Author: Peter Mantius

Peter is the creator and editor of The Water Front Online, the region's only news organization dedicated to environmental issues in the Finger Lakes and Upstate New York. Have a tip? Send it to [email protected].
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Posted in Dresden Environment New York State News Yates County

Pressure on DEC to deny permit renewal for Greenidge’s Lockwood Hills Coal Ash Landfill

In a fresh challenge to the state’s piecemeal approach to regulating the environmental risks of Greenidge Generation’s bitcoin mining operation, 10 environmental groups are seeking to block the renewal of a discharge…

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Posted in Environment Lansing News Tompkins County

Wrongful death suits against Cargill’s Louisiana salt mining spooks concerns about Cayuga Lake mine collapse

Days before the one-year anniversary of a roof collapse that killed two miners at Cargill Inc.’s Avery Island salt mine in Louisiana, the widows of the deceased have filed twin wrongful death…

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Posted in Business Dresden Environment News Politics Yates County

Shares of Greenidge tumble after Sen. Elizabeth Warren asks company’s CEO about Dresden plant’s emissions

Shares of Greenidge Generation Holdings Inc. tumbled 15 percent Friday, the day after Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts asked the company to deliver details on the environmental impact of its Bitcoin mining…

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Posted in Business Dresden Environment Geneva New York State News Ontario County Politics Yates County

Bitcoin mining foes urge Hochul, DEC to deny Greenidge new air permit as hydro-powered crypto mining surges

Opponents of Greenidge Generation’s Bitcoin mining operation in Dresden urged Gov. Kathy Hochul’s administration today to deny the facility’s application to renew its air emissions permit and to impose a statewide moratorium…

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Posted in Environment News Weather

Lake levels surge by more than a foot in hours: Docks swamped in Finger Lakes as rain causes worst flooding in decades

Heavy rains over the past week caused water levels on several of the Finger Lakes to rise by more than a foot in a matter of hours, wrecking docks, freeing boats and…

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Posted in Elections Environment News Politics Seneca County Seneca Falls

LANDFILL LANDSLIDE: Election wins by Republicans mean 2025 closing date of Seneca Meadows likely to be extended

Republicans Frank Sinicropi and Kaitlyn Laskoski flipped control of the five-member board by easily defeating Democrats Doug Avery and Dave DeLelys in heavy turnout. The two winners will claim their board seats…

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Posted in Elections Environment New York State News Politics

Green Amendment: Vital guarantee of clean water, or doorway to ‘nuisance’ lawsuits? Voters decide on November 2nd

Should the legal right to clean water and clean air be elevated to the status of the right to free speech, trial by jury and due process? New York voters get to…

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Posted in Elections Environment News Politics Seneca County Seneca Falls Waterloo

Seneca Falls voters weigh garbage odors against fear of tax hikes: Will landfill’s mandated 2025 closing date stick?

The upcoming election Tuesday for two seats on the Seneca Falls town board could well decide whether the state’s largest landfill, Seneca Meadows Inc., will be forced to close on Dec. 31, 2025….

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Posted in Business Dresden Environment New York State News Politics Yates County

Critics, supporters of Greenidge bitcoin operation duel at DEC hearing on bid to renew air permits

A decision to grant renewed air permits to the Greenidge Generation power plant in Dresden would “fly in the face of the mission statement” of the state Department of Environmental Conservation and…

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Posted in Environment Geneva News Ontario County

Seneca Lake suffers one of worst HAB outbreaks in recent years last week: Other lakes saw blooms too

An unprecedented number of toxic blooms spread across the Finger Lakes on the “dead calm” afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 6, in what was easily the most intense outbreak of the season, if…

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Wall Street dumps shares of Greenidge Generation stock ahead of air emissions hearings on ‘carbon neutral’ bitcoin mining

So far, Wall Street isn’t buying Greenidge Generation’s pitch to investors that it’s a “green” Bitcoin miner with a clear path to expand cryptocurrency operations at least ten-fold by 2025. Within its…

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Posted in Cayuga County Environment Health New York State News Skaneateles

Toxic algae blooms in Skaneateles Lake raise urgency of Syracuse’s bid to use pesticide to protect drinking water

Stakes are rising in the simmering debate over whether to allow the city of Syracuse to apply a pesticide to northern sections of Skaneateles Lake in a bid to safeguard its source…

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Posted in Business Dresden Environment News Yates County

Greenidge, Support.com merger expected to close today; shares to begin trading on Wednesday

Greenidge Generation Holdings Inc. and Support.com Inc. said its proposed merger is set to close at 4 p.m. (Tuesday, Sept. 14) Shares of Greenidge’s Class A common stock will begin trading on…

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Posted in Business Dresden Environment New York State News Yates County

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos says Greenidge Generation’s bitcoin effort does not comply with New York State climate law

The rapid expansion of Greenidge Generation’s Bitcoin mining operation at its Dresden power plant violates state law that requires the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the state’s top environmental official said late…

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Posted in Environment New York State News

NYSEG will auction off rare Cayuga shoreline property: Petition seeks preservation for public use

Despite an intense local outcry, NYSEG plans to auction off one of the last major undeveloped sections of shoreline in the Finger Lakes — a 470-acre parcel on the east side of…

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Posted in Business Dresden Environment News Politics Yates County

Greenidge’s merger partner Support.com rockets upward after carbon neutral bitcoin mining promise

UPDATE (August 27, 2021): Support.com shares hit a high of $59.69 this afternoon, triple its close at $19.70 yesterday (Aug. 26). The market value of the company briefly soared to $1.43 billion,…

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