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Today's Environmental News in New York

On Sandy anniversary, de Blasio promises to do more.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-30 10:00
On the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy on Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and city leaders applauded the recovery progress and promised more but voiced frustration at what has yet to be done.

Astorino backs fracking while Cuomo has postponed decision.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-30 10:00
There's an industry that's pushing to get into New York with a promise of tens of thousands of jobs and the biggest private-sector commitment of capital in decades, while offering a way to help the United States become less dependent on Middle East oil.

Residents express health concerns related to asbestos abatement at Mount Manresa property.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-30 10:00
Beth Malone worries every day about her health after working at Ground Zero after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Last month she had another health concern, when asbestos was being removed from two buildings at Mount Manresa to make way for 250 townhouses.

Genesee County pollution rates among lowest in state.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-30 10:00
Genesee County has one of the lowest rates of pollution in the state, with a mere 17 pounds of chemicals released into the air in 2013, according to EPA’s annual Toxins Release Inventory.

First detection of pine beetle in NYS confirmed.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-30 10:00
The presence of southern pine beetle (SPB) in three locations along the southern shore of Long Island has been confirmed. This is the first detection of SPB in New York State.

Meeting Thursday on Corning soil study.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-30 10:00
A public meeting will be held Thursday in Corning to discuss preliminary results of a study that has found elevated levels of lead, cadmium and arsenic in parts of northeast Corning.

Riverkeeper sues for environmental review of Danskammer.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-30 10:00
The Ossining-based environmental nonprofit announced its lawsuit Wednesday, two years to the day after Superstorm Sandy's surge poured into Danskammer's lower levels along the Hudson River in Newburgh.

Feds weigh Genesee River cleanup study.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-30 10:00
A detailed plan for a fresh environmental assessment of the northernmost stretch of the Genesee River has been drawn up and is under consideration by federal officials.

GE sees faults in EPA's Housatonic Rver cleanup plan.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-30 10:00
General Electric has filed formal comments on the U.S. EPA’s cleanup plan for the Housatonic River. The company dumped harmful chemicals called PCBs into the river from its Pittsfield plant from the 1930s until the substance was banned in 1977. GE is now responsible for cleanup work.

Raw milk contaminated in Sullivan County.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-10-29 10:00
Consumers in Sullivan County and the surrounding area are being advised not to consumer unpasteurized raw farm milk from the Richard Dirie Farm on Shandelee Road in Livingston Manor due to possible Listeria contamination. To date, no illnesses are known to the department to be associated with the product.

Lead lingers as threat to children in Erie County, New York.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-10-28 10:00
Erie County will use a $3 million federal grant to educate parents about the threat posed by the toxic metal, and to assess and reduce its levels in 200 residences.

Stony Brook: 'Dead zones' discovered in North Fork waters.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-10-28 10:00
Researchers from Stony Brook University and The Nature Conservancy released a map last week that depicts the location and breadth of water quality problems, such as brown tide and hypoxia, that cropped up around Long Island this past year.

Town of Ulster will oversee bottling plant proposal.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-10-28 10:00
Despite objections from the environmental group Riverkeeper, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation says it has no problem letting the Town of Ulster become lead agency to review Niagara Bottling's proposal to build a $53-million plant.

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.
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