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Today's Environmental News in New York

PCBs along Hudson River prompt signs at park.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-06-27 10:00
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.

Water systems threatened by PCBs: Officials.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-06-27 10:00
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.

Oil trains raise safety, environmental concerns.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-06-27 10:00
Volatile crude oil from the Midwest is passing through Saugerties backyards in unsafe railcars.

Call to action on climate.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-06-26 10:00
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.

Court bars Brookhaven Rail Terminal sand mining.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-06-25 10:00
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.

Disaster-prone Caribbean looks to better financing.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-06-24 10:00
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.

Marcellus waste ends up in New York landfills, study finds it could be radioactive.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-06-24 10:00
Whenever an oil or gas well is drilled, the material that comes out of the well can include rocks and drilling mud and brine and water. New York and the other states in the Marcellus region allow that waste, which comes up before a well is fracked, into municipal landfills.

These homes took a licking and kept on costing taxpayers.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-06-24 10:00
Some 4,700 homes and businesses in New York and New Jersey are classified as "severe and repetitive loss" properties, meaning they flooded at least twice over a 10-year period and suffered extensive damages. All told, flood insurance has paid out more than a billion dollars to fix them.

Oil industry is already seeking exemptions from state rules.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-06-24 10:00
Risks to human health, drinking water supplies and the environment from one high-volume hydrofracking oil or gas well are hundreds of times greater than from one conventional well. The odds that New York’s regulatory system can protect property owners from these new risks are not good. Here is why.

Asian tiger mosquitoes on Long Island prompt call for CDC help.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-06-24 10:00
With summer heating up, officials on Long Island Monday asked for help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a battle against what they call an "aggressive" and "vicious" pest known to transmit tropical diseases such as dengue fever: the Asian tiger mosquito.

Meet an unwelcomed guest -- hydrilla.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-06-23 10:00
Federal, state and local authorities are launching campaigns to eradicate the onset of a dangerous invasive species. Hydrilla, an aquatic plant from Southeast Asia, is now clinging to the banks of area waterways.

Clean up old Navy Depot.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-06-23 10:00
An underground toxic plume beneath the property contains chemical degreasers and other materials dating back to the Vietnam War. Among the chemicals in the plume is suspected-cancer-contributor, trichloroethylene.

Is Onondaga County destined to take New York City's garbage?

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-06-22 10:00
Trainloads of New York City garbage will begin arriving in Niagara Falls early next year. They will keep coming for 20 years.

EPA orders Mount Vernon to fix sewer system.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-06-21 10:00
Sewage: you know it when you smell it, and it's not hard to smell it at the north end of Farrell Avenue, where dense trees and brush stand between a residential neighborhood and the Hutchinson River.

Minisink group seeks monitoring of gas compressor emissions.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-06-21 10:00
When Pramilla Malick's son developed asthma last summer, he was 16, which is considered old for the onset of asthma. Malick said their symptoms would erupt during or after an "odor event," a period of malodorous emissions at the new Millennium Pipeline gas compressor station nearby.

Nonprofit water lab completes pre-fracking baseline testing.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-06-20 10:00
Nearly 2 million New Yorkers rely on private wells for drinking water. Most of them have never done extensive testing to know what's in their water.

Minisink group wants monitoring of gas compressor.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-06-20 10:00
When Pramilla Malick's son developed asthma last summer, he was 16, which is considered old for the onset of asthma. His symptoms began at a time when she and her daughter and some of their neighbors in Minisink New York were also experiencing new ailments.

New York brownfield program gets mixed reviews.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-06-20 10:00
If all goes well, the New York Brownfield Cleanup Program will help bring a new owner and new business into the former JK Electric building. The company closed the facility four years ago after PCB contamination under previous owners was discovered.

Plum Island going back under the microscope.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-06-20 10:00
Environmental experts on both sides of Long Island Sound are embarking on new initiatives designed to educate the public about the importance of preserving Plum Island.

Schumer asks EPA to investigate dumping of toxic waste in Islip.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-06-20 10:00
Sen. Charles Schumer Thursday called on the Environmental Protection Agency to begin an investigation into the dumping of thousands of tons of contaminated materials on at least three sites in the Town of Islip.
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