Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Endicott's problems keep getting worse. Susquehanna Dumping Update 8/8/2016

In this issue:

1: Public Hearing Announced - comment period extended
2: New Documents Released
3: Endicott Village Board Meeting TONIGHT Tue 6:30 pm
4. Where's Donna?

1: Public Hearing Announced!

Hooray! The DEC is showing signs of listening to our demands, and has granted us a public hearing.

WHAT -- DEC Public Hearing on the i3 Electronics
SPDES permit NY#0003808-- Renewal & Modification
to allow dumping toxic waste into the Susquehanna River

WHEN: -- Wed., Sept 14. DEC answers questions at 5pm, Public Hearing at 6pm. 

WHERE -- Union-Endicott High School, 1200 E Main St, Endicott, NY 13760

DEC Announcement:


Written comments about the permit modification and renewal must be RECEIVED BY September 30, 2016 to be considered and should be sent to:

Teresa Diehsner
NYSDEC Headquarters
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233

Need ideas for comments?
Check out the Concerned Citizens of Endicott's 16 Demands:


2: New Documents Released

FIRST: Last week DEC released a large trove of documents relating to the environment review of the original Pilot Program started in 2011.

WE NEED HELP indexing these documents! If you have time, please scan one or two of these documents and send me a short summary of what the file is: WilliamAHuston@gmail.com

Here's my quick observations about one document I looked at.
  • The study was done like someone's Eight-Grade science project, by modeling the EIT plant using buckets.

  • Mayor Betroni told us 2 years ago that the effluent from i3 "meets safe drinking water standards". Well it turns out this is not exactly true. Their model assumes that their 80,000 gallons of total toxic discharge per day is diluted by 700M gallons of total river flow. There are NO CUMULATIVE IMPACTS analized of any other permitted discharges upstream.

  • More info: http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/2016/08/latest-findings-in-dec-document-dump.html

NEXT: Yesterday morning (Mon 8/8) Teresa Diehsner, of NYS DEC released a new "Fact Sheet" which contains information in the draft permit not highlighted previously. It's available in our Master Document Collection, or via Direct Link below.

New waste streams have been identified, but not volumes:

In addition to on-site waste streams (from i3, Geodis, BAE Systems, and Binghamton University Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing), i3 is also taking leachate from Broome County Landfill, Reverse Osmosis Concentrate from Seneca Meadows, Aircraft De-icer (antifreeze) from Broome Co. Airport, and waste chemicals from "Dr. Reddy's Labs", a pharmaceutical manufacturing company in Middleburgh NY. This last one is particularly troublesome since the prior owner of this site, another pharmaceutical company, was fined over $100,000 in 2011 by NYS DEC for MBTE contamination, which may have come from "plumbing, used to rinse laboratory equipment" . You may have seen the 60 minutes segment on MBTE a few years ago.

Direct Link

3: Endicott Village Board Meeting TONIGHT Tue 6:30 pm

Endicott Village Board Meeting tonight, 6:30. Come learn more about the i3 Electronics, Inc chemical dumping into the Susquehanna River just above Endicott's primary drinking water well. Endicott Municipal Building, 1009 E Main St, Endicott, NY 13760  We plan on asking the Village Board what they are doing to protect our water supply from the dangerous toxic dumping.

4: Where's Donna?

Donna Lupardo has promised to meet with Concerned Citizens of Endicott to hear our concerns. The original comment period has already expired. What's she doing to help protect Endicott's water supply (and downstream)? When will she meet with us? Feel free to contact Donna and let her know you want answers! http://nyassembly.gov/mem/Donna-A-Lupardo/contact/

Master collection of documents:

Stay in Touch!

Please share this with other friends concerned with Endicott's drinking water, and the health of the Susquehanna River.

May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

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