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Finger Lakes Action Network Information about Upstate New York Power Producers' coal-fired power plant on Cayuga lake in Lansing, NY.

Finger Lakes Action Network Information about Upstate New York Power Producers' coal-fired power plant on Cayuga lake in Lansing, NY.

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Contents:
1.) About the Coal-fired Power Plant
2.) Transition off of Fossil Fuels
3.) No to Fracked gas! No to Fracking!
4.) Who Will Be Affected? Honoring the Two Row Wampum
5.) An Increase in Fracking & Fracking Related Infrastructure
6.) About the Finger Lakes Action Network (FLAN)
7.) Finger Lakes Action Network Framework

https://www.facebook.com/FingerLakesActionNetwork
Contents:
1.) About the Coal-fired Power Plant
2.) Transition off of Fossil Fuels
3.) No to Fracked gas! No to Fracking!
4.) Who Will Be Affected? Honoring the Two Row Wampum
5.) An Increase in Fracking & Fracking Related Infrastructure
6.) About the Finger Lakes Action Network (FLAN)
7.) Finger Lakes Action Network Framework

https://www.facebook.com/FingerLakesActionNetwork

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FINGER LAKES ACTION NETWORK

EDUCATION & OUTREACH MATERIALS

Contents
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

About the Coal-fired Power Plant Transition off of Fossil Fuels No to Fracked gas! No to Fracking! Who Will Be Affected? Honoring the Two Row Wampum An Increase in Fracking & Fracking Related Infrastructure About the Finger Lakes Action Network (FLAN) Finger Lakes Action Network Framework

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About the Coal-fired Power Plant
The coal fired Cayuga Power Plant sits on the edge of Cayuga Lake in Lansing, just 10 miles north of Ithaca, and burns dirty coal with two coalfired turbine units. It is owned by Upstate New York Power Producers (formerly owned by AES Cayuga). They are currently seeking to transition the plant from coal to fracked gas.
• Coal fired plants, like the Cayuga Power Plant, are among the dirtiest

power plants in existence. The byproduct of burning coal is extremely dangerous to communities who live nearby as well as any wildlife and farms.
• This coal fired plant receives 900,000 tons of coal every year. This coal is

mined in Northern Appalachia through underground mines and open-pit mountain top removal.
• Coal fired plants, like this one, contribute to the ongoing practice of

Mountain top removal or MTR. The dangerous process of MTR includes clear-cu ing large swaths of pristine forests, permanently destroying ecosystems, and the complete destruction and removal of mountain tops using high powered explosives.
• MTR also contaminates the drinking water, air, farms, and land of

thousands of families in Appalachia. MTR contributes to increased cancers, diseases, illnesses and overall quality of life for our friends, families, and neighbors in Appalachia.
• EPA reports show that over the past 12 quarters this coal fired plant has

spent 3 quarters in non-compliance with the Clean Air Act, and 10 quarters in non-compliance with the Clean Water Act.
• According to the the EPA’s Toxic Release Index [TRI], which quantitates

the total aggregate release of chemicals, in 2011 the Cayuga Power Plant emi ed over 218,594 pounds of toxic emissions through burning coal.
• In addition to a slew of toxic chemicals including lead, ammonia, and

dioxin compounds, the TRI reports that the coal-fired plant mostly emits:
• vanadium compounds: exposure causes permanent health

problems and death. Although the EPA is still in the process of
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updating vanadium to be classified as a carcinogen, all vanadium compounds are carcinogenic, meaning they are known to cause cancer in humans.
• manganese compounds: in drinking water are associated with

increased intellectual impairment and reduced intelligence quotients in school-age children. Chronic low dose exposure to manganese has been linked to Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis.
• barium compounds: affects the nervous system, causing cardiac

irregularities, tremors, weakness, anxiety, dyspnea and paralysis.
• hydrochloric acid: is highly corrosive irritant with the potential to

damage respiratory organs, eyes, skin, and intestines irreversibly.
• sulfuric acid: is considered an industrial hazard and is the lead

component of acid rain.
• acid rain: causes pneumonia, asthma, chronic bronchitis, and

permanent lung damage. Acid rain also extremely dangerous to ecosystems dissolving the nutrients that trees and plants need to be healthy and, particularly here in the northeast, contaminates lakes and streams. This is deadly to wildlife and aquatic life that are essential for maintaining stability in the ecosystem of the Cayuga Basin bioregion.
• Because prevailing winds in the Ithaca area come from North-Northwest,

toxic emissions from the coal fired plant travel over and through the city of Ithaca on most days.

