To the editor:
“Editorials”, whether found in traditional newspapers or on non-traditional blogs, have certain inherent obligations towards accuracy. The recent editorial posted here on the Croton Blog, which advocates a new and improved deal with Metro Enviro, is no exception.
Unfortunately, it contains a glaring inaccuracy that negates the entire editorial itself.
Specifically, it stated the following:
“Metro Enviro IS IN COMPLIANCE ONLY NOW because our community and Village Board acted on their misconducts.”
Unfortunately this is simply not true. Metro Enviro is NOT in a state of “compliance”. In fact, it has NOT been in a state of compliance SINCE 2003. Among the documents submitted yesterday to the court by Mr. Gerrard, and this particular document does not appear to have yet been placed on the village website, is a seven-page “Affirmation of Michael B. Gerrard in Opposition to Petitioners’ Motion for a Preliminary Injunction”.
Commencing on page 6, item 20, is the following:
Residents should know that the only reason the board was made aware of the above fact was because now Deputy Mayor Thomas Brennan publicly questioned Mr. Steinmetz about the Ohio landfill’s waste acceptance regulations. Residents followed up with the Ohio EPA immediately and documentation of these facts were sent to the village.
In addition, on page 7, item 21, of Mr. Gerrard’s affirmation, the following is noted:
Residents should know that the only reason the village has concrete evidence that it was receiving Connecticut waste is the result of a foil request submitted to the DEC by yet another resident for Metro Enviro’s 2003 annual report. That annual report was turned over to the board appropriately. Until then, certain officials disputed that the operation was receiving ANY Connecticut waste AT ALL, even though MANY residents had repeatedly documented the presence of tractor trailers with Connecticut plates entering or leaving the Metro Enviro site.
In addition, the VIOLATION concerning this pulverized Connecticut waste described above, had recently been reported in the Gazette. A notice of hearing before the Zoning Board was also published on the village website, although that appearance has been postponed.
This essential lack of due diligence on the part of the editorial’s writers has been entrenched in the Metro Enviro experience for years.
It started with the previous village board in 1998, and it continues here on this blog today.
In the case of the recent editorial, which also earned the expected praise of former Trustee Grant, it calls into question the credibility of those who perpetually advocate a deal with this operation, and who believe that they alone possess infallible wisdom which must be dispensed to the new board like clockwork.
Especially when all they had to do was to pick up the local newspaper. Or check the village website.
Had the editors done so, they would have learned that their most basic assertion about Metro Enviro’s supposed “compliance” was completely and consummately WRONG.
The tradition continues…
— William Rooney