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How To Change The NYC Speed Limit

(WNYC) At a City Council hearing Wednesday, Transportation Department officials laid out the agency’s plans to prepare New Yorkers for a new default speed limit. First comes the education effort. City workers will fan out to all five boroughs distributing hundreds of thousands of fliers to drivers. They’ll post the new speed limit on the

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EPA Announces Agreement With GE To Further Investigate Upper Hudson River Floodplain; Comprehensive Study To Cost About $20.5 Million

(EPA) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that General Electric Company has agreed to conduct a comprehensive study of the contamination in the shoreline areas of the upper Hudson River. Cleanup of the Hudson River PCBs Superfund site has been ongoing since 2009 when river dredging began. Under the latest agreement with GE, the

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EPA Provides $340 Million To New York To Make Sewage Treatment Plants And Drinking Water Systems Damaged By Sandy More Resilient

(EPA)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $340 million to the State of New York for improvements to wastewater and drinking water treatment facilities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The funds will be used on projects that reduce the risks of flood damage and that increase the resiliency of wastewater and drinking water facilities to

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GE To Study Shore In Latest Clean-Up Step For NY’s Hudson River

(REUTERS) General Electric Co has agreed to conduct a study of shoreline contamination of New York’s Hudson River, the company’s latest step in an extensive clean-up effort of toxic chemicals it dumped into the waterway decades ago. The study will cost GE an estimated $20.5 million, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which announced

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City Will Need More Than Signs To Get Drivers To Follow 25 MPH Speed Limit

(STREETS BLOG) DOT will conduct a weeks-long publicity campaign and post thousands of signs to alert motorists to the city’s new 25 mph speed limit, Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg told City Council members today. The council will soon pass legislation to enact the lower speed limit, which was enabled by Albany earlier this year. In

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Apply For A Love Your Block Grant And Beautify Your Neighborhood

(CITIZENS COMMITTEE OF NEW YORK CITY) Love Your Block is an initiative of NYC Service in partnership with Citizens Committee for New York City that provides a unique opportunity for City resident groups to transform and improve their communities through local action while leveraging City services. Resident-led volunteer groups receive a grant of up to

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EPA Proposes To Remove Newburgh, NY Site From Superfund List; $45 Million Spent To Address Bankrupt Metal Processing Site On The Hudson River

(EPA) After demolishing buildings and removing more than 68,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil, 30,000 tires, 1,400 tons of scrap metal, 380 tons of concrete from the Consolidated Iron and Metal site in Newburgh, New York, the U.S. EPA is proposing to remove it from the Superfund list of the most contaminated hazardous waste sites.

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Riverkeeper And Scenic Hudson Submit Comments Calling On DOT To Enact Immediate, Comprehensive Changes To Crude Oil Rail Shipping Regulations

(RIVERKEEPER)  Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson jointly submitted comments on new regulations proposed by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regarding new designs and other measures for reducing the risks of shipping explosive crude oil by rail. The formal comments describe in detail how and why the proposed safety upgrades fail to comply with

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Current High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing Drilling Bans And Moratoria In NY State

(FRACK TRACKER) Many communities in New York state have banded together to limit or delay unconventional natural gas drilling or related operations in their municipalities. The right for a municipality to choose to ban drilling was recently upheld in a 5-2 decision by New York State’s highest court, the Court of Appeals. The decision, which

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The Other Pest Wreaking Havoc In New York

(WNYC) State and federal officials are busy battling another infestation of the Asian long-horned beetle on Long Island. So far, 500 trees have been removed from the infested area and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service plans on eliminating an additional 4,500 trees from a two-mile stretch near the Southern State Parkway in

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