Today's Environmental News in New York
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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