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Today's Environmental News in New York

Split on fracking: New York gov. will tour Pennsylvania.

A Yale University study has found people living within the shadows of natural gas wells and hydrofracking pads exhibit higher instances of health problems. The study of Pennsylvania residents comes days after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo promised to visit a gas drilling site in the Keystone State.

City seeking a mani-cure for ‘toxic’ salons.

City nail salons are woefully underinspected by state agents — putting customers at risk of health problems like reproductive issues, asthma and even cancer, Public Advocate Letitia James warned Monday.

Oil dumping in Newtown Creek angers environmentalists who were starting to see improvements in the polluted body of water.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-09-15 10:00
Just when environmentalists were starting to see signs of life in Newtown Creek, they discovered that more used oil was being dumped into the Superfund site.

Newburgh needs help to limit tobacco sales.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-09-15 10:00
If the City of Newburgh succeeds in limiting and licensing tobacco sales, it will have a limited direct effect on public health. There are not that many people, not that many smokers, in the city.

Leo v. science: Vanishing evidence for climate change.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-09-15 10:00
In the runup to the Sept. 23 UN Climate Summit in New York, Leonardo DiCaprio is releasing a series of films about the “climate crisis.”

New York Senator Charles Schumer proposes ban on 10 flame retardants in kids products.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-09-15 10:00
Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing legislation to ban 10 flame retardants from upholstered furniture and children’s products, saying the chemicals have been linked to developmental delays and cancer.

Chemists tells concerned Wheatfield residents the EPA's rules on sludge are outdated.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-09-15 10:00
Regulations on contaminants in a fertilizer made from treated sewer sludge are outdated and fail to test for the presence of a wide range of possibly toxic metals, pathogens and synthetic organic chemicals, a Cornell University chemist told concerned citizens Sunday.

Poultry, goats can help reduce tick numbers in St. Lawrence County.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-09-14 10:00
With tick populations and Lyme disease on the rise, some St. Lawrence County residents are using livestock to fight back.

Vital effort to end microbead pollution gets a boost as Gillibrand signs on.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-09-14 10:00
Banning microbeads from personal care products shouldn’t be this hard. Not when considering the harm caused by these tiny plastics that are often added to facial cleaners, soaps, cosmetics and toothpaste.

Clean Water Act cleanup.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-09-14 10:00
When you see some hype about how EPA's new definition is going to ruin farming and the American Way, remember that you're looking at the product of a well-organized and self-interested industry group with a less-than-stellar environmental record.

Environmental concerns after massive fire destroys industrial complex in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-09-12 10:00
Fire crews spent the overnight hours battling a massive fire at the Trading Company and J.W. Roofing and Sliding. The five-alarm blaze was fueled by 55,000 gallons of chemicals, which has created a potential environmental hazard.

Monarch butterflies in population free-fall.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-09-12 10:00
The population of monarch butterflies has declined 90 percent in the past two decades, according to the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group that blames the decline on herbicides and the planting of genetically engineered crops in the Midwest, where monarchs once thrived.

Quasar biosolids spread in Cambria, N.Y., DEC says all is well.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-09-12 10:00
Fertilizer from a facility that turns treated sewage into material that can be applied to farmland was spread in a Niagara Co. field last week and the state Department of Environmental Conservation says it was safe enough that no permit was needed. But a growing number of area residents are concerned about the product’s safety.

National Fracking League.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-09-11 10:00
Despite the years of stalling from Gov. Cuomo and the state Legislature, fracking has still managed to deliver real dividends for New York. Thanks to fracking, the Buffalo Bills are staying put. Let's thank fracking for preventing the Bills from shuffling off from Buffalo.

Which one are you?

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-09-11 10:00
According to a report just released by Pennsylvania State regulators, 243 private drinking water wells were contaminated by companies prospecting for oil or gas. Not even an “Oops, sorry” from even one of these companies.

Suffolk County, New York, runs risks with water quality testing cuts.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-09-11 10:00
Suffolk, which, since the 1980s had inspected dry cleaning businesses – a major source of groundwater pollution – annually, hasn't done a single inspection since 2010. Ditto gasoline stations.

13 years since 9/11 attacks, losses continue.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-09-11 10:00
On the 9/11 anniversary, the losses continue today. People were exposed to the dangerous toxins that hung over lower Manhattan after the buildings crashed down, and fire melted steel, smoke billowed and dust covered the site. Health studies on the impact of Ground Zero exposure are ongoing.

House hearing examines volatility of Bakken crude oil.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-09-10 10:00
A Republican lawmaker accused the Obama administration Tuesday of using "global warming theory" to advance new safety regulations for transporting Bakken crude oil.

Cigarette butts bad for planet’s health, too.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-09-10 10:00
When we talk about the hazards of cigarettes, we typically focus on health risks — lung cancer, heart disease, or the dangers of secondhand smoke. But there’s another threat that receives less attention — environmental health.

Long Island cutbacks reduce water testing, pollution inspections.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-09-09 10:00
Suffolk County, once known as an aggressive pollution watchdog, has cut water testing in half and reduced inspections of businesses that store hazardous chemicals by 90 percent over the past 15 years, county data show.
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