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Groups plan rally at DEC Headquarters over Greenidge Air Permit renewals

Local business owners, residents, and environmental advocates are planning a rally outside of the DEC’s Region 8 Headquarters in Avon on Saturday to call on the state agency to reject Greenridge’s Title Five Air Permit, which is up for renewal.

If renewed, it will allow Greenidge’s Cryptocurrency Mining operations happening along Seneca Lake to continue.

The rally is set to start at 2 p.m.

There is a free bus ride that fits 56 people organizers are running.

The first pickup spot is the Watkins Glenn Walmart parking lot around 11:30 a.m., another stop at Abtex in Dresden at 12 p.m., Denny’s in Geneva at 12:15 p.m., and then the DEC Headquarters in Avon by 1:30 p.m.

Departure will be no later than 4 p.m. and will go the same route to drop everyone off. Estimated finish time is no later than 5:30 p.m.

Local residents, businesses and organizations have been vocal about their opposition to the Bitcoin Mining operations, bringing up a negative impact on Seneca Lake water, climate change, and the tourism and wine industries that bring nearly 3 billion dollars in.

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