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State Environmental Commissioners Urge Congress To Respect States’ Role In Chemical Safety

(NYS DEC) New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos joined state environmental commissioners from Connecticut, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Washington in calling on Congress to reconsider the language in a proposed bill to...

Joint Statement From NYS DOH And DEC On The EPA’s Issuance Of Lifetime Health Advisory Levels For PFOA And PFOS

(NYS DEC)  New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker and Acting Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos today issued the following statement regarding the EPA’s issuance of lifetime advisory levels for PFOA and PFOS: “Earlier this...

Wild About NYC: Oysters

(WNYC) During the Spring Pledge Drive, we’re exploring some of the submissions to the #WildNYC photo project. Today, we learned about NYC’s crustaceans with Pete Malinowski, aquaculture program director and chief oyster officer at the New York Harbor School.

Gentrification’s Latest Victims: New York’s Feral Cats

(THE NEW YORK TIMES) Zane was the first to disappear, followed a few days later by Dali. Freckles was barely breathing when they found him. Buzzy, by the time they rushed him to the hospital, his stomach distended, had died....

Decked-Out Pedestrian Plaza Will Add A Permanent Car-Free Oasis In Midtown

(INHABITAT) According to the NY Daily News, the pedestrian walkways lining a swath of Broadway in Midtown Manhattan are in for a glitzy urban makeover. Representatives from the Garment District Alliance have confirmed that two lanes of Broadway from 35th St. to...
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DiNapoli Nudges ExxonMobil On Climate Change

(NY STATE OF POLITICS) Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office is teaming up with the Church of England to pressure the company on the issue of climate change. DiNapoli in a statement on Monday signaled he would use the state pension fund’s...

Faster New Citi Bike Cycles May Look Cool — But Can’t Handle Punishment, Company Mechanics Say

(NY DAILY NEWS) The sleeker, faster Citi Bikes that hit the road last year may look cool, but they’re not built tough enough to last, according to an email from the bike share company’s mechanics obtained by the Daily...

Lawsuit: Westchester Knew Of Parasites In Water Supply

(LO HUD) Westchester County officials failed for years to notify residents in four local municipalities that there may be dangerous parasites in their drinking water, a federal lawsuit claims. County officials knew since 2012 that organisms could be present in drinking water...

Shutdown Battle: A Tale Of 2 Nuclear Power Plants

(LO HUD) One of the few hints that the end may be near for the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in upstate New York is the banner that greets many of its 600 workers as they clock in and out each day....

New York Weighs Future Of Indian Point, Upstate Nuclear Power Plants

(LO HUD) Workers from two struggling upstate nuclear power plants packed a state hearing on the future of nuclear power in New York Tuesday, sporting t-shirts urging state officials to save their jobs. “When Upstate Nuclear Runs, NY Wins,” the...

Twenty One Peaceful Demonstrators Arrested For Stopping Construction On Spectra Energy’s Dangerous Methane Gas Pipeline

(COMMON DREAMS) Today, hundreds of people stood together to protect the community from the harmful impacts of Spectra’s AIM Pipeline, which if completed will carry high-pressure methane gas through residential communities and within 105 feet of critical Indian Point Nuclear...

Spectra Tells Schumer And Gillibrand: Algonquin Pipeline ‘Will Continue’

(PEEKSKILL POST) Not long after Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called for a halt in the construction of Spectra Energy’s natural gas pipeline until independent health and safety studies are conducted, the energy company shot back at...

Leonardo DiCaprio, Ralph Lauren Recipients Of ‘Big Fish’ Award At Riverkeeper’s Fishermen’s Ball

(ECO WATCH) Most Americans picture rural farms, rather than city sidewalks as the cradle of environmentalism, but New Yorkers are “all about the environment. We’ll do everything we can to protect it,” TV host Andy Cohen said as he arrived...
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Bronx Youth Group Wants Nearby Slaughterhouse To Move

(DNA INFO) A South Bronx youth group is fighting to relocate a nearby slaughterhouse that members say is putting the neighborhood’s health at risk. However, the owner’s son counters that their business, USA Slaughterhouse located at 168th Street and...

