July 22, 2020
Press release from NoBurnBroome.com
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Ellen Connett 607-217-5350
Rally Against SungEel’s Battery-Incinerator Project in Endicott July 25, 11:30 am
Logan Baseball Field, 900 Watson Blvd.
NoBurnBroome.com will hold a protest rally Saturday, July 25th in opposition to the SungEel SMCC lithium-ion battery incinerator. The rally will begin at 11:30am from the Logan Baseball Field, 900 Watson Blvd, Endicott.
In late March 2020 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) approved an Air Permit which allows SungEel SMCC to operate a lithium-ion battery recycling operation that uses incineration in its processing at the former IBM facility at Clark Street and Robble Avenue. The DEC approved permit will allow for the emission of four human carcinogens into the air: dioxin, chromium-6, formaldehyde, and beryllium.
On May 8, Endicott Trustees voted 3-2 for a zoning law change that cleared the way for the SungEel SMCC carcinogen-emitting facility to begin operations. On May 20, the DEC re-opened the air toxics permit because the agency said they recently learned that some lithium-ion batteries may contain PFAS chemicals. That review and community activism by NoBurnBroome has temporarily halted SungEel SMCC from proceeding.
The fight is not over! Broome County residents want elected officials to represent their best interests in the pursuit of expanding opportunities for everyone but not at a cost to their health or the environment in the process. We encourage all concerned citizens to join us at the protest rally on Saturday, July 25 and add your voice to the growing opposition to this facility.
Note: COVID-19 precautions will be adhered to. All participants in the rally need to wear a mask and practice social-distancing. NoBurnBroome will have rally monitors stationed throughout the route to remind participants when necessary. The meet-up will start at 11:30 at Logan Field where participants can select a sign to carry or they can bring their own signs. The rally will proceed singing rallying songs throughout the walk route. The rally route will be on sidewalks from Watson Blvd to Oak Hill Avenue to Clark Street ending at proposed facility at Clark Street and Robble Avenue.