»

Mantius, Durso appear on WXXI’s Connections to discuss regional waste issues exposed by digester report

Mantius, Durso to appear on WXXI’s Connections to discuss regional waste issues
Last week, FingerLakes1.com brought you reporting from Peter Mantius, Investigative Environmental Reporter & Founder of The Water Front Blog, which highlighted the untimely exit of a digester manager in Cayuga County. The former manager of the Cayuga Regional Digester, which was designed to generate electric power from reprocessed farm manure and food wastes, said he quit in January because he... more

Manager of Cayuga Regional Digester says he quit after being ‘strong-armed’ to accept illicit waste

Manager of Cayuga biofuel facility says he quit after being ‘strong-armed’ to accept illicit waste
The former manager of the Cayuga Regional Digester, which was designed to generate electric power from reprocessed farm manure and food wastes, said he quit in January because he felt he was being “strong-armed” to process truckloads of illicit types of waste. “I ran a methane digester, and they were turning it into a waste operation,” said John Roser, who had... more

Radioactivity issues heat up again as Hakes Landfill seeks more space to import drilling waste

Radioactivity issues heat up again as Hakes Landfill seeks more space to import drilling waste
Three environmental groups representing hundreds of Steuben County residents are seeking to block proposals to rezone and expand the privately-owned Hakes Landfill five miles northwest of Corning, pending further radiological testing. The Town of Campbell board could vote as soon as March 11 on an application to rezone 390 acres that include the landfill. Meanwhile, Casella Waste Systems, owner and operator of... more

The biggest environmental stories from the Finger Lakes in 2018

Reviewing the 19 biggest environmental headlines for the Finger Lakes in 2018
Looking back on 2018, Gov. Andrew Cuomo deserves a “C-” grade for protecting the environment in the Finger Lakes during his eighth year in office.   His administration certainly got some things right. It set aside $65 million to address harmful algal blooms, or HABS, and much more for upgrades to local water treatment plants.  And after nearly a decade of... more

Town of Seneca Falls appears in court over proposed Ludovico Sculpture Trail sewer line

Town of Seneca Falls appears in court over proposed Ludovico Sculpture Trail sewer line
Members of the Seneca Falls Town Board never needed to actually read the resolutions they adopted this past Spring for a sewer line project requiring the use of eminent domain, the town’s special counsel told a panel of appellate justices Thursday. Instead, the board properly relied on its engineering and legal experts for guidance in picking the Frank J. Ludovico... more

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing CAFO regulation, HABs, and politics of Greenidge (podcast)

LIVE AT 9:15 AM: Peter Mantius discusses latest environmental news on The Debrief (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Peter Mantius, founder of The Water Front, whose reporting is featured on FingerLakes1.com, joins Josh Durso to discuss a number of important, pressing political and environmental issues that have been grabbing headlines in the last several weeks. Watch the entire program below, or listen to the audio only version in the media player at the bottom... more

Carcinogenic chemicals plaguing Hoosick Falls rampant at Seneca Army Depot

Carcinogenic chemicals plaguing Hoosick Falls are present at Seneca Army Depot
Groundwater drawn from three sites at the former Seneca Army Depot is contaminated with the potent carcinogens PFOA and PFOS at levels of up to 1,327 times the federal health advisory limit. Officials do not yet know the extent of the plumes of underground pollution, but the state Department of Environmental Conservation said the U.S. Army will begin additional “site... more

Kocher rules that Greenidge permits were issued properly by DEC

Kocher rules that Greenidge permits were issued properly by DEC
Permits granted to Greenidge Generation LLC for the withdrawal and discharge of water by its power plant in Dresden were properly issued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, a Yates County Supreme Court judge has concluded. In a ruling issued Nov. 8, Judge William Kocher dismissed in its entirety a civil suit filed by the Sierra Club and others that challenged... more

Cuomo administration rushed Greenidge’s restart — but was it legal?

