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5 Days Left To Comment to DEC on Greenidge!

While Congress considers the Finger Lakes for a National Heritage Designation, an old coal-fired plant in the heart of the region has been resurrected and transitioned to burn fracked gas to power thousands of machines to make virtual currency for private gain.

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

DAY 9 of our Countdown to Submit Comments on Greenidge!

Welcome to Day 9 of our 10 Day Countdown for submitting comments to the DEC on the Greenidge Facility's Title V Air Permit Renewal. We'll be sending you a new message every day until the deadline on November 19th.

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.

Many Ways to Comment with only 3 Days left!

We're getting down to the wire on the remaining days to make your voice heard. Other facilities like Greenidge will become more of the norm if the DEC renews Greenidge's Air Permit. This should not be a town by town fight. Tell the DEC to deny the Greenidge Permit today!

Only 6 Days Left to Comment to DEC on Greenidge!

We've only got 6 days left to let the DEC know where we stand on the Greenidge gas-fired Bitcoin facility. This is not just about the Finger Lakes.  Greenidge is a precedent-setting test case for this relatively new, little understood industry.  How the DEC rules on this power plant in the heart of the FLX will determine the fate of other power plants across the state. 

Only 7 Days Remaining to tell NY to be on the Right Side of Climate

We Need YOU!

We have just 7 days left to tell the DEC and Governor Hochul that they must deny the Greenidge Bitcoin Mining Facility's Title V Air Permit. This precedent-setting case is drawing the attention of statewide organizations, elected officials and even national and international media because of its intensive energy use and subsequent greenhouse gas emissions.

Only a Few Days Remaining! Please get your Comments In!

It is critical that we let Governor Hochul and the DEC know that we cannot  achieve our climate goals with Greenidge and Greenidge-like facilities.  This is the extractive industry of the 21st century, and it is moving like wildfire through New York.  We  have until this Friday, November 19th to make our voices heard.

Only ten days left to voice your concerns about Greenidge Permit Renewal!

Greenidge Facility’s Air Permit Renewal

Please join us as we begin our Ten Day Countdown campaign to get as many comments to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on the Greenidge facility's Title V Air Permit Renewal before the November 19th deadline.

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 don’t let another day go by- send a comment and share widely! 4 Days left!

The Greenidge facility in the heart of New York is estimated to emit over 1 million tons of CO2 Equivalents into the atmosphere annually, when factoring in its on site and upstream emissions.

We must tell the DEC and Governor Hochul that we can't lead on climate change if we don't address this industry, and Greenidge is the test case.
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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.

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.

Watch: Seneca Lake Guardian Press Conference

Legislative Office Building Albany, NY

Assemblyman Kolb, Assemblyman Palmesano and Senator Helming Incinerator Letter

Letter expressing opposition to the EnerG incinerator.

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.

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 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.

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.
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?
Incinerator Viewshed

The Incinerator Viewshed

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.
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