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Today's Environmental News in New York

New toxics found at former Westwood Country Club site in Amherst.

Metals not previously detected include cadmium, chromium, copper, mercury, lead and zinc.

Intersex fish problems in New Jersey stir concerns in Ulster County.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2016-02-03 10:00
Environmental watchdogs say the discovery of intersex fish in the Wallkill River in two New Jersey counties underscores contamination problems in the 88-mile waterway, which extends into Ulster County.

Capping of toxic sediments in Onondaga Lake have failed in the past.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2016-02-01 10:00
Documents submitted by Honeywell to the state Department of Environmental Conservation show that the caps holding back the toxic sediments in the lake have failed three times since 2012.

Erin Brockovich to Hoosick Falls: Attend village, town meetings.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2016-02-01 10:00
Hoosick Falls residents decried a perceived poor response from government to an explosively controversial contamination case that has many wondering if the water they've been ingesting is leading to serious health problems.

'Revenant' showed Leonardo DiCaprio climate change effects.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2016-02-01 10:00
Record-breaking temperatures linked to climate change are the new normal for residents forced to endure their changing environment, the actor learned while filming the movie in locations that included Mexico, Argentina, British Columbia and Alberta.

Confidence leaking away.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2016-02-01 10:00
When the city's 110-year-old steel water main collapsed Jan. 17, it eroded the confidence of some of the municipal customers who buy its water.

Where risk emerges in water crisis.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2016-01-30 10:00
Risk confronts us regularly. We decide how fast it’s safe to drive on wet pavement, where our savings for the kids’ college costs might best be shielded from a downturn and – at my age, anyway – how hard we can exercise before one organ or another is likely to give out.

League of Conservation Voters issues City Council report card.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2016-01-29 10:00
The New York League of Conservation Voters will today issue its annual scorecard of City Council members, rating them for a series of votes on green legislation it has identified as the most pressing over the last year.

Feds to Hoosick Falls: Don't drink water.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2016-01-29 10:00
US EPA urges Hoosick Falls-area residents to get wells tested for toxic chemical., U.S. EPA urges Hoosick Falls-area residents to get their wells tested for a toxic chemical.

Granville testing its water for PFOA.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2016-01-29 10:00
Unlike Saint-Gobain’s factory in Hoosick Falls, the Granville plant does not use the hazardous chemical — perfluorooctanoic acid — that contaminated the drinking water in Hoosick Falls.

Action in Hoosick Falls.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2016-01-29 10:00
Maybe you could call it the Flint effect. Almost overnight, potentially dangerous levels of a cancer-causing chemical in a Rensselaer County village’s water supply have started to receive the high-level attention they deserve.

Hoosick Falls: Getting by with contaminated water.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2016-01-28 10:00
Because of the presence of the chemical PFOA in the village water system, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is urging residents not to drink or cook with water from the public water supply.

New York to declare Superfund site in Hoosick Falls over water pollution.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2016-01-28 10:00
The designation extends from an emergency regulation that will allow the state to list perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA, a toxic chemical that has been found in elevated levels in the village's water supply, as a hazardous substance.

DEC presents $23 million cleanup proposal of former GE Powerex site in Auburn.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2016-01-28 10:00
They don't know when it will happen or how long it will take, but the NYDEC presented its proposed plans for cleaning up the former General Electric superfund site to the public on Wednesday night.

Pollution plume grows.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2016-01-27 10:00
Traces of a toxic chemical have been found in multiple private wells in the town of Hoosick Falls since last summer, but town officials said they were told by the state Health Department to keep the information private.

Don't spin health risks.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2016-01-27 10:00
Hoosick Falls has hired a PR firm to get its message about tainted water out. It shouldn't take a professional to understand the need for such an urgent warning.

RFK Jr. says wording of TransCanada lawsuit sets dangerous precedent.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2016-01-26 10:00
This suit, says Kennedy, is of great concern, as it uses language taken directly from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Cohoes mayor says water is safe.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2016-01-26 10:00
Mayor Shawn Morse said Monday that elevated levels of toxic mercury and other pollution found in wastewater at the Norlite hazardous waste kiln do not pose a threat to the city's Mohawk River drinking water supply.

New York on verge of a cleanse.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2016-01-26 10:00
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State speech this month contained one especially good bit of news for the planet and for public health: New York state's remaining coal-fired power plants will close by 2020.

State must end silence on PCB cleanup.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2016-01-25 10:00
Why has the state been so strangely quiet while others have raised legitimate concerns about the effectiveness of General Electric’s cleanup of the river?
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