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Today's Environmental News in New York

Fracking issues raised by Auburn wastewater report.

An engineering firm hired by Auburn to clear the way for the city to accept wastewater from gas drilling has concluded the city's wastewater treatment plant can't handle it.

New agreement allows state cleanup at Port Jefferson Station Superfund site.

The owner of a shuttered Port Jefferson Station aviation plant that became a Superfund cleanup site has agreed to let the state dispose of hazardous wastes on his property, state officials said.

Rail on guard: Metro-North prepares for threat of rising sea levels.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:00
At the height of Superstorm Sandy, half of Metro-North Railroad's Hudson River line was underwater. But by the end of the century, many parts of the commuter railroad could be underwater - every day.

Global warming: What will our local trees look like in 2100?.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:00
When you think of global warming, you might envision icebergs melting. Polar bears floundering. But what about here in Central New York? Scientists expect the local climate to also shift, so that by the end of the century, Central New York feels more like the South.

Former Mobil Oil exec urges brakes on gas fracking.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:00
As a retired high-ranking oil company executive, Louis Allstadt might be expected to sing the praises of opening up New York to natural gas hydraulic fracturing. But he stood among elected officials from several upstate communities Tuesday to urge the state not to allow it.

New York City air quality rules would target restaurants, food trucks.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:00
Mayor Bill de Blasio backs proposed antipollution laws that would require many restaurants and commercial kitchens to install emission filters on ovens and char-broilers, ban new wood-burning fireplaces and encourage refrigerated trucks to switch to battery power from diesel fuel.

Massive Vt. demolition project sees 22 buildings largely 'recycled.'

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:00
More than 22,000 tons of construction materials have been diverted from landfills, as part of one of Vermont's most ambitious demolition and rebuilding projects ever, said Jay Fayette of PC Construction.

Bill de Blasio announces ‘sweeping update’ to NYC’s air pollution code.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:00
In celebration of Earth Day, Mayor Bill de Blasio decided to make the five boroughs a little greener.

Department of Environmental Conservation says former Remington Rand property no longer a threat.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:00
A former hazardous-waste disposal site in the Town of Southport no longer poses a health threat after years of cleanup efforts, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Cuomo task force to focus on Long Island water quality.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:00
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will announce a new task force Wednesday to tackle water quality issues on Long Island with the goal of coming up with recommendations in June to improve sewer management and protect groundwater.

Newburgh power plant might be reopened.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:00
Almost everybody has something to say about the possibility of repowering Danskammer — from competitors, to environmental groups, to the union that represented its former employees.

Democrat state lawmakers introduce bill to ban fracking fluid on roads.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-04-22 10:00
Three area state legislators took the occasion of Earth Day to announce legislation they have introduced to ban fracking waste from being used to melt ice on roadways and prohibit acceptance of fracking wastewater at water treatment facilities and landfills in New York.

'Clingy Darts' poses danger to children.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-04-22 10:00
Recall a toy known as "Clingy Darts," which poses a significant danger to children. That’s what Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has told the federal government.

Documents show New York fracking health study is ongoing, group claims.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-04-21 10:00
Documents obtained by a group opposed to hydrofracking show New York's governor Cuomo administration is conducting a thorough health study on the controversial natural gas drilling process. The group is now wondering why the review has been conducted almost entirely in secret.

Wegmans takes a stance on genetically modified food.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-04-21 10:00
Upstate New York grocery store chain Wegmans has come out and said federal food regulators should develop standards and labeling practices for foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.

Sea Cliff pond cleanup designed to reduce polluted runoff into harbor.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-04-21 10:00
An environmental restoration project at Scudder's Pond in Sea Cliff is designed to tame what had been the biggest source of bacterial pollution runoff into Hempstead Harbor.

Eight former military sites on Long Island may have hazardous waste, unexploded ordnance.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-04-20 10:00
Eight of the 17 former military installations on Long Island could have hazardous or toxic waste or unexploded munitions present, but the federal agency in charge of the sites lacks the funding to conduct recommended safety investigations.

State turned down offer to join gas drilling study.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-04-19 10:00
A major Pennsylvania health care system invited New York to participate in a long-term, extensive study of shale-gas drilling's human impacts, but a partnership never materialized.

Fighting for breath.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-04-19 10:00
Although research and community efforts have increased awareness of how to manage the illness and its triggers, East Harlem has the highest rate of asthma hospitalization in Manhattan, and ranks second highest for asthma-related emergency department visits, according to 2010 data.

Boreal birds declining in the Adirondacks.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-04-19 10:00
Recent surveys by the Wildlife Conservancy Society have found that populations of several boreal birds are declining in Adirondack lowland wetlands.
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