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The New York-New Jersey Harbor Has A Plastic Problem

(APP) The New York-New Jersey harbor estuary is swimming in toxin-soaked plastic pollutants, according to a new study by NY/NJ Baykeeper. The first-of-its-kind study in the waters around New York City and the Jersey Bayshore found that at least...
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Cuomo Seeks PSC Probe Of NRG Over Dunkirk Coal Fired Power Plant Shutdown

(BUFFALO NEWS) Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is asking the state Public Service Commission to investigate NRG Energy and the reasons behind its decision to close the coal-fired power plant it owns in Dunkirk rather than converting it to run...
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LPG Storage Opponents Heading To Albany

(FINGER LAKES TIMES) A coalition of groups opposed to the storage of propane, butane and methane in underground salt caverns on the southwest shore of Seneca Lake will take their case to Albany Thursday. They will go to the...
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Brutal Cold Will Freeze New York This Weekend With Temps Below Zero

(DNA INFO) Get ready to freeze. Brutal cold is on its way to the city this weekend, with temperatures steadily dropping until they bottom out below zero Saturday night, forecasters said. “It’s still going to be sunny but don’t...
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NYC Emergency Management Department Urges New Yorkers To Prepare For Upcoming Extreme Cold

(NYC MAYOR’S OFFICE) The New York City Emergency Management Department today urged New Yorkers to prepare for upcoming extreme cold weather. “New York City is expecting dangerously cold weather this weekend, temperatures we haven’t experienced this season,” said NYC...
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Statement From Governor Cuomo Regarding Indian Point Nuclear Facility

(NYS GOVERNOR’S OFFICE) “Today, Entergy reported that the level of radioactive tritium-contaminated water that leaked into groundwater at the Indian Point Nuclear facility last week has increased by 80 percent since the initial report. Last week the company reported...
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Raw Sewage Dumped Into East River Shows Need For More Oversight, Pol Says

(DNA INFO) A local lawmaker is calling on the city to check all of its waterfront properties for sewage leaks, following the discovery this spring that waste from bathrooms at Astoria Park had been dumped into the East River...
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Indian Point Power Plant’s Radioactive Leak Is Getting Worse

(NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) The amount of radioactive tritium leaking from the Indian Point nuclear power plant is growing, according to tests released Wednesday. New samples from groundwater monitoring wells show higher concentrations of tritium than when the leak...
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GMO Labelling Bill Advances In Assembly

(PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE) A bill requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, has cleared its first hurdle in the state Assembly. Despite serious opposition from retailers and agricultural industries, the Committee on Consumer Affairs and...
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Statement From Mayor Bill De Blasio On Supreme Court Temporarily Blocking Clean Power Plan

(NYC MAYOR’S OFFICE) “The Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily block President Obama’s Clean Power Plan is a disappointment – but it’s not the end of our fight. Climate change is an existential threat to our city, our country and...
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Governor Cuomo Announces Launch Of Largest Healthcare-Based Solar Project In NY

(NYS GOVERNOR’S OFFICE) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the largest state-supported solar project for healthcare organizations in New York. The project will provide two significant health services providers in Albany – St. Peter’s Health Partners and the Center...
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Flanagan Open To Senate Hearings On Hoosick Falls

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said Tuesday that he is open to holding hearings on the water pollution in Hoosick Falls after the problem has been fixed. The Cuomo administration has been criticized for its slow...
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Cuomo Strikes Contrasting Tones At Hoosick Falls And Indian Point

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) It was a tale of two cautionary responses. On Saturday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a rare weekend public statement to warn New Yorkers that the water around the Indian Point nuclear center had “alarming levels of...
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These 5 States Are Leading The Way In Solar Power Initiatives

(DESMOG BLOG) Two years ago, Nevada sat among the top of the lists as one of the best states for solar energy. Some of the reasons are baked into the state: its climate and sunshine make it ideal for...
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Mayor De Blasio Highlights Coastal Flooding Response Efforts

(NYC MAYOR’S OFFICE) In response to morning coastal flooding, Mayor de Blasio said City workers cleaned storm drainage basins to help water recede more quickly and salted wet roads to prevent icy conditions. The Mayor also highlighted short and...
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Mayor De Blasio And DEP Announce That All 5,300 Buildings Have Discontinued Use Of Most Polluting Heating Oil, Leading To Significantly Cleaner Air

