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Today's Environmental News in New York

'Toxic toys' bill clears Assembly.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-04-24 10:00
As Albany County is sued over its plan to deal with "toxic toys," state lawmakers have passed a bill that would crack down on certain chemicals in children's products.

Hudson River PCB cleanup in last phase.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-04-24 10:00
The sixth and final season of dredging PCBs from the nearby Hudson River, a project costing more than $1 billion, is scheduled to begin May 6. And while local environmental and economic development groups applaud much of the cleanup, they say it doesn’t go far enough.

No time for 'teachable moment' about climate change on TV weather broadcasts.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-04-24 10:00
An Albany area weather broadcaster says his goal is to strike the middle ground on extreme storms and stay off the soapbox.

Parents should beware of e-cigarettes.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-04-24 10:00
Plumes of smoke from cigarettes dangling from the lips of smokers were a more common sight decades ago, and so was gagging from the smoke before the Clean Indoor Air Act banned smoking from virtually all workplaces.

Canadian scrap magnate Herbert Black to buy Roth Steel yard in Syracuse.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-04-24 10:00
A major Canadian-based scrap metal company has reached a deal to buy the former Roth Steel site in Syracuse, raising the possibility that the highly polluted property could once again operate as a scrap yard.

Hudson River trustees find PCB harm to fisheries.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-04-24 10:00
Federal agencies assessing pollution in the Hudson River have determined that recreational and commercial fisheries have been severely harmed by PCBs discharged into the river for decades.

Congress looks at fracking bans.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-04-24 10:00
The oil and gas industry is moving to address environmental concerns linked to hydraulic fracturing that have led New York state and other jurisdictions to ban the drilling method, experts told a House committee Thursday.

New York State to use coal plant settlement to help fight climate change.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2015-04-23 10:00
Seven years after getting a record-setting payment under a federal pollution settlement with the nation's largest owner of coal-fired power plants, the state is spending its last $1.8 million to fund local projects aimed at local plans to combat ongoing climate change.

Former plant in Elmira a threat to public health.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2015-04-23 10:00
The former site of an electroplating plant in Elmira presents a significant threat to public health and/or the environment, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday.

Northrop Grumman seeks dismissal of Bethpage Water District's lawsuit over groundwater contamination.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2015-04-23 10:00
Northrop Grumman Corp. and a subsidiary want a lawsuit filed by Bethpage Water District over groundwater contamination to be thrown out of court in part because the claims are "speculative and remote."

Rivers Casino's tough odds.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2015-04-22 10:00
The site of a Schenectady casino has serious pollution problems. How will this affect the project's potential success, not to mention public health?

Schneiderman calling for ban on plastic microbeads.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-04-21 10:00
A new form of plastic pollution is showing up in waterways across New York. A study released by the office of State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman found microbeads in three-quarters of the samples collected from wastewater treatment plants statewide.

Will this man survive a swim of the Gowanus Canal?

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-04-21 10:00
A clean water advocate will plunge into the Gowanus Canal on Wednesday in an Earth Day stunt to highlight the horrific condition of the fetid, venereal-disease-filled 1.8-mile corpse of water in the heart of Brooklyn.

Fugitive ‘microbeads’ detailed as hazard in New York state waters.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2015-04-20 10:00
Samples of treated wastewater, including those taken from six Western New York plants, show that plastic “microbeads” washed down sink and shower drains are passing straight through the facilities and into area waterways.

Biosolid study sought.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2015-04-20 10:00
A local state lawmaker has joined with 14 officials and citizens in an appeal to the New York State Department of Health to conduct an investigative study into the effects of biosolids on humans.

Finish the Hudson River PCB dredging job.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2015-04-18 10:00
After a billion-dollar, six-year project to remove millions of cubic yards of PCB-laden sludge from the Hudson River, General Electric plans to shut down its dredging and mud processing operations. But there's still more work to be done.

Cleanup lawsuit possible at site.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-04-17 10:00
The state is planning steps to compel Walgreens, a national pharmacy chain, to support a state-proposed $500,000 cleanup of underground chemical pollution from a former dry cleaners at a busy Loudonville intersection.

As final PCB dredging season nears, an urgent call for more.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2015-04-16 10:00
A coalition of environmental groups and 56 counties and communities are renewing a call on General Electric Co. to remove additional PCB-contaminated sediment above and beyond what is outlined in its 2009 Superfund agreement with the EPA.

Skelos should give up his opposition to legislation banning toxic chemicals in toys.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2015-04-16 10:00
The proposed Child Safe Products Act would help prevent dangerous chemicals from ever making it into products sold for children. The state plainly has an interest in reducing this risk to children.

A swimmable Onondaga Lake is something to celebrate.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2015-04-16 10:00
No one is likely to go swimming in Onondaga Lake anytime soon — unless they happen to fall out of a boat, that is. But the idea that someone could — we've been waiting for that since 1940. It's an achievement worth celebrating.
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