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DEC needed months to review public comments that ran 100-to-1 against Greenidge’s bitcoin operation

DEC needed months to review public comments that ran 100-to-1 against Greenidge’s bitcoin operation

Nearly 4,000 public comments on Greenidge Generation’s bid to renew a state air emissions permit for its Bitcoin mining operation ran nearly 100-to-1 negative last Fall, according to a recent analysis by researchers from Cornell University. The findings shed new light on ... MORE
Seneca Meadows official tells Ulster County that landfill won’t close in 2025 despite local law

Seneca Meadows official tells Ulster County that landfill won’t close in 2025 despite local law

The top official at Seneca Meadows Inc. assured public officials in Ulster County last week that SMI would not be shutting down by Dec. 31, 2025 despite a local law that requires that closing date for the state’s largest municipal solid waste ... MORE
Hochul could follow fracking precedent in setting crypto mining moratorium in New York

Hochul could follow fracking precedent in setting crypto mining moratorium in New York

Gov. Kathy Hochul has a clear legal path to establish a moratorium on permits for cryptocurrency mining operations like Greenidge Generation’s plant in Dresden, according to a report issued today by Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. Hochul could simply follow ... MORE
Leachate from landfills is contaminated with PFAS chemicals at hundreds of times the state’s drinking water limit

Leachate from landfills is contaminated with PFAS chemicals at hundreds of times the state’s drinking water limit

Runoff from the state’s active and inactive landfills contains PFAS ‘non-stick’ chemicals at hundreds of times the levels deemed a health risk in drinking water. While state officials are cracking down on two PFAS compounds in public tap water, they are withholding ... MORE
Waste Connections spent $282,000 to help flip Seneca Falls Town Board

Waste Connections spent $282,000 to help flip Seneca Falls Town Board

Twelve days before the November election, the Texas-based owner of Seneca Meadows Inc. contributed $200,000 to an advocacy group devoted to helping a pair of Republican candidates win seats on the five-member Seneca Falls town board. Frank Sinicropi and Kaitlyn Laskoski went on to ... MORE
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Hochul’s DEC gives Greenidge crucial time extension to expand bitcoin mining before it rules on air permit renewal

In a private agreement with Greenidge Generation LLC, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s environmental regulators awarded the company a crucial two-month window to install thousands of new Bitcoin mining rigs at its Dresden power plant before they rule on renewing its long-expired air emissions ... MORE
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New York’s landmark water testing bill hinges on state health department setting strict limits for emerging PFAS chemicals

Six years after New York health officials were caught flat-footed by a water contamination crisis in Hoosick Falls, the state is set to require what may be the most extensive drinking water testing program in the nation for the PFAS family of ... MORE
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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 permit for the company’s Lockwood Hills coal ash landfill. The ... MORE
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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 operations. The stock had already been in a tailspin before ... MORE
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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 on proof-of-work cryptocurrency mining. More than a dozen speakers at ... MORE
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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 Jan. 1. Sinicropi and Laskoski will join incumbent Republicans Mike ... MORE
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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 strewing logs and smaller debris. The rare Fall lake flood ... MORE
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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. Residents of the town that bills itself as the birthplace ... MORE
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Republican lawmakers from Finger Lakes unanimously oppose publicly popular constitutional guarantee of clean air and water

State legislators who represent the Finger Lakes split along party lines this year in voting on a bill (S528) that would amend the state Constitution to include a personal right to clean air and water. Republicans unanimously rejected the measure that is broadly popular ... MORE
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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 the state’s 2019 climate law, winery owner Phil Davis said ... MORE