Despite a century of salt mining, Cargill getting local pushback on environmental issues

Cayuga Lake may not be seeing much activity on its surface lately as Ithaca’s temperatures continue to fall, but deep under the lake's shore more than 200 employees continue to operate a 13,000-acre salt mine.

And, in the courtroom, things are only heating up: Environmental action group Cayuga Lake Environmental Action Now (CLEAN) — with four Tompkins County municipalities — filed an Article 78 Wednesday opposing the state Department of Environmental Conservation's decision to allow the construction of a new mine access shaft.

Ithaca's Common Council voted in October to sign the petition, and was joined by the towns of Ithaca, Ulysses and Union Springs in a push for further environmental review of the project and the mine.

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