Corrections and Clarifications

Beginning Aug. 1, 2018, I began posting a record of significant corrections and clarifications to articles that I’ve posted on this website. 

In the past, I’ve made changes to posts to correct or clarify so that current material on the site is as accurate as I can make it. However, that doesn’t solve the problem of early versions of posts that went out before corrections were made. 

I hope that readers will continue to feel free to email me at when they believe a post is not entirely accurate. Going forward, I will post an explanation of all significant changes that result

— April 8, 2021. A post today included a photo that was incorrectly identified as Mandy DeRoche, an attorney with EarthJustice. The picture has been removed.

— Mar. 26, 2020. A post today incorrectly compared the effective power output from 10 proposed solar projects in the Finger Lakes region with the effective output of the Indian Point nuclear plant 35 miles north of Manhattan. While the solar installations’ combined “nameplate” capacity of 1800 megawatts is close to Indian Point’s “nameplate” capacity of 2000, the comparison ignored important differences in efficiency between solar and nuclear power in upstate New York. Nighttime and cloudy weather drop upstate solar’s efficiency to roughly 15 percent of nameplate, while Indian Point has operated at 80+ percent of nameplate for years.  So effective contributions to the grid would be closer to 270MW for the solar farms, compared with at least 1600MW for Indian Point.

— May 7, 2019. An Apr. 15, 2019 post concerning the PFAS class of toxic chemicals incorrectly reported that a state water quality council had set a health advisory level of 20 parts per trillion for two chemicals, PFOA and PFOS. In fact, the council recommended in December that the state Department of Health establish maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) of 10 ppt for each chemical. MCLs are legally enforceable, while health advisories are not. The DOH is considering the council’s recommendation.

— Apr. 4, 2019. In a Mar. 15, 2019 post (“Manager of Cayuga Biofuel Facility Says He was ‘Strong-Armed’ to Accept Illicit Waste”), John Roser was quoted — indirectly — as saying that Casella and others began delivering loads of illicit waste to the Cayuga Regional Digester earlier this year. In an email received Apr. 4, Casella said that while it had made deliveries of “packaged organic products” allowed under a state permit, it did not deliver waste loads that violated that permit. Asked to respond, Roser said Casella was correct in saying that it hauled authorized food wastes. Following a recent surprise inspection of the digester facility, the DEC issued a notice of violation dated Mar. 27 that found it had taken illicit wastes. The DEC notice did not name Casella as a responsible party. The agency did halt waste shipments to the digester from the Metropolitan Transfer Station in the Bronx and all source-separated organics from the NYC’s Department of Sanitation.  

— Oct. 16, 2018. Early versions of the Oct. 15, 2018 post concerning CAFO permitting cited estimates that one cow produces waste weighing 100 times more than waste from a family of four people and that a CAFO with 500 cows produces as much waste as the city of Rochester, population 208,000. Those figures were based on Earthjustice’s reading of figures from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. However, on closer examination, the EPA figures appear to reflect the weight of dry human waste (urine, minus the water weight; dry poop). But using the dry weight figure for humans and the usually-cited wet weight for cows makes for an apples-to-oranges comparison. Better to compare wet waste to wet waste. Doing that, cows produce roughly 10 times more waste than a family of four, not 100 times. That means it would take a CAFO with 5,000 cows — not 500 — to match the human waste from the city Rochester. 

— Oct. 2, 2018. The initial Oct. 1 article concerning a Seneca Meadows plan to extend its useful lifetime to 2037 incorrectly identified the sender and receiver of an email dated Sept. 29. The email was sent by David Hou to David Foster, as shown in the link embedded in the original post.

— Sept. 15, 2018. The initial post today regarding Joe Morelle and his stance on the proposed Romulus incinerator incorrectly reported that Earthjustice represents the Town of Romulus in a lawsuit brought by Circular enerG. It does not. However, Earthjustice is seeking to represent the interests of Seneca Lake Guardian in legal disputes between the town and the company.

— Aug. 1, 2018.  Several posts on WaterFront incorrectly reported FlaumSignREADYthat David M. Flaum
has been a principal in Circular enerG LLC. According to Alan Knauf, the company’s
attorney, Flaum has never been a principal or an investor in Circular enerG but is affiliated with Seneca Depot LLC, which owns the site in Romulus where Circular enerG proposes to build a trash incinerator. As LLCs, neither Circular enerG nor Seneca Depot are required to disclose their principals or investors, but both companies share a Rochester address with Flaum Management Co., Flaum’s real estate development company.