Resolution No. 200

Opposing A County Wide Landfill In The Town Of Plattekill

Resolution Information

Postponed in Committee



Referred to:  The Energy, Environment and Sustainability Committee (Chairwoman Greene and Legislators Hansut, Levine, Maloney, and Stewart)


Legislator Kevin Roberts and Legislators Corcoran, Fabiano, Hansut, Litts, Lopez, and Ronk offer the following:


WHEREAS, Ulster County (UC) residents, businesses and other entities generate over 90,000 tons of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), 30,000 tons of Construction and Demolition per year, and other waste totaling around 150,000 tons per year; and


WHEREAS, in compliance with the Ulster County Solid Waste Management Law, Local Law Number 10 of 2012, establishes a solid waste system whereas all MSW generated in Ulster County must be disposed of by sites directed by the County; and


WHEREAS, said local law, commonly referred to as ‘Flow Control,’ requires all trash, including curbside collection, to come to the UCRRA facilities for consolidation and final disposal; and   


WHEREAS, the Ulster County Legislature recognizes that a long-term solution to the proper regulated disposal of UC generated MSW must be found; and


WHEREAS, the Ulster County Legislature recognizes that it not economically feasible and environmentally sound to transport UC generated MSW 466 miles round trip at 35 tons per trip; and


WHEREAS, the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency authorized and paid $11,000 for a Landfill Site Selection Study in Ulster County, New York, which was completed by HydroQuest on January 5, 2022; and


WHEREAS, the HydroQuest report was completed, as the NYS DEC asked the UCRRA to hire a consultant to see if there was any place in Ulster County's 1100 square miles that could accommodate a landfill; and


WHEREAS, after completion, the report was given to the NYS DEC, but not released to the public; and


WHEREAS, the Study identifies 9 potential landfill sites in Ulster County, but only 2 are viable, and according to the report, both viable sites are in Plattekill; and 






WHEREAS, Site H in the Study is in or on an adjoining Superfund site, and the current UCCRA Executive Director has said publicly that he opposes siting a landfill on or near a Superfund site; and


WHEREAS, Site H also has a large concentration of residential housing nearby; and 


WHEREAS, Site I is in a potential Environmental Justice Zone; and


WHEREAS, environmental justice means the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies; and fair treatment means that no group of people, including a racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic group, should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, municipal, and commercial operations or the execution of federal, state, local, and tribal programs and policies; and


WHEREAS, environmental justice, under the NYSDEC Policy 29 aims to enhance public participation and the review of environmental impacts from proposed construction of facilities in environmental justice communities, and to reduce disproportionate environmental impacts in overburdened communities; and  


WHEREAS, both the Black Creek and Quassaick Creek snake thru Site I, and the Quassaick Creek runs in to Chadwick Lake, the Town of Newburgh’s reservoir; and


WHEREAS, the Town of Newburgh and Town of Marlborough have a water agreement under whichent the Town of Newburgh supplies the Town of Marlborough with water when their main source (Aqueduct) is under repair; and


WHEREAS, the Town of Newburgh on March 27, 2023 voted to oppose a Plattekill Landfill that may affect the water quality of its reservoir; and


WHEREAS, Town of Plattekill government officials and residents learned of the HydroQuest Study only after it leaked in the Daily Freeman, creating a deep distrust for the landfill siting process; and


WHEREAS, Town of Plattekill Residents showed up at 3 consecutive Town Board Meetings to “express their displeasure” with the Study and possible siting of a landfill  in Plattekill; and


WHEREAS, the Town of Plattekill Town Board has voted unanimously on 2 separate occasions to oppose a landfill in their boundaries; and


WHEREAS, both sites have multiple tributaries, wetlands and Lake Sunset is in the vicinity of Site I; and


WHEREAS, the Town of Plattekill does not have municipal water, and any landfill  located on those 2 sites will have the potential to permanently damage the aquifer that supplies water to the Town of Plattekill residents; and


WHEREAS, after the HydroQuest Study was leaked to the public, the Executive Director of the UCRRA publicly stated that the Study will not be used in any capacity; now, therefore be it


RESOLVED, the Ulster County Legislature is committed to finding a long-term solution to the County’s waste disposal; and, be it further


RESOLVED, the Ulster County Legislature urges the UCRRA to not use the HydroQuest Study as stated by the UCRRA Executive Director; and, be it further


RESOLVED, the Ulster County Legislature joins the Town of Plattekill’s government and its residents in opposing a landfill in the town of Plattekill and urges the UCRRA to abandon any efforts to site a landfill in the Town of Plattekill; and, be it further


RESOLVED, the Clerk of the Legislature forward copies of this resolution to the UCRRA and the NYSDEC,    


and moves its adoption.





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Passed Committee: Energy, Environment and Sustainability on ______________.





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Updated: June 21, 2023

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Thu, Apr 6, 2023 2022-2023 Term: Energy, Environment and Sustainability
Committee Vote to Postpone Resolution No. 200
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