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Your Daily Countdown Reminder on Greenidge

2 Days Left To Submit Your Comment

With only a few days remaining of the comment deadline for the Greenidge project, we're asking you to please submit a comment if you haven't already, and encourage others to do so.

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.

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!

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

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

Today is Day Zero: Blast off for Comments!

TODAY, FRIDAY NOVEMBER 19TH,  IS YOUR LAST DAY TO COMMENT AND URGE OTHERS TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD.

The Climate Can’t Wait

Day 8 of 10 Day Countdown to Comment Campaign

World leaders are meeting in Glasgow where fighting climate change is a top priority. After nine days of grand pronouncements, pledges and plans, scientists delivered a rude awakening to a COP26 summit that has been called “the last, best hope” for climate action: Earth is on track to warm about 2.5 degrees Celsius, exceeding the world’s shared climate goal by a full degree.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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 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 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. 

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!

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.

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.

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.
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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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