A public hearing on a solid waste law restricting garbage disposal will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall. The session was rescheduled from tonight.
The law is aimed at restricting any landfill operations that might develop in the town.
Integrated Waste Systems of Buffalo has acquired 430 acres along Route 98 and is seeking permission from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to build a 137-acre solid waste facility with 10 acres used for composting and five acres for recycling.
The 430-acre site is along Route 98 south of Harwood Lake.
The DEC has been designated lead agency for the permit process which will include several public hearings under the Environmental Quality Review Act.
The town applied for the designation but was turned down.
The DEC will now begin the process of drafting an environmental impact statement.
The entire permitting process is expected to take more than a year.
Highlights of the proposed town law which the Town Board is expected to adopt after the hearing include:
Only one permitted landfill will be allowed in the town and it will require a town license costing $75,000, subject to annual review.
No solid waste can go directly into the landfill.
All garbage must be sorted to eliminate items not permitted, such as recyclables and composting materials.
Trucks will cover their contents in the town and will not be allowed to idle engines at the facility. Waste brought in by railroad must be unloaded at the landfill and not stand on a rail siding.
Any reports sent by the firm to agencies that regulate its operations also must be sent to the town.
The town will receive a monthly royalty of not less than $2 a ton for every ton of solid waste unloaded and all town residents will have free access to dispose of construction and demolition debris.
Disposal of industrial hazardous wastes and treatment of medical, hospital or commercial wastes would be prohibited. Violators will face a civil fine of up to $25,000.