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Today's Environmental News in New York

A smart ban on fracking.

New York had a choice: Whether to prohibit fracking, or allow this state to become a living laboratory for an unconventional drilling process whose safety remains in question. With the finalization of a ban on fracking this week, New York chose wisely.

Fractivists say New York's ban is influencing moratorium decisions elsewhere.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2015-07-02 10:00
There’s word that the commissioner of the state’s environmental agency is leaving, just two days after Joe Martens issued the final environmental impact statement banning hydrofracking in New York.

Schumer critical of cutting programs aimed at lead poisoning prevention.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2015-07-01 10:00
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer has urged his colleagues to vote against a House proposal to cut funding to a key program that supports anti-lead poisoning efforts across New York State and the nation.

Local reactions to the DEC hydrofracking ban.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2015-07-01 10:00
New York formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas on Monday, concluding a seven-year environmental and health review that drew a record number of public comments.

DEC on fracking: "Not in New York."

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2015-07-01 10:00
Environmentalists are welcoming the official end to the years-long fracking debate in New York.

A wise ban on fracking.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2015-07-01 10:00
With the finalization of a ban on fracking this week, New York chose wisely.

Scientific case for banning fracking on federal land.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2015-07-01 10:00
We are proud to celebrate Governor Cuomo's bold and necessary decision, which confirms what many of us working in healthcare already knew – fracking anywhere in New York would put public health and safety at great risk.

Lackawanna officials criticize DEC plan to shift – not remove – Bethlehem Steel-era waste from site.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-06-30 10:00
The toxic remnants of the Bethlehem Steel Co. coke plant and other facilities will be dug up and buried in another part of the Lackawanna site, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

New York fast-tracks renewable energy development.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-06-30 10:00
Renewable energy is taking center stage in New York, as the state forges ahead in its quest to develop and expand solar, wind and hydropower.

State finalizes natural gas fracking ban, starts clock for legal challenges.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2015-06-29 10:00
A state ban on natural gas hydrofracking announced last December was made official Monday by the Department of Environmental Conservation in a step that now opens up the decision to legal challenges by pro-fracking forces.

Climate change, front and center.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2015-06-27 10:00
Staten Islanders learned the hard way on Oct. 29, 2012, about the wrath that Mother Nature can inflict, particularly in communities at sea level. Trying to recover from Hurricane Sandy has been costly.

Group calls for end to state’s coal bailouts.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-06-26 10:00
Since January 2013, the coal-fired plant in Lansing on the southern end of Cayuga Lake in Tompkins County has been receiving more than $4 million a month in ratepayer subsidies to continue burning coal until 2017.

Experts discuss ways to limit nitrogen polluting Long Island waterways.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2015-06-24 10:00
Scientists, politicians and environmentalists met Tuesday in Stony Brook to discuss nitrogen pollution in Long Island's waterways in the wake of several mass fish kills thought to stem from the problem.

Lessons GE can learn from polluting the Hudson.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2015-06-24 10:00
Stories are starting to appear about how this is the sixth - and final - year of General Electric’s cleanup of the PCB mess it created in the Hudson River. We say, what’s your hurry, GE?

Lead found in Fall Creek soil.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2015-06-17 10:00
Soil at the base of Ithaca Falls - beneath the former site of the Ithaca Gun Factory - has tested positive for lead contamination, according to a press release from the City of Ithaca.

A long game plan for the environment.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2015-06-14 10:00
On Earth Day, President Barack Obama headed to the Everglades and said once again that "climate change can no longer be denied." Do nothing about it, he added, and the Everglades might cease to exist.

Waiting for answers on the asbestos issue.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-06-12 10:00
Was the county aware that asbestos may be present in the building before union employees and Work Relief program workers were asked to clean out some of its contents?

New York fracking supporters pin hopes on EPA study.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2015-06-11 10:00
Supporters of hydrofracking for gas in New York state haven't given up hope entirely despite a decision by the Cuomo administration in December to continue the ban, which has been in place for more than five years.

Fracking: Unclear as ever.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2015-06-10 10:00
Regardless of where you stand on hydraulic fracturing, a new Environmental Protection Agency report on how the controversial drilling technique affects drinking water supplies can probably support your point of view.

No violations in Poughkeepsie’s drinking water.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2015-06-08 10:00
The annual report on Poughkeepsie’s drinking water shows the system, which gets its supply from the Hudson River, had no violations.
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