- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

LANSING, N.Y. (AP) - State officials are reviewing public comments regarding a company’s plan to create a new shaft at a central New York salt mine where 17 workers spent hours trapped on an elevator earlier this year.

The Ithaca Journal reports (https://ithacajr.nl/2htpEy2 ) the Department of Environmental Conservation has held two 30-day public comment periods since September to review the addition of a new shaft at the Cargill mine in Lansing, on the southern end of Cayuga Lake.

The Minneapolis-based company plans to add a 2,500-foot-deep ventilation and access shaft that would be equipped with an elevator, changing rooms, electrical upgrades and a maintenance shop.

In January, 17 employee spent up to 10 hours struck 900 feet underground when an elevator malfunctioned.

The mine is the deepest salt mine in the United States.

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