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Today's Environmental News in New York

Rochester's environmental record is mixed.

While there's been progress on some fronts, the Rochester region still has its share of environmental problems. Several issues — contaminated former industrial sites, for example — have persisted for decades.

Lake George officials seek sources of West Brook pollution.

Environmentalists have suggested a correlation between increased nutrient levels in West Brook and the village’s wastewater treatment plant, and now local officials are wondering how much an old landfill plays in polluting the brook, which is a major Lake George tributary.

Onondagas file petition for help.

After repeated rebuffs by the federal courts, the Onondaga Nation on Tuesday asked an international human rights commission to help the Onondagas "work for a healing" of their polluted lands.

Expect heavier rains, more severe flooding in Upstate New York, experts.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-04-15 10:00
Get used to heavy storms and flooding – they're going to happen more and more often in Upstate New York, experts said at a forum today.

Another voice: E-cigarettes need to be regulated, quickly.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-04-15 10:00
The current situation with e-cigarettes cries out for rapid and effective regulation. We should each urge our legislators to act immediately, using the hard-won knowledge that has reduced cigarette smoking to bring e-cigarette sales and use under responsible control.

Republican candidates for state and national office tour Slack Chemical in Carthage, New York.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-04-15 10:00
Matthew A. Doheny, Rob Astorino and Assemblyman Kenneth D. Blankenbush, R-Black River, visited Slack Chemical Co., where they toured the facilities and discussed regulatory overhaul with owner Robert R. Sturtz.

Agreement between EPA, Buffalo to lower sewage in Niagara River.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-04-15 10:00
Every year, 1.75 billion gallons of untreated sanitary and storm sewage overflows into the Niagara River from the Buffalo Sewer Authority.

Sanitary sewers on way for 600 South Shore homeowners.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-04-15 10:00
Calling it the "largest ever expansion of the Bluebelt system on Staten Island," city Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd announced a $48-million infrastructure upgrade that will include new sanitary sewer installation to almost 600 homes.

Westchester County gets "B" for protecting Long Island Sound.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-04-14 10:00
A Long Island Sound advocacy group says Westchester's sewage treatment plants are doing a good job removing nitrogen before discharging into the Sound but have to do more.

Crescent Beach bacteria monitoring could cost $100G, mayor says.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-04-14 10:00
Crescent Beach in Glen Cove, which has been closed since 2009 because of bacterial contamination, must pass eight weeks of water testing, and the city must do evaluations of area sanitary systems to comply with state law before it can reopen, according to the Nassau County health department.

Schenectady County is New York’s asthma hot spot.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-04-13 10:00
For everything that health professionals are doing to address asthma in the state, there is still no clear answer as to what is causing high rates in some places and not others. The common denominator in asthmatic Capital Region communities appears to be a mix of poverty and substandard housing.

With cleanup application pending, Hudson River Psychiatric Center site's fate unclear.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-04-13 10:00
One down, one to go. That is the status of two applications to a state brownfield program submitted by developers in the Town of Poughkeepsie. But even if both applications are accepted, uncertainty still hangs around the controversial program itself.

Climate change signals time to reduce carbon footprint.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-04-13 10:00
Let’s each reduce our carbon footprint. After all, what kind of a world do we wish to leave our children and the generations that follow? We can and must do this.

Board votes to extend ban on equate.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-04-12 10:00
The town is confident about its code against the commercial storage of what Quasar Energy Group calls “equate,” a fertilizer made from the anaerobic digestion of food waste and sewage sludge.

City tests for lead contamination near Harlem explosion site.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-04-12 10:00
The city is testing for lead contamination in a five-story building near the site of last month's deadly East Harlem gas explosion -- after The Post revealed that residents were complaining of dangerously high levels of the potentially toxic substance.

EPA proposes massive cleanup project for part of Passaic River.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-04-12 10:00
Parts of the Passaic River have been infested with cancer-causing chemicals for years.

What Shah's departure means for fracking in New York.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-04-11 10:00
The departure of Nirav Shah as state health commissioner means he will hand off the lengthy review that has allowed Governor Andrew Cuomo to put off making a decision on whether to allow hydrofracking in New York.

Recycling expansion concerns neighbors.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-04-11 10:00
An application to expand a scrap metal recycling facility at the Port of Albany is raising concerns with some neighbors.

Health commissioner's resignation comes at crucial time.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-04-11 10:00
The impending resignation of New York's top health official comes at a crucial time for the state Department of Health.

Tenants near Harlem gas explosion file suit against city.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-04-11 10:00
Tenants in a five-story building near the site of last month's East Harlem gas explosion are accusing the city of neglect for certifying their apartments as safe when they were actually contaminated with dangerous levels of dust-laden lead and asbestos.
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