Today's Environmental News in New York
On the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy on Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and city leaders applauded the recovery progress and promised more but voiced frustration at what has yet to be done.
There's an industry that's pushing to get into New York with a promise of tens of thousands of jobs and the biggest private-sector commitment of capital in decades, while offering a way to help the United States become less dependent on Middle East oil.
Beth Malone worries every day about her health after working at Ground Zero after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Last month she had another health concern, when asbestos was being removed from two buildings at Mount Manresa to make way for 250 townhouses.
Genesee County has one of the lowest rates of pollution in the state, with a mere 17 pounds of chemicals released into the air in 2013, according to EPA’s annual Toxins Release Inventory.
The presence of southern pine beetle (SPB) in three locations along the southern shore of Long Island has been confirmed. This is the first detection of SPB in New York State.
A public meeting will be held Thursday in Corning to discuss preliminary results of a study that has found elevated levels of lead, cadmium and arsenic in parts of northeast Corning.
The Ossining-based environmental nonprofit announced its lawsuit Wednesday, two years to the day after Superstorm Sandy's surge poured into Danskammer's lower levels along the Hudson River in Newburgh.
A detailed plan for a fresh environmental assessment of the northernmost stretch of the Genesee River has been drawn up and is under consideration by federal officials.
General Electric has filed formal comments on the U.S. EPA’s cleanup plan for the Housatonic River. The company dumped harmful chemicals called PCBs into the river from its Pittsfield plant from the 1930s until the substance was banned in 1977. GE is now responsible for cleanup work.
Consumers in Sullivan County and the surrounding area are being advised not to consumer unpasteurized raw farm milk from the Richard Dirie Farm on Shandelee Road in Livingston Manor due to possible Listeria contamination. To date, no illnesses are known to the department to be associated with the product.
Erie County will use a $3 million federal grant to educate parents about the threat posed by the toxic metal, and to assess and reduce its levels in 200 residences.
Researchers from Stony Brook University and The Nature Conservancy released a map last week that depicts the location and breadth of water quality problems, such as brown tide and hypoxia, that cropped up around Long Island this past year.
Despite objections from the environmental group Riverkeeper, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation says it has no problem letting the Town of Ulster become lead agency to review Niagara Bottling's proposal to build a $53-million plant.
New York state has received a total of $17 billion in post-Superstorm Sandy infrastructure funding, Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday. The federal money will be spent on projects such as sand barriers on Long Island, a sewer system for Suffolk County and flood protection at NYU Langone Medical Center.
Two companies that want to bring more natural gas into New York have been lobbying the Cuomo administration and state regulators for approval of new pipeline projects.
One of the Capital Region's largest chemical plants has been hit with a $400,000 state pollution fine for a host of violations, marking the fifth such instance in less than four years.
Safe winter roads and clean water aren’t mutually exclusive. But the use of road salt has significantly increased salinity in Adirondack watersheds, according to ongoing research by the Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College.
Do New Yorkers believe, two years after Superstorm Sandy decimated the area's coastline, that they're safer from future storms and devastating floods? The answer, according to 70 residents from around the city – seems to be a resounding "no."
Four years after closing down a New Square poultry slaughterhouse for health violations, federal prosecutors have fined a Kiryas Joel plant that processes 30,000 chickens a day $330,000 for polluting the Ramapo River.
Legislation to codify an 80-percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050 inched closer to passage Thursday during a hearing of the City Council's environmental protection committee.
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