Questionnaire shows Broome County candidate viewpoints on Endicott incinerator

October 9, 2020
Press Release from No Burn Broome

For more information, Ellen Tiberi

In September 2020, sent a questionnaire to decision-making Broome County candidates running for office in November on their position regarding the proposed Lithium-ion Battery Recycling-Incinerator facility in the Village of Endicott.
The NoBurnBroome team, members of the Republican, Democrat, Green, and Independent parties, reviewed the responses and concur in supporting the following candidates:

CommunityNo Burn Broome
Supports these Candidates
EndicottPatrick DornerTrustee
EndicottNicholas BurlingameTrustee
UnionThomas AugostiniCouncilman
UnionFrank BertoniCouncilman
UnionLori WahilaCouncilwoman
ChenangoTerry KelloggCouncilman
Johnson CityBenjamin ReynoldsTrustee
County LegislatureTerri FarrellLegislator – District 6
County LegislatureJason ShawLegislator – District 8
County LegislatureKaren BeebeLegislator – District 12

Two opened-ended questions allowed candidates to write their opinion of the proposed Lithium-ion Battery Recycling-Incinerator facility and what they believe the biggest risk is.

Questions were also asked about the Candidates’ position on the project, as well as their awareness of pollution from past industries in Endicott, and cancer-causing substances currently in Endicott’s drinking water that are far in excess of the safe limits. Links to educational resources for these issues were also provided to the candidates.

The questionnaire results can be viewed at

In their responses, the candidates unanimously indicated that the currently contaminated areas in Endicott should be remediated and that it is unacceptable in the 21st Century for communities to be forced to accept a polluting industry.

When asked whether Endicott should accept this first-of-its-kind battery recycling-incineration process in the United States, that will release serious toxins and four known human carcinogens into the air per the March 2020 Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Air Permit, the answer was a resounding “No.” All candidates who responded also demonstrated their commitment to take action to protect their constituents from these types of harmful projects.

NoBurnBroome provides this information to Broome County voters as part of their decision-making process.


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