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New York City’s ‘Styrofoam’ Ban Goes Into Effect

(MSNBC) Maybe yesterday you were drinking coffee from a white foam cup. Well, today that cup is a controlled substance in New York City, a piece of contraband with steeper fines attached to it than those for marijuana offenses....
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Entergy’s Failure To Fix Issues With Indian Point Is Behind Hudson River Oil Spill

(RIVERKEEPER) Yesterday, Entergy revealed that an insulation failure caused a short circuit in a high-voltage transformer coil at the Indian Point nuclear power plant on May 9, 2015. This failure caused the transformer to catch fire. Subsequently, more than...
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De Blasio Administration Launches Volunteer App Promoting Volunteerism And Expanding Access To Volunteer Opportunities In NYC

(MAYOR DE BLASIO’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE) Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Chief Service Officer Paula Gavin announced that the City has taken the volunteer process mobile with the launch of the NYC Service Volunteer App for iPhone. Created...
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Mayor De Blasio Announces Third NYC Panel On Climate Change

(MAYOR DE BLASIO’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE) Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of the third New York City Panel on Climate Change, which will ensure that the best available climate science continues to inform the City’s resiliency planning....
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State Finalizes Natural Gas Fracking Ban, Starts Clock For Legal Challenges

(TIMES UNION) A state ban on natural gas hydrofracking announced last December was made official Monday by the Department of Environmental Conservation in a step that now opens up the decision to legal challenges by pro-fracking forces. In a...
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Fractivists Say NY’s Ban Is Influencing Moratorium Decisions Elsewhere

(NY NOW) There’s word that the commissioner of the state’s environmental agency is leaving, just two days after Joe Martens issued the final environmental impact statement banning hydro fracking in New York. The final report on fracking is a...
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Learning To Farm Your Own Artisanal Honey On The Rooftops Of New York

(THE DAILY BEAST) From the balconies of Chelsea to the backyards of Brooklyn, NYC Beekeepers Association teaches urban farmers how to cultivate their own urban honey. Within your own backyard lies adventure that will transport you to a place...
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DEC Chief Wanted To See Fracking Review Through

(POLITICS ON THE HUDSON) About 32 hours after his agency officially banned large-scale hydraulic fracturing, state Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens told his staff Tuesday he will soon step down. The timing wasn’t coincidental. In an interview Wednesday with...
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Clean Water Proponents Issue Report Card For Long Island Sound

(HUFFINGTON POST) Throughout the U.S., our waterways face a wide variety of threats, including excess nitrogen from farms, suburbs and cities, toxic algal blooms, failing septic systems, litter, power plant water pollution and climate change. To confront these challenges,...
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Faulty Insulation Caused Indian Point Fire, Oil Spill

(POUGHKEEPSE JOURNAL) An insulation failure in a transformer caused the May 9 fire at the Indian Point Energy Center that spilled about 3,000 gallons of oil in the Hudson River. Entergy, the nuclear plant’s operator, announced Tuesday the failed...
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Martens Stepping Down As Head Of Department of Environmental Conservation

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Joe Martens told staff on Tuesday that he will leave the Cuomo administration in July. The announcement comes one day after the state officially finalized its fracking ban. Martens has been...
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Anti-Carriage Group Targets Council, Provokes Early Reaction

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) A group pressing the city to act on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s stalled promise to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City says it will spend $500,000 on advertising in anticipation of Council action sometime this...
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Court Of Appeals Rules For N.Y.U. Expansion

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) The state’s highest court removed an obstacle to New York University’s ambitious expansion plan in Greenwich Village, ruling on Tuesday that the city did not implicitly designate as parkland four parcels included in the expansion. In...
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Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 Development Moves Forward

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) One month after settling a lawsuit with community groups, developers are moving ahead with a controversial residential project in Brooklyn Bridge Park. During meeting Tuesday, Regina Myer, president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation announced...
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Dirtiest & Heaviest Heating Oil Now illegal In New York City Residential Buildings

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) Today marks the final deadline in a four-year crusade to rid New York City of the dirtiest form of home heating oil, and city officials say the battle is nearly won. The NYC Clean Heat program...
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Four Transportation And Street Safety Bills That Albany Failed To Pass

