NoBurnBroome: Timeline September 2020

These resources were previously featured in September 2020 as important announcements on the home page.

September 2, 2020. Press Conference on Updated Position Paper by NoBurnBroome. NoBurnBroome held a press conference on August 31, 2020 to walk through the highlights of the newly updated NoBurnBroome Position Paper, which contains many new developments over the past 4 months regarding the fight to stop the incinerator.

NoBurnBroome held a press conference on August 31, 2020 to walk through the highlights of the newly updated NoBurnBroome Position Paper, which contains many new developments over the past 4 months regarding the fight to stop the incinerator.

This is what we are up against:
Table 3. Economic value of Lithium-ion battery components.

Value (US $ per ton)

Cathode components 2001 2017 2019
Aluminum $1,250 $2,000 $1,800
Lithium $7,500 $9,000 $10,000
Cobalt $38,000 $55,000 $35,500
Nickel $8,600 $10,000 13,200
Manganese $1,100 $2,000 $2,000
Anode components      
Copper $1,800 $5,500 $5,800
Graphite $550 $1,000 $800

Reference: Mossali E, et al. 2020. Lithium-ion batteries towards circular economy: A literature review of opportunities and issues of recycling treatments. Journal of Environmental Management: Volume 264, 15 June 2020, 110500.


September 2, 2020. Town of Union Request That Endicott Not Move Forward with SungEel. FOX40 News, Binghamton NY.

September 3, 2020. Press Release. Town of Union gives support to NoBurnBroome’s concerns on SungEel Project . No Burn Broome

The decision was unanimous on September 2. The Town of Union council members voted 5 to 0 for a resolution recommending the Village of Endicott slow down its rush to allow the SungEel company to operate a high temperature lithium-ion battery recycling plant in Endicott

September 9, 2020. Study discusses battery recycling method that is safer, greener than the one proposed by SungEel.
Exciting science study that sets the standard for model research for sustainability and a circular economy. Instead of using a high-temperature process as SungEel’s, which will inevitably result in the release of very toxic gases into the environment, this process dissolves the valuable metals out of the batteries using a combination of dried orange peel powder and citric acid. Both of these are obtained from food waste. This is a win-win solution for the environment because one waste stream can be used to recover valuable materials from another.

September 10, 2020. DOD is spending millions, getting rid of toxic foam by burning it near where people live. By Joce Sterman, Alex Brauer and Andrea Nejman, Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Read this excellent news segment on the dangers of burning toxic firefighting foam (AFFF) containing PFAS. It is running nationwide on local Sinclair stations. The reporter did a good job on this story, which will reach millions.

The NYS Legislature unanimously passed a bill to permanently prohibit burning toxic firefighting foam at Norlite incinerator in Cohoes on June 9, 2020.  It is unclear if Governor Andrew Cuomo will sign or veto the legislation.  Please contact Governor Cuomo and urge him to sign NYS Senate bill 7880 into law. Governor Cuomo can be reached at 866 946 1451 or go to and click on the contact section. He is also on Twitter at @NYGovCuomo or NYS Capitol Albany, NY  12224.


September 13, 2020. Letter. Has Endicott learned from its past?. Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin. By Ellen Tiberi.

September 16, 2020. Press Release: NY Assemblywoman Lupardo Joins Environmental Groups in Calling for EIS on Battery Recycler

September 16, 2020. The NoBurnBroome Science team held a press conference to release NoBurnBroome’s official response to the much cited August 1, 2020 letter from Tom Elter (NYS DEC) to John Ruspantini ( In our response we revealed that nearly ALL of these batteries contain PFAS and we called on the DEC to revoke SungEel’s Air permit. To access the press conference recording, see Nearly all lithium-ion batteries contain PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances).

September 22, 2020. Open letter from State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo to New York DEC

Excerpt: “Today, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, joined several environmental groups in calling upon the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed SungEel MMC Americas LLC (SMCC) lithium-ion battery recycling facility slated for Endicott, NY.  Lupardo was joined by the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition, and No Burn Broome.”

September 27, 2020. Letter: Some questions for the mayor on Endicott proposal. Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin. Your Turn. By Olwen Searles.



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