Today's Environmental News in New York
The state Court of Appeals decision Monday that towns can use local zoning powers to prohibit hydraulic fracturing changes everything.
A ruling by New York's highest court upheld town fracking bans; that empowers local residents to make important environmental decisions close to home.
FMC Corp. announced Monday that it is suing New York state and federal environmental agencies in an effort to improve the chances for a less expensive and less intrusive means of cleaning up arsenic in Middleport’s soil.
The top court in New York State upheld a decision Monday that says town governments have the right to decide whether to ban fracking within their borders. There has been a state-wide ban on hydrofracking since 2008, but what this ruling means is if Gov. Andrew Cuomo were to lift that ban tomorrow, town governments have the ultimate say when it comes to fracking.
Brookhaven Town will file a lawsuit against the Long Island Rail Road over the railroad's plan to contain contaminated soil at a former Yaphank dump site by installing stone, concrete and asphalt caps.
The EPA has set reasonable goals, and New York is poised to move forward. But that will mean expanding renewable energy, improving energy efficiency and maintaining existing nuclear power as part of the state's energy mix.
I read recently that some science writers claim NASA and other scientists fiddled with temperature data to show warming. The writers show us one chart with actual U.S. temperatures. Next to it they show the chart NASA now publishes with temperatures changed — temperatures from the 1930s, recently changed.
A clean-energy hub is perhaps the boldest part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s bold plan to remake the Buffalo Niagara economy through his Buffalo Billion economic development program.
The mothballed Danskammer power plant in Newburgh has a new lease on life, now that the state's Public Service Commission has issued a go-ahead approval to transfer ownership, a step toward putting it back online. But controversy swirls about the role of the plant, which sits on the bank of the Hudson River.
Muriatic acid may be a marvel when it comes to removing tough toilet bowl stains, cleaning masonry and maintaining swimming pools, but it should never be disposed of in the municipal waste stream or left out at the curb for garbage pickup.
A new petition urges New York City Mayor de Blasio and Borough President Eric Adams to take action against the 'toxic charcoal smoke rising from Prospect Park into playgrounds, nearby homes, and public walkways' or ban grilling altogether.
Washington is stuffed with climate-change deniers, even more so with politicians who refuse to take action to slow a rise in temperatures that threatens to severely damage America’s way of living. Can they be made to see the light?
After making last-minute appeals to the White House and to Syracuse's congressional representatives, city officials today convinced a federal agency to restore the Syracuse lead program's eligibility for essential federal funding.
Soil samples taken from the rear of a Deer Park property that backs on to an environmentally sensitive wetland show asbestos and other toxic materials similar to those found at other contaminated sites in Islip, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said Friday.
The kayak launch at Hudson Crossing Park remains open, but recently posted warning signs caution visitors of potential exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls. Soil samples were taken last fall at the park as part of ongoing studies of flood plain areas along the General Electric Co. dredging project.
Schuylerville and Victory residents could be left without municipal water if the PCB-laden Old Champlain Canal floods or breaches during heavy rains such as Wednesday night’s, officials say.
Volatile crude oil from the Midwest is passing through Saugerties backyards in unsafe railcars.
Former secretary of the Treasury Henry M. Paulson Jr., a lifelong Republican, has a stern message for his fellow members of the GOP: Stop arguing about evidence of global warming and take firm action now to reduce carbon emissions.
A federal court has barred the Brookhaven Rail Terminal from further sand mining at its planned expansion site and authorized testing for contaminants of material, some of which the owners say was at the property when they bought it.
A freak storm, followed by heavy floods in December 2013, will go down in history as the most destructive natural disaster to have hit the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with reported total damages and losses of at least 103 million dollars.
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