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Today's Environmental News in New York

Wheatfield, New York, residents say law on sludge isn’t tough enough.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-05-13 10:00
Residents who spoke Monday at a public hearing on Wheatfield’s proposed law banning use or storage of products derived from sewage sludge remained unhappy that the law doesn’t shut down the Quasar Energy Group plant on Liberty Drive.

West Seneca, New York, enacts moratorium on anaerobic digestion facilities.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-05-13 10:00
Building new or expanding existing anaerobic digestion facilities in West Seneca was put on hold Monday night, when the Town Board unanimously approved a six-month moratorium during which it will address concerns about such operations.

Troy council to vote on subpoenas in asbestos case.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-05-12 10:00
A special City Council meeting to vote on issuing subpoenas to investigate city activities at the King Street and King Fuels demolition sites has been called. The ongoing review by the council has caused political turmoil in the city.

Millions slated for city plant upgrades.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-05-12 10:00
Some $3.4 million is on the way to the city of Hornell to finance the first major upgrade of its water pollution control plant in almost 30 years.

Harsh climate change forecast for New York.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-05-11 10:00
A national climate assessment released last week provides citizens with insight of the potential impact of climate change on the United States, and things don’t look good for the Empire State. Specifically, infrastructure, agriculture, fisheries, ecosystems and even health are being compromised.

If New York relents on natural gas, will it be worthwhile?

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-05-11 10:00
Fracking proponents and critics agree that in total, the state is never likely to come close to spewing out as much gas as the wells just across the border in Pennsylvania. It’s all a matter of geography and geology.

Salt in wells: Scientists analyze data provided by Journal.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-05-11 10:00
More than half of the private wells in the Town of East Fishkill have higher concentrations of sodium from road salt than some government health standards recommend, according to a new study by local scientists.

West Seneca lawmakers considering moratorium on anaerobic digestion plants.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-05-11 10:00
Amid rumors of expansion plans and a recent operational hiccup at an anaerobic digestion plant in the Town of West Seneca, lawmakers want a moratorium on new or expanded operations at such facilities.

Polluted park in Brentwood becomes political battleground.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-05-11 10:00
Islip Town's Roberto Clemente Park, where tons of asbestos-laden debris was dumped, became ground zero in the heated race in the 3rd State Senate District last week, although it wasn't always clear whether the combatants were acting as candidates or advocates and town officials.

Treasures worthy of a fight to save.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-05-10 10:00
If you look through the 860-page report, the work of more than 300 scientists and government officials, you can't avoid a troubling conclusion: A lot of what we are accustomed to, some of which we hold dear, is about to vanish or be dramatically altered by climate change.

Searching for sediment in the Hudson.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-05-10 10:00
Scientists are searching the Hudson for sediment left behind by 2011's tropical storms to better understand how the river responds to intense weather.

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.
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