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Today's Environmental News in New York

Opposition builds to gas storage facility on Seneca Lake shore.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-11-20 10:00
As protests continue over construction of a gas storage facility on the shore of Seneca Lake, people across the entire Finger Lakes region opposed to the project are getting involved.

Sevenson settles federal case.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-11-20 10:00
Representatives from Sevenson Environmental Services, Inc. have announced that the company has reached a settlement in a misconduct case involving two former employees who were prosecuted for bribery and kickback charges by the U.S. Department of Justice.

EPA set to discharge treated groundwater from Dewey Loeffel.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:00
The US Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday a Dec.1 start date for direct discharge of treated contaminated groundwater from the Dewey Loeffel toxic landfill Superfund site plant. Additional filtration of the probable carcinogen compound 1,4-dioxane is planned.

Farmer objects to fracking brine on roadways.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:00
The state Department of Environmental Conservation approves the use of brine and water created from hydrofracking waste in efforts to control dust, ice and snow. A town of Jerusalem farmer believes it’s a practice that needs to stop.

NRC says Algonquin Pipeline no risk to Indian Point.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:00
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has concluded that a new 42-inch natural gas pipeline crossing the property of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan will not add significant risks to the safety of the reactors.

To reduce plastic waste, pay 10 cents a bag.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:00
This September, New York City was energized when hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in the People’s Climate March, to make it clear that we can’t stand idly by with the planet hanging in the balance.

Health experts sound the alarm on leaf blowers.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:00
It’s not the noise that has people up in arms– it’s their potential health hazard. They clear dust, debris, leaves and even snow quickly and efficiently, but some health experts ask: at what price?

Toxic toys not child's play.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-11-18 10:00
Where self-regulation isn't protecting children, the law must. You would think that keeping dangerous products out of the hands of children would be a fundamental of corporate citizenship. A new report suggests some local retailers have a way to go in meeting that standard.

The safer path: Keystone XL pipeline better method of transporting crude oil.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-11-18 10:00
If the pipeline is thwarted, the crude oil will be sent either by train or ship. And both methods are far more risky than using a pipeline, particularly for people in the north country.

Danger on the toy shelf.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-11-18 10:00
Nearly two dozen children's toys on store shelves in Albany County allegedly found to contain unsafe levels of dangerous chemicals or metals like cadmium, arsenic, cobalt, mercury or lead, a report by Clean and Healthy New York and the New York League of Conservation Voters states.

Toxic veggies found in NYC’s community gardens.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-11-16 10:00
Herbs and vegetables grown in New York City community gardens are loaded with lead and other toxic metals, a startling state study shows.

Cuomo can check Pennsylvania town to see fracking debate in real life.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-11-16 10:00
As he weighs perhaps the most contentious decision of his administration, whether to allow drilling for natural gas upstate, Gov. Cuomo need look only a few miles south of New York’s border to see the fierce debate playing out in real time.

Graphic labels are seen as key to anti-smoking campaign.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-11-15 10:00
hose who buy cigarettes in Australia get to see packaging unlike anything that meets the gaze of American smokers. But through a legal challenge that hinged on their First Amendment rights, cigarette companies have been able to ward off an effort to require graphic images on cigarette packs in the U.S.

An uncomfortable playland-oil train link.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-11-15 10:00
Peter Iwanowicz rose at a public hearing this week and asked Albany County officials what turned out to be an exceedingly uncomfortable question. Would you build a liquid propane storage facility next to an amusement park?

We all benefit from Clean Water rule.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-11-15 10:00
Friday , the eight-month public comment period on redefining waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act came to a close. Among the millions of comments generated across the U.S. were nearly 800,000 in support of the rule to restore the Clean Water Act, including more than 35,000 from New Yorkers.

Power plant plans assailed.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-11-14 10:00
Approximately 30 Tompkins County residents and anti-fracking activists gathered in the Capitol on Thursday to protest a plan to convert the Cayuga Power Plant from its coal-fired system to running at least partially on natural gas.

City will be required to slash gas emissions by 80% by 2050.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-11-14 10:00
New York is getting greener. The city will be required to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% in the coming decades under legislation passed by the City Council Thursday.

Angered community members seek answers on crude oil project.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-11-14 10:00
Global Partners is hoping to install a system that will allow them to heat crude oil, making it easier to transfer. The company came face-to-face with worried community members Thursday night, who say they want answers.

New York town gets grant for wind farms.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-11-13 10:00
After a long wait, the town of Arkwright is finally seeing some sunlight on the horizon. The town is one of four upstate large-scale clean energy projects that will help the state create a more diverse renewable energy portfolio to address energy and environmental challenges.

Fracking 'collateral damage' talk to kick off in Ithaca.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-11-13 10:00
Communities that outlawed hydrofracking remain endangered by natural gas extraction outside their borders, according to an Ithaca group that's hosting a conference on the topic Saturday.
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