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To Meet Waste Goals, NYC Needs to Scrap How It Thinks About Garbage

(CITY LIMITS) If not for the occasional metal pipe sticking out of the ground—and methane-capture facilities off in the distance—Freshkills Park could almost pass for the natural habitat it used to be. Geese strut around acres of rolling hills...
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Life Near A Landfill: The Towns And People Who End Up With NYC Trash

(CITY LIMITS) You’ve probably never met Glen Silver and he’s probably never met you. But chances are he has, at some point, smelled your garbage. “It’s like nothing else in the world,” Silver says of the odor from the...
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CB6 To Mayor: Get The Cars Out Of Prospect Park

(PARK SLPOE STOOP) When a neighbor recently launched a petition asking that cars be banned from Prospect Park, it renewed interest in the proposal, which has been floated many times in the past. And today our local Community Board is making...
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State To Require Full Environmental Review Of Crude-Heating Facility

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) After 18 months of pressure from environmental and community groups, state officials have reversed an earlier position, and will now require a full environmental review of a crude-heating facility that would allow tar sands oil to...
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State Energy Czar Richard Kauffman: Cuomo Administration Is Actively Working To Shutter Indian Point

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) The state is working on “multiple fronts” to close and replace the Indian Point nuclear plant, state energy czar Richard Kauffman said, in a notably direct acknowledgement that the Cuomo administration is actively trying to shutter...
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East 91st Street Trash Transfer Station Elicits Separate Protests

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) Community groups and elected officials held separate rallies on Thursday to protest construction of the East 91st Street garbage transfer station. Outside the Tweed Courthouse, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer led a group of residents and...
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Oh, Scrappy Day! City Brings Composting Pick-Up To Greenpoint

(BROOKLYN PAPER) Everything moldy is new again. The city is expanding its fledgling food-waste recycling program to Greenpoint next month, offering curbside collection of table scraps and yard trimmings, which it will transform into plant food and, eventually, natural...
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South Jamaica Houses Expands Urban Farm In Trashed Lot

(TIMES LEDGER) Longtime residents of South Jamaica I Houses, along with NYCHA employees and New York Restoration Project volunteers, have expanded a small urban farm located in the housing complex. Marian Dolphus, 84, a resident of South Jamaica Houses...
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City Beaches To Open For The Summer On Saturday

(DNA INFO) The city’s beaches will officially open for the season on Saturday. The Parks Department announced on Thursday that the beaches will open on Memorial Day weekend and New Yorkers can swim at them from 10 a.m. to...
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Rockaway Gets Ready For Beach Season With New Boardwalk

(DNA INFO) Gearing up for beach season, we’ll take you to the Rockaways with our reporter there, Katie Honan. After much anticipation, the first section of the rebuilt Rockaway boardwalk will be open on Saturday and there’s a lot going...
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City Composting Effort Will Reduce Waste, But Needs Room

(CITY LIMITS) In an empty lot on a dead-end Brooklyn street, a group of volunteers is stepping across the next frontier of New York’s waste saga with shovels and pitchforks. Soggy apples are split open with mushy thuds, wood...
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2015 Metropolitan Waterfront Conference Predicts Bright Future For NYC Waterfront

(UNTAPPED CITIES) In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy forced us to reconsider how we view the many billions of gallons of water that surround us in this city of islands. While we are still rebuilding from the destruction it wreaked...
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Hearing Focuses On Climate Change; Carbon Emissions Tax Among Proposals Considered By NY Lawmakers

(LEGISLATIVE GAZETTE) The push for New York to take greater steps to fight climate change continues as lawmakers and environmental advocates call for the state to move towards 100 percent clean energy. Part of a plan discussed at a...
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NYPD: Drivers Injured 991 Pedestrians And Cyclists In April, And Killed Seven

(STREETS BLOG) Nineteen people died in New York City traffic in April, and 3,873 were injured, according to the latest NYPD crash data report. As of the end of April, 31 pedestrians and cyclists were reported killed by city...
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A True Community Waterfront Is A Better-Protected Waterfront

(NEXT CITY) City planners may throw “resilience” around like a buzzword, but as opposed to “smart” (or the dreaded “impactful”), it means something real. On a basic level, its meaning is technocratic. According to the Rockefeller Foundation, the term...
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Riverkeeper Responds To Decision Regarding Albany Oil Terminal Expansion