(STREETS BLOG) Every year, several worthy street safety and transportation bills make it through either the State Senate or the Assembly but not the other house. This year, bills on four key issues made it through the Senate before...
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17 More Protesters Arrested At Crestwood Gates

(ITHACA VOICE) In an act of civil disobedience, 17 gas storage protesters led by former Reading Center resident Reverend Jane Winters, formed a human blockade shortly after sunrise this morning at the north entrance of Crestwood Midstream on Route...
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West Nile Virus Is BACK, Baby

(GOTHAMIST) One of warm weather’s most underrated blessings is the opportunity to console yourself when you find itchy bite marks on your body—they could be bedbug bites, but didn’t you hear a mosquito buzzing in your ear this morning?...
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Bald Eagles Realize NYC Is Crappy Place To Raise Kid, Fail To Breed

(GOTHAMIST) The two bald eagles who recently built a nest on Staten Island for breeding purposes seem to have given up their dream of raising smug Native New Yorker offspring, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation. An eagle...
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Scientific Case For Banning Fracking On Federal Land

(SYRACUSE) The final fracking review has been released and the paperwork has been completed to make New York’s long-awaited fracking ban official. We are proud to celebrate Governor Cuomo’s bold and necessary decision, which confirms what many of us...
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DEC On Fracking: “Not In New York”

(WAMC) Environmentalists are welcoming the official end to the years-long fracking debate in New York. State Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens released a 43-page “Findings Statement” Monday afternoon, which effectively prohibits high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the Empire State. In...
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New York Unveils Ambitious 2015 State Energy Plan

(NEXT GEN) It’s no secret that the East and West coasts haven’t always gotten along. We’ve certainly had our differences, as any siblings will. But it’s a new day. Suge Knight is behind bars, the Lakers and the Knicks...
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Fracking Ban Draws Predictable Reaction

(POLITICS ON THE HUDSON) New York’s newly official ban on large-scale hydraulic fracturing drew a predictable response: Fracking critics love it and supporters hate it. The state Department of Environmental Conservation issued a 43-page “findings statement” Monday afternoon, citing...
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New York Department of Environmental Conservation Finalizes Fracking Ban

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) New York officially banned fracking on Monday, after the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued the final piece in a multi-part, years-long process. The D.E.C. issued its “findings statement” Monday afternoon, ending a nearly seven-year review...
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In Short Time, Richards Made A Mark As Environmental Chair

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) After only a year-and-a-half as chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection, Donovan Richards established something of a legacy. He oversaw the first major update to the city’s air code in 40 years and...
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New York Fast-Tracks Renewable Energy Development

(WAMC) Last week, the Cuomo administration finalized the State Energy Plan, which establishes specific clean energy goals and a framework on how New York’s energy is to be produced, distributed and consumed. The plan calls for cutting greenhouse gas...
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Supreme Court EPA Decision: “No Great Shakes” For New York

(PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE) In a decision issued today, the U.S. Supreme Court told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider tougher standards on coal-fired power plants based on their cost to the industry. Richard Revesz, director of the Institute...
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NY Officially Prohibits High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing; DEC Issues Findings Statement Concluding Extensive 7 Year Review

(NYS DEC) The state Department of Environmental Conservation today officially prohibited high-volume hydraulic fracturing in NY by issuing its formal Findings Statement, completing the state’s seven-year review of this activity. “After years of exhaustive research and examination of the...
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Official Fracking Ban A Watershed Moment For New York

(RIVERKEEPER) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released its widely anticipated Findings Statement on June 29, 2015, officially instating the ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) that Governor Cuomo’s administration courageously announced back in December of...
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Hudson River Water Quality Tests Highlight Risk To Swimmers From Failure To Invest In Clean Water

(RIVERKEEPER) Fifty years after the passage of New York’s visionary Pure Waters Bond Act, Riverkeeper is publishing a report on water quality in the Hudson River Estuary and its watershed, and calling on state leaders to re-invest in clean...