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After traces of PFAS chemicals were found in water samples taken near the Dunn Landfill in Rensselaer, activists are stepping up their campaign to convince the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to close the landfill.

Ezra Prentice Community Room, February 25, 2020
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Global Partners, a closely-watched business in Albany’s South End, hosted a meeting Tuesday with nearby residents who have long raised concerns about the environmental conditions in their neighborhood.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Concerned citizens, environmental groups and elected officials are ramping up the campaign to close a dump in the city of Rensselaer, New York.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Consumers, businesses and localities are getting ready as New York state's plastic bag ban takes effect March 1st.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Ongoing environmental concerns have brought a new round of attention to a Rensselaer dump.

NYS DEC Commissioner Discusses Bond Act And More

Jan 17, 2020
NYS DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos discusses 2018 State of the State while in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, as part of his efforts to combat climate change, proposed the creation of a $3 billion ‘Restore Mother Nature’ Bond Act in his State of the State address. He calls it the nation's most aggressive program for habitat restoration and flood reduction. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos about this and more.

The protest was timed to coincide with the Albany County Legislature's swearing-in ceremony.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Environmentalists gathered outside the Albany County Courthouse New Year's Day to raise awareness about their efforts to stop an Albany County cement plant from burning tires for fuel.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Environmentalists are doubling down on their efforts to prevent an Albany County cement plant from burning tires for fuel. 

Big rigs en route to the Dunn Landfill haul waste along city streets in Rensselaer, NY
Credit Stop Trucks Assaulting Rensselaer

The Dunn Landfill in Rensselaer faces new state mandates as concern builds over odors and air quality.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Central Hudson is cleaning up the site of a former manufactured gas plant in the City of Poughkeepsie. The remediation is taking place on the shoreline and in the Hudson River. But until there is agreement about plans to protect the river and a drinking water source nearby, the river portion of the cleanup has been delayed.

Pipes.
Ryan Delaney/WAMC

A controversial natural gas pipeline planned for New York is back on the table after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the project can go forward.

The entrace to the Dunn facility off Partition Street Ext.
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Concerns continue to swirl around the Dunn Landfill's proximity to the Rensselaer Central Schools. With the start of the new school year, officials are updating residents about the city's relationship with the landfill operator.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

An interim filtration system at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh was supposed to be up and running by the end of the summer. The remediation effort is intended to trap PFOS-laden water. The U.S. Department of Defense had committed to the measure in December but environmental groups and state officials have concerns.

Tillson Lake
Andrew Hague / SaveTillsonLake.org

Area residents who have been pushing to save a lake in Ulster County are encouraged by a new engineering report. They hope the report’s findings will convince state officials to repair rather than remove a dam at the lake. And a New York state Senator supports the group’s efforts.

Adirondack Loj trailhead register
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A new effort has been launched to educate hikers about overcrowding and how it impacts the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Mountain Club, the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Colorado-based Center for Outdoor Ethics are partnering to educate hikers about “Leave No Trace” principles to help address overcrowding in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks.  WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the launch of the initiative.

Rensselaer Central School District Superintendent Joseph Kardash was in the audience.
Rensselaer Residents Against Toxic Dumping / Facebook

Thursday night's community meeting on the Dunn landfill in the city of Rensselaer took an unexpected turn.

In Rensselaer , continued concerns over odors emanating from the Dunn Landfill in the city.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Over the past three years, there have been numerous meetings regarding the ongoing PFOS water contamination issue in Newburgh. A state senator who represents the city says the meetings have not gathered all relevant stakeholders in one room, and wants to change that, especially with regard to the state’s water filtration system.

Courtesy of NYS DEC

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has issued two violation notices, citing illegal dumping at sites in Saugerties, in Ulster County.

NYS Grants Will Shore Up, Improve Hudson River Access

Jun 29, 2019
Courtesy of visitsleepyhollow.com

Grants from New York state have been awarded for three projects in Westchester County to enhance access to the lower Hudson River.

NYS DEC Releases CPV Draft Air Permits

May 30, 2019
Courtesy of CPV Valley Energy Center

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has deemed an Orange County power plant’s air permit applications complete, and a public comment period has begun. Plant opponents say the CPV plant should never have been allowed to operate in the first place.

Courtesy of Riverkeeper

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has received validated results from April’s accidental release of firefighting foam from New York Stewart International Airport in Orange County. DEC says more testing is required by the company that operates the hangar where the spill occurred.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Three groups are seeking to put an end to what they say is a growing dumping operation in Saugerties, New York. They updated community residents Tuesday night, urging them to put pressure on lawmakers and the state Department of Environmental Conversation to take action.

Courtesy of Riverkeeper

A recent accidental release of firefighting foam from a hangar at New York Stewart International Airport in Orange County is the subject of debate. The foam made its way into a stream, and testing on behalf of the City of Newburgh shows high levels of PFOA and PFOS. But the company that operates the hangar says the foam does not contain PFOA or PFOS. The state is awaiting separate results.

City of Albany

After years in limbo, the City of Albany has sold a parcel of land once earmarked as a target for landfill expansion.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany-area officials gathered today to mark Arbor Day near the New York state capitol.

NYS DEC Wants Input On Blue Hole Permit Proposal

Apr 13, 2018
Courtesy of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public to weigh in on a proposal to establish day permits to access a popular swimming hole in the Catskills. 

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In what has become a rite of spring,  the Hannacroix eel net will be installed this afternoon in the Hannacroix Creek near the Albany/Greene County line. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has the next story in our spring series.

Tom Reichner

New York wildlife researchers are taking a new approach to gathering citizen input to guide deer management objectives.

EPA Expands Scope of Hudson River PCB Cleanup Analysis

Jan 30, 2018
Dredging of the Hudson River
EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will work with the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation to evaluate sediment samples from the upper Hudson River. EPA is studying the river and reviewing public input before deciding whether General Electric’s PCB cleanup is complete.

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