Saturday, November 1, 2014

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Hanna: denying permit "a severe crime against this community"
By KATRINA SMITH


MARCY, N.Y. (WKTV) - U.S. Representative Richard Hanna (R- 22), confronted the top two officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week about Mohawk Valley EDGE's denied permit for a proposed nanotechnology site in Marcy.

And MVEDGE officials say his timing couldn't be better.

Steve DiMeo, president of MVEDGE says now is the time for Congress to step up and show the regulatory agencies where they are falling short because the agencies are now going to Congress to present their 2014 budget requests.

"It's an opportune time for Congress to take a harder look at a more critical view in terms of how the regulatory process is working," DiMeo said.

"I'm pleased with his line of questioning," DiMeo added.

Corps officials have been reluctant to intervene and provide some type of consistency in terms of how the policy is directed on a national basis, according to DiMeo.

The proposed Nanotech site project in Marcy is under the jurisdiction of the Buffalo office.

That office issued two permits, then rescinded both of them without justification, he said.

"They had the permit revoked and told us to start over."

Hanna said, "This is a severe crime against this community," during the hearing of the Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.

Later he added, "What we believe is that the most draconian and harsh approach was taken in this process. It has been appealed…tens of millions of dollars from an otherwise very economically depressed community has gone into this and we still have no resolution."