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Today's Environmental News in New York

Maloney bucks Dems, embraces pipeline.

The pipeline has been opposed by environmental groups who say the pipeline would harm forests, wetlands and water quality throughout the country. Some Midwestern farmers have also opposed the pipeline for the impact it could have on their operations.

Miner's Syracuse Billion plan focuses on water system, infrastructure improvements.

What would the city of Syracuse do with $1 billion? Mayor Stephanie Miner says topping the wish list is replacing a 550 mile, 100-year-old water system that constantly breaks down. The project would cost $750 million.

Shortsighted vote: Senators overlook true risks in opposing Keystone XL pipeline.

The squabbling on the Keystone XL pipeline is not over. New York’s senators should review the ramifications of the NEPCO spill, re-evaluate their positions and vote to protect the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.

Attorney general warns toy retailers.

In the aftermath of a not-for-profit investigation that found children's toys with dangerous levels of chemicals and heavy metals for sale in Capital Region stores, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is reminding retailers Tuesday that state law makes it a crime to sell such items.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman warns retailers to beware toxic toys.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent a letter Tuesday reminding major retailers to ensure toys on their shelves don't contain mercury, lead or other toxic substances. Schneiderman's letter came after a report this month by two advocacy groups that found examples of Albany County stores selling toys with high levels of arsenic, mercury and lead.

Something fishy in Willow Lake, where scores of fish are dying.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-11-25 10:00
Dozens of fish are turning up dead in a Queens lake – and no one is sure why. Carp have been seen floating on the shores of Willow Lake, a part of Flushing Meadows Corona Park that the city is turning into a wild preserve.

Improve state preparedness.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-11-25 10:00
While debate continues over whether climate change is generated by human activity, Cuomo bypasses that argument to deal with realities: New York increasingly faces unusual, dangerous and deadly weather events. It must improve its ability to predict, prepare and respond.

Was GE’s PCB dumping legal and permitted? Not always.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-11-25 10:00
As General Electric Co. nears the completion of the required portions of its PCB dredging project, a debate is heating up over whether the company should have to remove additional contaminated sediment within the upper Hudson River.

Riverkeeper worries about Niagara Bottling plant’s impact on Lower Esopus Creek.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-11-25 10:00
Riverkeeper is asking that plans for the proposed Niagara Bottling plant be reviewed for potential impacts involving the Lower Esopus Creek – particularly stormwater runoff from the site into the creek and flooding from the creek reaching chemicals inside the plant.

Area flooding not as bad as expected.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-11-25 10:00
After back-to-back, record-breaking lake-effect snowstorms, it seemed Western New York was spared a third round of disaster.

Allow wind to sweep in the change.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-11-24 10:00
New York must make a bold commitment to offshore wind development, which will not only reduce our dependence on polluting fossil fuels and help combat global climate change, it will also create thousands of well-paying American jobs and grow our local economies.

DEC announces aggressive plan to prevent spread of tree invasive in western New York.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-11-23 10:00
Through a partnership with The Nature Conservancy and Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Department of Environmental Conservation has announced it is taking action to prevent the spread of hemlock woolly adelgid.

Winter weather weirdness may be just beginning.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-11-23 10:00
Brace yourself. November’s white nightmare could become a recurring bad dream of varying intensity. While last week’s winter blast appears to be the freak offspring of a typhoon-blasted jet stream and a warm Lake Erie, it’s also part of a long-term pattern that shows no sign of changing.

Danskammer: An old plant breeds new controversies.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-11-23 10:00
Along the shore of the Hudson River, what used to be one of the state's dirtiest power plants is coming back to life. Only this time, the Danskammer plant in the Town of Newburgh won't rank among the state's 10 biggest air polluters, as it did in 2000. And it won't rank fifth in the state in the amount of mercury it releases, as it did in 2005.

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.
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