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Today's Environmental News in New York

Climate change adds sneezes for allergy sufferers.

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.

The coming battle over an 'unprecedented' Indian Point shutdown.

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.

Court okays Dupont, EPA settlement.

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.

Dangerous blue-green algae turn Long Island waterways toxic.

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.

DuPont to pay $440,000 fine in pollution settlement linked to Town of Tonawanda plant.

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.

Fix to fight radium could triple water costs.

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.

Leeches signal sudden, sweeping changes at New York state park.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-07-21 10:00
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.

A next step in Onondaga Lake restoration.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-07-21 10:00
As the removal and capping of industrial pollutants in Onondaga Lake continues, planning for the next phase of restoration is beginning.

Long Island Sound: Challenges persist for "urban sea."

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-07-21 10:00
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.

Amid the oil boom, fear.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-07-20 10:00
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.

$11 million study aims to assess Tonawanda Coke’s effects.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-07-20 10:00
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?

Hudson River: Less-troubled waters in dredged sections.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-07-20 10:00
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.

U.S., state officials ask about asbestos.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-07-20 10:00
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.

Hudson River report: Swimmers need info before wading in.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-07-19 10:00
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.

Rail yard to reduce emissions in face of resident complaints.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-07-19 10:00
Neighbors of the Rensselaer rail yard were told Thursday night to expect lower emissions from idling trains, but they wanted to see more done.

About 1,000 natural gas leaks found on Staten Island; first NYC area mapped in Google.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-07-18 10:00
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.

EPA says proposed regulation will do more than clean air.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-07-17 10:00
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.

Researchers tally 53 percent more Adelie penguins by using satellites.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-07-17 10:00
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.

Soil tests could reveal extent of Corning contamination.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-07-17 10:00
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 speak out against landfill expansion.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-07-17 10:00
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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