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Today's Environmental News in New York

Your higher electric bill.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-06-08 10:00
First the good news: There’s no good reason the new EPA regulations on carbon emissions should mean higher electric bills for New Yorkers. Now the bad news: There’s every political reason it will.

EPA goal is in reach in New York, environment group says.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-06-07 10:00
New York can comply with an Obama administration proposal to reduce carbon emissions by 2030 by becoming more energy efficient, relying more on natural gas and modifying coal-fired power plants, environmentalists say.

The power of competition for electricity.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-06-07 10:00
The Obama administration took a huge step last week in fighting climate change by proposing regulations to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.

New carbon pollution regulations are encouraging.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-06-07 10:00
Modest as it may be, the Clean Power Plan has the potential to move the country measurably forward. States will design their own plans to meet the emissions goals, and the result is likely to be more attention to, and investment in, renewable power and energy efficiency.

UR study links pollution to autism, schizophrenia.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-06-07 10:00
Tiny bits of air pollution may do more than make you sneeze or cough. They may irritate very young brains. When mice younger than 2 weeks old were exposed to very small particles of pollutants, their brains showed damage that is consistent with brain changes in humans with autism and schizophrenia.

Canandaigua joins fracking bans.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-06-07 10:00
The city of Canandaigua has joined the roster of New York communities to prohibit drilling for natural gas. The City Council voted Thursday night to adopt a local law that permanently bans natural gas exploration and the storage, treatment or disposal of drilling wastewater disposal within city limits.

A cost of rail oil profits.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-06-06 10:00
First, 47 people were killed and a town flattened last summer when a crude oil-filled freight train exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. Then, as residents mourned the death and destruction, the railroad at fault declared bankruptcy, leaving the Canadian government holding a nearly $3 billion bill.

New York State DEC releases blueprint to protect Long Island's drinking water from pesticides.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-06-06 10:00
New York State's environmental agency Thursday released a blueprint for protecting Long Island's drinking water from pesticides even as a key state legislator said the plan wasn't stringent enough and lacked deadlines for action.

Brookhaven Town officials want Yaphank site cleaned up and not capped.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-06-06 10:00
Brookhaven Town officials have criticized a recommendation by the state to place caps over contaminated soil at a former Long Island Rail Road dump in Yaphank.

Downtown’s 'living barrier' to protect the East Side.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-06-05 10:00
In a united front, NYC Mayor de Blasio was joined by Governor Cuomo, Senator Chuck Schumer and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan at the Riis Houses to announce a massive allocation of federal funding to protect the East Village and Lower East Side from flooding in an age of dramatic climate change.

Syracuse University climate change garden may be first of its kind in the world.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-06-05 10:00
In what might be the first of its kind in the world, a "climate change garden" has been planted at Syracuse University to track how plants will adapt to global warming.

Group launches campaign warning expecting mothers about wireless radiation.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-06-05 10:00
Could your cell phone cause harm to your unborn baby? That is the concern being raised by one environmental group which launched a nationwide awareness campaign on Wednesday.

EPA releases Housatonic River cleanup plan.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-06-05 10:00
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a plan to clean the Housatonic River stretching from Pittsfield, Massachusetts to the Long Island Sound.

Local fracking bans put to state's top court.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-06-04 10:00
The state's top court will soon decide whether towns can ban hydraulic fracturing, after judges grilled attorneys on both sides of the debate for an hour Tuesday.

Tougher oil tank cars sought.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-06-04 10:00
The president of the Railway Supply Institute, while describing the DOT-111 tank car as "a very safe vehicle," nevertheless is urging federal regulators to support recommendations for stronger tank cars to transport crude. The tank car is the type involved in last summer's Quebec rail disaster that killed 47.

Forge River pollution highlighted by Cuomo’s Long Island water quality.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-06-04 10:00
Decades of duck manure have been coagulating on the river bottom along with the overflow from outmoded cesspools and leaky septic systems in a watershed that is sorely in need of a sewage treatment system.

Let towns, cities decide on fracking.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-06-03 10:00
Tuesday, the New York State Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a case that poses a simple question: Can cities and towns in the Empire State fend off potentially devastating environmental and economic damage by banning hydraulic fracturing through their zoning code?

GMOs in food stir controversy.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-06-03 10:00
Genetically-modified organisms are in a lot of food. That means many of the items available in a supermarket today – from soda to mayonnaise – contain an ingredient whose DNA, or genetic structure, has been changed by humans or came from livestock fed genetically-modified grain.

Fallout! Radiation fears poisoned LICH talks.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-06-02 10:00
New York officials have long claimed Long Island College Hospital is a toxic morass sapping taxpayer money but a spurned developer now says it was booted from hospital takeover talks after pointing out the former medical campus may actually be radioactive.

Researchers begin study of Mohawk River fish.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-06-02 10:00
Most of the fish caught Thursday in the Mohawk River were returned to the water, but at least one was not. One 18-inch fallfish has a new home at the New York State Museum in Albany alongside more than a million specimens dating back to 1840.
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