Questionnaire response: Lori Wahila

Lori Wahila – Candidate for Town of Union Councilman

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1Were you aware of the controversial Lithium-ion battery recycling-incineration issue in Endicott before you received this questionnaire?Yes
2Are you aware of IBM’s past serious contamination of Endicott and its effects on the residents?Yes
3Did you know that the water in Endicott is contaminated by 1, 4 Dioxane which the state also restricted and that Endicott is in the top 10 of contamination statewide?Yes
4Did you know that the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reported that contaminants in Endicott’s drinking water (data analyzed between 2012-2017) contained a high number of cancer-causing substances that were far in excess of the legal limits?No
5One of the reasons given for approving the project is that the area is already contaminated. Do you think the contaminated areas in Endicott should be cleaned up?Yes
6Taking into account the above, do you think that Endicott should accept a first-of-its-kind battery recycling-incineration process in the United States that will release serious toxins and four known human carcinogens into the air as mentioned in the DEC’s Air Permit of March 2020?No
7Do you think it is acceptable in the 21st Century for communities to be forced to accept a polluting industry?No
8If the majority of your constituents were opposed to a proposal would you fight for them?Yes
9Have you talked to Mayor Jackson about the project and the benefits to the Village of Endicott?No
10Has Stephen Donnelly, PR firm for Sungeel MCC, contacted you about the project and asked for your support?No
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What is your opinion of the proposed Lithium-ion Battery Recycling-Incineration facility?I believe that this process should have been transparent from the very beginning to the community. That all the meetings and reporting should have been fully open and available to the tax payers before ANY decisions were made. The suggestions/resolution submitted by the Town Of Union board should be followed. A further DEC study should be done before anything goes forward. My opinion is that the constituents are the ones to decide if they want this type of manufacturing to happen in our town and I will support and fight for their decision. As a councilperson I would be an elected official representing my constituents not myself.
12What do you think is the biggest risk?I’m not an expert on any of this technology but I believe many experts should have been consulted and open discussions allowed to address any and all of the risks on this project and any other projects going forward. The biggest risk is for decisions that could be detrimental being made for others without proper and full disclosure beforehand.
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