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Today's Environmental News in New York

Large oil slick threatens Sandy Hook Bay, seals.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-12-12 10:00
A large oil slick is threatening New Jersey's Sandy Hook Bay, and authorities fear the sheen could endanger the population of seals that migrate there each winter, the U.S. Coast Guard and parks officials told NBC 4 New York Thursday.

Offering a case against fracking.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-12-12 10:00
Having said he wants science to drive the decision on whether to open the state to natural gas hydrofracking, Gov. Andrew Cuomo got a telephone book-sized dose of science dropped on his desk Thursday by two health groups that want to keep out fracking.

Burns bans hydrofracking.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-12-12 10:00
It's official: Fracking has been banned in Burns. The Burns Town Board passed a local land use law which banned the extraction of natural gas and petroleum by a 3-2 vote during a monthly meeting that went nearly three hours in length Thursday night in Canaseraga Village Hall.

Comptroller releases report on New York environmental funding.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-12-11 10:00
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has experienced staff cuts and constrained funding since 2003 while its responsibilities have grown, according to a report released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Experts: Newark's minority children are most at-risk victims of pollution.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-12-10 10:00
The Ironbound district of Newark is "bounded on three sides" by rail lines. And the area is no stranger to the toxic intrusion of manufacturing plants or the dangerous presence of extensive industrial dumping.

Congress moving toward five-year commitment to continue Great Lakes cleanup.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-12-10 10:00
The federal government’s big-money commitment to restoring the Great Lakes is now almost certain to continue another five years thanks to House passage Tuesday of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative of 2014.

Toxic chemicals lurking in toys, group finds.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-12-10 10:00
A study by an environmental group found traces of dangerous substances in toys, jewelry and clothing sold at national retailers in Westchester.
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