Today's Environmental News in New York
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.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Albany yesterday to push a new bill banning the 10 most toxic flame retardants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
University at Albany research showing the health risks to firefighters of inhaling smoke infused with flame-retardant chemicals is leading a push for national legislation to ban some of the chemicals.
A potential killer lurked inside the New York City Transit bus depot on Yukon Avenue, New Springville, alleges a lawsuit.
A couple of weeks ago, this column didn’t run. In keeping with the newspaper’s policy, it was deemed an endorsement of Zephyr Teachout in the democratic primary against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The gist was that if you were anti-fracking, you had only one real choice when casting your ballot: Teachout.
The Obama administration has weighed in on the health crisis caused by drug-resistant bacteria, unveiling a national strategy to aggressively fight the microbes and calling for the production of new antibiotics.
A Waterford chemical plant that was raided five years ago by federal and state officials over alleged mishandling of hazardous waste disposal is poised for a new state air pollution permit that changes hazardous waste incineration to reduce risks of chemical leaks escaping into the air.
It's not every day that your neighbor asks permission to blast 800,000 tons of bedrock from a hill overlooking your property, but that day has come for Suzanne Sahler and Maxine Chapin.
When testing water, trends are critical. They reveal increasing contamination and help pinpoint sources of pollution that must be cleaned up. Trends are critical for testers, too. And in the case of the Suffolk County Department of Health, the trend lines are not good.
For the second time in four years, Auburn, N.Y., officials have banned the city's waste water treatment plant from accepting water produced as a byproduct of natural gas drilling.
Fracking - the entire process, which includes well construction - needs to be clean and safe. New York and the EPA should continue their studies, and not be pressured by gas industry lobbyists, landowners anxious for royalties, and other advocates.
Nearly two million miles of streams nationwide could go unprotected by federal law despite the Clean Water Act.
Activists who have been working for months on a climate change plan for Springfield, Massachusetts say they must factor in an unwanted development – the possible construction of a wood-burning power plant in the city.
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