Residents for the Preservation of Lowman and Chemung, Inc. (RFPLC) is a not-for-profit group that became officially incorporated on July 8th, 2005. Our purposes are as follows:
To maintain and preserve the historical quality of the communities of Lowman and Chemung.
To protect these communities from contamination of air, water, and land, including visual and sound pollution.
To protect these communities from any loss of quality of life that might result from such degradations.
There are few things in this world that can survive for thousands of years. The Pyramids, the Parthenon and diamonds are some of the wonders of the world that have endured for millennia.
There are some enduring monuments and substances, however, which are not so appealing. Along with nuclear waste, dumps pollute the environment for thousands of years. The dumps of the Roman Empire, more than 2,000 years old, still produce leachate today.
Unfortunately, Chemung County has not been farsighted enough to understand the future it is setting out for residents living around the county landfill in Lowman. All man-made monuments must crumble with time, and the manmade plastic landfill liners supposedly protecting drinking water supplies from toxic garbage juice (leachate) are no different. Landfill liners are guaranteed to fail; the only uncertainty is when. So-called "sanitary" landfills are nothing more than ticking time bombs that will threaten public health for generations.
Residents in Chemung County are forced to bear this toxic burden. It is utterly unacceptable to subject unwilling residents to these dangers without a thorough environmental assessment that takes the future, as well as the present, into account. The pathetic excuse for a state- mandated environmental review submitted by the county is a serious insult to all county residents, their children, their grandchildren and all the generations to follow.
Casella held a public meeting and announced the presence of a chemical in the testing well at the landfill that was in exceedance of DEC standards...