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Department of Environmental Conservation Investigates Groundwater Contamination in Ithaca

A mobile home park in Ithaca built on a dump in the 1970s is undergoing investigation by the Department of Environmental Conservation to detect whether contaminants in the area’s groundwater are a potential hazard to residents’ health and a source of toxic leakage into the town water supply.

Life on top of Ithaca's uncapped garbage dump

Casey Martin

Several years ago on Mother’s Day, Esther Herkowitz, tried to plant rose bushes in memory of her mother and grandmother. Instead of soil, she hit cement, metal bits and rebar.

“That was when I found out that I bought a mobile home on an unkempt toxic dump,” she said.

Are the state's algae plans enough to solve the HAB problem?

Governor Cuomo plans to develop an action plan by this Spring to reduce sources of pollution that spark the algal blooms that closed portions of Cayuga Lake to swimming last summer, even threatening the popular Women Swimmin fundraiser for Hospicare. But not everyone thinks the state’s ambitious timeframe, nor its relatively paltry financial contributions, are realistic in addressing the root of the problem.

Public Meeting to Discuss Harmful Algal Blooms and a TMDL for Honeoye Lake, 1-20-18

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WRFI - Community News 12-29-2017 - Walter Hang Discusses Environmental Success Stories in 2017, Challenges for 2018

Walter Hang, president of Toxics Targeting, discusses successful campaigns to block oil and gas infrastructure in 2017 along with plans to address toxic algal blooms in the Finger Lakes in 2018. This interview with WRFI’s Lori Sonken aired on December 29, 2017.

Toxics Targeting says state records reveal problems at LPG storage site in Bath

WATKINS GLEN — Toxics Targeting Inc., an environmental database firm in Ithaca, announced this week that previously unreleased state reports reveal a fire, explosion and illegal wastewater discharges at a Liquefied Petroleum Gas storage facility in Bath, Steuben County.

Environmentalists Across New York are Asking Cuomo for a Moratorium on Fossil Fuel Projects

Environmentalists from all across New York are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to issue a moratorium on all fossil fuel projects after newly released data shows that state officials fail to regulate and clean up after them.

Despite a century of salt mining, Cargill getting local pushback on environmental issues

Assemblywoman Barbara LIfton wrote a second letter to the NYSDEC Commissioner pushing against Cargill, Inc.'s salt mining under Cayuga Lake. Sarah Mearhoff

Cayuga Lake may not be seeing much activity on its surface lately as Ithaca’s temperatures continue to fall, but deep under the lake's shore more than 200 employees continue to operate a 13,000-acre salt mine.

Request That Governor Cuomo Deny Both a Gas Storage Permit for the Proposed Crestwood/Inergy LPG Storage Facility in Reading, NY and Approval for a Proposed Compressed Gas Truck Transfer Facility in Fenton, NY

December 19, 2017

Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
The Capitol
Albany, NY 12224


I write respectfully to provide for your review hazardous materials spill information obtained from your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) which details fires, explosions and illegal wastewater discharge hazards at a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) storage facility reportedly operated by Inergy Midstream LLC in Bath, NY. LPG is reportedly distributed from this site via truck and rail.

Assemblywoman Lifton pushes against Cargill's salt mining under Cayuga Lake

Assemblywoman Barbara LIfton wrote a second letter to the NYSDEC Commissioner pushing against Cargill, Inc.'s salt mining under Cayuga Lake. Sarah Mearhoff

With Cargill, Inc.’s current mining permit expiring Wednesday, New York Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-District 125) and Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D-District 4) wrote a second letter to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation urging the department to deny the Lansing mine’s permit renewal.

Assembly woman speaks out against Cayuga Lake salt mine

ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) -- A local Assemblywoman and database firm are calling for an end to salt mining under Cayuga Lake.

Officials To DEC: Stop Cargill Mining Under Cayuga Lake

Leaders in Tompkins County are looking to preserve one of the area's best resources.

Lifton Demands Under-Lake Salt Mining Halt

State Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton and Toxics Targeting President Walter Hang announced Tuesday their opposition to under-lake salt mining under any circumstances.

New York State Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton held a press conference Tuesday to announce she and Assemblyman Steve Englebright have sent a new letter to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos urging a moratorium on all permitting of salt mining beneath Lake Cayuga, and requested the DEC require Cargill to move its mining operations under dry land. Lifton said she is categorically opposed to continued mining under the lake.

State Assemblywoman to release content of new letter to State DEC

ITHACA– State Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton will hold a press conference locally today to release the contents of a letter written to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Environmentalists oppose Lansing salt mine

The mining company Cargill wants to expand their salt mine in Lansing, but environmentalists are raising a number of concerns. Listen to correspondent Amanda Chin’s story, and read the transcript below:

Ithaca Falls Overlook Clean-Up Complete-Critics Speak Out

Ithaca, NY (WENY) -- The DEC says toxin levels at the Ithaca falls overlook clean-up site meet the requirements for Restricted Residential Use -- including recreation.


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