Now is the time! Transition off of fossil fuels!
Now is the time to transition off of dirty fossil fuels. The fossil fuel industry is responsible for extreme environmental degradation, climate change, and increased cancers, disease, illness, and threat from dangerous industrial sites to both wildlife and people. The fossil fuel industry and fossil fuel consumption is perpetuating genocide against the indigenous peoples of this world. Fossil fuels are running out, the
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industry is now using more and more dangerous and expensive forms of extraction including fracking and tar sands extraction. There are alternatives to fossil fuels, and now is the time for a just transition, which means non-industrial, local, renewable energy and fair-paying, permanent jobs.

No to fracked gas! No to fracking!
Upstate New York Power Producers want to switch the Cayuga Power Plant from toxic coal to toxic fracked gas. This change from toxic coal to toxic fracked gas will cost $370 million, roughly 1/3 of a billion dollars, of ratepayers money.

Who will be affected?
Switching the Cayuga Power Plant from toxic coal to toxic fracked gas means all customers in this area who receive their energy from CPP (about 95% of people in Ithaca proper) will be forced to pay for the increase in expenses through unfair rate hikes in a time when so many are already struggling. Lower income folks, indigenous people, and people of color will be disproportionately affected by non-consensual rate hikes. 2013 marks the 400th year anniversary of the Two Row Wampum belt, the first treaty between the indigenous peoples of this continent and European colonists. The Haudenosaunee, comprised of Six Nations: the Cayuga, Seneca, Tuscarora, Mohawk, Oneida, and Onondaga, are the indigenous peoples whose land we now live on. The Haudenosaunee have increasingly emphasized that ecological stewardship is a fundamental prerequisite for honoring this treaty. Allowing the continued and increased industrial presence due to fracking blatantly violates the Two Row Wampum treaty.

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An increase in fracking related industry and infrastructure:
• Switching the Cayuga Power Plant from toxic coal to toxic fracked

gas will increase the demand for fracked gas.
• Switching the Cayuga Power Plant from toxic coal to toxic fracked

gas depends on the assumption that the price of fracked gas will remain stable. In order for that price to remain stable the industry must be able to continue to frack the Marcellus Shale, the land formation that we live on and depend on for our sustenance, and therefore survival.
• Switching the Cayuga Power Plant from toxic coal to toxic fracked

gas means more infrastructure to benefit the fossil-fuel industry and an increased presence of facilities such as: • pipelines • compressor stations • traffic from industrial trucks and the increased air pollutants that come with it
• Billions and billions of dollars are already being spent to build

fracking infrastructure in New York, including sites like a facility being built by the corporation Inergy -- threatening Seneca Lake and the lives and livelihood of our neighbors in Watkins Glen.
• This will also increase demand for larger, more environmentally

dangerous pipelines that would disrupt homes, farms, and communities in order to feed into smaller pipelines (some of which have already been approved and are proposed to cut through several counties in our immediate area) to bring gas to the Cayuga Power Plant.

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• Our neighbors, friends, and family in Pennsylvania will see the

continued disruption of their ability and right to have a healthy environment to live in as well as the ongoing poisoning of their communities, farms, and children due to an increase in demand for dirty fracked gas from the Marcellus Shale land formation.

About the Finger Lakes Action Network
The Finger Lakes Action Network is an open collective of community members  organizing to defend the Finger Lakes region and its inhabitants from extractive industry, corporate power, and state/military repression. We strive to promote and support local solidarity networks and resistance to all forms of institutionalized oppression and systematic violence.   Find us on Facebook! h ps://www.facebook.com/FingerLakesActionNetwork

Framework
While working together we will strive to cultivate an anti-oppressive (AO) and anti-hierarchical framework. We understand that oppressive behavior is normalized and internalized by our broader society. We acknowledge that the institutional, economic, political, social, and cultural dynamics of hierarchy, power, and privilege that define mainstream society also permeate social and environmental justice organizing. Combating these behaviors towards an AO framework is an ongoing and difficult process. Our work as grassroots organizers and AO are very much intertwined. We strive to change oppressive power dynamics within our society and are commi ed to being accountable towards each other against any sexist, racist, classist, ableist, patriarchal, etc. behavior. We recognize the importance of integrating an AO framework into this organizing space so that we may move away from systems of hierarchy and oppression which only serve to divide and weaken us as environmental and social justice organizers. We work towards a horizontal structure of organization and incorporate an AO framework so we may empower each other, strengthen our community and move together towards the collective liberation of all peoples and the earth for a world free from domination.

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