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Today's Environmental News in New York

Washington denies funding for Syracuse's lead removal program.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-10-03 10:00
The federal government has denied funding to the City of Syracuse for its Lead Abatement Program, forcing the city to end the program that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, has been supporting the program for two decades.

GE reaches deal with EPA on PCB Hudson floodplain study.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-02 10:00
General Electric Co. has reached an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study PCB contamination in shoreline areas of the Hudson River from Fort Edward to Troy and to develop options for cleanup, the EPA said on Wednesday.

How far did toxic PCBs travel in Washington County?

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-02 10:00
Federal officials say a comprehensive new study will be done to find out if PCB contamination reached into the floodplain of the upper Hudson River in Washington County.

New federal rule allows freighters to dump cargo remnants into Great Lakes.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-02 10:00
Environmental groups came up short in their fight to prevent freighters from sweeping or washing limestone, iron ore, coal and other non-toxic remnants of their dry cargo into the Great Lakes.

Should pregnant women avoid tuna fish? FDA, Consumer Reports disagree.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-02 10:00
The FDA recently released an updated draft of its advice for pregnant women's recommended fish consumption, which suggests 8-12 ounces of lower-mercury fish per week. But Consumer Reports takes issue with the draft advice.

Schumer calls for end to Buffalo's dust bowl.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-02 10:00
Federal, state and local authorities are intensifying their efforts to force an embattled construction and demolition debris plant in South Buffalo to clean up its operation.

Underground oil tanks near Woodstock aquifer leaked oil, town councilman says.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-02 10:00
Leaks have been found in two of the last six underground oil tanks in Bearsville that have been of concern because of their proximity to a town aquifer.

Schumer asks EPA to probe pollution from Buffalo business.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-02 10:00
The dust from the concrete crushed at the Battaglia Demolition plant has never been tested for pollutants, but residents believe it’s making them sick. Senator Charles Schumer believes their health concerns are valid and visited the neighborhood Wednesday to join their fight.

Schumer urges federal environmental oversight of Buffalo demolition company.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-02 10:00
Those who live near Battaglia Demolition say the local waste recycler runs roughshod over their Seneca-Babcock neighborhood, with the rumbling of heavy trucks and the dust from concrete crushing ruining their quality of life – and threatening their very lives.

Study says cutting carbon emissions would have almost immediate health benefits.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-10-01 10:00
A new study released today says a proposal by the Obama administration to reduce power plant emissions to combat climate change would also have benefits for people’s health.

Attorneys update Coke appeals process.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-10-01 10:00
Residents and community leaders were given a timeline for when the potential soil and health studies could be performed based on Tonawanda Coke's appeal at a community meeting Tuesday.

Port air study hit.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-10-01 10:00
A report submitted Tuesday to state regulators labels as "irresponsible" their conclusion that airborne chemical concentrations in Albany's South End weren't a health concern.

Study: Residents near crude plant face health risks.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-10-01 10:00
Residents who live in a public housing project near the crude oil operations at the Port of Albany face significantly higher risks of cancer and other diseases, despite assurances from state officials the air was safe, according to a study by the University at Albany.

Residents near Tonawanda Coke must wait out appeals process.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-10-01 10:00
Residents who live near Tonawanda Coke learned Tuesday they will have to wait out an appeals process that could take until 2016 before finding out if two proposed studies will be funded by fines levied on the company for its pollution conviction.

Plans for Tonawanda Coke study revealed.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-10-01 10:00
Millions of dollars awarded by a judge for two studies about pollution surrounding Tonawanda Coke are being held up until the appeals process in court is finished. Tuesday night the community organization in charge of both studies has a plan and leaders explained it to residents.

Fracking opponents want Cuomo to visit Pennsylvania.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-09-30 10:00
Opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make good on a promise to visit fracking sites in other states, sending him a letter last week urging him to travel to Pennsylvania.

Cleanup of Love Canal waste in Wheatfield likely to be a cold job.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-09-30 10:00
The removal of Love Canal waste buried for 46 years in a Wheatfield landfill will likely occur during the dead of winter, officials said at a public information session Monday.

New York bills to curb fracking waste suggested.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-09-30 10:00
The New York League of Conservation Voters and state Sen. Ted O'Brien, D-Irondequoit, announced a series of proposals Monday to rein in the handling and disposal of gas and oil drilling waste in New York.

Carbon hypocrites: Greens’ fossil-fuel profits.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-09-29 10:00
Billionaire Democrat activist Tom Steyer is using his fortune to combat what he thinks is the greatest threat to America: to help favored congressional candidates, he’s running an ad that highlights pollution from an oil refinery owned by Charles and David Koch — whose political donations largely favor the party Steyer opposes.

Niagara still seeking answers to Olcott beach closures.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-09-28 10:00
Although elevated bacteria levels caused only two closings of Krull Park beach in Olcott, New York, this summer, the Niagara County Health Department is still investigating where the bacteria came from – a mystery that remains unsolved, although the county has been working on it for three years.
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