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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Residents and environmental activists are concerned about plans to expand a solid waste permit in Albany’s South End.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A pilot reservation system is launching this spring for people who want to park at some trailheads leading to popular Adirondack High Peaks trails.

View of the Adirondacks from the Keene Valley area
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The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation is launching a pilot reservation system for parking access in one area of the Adirondacks this spring.

The Saratoga Sites public housing neighborhood in Cohoes.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Activists are challenging a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation report that finds no clear connection between the Norlite plant in Cohoes and PFAS contamination of the area.

Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says in a 450-page report that there is no clear connection between the Norlite plant in Cohoes and PFAS contamination of the area.

Cohoes residents were joined by activists and advocates on a Thursday morning Zoom meeting.
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Already under intense scrutiny from environmental advocates and local elected officials, the Norlite plant in Cohoes is facing new clean air violations from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. But environmentalists are also taking aim at the DEC.

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A virtual community forum on clean air in a Southern Albany County town took place this week.

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation held a four-hour meeting online Wednesday evening to speak with Cohoes residents about the Norlite incinerator, the subject of ongoing environmental concerns.

A drone's view of the Norlite site in Cohoes.
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Activists say they have identified a new health threat at the embattled Norlite facility in Cohoes.

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation and the city of Cohoes held an online public information session Wednesday night on air pollution control and emissions testing at the Norlite facility in the Albany County city.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The city of Rensselaer, which has seen its share of environmental threats, could be facing another.

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

A public information meeting on the future of the Norlite Hazardous Waste incinerator in Cohoes, New York is set for Wednesday night.

WAMC Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Residents in an upstate city burdened by environmental problems are getting ready to take on one more.

Deer
Photo by John Hall / Vermont Fish and Wildlife

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed a certain disease in deer in Putnam and Orange Counties.

Leave No Trace principles poster
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A report from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is offering a number of recommendations to help reduce overcrowding on popular trails in the Adirondacks. One of the most controversial may be a suggestion to require permits in the High Peaks region.

DEC Seeks Comments On Shandaken Wild Forest Plan

Aug 30, 2020
A view of the Lower Birch Creek Road Parcel and accessible fishing platform
Courtesy of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comments on a proposed recreation and management plan for a forest preserve in the Catskills.

DEC Warns About An Invasive Fish In The Delaware River

Aug 27, 2020
Northern Snakehead vs. look-alike fish
Courtesy of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner is urging anglers in the Delaware River to look out for an invasive species.

Emerald Ash Borer
courtesy NYS DEC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed this week that an invasive beetle that kills ash trees has been found in the southern Adirondacks for the first time.

Dr. David Bond speaking during a Zoom video conference.
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The mayor of Cohoes is siding with environmental activists who are recommending immediately stopping the burning of PFAS at a local plant.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

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
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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.

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 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.

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