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Today's Environmental News in New York

Gas plant site report catches village by surprise.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-07-10 10:00
A report outlining how the former site of a manufactured gas plant in Sag Harbor should be managed, released in February, apparently slipped past village officials, who said this week they were unaware that it had been issued.

Protect New York's waterways.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-07-08 10:00
With summer finally here, many of us are eagerly planning spending a day at Jones Beach or Montauk Point - or enjoying the view along the Hudson. But we now have 5,303,190 new reasons why we need stronger protections for all New York's waters.

Massachusetts law targets gas leak danger.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-07-08 10:00
A new law in Massachusetts sets a uniform standard for rating the severity of natural gas leaks and sets a timetable for making repairs. Governor Deval Patrick publicized the new law at a ceremonial bill signing today in Springfield – a city still scarred from a natural gas explosion two years ago.

Parks Department mulls ways to clear Prospect Park Lake of algae hazards.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-07-08 10:00
In New York, parks honchos are sifting through solutions that could put a permanent stop to the murky green duckweed that has taken over Brooklyn’s only lake over the past two years.

Ousted baykeeper launches new group to protect Long Island water.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-07-07 10:00
After he was ousted from the Peconic Baykeeper program in March, ex-president Kevin McAllister now has his own group devoted to protecting Long Island waters. Following a 16-year run with the advocacy group, Mr. McAllister founded Defend H2O last month.

It's another Beetle invasion.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-07-07 10:00
The Asian long-horned beetle has reappeared on Long Island. For a region that lost thousands of trees to superstorm Sandy and Tropical Storm Irene, the re-emergence of these tree-eating insects is bad news.

New York legislators get B- from Conservation League.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-07-06 10:00
The New York League of Conservation Voters said the legislature passed several bills favored by environmentalists this year, including one that requires the state to consider the effects of climate change and extreme weather.

Former gas plant site in Sag Harbor has land-use restrictions.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-07-06 10:00
Land-use restrictions have been placed on sections of a remediated manufactured-gas plant in Sag Harbor as site-owner National Grid goes to court to recoup costs for contamination left at the site more than 100 years ago.

Plan to regulate Lake Ontario water levels deserves U.S. support.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-07-05 10:00
We endorse Plan 2014, a proposal developed and recently endorsed by the International Joint Commission, a panel of U.S. and Canadian representatives charged with preventing and resolving conflicts concerning shared use of waters on the countries' borders.

New York State Senator says Court of Appeals ruling could help ban ‘equate’.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-07-05 10:00
A Court of Appeals ruling last week that allowed individual towns to ban hydrofracking could have an impact on the fight over the spreading of biosolids on farm fields in Niagara County.

Toxic algae found at Chautauqua Lake.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-07-05 10:00
A blue-green algae, which contains bacteria that can be harmful to humans and pets, is blooming in Chautauqua Lake.

GE agrees to pay $7.9M.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:00
General Electric Co. will pay $7.95 million to settle part of a federal lawsuit filed in 2009 by several Saratoga County municipal agencies that shut down or moved their water supplies when the company began dredging PCBs from the Hudson River that year.

Court rulings shift fracking fight to local level.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:00
A key ruling by New York's highest court has shifted the hydraulic fracturing debate to the local level, but the future of fracking in New York still relies on an opaque decision-making process by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration.

New York's DEC calls site a health hazard.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:00
The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced the discovery of toxic chemicals last Thursday on a former Falmouth Avenue industrial site near New Hyde Park Memorial High School.

New law requires switch to low-sulfur heating fuels.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-07-03 10:00
State officials are promoting a series of changes taking effect this week to help more Vermonters save money staying warm next winter.

GE agrees to pay $7.9M for PCB cleanup consequences.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-07-03 10:00
General Electric Co. will pay $7.95 million to settle part of a federal lawsuit filed in 2009 by several Saratoga County municipal agencies that shut down or moved their water supplies when the company began dredging PCBs from the Hudson River that year.

Governor taps into the clean water fund.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-07-03 10:00
The Cuomo administration has what seems to be some entirely reasonable and legal-sounding arguments for siphoning $511 million from a fund for clean water projects to help pay for the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge. However, just because New York can do something doesn't mean it should.

DEC Police target truck pollution.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-07-03 10:00
Environmental conservation officers were trying to clean up the air on Wednesday, targeting big trucks belching thick smoke.

PSC OKs plant power.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-07-02 10:00
An aging power plant in the Hudson Valley, shut down since being damaged by Superstorm Sandy, could fire back up this year with the blessing of the state Public Service Commission, which rebuffed state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman last month when he raised environmental and other issues.

New York's high court says towns can ban fracking.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-07-01 10:00
In a 5-to-2 ruling, New York's highest court has upheld the right of local governments to ban hydro-fracking within their borders. The decision comes after a nearly three-year court battle over bans passed in the Towns of Dryden and Middlefield.
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