Environmental group seeks to ban salt mining under Cayuga Lake

Cayuga Lake is the source of drinking water for Seneca Falls, Union Springs, Aurora and Ithaca.

Cargill Inc. is a Minnesota-based company that mines salt from under the bottom of the lake, as well as onshore, at the south end.

The environmental group Toxic Targetings of Ithaca has accused Cargill and the state Department of Environmental Conservation of allowing a mine malfunction to discharge dangerous chemicals, including sodium ferrocyanide, into the lake.

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