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Today's Environmental News in New York

Congress moving toward five-year commitment to continue Great Lakes cleanup.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-12-10 10:00
The federal government’s big-money commitment to restoring the Great Lakes is now almost certain to continue another five years thanks to House passage Tuesday of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative of 2014.

Toxic chemicals lurking in toys, group finds.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-12-10 10:00
A study by an environmental group found traces of dangerous substances in toys, jewelry and clothing sold at national retailers in Westchester.

Investigator with Erin Brockovich visits Bristow.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-12-09 10:00
An environmental investigator with the Erin Brockovich team in Los Angeles said oily sludge found in Creek County needs to be cleaned up now.

Deadline nears on fracking decision.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-12-09 10:00
Gov. Andrew Cuomo surprised supporters and critics alike in October, when he casually mentioned during a debate that the state's long-awaited report on the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing is "due at the end of the year."

Climate change will make more politicians into environmentalists.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-12-08 10:00
By the time the 2016 presidential election formally gets underway, pundits are likely to debate the climate change gap in the same breath as they argue over the gender gap.

6 men to be criminally charged in Islip dumping investigation, sources say.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-12-08 10:00
The charges for the individuals and the businesses include conspiracy, criminal mischief and multiple violations of state environmental laws, the sources said. They carry potential penalties including imprisonment and millions of dollars in fines.

Long story short.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-12-08 10:00
The Albany County Legislature had the right idea when it banned cups made of Styrofoam, also known as polystyrene, which is not biodegradable and can leach toxins. What lawmakers didn't know was how limited their attempt would be.

Cleanup action announced for Homogeneous Metals site.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-12-08 10:00
Cleanup will include the removal of the two remaining septic systems, excavation and disposal of soils containing greater than 10 parts per million of polychlorinated biphenyls, excavation of soils with high levels of metals and re-grading and capping of much of the site with clean soils that will allow reuse of the property for commercial purposes.

Study: Less lake effect snow, more rain near Great Lakes as climate changes.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-12-07 10:00
The Great Lakes region could see less lake effect snow and more rain by the late 21st century, a new study suggests.

Will New York's governor meet his self-imposed fracking deadline?

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-12-07 10:00
With just weeks remaining in 2014, the state Department of Health reiterated Friday that it anticipates finishing up a new report - which has been in the works since 2012 and will determine the fate of large-scale fracking in New York - by month's end.

Road salt can be harmful to enviroment.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-12-07 10:00
Plows, snow blowers, shovels and salt. Once it snows, they're sure to follow. Clearing driveways, roads and walkways of accumulated snow and ice is an important part of maintaining accessibility, but doing so also can hurt the environment.

Advocates urge Albany County to pass ‘Toxic-Free Toys Act'.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-12-06 10:00
At least a dozen toys being sold in local stores had unsafe levels of chemicals, according to a recent study, and local lawmakers are looking to crack down on retailers selling such items.

Holyoke studies future use for Mount Tom power plant.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-12-06 10:00
The end is near for the last coal-fired power plant in western Massachusetts. Mount Tom Station in Holyoke is to shut down by the end of the month bringing a victory for environmentalists and a quandary about what will become of the plant’s property along the Connecticut River.

Hudson River PCB dredging nears finish line.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-12-05 10:00
New sampling evidence indicates that sites previously skipped near Fort Edward Yacht Basin might have to be dredged during next year’s final season of Hudson River PCB remediation.

Officials: Sediment processing facility to be dismantled at end of PCB dredging.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-12-05 10:00
The small scale of potential additions to the Hudson River dredging project and possible further dredging in the canal won’t be enough cause to keep the Fort Edward dewatering facility operational, according to officials.

'Not One Well' gas campaign launched.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-12-04 10:00
A coalition of groups opposed to the controversial natural gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing have launched the "Not One Well" campaign.

Mayor to name city's first sustainability director.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-12-04 10:00
Mr. de Blasio on Wednesday will create a new agency, the Office of Sustainability, and name Clinton White House veteran Nilda Mesa its first director, administration officials told The AP.

Mattituck Airbase removed from state DEC Superfund list.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-12-04 10:00
The state Department of Environmental Conservation has removed Mattituck Airbase from New York’s Superfund site program. The department notified the public of its intent to remove the New Suffolk Avenue site in August, saying it no longer poses a threat to public health or the environment.

Numbers show how pollution has changed Earth.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-12-03 10:00
In the more than two decades since world leaders first got together to try to solve global warming, life on Earth has changed, not just the climate. It has gotten hotter, more polluted with heat-trapping gases, more crowded and just downright wilder.

New ozone standards will have enormous long-term benefits.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-12-03 10:00
President Obama has been using the Clean Air Act to create some tough environmental standards that have contributed to cleaner air, a reduction in greenhouse gases and much-improved vehicle mileage. His latest effort – to reduce ozone pollution – is likely to make few people happy.
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