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Today's Environmental News in New York

Gas firms fined for methane pollution of Pennsylvania wells.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2015-08-26 10:00
Pennsylvania announced penalties Tuesday ranging from $85,000 to $193,000 for three natural gas exploration companies whose wells are blamed for contaminating private water wells in the Northern Tier with methane gas.

Higher-level action needed on microbeads.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2015-08-24 10:00
When it comes to microbeads, effective action that doesn’t confuse manufacturers, retailers and the marketplace can only come from the state or federal government.

Lobsters tell tale of climate change.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2015-08-23 10:00
3.3 million. That's the poundage of lobster caught in 2013 in New England south of Cape Cod, including Long Island Sound -- down from 22 million in 1997. The number of lobsters fell 80 percent.

Honeybees, monarch butterflies are in serious decline.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2015-08-23 10:00
At our neighborhood block party last week, a honeybee tried to share the picnic supper at our table. While everyone else was trying to wave it off, I welcomed this visitor because it was one of the few I have seen this summer.

EPA: GE incorrectly sampled PCB-laden fish for a decade.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-08-21 10:00
General Electric Co. has been studying Hudson River fish wrong for a decade, leading to reports that PCB levels were much lower than they actually are, the EPA reported Wednesday.

Groups say more PCB removal work needed as project nears completion.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-08-21 10:00
The large scale Hudson River clean up project is nearing the finish line as General Electric Co. (GE) expects to complete its estimated $2 billion PCB dredging project in October.

New York mum on Pennsylvania report calling for oil train safety steps.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2015-08-19 10:00
An international expert on railroad safety has laid out steps to make crude oil trains safer in a report to Pennsylvania, including installation of special sensors on tracks to detect potential damage from pounding by heavily-laden oil trains.

Mechanicville introduces itself to Carl Heastie.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2015-08-19 10:00
Local leaders want legislative help in convincing GE to do more dredging.

Chautauqua may follow Erie County’s lead in banning microbeads.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2015-08-17 10:00
Chautauqua County lawmakers will be considering legislation to ban products containing plastic microbeads.

River of no return.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-08-14 10:00
People living in Durango, Colorado and along the borders of Utah and Arizona are learning what we Hudson Valley denizens already know all too well: Contaminants that settle at the bottoms of rivers get stirred up and flow again.

Officials urge study of compressors, pipelines.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2015-08-13 10:00
Some local officials have joined a prominent physicians' group in urging state leaders to conduct the same type of study that led the Cuomo administration to ban hydraulic fracturing.

Environmentalists sue Westchester for sewage dumping.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2015-08-13 10:00
Save the Sound asked a federal judge to fine Westchester County officials $37,500 per day per violation from Jan. 12, 2009 to the present and order them to fix the county's leaky sewers.

For a cleaner environment, let's produce cleaner energy.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-08-11 10:00
Staten Islanders have a huge stake in America's efforts to deal with climate change. We learned our lesson the hard way from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy.

New York ahead of the game on cutting emissions.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2015-08-10 10:00
With a head start, a wider scope and its own more-rigorous goals, New York won’t have much extra work to do to meet the president’s mandated cut in carbon emissions from power plants.

Bold leadership needed on energy future.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2015-08-08 10:00
If we don’t do it, nobody will. America leads the way forward ... that’s what this plan is about. This is our moment to get something right and get something right for our kids.” So said President Barack Obama when he introduced his revised Clean Power Plan, a strategy that detractors have called a “war on coal.”

Railroads running away.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-08-07 10:00
When Congress decided seven years ago to impose new regulations to make the rail industry much safer, nobody was even talking about the dangers of oil trains that carry thousands of tankers loaded with highly combustible crude oil through populated areas.

Hotel plan on former Tuckahoe landfill raises cleanup debate.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-08-07 10:00
A contaminated village landfill proposed to be developed for a hotel has raised a debate over who should oversee the environmental cleanup.

Company pays $500K for polluting Susquehanna.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-08-07 10:00
Crane-Hogan Structural Systems Inc. of Spencerport admitted to discharging concrete slurry into the Susquehanna River without a permit during a hydro-demolition project at the Binghamton Governmental Center parking garage in December 2008 and January 2009.

Plan to slash power plant pollution carries enormous long-term benefits.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-08-07 10:00
Amid all the noisy debate about climate change, one point that is difficult to argue against is the need for cleaner air.

200 tons of lead-laden soil to go.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2015-08-06 10:00
A $4.8 million, two-year cleanup of the Ithaca Falls area was completed in 2004 by the EPA, which removed over 6,000 tons of soil. Contamination at the site stems from the Ithaca Gun factory operating there until 1986.
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