Today's Environmental News in New York
Risks to human health, drinking water supplies and the environment from one high-volume hydrofracking oil or gas well are hundreds of times greater than from one conventional well. The odds that New York’s regulatory system can protect property owners from these new risks are not good. Here is why.
With summer heating up, officials on Long Island Monday asked for help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a battle against what they call an "aggressive" and "vicious" pest known to transmit tropical diseases such as dengue fever: the Asian tiger mosquito.
Federal, state and local authorities are launching campaigns to eradicate the onset of a dangerous invasive species. Hydrilla, an aquatic plant from Southeast Asia, is now clinging to the banks of area waterways.
An underground toxic plume beneath the property contains chemical degreasers and other materials dating back to the Vietnam War. Among the chemicals in the plume is suspected-cancer-contributor, trichloroethylene.
Trainloads of New York City garbage will begin arriving in Niagara Falls early next year. They will keep coming for 20 years.
Sewage: you know it when you smell it, and it's not hard to smell it at the north end of Farrell Avenue, where dense trees and brush stand between a residential neighborhood and the Hutchinson River.
When Pramilla Malick's son developed asthma last summer, he was 16, which is considered old for the onset of asthma. Malick said their symptoms would erupt during or after an "odor event," a period of malodorous emissions at the new Millennium Pipeline gas compressor station nearby.
Nearly 2 million New Yorkers rely on private wells for drinking water. Most of them have never done extensive testing to know what's in their water.
When Pramilla Malick's son developed asthma last summer, he was 16, which is considered old for the onset of asthma. His symptoms began at a time when she and her daughter and some of their neighbors in Minisink New York were also experiencing new ailments.
If all goes well, the New York Brownfield Cleanup Program will help bring a new owner and new business into the former JK Electric building. The company closed the facility four years ago after PCB contamination under previous owners was discovered.
Environmental experts on both sides of Long Island Sound are embarking on new initiatives designed to educate the public about the importance of preserving Plum Island.
Sen. Charles Schumer Thursday called on the Environmental Protection Agency to begin an investigation into the dumping of thousands of tons of contaminated materials on at least three sites in the Town of Islip.
Radioactive tritium in the groundwater beneath the Indian Point nuclear power plant could be part of an ongoing leak and not a momentary spike as first thought, federal regulators said Thursday.
Lockheed Martin would continue treating contaminated groundwater at and around a North Hempstead, New York, property it once owned under a plan proposed this month by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
Intensive lobbying at the Capitol by the chemical industry could derail a bill that would limit chemicals in some children's products.
Recent test findings by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of possible carcinogens in water discharged from the Dewey Loeffel toxic landfill Superfund site plant into the Valatie Kill have prompted Town Supervisor David Fleming to call for additional water filtration at the plant.
A mysterious red spill that tainted the Mohawk River near the Glenville Business & Technology Park last month turned out to be latex paint that had gotten into the municipal sewer system, according to federal military officials whose facility in the park was first thought to be the source of the spill.
As the legislative session winds down this week, state lawmakers are working to extend a controversial pollution cleanup program that has already cost taxpayers more than $1 billion and could cost billions more in coming years.
The news keeps getting worse in the scandal surrounding illegal dumping in the Town of Islip. Another site has been found and more toxic material has been verified, and it becomes ever clearer that someone -- more than one person, most likely -- has a cynical and callous disregard for human health, the environment and the law.
It could take at least six months to fully clear Roberto Clemente Park of the estimated 50,000 tons of construction debris laced with toxins, Islip Town officials say, prompting concerns from health experts, environmentalists and local residents as they await full disclosure of contaminant levels.
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