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ENDICOTT (WBNG) — As SungEel MCC Americas awaits an air permit from the Department of Environmental Conservation, residents are concerned about the facility’s possible impacts on human health. Public records about the facilty and its current operations in South Korea show dozens of toxic chemicals could be involved in the recycling process. After repeated requests to speak with SungEel, 12 News was not granted an interview. Local and state leaders see the battery recycling facility as a way to help bring new jobs and boost the economy. The project was spearheaded by the state back in 2018 to help bring new industry to part of the former IBM campus. “Why is Endicott the guinea pig for this?” asks retired St. Lawrence Chemistry Professor and Binghamton resident Dr. Paul Connet. “If there are not many of these facilities around the world then it makes the question why Endicott? Why us?” Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo says she’s been working with the DEC to make sure the facility operates safely and meets code. “Anytime a new manufacturer comes to Endicott we want to make sure that everything is done properly given the history in that community,” she said. “We’ve been in touch with the DEC. Obviously any manufacturer is going to have emissions.” SungEel applied for an air permit with the DEC to operate on Clark Street in Endicott. The company claims to be the United States’ first and only chemical based recycler of lithium ion batteries. The DEC says like all environmental permit applicants, there is a rigorous review process to ensure protection of public health. The DEC’s public comment period ended about a month ago on Dec. 5. A spokesperson tells 12 News they’re still reviewing comments before they make a decision to hold a hearing or grant the air permit. read more
Since there a pandemic, she says its also a good idea to follow CDC guidelines. Commander Mary Kucharek says its always important to practice some general guidelines like checing the weather before you depart, knowing who has the right of way, and keeping a safe distance from other boats. The Susquenango Sail and Power Squadron usually holds boat safety classes in person, but due to the coronavirus they are on hiatus with few online classes. May 15 is wear your life jacket to work day. “It’s important that we all be mindful of the CDC recommendations for keeping our distance, for wearing masks in the marinas and boat ramp areas and to not raft up as many people like to do during the summer,” said Kucharek JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Local organizations are saying to stay safe out on the waters as national boat safety week starts May 16. The week was created to serve as a reminder to practice safe boating techniques on all the water ways. If you want to learn more about boating classes you can visit the Susquenangos website, or you can visit the Americas Boating Club website. read more
TOWN OF FENTON (WBNG) — New York State Police say a suspect has been arrested in connection to a shooting on Standish Avenue in the town of Fenton on Saturday. Authorities charged 73-year-old Darrel M. Rich for assault in the 1st degree, a felony. They say a 58-year-old woman was shot and transported to Wilson Hospital. Rich was processed and transported to Broome County Central Arraignment and Processing. New York State Police Binghamton, Broome County Sheriff’s and Port Dickinson Police Department responded. Details about the 58-year-old’s injuries and the nature of the incident were not released. State Police say the shooting remain under investigation. read more
Fans will not be allowed at America East competition through January 1, 2021. Protocols will be revisited as the season goes on. The women will begin conference play on the road, at Stony Brook December 19. For the women’s full conference schedule, click here. The conference schedule format consists of a double round-robin schedule, with a total of 18 games. VESTAL (WBNG) — The America East has released its conference schedule for men’s and women’s basketball. The non-conference portions of the Bearcats’ schedules are still being finalized. All 10 members of the America East will play nine weekend series with games on back-to-back days at the same site. The Binghamton men’s team will open the conference portion of its schedule at the Events Center December 19, hosting Stony Brook. For a full look at the men’s conference schedule, click here. read more