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Seneca Lake Guardian

The Eyes, Ears and Voice Fighting for Clean Water

Waterkeeper Alliance, a global movement uniting more than 270 Waterkeeper organizations and affiliates, recently approved a new affiliate, Seneca Lake Guardian. Joseph M Campbell and Yvonne Taylor of Gas Free Seneca are excited to extend their efforts as the Seneca Lake Guardians to protect and preserve Seneca Lake, one of New York's Finger Lakes, by combining their firsthand knowledge of the watershed with an unwavering commitment to the rights of the community.

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.

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.  

Judge Hears Lawsuits Against Romulus by Incinerator Corporation Circular enerG

Reserves Decisions on all motions

Waterloo, NY- In a packed courtroom, the Honorable Judge Doyle heard two Article 78 proceedings filed against the Town of Romulus by garbage incinerator applicant Circular enerG.

Judge reserves decisions on Romulus incinerator cases

WATERLOO — After listening to oral arguments for about an hour Friday, state Supreme Court Justice Daniel Doyle reserved decisions on two Article 78 proceedings initiated by the company interested in building a trash-burning incinerator in Romulus.

Lawsuits addressed in Romulus trash incinerator hearing

WATERLOO, N.Y (WENY) -- In the Seneca County Courthouse Friday morning, Circular EnerG and the Town of Romulus voiced their sides regarding a potential trash incinerator to coming to the town, at the former Seneca Army Depot. The hearing addressed two lawsuits filed against Romulus by the Rochester-based company challenging a zoning determination, and the town's revised zoning laws. For Circular EnerG, it hopes to come out on top after the ruling. 

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.

Save the Finger Lakes

Stop the Incinerator

It has been such a beautiful beginning of summer in the Finger Lakes. Clean air and clean water are the foundation for a vibrant wine and agriculture industry. It is what keeps the tourists coming back. But, that is now at risk if the proposed garbage incinerator in Romulus goes forward.

Urgent: Assembly Vote Today

Call your Assembly Person Now!

TODAY (Tuesday, June 19th) - We have an opportunity to kill the proposed garbage burning facility in Romulus, NY, if we act swiftly. There are bills proposed ( S8109b/A11214) which, if passed in the Assembly and the Senate, then signed by Governor Cuomo, would prohibit garbage incineration in the Finger Lakes.
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?

Public Service Commission Requests Revisions to Circular enerG’s Public Involvement Program Plan for Article 10 Application

Circular enerG Seeks to Build NY’s Largest Trash Incinerator Facility in the Finger Lakes

In a letter released today, staff of the New York State Department of Public Service requested revisions to Circular enerG’s Public Involvement Program Plan (“PIP Plan”) for their Article 10 application on their proposal to build the state’s largest trash incinerator facility in the Finger Lakes. The letter requested the developer to revise several aspects of the plan, most notably explain how it will overcome local zoning laws, describe the impact on the wine and tourism economies and describe the source of the garbage.

Finger Lakes Lawmakers Introduce Legislation
To Block Controversial Incinerator Project

New York State Legislature

Senator Pam Helming, Senator Tom O’Mara, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano have introduced legislation that would block a proposed waste-to-energy incinerator project from moving forward at the former Seneca Army Depot in the Town of Romulus.

Chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Energy, Michael Cusick, and Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton Introduce Bill to Exclude Major Electric Generating Facilities from Expedited Power Plant Siting Process

Assembly Legislative Press Release

On March 27th, NYS Assemblyman Michael Cusick and NYS Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton introduced a bill in the NYS Assembly which would exclude major electric generating facilities, which generate electricity from the combustion or pyrolysis of solid waste or fuel derived from solid waste, from an expedited power plant siting process.

Finger Lakes Lawmakers Call On State To Block Unwanted Incinerator Project

‘Few, If Any, Areas of New York State Are As Dependent On Vibrant Natural Resources As The Finger Lakes Region’

Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I,Ref-Canandaigua), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Sen. Pamela Helming (R-Canandaigua) called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state officials to block a prospective application from Circular EnerG, LLC to construct a waste-to-energy incinerator at the former Seneca Army Depot in the Town of Romulus.

Assemblyman Kolb, Assemblyman Palmesano and Senator Helming Incinerator Letter

Letter expressing opposition to the EnerG incinerator.

Watch: Seneca Lake Guardian Press Conference

Legislative Office Building Albany, NY

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.
Romulus Train Trash Incinerator

Incinerator Forum

Learn more about the Romulus Train Trash Incinerator

Please come and learn from an independent expert 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.
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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

DEC Rally

Buses Provided to DEC Headquarters Rally 6/5 2-4

We are offering transportation via bus from Watkins Glen with several pickup stops along the west side of Seneca Lake en route to Avon, NY.

DEC Rally

June 5th, 2021 - 2pm - 4pm

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

Greenidge Generation LLC is a natural gas power plant that's mining cryptocurrency on an industrial scale, and Greenidge aims to expand its operations in a small, rural town in the heart of the Finger Lakes, situated on the west side of Seneca Lake. They are also using Seneca Lake for plant cooling, affecting the temperature of the lake, fish viability, and surrounding ecology.

Greenidge has recently announced that it wishes to expand operations to other undisclosed locations.

Join us at the rally to stop this private Bitcoin operation from burning more fossil fuels and emitting more GHGs in a community that depends on fresh air and clean water for our personal health and for the health of our vibrant agricultural tourist economy.

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.

Great Opportunity to support SLG and More!

