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Today's Environmental News in New York

EPA completes ramp-up at New York superfund site.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-07-30 10:00
A short-term test by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to increase the flow rate of contaminated groundwater treated and discharged from the Dewey Loeffel toxic landfill Superfund site into the Valatie Kill was approved for completion Tuesday.

The sustainable mayor?

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-07-30 10:00
In his first six months as mayor, Bill de Blasio has yet to prioritize one policy area, according to some mainstream environmentalists--sustainability.

Future remains dark and stormy.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-07-30 10:00
The Natural Resources Defense Council, of which I am a member, found in a little-publicized report issued in April that 2,300 Bronx residents who were not in the government’s flood plain maps got flooded by Sandy. It was worse in Brooklyn, where 162,000 people were caught off guard.

Wheatfield, New York, passes ban on future use and storage of biosolids.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-07-29 10:00
The Wheatfield Town Board voted unanimously Monday to ban the use and storage of biosolids in the town, except by those who already have permits.

Plastic-bag ban weighed by New York's East End officials.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-07-29 10:00
As East End officials weigh a ban on plastic checkout bags across their five-town region, Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst is gauging support for a ban throughout Suffolk County.

2,500 Ground Zero workers have cancer.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-07-28 10:00
More than 2,500 Ground Zero rescuers and responders have been diagnosed with cancer, and a growing number are seeking compensation for their illnesses. The grim toll has skyrocketed from the 1,140 cancer cases reported last year.

On eve of EPA hearings, New York already aiming for cleaner power; part of nine-state regional greenhouse gas initiative.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-07-28 10:00
Proposed carbon emissions standards are the subject of hearings this week that would cut carbon pollution in the power sector by 30 percent compared to 2005 levels.

End of an era nears for GE and Fort Edward.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-07-27 10:00
In the mid-1970s, General Electric alone employed nearly 2,700 workers. Today, 167 employees remain on the job in the Fort Edward facility. The doors at that plant will close for good in early 2015, having employed thousands in the community for the past 73 years.

Surface mining's price.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-07-27 10:00
As of this year, over 500 of the Appalachian Mountains have been destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining. It's time for New York state to divest from this industry.

Syracuse can be a world-beater in green tech — if a visionary leader points the way.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-07-27 10:00
The challenge is now to our leadership to marshal the green assets of our region, to connect them in a common mission and to leverage them into a unified approach in marketing these benefits to companies around the globe.

Cleaning up contaminated lands a long, complex process.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-07-27 10:00
Cleaning up thousands of tons of illegally dumped contaminated material, such as that found at four sites in Islip and Babylon, can take months to complete -- and fill deposited in fragile wetlands presents an even more complicated challenge, experts said.

Latin America, Africa & Asia: Community forests and their peoples need enhanced protections.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-07-27 10:00
A new report argues that expanding and strengthening the community forest rights of indigenous and rural people in Latin America, Africa and Asia can lead to less deforestation and contribute to lower carbon dioxide emissions.

Riverkeeper report sheds light on Hudson.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-07-27 10:00
The environmental group Riverkeeper has released an updated report that provides enlightening information. It should serve as a clarion call that far more must be done to cleanse the river and restore it to better health.

Contamination in East Olean poses no imminent health threat, EPA says.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-07-26 10:00
Environmental authorities found traces of trichloroethylene (TCE), an industrial degreaser known to cause cancer after prolonged exposure, in soil and groundwater samples taken at the Olean Well Field Superfund Site.

Shipments of nuclear waste could start here in 2015.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-07-25 10:00
Shipments of liquid nuclear waste over New York's Peace Bridge could begin as soon as September 2015, the office of Rep. Brian Higgins said Thursday as the Buffalo congressman demanded that the federal government do a full environmental review of the shipments before they begin.

EPA finds more contamination in east Olean well field Superfund site.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-07-25 10:00
Industrial contamination from decades ago has been found in a small section of east Olean once thought to have been sufficiently cleansed of hazardous, cancer-causing substances.

Hook-up for MTBE-affected wells delayed.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-07-25 10:00
Long-suffering households with MTBE-polluted wells will be hooked up to a clean water line if county legislators agree to take out a $350,000 bond for the work.

Dispute over Seneca Lake gas storage proposal rages on.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-07-25 10:00
The debate over proposals to store natural gas, propane and butane in salt caverns under Seneca Lake has become increasingly vocal, especially after a federal agency approved part of the project last May.

Disgust and outrage along New York's Scajaquada Creek.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-07-25 10:00
Two New York state senators are demanding the Department of Environmental Conservation take aggressive action to address sewer overflows that have contaminated Scajaquada Creek.

Schumer supports aid for turning farm waste into electricity.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:00
For the last four years, the black-and-white Holstein cows at Peter Wagner's dairy farm in Poestenkill have been like little electric power plants, with their manure converted into enough electricity so far to power nearly 185 average homes for a year.
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