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"South Cayuga is worse off now ...
"South Cayuga is worse off now than it was before Cornell's lake source cooling facility began," said Rich DePaolo, CLDF spokesperson.
Citing recent high levels of phosphorous in the lake, DePaolo's organization contends that Cornell
is polluting Cayuga lake through the water discharge coming out of the LSC facility.This input, he
argues, is causing increasing levels of phosphorous, and thereby large algal blooms and seaweed mats throughout the southern lake area and its tributaries.
When the University's project permit comes up for renewal in March of next year, DePaolo
organization is going to fight to hold Cornell
responsible for maintaining the current nine monitoring stations along the LSC system.
Richard DePaolo, ...
Richard DePaolo, spokesperson for the Cayuga Lake Defense Fund, said: "These documents prove that citizens were deliberately misled and barred from discussing serious shortcomings in the assessment of Lake Source Cooling's environmental impact as well as efforts to reverse Cayuga Lake's widespread pollution problems."
EPA's dismissal of LSC
The Defense Fund complained that it has memoranda stating Cornell or the DEC anticipated more algae growth from the project's discharge, but that the EPA didn't press Cornell to do anything about it, said Richard DePaolo, spokesman for the Defense Fund.
intends to raise the Defense Fund's concerns with the public at the local meeting of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization on Wednesday at Boynton Middle School
Comments from the public on the Cayuga Lake Preliminary Watershed Characterization will be taken at the meeting and by email until Jan 31.
Cornell Daily Sun: Controversial Cooling Plan
This week in the Ithaca Journal, Rich DePaolo of the Cayuga Lake Defense Fund wrote a rebuttal to Cornell's receipt of the award.Hang also wrote a letter to Commissioner Crotty before the presentation of the award protesting its presentation to LSC.
"We think that the award is a PR gimmick and we think that it's entirely inappropriate to honor an illegal wastewater discharge that is making pollution problems worse in Cayuga Lake," Hang said.
Some critics may have been converted, though.
EPA FOIL letter
Mr. Richard DePaolo Cayuga Lake Defense Fund P.O. Box 294 Ithaca, New York 14841