We have great news! A generous anonymous donor has offered to match your tax-deductible donation, dollar for dollar, up to $20,000!

Greenidge Bitcoin Fracked Gas Power Plant

Action Toolkit

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

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.

Help Collect Data on Seneca Lake Fish Health May 29-31

Join us May 29-31 in conducting a fish health survey during the National Lake Trout Derby on Seneca Lake.

Important Actions and Updates on Greenidge Bitcoin Mining Facility

The climate change alarm bells are deafening and we’re seeing the impacts almost daily across the state, country and planet. 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.

Important Organizational Sign On Letter

Climate Busting Cryptocurrency

We urge you to sign on to this letter urging New York to take a pause and study the impacts that proof of work cryptocurrency mining has on climate, air, water, and health before it expands across the state. If this issue is not yet on your radar, it absolutely must be now.

Our air. Our water. Our vote.

This fall, New Yorkers will have the historic opportunity to enshrine the right to clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment into the Bill of Rights of the New York State constitution.

PLEASE Call Governor Hochul TODAY!

Now's the time to keep that pressure going by calling Governor Hocul. Our friends at Food and Water Watch have set up a call line to do just that!

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.

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: Action Needed!

Cargill running seismic testing without applying for a permit

John Dennis, a co-founder of CLEAN, was out in his kayak doing a HABs survey on Sunday when he spotted what appeared to be Bay Geophysical’s seismic research vessel pulling a pneumatic air gun array and the single string of hydrophones that is used to implement 2D seismic studies of underground rock formations. A photograph of a Bay Geophysical doing a 2016 seismic study in front of Cayuga Power

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

We NEED You Saturday!

Join us at the DEC Headquarters. No: You’re NOT too busy.

We know you all have busy lives. We do too. But we are asking you to spend a few hours to SHOW UP on Saturday. WE NEED YOU TO DO THIS ONE THING.

We are paying for a bus that you can hop on.

The bus will be leaving from Watkins Glen and there are only a few seats left.
RSVP today!

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.
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PLEASE Call Governor Hochul TODAY!

Now's the time to keep that pressure going by calling Governor Hocul. Our friends at Food and Water Watch have set up a call line to do just that!

Important Actions and Updates on Greenidge Bitcoin Mining Facility

The climate change alarm bells are deafening and we’re seeing the impacts almost daily across the state, country and planet. 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.

Our air. Our water. Our vote.

This fall, New Yorkers will have the historic opportunity to enshrine the right to clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment into the Bill of Rights of the New York State constitution.

Great Opportunity to support SLG and More!

We have great news! A generous anonymous donor has offered to match your tax-deductible donation, dollar for dollar, up to $20,000!

DEC Rally

June 5th, 2021 - 2pm - 4pm

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

Greenidge Generation LLC is a natural gas power plant that's mining cryptocurrency on an industrial scale, and Greenidge aims to expand its operations in a small, rural town in the heart of the Finger Lakes, situated on the west side of Seneca Lake. They are also using Seneca Lake for plant cooling, affecting the temperature of the lake, fish viability, and surrounding ecology.

Greenidge has recently announced that it wishes to expand operations to other undisclosed locations.

Join us at the rally to stop this private Bitcoin operation from burning more fossil fuels and emitting more GHGs in a community that depends on fresh air and clean water for our personal health and for the health of our vibrant agricultural tourist economy.

We NEED You Saturday!

Join us at the DEC Headquarters. No: You’re NOT too busy.

We know you all have busy lives. We do too. But we are asking you to spend a few hours to SHOW UP on Saturday. WE NEED YOU TO DO THIS ONE THING.

We are paying for a bus that you can hop on.

The bus will be leaving from Watkins Glen and there are only a few seats left.
RSVP today!

Help Collect Data on Seneca Lake Fish Health May 29-31

Join us May 29-31 in conducting a fish health survey during the National Lake Trout Derby on Seneca Lake.

DEC Rally

Buses Provided to DEC Headquarters Rally 6/5 2-4

We are offering transportation via bus from Watkins Glen with several pickup stops along the west side of Seneca Lake en route to Avon, NY.

Important Organizational Sign On Letter

Climate Busting Cryptocurrency

We urge you to sign on to this letter urging New York to take a pause and study the impacts that proof of work cryptocurrency mining has on climate, air, water, and health before it expands across the state. If this issue is not yet on your radar, it absolutely must be now.

Connections: A debate over crypto currency

Listen

Crypto currency has made significant gains in the last six months and is more popular than ever. But to obtain certain forms of currency like Bitcoin, mathematical experts have to perform complex computer equations.

We discuss how it works, why they there is opposition, and why crypto has been so hot.

Town of Torrey Planning Board Approved Greenidge Site Plan in 4-1 Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Town Of Torrey Planning Board Votes To Approve Greenidge’s Buildout Of Bitcoin On Seneca Lake

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that last night, the Town of Torrey Planning Board completely ignored the concerns raised by the community and their legal right to take a number of steps to review the Greenidge build out, and instead voted 4-1 to approve Greenidge's site plan.

Cryptocurrency Mining, An Emerging and Unregulated Industry?

LISTEN: WRFI Radio and Peter Mantius

Greenidge Generation LLC is a natural gas power plant that’s mining cryptocurrency on an industrial scale, and Greenidge aims to expand its operations.Torrey is a small, rural town in the heart of the Finger Lakes, situated on the west side of Seneca Lake.The Planning Board is reviewing a site plan application for Greenidge at it’s meeting on April 19th.

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.
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