Arguments against a lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Endicott don’t appear to have had an impact on the project moving forward according to some accounts. 

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A video hearing on the $23-million plans by SungEel MMC Americas for the facility on Clark Street on the Huron campus reportedly lasted past 11:30 p.m. May 4 with one participant counting some 60 residents signed into the meeting. 

Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson told Spectrum News that New York State regulators have already approved the project plans and the project is ready to start hiring.

The development has been debated for months and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation extended the comment period last year before approving the permits for the project.

Opponents say the company has not provided proof that emissions from the plant will be safe without releasing harmful dioxins into the neighborhood.

The public hearing was to address zoning changes controlled by the Village.

A vote on the zoning proposals for the project is tentatively planned for May 7.