The climate change alarm bells are deafening and we’re seeing the impacts almost daily across the state, country and planet. Meanwhile, proof of work cryptocurrency, which is often used in Bitcoin Mining, has taken hold in the heart of the Finger Lakes, spewing greenhouse gases, taking in Seneca Lake water, and putting millions of gallons of thermal pollution back into the lake daily.
There are vital actions for you to take in the coming weeks. We need all hands on deck now, if we are to protect our region-and beyond- in the days ahead.
Here’s what you need to know. Please take every action that you can:
1. Basil Seggos Tweeted that Greenidge’s Title V Air Permit is Not in compliance with New York’s climate law, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. The Department of Environmental Conservation has set a Public comment period on Greenidge’s Title V air permit, with a deadline of October 22nd and a public hearing on October 13th. Earthjustice is helping to draft suggestions for comments and testimony. Here is the Notice from the Environmental News Bulletin:
It is vital that you sign up to speak NOW (and please to encourage others to do so, so the DEC sees that this is an important issue) at the Virtual public comment hearing sessions, which will be conducted electronically before ALJ Lara Olivieri through the Webex Events electronic webinar platform. The virtual sessions will begin at 1:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. on October 13, 2021. Instructions for attending and providing oral statements at the virtual legislative public comment hearing sessions may be accessed at the DEC's website at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6061.html
We will be hosting a webinar with a tentative date of October 5th at 7:00 pm to help you prepare for the Public Hearing, and we will also be sending around suggested talking points. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.
2. Senator Gillibrand sent a letter to EPA urging their oversight of the Title V Permitting process.
3. The Support.com-Greenidge merger was voted in by shareholders, making Greenidge a LOT richer and publicly traded on NASDAQ.
4. If you are a member of an organization, please urge them to sign on to this important letter to Governor Hochul, no later than October 10th.
Please note: this is NOT for individuals, only organizations at this time.
Thank you for your support
Co-Founder and Vice President, Gas Free Seneca
Seneca Lake Guardian, A Waterkeeper Affiliate