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NYS DEC photo from July 2020
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Record numbers of visitors at hiking and waterfall destinations in the Catskills and sections of the Adirondacks have prompted the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner to remind the public about respecting nature. Unprepared hikers and trash left behind are a few of the issues DEC hopes to remedy.

Catskill Park Advocates Press For More Funding

Feb 4, 2020
Allison Dunne

Catskill Park advocates are spending the day in Albany calling for increased funding in the proposed budget. And they’re bolstering their advocacy with an updated report on the impact of outdoor activities in the Catskills.

NYS DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York state will implement a ban on single use plastic bags on March 1st.  Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos was in Plattsburgh Friday to talk about the governor’s 2020 proposed budget.  He also discussed the upcoming single-use plastic bag ban, telling WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley the transition is already happening in some communities.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

 

New York’s top environmental official is criticizing the Trump administration for revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards that are stricter than those issued by federal regulators. In a tweet, the president said his action would result in less expensive, safer cars. Basil Seggos, commissioner of New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, discussed the state’s reaction and some other high-profile issues with WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Trailhead at the Adirondack Loj
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Adirondacks have been extremely popular for outdoor enthusiasts in the past few years, and overcrowding on some trails and the roads leading to them is a major concern.  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has outlined additional plans to deal with traffic flow during what’s expected to be a very busy Columbus Day holiday.

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With temperatures expected to rise in the coming days, New York state officials are warning of possible ice jams on rivers and streams.

NYS Study Says GE PCB Cleanup Is Incomplete

Dec 21, 2018

The Hudson River cleanup isn’t done yet. That’s according to the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation, which released a study Thursday showing General Electric's cleanup of PCB contamination in the upper Hudson River is incomplete. It’s the latest effort to convince the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to refrain from issuing GE a certificate of completion. GE disagrees.

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The New York State Drinking Water Quality Council on Tuesday recommended maximum contaminant levels for three chemicals that turned up a few years ago in Hoosick Falls, Newburgh and other communities.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos is leaving his post. First appointed by Governor Cuomo in 2015, Seggos previously served as Deputy Secretary for the Environment for the governor. Seggos is stepping aside at a critical time for environmental issues in New York.

NYS DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos discusses 2018 State of the State while in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address last week, members of his cabinet are being dispatched across New York to review the plan before local and regional officials and field questions.  On Monday, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos was in Plattsburgh.  Following the presentation he said the governor and his administration will continue to aggressively address the issue of storing rail cars in the Adirondacks.

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Federal regulators say they have recommended designating part of an upstate New York village as a Superfund site for cleanup.

Dorcey Applyrs
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Residents in Albany’s South End heard from top environmental officials Wednesday, the same day nearby Global Partners was criticized for air pollution. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended the meeting at the Ezra Prentice Homes.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

  Federal, state and local government officials were in Albany's South End Wednesday night where they met with residents to talk about health risks and other issues associated with oil trains.