the Ship
12/21/10 - AUTHORITY SETTLES LAWSUIT WITH ACAL
10/11/10 - Black River Trash Bash
07/02/10 - Burning household trash is illegal in New York
06/17/10 - New Yorkers for Zero Waste Platform
07/13/09 - ACAL - Alive and well
04/13/08 - ACAL 2008 Update - Part 2
03/18/08 - ACAL Continues Environmental Mission in 2008
11/09/07 - Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust
10/26/07 - A good read - The Adirondack Atlas
10/12/07 - New York State Opening Meeting Law
09/28/07 - ACAL Fall Foliage Auction Oct. 5
09/21/07 - Integrity found in the Town of Ava
09/14/07 - Tug Hill resources have been targeted
08/19/07 - Fair and straighforward journalism?
08/10/07 - A Needed Appreciation for Nature
08/03/07 - New York State Municipal Home Rule Law
07/27/07 - Boonville Village Litter/Debris Local Law
07/19/07 - Black River Landing Subdivision Issues
07/13/07 - WTE vs. Landfills
06/29/07 - Too many impaired waters - Black River Watershed
06/22/07 - Protecting our drinking water starts at home
06/15/07 - ACAL Joins Northern Forest Alliance
06/07/07 - ACAL Holds 200/20 Drawing & Picnic, Annual Meeting
06/07/07 - ACAL AWARDED GRANT
06/01/07 - Be a solution - get involved
05/25/07 - American flags do not belong in landfills
05/24/07 - PRESS RELEASE - ACAL Signs Stolen & Vandalized
05/18/07 - Reality check for the DEC
05/04/07 - All citizens are called to act responsibly
04/27/07 - "An Inconvenient Truth"
04/13/07 - Citizens Deserve the Whole Truth ...
04/06/07 - Great Lakes United & Citizen Resources
03/30/07 - "What is the future of local government?"
03/23/07 - Citizens Expect More From Local Government
03/16/07 - Plastic Grocery Bags Harm Wildlife
03/09/07 - The Precious Gift of Water
03/02/07 - Working Together to Protect the Environment
02/26/07 - Grassroots groups are citizens who care!
02/16/07 - Local Citizens Want Environment Protected
02/09/07 - Open Letter to Boonville Town/Village Officials
02/02/07 - Ava Landfill Story Told in Chicago
01/26/07 - It's time for New Yorkers to reclaim their rights!
01/12/07 - CITIZENS' RIGHTS ARE NOT FOR SALE!
01/05/07 - "DO NOT LITTER" Applies to Everyone
12/15/06 - "March of the Penguins"
12/08/06 - Be "good news" in the community
12/01/06 - Moose Creek Prediction - 12 years ago!
11/22/06 - United Haulers v. OHSWA
11/17/06 - A Citizen's Rights
11/03/06 - EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE
11/01/06 - ACAL statement regarding opening of landfill
10/24/06 - OHSWA Opens Landfill Without Required DEC Permit
10/20/06 - OHSWA required by DEC to have proper permit
10/13/06 - Dr. Bob Johnson Speaks at Public Forum
10/06/06 - OHSWA Fails to Deliver
10/04/06 - PRESS RELEASE - Court Denies OHSWA Motions
09/26/06 - PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
09/21/06 - If OHSWA knew what they were doing ...
09/08/06 - Joint Board Resolution Revisited
08/28/06 - A Special Message
08/11/06 - Who will save the Town of Ava?
07/21/06 - The Emperor isn't wearing any clothes!
06/10/06 - Honoring Flag Day
05/19/06 - Local Residents Demand Protection for Environment
05/12/06 - The Foundation for a Better Life
05/05/06 - ACAL will pursue justice
04/28/06 - "Tug Hill, A Threatened Paradise"
04/21/06 - NYS environmental law contradicts State action
04/13/06 - The Tug Hill Plateau is worth protecting!
03/22/06 - Press Release - OHSWA & Rifenburg Being Sued
02/24/06 - ACAL Finds NYSDEC Consent Out of Order
02/03/06 - ACAL Defends the Truth
01/02/06 - PRESS RELEASE
12/15/05 - ACAL Continues with its Mission
12/01/05 - Tug Hill Heritage
11/23/05 - Boonville Breaks Resolution
11/06/05 - October 2005 OHSWA meeting
10/28/05 - NYS Waste Disposal Policies Not Enforced
10/21/05 - Environmental Conservation Laws
10/12/05 - Response to Village Trustee
09/23/05 - OHSWA Permit Violations
09/16/05 - ACAL Misinformation
09/07/05 - Press Release: DEC Enforcement Action
08/24/05 - ACAL Misinformation
08/05/05 - It's never too late
07/22/05 - Citizens, stand strong - DO NOT NEGOTIATE!
07/15/05 - PRESS RELEASE - Problems on Ava Landfill Site
07/08/05 - The truth must be told
07/07/05 - WBRV Statement #5 - DANGER to our drinking water
07/06/05 - WBRV Statement #4 - Polluting landfills kill
07/05/05 - WBRV STATEMENT #3 - Boonville Poll Not Official
06/29/05 - WBRV Statement #2 - Landfills provide NO benefits
06/27/05 - WBRV Statement #1 -Towns must stick together
06/24/05 - Waste to energy facilities better alternative
06/17/05 - Boonville boards break agreement
06/17/05 - Slope failure sends mud into Moose Creek AGAIN!
06/12/05 - Environmentally safe alternatives to landfills
05/27/05 - Town of Ava will file an appeal
05/22/05 - Dynamite blasting on landfill site?
05/15/05 - Oneida County in Trouble
05/08/05 - FACTS and What You Can Do
05/01/05 - Community Gathers for Prayer Service
04/24/05 - Personal Letter to NYS Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi
04/17/05 - Power of Prayer
04/03/05 - The Waste Authority Must Be Stopped!
03/27/05 - Letter to NYS Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi
03/20/05 - OHSWA Propaganda
03/13/05 - Letter to Griffo - Put Words into Action!
03/06/05 - Get involved in your community
02/27/05 - Assemblyman Townsend Has Concerns Re: OHSWA
02/06/05 - Power of the Press
01/24/05 - Legislator Pam Mandryck Opposes SWA Reappointment
01/02/05 - Weeks of 1/2 - 1/16/05
12/22/04 - Response to letter
12/12/04 - Senator Ray Meier Favors Ava Landfill
11/28/04 - Proud Heritage
11/14/04 - Oneida County chooses - for the people, or not?
11/07/04 - Letters sent to Governor and NYS Senators
10/31/04 - Ava/Boonville future - NO DUMP!
10/28/04 - Letter to Governor Pataki
10/24/04 - Environment Justice All the Way!
10/22/04 - Press Release
10/17/04 - No Civil Rights for Ava Residents
10/10/04 - Article 78 Lawsuit Against DEC Commissioner Crotty
10/03/04 - 400+ Days and Still Fighting!
09/27/04 - Family Home Threatened
09/26/04 - Important Facts to Know About the Ava Landfill
09/19/04 - Letter from Concerned Citizen
09/12/04 - Small Town of Ava Dragged into Court by OHSWA
08/29/04 - Where Do Your Loyalities Lie?
08/22/04 - Beaver Dam Incident Still a Mystery
08/15/04 - Ava-Boonville-Lewis Joint Boards Resolution