Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Whiskey fungus response from WhistlePig

whiskey fungus on a stop sign

Whiskey fungus update

WhistlePig Whiskey responded to the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s order for a corrective action plan addressing whiskey fungus the department identified on nearby homes in the Mineville area. Read what the company had to say here. We’re continuing to follow this and will report updates when we have them.

Honoring a fallen service member

A bridge over state Route 22 in Chesterfield has been named after Lance Corporal Scott Lee Schultz, a Chesterfield teenager who died in a terrorist attack on the U.S. military barracks in Lebanon on Oct. 23, 1983, according to a news release. Schultz was 19.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in an October press release remembering the 241 U.S. military personnel and other victims killed in the attack, said it was “the single deadliest day for the U.S. Marine Corps since the Battle of Iwo Jima. Today, forty years later, we mourn those service members of the Multinational Force in Lebanon lost in both attacks and we honor their legacy. We think of their families and friends, who continue to feel the painful absence of loved ones.”

Two people display a sign for a fallen service member

Provided photo.

State Sen. Dan Stec and Assemblyman Matthew Simpson sponsored legislation for the renaming of the bridge last year. Stec, Simpson and Chesterfield Supervisor Clayton Barber helped with the bridge dedication on April 28.

“I will be forever honored to play a small part in working with fellow officials and family members to ensure his sacrifice and memory lasts for years and decades to come,” Simpson said, in a news release.

“I deeply appreciated spending time with his mother Beverly and pay tribute to the sacrifices she and her family have made,” Stec said in a news release. “Renaming the bridge over route 22 in his hometown is a small, yet profound, way to ensure his memory and Beverly’s son’s name are always remembered.”


Here’s a reminder to join us for a morning talk about the complexities behind making and passing laws, particularly environmental ones. I hope to see some of you at this in-person event in Albany. It’s free to attend. Learn more about it and how to sign up here.

Adirondack Park Agency

The Adirondack Park Agency’s headquarters in Ray Brook

Photo by Gwendolyn Craig

Should the APA have held a special hearing before granting the Lake George Park Commission a permit to use an herbicide in Lake George? The latest court decision says no, flipping a lower court decision.

The Lake George Association, which brought the original lawsuit, says it’s going to appeal. Read my colleague Zachary Matson’s coverage here.

APA comment opportunities

The APA plans to meet on May 16 and has a draft agenda out. Board action items on the docket include:

  • Considering an amendment to the Cranberry Lake Campground Unit Management Plan and issuing it for public comment;
  • Issuing a permit for use of ProcellaCOR EC in areas of East and West Caroga lakes to treat for invasive Eurasian watermilfoil;
  • Issuing a permit for the expansion of USL Marina on Fish Creek Pond; and
  • Considering an appeal by Michael Hopmeier over his company’s fifth notice of incomplete application for a proposed munitions testing range in Lewis.

View all APA public comment and hearing opportunities at: https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/index.cfm.

  • Applicant National Grid/Patrick Blehar are seeking to replace an existing 43-foot utility pole with a 47.5-foot pole and install three new utility poles ranging in height from 43 feet to 52 feet in the town of Queensbury. They also seek to replace an existing 38.5-foot pole and 43-foot pole with new poles with an overall height of 43 to 47.5-feet respectively and install three new 43-foot utility poles in the town of Fort Ann. Comments are due May 23. To view the site plans and submit comments, go to https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/ApaCommentPopup.cfm?ProjectNumber=2024-0110.
  • Applicant National Grid/Patrick Blehar are seeking to install a new 47.5-foot utility pole at an existing substation on an existing sub-transmission line on state Route 9N in the town of Chester. Comments are due May 23. To view the site plans and submit comments, go to https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/ApaCommentPopup.cfm?ProjectNumber=2024-0111.

Environmental Notice Bulletin

View all the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s weekly environmental notice bulletin projects.

Photo at top: A stop sign near the WhistlePig facility in Mineville photographed in March 2024 shows black staining. Photo by Eric Teed.

This first appeared in Gwen’s weekly “Adirondack Report” newsletter. Click here to sign up.

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Gwen is the environmental policy reporter for Adirondack Explorer.

2 Responses

  1. Bill Ott says:

    Buy a bottle of WhistlePig –

    WhistlePig 10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey (375mL), only $55.99. For that price your fungus should be juncus.

  2. Elizabeth Ann Graff says:

    Whistle Pig is responsible for the fungus. It only proliferates in ethanol rich industrial environments like distilleries and commercial bakeries. In nature, it is found in small colonies in places like bogs and fruit drops. Are there bogs in the Adirondacks? Giant fruit drops? Commercial Bakeries? They are lying. There is a growing body of evidence proving these warehouses cause the fungus. It’s naturally occurring is no longer believed by anybody. Not since 2007, when Dr. Scott first pinned it on distilleries.

    No studies have been done as to the effects of the fungus on humans, animals, or crops. “No reports” is not equal to proven safe.

    Ethanol is known to be harmful. Inhalation of airborne ethanol is extremely dangerous to humans. It is a Volatile Organic Compound. Angel’s Share is Air Pollution.

    The buildings they’re putting up in Lincoln County Tennessee are big and they spew lots of ethanol…

    66000 barrels per warehouse.
    X53 gallons per barrel =
    3,498,000 gallons per building.
    X .02 per year evaporation rate =
    69,960 gallons of ethanol per year into the neighborhood.

    Per building. How big are they planning on building for Whistle Pig?

    Ethanol vapor takes about 5 days to break down into CO2 and water. These warehouses are spewing ethanol daily. How much of this stuff are people breathing? Nobody knows, nobody is measuring. BIG LIQUOR gets to self report their emissions. I’m sure it’s all perfectly legit, though, right? Every gallon of ethanol produces 6.8 pounds of CO2. Not insignificant but perfectly legal.

    There are multiple technologies available to address the “angel’s share” problem. BIG LIQUOR doesn’t try because they don’t have to. They rely on the fugitive emissions loophole in the Clean Air Act. That loophole must be closed. BIG LIQUOR should be held every bit as accountable as any other industry.

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