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Endicott Mayor: Questions Remain About Battery Recycling Plant

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)
Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)

More public hearings may be sought by Endicott officials in connection with a $23 million lithium-ion battery recycling facility.

Village Mayor Linda Jackson said there still are unanswered questions about the facility that’s been proposed for the Huron Campus.

The mayor said “very important things” regarding the project, including exactly what will be released into the air, have not been adequately addressed.

Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson speaking during a radio interview on January 13, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson speaking during a radio interview on January 13, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Speaking on WNBF Radio’s Binghamton Now program, Jackson said project engineers could not answer some questions posed by deputy mayor Cheryl Chapman.

The mayor said “we’re going to have to have a couple more public hearings” about the plant.

Jackson said “we want to know what we are getting into” if the plant is approved. She said “people are tired of our village being a dumping ground and they don’t want it to be a dumping ground any more.”

SungEel MCC Americas hopes to operate the recycling facility in the former IBM Building 259 at the northeast corner of Robble Avenue and Clark Street.

A project director Friday said the company is continuing to work with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to answer the questions that have been raised about the plant.

A lithium-ion battery recycling facility is planned for a former IBM building on Robble Avenue. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
A lithium-ion battery recycling facility is planned for a former IBM building on Robble Avenue. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: bob@wnbf.com

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