Issues

Greenidge Bitcoin Mining

Greenidge is an old coal power plant with an already bad environmental history. Once mothballed, it was converted to a gas fired plant for use as a “peaker plant”- toonlybe used when excess energy was needed by the public, and not run continually. Now, its out of state owners at Atlas Holdings want to expand operations for a privately owned bitcoin operation which would consume enough power to fuel 93,000 homes. That’s bigger than 2 of Amazon’s immense data centers.

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URGENT: GREENIDGE RALLY

SATURDAY, APRIL 17TH 2:00 PM DRESDEN NY

We learned over the weekend that the Torrey Town Board, despite what they said at their last meeting (about holding a special meeting for Greenidge later in the month), has rather quietly MOVED THE MEETING UP TO APRIL 19TH.

Please Join Us for a peaceful, family friendly rally THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 17TH AT 2:00 PM IN DRESDEN

Town of Torrey Pulls a Fast One on GREENIDGE Decision

SWITCHES DATE FROM ANNOUNCED 4/26 MEETING TO 4/19
Groups, Public must act quickly

According to reporters and citizens who attended the Town of Torrey Planning Board’s last meeting, the Board announced then that the site plan application for Greenidge facility’s fracked gas powered Bitcoin mining expansion would be discussed during a special meeting on April 26th. The fate of this project lies in their hands. Now, depending on how one searches the Town’s website, concerned citizens will either discover a notification that the Greenidge meeting is going to be held on a new date of April 19th

Webinar Recording: Bitcoin Mining/Cryptocurrency - Ideas from Missoula MT

Ways to protect your community and environment and Background on Greenidge Generation on Seneca Lake

Thanks to all who participated in Wednesday's Webinar on Cryptocurrency Mining.  If you would like to review it, or for those of you who missed it you can watch it here.

Bitcoin Mining: How to Protect Your Community from this Energy-Intensive, Harmful Industry

FREE Webinar April 7 at 6:30pm EST

PLEASE Invite Others (please share this event with key leaders in your community, friends and family for an excellent opportunity to learn from Diana Maneta and Jennie Dixon of Missoula, MT, two individuals who were instrumental in developing zoning regulations on Bitcoin for their county

Demand A Moratorium On Bitcoin Mining In NY And The US

Urgent Call To Action On Climate: Please Share Widely

Please call Governor Cuomo 1-518-474-8390 and ask that he require his DEC to complete a full Environmental Impact Statement for the Greenidge Bitcoin Mining Project on Seneca Lake. Ask him to commence an adjudicatory hearing to better understand the issues raised by the community.

Protect Seneca Lake on World Water Day

Monday March 22nd, is World Water Day - a day to think about what water means to people, its true value, and how we can better protect this vital resource.

Here are some ideas to better protect our water right here at home.

URGENT CALL TO ACTION MONDAY MARCH 15TH

MONDAY MARCH 15th at 6:30 pm Dresden Methodist Church 60 Cornelia St, Dresden, NY

We apologize for the late notice, but the time has come for us to step things up in the Town of Torrey. We call on you to join us tomorrow (MONDAY MARCH 15th at 6:30 pm) peacefully, outside, socially distanced, masked, wearing blue, carrying signs, in front of the Town of Torrey Planning Board meeting location: Dresden Methodist Church 60 Cornelia St, Dresden, NY 14441 (corner of Main and Cornelia Streets).

Facts Matter

Greenidge Bitcoin Mining Expansion

Greenidge Generation has been hard at work trying to discredit environmental advocates, residents, and business owners who are working to inform the public, by accusing them of spreading false information. We take these attacks on the credibility we’ve spent decades earning seriously, and we must respond to these claims, point by point, because facts matter.

Greenidge Bitcoin Plant

Urgent - Immediate Action Needed

The Greenidge Generation, LLC power plant wants to expand their Bitcoin mining operations (from 7,000 to 30,000 machines) in Dresden in the Town of Torrey, right on the Seneca Lake shoreline.

Greenidge Bitcoin Fracked Gas Power Plant

Action Toolkit

Here are some tips and tools to help us fight the expansion of the Greenidge plant.

FLX Call To Action

Greenidge Bitcoin Mining Expansion

"In a matter of days, the Town of Torrey Planning Board will make a decision that could have ramifications for the Finger Lakes that go far beyond their town or county’s borders. They will be faced with deciding whether to heed the recommendation from Yates County and hundreds of concerned citizens to reject Greenidge’s gas-powered bitcoin mining expansion.

Call Cuomo About Greenidge Fracked Gas Power Plant

Join us as we make as many calls to Governor Cuomo as possible TODAY as part of a statewide "Call Cuomo Monday" initiative (you can also make these calls all week!).

