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Source: Syracuse Post-Standard

Environmental group asks Mahoney to slow down on Onondaga Lake amphitheater project


Posted: July 10, 2014
Originally Published: July 9, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Environmentalists and Onondaga Nation members are calling on Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney to slow down the environmental review for a new amphitheater on Onondaga Lake.

The group called Citizens for a Better Plan is calling for 90 days to review a draft environmental impact statement - a 654-page document.

The county is allowing one month (starting today) for comments and one formal public hearing by a deadline of August 11. Instead, the group wants 90 days to comment and at least two public hearings.

The group includes Citizens Campaign for the Environment, lawyer Joe Heath, Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, the Onondaga Nation, Onondaga Shoreline, Sierra Club Iroquois Group and the Syracuse Peace Council, according to a press release.

Mahoney is holding an informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in Solvay to give a status update and unveil some preliminary plans.

The group is concerned about the site choice, the lack of a business plan, noise and traffic impacts to the environment.

The amphitheater is to be built on capped hazardous chemical wastebeds left behind by the Solvay Process soda ash plant.

The project was announced in January as Gov. Andrew Cuomo looked for a Central New York project to include in this year's state budget.