Tag: Peter Mantius

Cargill agrees to pay $318K, curb salt dust and runoff into Cayuga Lake as part of bid to settle lawsuit

Cargill agrees to pay $318K, curb salt dust and runoff into Cayuga Lake as part of bid to settle lawsuit

– By Peter Mantius In a proposed settlement of a federal lawsuit, Cargill Inc. has agreed to pay more than $300,000 and take steps to minimize salt dust and salt runoff into streams near its salt mine under Cayuga Lake. The company’s ... MORE
Judge dismisses Seneca Meadows lawsuit challenging Local Law #3 in Seneca Falls

Judge dismisses Seneca Meadows lawsuit challenging Local Law #3 in Seneca Falls

– By Peter Mantius A Seneca County judge has dismissed Seneca Meadows Inc.’s three-year-old legal challenge to a local law that requires it to close by December 2025. In an order dated April 28 and emailed to lawyers today, Supreme Court Judge Daniel ... MORE
INSIDE THE FLX: Peter Mantius gives update on environmental headlines (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Peter Mantius gives update on environmental headlines (podcast)

Today on Inside the FLX a conversation with Peter Mantius. He founded The Water Front Online, which is dedicated to reporting on environmental issues in the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Western New York, and Upstate New York at-large. This week, Mantius gives ... MORE
EARTH DAY PRESENT: Amid pandemic, Wheeler launches assault on EPA’s rules to protect air and water

EARTH DAY PRESENT: Amid pandemic, Wheeler launches assault on EPA’s rules to protect air and water

– By Peter Mantius During the coronavirus-marred weeks leading up to Earth Day 50 — today — the Trump Administration has been busy gutting major clean air and water regulations and rolling back enforcement of environmental rules. In the past week alone, ... MORE
DAILY DEBRIEF: Greenidge power plant quietly shifts to bi

DAILY DEBRIEF: Greenidge power plant quietly shifts to bitcoin, leaving questions about tax incentives (podcast)

How did a power plant along the shores of Seneca Lake in rural Upstate New York dramatically change its course of operation? And how has that shift managed to go almost completely unnoticed? Water Front Online Reporter Peter Mantius dug into that ... MORE
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Solar projects put on hold amid COVID-19 pandemic

Ten industrial-scale solar energy farms proposed for the Finger Lakes region are stuck in regulatory limbo as the coronavirus crisis complicates an already clogged state permitting process. If approved, the Finger Lakes projects would produce more than 1800 megawatts of power, theoretically ... MORE
Seneca Falls Country Club (Billboard)
Butler project could move forward despite opposition; environmental attorney hired by town board

Butler project could move forward despite opposition; environmental attorney hired by town board

A raucous standing-room-only crowd that spilled out of the steamy 150-seat Butler Town Hall vented opposition Tuesday evening to a proposed facility to handle sewage sludge hauled from New York City. After Dan Scully of Tully Environmental gave a broad-brush description of that company’s ... MORE
Closer look at Cuomo’s complicated relationship with oil, gas industry

Closer look at Cuomo’s complicated relationship with oil, gas industry

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to make the state’s fracking ban permanent by enshrining it in law earned due praise last week from a bandwagon of environmentalists. Sandra Steingraber, co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking, called it “exactly the right thing to do.” Actor/activist Mark Ruffalo (right) ... MORE
MANTIUS: Permit allows Hakes Landfill to expand despite high radioactivity, health threat

MANTIUS: Permit allows Hakes Landfill to expand despite high radioactivity, health threat

The Cuomo Administration has quietly granted a Steuben County landfill permission to expand from 57.9 acres to 78.9 acres despite scientific evidence that the dump’s leachate is laced with prohibited radioactive elements. The decision gives the Hakes C&D Landfill, located six miles northwest ... MORE
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Seneca Falls moves to dismiss Seneca Meadows lawsuit

The Town of Seneca Falls and a neighbor of Seneca Meadows Inc. landfill have filed separate motions to dismiss an SMI lawsuit that seeks to overturn a town law requiring it to close by 2025. Both filings argue that the landfill’s November 2017 ... MORE
MANTIUS: Taking a closer look at Cuomo’s

MANTIUS: Taking a closer look at Cuomo’s plan for the Erie Canal

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new plan to spend $300 million upgrading the Erie Canal is designed to boost tourism, help farmers and restore wetlands, but it ducks addressing the canal’s costly role as a “superhighway for invasive species.” The governor’s proposal bypasses a ... MORE
Seneca Falls Country Club (Billboard)
MANTIUS: Cuomo pushes New York to lead in pesticide restriction

MANTIUS: Cuomo calls for immediate end on aerial spraying of pesticide used for apple trees

Prodded by legislation that he vetoed this month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered state regulators to phase out by July 2021 a toxic pesticide widely used to protect apple orchards.  He called for an immediate halt on aerial spraying of the chemical chlorpyrifos ... MORE
Waste Connections under microscope for lawsuits, $94K in local election contributions

Waste Connections under microscope for lawsuits, $94K in local election contributions

In recent months, a unit of Texas-based Waste Connections revived its two-year-old lawsuit challenging Local Law 3. Meanwhile, another unit was quietly plowing more than $94,000 into the outcome of local elections Nov. 5 ... MORE
Taking a closer look at lawmakers position on environmental issues in Finger Lakes

Taking a closer look at lawmakers position on environmental issues in Finger Lakes

Finger Lakes Lawmakers Resist NYS Legislature’s Tilt To Green Activism – By Peter Mantius While the New York State Legislature took a sharp turn this year toward environmental activism, lawmakers who represent the Finger Lakes clung to their role as rear-guard warriors standing ... MORE
Decade old questions loom as Schuyler County Judge race moves into the fall

Decade old questions loom as Schuyler County Judge race moves forward

Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman, who is running in November for Schuyler County Judge, declined last week to answer questions or provide requested documents about his role in a Seneca County scandal more than a decade ago. Getman declined to confirm or ... MORE