Today's Environmental News in New York
The sky was sunny and the temperature was in the upper 70s but the swimsuit-clad kids weren't able to cool off in Chautauqua Lake. That's because there was a suspected bloom of toxic blue-green algae discovered Friday morning in their swimming area.
For six years, public-opinion polls in New York have shown voters effectively split on the issue of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. But what about voters within the boundaries of the Marcellus Shale, the gas-rich rock formation that covers much of the Southern Tier and Catksills?
A revamped $250 million state program to subsidize more electricity from alternative energy could help drive down prices to the state by making it less expensive for developers to borrow money, an environmental advocate said.
A massive anthrax attack will hit the city Friday — or at least that’s what 1,500 staffers from a dozen city agencies will hear first thing in the morning, setting off the biggest surprise emergency response drill the city has ever attempted.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation is again extending the public comment period on a proposal by an oil terminal operator at the Port of Albany to build a facility that would heat crude oil for shipment, the agency said Wednesday.
Members of the International Joint Commission have completed their long-awaited proposal for revitalizing Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, unanimously endorsed it and have sent it to the U.S. and Canadian governments for approval.
New York City’s do-gooders are at it again, this time looking to put a 10-cent fee on each plastic bag that stores normally provide to their customers without charge. This isn’t just another burden on the city’s beleaguered small retailers, it’s also a terrible idea for public health.
The Town of Islip next month will begin cleaning up the first of several sites where toxic materials have been found after a probe launched by the Suffolk County district attorney into illegal dumping prompted the town to do its own review of more than 100 town-owned parks.
Cash incentives announced Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo are aimed at stimulating more heat in homes and businesses from "good, old-fashioned wood" harvested in the state, said state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens.
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.
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