Questionnaire response: Nicholas Burlingame

Nicholas Burlingame – Village of Endicott Trustee Candidate

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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?Yes
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?Yes
10Has Stephen Donnelly, PR firm for Sungeel MCC, contacted you about the project and asked for your support?No
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11What is your opinion of the proposed Lithium-ion Battery Recycling-Incineration facility?
My family and I are firmly against the SungEel lithium-ion battery incinerator. We can see the smoke stacks from our home on Cornell Ave (which is pictured in your aerial photo below). We have wrote letters to Mayor Jackson, Governor Cuomo, Donna Lupardo, Senator Akshar and many others asking them to oppose this facility. I have also spoke to Mayor Jackson on several occasions and listened to why she feels this facility will be beneficial. She has yet to provide any valid reasons. On June 3rd. I released a public statement regarding the facility and my promise to the community. That can be viewed on the campaign FB site. I am currently a member on the Village of Endicott where I have been a vocal opponent of this project.
12What do you think is the biggest risk?The biggest risk is the unknown. Our community is not a lab-rat; and this type of facility should never be constructed or considered in a residential neighborhood.

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