Author: Peter Mantius

Peter is the creator and editor of The Water Front Online, the region's only news organization dedicated to environmental issues in the Finger Lakes and Upstate New York. Have a tip? Send it to peter@fingerlakes1.com.
Danks Burke blasts O’Mara for voting against hazardous waste bill; law may not block ‘drill cutting’ imports though
0
Posted in Elections Environment Health New York State News Schuyler County Seneca County Steuben County Tompkins County

Danks Burke blasts O’Mara for voting against hazardous waste bill; law may not block ‘drill cutting’ imports though

Leslie Danks Burke, the Democratic challenger to state Sen. Tom O’Mara (R-Big Flats), lashed out at her opponent Thursday for voting against a new state law that ends the oil and gas…

MORE
Cuomo signs hazardous waste bill, closing loophole allowing import of gas drilling waste from Pennsylvania
0
Posted in Environment New York State News Politics

Cuomo signs hazardous waste bill, closing loophole allowing import of gas drilling waste from Pennsylvania

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Monday that makes New York the first state in the nation to apply hazardous waste laws to potentially toxic oil and gas byproducts. The action, coming just months…

MORE
Sierra Club lawsuit alleging dangerously high levels of radioactivity at Hakes Landfill dismissed
0
Posted in Environment News Steuben County

Sierra Club lawsuit alleging dangerously high levels of radioactivity at Hakes Landfill dismissed

A Steuben County judge has dismissed a civil suit alleging that state officials granted Hakes C&D Disposal Landfill a permit to expand without properly considering evidence that the dump contains dangerously high…

MORE
0
Posted in Health New York State News

NYS adopts strict limits on PFOA, PFOS and 1,4-Dioxane contamination in water systems; could come with high-costs

State officials adopted enforceable limits on three drinking water contaminants under new rules that will require all water systems in New York to begin testing for them, many for the first time….

MORE
Chlorine byproduct that contaminates local tap water linked to thousands of bladder cancers in Europe
0
Posted in Cayuga County Environment Health Municipal New York State News Ontario County Schuyler County Seneca County Steuben County Syracuse Area Tompkins County Wayne County Yates County

Chlorine byproduct that contaminates local tap water linked to thousands of bladder cancers in Europe

The routine use of chlorine as a disinfectant in public drinking water across the Finger Lakes generates toxic chemical byproducts well above levels that recently triggered alarms in Europe over their links…

MORE
DOH finally schedules vote for July 30 on enforceable limits on PFOA, PFOS in New York
0
Posted in Environment Health New York State News Politics

DOH finally schedules vote for July 30 on enforceable limits on PFOA, PFOS in New York

After months of delay, state health officials have scheduled a July 30 vote on proposed enforceable state limits on the highly toxic drinking water pollutants PFOA, PFOS and 1,4-dioxane. The announcement comes as…

MORE
NYC waste company drops plan to import ‘sludge’ to Wayne County
0
Posted in Business Butler Environment New York State News Politics Wayne County

NYC waste company drops plan to import ‘sludge’ to Wayne County

The Flushing, N.Y., waste company that proposed to haul truckloads of sludge from New York City to a rural community about 25 miles west of Syracuse said it was withdrawing its application…

MORE
Two years removed from 9-day boil water emergency, Watkins Glen still hasn’t tackled long-overdue system upgrades
0
Posted in Dix Environment Health Hector News Odessa Orange Politics Reading Schuyler County Watkins Glen

Two years removed from 9-day boil water emergency, Watkins Glen still hasn’t tackled long-overdue system upgrades

Members of the Phish rock band were just about to begin their on-stage sound checks on Aug. 16, 2018, when state and local officials abruptly pulled the plug on their weekend music…

MORE
Casella ramps up efforts to suppress foul odors at Ontario County Landfill
0
Posted in Environment Geneva Health Hopewell New York State News Ontario County Politics Seneca

Casella ramps up efforts to suppress foul odors at Ontario County Landfill

Can a mega-dump ever control it’s rotten-egg stench? That remains to be seen, but Casella Waste Systems Inc. finally appears to be responding to a combination of legal actions, public pressure and…

MORE
Public Service Commission rules that Greenidge bitcoin mining operation isn’t subject to regulation; dismisses environmental concerns
0
Posted in Dresden Environment New York State News Politics Yates County

Public Service Commission rules that Greenidge bitcoin mining operation isn’t subject to regulation; dismisses environmental concerns

The state Public Service Commission ruled today that Greenidge Generation LLC’s use of unmetered electricity to drive banks of computers that mine Bitcoin at its Dresden power plant is not subject to PSC…

MORE
PSC plans to quietly rule on Greenidge’s bitcoin mining operation
0
Posted in Business Environment Health New York State News

PSC plans to quietly rule on Greenidge’s bitcoin mining operation

Greenidge Generation LLC has asked the state Public Service Commission for a ruling on the legal status of its controversial Bitcoin mining operation, and a decision — based on a skimpy public…

MORE
SLPWA leadership urges PSC to avoid being ‘fooled’ by Greenidge request to sidestep regulation of bitcoin mining
0
Posted in Business Dresden Environment Health New York State News Yates County

SLPWA leadership urges PSC to avoid being ‘fooled’ by Greenidge request to sidestep regulation of bitcoin mining

Joining a growing outcry, Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association urged the state Public Service Commission today to reject Greenidge Generation LLC’s bid to fast-track rules for regulating its Bitcoin mining operation. “We believe…

MORE
Intense algal blooms in Watkins Glen near drinking water intake pipe still haven’t spurred regular testing
0
Posted in Environment Health New York State News Politics Schuyler County Watkins Glen

Intense algal blooms in Watkins Glen near drinking water intake pipe still haven’t spurred regular testing

Two of Seneca Lake’s most intense harmful algal blooms of 2019 occurred in the Watkins Glen marina, only a few hundred feet away from the end of the intake pipe that supplies…

MORE
Cargill agrees to pay 8K, curb salt dust and runoff into Cayuga Lake as part of bid to settle lawsuit
0
Posted in Business Courts Environment Health Lansing New York State News Tompkins County

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

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…

MORE
Judge dismisses Seneca Meadows lawsuit challenging Local Law #3 in Seneca Falls
0
Posted in Courts Environment News Politics Seneca County Seneca Falls Waterloo

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

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…

MORE
INSIDE THE FLX: Peter Mantius gives update on environmental headlines (podcast)
0
Posted in Environment Health New York State News Politics

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…

MORE