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Today's Environmental News in New York

Feds step up on oil safety.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-05-09 10:00
New orders put needed pressure on the state Department of Environmental Conservation to stick to its promised scrutiny of Global Companies, on the federal government to release the new tank car rules quickly, and on oil shippers to live up to their safety commitments — all before this crude oil tsunami drowns us all.

Excessive nitrogen harming Long Island storm-buffering salt marshes, says DEC.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-05-09 10:00
Excessive levels of nitrogen from wastewater, septic systems and other sources are increasingly harming Long Island salt marshes that provide protection from storm surges and flooding, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said yesterday.

Nitrogen pollution threatens Long Island’s south shore: report.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-05-09 10:00
Nitrogen pollution continues to threaten vulnerable marshlands that serve as natural buffers, causing losses of critical areas along the South Shore of Long Island and diminishing their ability to protect coastal communities, according to a study released by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Thursday.

Islip takes steps to recover costs associated with alleged illegal dumping in town park.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-05-09 10:00
The Town of Islip is preparing lawsuits to recoup money from contractors who may be criminally charged by the Suffolk County district attorney for illegally dumping asbestos-filled debris inside Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood, officials said Wednesday.

Push for investigations into Roberto Clemente Park dumping.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-05-09 10:00
An environmentalist who is running for the New York State Senate against Islip Town Councilman Anthony Senft Thursday pressed for federal and state investigations into the illegal dumping of tons of asbestos-laden materials into Brentwood's Roberto Clemente Park.

Long Island park closed after asbestos-laden debris mysteriously dumped there.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-05-08 10:00
A Long Island park has been padlocked and closed as law enforcement officials try to solve the mystery of who dumped asbestos-contaminated soil and debris there as part of what was supposed to be an improvement project.

Residents near Roberto Clemente Park in Islip fear for their health.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-05-08 10:00
Fern Rostas is worried, very worried, about her soon to be 5-year-old grandson. "He's been coughing," she said Wednesday. "It seems like a lot of people around here have been coughing," her neighbor, Mike Morales, said.

Suffolk bill aims to protect aquifers by banning fracking waste.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-05-08 10:00
The sale and use of liquid waste from hydraulic fracturing will be banned in Suffolk County under an aquifer-protection bill expected to be signed by the county executive this month.

New York to be hotter, wetter and buggier.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-05-07 10:00
Welcome to the climate future of New York: warmer, wetter, with more disease-carrying ticks and mosquitoes and more allergy-causing pollen, according to the National Climate Assessment issued on Tuesday by the federal government, which looks at how climate change is expected to affect the U.S.

E.P.A. reproves state for handling of crude shipping permits.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-05-07 10:00
The federal Environmental Protection Agency issued an unusual rebuke to state officials today for approving crude oil-handling permits at the Albany port based on a company's unverified claims.

E-cigarette regulations gaining traction in New York.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-05-07 10:00
While many details remain cloudy, state lawmakers are forging ahead with their push to tighten regulations on e-cigarettes. Proposals working through the New York state Senate include a ban on using e-cigarettes in public places, such as offices, restaurants and bars.

Nothing done with well-water testing plans.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-05-06 10:00
Three southern Dutchess towns enacted their own laws mandating well testing whenever a home is sold. And the county Health Department established a website to report the results of those well tests.

Most Democrats 'have supported fracking,' Schumer says.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-05-06 10:00
Sen. Charles Schumer on Monday said he and most other Democrats are supportive of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, but he sounded a more cautious tone when asked if it should be allowed in New York.

Schumer becomes a flashpoint in fracking debate.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-05-06 10:00
Sen. Charles Schumer's positive comments about fracking this morning put him in the middle of the state's contentious debate about whether to allow the practice in New York State.

Syracuse lead program threatened as feds demand repayment of $1.5 million.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-05-06 10:00
Federal officials have ordered the Syracuse lead program to repay nearly $1.5 million in grants after finding fault with the city's management of construction projects to remove lead hazards from city homes.

King Fuels site work under criminal investigation in Troy.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-05-06 10:00
A joint state-federal investigation into the potential criminal burial of asbestos-contaminated materials is under way at the King Fuels site, city officials confirmed Monday.

Substandard wells blamed for contamination in town of Batavia.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-05-06 10:00
Substandard wells are believed to be the cause of 20 town of Batavia residences’ where water went bad this spring, according to the Genesee County Health Department. The affected area included houses on Route 63 and Batavia-Elba Townline Road, in the northwest section of the town of Batavia.

New York’s community gardens are sort of toxic to your health.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-05-06 10:00
Bad news for people who like to support their local community gardens when shopping for their vegetables. Good news for people who love ingesting arsenic and lead with their vegetables. The New York Post reports that a study on soil contamination by the state Center for Environmental Health found toxic soil at 70 percent of New York’s gardens.

PCB dredging to resume for 2014 season.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-05-06 10:00
Dredging of PCBs in the upper Hudson River is expected to resume for the 2014 season on Wednesday, according to General Electric Co. and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Roberto Clemente Park sampling to be done by environmental consultant.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-05-06 10:00
The Suffolk County, N.Y., district attorney has hired an environmental consulting firm to determine if there are contaminants at Roberto Clemente Park – the Islip Town facility where allegations of illegal dumping are under investigation.
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