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The July 25 March Against SungEel’s Battery-Incinerator was a success.

We had a good turnout (MaryAnn counted 85 marchers). Solidarity and creativity infused the day while singing attempted to lead the way with “We Don’t Want Incineration” to the tune of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, and an easier popular version of: “Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Sungeel Has Got to Go.”  To add to the excitement, the march was filmed by Michael and Nicholas Yacovoni which included a video by drone. The brothers will enter their submission into Life in a Day of July 25 – an international project headed up by film director Ridley Scott. Spectrum News sent a news reporter from Ithaca and the interview captured the spirit of the march – it’s available here. The following photos are from Rob Tiberi:

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July 30: Public Hearing Held by Zoning Board of Appeals: “Regarding an appeal of an alleged zoning determination related to a battery recycling business called SungEel MCC Americas, LLC on property at 801 Clark Street in Endicott, New York.“
The ZBA did not make a ruling and the Code Enforcement Officer committed to checking out the situation at the Sungeel building. Public hearing was rescheduled for August 20th at 6pm.

July 23: We sent out a Press Release on a report we received from a South Korean environmental group on SungEel’s operation there: “The working conditions are poor, which results in frequent quitting of workers.”

July 20: Public Hearing Held for Repealing of the Recycling Facility Zoning Law. By Paul Beam, FOX40 News, Binghamton NY.

July 20: Press Release: Science Committee of NoBurnBroome sends letter to Gov Cuomo; Endicott Village Board holds Public Hearing on Recycling Facilities.

July 19: Letter: Endicott leaders have troubles with listening. By Rita Foran. Press & Sun-Bulletin, Binghamton NY, page A11.

This is what we are up against:
Table 3. Economic value of Lithium-ion batteries components.

Value (US $ per ton)

Cathode components 2001 2017 2019
Aluminum $1,250 $2,000 $1,800
Lithium $7,500 $9,000 $10,000
Cobalt $38,000 $55,000 $35,500
Nickel $8,600 $10,000 13,200
Manganese $1,100 $2,000 $2,000
Anode components
Copper $1,800 $5,500 $5,800
Graphite $550 $1,000 $800

Reference: Mossali E, et al. 2020. Lithium-ion batteries towards circular economy: A literature review of opportunities and issues of recycling treatments. Journal of Environmental Management: Volume 264, 15 June 2020, 110500.

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New! Recording: The Dangers of Endicott NY Battery Recycling/Incinerator project: NoBurnBroome People’s Town Hall July 2, 2020

Education session followed by Q&A session and dialogue about one of the most significant threats facing the people of Endicott and surrounding communities and how it will affect our health, environment, business, real estate. 

New! Review of SungEel MCC’s Community Information Meeting June 30, 2020

Recording of SungEel Meeting: Recording: June 30, 2020 SungEel public Q&A

Please consider giving a donation to the legal fund to help fight the Lithium-ion Battery Incinerator from starting operation in Endicott NY.  You can  donate at Go Fund Me Note: do not donate on Change.org as those funds are kept by Change.org.

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May 31: Two Opinion pieces in Press & Sun-Bulletin:
Battery recycling plant is dangerous, not green. By Paul Connett.
A lot we don’t know about battery process. By John Ruspantini.

May 28: 154 Environmental Groups signed a letter to the Commissioner of the DEC and the Head of the Empire State Development Corporation asking for the withdrawal of the $1.75 Million taxpayer subsidy and a Full Environmental Impact Statement.

See Letter signed by the 154 organizations.
See Press Release

May 21: DEC Delivers Setback to Endicott’s Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Scheme

Dear Mayor Jackson &
Mayor Chapman
In response to your Opinion piece
published on May 17
Battery recycling part of building
green economy
• Are the carcinogens
identified in the Air Permit
part of your Green Economy
for Endicott?

Electronic sign on Main Street!


May 18: Village of Endicott Board Meeting – YouTube

The Trustees vote of May 7.

Endicott’s Village Trustees voted 3-2 for the Zoning change to allow the Lithium-ion battery recycle-incineration facility to operate in Endicott. Two trustees voted against the Zoning change: Ted Warner and Patrick Dorner. 290 people signed into this Zoom meeting. The vote is being held in abeyance to allow the counting of signatures on the Supermajority Petition.

