Today's Environmental News in New York
Town drinking water exceeded new Environmental Protection Agency maximum contamination levels for a group of chemical compounds that are often a byproduct of disinfecting water, town officials said.
It’s not just the feds who are dredging up issues in Gowanus. A community theater group is turning its venue into subtext by taking over an industrial warehouse just feet away from the mouth of the filthy Gowanus Canal to stage a play about a village facing health problems from contaminated waters.
Henley-on-Thames. Head of the Charles. Gowanus Canal? The heavily polluted central Brooklyn sluice — and federal Superfund site — is about to host its first rowing regatta, a term typically associated with waterways that are clear and blood that is blue.
How many pesticides are in our drinking water? How does 117 sound? That's the number of pesticides and pesticide break-down products currently detected in Long Island's groundwater.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation will be investigating the site of a former village dry cleaners and testing for soil and ground water contamination.
A state senator from Queens cheered a poll released last week showing that for the first time New Yorkers are opposed to hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale by a clear margin.
If Tonawanda Coke winds up paying hundreds of millions of dollars in fines for its conviction in federal court for numerous air and water pollution violations, the money should stay in Western New York, Rep. Brian Higgins said Saturday.
With news of Thursday’s landmark verdict against Tonawanda Coke Corp. still sinking in, questions remain as to what will happen regarding multiple civil lawsuits against the company.
Cuomo's dithering on fracking is stalling a game-changer for New York's economy.
Oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. spent $2 million on a pro-drilling ad campaign en route to becoming New York’s second-highest spender on lobbying last year, a report Thursday from the state’s ethics board found.
After years of heated debate, the plan of Mayor Bloomberg’s administration and the City Council to reopen an aged waste transfer station on Manhattan's Upper East Side was approved. Christine Quinn has called the waste transfer station a solution to “environmental racism.”
The Town Board Wednesday agreed to forward a proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas on to the town planner for review before it goes up for a board vote as a local law.
Alcoa and Reynolds Metals will pay almost $20 million to restore habitat and wildlife on the St. Lawrence River near Massena. The settlement ends a more than 20-year-old lawsuit spearheaded by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe.
New York state will spend an estimated $795,000 to clean up a former dry cleaners declared toxic by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
Lawmakers, like most of us, generally aren’t rocket scientists, nor are they cutting-edge health researchers. So when it comes to genetically modified organisms, they just want what all of us want to know: Are GMOs safe? And should we know if they’re in our food?
The protracted battle between the New York City Department of Education and New York Communities for Change over the removal of toxic light fixtures in schools may soon be over.
Roughly 30 years after contaminants from local industrial operations caused the state Department of Health to issue a warning against eating fish from the Grasse River, two settlements have been reached to help correct the damage that was caused to both local fisheries and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s heritage.
Alcoa Inc. and Reynolds Metals Co. agreed to pay $18.5 million for having released hazardous material into the St. Lawrence River since the late 1950s, which took a toll on natural resources, recreational fishing and the Mohawk culture.
To combat soaring population and pollution problems in China, a French architecture firm is looking up - and going green.
Whether you feel that natural gas fracking is the economic salvation of New York or an environmental disaster waiting to happen, there is one indisputable fact about it: The science is not in. Not by a long shot. And that’s why a moratorium in New York makes sense.
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