Cargill Deicing Technology (CDT) is a North American leader in producing and distributing winter snow-fighting products and services. Headquartered in the Snowbelt in North Olmsted, Ohio, CDT has major production facilities in Cleveland, Ohio; Lansing, New York; and Avery Island, Louisiana. In addition to bulk deicing salt and treated salt products, CDT provides unique winter maintenance solutions including an automated brine maker and an anti-icing pavement overlay. These innovative tools help users increase the effectiveness of deicing salt and can reduce operating costs while helping protect the public in winter deicing conditions.
The Cayuga Salt Mine in Lansing, New York, is the deepest and oldest of two room-and-pillar salt mines currently operating in the state of New York. Operations started in 1922 have expanded and continue today. The Lansing Mine processes approximately 2 million tons of road salt that is shipped to more than 1,500 locations throughout the northeast United States.
CDT is proposing the installation of a new air shaft to increase ventilation and to improve emergency evacuation for the mine as salt extraction continues in the mine’s northern reserves. The proposed shaft site is located just south of Sweazey Road, off Highway 34-B (Ridge Road) in Tompkins County, New York.
In 2003, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation issued a mining permit to CDT to expand and continue operation of the Cayuga Mine. The permit authorizes continued activity principally beneath Cayuga Lake. The processing equipment is located underground, but all salt storage facilities are on the surface at the current mine site. This mine is the deepest underground salt mine in the western hemisphere.
In 2008, the state evaluated and renewed the permit. As part of that process, Cargill developed a long-range plan that included discussions of an additional air shaft to provide ventilation and emergency evacuation for the northern reserves.