Greenidge Gas Bitcoin Mining Plant Expansion

Immediate Action Required

Please submit comments to/ call/ plan to attend the meeting at the Yates County Planning Board!

This Finger Lakes power plant wants to add a Bitcoin mine

With water being traded on the stock exchange, the Finger Lakes continues to fight to protect the largest water body solely within the state’s borders — Seneca Lake — from a savvy new Bitcoin deal that has far-reaching implications across New York.

Sign Letter to Governor Cuomo re: Greenidge permits

Please urge Governor Cuomo to immediately revoke the existing air and SPDES permits for Greenidge gas-powered facility’s power generation and use. Below, please find the link to a letter to Cuomo for you to sign.

Greenidge Bitcoin Mining Expansion

Background

Greenidge is an old coal power plant with an already bad environmental history. Once mothballed, it was converted to a gas fired plant for use as a “peaker plant”- toonlybe used when excess energy was needed by the public, and not run continually. Now, its out of state owners at Atlas Holdings want to expand operations for a privately owned bitcoin operation which would consume enough power to fuel 93,000 homes. That’s bigger than 2 of Amazon’s immense data centers.

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Romulus Incinerator

The Finger Lakes are facing an enormous environmental, public health and economic threat that few people know about. There is a new proposal to build a massive garbage incinerator in the town of Romulus, New York, less than 4 miles from the shores of Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. If approved, it would be built at the old Seneca Army Depot, just a few hundred yards away from the Romulus K-12 public school. It is also near Hillside Children’s Center, a residential facility for troubled youth, the 5 Points Correctional Facility, Willard Drug Treatment Center and the Seneca County Jail, making this an environmental justice issue.

Join the Business Coalition

Sign your organization on in opposition to the Romulus IncineratorMore Info

Seneca Lake Guardian Business Coalition

Seneca Lake Guardian is a pro-business, pro-economic coalition supporting the developing tourist industry around Seneca Lake.More Info

INCINERATORS IN TROUBLE

What Are The Problems With Waste Incineration?

Waste incineration is a flawed approach that is expensive, polluting, and inefficient; aging incinerators are causing trouble with toxic emissions, odor, fires, financial insecurity, and environmental injustice.More Info

A Dirty Waste—How Renewable Energy Policies Have Financed the Unsustainable Waste-to-Energy Industry

The end of the 20th Century saw a major shift in the United States’ approach to energy policy. After decades focused on fossil fuel production, the country began to realize that renewable sources of energy were the way of the future. Governments relied on both mandates and tax incentives to encourage the use of energy from sources like solar and wind power. Waste- to-Energy (“WTE”) power is another form of energy production that is classified as renewable. This Note summarizes the WTE pro- cess and the laws that allowed it to grow, argues that WTE is not economical- ly sound or environmentally sustainable, and proposes legislative changes to prevent more harm from WTE in the future.More Info

Three Ways To Fight The Incinerator Now

The residents of the Finger Lakes need your help. Here are four ways you can help today.More Info
Incinerator Viewshed

The Incinerator Viewshed

Want to see if you will see the incinerator IF it gets built?More Info

Hidden emissions

A story from the Netherlands
Case Study

Although presented as state of the art, the youngest incinerator in the Netherlands is far from a clean: long-term tests reveal emissions of dioxin, furan and persistent organic pollutants far beyond the limits.

The case of the REC plant raises important questions for future policy-making concerning waste incineration and its potential effects on public health and the environment.
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Regional Governments and Organizations Opposed to Romulus Incinerator

Regional Governments and Organizations Opposed to Romulus Waste Incinerator

Everyday opposition builds to the Romulus Waste Incinerator. Want to see if your local government or partner organizations are opposing the incinerator?More Info

GAIA Information Sheet

Garbage Inciineration is Dirty Energy

GAIA (Global Alliance for Incineration Alternatives) information sheet on incinerators.

Waste burning facilities are the most toxic, expensive, and climate-polluting energy industries in the U.S.
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Statement of Evidence

Particulate emissions and Health

Statement of Evidence
Particulate Emissions and Health
by Professor C. Vyvyan Howard MB. ChB. PhD. FRCPath.
June 2009
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Watch: Trash Incinerator Forum

On Jan. 7, 2018 we hosted an independent expert on how the impacts of the proposed “Waste to Energy” train trash facility at the Seneca Army Depot in the Town of Romulus would effect the Finger Lakes region.

You can watch an archive of our live stream of the Trash Incinerator Forum here.
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Watch: Seneca Lake Guardian Press Conference

Legislative Office Building Albany, NY

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Dirty Power Plants

Dirty fossil fuel plants are operating or being proposed on Seneca and Cayuga lakes.

