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Today's Environmental News in New York

On eve of EPA hearings, New York already aiming for cleaner power; part of nine-state regional greenhouse gas initiative.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-07-28 10:00
Proposed carbon emissions standards are the subject of hearings this week that would cut carbon pollution in the power sector by 30 percent compared to 2005 levels.

End of an era nears for GE and Fort Edward.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-07-27 10:00
In the mid-1970s, General Electric alone employed nearly 2,700 workers. Today, 167 employees remain on the job in the Fort Edward facility. The doors at that plant will close for good in early 2015, having employed thousands in the community for the past 73 years.

Surface mining's price.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-07-27 10:00
As of this year, over 500 of the Appalachian Mountains have been destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining. It's time for New York state to divest from this industry.

Syracuse can be a world-beater in green tech — if a visionary leader points the way.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-07-27 10:00
The challenge is now to our leadership to marshal the green assets of our region, to connect them in a common mission and to leverage them into a unified approach in marketing these benefits to companies around the globe.

Cleaning up contaminated lands a long, complex process.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-07-27 10:00
Cleaning up thousands of tons of illegally dumped contaminated material, such as that found at four sites in Islip and Babylon, can take months to complete -- and fill deposited in fragile wetlands presents an even more complicated challenge, experts said.

Latin America, Africa & Asia: Community forests and their peoples need enhanced protections.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-07-27 10:00
A new report argues that expanding and strengthening the community forest rights of indigenous and rural people in Latin America, Africa and Asia can lead to less deforestation and contribute to lower carbon dioxide emissions.

Riverkeeper report sheds light on Hudson.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-07-27 10:00
The environmental group Riverkeeper has released an updated report that provides enlightening information. It should serve as a clarion call that far more must be done to cleanse the river and restore it to better health.

Contamination in East Olean poses no imminent health threat, EPA says.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-07-26 10:00
Environmental authorities found traces of trichloroethylene (TCE), an industrial degreaser known to cause cancer after prolonged exposure, in soil and groundwater samples taken at the Olean Well Field Superfund Site.

Shipments of nuclear waste could start here in 2015.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-07-25 10:00
Shipments of liquid nuclear waste over New York's Peace Bridge could begin as soon as September 2015, the office of Rep. Brian Higgins said Thursday as the Buffalo congressman demanded that the federal government do a full environmental review of the shipments before they begin.

EPA finds more contamination in east Olean well field Superfund site.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-07-25 10:00
Industrial contamination from decades ago has been found in a small section of east Olean once thought to have been sufficiently cleansed of hazardous, cancer-causing substances.

Hook-up for MTBE-affected wells delayed.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-07-25 10:00
Long-suffering households with MTBE-polluted wells will be hooked up to a clean water line if county legislators agree to take out a $350,000 bond for the work.

Dispute over Seneca Lake gas storage proposal rages on.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-07-25 10:00
The debate over proposals to store natural gas, propane and butane in salt caverns under Seneca Lake has become increasingly vocal, especially after a federal agency approved part of the project last May.

Disgust and outrage along New York's Scajaquada Creek.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-07-25 10:00
Two New York state senators are demanding the Department of Environmental Conservation take aggressive action to address sewer overflows that have contaminated Scajaquada Creek.

Schumer supports aid for turning farm waste into electricity.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:00
For the last four years, the black-and-white Holstein cows at Peter Wagner's dairy farm in Poestenkill have been like little electric power plants, with their manure converted into enough electricity so far to power nearly 185 average homes for a year.

Nurses, 1199 take up anti-Keystone cause in New York.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:00
The New York State Nurses Association and 1199 SEIU, which together represent about 300,000 health care workers in New York, have announced they oppose the Keystone XL pipeline and will work to mobilize their members to join in the People's Climate March in September.

Albany County considering higher fines for failure to report oil spills within 30 minutes.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:00
The Albany County Legislature will consider new legislation during the next two months which would increase the penalty for notifying the county more than 30 minutes after an oil spill.

Niagara County has been Northeast’s hazardous waste dump for too long.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:00
It should be no surprise that a meeting the other day on the expansion of the CWM Chemical Services hazardous waste landfill in Niagara County drew more than 300 angry residents of the Lewiston-Porter area, New York. They don’t want any expansion, and who can blame them?

EPA begins work on demolishing Lockport eyesore.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:00
An asbestos-packed shell of a former industrial building began to come down Wednesday under the command of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Climate change adds sneezes for allergy sufferers.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-07-23 10:00
Allergists say the number of people with sensitivities to ragweed and other plants is growing due to climate change. Asthma is also on the rise.

The coming battle over an 'unprecedented' Indian Point shutdown.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-07-23 10:00
New York is leaving some of the details of a proposed shutdown of the Indian Point nuclear power plant for later. Though temporary, such a closure would represent the biggest (and arguably only) victory for opponents of the plant, which Governor Cuomo has pledged to try to close permanently.
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