DEC Rally

June 5th, 2021 - 2pm - 4pm

Dear Friends,

It is time for us to call on the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to do its job. Please join us on Saturday, June 5th from 2-4 at DEC Regional Headquarters in Avon, NY 6274 East Avon-Lima Rd., Avon, NY 14414-9519 - Google Maps.

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When the mothballed coal fired plant along Seneca Lake re-opened and transitioned to a fracked-gas burning plant, DEC failed us by not completing a new Environmental Impact Statement. They failed to adequately follow the State Environmental Quality Review protocol. They declined to intervene at all, simply re-issuing the old coal fired plant's loose permits that pre-date the Clean Water Act.

Greenidge is now burning fossil fuels simply to make fake money in the midst of climate change, with no regulation or oversight.

This relatively new and little understood industry uses the same amount of energy as some entire countries. China and India are considering bans because it is defeating their climate goals and robbing energy from the public. This should not be a town-by-town fight, and we need to speak out now. For more information, please click here to learn more about cryptocurrency mining.

It's time for DEC to do its job. Greenidge's Title V air permit is up for renewal, and it is imperative that we call on DEC to deny that permit. At full capacity, the Greenidge facility will emit over 1 Million tons of CO2 equivalents into the atmosphere every year.

But the impacts don't end at Greenidge. This facility is a model for how the rest of retired or old fossil fuel plants in New York will fall. Earthjustice has identified at least 30 power plants in NY that could be targeted for a similar fate.

If DEC renews Greenidge's Title V air permit, New York's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is dead on arrival. Governor Cuomo can't lead on climate change unless he addresses this energy intensive industry.

Please join us on Saturday, June 5th from 2- 4 pm at the DEC Regional Headquarters 6274 East Avon-Lima Rd., Avon, NY 14414-9519 - Google Maps.

Bring signs and be ready to urge DEC to do its job.

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