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ESF professor presents on willow shrub as cap for wastebeds 9-15

SUNY-ESF professor Tim Volk presented on Shrub Willows as a potential covering for wastebeds 9 through 15 during the Onondaga Lake Citizen Participation combined meeting at Geddes Town Hall Tuesday Feb. 8.

But first, Kenneth Lynch, with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, gave an overview of the December settlement ordering Honeywell to close the wastebeds.

"The order does address closure of all those sites, not to be confused with one through eight that run along the lakeshore itself, those are being done under a separate agreement with Honeywell," Lynch said.

Under the December order, Honeywell must cap the 600-plus acres of wastebeds in Camillus and Geddes. It allows for an alternative "green" willow capping to be used, and requires Honeywell to investigate offsite impacts in Nine Mile Creek and surrounding areas.

Lynch answered the question of how this order meshes with the construction of the Sediment Consolidation Area on wastebed 13 and with the existing operation of the Camillus C&D Landfill on waste bed 15.

"Ideally, the town of Camillus will proceed with completing their requirements in the closure of wastebed 15 ... If for whatever reason that doesn't happen, Honeywell's required to close wastebed 15 under this order," Lynch said.

He said the portion of wastebed 13 allotted for the SCA would be properly closed once the SCA is complete, though further coordination will be required to cap the rest of the wastebed.

The settlement ordered the closure process to begin by early 2011.

"You said early 2011, so that's today, so what do you really mean by your timeframe?" asked Dereth Glance, chair of the Onondaga Lake Bottom Community Participation Working Group.

"The order calls for a memorandum of understanding between the DEC and Honeywell on how the [Environmental Benefit Projects] will be implemented, and that is just about done," Lynch responded. He said the memorandum would lay out the public process for developing EBPs, and that public meetings would likely commence in early spring.

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