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Today's Environmental News in New York

Schumer: 2 years after Sandy, NY has received $17b for infrastructure upgrades.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-10-27 10:00
New York state has received a total of $17 billion in post-Superstorm Sandy infrastructure funding, Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday. The federal money will be spent on projects such as sand barriers on Long Island, a sewer system for Suffolk County and flood protection at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Companies lobby Cuomo administration state for pipeline approvals.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-10-27 10:00
Two companies that want to bring more natural gas into New York have been lobbying the Cuomo administration and state regulators for approval of new pipeline projects.

Schenectady's SI Group fined 400K by DEC for pollution.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-10-26 10:00
One of the Capital Region's largest chemical plants has been hit with a $400,000 state pollution fine for a host of violations, marking the fifth such instance in less than four years.

Road Salt damaging to Adirondack watershed.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-10-26 10:00
Safe winter roads and clean water aren’t mutually exclusive. But the use of road salt has significantly increased salinity in Adirondack watersheds, according to ongoing research by the Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College.

At-risk residents in New York worry over climate safety; city leaders eye resiliency, outreach.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-10-25 10:00
Do New Yorkers believe, two years after Superstorm Sandy decimated the area's coastline, that they're safer from future storms and devastating floods? The answer, according to 70 residents from around the city – seems to be a resounding "no."

Feds fine poultry slaughterhouse $330,000.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-10-25 10:00
Four years after closing down a New Square poultry slaughterhouse for health violations, federal prosecutors have fined a Kiryas Joel plant that processes 30,000 chickens a day $330,000 for polluting the Ramapo River.

'80 by 50' legislation gets first hearing in City Council.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-10-24 10:00
Legislation to codify an 80-percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050 inched closer to passage Thursday during a hearing of the City Council's environmental protection committee.

The Cuomo Record: Environment.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-10-24 10:00
New York's Governor Cuomo has attracted attention throughout his tenure for delaying action on hot button environmental issues. Nowhere is this more glaring, of course, than the question of whether to permit high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which has been a looming issue his entire term.

Cuomo delays New York fracking study release until after election.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-10-24 10:00
Gov. Cuomo is promising to release the longest-awaited study of his administration – an analysis of the health impacts of fracking – but only after the election.

Vermont farmers, food industry reps react to GMO labeling proposals.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-10-24 10:00
Last spring, Vermont became the first state to enact a controversial law that requires labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients. But as it turns out, sticking a label on GMO foods is no simple task.

Report's editing may have helped Cuomo administration.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-10-24 10:00
The federally funded United States Geological Survey has been producing reports on the natural sciences for well over a century and enjoys a reputation for objectivity. But an investigative report suggests that on at least one occasion objectivity may have been sacrificed to serve the political aims of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

NYSERDA promoting program for high-efficiency wood burning heat systems.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-23 10:00
As the home heating season approaches, the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency, or NYSERDA, is pushing a program that offers incentives for heating homes with wood pellets and cordwood, and using the latest high-efficiency, low-emission wood heating systems.

Governor, take a look at fracking.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-23 10:00
On the morning of Sept. 9, something unexpected happened: Gov. Andrew Cuomo answered a question related to fracking clearly and definitively, in front of cameras and reporters for the whole world to hear.

New data shows alarming nitrogen levels in Long Island’s waterways.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-23 10:00
In a startling new study by Stony Brook scientists, more than two-thirds of the Island’s coastal waters this summer showed poor to lethal amounts of oxygen.

Hawkins says he will attack Cuomo's stance on hydrofracking during debate.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-10-22 10:00
The controversial issue of hydrofracking will come up in Wednesday night’s New York gubernatorial debate if Howie Hawkins has anything to do with it. Hawkins, of Syracuse, says he’s still the only candidate on the ballot who supports a ban on hydrofracking.

Enbridge oil pipeline project delayed by spill concerns.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-10-22 10:00
Citing water-safety concerns, the Canada National Energy Board denied the application for an oil pipeline project proposed by Enbridge Pipelines of Calgary that would carry crude oil across the watersheds of Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River.

Environmental groups struggle for diversity.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-10-22 10:00
A study released in July found that though people of color account for more than one-third of the U.S. population, they have not broken what the study called "the green ceiling" in the mainstream environmental movement.

Wheatfield residents continue to sound off on biosolids issues.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-10-21 10:00
Town residents continued to take a hard stance on biosolids as town officials held a public hearing Monday night to discuss the procedure for reporting any biosolids accidents and defining what sort of leakage accident constitutes a "spill."

Red wines on the rise in New York.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-10-20 10:00
The credit for popular red wines — think Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, among others — often goes to California. But a combination of climate change, expertise in New York’s wine industry and awareness are beginning to change that.

North Country House candidates Woolf, Funiciello debate climate change issues.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-10-20 10:00
The two North Country congressional candidates who responded to a questionnaire on climate issues both believe steps need to be taken to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
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