The state DEC acted properly when it issued a water discharge permit for the Greenidge Generation plant in Torrey. That was ruling made earlier this month from Acting State Supreme Court Judge William Kocher.
Seneca Lake Guardian, the Committee to Protect New York, the Coalition to Preserve the Finger Lakes and the Sierra Club argued the permit issued in September of 2017 violated the Environmental Conservation Law and the State Environmental Quality Review process. and should be withdrawn. The permit authorized Greenidge to withdraw 139.2-MILLION gallons of water every day from Seneca Lake. The Finger Lakes Times reports a separate, state permit gave the company approval to discharge 134 million gallons of water into the Keuka Outlet after it had been used to cool electric turbines in the plant.
Lawyers for the groups say they will appeal Kocher’s ruling.