Tag: Peter Mantius

Environmental groups mount campaign against use of brine as deicer in New York

Environmental groups mount campaign against use of brine as deicer in New York

A coalition of environmental groups is mounting a campaign for a statewide ban on the spreading of brine from oil and gas wells on roads for deicing or dust control. At least 33 cities, towns and private entities in upstate New York ... MORE
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DAILY DEBRIEF: Calls grow louder for Cargill to stop mining under Cayuga Lake (podcast)

It’s all about the salt. Last week Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that calls for a “salt reduction task force” to analyze the state’s aggressive practices of salting roads. The study comes in response to new data that links ... MORE
Group calls for end to mining under Cayuga Lake after two go missing when Cargill mine roof collapses in Louisiana

UPDATE: One miner dead after Cargill incident in Louisiana, prompting calls for end to salt mining under Cayuga Lake

One miner has been found dead and another remained missing early Wednesday following a roof collapse Monday at a Cargill-operated salt mine in Louisiana, renewing concerns in New York about safety at Cargill’s huge salt mine beneath Cayuga Lake. “We wish Cargill ... MORE
What impact does salting roads have on the environment? NYS begins formal review of practices

What impact does salting roads have on the environment? NYS begins formal review of practices

New York State, the nation’s most gung-ho user of rock salt to de-ice winter highways, plans a formal review of its practices in response to new data that links road salting to troubling rises in sodium and chloride in Adirondack Park water ... MORE
Gov. Cuomo vetoes stream protection bill, siding with Sen. O’Mara and GOP legislators over 41 environmental groups

Gov. Cuomo vetoes stream protection bill, siding with Republican legislators over 41 environmental groups

Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed Friday a bill to protect 41,000 miles of New York State streams regularly used for fishing and boating — legislation that major environmental groups consider an essential response to the Trump Administration’s rollback of federal stream and wetland ... MORE
Cuomo signs bill banning incineration of toxic firefighting foam, but doesn’t include Finger Lakes hotspot

Cuomo signs bill banning incineration of toxic firefighting foam, but doesn’t include Finger Lakes hotspot

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Monday that permanently bans the burning of toxic firefighting foam at the Norlite LLC hazardous waste incinerator about 10 miles north of Albany. The foam has been used and stored at dozens of airports, fire stations and ... MORE
Fish aren’t biting on Seneca Lake: Will Greenidge’s bitcoin mining expansion will make it worse?

Fish aren’t biting on Seneca Lake: Will Greenidge’s bitcoin mining expansion will make it worse?

Seneca Lake’s annual National Lake Trout Derby has shown a steady decline in fish caught and derby participation, according to this chart posted on the Derby’s Facebook site in 2018. A local fisherman is urging Torrey town officials to consider the declining ... MORE
DEBRIEF: Why has the fishing ‘gone to hell’ on Seneca Lake? (podcast)

DEBRIEF: Why has the fishing ‘gone to hell’ on Seneca Lake? (podcast)

This week Peter Mantius – founder and editor of The Water Front Online – brought us a story focused on the status of Greenidge Generation, and it’s impact on the local environment. Specifically, how has Greenidge’s expansion into bitcoin mining impacted the ... MORE
Angelica voters approve plan to expand Casella’s Hyland landfill into fourth largest in New York

Angelica voters approve plan to expand Casella’s Hyland landfill into fourth largest in New York

Voters in Allegany County have given Casella Waste Services Inc. the green light to more than double the acreage and capacity for municipal solid waste at its Hyland Landfill. Angelica town and village residents voted 347-252 Tuesday to approve a ballot proposition that ... MORE
Syracuse seeks state permit to apply algae-killing pesticide to Skaneateles Lake

Syracuse seeks state permit to apply algae-killing pesticide to Skaneateles Lake

In a bid to protect its public drinking water from algal bloom toxins, the City of Syracuse is seeking a state permit to apply an aquatic pesticide to the northern end of Skaneateles Lake. The city’s Department of Water wants permission to ... MORE
Toxic algae took it easy on Seneca Lake this year: Canandaigua, Cayuga, and Owasco lakes all got slammed though

Toxic algae took it easy on Seneca Lake this year: Canandaigua, Cayuga, and Owasco lakes all got slammed

On the morning of July 4, Cayuga Lake’s first suspected harmful algal bloom of the season was spotted on the shoreline near the Beacon Bay Marina at the lake’s northeastern tip. Tests showed that its water samples easily exceeded the state’s cutoff ... MORE
Legislators in Schuyler vote 7-1 to urge DEC to probe proposed Cayuta waste site; Sen. O'Mara asks for answers on traffic

Legislators in Schuyler vote 7-1 to urge DEC to probe proposed Cayuta waste site; Sen. O’Mara asks for answers on traffic

The Schuyler County Legislature voted 7-1 last night for a resolution opposing a state permit for a proposed solid waste facility on Route 13 in Cayuta until: — The state Department of Environmental Conservation conducts a “full, fair and exhaustive environmental review, ... MORE
DEC says early earth-moving was violation at proposed waste facility in Schuyler County

DEC says construction of storage building on proposed waste facility site in Schuyler wasn’t issue, but early earth-moving was violation

The 2019 construction of a green storage building on the site of a proposed waste facility in Schuyler County does not violate state rules that ban construction activity without a permit, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has ruled. “The property owner ... MORE
Schuyler County will consider resoluti

Schuyler County will consider resolution to block development of Cayuta waste facility

The Schuyler County Legislature is expected to consider on Oct. 13 efforts to modify or block development of a proposed facility in Cayuta that would handle up to 500 tons of waste a day. The legislators will consider a resolution — passed unanimously ... MORE
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