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Today's Environmental News in New York

Temporarily, Silver to cede power.

When Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver comes to town, it normally isn't news. On Monday, it will be.

Keep toxic byproducts out of New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state agencies need to protect upstate New York from continuing to be Pennsylvania's dumping ground for the hazardous waste of the very industry he has banned.

Conference to examine climate change impact on Adirondacks.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2015-01-25 10:00
Climate change is affecting the country and the Adirondacks in particular, according to Danna, with flooding and tropical storms as a result of more severe weather.

Drill ban backed in poll.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2015-01-21 10:00
New Yorkers across geography, age, income, political persuasion and religious affiliation gave Gov. Andrew Cuomo a big thumbs-up for his decision last month to ban natural gas hydrofracking, according to a poll released Tuesday by the Siena College Research Institute.

Survey finds invasive snail in Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River that could threaten waterfowl.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-01-20 10:00
New research has found a larger presence of faucet snails in the Great Lakes than previously recognized, including the northern parts of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

Threat to New York's fracking ban could come from Congress.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2015-01-19 10:00
Even as the anti-frackers gather in Albany this week for another celebration, uncertainty remains about whether the state's fracking ban will be challenged in court, or perhaps undermined through legislative action in Congress.

Grants help improve environmental justice for all.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2015-01-19 10:00
Historically, odious plants have been built in less affluent neighborhoods, causing environmental stresses and health concerns to the community's less fortunate residents. These days, however, a move for environmental justice, that is, environmental health in every community, is changing that.

Video: Rick Perry gets in last jab at Cuomo on fracking.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2015-01-17 10:00
Outgoing Texas Gov. Rick Perry yesterday took a final swing as governor at rival Gov. Andrew Cuomo, blasting New York's governor again for not moving forward with hydraulic fracturing.

Start rebuilding the NY State D.E.C.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2015-01-17 10:00
Budget cuts have so stripped the DEC that it long ago crossed the line from tightening its belt to being forced to do less with less.

Former dry-cleaning site has a dirty secret.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-01-16 10:00
The owner of the badly polluted site of a long-abandoned dry-cleaning business said Thursday she had no idea of the property's troubled history. She now faces what could be a million-dollar cleanup bill, which she says she cannot afford, and pressure from the state to act.

PSEG, LIPA sue North Hempstead over pole warning signs.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-01-16 10:00
PSEG Long Island and LIPA on Thursday filed suit against the Town of North Hempstead seeking to block a 2014 ordinance requiring utilities to post warning signs on utility poles treated with hazardous chemicals.

Possible pipeline route concerns Plattekill residents.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-01-16 10:00
The prospect of a dual pipeline carrying crude oil and refined petroleum products through town has stirred up worries among residents about potential leaks polluting water wells.

New York: Skimping on environmental oversight.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2015-01-15 10:00
Cutting staff and resources at New York's Dept. of Environmental Conservation when greater enforcement is needed is bad public policy.

Council, administration at odds over biofuel requirement.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2015-01-14 10:00
Officials in Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration are resisting legislation to increase the amount of biofuel used in the city's maritime fleet, telling City Council members during a hearing Tuesday that using the fuel could be harmful.

Toxic plume probe set.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2015-01-14 10:00
The state Department of Environmental Conservation will investigate a toxic underground chemical plume beneath a former Central Avenue dry cleaner that is moving toward homes and businesses in Colonie.

Things are looking up for stemming spread of bat disease.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-01-13 10:00
White-nose syndrome has been spreading fast, killing millions of bats. But for the first time, scientists are seeing hopeful signs that some bat colonies are recovering and new breakthroughs could help researchers develop better strategies for helping bats survive.

Fracking rivals brace for pipeline hearings.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-01-13 10:00
A landowners’ group is urging supporters of natural gas drilling to use state hearings on the Constitution Pipeline project this week as a forum for sounding off against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing.

A $23 million upgrade connects over 100 South Shore homeowners to the city's sewer system.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-01-13 10:00
114 homeowners in Annadale and Arden Heights no longer need to rely on septic tanks, thanks to $23 million in sewer and water infrastructure upgrades providing them with better water management on the flood-prone South Shore.

New York announces three Niagara sites are cleaned up.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-01-13 10:00
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation announced that a cleanup of a city-owned brownfield at 815 River Road in North Tonawanda has been completed.

Speakers split on proposed gas pipeline.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-01-13 10:00
A hearing on a proposed $700 million pipeline that would pass through eastern Broome County drew residents who lauded the potential jobs, while others raised concerns about the possible damage to water and quality of life.
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