Resolution No. 323

Declaring Intent To Act As Lead Agency Under The State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) For The Review Of The Draft Ulster County Local Solid Waste Management Plan

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WHEREAS, in 1991, the County of Ulster and the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency (hereinafter the “Agency”) prepared and adopted under §304-34 a local solid waste management plan pursuant to the provisions of Environmental Conservation Law §§ 27-0106 and 27-0107 in order to define the County's policies with respect to solid waste management. It is the policy of the County, in accordance with the solid waste management policies of the State of New York, to reduce the amount of solid waste generated; reuse material for the purpose for which it was originally intended or recycle material that cannot be reused; recover energy from solid waste that cannot be economically or technically reused or recycled; and dispose of solid waste that is not being reused, recycled or from which energy is not being recovered by land burial or other means approved by law, and


WHEREAS, together with the preparation of the 1991 local solid waste management plan, the County adopted Local Law Number 8 of 1991 (the Ulster County Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Law revised in 2011) and Local Law Number 9 of 1991 (the Ulster County Solid Waste Management Law revised in 2014 to include flow control) with the intent that the provisions of each law should complement the other in the management of solid waste and recyclables collection and disposal in the County, and


WHEREAS, the Ulster County Legislature has authority to approve the Local Solid Waste Management Plan for Ulster County; and


WHEREAS, Ulster County presently generates more than 250,000 tons of solid waste annually of which over 130,000 of municipal solid waste and construction and demolition debris is managed directly by the Agency; and


WHEREAS, the municipal solid waste from Ulster County is trucked to the Seneca Meadows landfill in Waterloo, NY, a distance of approximately 236 miles, for disposal; and


WHEREAS, the transport of Ulster County’s municipal solid waste and its disposal there carries substantial adverse environmental impacts, including carbon loading contributing to climate change; and




WHEREAS, the Ulster County Legislature and the public have clearly stated their desire to reduce the impacts of the County’s disposal of municipal solid waste by diverting, reusing and recycling, and thereby reducing the amount of waste generated, and improving the County’s disposal of it; and


WHEREAS, Ulster County must consider new methods of diverting, reducing and recycling solid waste prior to disposal, as well as new methods of disposal of municipal solid waste, due to uncertainty of the continued availability of disposal at Seneca Meadows and other landfills; and


WHEREAS, the Ulster County Local Solid Waste Management Plan has been prepared by the Agency and presented to the Ulster County Legislature for approval; and


WHEREAS, the Agency has conducted a review on the subject of solid waste management in Ulster County, including the following specific issues: adoption of a solid waste management plan, implementation of a County-wide recycling and zero waste plan; and, selection of solid waste disposal technologies, and


WHEREAS, the Local Solid Waste Management Plan, among other things, preliminarily identifies a number of mechanisms for reducing the generation of municipal solid waste and for disposing of the remaining municipal solid waste that is generated; and prioritizes several mechanisms for treatment and disposal of municipal solid waste for further study and evaluation; and


WHEREAS, local municipal solid waste plans are Type I actions subject to review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act as a comprehensive resource management plan pursuant to 6 NYCRR § 617.4(b)(1); and


WHEREAS, Type I actions require coordinated review requiring one of the involved agencies to act as lead agency for the SEQRA review under 6 NYCRR § 617.6(b)(2) and (3); now, therefore be it


RESOLVED that the Ulster County Legislature will prepare a Full Environmental Assessment Form and circulate a notice of intent to be lead agency pursuant to 6 NYCRR § 617.6(b)(3) to the other involved agencies in the development and approval of the Ulster County Local Solid Waste Management Plan,


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Updated: September 24, 2020

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