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Today's Environmental News in New York

Pioneering effort to restore Hudson River sparks calls for more work.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-05-26 10:00
The once-controversial project is now seen as a national model for restoring damaged rivers. But questions remain about what has been accomplished and about the toxic chemicals that will be left behind.

The air in NYC is killing kids’ IQ.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-05-26 10:00
Big Apple kids exposed to high levels of airborne filth and economic hardship have lower IQs that will haunt them into adulthood, according to an exhaustive, first-of-its-kind study by Columbia University.

Proposed light-industrial site found to be contaminant-free.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-05-26 10:00
Environmental testing of properties at a proposed light-industrial manufacturing hub on the East Side has turned up minimal if any pollution or other contaminants that would complicate state and city efforts to transform the site into a job-creation and economic development engine.

Remembering the historic fight over PCB dredging on the Hudson River.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2015-05-25 10:00
This summer, General Electric and the Environmental Protection Agency are wrapping up major dredging operations on the upper Hudson River.

Wheatfield, state keep jousting in biosolids dispute.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2015-05-25 10:00
The state Department of Agriculture & Markets continues to insist that Wheatfield’s law banning the use of biosolids on farm fields is too restrictive. Nevertheless, in correspondence released by the town last week, the department left the door open for further discussions.

Ban microbeads in New York.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2015-05-23 10:00
Since last year, New York's Legislature has worked to pass a bill that would prohibit the distribution and sale of personal cosmetic products containing microbeads less than 5 millimeters in size. The bill, Microbead-Free Waters Act, passed the Assembly in April.

Jeb Bush on climate change: Not 'highest priority,' some scientists 'arrogant' on debate.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-05-22 10:00
Based on Latino Decisions' polling data, Latinos have labeled climate change as a threat, but former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a potential Republican Party presidential nominee, the topic should not be the highest priority for the U.S.

NRC gives upbeat Indian Point report at hearing.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2015-05-21 10:00
Concerns about the May 9 fire at the Indian Point nuclear plant and expansion of a nearby high-pressure natural gas pipeline had some expressing concern and disbelief over federal regulators' actions.

Facing fears of climate change.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2015-05-21 10:00
While the climate science consensus agrees that greenhouse gases must be reduced, uncertainty revolves around when climate change will reach a point of "irreversibility."

County legislature passes "toxic toy" ban.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2015-05-13 10:00
Westchester County legislators have approved legislation banning "toxic toys" in Westchester.

Here’s what celebrities’ lawns look like during California’s drought.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-05-12 10:00
Hollywood celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Barbra Streisand and Jennifer Lopez continue to suck up water to keep their gardens fresh and lawns green, while Southern California withers from a devastating drought.

Climate denialists In Congress acting as NASA's kryptonite.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-05-12 10:00
NASA is telling the world that climate change is very real and needs to be taken very seriously. Superman has spoken. In response, the only thing folks in the climate denial business can come up with is to gag Superman.

Tonawanda Coke agrees to pay penalties, upgrade its plant.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-05-12 10:00
Tonawanda Coke, a company one federal official described as an “environmental outlaw,” moved a step closer Monday to resolving the criminal and civil cases accusing it of spewing cancer-causing benzene into the air.

Indian Point nuclear plant oil slick smelled, seen from Rockland.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-05-12 10:00
Walter Garschagen got strong whiffs of oil Monday morning as he stood on the Stony Point and Haverstraw shoreline, two days after an Indian Point transformer exploded and spilled oil into the Hudson River.

Engineers assess fire damage at Indian Point Nuke Plant as officials monitor oil in Hudson River.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2015-05-11 10:00
A transformer exploded Saturday at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in suburban New York igniting a fire that forced an temporary shutdown of a reactor and oil from the facility leaked into the Hudson River.

Sewage spill is a warning.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-05-08 10:00
We shouldn't have to accept raw sewage in our water source as a consequence of fiscal austerity.

Don't ignore e-cigarettes among children.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2015-05-06 10:00
By infusing electronic cigarette vapors with candy and fruit flavors, e-cigarette manufacturers are potentially peddling nicotine addiction directly to American children.

City eyes plan to curb climate change.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2015-05-04 10:00
Rochester officials want a concrete plan for the city to have less of an impact on the planet's changing climate.

Mark Ruffalo: I was never on a terrorist watch list.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2015-05-03 10:00
Despite reports that he wasn't even allowed to fly, Mark Ruffalo has never been on the terror watch list.

Congress needs to react to toxic status quo.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2015-05-03 10:00
Today's topic is toxic substances and the appalling gaps in the current law that is supposed to protect the public from dangerous chemicals.
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