COURT REVIEWS CASE: Should DEC have issued a mine shaft permit to Cargill before environmental review?

The main courtroom of the Tompkins County Courthouse was packed Monday afternoon for a hearing about whether the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation should have required an Environmental Impact Statement before issuing a permit to Cargill to build a new mine shaft.

The petitioners in the Article 78 case include the City and Town of Ithaca, the Town of Ulysses, the Village of Union Springs, Cayuga Lake Environmental Action Now (CLEAN) and several individuals. They allege the DEC violated the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act by issuing a modified mining permit to Cargill in Lansing, which allows it to construct a new vertical shaft in its mine. Petitioners say the DEC violated the law by not requiring an Environmental Impact Statement before issuing the permit.

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