Assemblymember Kelles Statement on DEC’s Delayed Decision on Greenidge Title V Air Permit Renewal

Ithaca, NY — I am disappointed by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)’s decision to delay release of their final deliberation on the Greenidge Generation LLC’s application for a Title V air permit renewal. DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos has stated publicly on numerous occasions, most recently on Tuesday during the Legislature's Joint Budget Hearing on Environmental Conservation, that Greenidge has not shown compliance with NY’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. The DEC’s decision to delay until March 31and take two additional months to review public comments will enable Greenidge to complete the full buildout of its cryptocurrency mining facility. Government can move expeditiously, and this decision is one of those moments when we need the DEC to lead and take swift action on this critical climate issue. I urge the DEC to complete their review as quickly as possible and deliver a decision to the concerned residents, business owners, wine makers, and environmental activists who have been advocating for this issue.