As part of this year’s Earth Day awareness I joined William Janeway, the NY State Regional Director for the DEC, for a tour of the Sprout Brook Ash Disposal Facility in Cortlandt. The Westchester County Environmental Facilities Department and Commissioner Thomas Lauro hosted the visit. Town of Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi also joined us.
The purpose of the visit was to observe the closure process of the 36-acre site that has been the depository of over 15 million tons of ash by-product from the Westchester County Garbage-to-Energy burn plant in Peekskill. The plant operated from 1984 until the fall of 2009.
In July of 2010 The County Board of Legislators approved the funding to begin the capping and closure of the site. The work is scheduled to be complete by December of this year. Director Janeway was very pleased at the quality and progress of work being done to follow the NYSDEC approved closure plan.
Once the site is officially closed the County will be responsible for monitoring the site for the next 30 years.