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Today's Environmental News in New York

Fracking 'collateral damage' talk to kick off in Ithaca.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-11-13 10:00
Communities that outlawed hydrofracking remain endangered by natural gas extraction outside their borders, according to an Ithaca group that's hosting a conference on the topic Saturday.

Rochester leads on lead while Buffalo dallies.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-11-13 10:00
Rochester used to have a lead problem at least as bad as Buffalo’s. But officials there got serious a decade ago and developed a program that’s considered a national model that some think Buffalo should emulate.

Fracking numbers add up to environmental nightmare.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-11-13 10:00
New Yorkers continue to wait with bated breath for the Health Department's study on fracking, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo says will come by year's end. But does New York really need this study to decide its fate?

Cleanup of Ithaca Gun site resumes.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-11-13 10:00
Work is resuming on cleaning up the publicly owned portion of the former Ithaca Gun factory site on Lake Street in the City of Ithaca. At the same time plans are being drawn up for 45 townhouse units by IRF Development LLC, an affiliate of Travis Hyde Properties.

Genting's environmental review under way.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-11-13 10:00
The Town Board kickstarted Genting Americas' environmental review for its proposed casino by accepting its Draft Environmental Impact Statement as complete.

New list: Food additives bad for your health.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-11-12 10:00
The Environmental Working Group has just released its "Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives" - and it's very likely you'll discover some of your favorite foods contain ingredients they suggest you avoid.

Editorial: Don't punish the leaders.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-11-12 10:00
The problem is that the EPA's new requirements for New York are the same as what's asked of some other big polluting states that have not done as much to clean up their act. New York's first reduction was not easy, but hitting the next 38 percent reduction will be more difficult and expensive.

Pressure to get GE to dredge more PCBs won’t come from EPA.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-11-12 10:00
Whether General Electric Co. removes additional PCB-contaminated sediment from the upper Hudson River will likely be decided in discussions with a group that will determine how much the company must pay for the damage it caused.

PSEG: New energy proposals won't be awarded until end of 2015.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-11-11 10:00
Dozens of proposals to develop new green-energy sources and to replace aging peak-power generators for LIPA will not be awarded until PSEG Long Island completes a broad review of the region's energy needs by the end of next year at the earliest.

Stop ignoring talc's risk.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-11-11 10:00
The federal government has an overly loose handle on potential contamination of talc by asbestos. Asbestos-contaminated talc can cause one of the most lethal types of cancer.

Buffalo's big lead poisoning problem (Video part 1 of 3).

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-11-11 10:00
Buffalo children aged five and under test positive for lead poisoning at more than three times the state average. Erie County’s rate is the worst of the 11 counties that test 10,000 or more children a year.

Dredging shifts to another Buffalo waterway needing to be cleaned.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-11-11 10:00
With the cleanup of the once toxin-laden Buffalo River finished, the dredging derricks, scows and scoopers will move to another Buffalo location. Starting this week, dredging operations shift to the three-mile-long Black Rock Channel.

Will Cuomo decide on fracking?

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-11-10 10:00
Now that elections are over, supporters and opponents of hydrofracking are wondering what Governor Andrew Cuomo’s next move on the long stalled gas drilling process in New York State will be.

Get off the fence: Time for Cuomo to clear the path for fracking in New York.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-11-10 10:00
Allowing natural gas to be extracted will put New Yorkers back to work and provide an energy source that has helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Mr. Cuomo has all the information he needs to make the argument that this is the correct path to take.

Commentary: Impact of fracking eludes us.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-11-10 10:00
The science is increasingly clear. To go down the path of fracking and continued fossil fuel dependence is to mortgage our air and water — and the health of our communities — for short-term gain. We should choose wisely, and breathe easy.
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