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Today's Environmental News in New York

DEC says Wheatfield, New York, land is suitable for equate.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-08-28 10:00
After fighting for months to see a law passed banning the use of human biosolids as fertilizer on local farm fields, residents in the Town of Wheatfield might not be done fighting just yet.

GE rejects renewed calls for more PCB dredging.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-08-28 10:00
Citizen and environmental groups are once again urging General Electric Co. to expand its $1 billion Hudson River PCB cleanup project to include the Champlain Canal. GE, which is paying for what is the nation's largest Superfund program, again repeated it has no such plans.

Some want dredging extended, others want it done.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-08-28 10:00
Concerned that General Electric will meet its legal dredging obligations but leave environmentally and economically damaging remnants, the Historic Hudson-Hoosic Rivers Partnership called a press conference Wednesday morning asking for attention to be brought to the group’s concerns.

Hudson River PCB dredging questioned.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-08-28 10:00
Local officials say Hudson River PCB dredging isn’t achieving its cleanup goals and that infrastructure should be left intact until a decision is reached on whether to expand the project’s scope.

Expanded dredging sought along Hudson.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-08-28 10:00
Two warning signs went up this spring at the new kayak launch at Hudson Crossing Park, telling users the soil may contain PCBs. They were put up after testing found PCBs at the launch, even though they were already dredged last year from upstream sections of the Hudson River.

President Obama planning to use executive powers for climate change agreement, bypassing Congress: report.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-08-27 10:00
Convinced that Congress won’t go along with a sweeping international climate change agreement, the Obama administration is plotting an end run.

Port neighbors join in oil protest.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-08-27 10:00
Located at the corner of Green Street and Fourth Avenue in the South End, the Rev. McKinley Johnson's church is just a few hundred feet from a crude oil terminal at the Port of Albany.

Queens civic groups submit appeal over JFK airport expansion.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-08-25 10:00
The Eastern Queens Alliance is going to the U.S. Court of Appeals Second District to request that the Port Authority’s plan to expand one of John F. Kennedy International Airport’s runways undergo a full environmental impact study.

Huge project to restore Buffalo River will enhance waterfront development.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-08-25 10:00
Here’s a government program everyone can support. Because of a $44 million project by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Buffalo River could be safe for swimming in five years. Another five years after that and fish caught there could be safely eaten.

Cleanup action begins at New York brownfield site.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-08-24 10:00
Cleanup is beginning to at the Chelsea waterfront development site at Chelsea Industrial Park on Brockway Road in Fishkill. The remediation is under the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program with cleanup by Chelsea Waterfront Development, LLC with oversight by the state.

Long Island Sound becoming more acidic, scientists say.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-08-24 10:00
Scientists are turning their attention to the phenomenon of ocean acidification -- and its potential impact on the hard clams, oysters and other shellfish that make the Long Island Sound their home.

Possible Legionella at ENH.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-08-24 10:00
A possible case of legionella at Eastern Niagara Hospital-Lockport has prompted the hospital to chlorinate its water supply as a precaution.

Legal help for oil battle.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-08-23 10:00
Albany County is preparing for a possible legal battle against a crude oil terminal at the Port of Albany by hiring a prominent Boston law firm that deals in environmental law.

Environmental Protection Agency tackles J&L Steel site cleanup.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-08-23 10:00
Oil was so cheap when Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. was at its heyday in the 1950s that the company paid little mind to what it was losing through probable leaks in underground pipes that funneled the oil from above-ground storage tanks to a processor.

Watkins Glen says no to gas storage.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-08-22 10:00
After months of consideration the Watkins Glen Village Board voted 3-0 Monday in opposition to a gas storage facility proposed by Texas-based Crestwood Midstream near Seneca Lake.

Buffalo’s other waterfront renaissance.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-08-21 10:00
The Buffalo River was everyone’s – industries’ and individuals’ – dumping ground for most of the last century. But when finished at year’s end, the $44 million cleanup of the waterway will allow residents to use the Buffalo River in ways no one thought imaginable.

Sen. Savino pushes for governor's signature on climate change bill.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-08-20 10:00
With climate change making rising sea levels, massive flooding and more intense superstorms like Hurricane Sandy a greater and frightening reality, politicians and environmental groups are moving to protect the environment before the next big storm hits.

18 steps to rail inferno.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-08-20 10:00
The fiery crash of an oil tanker train that killed 47 people in a small Quebec town last summer was the result of a cascade of different causes and failures ranging from the train engineer, the railroad and government regulators, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Canadian government.

Eighteen Mile Creek sediment prompts alert.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-08-20 10:00
The state Health Department said Tuesday that even touching sediment from Eighteen Mile Creek could be hazardous to one’s health.

Clean Air Coalition to target DuPont in call for DEC action.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-08-19 10:00
A local environmental group is calling on state and federal enforcement agencies to put tougher restrictions on pollution from DuPont’s Town of Tonawanda plant. “DuPont has a history of periods of noncompliance,” said Rebecca Newberry, organizer for the Clean Air Coalition.
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