Tag: Peter Mantius

Yates County residents encourage DEC to modify, revoke Greenidge permits over plan to expand bitcoin mining

Yates County residents encourage DEC to modify, revoke Greenidge permits over plan to expand bitcoin mining

A group of Yates County residents has asked state environmental regulators to modify, suspend or revoke Greenidge Generation’s operating permits to reflect the power plant’s rapidly developing role as an off-the-grid data center that “mines” Bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency. The company won the ... MORE
Hyland Landfill’s proposed expansion would make it fourth largest in New York

Hyland Landfill’s proposed expansion would make it fourth largest in New York

The Hyland Landfill in Allegany County would vault from No. 8 to No. 4 in a ranking of permitted capacity among the state’s largest municipal solid waste landfills if state and local officials approve a proposed 107-acre expansion. The landfill, owned and ... MORE
Proposed waste facility in Schuyler County draws criticism after DEC shrugs off environmental risks

Proposed waste facility in Schuyler County draws criticism after DEC shrugs off environmental risks

A proposal for a waste recycling facility near Alpine Junction that state regulators view as environmentally benign is drawing heavy fire from a local group that has helped mobilize successful opposition to two major industrial projects in the Finger Lakes. Project owner ... MORE
New blooms reported on Seneca Lake as HABs season nears peak; Cayuga, Owasco, and Canandaigua got early start

New blooms reported on Seneca Lake as HABs season nears peak; Cayuga, Owasco, and Canandaigua got early start

A flurry of harmful algal blooms were reported on Seneca Lake this week, marking the beginning of the most intense few weeks of the HABs season in the Finger Lakes. Seneca had been spared for most of the summer, even as its ... MORE
DEC seeks to modify Cargill’s Cayuga Salt Mine permit while its subject to pending legal appeal

DEC seeks to modify Cargill’s Cayuga Salt Mine permit while its subject to pending legal appeal

“Mostly Housekeeping Changes.” That’s how the state Department of Environmental Conservation brushes off its proposed modifications to Cargill Inc.’s permit to extract salt from its gigantic mine from leased state land under Cayuga Lake. The changes proposed July 29 would formally bar Cargill from ... MORE
Danks Burke blasts O’Mara for voting against hazardous waste bill; law may not block ‘drill cutting’ imports though

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 industry’s special exemption from regulation of hazardous waste. Danks Burke was ... MORE
Cuomo signs hazardous waste bill, closing loophole allowing import of gas drilling waste from Pennsylvania

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 after the state codified into law its 2014 policy ban on fracking ... MORE
Sierra Club lawsuit alleging dangerously high levels of radioactivity at Hakes Landfill dismissed

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 levels of radioactivity. As petitioners, the Sierra Club and others ... MORE
NYS adopts strict limits on PFOA, PFOS and 1,4-Dioxane contamination in water systems; could come with high-costs

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. Maximum contaminant limits (MCLs) were set at 10 parts per ... MORE
Chlorine byproduct that contaminates local tap water linked to thousands of bladder cancers in Europe

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 to bladder cancer. Four of the most troubling byproducts are ... MORE
DOH finally schedules vote for July 30 on enforceable limits on PFOA, PFOS in New York

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 clean water advocates accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of dragging his ... MORE
WEEKEND DEBRIEF: Discussing Butler sludge proposal and changes at Greenidge (podcast)

WEEKEND DEBRIEF: Discussing Butler sludge proposal and changes at Greenidge (podcast)

Today on The Weekend Debrief we catch up with the reporter who broke the news on FingerLakes1.com that Tully Environmental would be withdrawing it’s application to build a sewer sludge composting facility in Butler, Wayne County. Peter Mantius’ Water Front Online has ... MORE
NYC waste company drops plan to import ‘sludge’ to 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 for a Butler town permit, according to a memo posted ... MORE
Two years removed from 9-day boil water emergency, Watkins Glen still hasn’t tackled long-overdue system upgrades

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 festival at the Watkins Glen International racetrack. The four rock ... MORE
Casella ramps up efforts to suppress foul odors at Ontario County Landfill

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 state enforcement. The company is energetically working to suppress the ... MORE