Today's Environmental News in New York
Allergists say the number of people with sensitivities to ragweed and other plants is growing due to climate change. Asthma is also on the rise.
New York is leaving some of the details of a proposed shutdown of the Indian Point nuclear power plant for later. Though temporary, such a closure would represent the biggest (and arguably only) victory for opponents of the plant, which Governor Cuomo has pledged to try to close permanently.
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York has approved an agreement between the Environmental Protection Agency and DuPont following allegations that the Town of Tonawanda Yerkes plant was not properly monitoring its air emissions.
Out of control algae have become a serious problem in Suffolk County, and experts said the build-up has turned some of the waterways toxic.
A settlement approved Tuesday in federal court has DuPont paying a $440,000 fine for violations of the Clean Air Act at its plant in the Town of Tonawanda.
The state has rejected a plan to eliminate radioactive metal from a local drinking water supply, a decision that will likely force customers to pay for a more expensive solution.
For decades, the water at all of the sky lakes at Minnewaska State Park Preserve had been too acidic to support life — a legacy of industrial pollution, acid rain and the lakes' geologic underpinnings. But now, Minnewaska has transformed.
As the removal and capping of industrial pollutants in Onondaga Lake continues, planning for the next phase of restoration is beginning.
Some 400 years after an explorer put it on the map, Long Island Sound is a well-worn piece of water, shared at least by 23 million other people. An "urban sea," it has been both sewer and supermarket, highway and playground.
Like it or not, Albany is part of a U.S. oil boom that began on New Year's Eve 2009, when the first train hauling crude oil rolled out of the Bakken fields of North Dakota some 1,800 miles away. Now, two companies are using the Port of Albany to take in and unload massive oil trains of up to 100 tankers at a time.
Even now, more than a year after Tonawanda Coke’s criminal conviction, there remains a large and looming - and very much unanswered - question: Did the company make people sick?
It wasn’t long ago that the thought of doing anything on the Hudson River above the Troy Dam — let alone swimming in it — was as foreign to residents of the area as, well, walking on the moon, due to decades of PCB contamination that had turned the river’s water toxic.
Federal and state environmental agents have interviewed the former city engineer and his assistant about the city's handling of two demolition projects involving asbestos, a person with knowledge of the matter said.
Bathers splashing in the Hudson River are sometimes swallowing water that, by federal guidelines, has too many of the bacteria that make people sick, the environmental group Riverkeeper said Thursday.
Neighbors of the Rensselaer rail yard were told Thursday night to expect lower emissions from idling trains, but they wanted to see more done.
Staten Island was the first place mapped in the New York City metropolitan area in a project that revealed about 1,000 natural gas pipeline leaks in our borough.
The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to reduce carbon pollution nationwide means a goal of reducing carbon emissions in New York state by more than 40 percent.
By counting penguins based on satellite imagery of their guano -- that would be poop -- two researchers, one from Stony Brook University, have determined 53 percent more Adélie penguins are living in Antarctica than previously estimated.
About 150 people got an overview Tuesday night of what is expected to be a summer-long study to determine if parts of northeast Corning has soil that is contaminated and whether it poses a health hazard.
Niagara County residents voiced their opposition loud and clear for plans to open a second hazardous waste landfill. Porter board members will decide if the facility comes to fruition based on criteria including the need for the facility and its impact on air and ground contamination.
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