(RIVERKEEPER) Riverkeeper applauds the decision by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the proposed expansion of Global Companies’ rail-to-barge transfer terminal in Albany, which would facilitate the transport of heavy “tar sands” crude oil. Riverkeeper calls on...
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New York’s Westchester County Settles U.S. Water Safety Lawsuit, Pays Record Fine

(REUTERS) New York’s Westchester County will spend roughly $12 million to settle a federal government lawsuit alleging that its failure to properly treat drinking water exposed thousands of residents to greater risk of severe gastrointestinal illness. U.S. Attorney Preet...
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Indian Point Opponents, Supporters Speak–And Sing–At NRC Safety Hearing

(PEEKSKILL-CORTLANDT PATCH) Supporters and opponents of the Indian Point nuclear power plants spoke at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s annual safety hearing on Indian Point, held May 20 in Tarrytown. About 400 people attended, according to lohud.com. Among them were...
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How NYC Can Learn from Other Cities’ Work Toward Zero Waste

(CITY LIMITS) Seattle was one of the first cities to implement Zero Waste programs. It has banned non-recyclable or reusable items such as plastic bags and take-out containers. It also has eliminated all phone books to reduce paper waste....
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Tell NYC Council Members: Sponsor Resolution 694 On Indian Point May 18 – June 30

(350nyc) Last week, the NYC Council Resolution 0694-2015 was introduced by the new Chair of the NYC Committee on Environmental Protection, Donovan Richards. The resolution calls upon the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission NOT to re-license Indian Point Nuclear Power...
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Riverkeeper And Assemblyman Richard Brodsky Release List Of Safety ‘Exemptions’ Granted To Indian Point

(RIVERKEEPER) Riverkeeper and former Assembly member Richard Brodsky have released the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s response to their request for a complete list of exemptions granted to the Indian Point nuclear power plant to otherwise binding NRC safety regulations....
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DEC Announces Proposals To Amend Hunting And Trapping Regulations For Wild Turkey, Deer And Fisher

(NYS DEC) The NYS DEC is now accepting public comments through June 29 on three regulatory proposals for hunting and trapping of wild turkey, deer and fisher, Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The changes cover fall turkey hunting seasons...
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Giant Natural Gas Pipeline Next To Indian Point Could Cause A NY Fukishima

(VICE) Experts are claiming that a massive natural gas pipeline being constructed next to a major nuclear power plant in New York could cause a meltdown just 40 miles north of Manhattan. The company Spectra Energy has started construction...
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400 Turn Out For NRC’s Upbeat Indian Point Report

(LO HUD) About 400 people attended a Wednesday night meeting to hear federal officials give an upbeat assessment of the Indian Point nuclear power plant’s safety record in 2014. “Overall we determined that Indian Point was operated safely, consistent...
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Participatory Budgeting Will Fund 21 Livable Streets Projects

(STREETS BLOG) The votes are in, and 21 livable streets projects got enough support to be funded in this year’s round of participatory budgeting. All told, 124 projects made the cut and will receive City Council funds [PDF]. In...
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Governor Cuomo Launches Public Education Campaign To Ensure Rights Of Nail Salon Workers Are Protected

(GOVERNOR CUOMO’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE) Governor Cuomo today announced the launch of a public education and outreach campaign that is designed to better protect nail salon workers from abuse and health risks. In partnership with community organizations and local officials,...
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Governor Cuomo Announces Recipients Of New Farmers Grant Fund To Support Agribusiness Across New York State

(GOVERNOR CUOMO’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE) Governor Cuomo today announced the New Farmers Grant Fund will provide more than $610,000 in grants to help support new and early-stage agricultural businesses across New York state. The fund, enacted in the 2014-2015 budget,...
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Governor Cuomo Announces Land Acquisition To Protect Lake George Water Quality

(GOVERNOR CUOMO’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE) Governor Cuomo today announced the state acquisition of the Berry Pond Preserve in Warren County, which was attained to protect water quality in Lake George and its tributaries. New York State purchased the 1,436-acre property...
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Final Fracking Review For Ban Released

(NY AGAINST FRACKING) Dear fellow New Yorkers, Last week, on May 13, the Final SGEIS was released setting forth the last step for finalizing a ban on fracking in New York. This is an amazing moment in our long,...
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NYCHA Recycling Under Scrutiny

(CITY LIMITS) Residential recycling became law in New York more than 25 years ago, but nearly 5 percent of the city’s population has never had consistent access to the program. NYCHA’s public housing complexes have long been considered impossible...