Today's Environmental News in New York
A short-term test by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to increase the flow rate of contaminated groundwater treated and discharged from the Dewey Loeffel toxic landfill Superfund site into the Valatie Kill was approved for completion Tuesday.
In his first six months as mayor, Bill de Blasio has yet to prioritize one policy area, according to some mainstream environmentalists--sustainability.
The Natural Resources Defense Council, of which I am a member, found in a little-publicized report issued in April that 2,300 Bronx residents who were not in the government’s flood plain maps got flooded by Sandy. It was worse in Brooklyn, where 162,000 people were caught off guard.
The Wheatfield Town Board voted unanimously Monday to ban the use and storage of biosolids in the town, except by those who already have permits.
As East End officials weigh a ban on plastic checkout bags across their five-town region, Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst is gauging support for a ban throughout Suffolk County.
More than 2,500 Ground Zero rescuers and responders have been diagnosed with cancer, and a growing number are seeking compensation for their illnesses. The grim toll has skyrocketed from the 1,140 cancer cases reported last year.
On eve of EPA hearings, New York already aiming for cleaner power; part of nine-state regional greenhouse gas initiative.
Proposed carbon emissions standards are the subject of hearings this week that would cut carbon pollution in the power sector by 30 percent compared to 2005 levels.
In the mid-1970s, General Electric alone employed nearly 2,700 workers. Today, 167 employees remain on the job in the Fort Edward facility. The doors at that plant will close for good in early 2015, having employed thousands in the community for the past 73 years.
As of this year, over 500 of the Appalachian Mountains have been destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining. It's time for New York state to divest from this industry.
The challenge is now to our leadership to marshal the green assets of our region, to connect them in a common mission and to leverage them into a unified approach in marketing these benefits to companies around the globe.
Cleaning up thousands of tons of illegally dumped contaminated material, such as that found at four sites in Islip and Babylon, can take months to complete -- and fill deposited in fragile wetlands presents an even more complicated challenge, experts said.
A new report argues that expanding and strengthening the community forest rights of indigenous and rural people in Latin America, Africa and Asia can lead to less deforestation and contribute to lower carbon dioxide emissions.
The environmental group Riverkeeper has released an updated report that provides enlightening information. It should serve as a clarion call that far more must be done to cleanse the river and restore it to better health.
Environmental authorities found traces of trichloroethylene (TCE), an industrial degreaser known to cause cancer after prolonged exposure, in soil and groundwater samples taken at the Olean Well Field Superfund Site.
Shipments of liquid nuclear waste over New York's Peace Bridge could begin as soon as September 2015, the office of Rep. Brian Higgins said Thursday as the Buffalo congressman demanded that the federal government do a full environmental review of the shipments before they begin.
Industrial contamination from decades ago has been found in a small section of east Olean once thought to have been sufficiently cleansed of hazardous, cancer-causing substances.
Long-suffering households with MTBE-polluted wells will be hooked up to a clean water line if county legislators agree to take out a $350,000 bond for the work.
The debate over proposals to store natural gas, propane and butane in salt caverns under Seneca Lake has become increasingly vocal, especially after a federal agency approved part of the project last May.
Two New York state senators are demanding the Department of Environmental Conservation take aggressive action to address sewer overflows that have contaminated Scajaquada Creek.
For the last four years, the black-and-white Holstein cows at Peter Wagner's dairy farm in Poestenkill have been like little electric power plants, with their manure converted into enough electricity so far to power nearly 185 average homes for a year.
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