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Today's Environmental News in New York

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.

Feds: Indian Point may have ongoing tritium leak.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-06-20 10:00
Radioactive tritium in the groundwater beneath the Indian Point nuclear power plant could be part of an ongoing leak and not a momentary spike as first thought, federal regulators said Thursday.

Groundwater treatments to continue at Lockheed plant.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-06-19 10:00
Lockheed Martin would continue treating contaminated groundwater at and around a North Hempstead, New York, property it once owned under a plan proposed this month by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Lobbyists working to derail child-products bill.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-06-18 10:00
Intensive lobbying at the Capitol by the chemical industry could derail a bill that would limit chemicals in some children's products.

Fleming calls for more filtration at Dewey Loeffel site.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-06-18 10:00
Recent test findings by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of possible carcinogens in water discharged from the Dewey Loeffel toxic landfill Superfund site plant into the Valatie Kill have prompted Town Supervisor David Fleming to call for additional water filtration at the plant.

Mohawk River scarlet spill solved: Paint.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-06-18 10:00
A mysterious red spill that tainted the Mohawk River near the Glenville Business & Technology Park last month turned out to be latex paint that had gotten into the municipal sewer system, according to federal military officials whose facility in the park was first thought to be the source of the spill.

Costly state pollution program getting more life.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-06-18 10:00
As the legislative session winds down this week, state lawmakers are working to extend a controversial pollution cleanup program that has already cost taxpayers more than $1 billion and could cost billions more in coming years.

Islip dumping nightmare needs to be fixed.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-06-18 10:00
The news keeps getting worse in the scandal surrounding illegal dumping in the Town of Islip. Another site has been found and more toxic material has been verified, and it becomes ever clearer that someone -- more than one person, most likely -- has a cynical and callous disregard for human health, the environment and the law.

Officials: Roberto Clemente Park cleanup could take at least six months.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-06-18 10:00
It could take at least six months to fully clear Roberto Clemente Park of the estimated 50,000 tons of construction debris laced with toxins, Islip Town officials say, prompting concerns from health experts, environmentalists and local residents as they await full disclosure of contaminant levels.
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