(NYC MAYOR’S OFFICE) Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd today announced that all 5,300 buildings that were registered as burning Number 6 heating oil in 2011 have converted to a cleaner fuel as...
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An Interview With NY’s Energy Czar On Advancing Microgrids And Re-creating Utilities

(MICROGRID KNOWLEDGE) ‘REV’ is a short acronym packed with radical meaning for the power industry. It stands for ‘Reforming the Energy Vision,’ a re-creation of New York’s electricity market that is being carefully watched nationwide as a model for...
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Photos: “Insane” Queens Flooding Is Giving Residents Sandy Flashbacks

(GOTHAMIST) Many narrow residential streets east and west of Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel, Queens were shin-deep in steadily-rising cold Jamaica Bay floodwaters shortly before the 8:52 p.m. high tide on Monday night—more than 12 hours after a...
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Indian Point Leak Of Radioactive Water Highlights Risks Of New Spectra Energy Gas Pipeline

(SAPE) On Saturday, Feb. 6, Governor Andrew Cuomo reported a serious leak of radioactive, contaminated water from Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant in Buchanan, NY. He issued a statement that the state would investigate. Senator Chuck Schumer also held...
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Citi Bike Announces 4 Percent Increase In Annual Membership Fee

(STREETS BLOG) Citi Bike announced today that it will increase the cost of annual membership from $149 to $155, or 4 percent, effective March 1. The $60 annual fee for NYCHA residents will not change, nor will the option...
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Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium Recieve Grant To Preserve Photo Archives

(NY 1) The state is pitching in to help protect historical archives of the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium. A nearly $17,000 grant will be used to clean and house more than 12,000 photo negatives dating back to...
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NYC’s First Resident Urban Farmer Will Grow Food For Staten Island’s New Green Community

(INHABITAT) Where can we sign up for a gig like this? We recently brought you news about Staten Island’s multi-million dollar URBY waterfront community, and now it looks like the project’s developers have hired NYC’s first official resident urban...
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Wintry Blast Causes Flooding in Some NYC Neighborhoods

(NY 1) A winter weather advisory is in effect for the city today and while only a trace of snow is expected it’s already creating some flooding conditions in some low lying areas. In Far Rockaway, several blocks have...
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Varying Views On Indian Point Tritium Leak

(PEEKSKILL-CORTLANDT PATCH) Many people and organizations have weighed in on the radioactive groundwater contamination at Indian Point over the weekend. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is sending a specialist; the state has started an investigation; Entergy and the NRC have...
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De Blasio Surveys, And Hears From, The Homeless

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived at the gymnasium at P.S. 116, the Mary Lindley Murray school, at 11:32 p.m. on Monday evening, to speak to a room of about 150 volunteers who were preparing to fan...
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NY/NJ Baykeeper Releases 2016 Harbor Estuary Plastic Collection Report

(NJ/NY BAYKEEPER) The mass production of plastics exploded during World War II, birthing an era of single-use products marketed to make everyday life easier. Plastic is durable, cheap, and can be molded into any shape, size, and color, employing...
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Cuomo Downplays Slow State Action At Hoosick Falls

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his administration was aggressive in its handling of the Hoosick Falls water crisis and said he wanted more facts about the extent of the pollution before he visited the rural village in...
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In Unfrozen Northern New York, Winter Isn’t The Same

(THE NEW YORK TIMES) It was bad enough when the lake, usually frozen by mid-December, remained liquid until January, then strained to produce more than a few inches of ice with which to build this village’s cherished annual Ice...
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Indian Point Nuclear Plant May Be Poorly Managed

(NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) It does not appear that the tritium leak at Indian Point poses a significant offsite health hazard. But there’s no excuse for complacency around the reoccurrence of extremely high levels of tritium in monitoring wells...
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Photos: Extreme High Tides & “Major Flooding” In NY, NJ

(GOTHAMIST) The National Weather Service issued a flooding advisory for coastal neighborhoods in NYC and Long Island this morning. Residents from Far Rockaway, Broad Chanel, Howard Beach and other waterfront neighborhoods are documenting flooding on city streets, in addition...