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Today's Environmental News in New York

Are dangerous plastics in Cayuga Lake and Erie Canal?

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-11-22 10:00
Christian Shaw and Gordon Middleton have been sampling Cayuga Lake and the Erie Canal for tiny pieces of plastic that have been widely found in waters all over the globe.

Environment Mass. calling on Baker to set strong solar goals.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-11-21 10:00
As governor-elect Charlie Baker pieces together his administration, advocates for solar power are urging the Massachusetts Republican to make the renewable energy source a key initiative.

Fate of fracking in New York still unclear weeks after Election Day.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-11-21 10:00
The 2014 election was seen as a key watershed in the debate over fracking in New York. There has been no announcement yet, and the state moratorium on fracking imposed in 2008 remains in effect.

Stores to probe reports of unsafe levels of chemicals in children's toys.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-11-21 10:00
Two chain stores at which children's toys were found in tests by not-for-profit groups to contain unsafe levels of chemicals and heavy metals vowed to investigate and, if necessary, pull such toys from their shelves.

Oil and schools don't mix, enviro groups say.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-11-21 10:00
About 350 New York state schools lie within a mile of railroad tracks used by trains carrying volatile crude oil, a coalition of environmental and other advocacy groups said Thursday.

Report critical of Cuomo administrati attempts to get clean water loan for Tappan Zee Bridge project.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-11-21 10:00
An independent review board has found fault with the Cuomo Administration’s attempts to convert a federal clean water fund loan into construction work for the Thruway’s Tappan Zee Bridge.

Opposition builds to gas storage facility on Seneca Lake shore.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-11-20 10:00
As protests continue over construction of a gas storage facility on the shore of Seneca Lake, people across the entire Finger Lakes region opposed to the project are getting involved.

Sevenson settles federal case.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-11-20 10:00
Representatives from Sevenson Environmental Services, Inc. have announced that the company has reached a settlement in a misconduct case involving two former employees who were prosecuted for bribery and kickback charges by the U.S. Department of Justice.

EPA set to discharge treated groundwater from Dewey Loeffel.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:00
The US Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday a Dec.1 start date for direct discharge of treated contaminated groundwater from the Dewey Loeffel toxic landfill Superfund site plant. Additional filtration of the probable carcinogen compound 1,4-dioxane is planned.

Farmer objects to fracking brine on roadways.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:00
The state Department of Environmental Conservation approves the use of brine and water created from hydrofracking waste in efforts to control dust, ice and snow. A town of Jerusalem farmer believes it’s a practice that needs to stop.

NRC says Algonquin Pipeline no risk to Indian Point.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:00
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has concluded that a new 42-inch natural gas pipeline crossing the property of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan will not add significant risks to the safety of the reactors.

To reduce plastic waste, pay 10 cents a bag.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:00
This September, New York City was energized when hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in the People’s Climate March, to make it clear that we can’t stand idly by with the planet hanging in the balance.

Health experts sound the alarm on leaf blowers.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:00
It’s not the noise that has people up in arms– it’s their potential health hazard. They clear dust, debris, leaves and even snow quickly and efficiently, but some health experts ask: at what price?

Toxic toys not child's play.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-11-18 10:00
Where self-regulation isn't protecting children, the law must. You would think that keeping dangerous products out of the hands of children would be a fundamental of corporate citizenship. A new report suggests some local retailers have a way to go in meeting that standard.

The safer path: Keystone XL pipeline better method of transporting crude oil.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-11-18 10:00
If the pipeline is thwarted, the crude oil will be sent either by train or ship. And both methods are far more risky than using a pipeline, particularly for people in the north country.

Danger on the toy shelf.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-11-18 10:00
Nearly two dozen children's toys on store shelves in Albany County allegedly found to contain unsafe levels of dangerous chemicals or metals like cadmium, arsenic, cobalt, mercury or lead, a report by Clean and Healthy New York and the New York League of Conservation Voters states.

Toxic veggies found in NYC’s community gardens.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-11-16 10:00
Herbs and vegetables grown in New York City community gardens are loaded with lead and other toxic metals, a startling state study shows.

Cuomo can check Pennsylvania town to see fracking debate in real life.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-11-16 10:00
As he weighs perhaps the most contentious decision of his administration, whether to allow drilling for natural gas upstate, Gov. Cuomo need look only a few miles south of New York’s border to see the fierce debate playing out in real time.

Graphic labels are seen as key to anti-smoking campaign.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-11-15 10:00
hose who buy cigarettes in Australia get to see packaging unlike anything that meets the gaze of American smokers. But through a legal challenge that hinged on their First Amendment rights, cigarette companies have been able to ward off an effort to require graphic images on cigarette packs in the U.S.

An uncomfortable playland-oil train link.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-11-15 10:00
Peter Iwanowicz rose at a public hearing this week and asked Albany County officials what turned out to be an exceedingly uncomfortable question. Would you build a liquid propane storage facility next to an amusement park?
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