Today's Environmental News in New York
President Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2015 calls for a decrease in funding for the EPA. But buried in the fine print is a glimmer of hope for residents of federal Superfund sites without permanent fixes. The catch: Congress has to play along.
The newly constructed water treatment plant at the Dewey Loeffel toxic landfill Superfund site was open for tours Monday. Local media and officials were invited to see first-hand how toxins are treated and the resulting discharge is tested before entering the Valatie Kill.
State Controller Tom DiNapoli’s attempt to pressure oil giant Chevron to settle a massive environmental lawsuit has blown up in his face. The state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics must do a full-scale examination.
Newly uncovered documents reveal that as early as the 1960s -- decades before the government ordered GE to undertake the river dredging that is scheduled to resume this spring -- company officials were warned of the potential serious health threats of polychlorinated biphenyls.
Federal authorities are pushing for nitrogen removal to be a priority as Nassau County plans for an ocean outfall pipe that would transport treated effluent from Bay Park Sewage Treatment plant out into the ocean.
New York state and local officials are well on their way to burying radioactivity as an issue in the debate over whether to allow a major expansion of the Chemung County Landfill on the Chemung River about six miles southeast of Elmira.
President Barack Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2015 calls for a $310 million decrease in funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But buried in the fine print is a glimmer of hope for Dutchess County's only remaining federal Superfund site without a permanent fix.
A 14-mile stretch of the Hudson River between Schuylerville and Stillwater is targeted for dredging this year, as General Electric Co.’s river cleanup effort proceeds farther south and nears completion.
Some members of the community advisory group for the Hudson River dredging project are demanding that General Electric Co. come to the table to address natural resource damages and restoration before the environmental cleanup crews leave the river.
After seven decades, General Electric is closing its capacitor factory this fall. The company that brought hundreds of good-paying jobs for generations is also the cause of pollution that has undermined home values and left pollution both in the river and surrounding countryside across four counties.
Representatives from gas and oil companies gave their side of the fracking issue to a Portland, NY, town council meeting. The controversy involves a League of Women Voters' proposal for a moratorium on the transportation of hydrofracking materials.
Suffolk is preparing a home-by-home analysis of areas to be sewered, as part of the county's push to address nitrogen pollution in local waterways, County Executive Steve Bellone was expected to say in his State of the County address last night.
Recent research has found that as tropical temperatures climb as a result of climate change, mountain-dwelling tropical birds are doing the same - birds have shifted both the upper and lower elevation boundaries of their preferred habitats.
The Environmental Protection Agency finalized their Federal emission standards for cars and gasoline Monday, putting them in line with programs already in place in California.
The Environmental Protection Agency finalized its federal emission standards for cars and gasoline Monday, putting them in line with programs already in place in California. The cleaner fuel and car standards will be rolled out starting in 2017.
Proposed state legislation to create the Long Island Water Pollution Control Act came under heavy criticism Tuesday from town and village officials, who joined others in questioning whether the measure's assumptions are grounded in hard science and said they fear it would erode local authority over land-use issues.
Water quality advocates are up in arms over Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to roll back a 1996 law that requires commercial users of pesticides to report information to the state. Instead, the governor is looking to streamline pesticide tracking by keeping tabs on sales.
Air monitoring showing elevated levels of benzene and other toxic emissions in the Town of Tonawanda’s western industrial corridor has been well-documented. Now a local citizens group is studying whether that pollution has also infiltrated the soil in nearby neighborhoods.
Sentencing day could come with prison time for Tonawanda Coke’s environmental control manager and millions of dollars in fines for the company for violating the Clean Air Act.
A collection of Southern Tier labor unions, landowners and business groups are uniting again to form a pro-fracking group, more than a year after a similar effort fizzled out.
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