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SungEel to cover cost of environmental impact study, Endicott mayor says

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ENDICOTT (WBNG) -- SungEel, the company behind the proposed battery recycling facility in the village of Endicott, will be covering the cost for an environmental study on the project.

That's according to Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Mayor Jackson had previously called on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to perform the study.

Jackson says the DEC called the study "unwarranted" and it could cost around $40,000.

"It's really not needed, it's going to come back in perfect shape," said Jackson. "We know that for a fact because of all the other studies we have done. We even had an independent study, double checking the DEC on their permit."

With SungEel covering the cost, this will save the village thousands of dollars. However, there is one obstacle taking even more money from the village.

"Because all the anti-battery people have been making these complaints and have put in these petitions, and held us up. That has held us up four months and it has cost us about $100,000 for their petitions," said Jackson.

Some have called the project a battery "incinerator", so Endicott officials are hoping the study's results will put some clarity on the new facility.

Jackson says SungEel is working to gather their data and submit it to the DEC. The DEC will conduct the study, according to Jackson.

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