The Trustees who voted for the Zoning Change said that they trusted the DEC to protect them. Had the residents of Endicott known about this trust they would have told their Board members that the DEC’s Air Permit, legally allowing the release of known human carcinogens, was of no protection to them, and that Endicott residents are still suffering with the cancers caused from chemicals released years ago from IBM and others in Endicott.
May 9: Press & Sun Bulletin on May 7 Vote
May 8: Press Release on Vote

 May 16 Press Conference: Don’t Burn Our Future


The organizers LeeAnna Adams, Lindsey Smolinsky and Mackenzie Forkey at the May 16 Press Conference. Photo by Jared Smolinsky. See more photos here

Press Coverage: No Burn Broome’ Press Conference Brought Endicott Residents Together to Protest the Recycling Incinerator. By Valerie Puma. FOX 40 News, Binghamton NY.

We need everyone to ask officials, representing Endicott, for Help!

THANK YOU Senator Fred Akshar II for responding to requests. In his May 15 letter to the Mayor he asked:

“before any formal decisions are made by the Village Board regarding the approval or disapproval of this project, I believe it’d be prudent to hear all sides of the argument and make sure our constituents’ perspectives are being taken into consideration.”

We need an immediate intervention from those who have a responsibility to protect the Village of Endicott. From one-on-one conversations with key officials we are finding that they were unaware of the serious dangers posed by this project. We ask that you please email, or send a letter, to the officials listed below asking for their help. You can use these sample letters for ideas, or just copy & paste. If you do the latter, please write an opening sentence explaining how long you have lived in the area.

NY Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo <LupardoD@nyassembly.gov>
NY State Senator Fred Akshar <akshar@nysenate.gov>
County Legislator Greg W. Baldwin <greg.baldwin@broomecounty.us>
Broome Health Director Rebecca Kaufman <BCHealth@broomecounty.us>
See the location of the facility by drone video by Cody Malchak


In the photo the 2 stacks are atop the proposed Sungeel carcinogen-emitting facility.
The floodlights for the baseball field are between the two stacks.
April 29, 2020 Press Conference. Photo by Vera Scroggins.

Fight like you live here!
STOP-the Endicott Incinerator-NOW

It happened in every town that got an incinerator.

Even donations of $500 or $1,000 are far less
than the amount your home value will drop!
Your generous help is needed
Money will fund the lawsuit against Endicott

(any leftover money goes to charity).
This is the best money you can spend
Protecting your own home value.   
Protecting Endicott children from TOXIC DIOXINS.
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Important new developments

May 31:  Opinion. Battery recycling plant is dangerous, not green.
May 31: Opinion.A lot we don’t know about battery process
May 28: 154 Environmental Groups From Around the World Raise Serious Concerns About Proposed Lithium Battery Incinerator Proposed in Endicott.
May 21: DEC Delivers Setback to Endicott’s Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Scheme.
May 18. Letter from Congressman Anthony Brindisi to Mayor Linda Jackson.
May 15: Letter from NY State Senator Akshar to Mayor Jackson: Don’t rush into this.
May 13:
Our attorney calls upon the Village Board to rescind the vote

May 6, 2020. Letter from Nicole Wolfe, Superintendent of Schools and Dick Testa, Board of Education President, Union-Endicott Central School District;
to Mayor Jackson and Village Trustees

What happens next

No Burn Broome is meeting to discuss the next steps. Please become involved and share your suggestions – sign up here.

What happened at the May 4th Public Hearing?

•• The vote was tabled for May 7
•• Approximately 250 people signed in to the Hearing
•• 57 people spoke out against the Vote
•• One person spoke in favor, but with reservations
•• Click to Watch it in it’s entirety on You Tube (4:48:40)
•• Online Press & Sun Bulletin article
•• Read the Press Release we sent out on May 5.

What happened at the April 20th Public Hearing

•• Approximately 70 people signed into the Zoom meeting
•• The Mayor then cancelled the hearing on the basis that she had questions for the DEC. She never shared what those questions were about.

Know & Share

The Lithium-ion Recycling/Incineration proposed for Endicott is “permitted” to release these Known Human Carcinogens:
2,3,7,8-dioxin; Chromium(VI); Beryllium; Formaldehyde (See Air Permit).
The site is adjacent to 3 baseball fields, a swimming pool, community green, and homes.

For more information:
About No Burn Broome
Background on IBM pollution in Endicott
Background of the Lithium-ion Battery Recycling/Incineration Project
The Mayor’s Misstatements
News: Local
News: National & International
Position Paper on the project
Reasons to Oppose
Sign up to be a Member
Ten Arguments Against the SungEel Lithium-ion battery incinerator
Town Hall recording (July 2, 2020)
White Paper: Risks Explained
The Zoning Law Change