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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
#usesoap Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the British people on Wednesday to obey rules imposed to tackle a rapidly accelerating second wave of the coronavirus outbreak, cautioning that otherwise a tougher lockdown could follow.New cases of COVID-19 are rising by more than 7,000 per day in the United Kingdom though Johnson is facing growing opposition to lockdown measures which have wrought some of the worst economic damage in at least a century.After a reprimand from the speaker of the House of Commons, Johnson defused a rebellion in parliament over the way such onerous rules were imposed by promising angry lawmakers more say over any new national measures. Topics : But at a briefing in Downing Street flanked by his chief medical and scientific advisers, Johnson acknowledged the opposition to his curbs on freedom but said the British people should follow lockdown rules.”I know that some people will think we should give up and let the virus take its course despite the huge loss of life that would potentially entail,” Johnson said.”I have to say I profoundly disagree and I don’t think it’s what the British people want. I don’t think they want to throw in the sponge, they want to fight and defeat the virus,” he said.Britain, which has the worst official COVID-19 death toll in Europe, is facing a rapid acceleration of outbreaks across the country, England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said. Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance said the outbreak was not yet under control.Swathes of the United Kingdom and millions of citizens are subject to local restrictions brought in to try to slow the second wave of COVID-19 infections. Britain has reported more than 42,143 deaths from the virus – the world’s fifth highest total.”If the evidence requires it, we will not hesitate to take further measures that would, I’m afraid, be more costly than the ones we put into effect now,” Johnson said.Lockdown backlashJohnson, who has had to apologize after getting muddled over local lockdown rules on Tuesday, is facing growing anger within his own Conservative Party over the most severe restrictions in peacetime history that are destroying swathes of the economy.In a rare intervention by the chief officer of the House of Commons, Speaker Lindsay Hoyle scolded Johnson for making rules in a “totally unsatisfactory” way.”The way in which the government has exercised its powers to make secondary legislation during this crisis has been totally unsatisfactory,” Hoyle told parliament.After Johnson’s government offered concessions, lawmakers passed the extension of the Coronavirus Act, which hands the government emergency powers to introduce restrictions, voting 330 to 24 in favor.As Johnson grapples with both COVID-19 and dissent in party ranks, the economic damage was laid bare. The United Kingdom’s economy shrank by a record 19.8% in the second quarter of 2020 – meaning it contracted more than any other Group of Seven economy in the first half of 2020. read more
(REUTERS)-Pep Guardiola got one over his old rival Jose Mourinho as Manchester City edged an absorbing derby clash against Manchester United 2-1 yesterday to go three points clear at the top of the Premier League.The victory on their rivals’ home turf maintained their 100 percent start to the season and inflicted a first defeat on United, who looked second best for most of the encounter at Old Trafford.Arsenal were lucky to escape with three points from a home clash with Southampton as Santi Cazorla held his nerve to score a 94th-minute penalty in a 2-1 win, while Son Heung-min scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur won 4-0 at Stoke City. Watford completed a superb comeback to beat West Ham United 4-2 away.City’s Kevin de Bruyne was at his scintillating best and returned to haunt Mourinho, his former manager at Chelsea, by opening the scoring when he met a flicked header from Kelechi Iheanacho.He then created City’s second goal when his shot deflected off the post into Nigeria striker Iheanacho’s path.Zlatan Ibrahimovic reduced the deficit just before the break during a breathless first half after City’s new goalkeeper Claudio Bravo dropped a high cross at the Swede’s feet, one of several errors during an unconvincing debut.City held firm, however, to wrap up the points and hand Guardiola first blood in the latest instalment of his simmering rivalry with Mourinho.“We were the team trying to change the result,” a defiant Mourinho told reporters. “We had the courage and the honesty and the dignity to go and chase with pride.”Bravo could have given away a penalty with a studs-up challenge on an infuriated Wayne Rooney, while Ibrahimovic had a goal ruled out when he deflected the ball home from a clearly offside position, but United never really got the upper hand in the match.FAMILIAR FAILINGSArsenal enjoyed much of the possession against Southampton but lacked a cutting edge and needed Cazorla’s late penalty to take all three points after Jose Fonte was harshly penalised for tangling with Olivier Giroud.“He did very well to score because he felt a heavy mental weight for the team,” Arsene Wenger told reporters. “It’s a relief because we missed many chances and they had one or two opportunities having thrown everything forward.”Laurent Koscielny’s overhead kick had earlier cancelled out Petr Cech’s own goal.Tottenham’s Son scored either side of halftime after fine interplay with the impressive Christian Eriksen as Spurs rediscovered the fluid attacking football that made them such an irresistible offensive threat last season to outclass Stoke.Dele Alli and Harry Kane opened their accounts for the season after the break as Spurs moved fourth with eight points.“What was most important was that we started a very difficult run of seven games in 20 matches with a win,” said Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino. “It was the perfect result for us.”Two first-half goals from Michail Antonio put West Ham United in control against Watford, but the hosts drew level when Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney hit a quickfire double at the end of the first half and Etienne Capoue and Jose Holebas completed a remarkable comeback with second-half strikes.Crystal Palace got their first win of the season as they beat Middlesbrough 2-1, while Bournemouth beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 and Burnley and Hull City drew 1-1. read more
Even with an 18-0-1 record and a no. 1 state ranking it has held all season, the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team still had not locked up the Division II regular-season title and playoff top seed.That still hinged on the Lakers defeating state no. 4-ranked Whitesboro in last Wednesday’s regular-season finale at Allyn Arena – and with a goal in the waning seconds of overtime, Skaneateles did pull it out, 3-2.Whitesboro had gone 6-0-1 since the Lakers shut them out 5-0 back on Jan. 14 at Whitestown Community Center. They were originally supposed to have the rematch on Feb. 7, but it got snowed out. Now, with the outright league title still undecided, the Lakers moved out in front in the first period when Thomas Coyne’s shot was not held on to by Warriors goalie Cameron Manley and Colin Weeks put in the rebound.Whitesboro quickly answered, tying it on James Kraeger’s power-play goal, and though the Lakers dominated possession, Manley’s fine work in the net kept it 1-1 for a while.And even when Jack Henry converted on the power play to put Skaneateles back in front, the Warriors didn’t flinch, picking up its own pressure early in the third period as the game stayed close. Tags: ice hockeyskaneateles With 4:25 left, the Lakers thought it had an insurance goal, but officials ruled that Garrett Krieger had guided the puck into the net with his glove, so it was disallowed.Given a reprieve, Whitesboro attacked again and, with 2:20 to play in regulation, Troy Chamberlain ripped a one-timed shot past Adam Casper. Though the Warriors had only taken 11 shots to the Lakers’ 34, the game was 2-2 and going to OT.Ultimately, Whitesboro paid for a pair of penalties called in the five-minute extra period. One was killed off, but with just 7.3 seconds to play Charlie Russell jammed the puck in front of Manley and, in the ensuing scramble, Cole Heintz converted the game-winner.Now the Lakers await next Wednesday’s Section III semifinal against Cortland-Homer, which has more stakes besides just a trip to the March 2 sectional final at the War Memorial against Whitesboro or Clinton.No matter who wins the sectional title game, both teams will have spots reserved in the state tournament since Section III gets an at-large bid, which in the past has produced state champions – including when Skaneateles pulled it off in 2015.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story read more