Cuomo administration rushed Greenidge’s restart — but was it legal?
A pair of court rulings expected by yearend are likely to determine whether the Cuomo Administration broke the law when it fast-tracked permits to restart the Greenidge Generation power station. The decades-old plant began producing electricity again in March 2017 after a six-year pause and a conversion that allows it to burn natural gas rather than coal. Two years earlier,... more

Greenidge gets green light, as well as controversial 5-year extension

Greenidge gets green light, as well as controversial 5-year extension
Since its restart in the Spring of 2017, the Greenidge Generation power station has been skirting federal law governing its use of cooling waters drawn from Seneca Lake. The Clean Water Act requires electric power plants to recycle or filter the tens of millions of gallons of water used daily to cool their condensers. Greenidge does neither, and the Cuomo... more

New York must improve procedures for measuring, disclosing data on algal toxins

New York must improve procedures for measuring, disclosing data on algal toxins
The City of Auburn is asking the state Department of Health to address New York’s rapidly spreading toxic algae crisis by adopting stricter standards for sampling, measuring and publicly disclosing levels of toxins in public drinking water. “There are no comprehensive drinking water standards in the state of New York, and there needs to be,” said James Giannettino, an Auburn... more

Large dairy farms herded through permitting loophole as toxic algae blooms threaten local waters

Large dairy farms herded through permitting loophole as toxic algae blooms threaten local waters
New court-ordered rules designed to control manure runoff from dairy farms into streams and lakes won’t apply to the vast majority of the state’s large industrial farms because roughly 230 of them recently began exploiting a permitting loophole, records show. The towns of Auburn and Owasco have been the first to spotlight the statewide rules-dodging tactic because farming waste has... more

Toxins from algae bloom on Canandaigua Lake force drinking ban in Rushville

Toxins from algae bloom on Canandaigua Lake force drinking ban in Rushville
Toxins generated by blue-green algal blooms in Lake Canandaigua have infected the public drinking water in the Village of Rushville, which draws its raw water from the lake about four miles to its west, test samples show. The state Department of Health yesterday urged all customers who rely on the village’s water system and those in the nearby Middlesex Water... more

Seneca Falls Town Board orders rigorous defense of Local Law 3, standing by 2025 closure of SMI

Seneca Falls Town Board orders rigorous defense of Local Law 3, standing by 2025 closure of SMI
A three-member majority of the Seneca Falls Town Board instructed town attorneys today to immediately begin a rigorous legal defense of Local Law 3, which requires Seneca Meadows Inc. landfill to close by December 2025. The action comes less than a week after the state’s largest waste dump floated a plan to extend its lifetime by 12 years — until... more

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Neighbor of Seneca Meadows wants to jump-start stalled lawsuit on 2025 landfill closure

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Neighbor of Seneca Meadows wants to jump-start stalled lawsuit on 2025 landfill closure
A frustrated neighbor of the Seneca Meadows Inc. landfill has asked a judge for permission to intervene in a long-delayed civil case challenging a local law that requires the state’s largest trash dump to close by 2025. Dixie D. Lemmon argues that attorneys representing Seneca Meadows, the plaintiffs in the case, and attorneys for the Town of Seneca Falls and... more

MANTIUS: Landfill makes offer SF ‘cannot refuse’ in new draft of host agreement

Auto Draft
The state’s largest landfill is floating a proposal to push back its mandatory closure date from 2025 to 2037 in exchange for sweetened annual “host” payments to the Town of Seneca Falls. A proposed resolution outlining the plan may be presented to the town board for a vote Tuesday night Oct. 2. But the measure may be pulled from the... more

Sidestepping majority of Town Board, SF attorneys quietly back postponement of hearings

Auto Draft
Attorneys for the Town of Seneca Falls have been mysteriously passive in defending the town and its board against a 10-month-old legal challenge to a local law that requires New York State’s largest landfill to close permanently in 2025. Acting without formal authorization from the board, the lawyers have deferred to each of Seneca Meadows Inc.’s four requests for postponements... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Mantius talks incinerator, future of ‘Manure Lagoon’ in Mentz

INSIDE THE FLX: Mantius talks incinerator, future of ‘Manure Lagoon’ in Mentz
On Episode #135 of Inside the FLX – Environmental Reporter Peter Mantius, who founded ‘The Water Front’ blog, was in-studio dishing on the latest environmental news in the Finger Lakes. Mantius’ blog is featured on FingerLakes1.com by visiting FingerLakes1.com/Water-Front, or by clicking the ‘Water Front’ category tab on the right side of our homepage. . Stories discussed during the program:... more
1 2