FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 30th, 2020
CONTACT: Brianna Coyle
QUITER PROPOSES LOCAL REFERENDUMS FOR PROPOSED INCINERATOR, OTHER PILOT PROJECTS
(Endicott, NY) A planned battery incineration facility in Endicott is drawing heavy opposition from local residents, who are concerned about the potential environmental impacts.
Thomas Quiter, who is challenging incumbent Republican State Senator Fred Akshar, believes decisions on PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) projects should come down to the local residents, as they are the ones that will be impacted by potential ramifications. Accordingly, Quiter proposes that all PILOTs require majority vote through local referendum as part of the approval process. Quiter also believes the people of Endicott should decide by referendum if the incinerator project should proceed.
Quiter is also concerned over the potential environmental impacts of the proposed incinerator. Some of the batteries that will be recycled may contain PFAS. These chemicals can leach into the water supply if not properly disposed, fouling the water and creating a serious health hazard for the public. PFAS can accumulate in the liver, blood and kidneys if ingested and can cause problems with childrens’ immune systems. Extremely high levels of exposure can cause cancer.
Quiter remarks, “Local taxpayers deserve the final say in these matters that will impact them on a day-to-day basis. They will be the ones that live with the potential health, environmental, and financial burdens, as well as the purported benefits. The power belongs with the community, not with bureaucrats in Albany.”
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