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Today's Environmental News in New York

Climate change 'growing threat' to all countries; Latinos 'worried' about climate.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-12-01 10:00
President Barack Obama is in Paris to participate in climate change talks, an issue the Latino community has made a priority.

Contamination around Lackawanna incinerator wider than first thought.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2015-11-30 10:00
State environmental and health officials are calling for a more than 55 percent expansion of the incinerator’s Superfund site footprint.

Alcoa jobs saved in North Country.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2015-11-25 10:00
Sen. Chuck Schumer said he had earlier helped Alcoa get a scaled-back federal cleanup of toxic PCBs from the Grasse River to help the plant stay open, and felt "betrayed" when the corporation announced last month the smelter was to close by early next year.

The promise of fracking: Lessons from Pennsylvania.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-11-24 10:00
The environment feels the sting of Pennsylvania's regulatory approach.

Can New York's top lawyer fight climate change?

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2015-11-23 10:00
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman opened a new front in the war over climate change regulation earlier this month, bringing to an end an investigation of Peabody Energy and opening a new one of ExxonMobil.

Indian Point: State denies certificate for future Hudson River use.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2015-11-14 10:00
The New York Department of State has refused to give Indian Point a certificate required for future use of the Hudson River — part of the Cuomo administration's ongoing attempt to block the plant's license renewal and force its closure.

Feds greenlight GE plan to shutter Ft. Edward PCB processing plant.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-11-13 10:00
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday approved plans by General Electric Co. to take down its PCB processing plant in Fort Edward, Washington County, to end its six-year dredging project to remove the toxins from the Hudson River.

Hoosick Falls, New York, worried chemical may be in drinking water.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2015-11-11 10:00
People packed a village meeting in Hoosick Falls Tuesday night after receiving a notice their water might be contaminated.

Man claims he caught three-eyed fish in Gowanus Canal.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-11-10 10:00
When it comes to the question, "will the Gowanus Canal ever produce some sort of mutant being?" - the eyes apparently have it.

Albany County Legislature bans sale of products containing microbeads.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2015-11-10 10:00
Say goodbye to certain kinds of facial scrubs, body washes and toothpastes in Albany County. On Monday, the Albany County Legislature unanimously voted to take cosmetics containing microbeads off the shelves.

Overreach by New York State on show again in Middleport.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2015-11-09 10:00
Proof is lacking that arsenic poses any danger to human health by it being in the soil at higher than “normal” levels. The DEC’s determination to get rid of all traces of it anyway, makes this remediation project of questionable value.

North Country aluminum giant Alcoa to lay off 500 in Massena and seal its toxins in riverbed.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2015-11-09 10:00
While last week's announcement by Alcoa means jobs will be lost, a troubled environmental legacy will linger at its sprawling, 2,700-acre Massena Plant at the Canadian border in St. Lawrence County.

Green-living people seek natural burial options.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2015-11-06 10:00
Natural burial — the internment of the dead in a simple coffin or shroud without the use of embalming fluids, allowing natural decomposition of the body — is gaining traction.

Pollution must stop: Groups to protest state’s inaction on groundwater contamination.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2015-11-05 10:00
The state of New York takes land and water pollution very seriously — as long as it’s not the responsible party.

Cheektowaga agrees to state approach for curbing sewage overflows.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2015-11-02 10:00
Cheektowaga officials have relented and agreed with the state’s proposal to curb sewage overflows into area waterways by first addressing all of the downspouts and sump pumps illegally discharging into the sanitary sewer.

Health impacts of agricultural pesticides.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2015-11-02 10:00
Many consumers have become concerned with the health impacts of ingesting residual pesticides used to protect fruit and vegetable.

Some tough truths 3 years after Sandy.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2015-10-29 10:00
We have a tremendous amount of work to do that will require hundreds — not tens — of billions in funding to ensure that New York City, particularly our most vulnerable communities, are safe and resilient for generations.
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