Today's Environmental News in New York
First-ever federal rules on waste coal ash from power plants will continue to allow ash, which contains mercury and other toxic heavy metals, to be used to make cement, as has been done for years at the Lafarge North America cement plant.
President Barack Obama wants the U.S. to get serious about climate change. He’s proposed to limit carbon emissions from power plants. The coal industry and conservative politicians say new carbon rules will kill King Coal, and they warn that without it, severe weather events, like last year’s polar vortex, could leave people in the cold and dark.
The future of lake trout in Adirondack waters is uncertain, and scientists are beginning to understand why.
The biggest penalty in Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties was $20,630, levied on Orangetown's Sewer Department by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Environmental Protection Agency for effluent violations.
One day after the Cuomo administration clamped a ban on horizontal shale gas drilling in New York, Dave Andersen of Norwich declared he is going to close down the water-testing service he has operated for 24 years.
After hearing Wednesday’s hydraulic fracturing announcement, Neil Vitale conceded the future of his Steuben County dairy farm looks grim. The 66-year-old farmer said the days of Vitale’s Organic Farm seem numbered.
The Long Island Power Authority came under heavy criticism Wednesday after it voted to delay renewable energy projects it had promised and scuttled a $1 billion offshore wind farm.
No fracking way! After years of foot-dragging and intense political debate, Gov. Cuomo’s administration announced Wednesday that it will not allow the controversial gas drilling process known as hydrofracking in New York.
Dryden's landmark court victory on hydraulic fracturing weighed heavy as New York officials announced Wednesday that the state won't allow fracking.
New York officials Wednesday closed the door on fracking in the state while opening the door to celebration on the part of environmentalists as well as anger – and possible legal action – from supporters of the controversial natural gas drilling practice.
Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx), has released a new report, "Toxic Tidings," that runs down a naughty list of gifts featuring beloved characters like Hello Kitty and Spider-man that might be better suited for a hazmat facility than a spot under the Christmas tree.
Uncertainty over safety and diminished economic potential were the key talking points in Wednesday's recommendations that will keep high-volume hydrofracking out of New York for the foreseeable future.
A temporary ban on the controversial gas extraction method hydrofracking has dragged on for years. Even as the governor says a long-awaited study is nearing completion, a large group of local officials want the ban to continue.
A reform group studied votes taken by local governments across the state on whether to allow hydro fracking, and found numerous potential conflicts of interest that they say could have tainted the outcome of the votes.
For more than two years, state officials have kept New Yorkers in suspense as to whether their review of scientific studies has led them to be believe the health risks from shale gas drilling are acceptable or unacceptable.
A cement plant in southern Albany County has been hit with a $100,000 state fine for polluting a stream that feeds the Hudson River, with some violations going back more than three years.
With major announcements expected on hydraulic fracturing and casino sighting in New York expected imminently, watchdogs are warning that small town officials are not subject to tough enough ethics and disclosure laws and could be hiding major conflicts of interest.
A proposed 430-unit townhome/apartment complex planned for part of a former Latta Road apple orchard has nearby subdivision residents worried about arsenic-tainted soils.
John Waldman is standing on a dirt path, surrounded on all sides by 4-foot-tall sea grass, staring out across Jamaica Bay. Seagulls are flying overhead. Ducks are gliding across the water. A conservation biologist, Waldman is in his element.
A battle over the cost and fallout of PCB pollution in the upper Hudson River will be the focus of a hearing in federal court in Utica on Tuesday as attorneys for General Electric Co. square off with the town of Halfmoon and the Saratoga County Water Authority.
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