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Today's Environmental News in New York

Proposed permit would limit Huntley Station’s power output.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-09-26 10:00
The coal-fired Huntley Station power plant along the Niagara River in the Town of Tonawanda would be allowed to operate at just 15 percent of its capacity over the next five years under a proposed water pollution permit issued this week by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Nassau's leader: Why in the dark?

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-09-26 10:00
Town of Nassau Supervisor David Fleming said federal and state officials have damaged their credibility over a quiet state settlement reached months ago with a private lab company because of flawed pollution tests that included the Dewey Loeffel landfill.

EPA's new Great Lakes plan helps Buffalo River.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-09-26 10:00
By 2019, enough toxic pollutants should be removed from the Buffalo River to thrust its rebound toward a level of health that would allow people to once again safely eat the fish and possibly even enjoy a swim.

New York: If Democrats take majority, Senate would take up fracking bills.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-09-25 10:00
A number of bills to restrict fracking in New York State could make their way to the Senate floor if Democrats win control of the upper chamber in November.

Three retired firefighters die of Sept. 11th-related cancers.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-09-25 10:00
In a heartbreaking reminder that the Sept. 11 attacks are still claiming lives, three retired FDNY firefighters died on the same day from cancer contracted at Ground Zero. Retired Lt. Howard (Howie) Bischoff and retired firefighters Robert Leaver and Daniel Heglund all died on Monday.

Local officials upset about Dewey Loeffel settlement.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-09-25 10:00
Some local lawmakers are upset over a $525,000 settlement between the state and a private laboratory. Northeast Analytical Inc. performed certain water tests inefficiently, resulting in probable under-reporting of certain water samples from the Dewey Loeffel toxic landfill Superfund site.

Propane storage urged in New York caverns.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-09-25 10:00
The state's propane industry is pushing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to clear the way for a long-planned underground natural gas and propane storage facility in the Finger Lakes region near Watkins Glen.

Change the climate of this debate.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-09-25 10:00
Those who wisely sounded the alarm on climate this week should realize that they have started a political debate, not ended it.

Green Committee opposes city leachate contract.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-09-25 10:00
Geneva, New York’s contract with Casella Waste Systems to treat leachate from the Ontario County Landfill expires in March. The city’s Green Committee doesn’t want City Council to renew or extend the contract.

Contaminated fill at Islandia subdivision must be removed and carted off Long Island.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-09-25 10:00
About 1,000 cubic yards of contaminated material buried at a subdivision for six veterans' families in Islandia must be carted off Long Island as part of the first state-approved cleanup plan for sites in Islip under criminal investigation for illegal dumping.

Proposed Owasco sewer district could improve lake water quality.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-09-25 10:00
A proposed third sewer district would improve New York's Owasco Lake water quality by transitioning homeowners from septic to a sewer system, said Town of Owasco Supervisor Ed Wagner.

EPA announces new five-year Great Lakes action plan.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-09-25 10:00
The federal government's ongoing effort to revitalize the ecosystem of the Great Lakes region is being pushed forward in a new, five-year action plan to protect water quality, control invasive species and restore habitats.

US Sen. Charles Schumer pushes bill banning top ten toxic flame retardants.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:00
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Albany yesterday to push a new bill banning the 10 most toxic flame retardants.

Legislators hear pros and cons in e-cigarette debate.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:00
Legislators say the jury is still out on the safety of vaping. In fact, a number of states, cities and municipalities have enacted regulations controlling the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces. Now, Erie County, N.Y., is taking a hard look at the issue.

On fracking, earthquakes and Indian Point.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:00
New York is right to not blindly follow other states that have green-lighted fracking without thoughtful consideration of these consequences. It's difficult to turn back the clock once public health and safety has been jeopardized.

Which US cities will be the safest against climate change?

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:00
As New York City continues to celebrate its annual climate week, scientists are saying the nation's most populous city is far from a haven for climate change, The New York Times reports. Instead, scientists say the country's safest regions are the Midwest, Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Cuomo says he won’t rush state health officials for fracking study.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:00
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s not in contact with the state Department of Health about its study on the community impacts of hydraulic fracturing and doesn’t plan to be.

Lab that tested Nassau landfill's water is fined.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:00
New York's Health Department has quietly settled a case with a privately operated laboratory that, due to a flaw in test procedures, may have under-reported the level of pollutants at the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund waste site in Nassau, Rensselaer County.

Parts of Bethpage park to close for soil tests by Northrop Grumman.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:00
Portions of the Bethpage Community Park will be closed for an unknown number of days while Northrop Grumman tests for contamination from its former plants.

For some African American residents, climate change is but one of many priorities.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-09-23 10:00
For Marc Polite, climate change is certainly important – but on the day of the Climate Change March, it competed with a commitment to his cultural heritage. Other individuals from the African American community expressed similar sentiments.
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