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Today's Environmental News in New York

EPA announces new five-year Great Lakes action plan.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-09-25 10:00
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.

US Sen. Charles Schumer pushes bill banning top ten toxic flame retardants.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:00
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Albany yesterday to push a new bill banning the 10 most toxic flame retardants.

Legislators hear pros and cons in e-cigarette debate.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:00
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.

On fracking, earthquakes and Indian Point.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:00
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.

Which US cities will be the safest against climate change?

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:00
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.

Cuomo says he won’t rush state health officials for fracking study.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:00
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.

Lab that tested Nassau landfill's water is fined.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:00
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.

Parts of Bethpage park to close for soil tests by Northrop Grumman.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:00
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 some African American residents, climate change is but one of many priorities.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-09-23 10:00
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.

Schumer proposes law to ban toxic flame retardants.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-09-23 10:00
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.

Lawsuit: Drivers' cancers caused by exhaust fumes at NYC bus depot.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-09-22 10:00
A potential killer lurked inside the New York City Transit bus depot on Yukon Avenue, New Springville, alleges a lawsuit.

Primary results a referendum on fracking.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-09-21 10:00
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.

White House announces plan to battle drug resistant bacteria.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-09-21 10:00
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.

State to OK chemical plant rules.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-09-20 10:00
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.

Neighbors asked to OK blast.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-09-20 10:00
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.

The rising threats to Long Island's water.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-09-20 10:00
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.

Auburn, New York, reinstates ban on accepting gas drilling wastewater.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-09-19 10:00
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.

New findings on fracking.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-09-19 10:00
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.

New York attorney general urges federal water protection for streams and wetlands.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-09-19 10:00
Nearly two million miles of streams nationwide could go unprotected by federal law despite the Clean Water Act.

Climate action planners confront biomass project.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-09-18 10:00
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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