Schumer said many Greek yogurt and dairy product producers could turn the whey -- which is potentially environmentally damaging -- into biogas, a renewable energy source, through the use of bio-digesters.
Incentives for constructing such facilities, he said, could be put in place by adding biogas to the list of renewable energy sources that receive a 30 percent tax credit for investment in the technology.
Schumer is planning to push for the tax credit after the
"Pairing bio-gas with our upstate yogurt and dairy industry is a no-brainer," Schumer said. "It is environmentally friendly and economically friendly."
He contended the promotion of bio-gas would benefit both the dairy industry and the renewable energy industry.
The spreading of whey on farms near the
State officials said later their research could find no linkage between the whey spreading and the mussel kill.
"As an industry and community leader, responsible whey disposal is something we take very seriously,"
The company added: "We are actively working with all appropriate government agencies to share knowledge and expertise, and look forward to learning more about the proposed legislation."
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