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Today's Environmental News in New York

EPA announces proposed settlement with Niagara Mohawk.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-10-18 10:00
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed settlement with Niagara Mohawk to perform a soil and groundwater cleanup and reimburse the EPA for some past and future costs at the Superfund site in Saratoga Springs.

ROAR religious group in Hudson River region fights fracking in New York with Pope Francis' words.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-10-18 10:00
Celebrating and living into the beauty, wonder and awe of God's Creation – our planet and the life that inhabits it – is an integral part of the Catholic faith and relationship with God as it is in many world religions.

EPA leader: Act now on climate change.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-10-17 10:00
The U.S. must act now or pay later with regard to climate change, a federal environmental official says.

$6.5M deal to finish cleanup.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-10-17 10:00
National Grid would complete an estimated $6.5 million environmental cleanup of polluted soil and ground water at the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation Superfund site on Excelsior Avenue under a proposed settlement announced Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Legislature votes to revoke designation for New York crematory.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-10-17 10:00
The Erie County Legislature voted 7-4 Thursday to revoke a cemetery designation that had allowed Amigone Funeral Home to operate a controversial crematory in the Town of Tonawanda. Without that designation, the crematory can’t reopen.

The way to get off oil? Abstinence.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-10-17 10:00
It’s a common environmentalist trope that we’re addicted to oil. The analogy is simple: Our dependence on the stuff and the inability to kick it is similar to a junkie’s addiction to dope.

Smaller electric grid model may make subsidies obsolete.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-16 10:00
Shaun Chapman and others involved in the clean-tech sector are confident that the electric grid will run more efficiently under a model that relies on smaller electric generators placed all around the state rather than a model that relies on large, centrally located power plants.

Officials warn about lead dangers.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-16 10:00
The dirt about lead contamination: A handful of soil can bring a lifetime of hurt. That's especially true in Newburgh, where children are poisoned at a rate three times the state average, excluding New York City.

Opposition mounts to Pilgrim oil pipeline.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-10-14 10:00
A proposed pipeline to service Bakken crude oil shipments rolling by train into the Port of Albany faces growing opposition in the Hudson Valley and New Jersey, which would provide the oil with a route to refineries.

Dr. Margaret Smith on GMO foods.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-10-14 10:00
Genetic engineering means modifying the DNA of a crop - like corn, soy, or cotton - or moving genes between organisms that don’t usually breed. It’s the subject of a passionate debate.

New York City's 'worst landlord' lives in $1.2M mansion while tenants deal with rats, mold, lead paint among thousands of violations.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-10-13 10:00
Robin Shimoff owns 13 buildings and has amassed 3,352 violations through the end of August - earning her the shameful crown of the city’s worst slumlord.

EPA makes buyout offers to Water Street homeowners in Lockport.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-10-13 10:00
Two of the five homeowners on Water Street in Lockport have accepted federal buyouts made in response to toxic pollution in their backyards.

Officials: Former Stauffer Chemical site in Skaneateles Falls will be ready for development in two years.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-10-12 10:00
The former Stauffer Chemical Co. site along Jordan Road in the hamlet of Skaneateles Falls will be ready for redevelopment within the next couple of years after decades of remediation and restoration.

Canada plant a threat?

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-10-11 10:00
New York is joining Michigan and Ohio to complain that a sprawling new cement plant subsidized by the province of Quebec could violate fair trade standards and cost U.S. jobs at cements plants, like those in Ravena and Glens Falls.

'Repowering' plant makes PSC target.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-10-10 10:00
Some 300,000 National Grid customers in the Capital Region - along with more than a million others throughout upstate New York - will be saddled with $150 million in unnecessary bills over the next decade to convert an aging coal-fired power plant near Lake Erie, according to a lawsuit filed against the state.

Two New York men get prison for improper asbestos removal.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-10-10 10:00
A Malone, New York, property owner and his employee will begin serving prison sentences later this month after pleading guilty to federal charges relating to an asbestos-renovation project.

Lamb Farms to pay $15,000 fine for manure contamination.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-10-10 10:00
Lamb Farms of Oakfield has agreed to pay a $15,000 state fine for its part in causing animal manure contamination of several residential wells in the town of Batavia.

EPA: Long Island Sound has fewer oxygen-deprived dead zones.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-10-10 10:00
For a second straight summer, the Long Island Sound was far healthier than a decade ago, with fewer oxygen-deprived dead zones, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

City admits NYCHA complex was spewing untreated waste into water near East River beach.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-10-10 10:00
There's trouble in the water. A public housing complex in Queens was spewing untreated sewage into the East River, the city confirmed Thursday, potentially creating dangerous conditions at a nearby beach for years.

Environmental groups oppose casinos in Tuxedo and Woodbury.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-10-10 10:00
Orange Environment, the influential Orange County-based environmental group which has remained largely silent on proposed casinos in the county, has written a letter to the New York Gaming Facility Location Board objecting to proposed casino plans.
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