FLX Call To Action

Greenidge Bitcoin Mining Expansion

"In a matter of days, the Town of Torrey Planning Board will make a decision that could have ramifications for the Finger Lakes that go far beyond their town or county’s borders. They will be faced with deciding whether to heed the recommendation from Yates County and hundreds of concerned citizens to reject Greenidge’s gas-powered bitcoin mining expansion.More Info

Call Cuomo About Greenidge Fracked Gas Power Plant

Join us as we make as many calls to Governor Cuomo as possible TODAY as part of a statewide "Call Cuomo Monday" initiative (you can also make these calls all week!). More Info

Letter to Tompkins County

Re: Cayuga Power Plant

Seneca Lake Guardian’s mission is to promote sustainable energy, increase investment in water supply/sewer systems, and to challenge destructive power plants, reckless development and decrepit infrastructure around Seneca Lake and throughout the Finger Lakes Region. As such, we write to urge you to adopt Resolution A, which asks the DEC to categorically deny Cayuga's application to convert to fracked gas, asks the Governor to provide support for transition to renewable energy, acknowledges that Cayuga’s proposal will result in significant environmental impacts, and calls on the DEC to require Cayuga to submit a full Environmental Impact Statement.  More Info

Garbage Landfills

- The Finger Lakes takes in 50% of all of New York’s garbage.
- Liners Fail, with leachate seeping into the water table and eventually Seneca Lake
- The odor is overwhelming for area residents and visitors
- People are getting sick

When is enough enough?
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FLX Garbage Dump Truck Route

Proposed Garbage Station in FLX

Immediate Action Required!

We recently learned of a proposal for a garbage transfer facility that could negatively impact areas around Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. Please review the overview that we have gleaned from the project application. We have exactly 10 days to submit comments to the DEC regarding this proposal (deadline September 24!), and to the Cayuta Town Board prior to October 14th.
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Proposed Cayuta Facility In Schuyler County

“The concern is the negative impact on tourism,” SLG continues, “and the VOCs created by diesel trucks and their negative impact on agriculture, particularly grapes. Trucks taking Route 13 South to the Chemung County Landfill will have to pass through the Village of Horseheads.”
FLX Garbage Dump Truck Route

COMMENT DEADLINE FOR GARBAGE TRANSFER STATION DUE THIS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH!

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!

We recently learned of a proposal for a garbage transfer facility that could negatively impact areas around Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. Please review the overview that we have gleaned from the project application. We have exactly 2 days remaining to submit comments to the DEC regarding this proposal (deadline September 24!), and to the Cayuta Town Board prior to October 14th.

Urge Schuyler County Legislature To Adopt A Trash Moratorium!

We recently learned of a Proposed Garbage Transfer Facility in Schuyler County with murky ties to Casella Waste.

A 10,575 square foot materials recovery facility that would accept municipal solid waste (Garbage), construction and demolition debris (C&D) and source-separated recyclables, with a maximum daily thoughput of 500 tons per day has been proposed in the Town of Cayuta.

Citizens, Business Owners, Elected Officials and Community Organizations Share Concerns About New Waste Facility in the Finger Lakes

Citing concerns over PFAS and other issues, group collectively Urges Governor Cuomo to Deny Permits

Alternative Waste Systems has told DEC that it wants to turn land close to Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area and Newfield State Forest into a Materials Recovery Facility and Waste Transfer Station. The company is proposing to haul 500 tons of garbage and Construction / Demolition Debris via 185 trucks per day.

Please sign on to protect the Finger Lakes and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed!

Two Ways To Lend your Support

Seneca Lake Guardian has recently learned of an ill-conceived plan to convert prime agricultural land into a needless, environmentally and economically dangerous garbage and construction/ demolition debris facility in Schuyler County- the heart of the Finger Lakes.
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Coal Ash Landfills

Seneca Lake Guardian is a party to lawsuits to shut down coal ash landfills near Seneca and Cayuga lakes. We will begin a project this Spring to do stream testing around the coal ash landfills at Keuka Outlet/Dresden (Lockwood) and Milliken Creek/Lansing (Cayuga Power) for the EPA required analytes that are not routinely tested for and reported.

PFAS at Seneca Army Depot

Groundwater drawn from three sites at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus, NY is contaminated with the potent carcinogens PFOA and PFOS at levels of up to 1,327 times the federal health advisory limit. Even though the wells surrounding the depots did not show amounts higher than the EPA advisory level, most experts think the health advisory thresholds are way too high.

CAFO’s (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations)

A controversial 10-million-gallon manure lagoon that state officials had recently ruled to be in violation of state regulations is being constructed in Cayuga County. Manure is high in phosphorous and nitrogen, nutrients that are suspected fuels for HABs (Harmful Algal Blooms).