First Signs Of Amsterdam Avenue’s Protected Bike Lane

(STREETS BLOG) Exciting news to conclude this Bike to Work Day: NYC DOT has striped 24 blocks of the Amsterdam Avenue protected bike lane, from 72nd Street to 96th Street. Once it’s finished, the segment DOT is building this year will...
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Plan To Turn Old Fuel Tanks Into Tech Hub Shot Down By Park Advocates

(DNA INFO) The plan to preserve the fuel tanks in a section of the future Bushwick Inlet Parkhas met resistance from park activists who want to tear them down in favor of open green space. A former tenant of the seven-acre...

NY-19: Heaney Reiterates Calls For Federal And State Water Hearings

(NY STATE OF POLITICS) Republican congressional candidate Andrew Heaney on Friday renewed his calls for federal and state water quality hearings after Taconic Plastics in Petersburgh was declared a state superfund site after a chemical contamination was discovered in...

Governor Cuomo Announces $500,000 For NYState Academy of Fire Science To Provide Crude Oil Fire Training For First Responders

(NYS GOVERNOR’S OFFICE) Governor Cuomo today announced $500,000 in federal funding has been awarded to the New York State Academy of Fire Science in the Southern Tier. The funding, administered through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighter’s Grant Program, will support a...

Albany Common Council Votes Against Pilgrim Pipeline

(WAMC) The Albany Common Council voted Monday night to oppose the Pilgrim Pipeline project. The resolution, which passed 9-0, characterizes the planned 178-mile pipeline as a great environmental risk and public health danger, but is mostly a symbolic gesture,...

Debate Rages On Pipelines In Northeastern States

(BLOOMBERG) New York’s rejection of the Constitution Pipeline and Kinder Morgan’s withdrawal of the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline have highlighted the intense public debate in the Northeast over the need for natural gas and the infrastructure to deliver...

Albany Community Groups And Leaders Ask For Strong Renewable Energy Commitment

(EANY) Community leaders, elected officials and local residents called on Governor Cuomo to make an enforceable commitment to renewable energy that includes large scale offshore wind power and supports local in-state renewable energy at the Albany Clean Energy Standard...

DOT Defers Action On Clinton Avenue Bikeway

(STREETS BLOG) DOT has deferred its plan for a two-way protected bike lane on Clinton Avenue, saying it will return to Brooklyn Community Board 2 next month. The department’s decision was announced by CB 2 transportation chair John Dew at...

Wild About NYC: The Forest And The Trees

(WNYC) Every day of the Spring Pledge Drive, we’re diving into WNYC’s #WildNYC photo project and focusing on a different aspect of our city wildlife. Today, Jessica Schuler, director of the Thain Family Forest at New York Botanical Garden, talks about...

Environmentalists Check Pollution In Newtown Creek Ahead Of Clean Up

(DNA INFO) As part of efforts to arm the community with more information about the health of the Newtown Creek during its decades-long clean up process, this spring a local nonprofit began regularly collecting water samples at different spots along the...

NY Senators Want Algonquin Pipeline Shut Down

(LO HUD) New York’s two U.S. senators on Friday called on federal regulators to halt construction of a controversial natural gas pipeline that runs beside the Indian Point nuclear power plant. The state’s two Democratic senators, Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles...

Opponents Protest Pipeline At FERC Meeting In Sleepy Hollow

(PEEKSKILL-CORTLANDT PATCH) A local scoping meeting for Access Northeast, the third project to expand the Algonquin Pipeline through New York and New England, was held Tuesday at Sleepy Hollow High School. Opponents protested outside before the meeting, which was...

State Officials Investigated Over Their Inquiry Into Exxon Mobil’s Climate Change Research

(THE NEW YORK TIMES) Since last November, a growing number of state attorneys general have been pointing their fingers at Exxon Mobil, investigating whether the energy company’s research about climate change conflicted directly with its public statements on the...

Break Free 2016 – Albany, NY

(350.ORG) On May 14th people from across the Northeast stopped oil trains in the port of Albany with their bodies. They stopped the “bomb train”, the presence of which is an act of environmental racism, class prejudice, and an illegal...
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New York Pipeline Battles Multiply

(THE INDYPENDENT) Spectra’s Algonquin Incremental Market Project, also known by its acronym as the AIM pipeline, will pass about 1,200 feet from Entergy’s 50-year-old Indian Point 3 nuclear reactor in Buchanan, N.Y., on the Hudson River approximately 45 miles...

New York AG Hits ‘Do-Nothing Congress’ For Exxon Probe Pushback

(THE HILL) The office of New York’s attorney general dismissed a House GOP letter about his investigation into ExxonMobil Corp. as “ironic” on Thursday. Members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, including Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), sent...