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NY’s Schneiderman on EPA’s agreement to finalize air pollution standards for residential wood heaters

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

“I commend EPA for acknowledging its overdue obligation to update its air pollution standards for wood heaters, and for agreeing to finalize those standards by early next year. My office will continue to engage EPA and the other states to ensure that the standards safeguard public health.”

Westchester County gets ‘B’ for protecting Long Island Sound

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

New Haven-based Long Island Sound advocacy group Save the Sound says Westchester’s sewage treatment plants are doing a good job removing nitrogen before discharging into the Sound but have to do more.

Gillibrand, Bishop Call on USDA to Designate LI Sound and Peconic Bay as Critical Conservation Areas

Apr 9th, 2014 | By

Lawmakers pushed for the designation through a newly created federal watershed program under the 2014 farm bill, which passed earlier this year. Sen. Gillibrand and Rep. Bishop pointed out that steering critical funding toward Long Island would address water quality issues and enhance soil fertility, allowing Long Island farmers, who faced devastation from Superstorm Sandy, to access tools to help adapt to severe weather patterns.

Long Island protesters to send anti-fracking message to Cuomo at McCarthy event

Mar 31st, 2014 | By

Over 100 Long Island residents plan to protest outside a political fundraiser tonight feting retiring Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, where Governor Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to appear, to send a message of opposition to fracking in New York State. For more on this story, visit: Long Island protesters to send anti-fracking message to Cuomo at McCarthy

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Contaminated Beaches: A response to a March 8 NYT editorial

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

“Shortchanging New York’s Environment” (editorial, March 8) is right on the money. Among many urgent environmental needs are decrepit sewer pipes leaking sewage during rainstorms, a particularly dire problem in older Long Island Sound communities like Port Chester, Mamaroneck and New Rochelle. Most of the sewers in Westchester communities date from the early 20th century.

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New LIPA board hears updates on PSEG transition

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By

Long Island Power Authority trustees Tuesday received their first progress report since PSEG Long Island took over operations Jan. 1, including further details of a fatal head-on collision involving a PSEG truck last week. For more on this story, visit: New LIPA board hears updates on PSEG transition.

NY A.G. announces $2.2M for sustainable homes programs in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse

Dec 13th, 2013 | By

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced that he is providing nearly $2.2 million for a two-pronged expansion of the highly-successful Buffalo Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (BGGHI), a program that has already helped more than 200 of Buffalo’s neediest families lower their energy bills and eliminate serious home health and safety hazards in older homes.

Groups deliver thousands of comments critical of planned natural gas regulations

Dec 5th, 2013 | By

Environmental groups Wednesday delivered thousands of comments critical of New York’s proposed liquefied natural gas regulations and demanded the state withdraw the proposals and start over. The regulations would allow LNG fueling and storage facilities in New York for the first time since 1973, when the state imposed a moratorium after an LNG facility explosion

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Environmental groups sue Stony Brook University, state parks for polluting water

Nov 19th, 2013 | By

Alleging that wastewater from cesspools at state parks and Stony Brook University’s Southampton campus has polluted local waterways, Peconic Baykeeper and Soundkeeper filed duel lawsuits against the two entities recently. The two environmental groups filed the lawsuits in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Nov. 8 and 11,

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Huge die-back threatens lobsters

Nov 6th, 2013 | By

The moratorium on lobster harvests in the Long Island Sound that began Sept. 8 will end for Connecticut fishermen Nov 28. According to a pair of men who have been pulling lobsters from the sound all their lives, why bother? “It’s been a disaster the last four or five years,” said Roger Frate, 68. “There’s

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New York Should Allow Vehicle Fleets To Use Cleaner Fuel

Nov 6th, 2013 | By

The New York League of Conservation Voters supports the Department of Environmental Conservation’s proposal to set criteria for the construction and operation of small liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in New York State.

The Deadly Secrets of Plum Island, by Karl Grossman in Counterpunch

Oct 28th, 2013 | By

Michael Carroll, author of the best-selling book, “Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government’s Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory,” was back on the East Coast, vacationing with his family, and amazed over recent developments concerning Plum Island. Carroll, an attorney from Long Island who worked seven years on “Lab 257” which became a best-seller after its 2004 publication, has since moved to California where he and his wife, a California native, established a law practice.

TNC Report Addresses Protecting Coastal Communities from Climate Change Impacts

Oct 24th, 2013 | By

The Nature Conservancy prepared the report by request from The New York City Special Initiative for Rebuilding to undertake a project evaluating the role of nature and natural infrastructure in protecting communities from some of the impacts of climate change. The community of Howard Beach, Queens, was selected as a conceptual model for the project because this neighborhood, hit hard during Sandy, is low-lying and densely populated. Although Howard Beach was used in the analysis, the study methodology is applicable to coastal communities across the City and around the globe.

Mamaroneck Harbor: 7 sites still leaking bacteria, tests say

Sep 23rd, 2013 | By

The high bacteria counts in Mamaroneck Harbor came from more than just a grocery store and a yacht club with a broken sewer pipe. Seven more points were leaking sewage and high levels of fecal coliform and e. coli bacteria when volunteers for Save the Sound tested the water at 25 points over the summer,

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Pataki lauds Astorino for New Rochelle sewer upgrade

Sep 21st, 2013 | By

Gov. George Pataki came to Tarrytown Friday to praise Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s environmental record, which includes $25 million in park improvements, a public-private partnership to clean up the Bronx River, and inclusion of bus rapid-transit on the new Tappan Zee Bridge. For more on this story, visit: Pataki lauds Astorino for New Rochelle

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Gov’t reaffirms it will sell ex-lab island off NY

Aug 30th, 2013 | By

The federal government has reaffirmed it plans to sell Plum Island, finalizing the environmental review of the animal disease research site off Long Island, even though environmental regulators and some lawmakers say there’s not enough information about the effects of selling it. The General Services Administration and Department of Homeland Security issued what’s called a

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Save the Sound lauds Southold, NY, zoning decision on Plum Island

Aug 28th, 2013 | By

SAVE THE SOUND ON SOUTHOLD ZONING OF PLUM ISLAND NEW HAVEN, CT — Last night the Town Board of the Town of Southold, NY, unanimously approved zoning for Plum Island that will protect over 600 acres of habitat from development if the island is sold. The 840-acre island, which is home to a research facility,

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Old Lyme explores dredging for Black Hall, Four Mile rivers

Aug 18th, 2013 | By

Two rivers popular with kayakers, canoeists and boaters that are getting too shallow in some areas could be getting a dredging. The town, with state funding in mind, is looking into whether dredging the Black Hall and Four Mile rivers, which spill into Long Island Sound, would be a solution to silting that is occurring

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Bill introduced in NY to Restrict Pesticide Methoprene in Estuaries

Aug 12th, 2013 | By

Methoprene, an insect growth regulator, is considered a biochemical pesticide that is acutely toxic to estuarine invertebrates, including valuable food and commercial species like crabs and lobsters. Environmental Protection Agency studies have found that Methoprene can be lethal to non-target organisms such as lobsters and crabs.

Powering the Future:Underwater turbines harness river power

Aug 7th, 2013 | By

In the middle of the East River river sits Roosevelt Island, a narrow, 150-acre strip of land that serves as the home base for a company called Verdant Power.