Environmental Advocates of New York

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A coalition of various organizations has sent a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The groups want him to increase funding fivefold for lead service line replacements. This comes as more municipalities are finding lead in their drinking water.

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New York state’s Drinking Water Quality Council met this week to discuss recommending maximum contaminant levels for three emerging contaminants, including PFOA and PFOS. Council members are slated to issue recommendations at their next meeting before the end of the year. Council members have been reviewing scientific studies as well as the actions of other states. Meantime, affected residents and environmentalists say setting the levels is long overdue.

Groups Pen Letter To NYS DOH Re: PFOA/PFOS Levels

Jul 9, 2018
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More than a dozen environmental, civic, and research groups have sent a letter urging the New York State Department of Health and the Drinking Water Quality Council to establish so-called maximum contaminant levels for three chemicals, including PFOA and PFOS. The groups highlight new research in recommending levels they think the state should adopt.

A former drycleaner in Ballston Spa, New York is being investigated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the possible contamination of nearby homes. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the agency’s latest findings.

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A New York environmental group is calling for increased water infrastructure and staff funding at the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. The call comes after the group updated a report analyzing data on reported sewage overflows.

The nine Mid-Atlantic and New England states that participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative have agreed to a draft proposal that will further reduce power plant carbon emissions under the regional environmental pact.

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With a new legislative session in New York, environmental groups are calling on state officials to make clean water a priority in 2017.

The first alleged violator has been caught under a camera littering law in northern Westchester County. The supervisor of Yorktown says the law is the first of its kind in the U.S. and will go a long way in helping the town’s “Do Not Litter” campaign. 

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Elevated concentrations of lead are being found in school districts across New York. In the Capital Region, traces were recently discovered in Scotia, Bethlehem, Vorheesvillle and others following the latest mandatory testing. Last spring, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law requiring public school districts to test for lead by October 31st.

New York state is again the beneficiary of billions of dollars in financial settlement money and environmental groups say a good chunk of it should go toward the state's aging water and sewer systems.

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Environmentalists are out with a new report critical of New York State's Brownfields Cleanup Program.

Brownfields are thousands of sites statewide - they exist in virtually every community - that range from the local dry cleaner that closed up shop years ago to shuttered gas stations to bigger, more polluted contaminated sites that contain dangerous toxins.

Many times these dangerous parcels are off the tax rolls, classified as "abandoned properties."

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Environmental groups say New York needs to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to fix its aging water and sewer systems.

With Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers haggling over the budget this month, several advocacy groups are highlighting their wish lists.

A coalition including Environmental Advocates, Riverkeeper, the New York League of Conservation Voters  and the Adirondack Council is pushing for lawmakers to earmark $800 million from the state’s $5 billion bank settlement windfall for various clean water projects around the state.

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A new report examines the possibility and practice of potentially radioactive out-of-state fracking waste getting dumped in New York despite Governor Cuomo’s ongoing implementation of a ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

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Three environmental groups are suing New York State agencies and officials over the planned use of Clean Water Act funds for construction activities surrounding the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge.

Riverkeeper, Waterkeeper Alliance, and Environmental Advocates of New York Monday filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Albany against New York State officials, seeking to ensure that federal Clean Water Act funds will not be used in building the new Tappan Zee Bridge or for future projects. Marc Yaggi is executive director of Waterkeeper Alliance.

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Three environmental groups are suing a number of New York state officials and agencies over the planned use of Clean Water Act funds for the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge.

Riverkeeper, Waterkeeper Alliance and Environmental Advocates of New York Monday filed a lawsuit against New York State officials, seeking to ensure that federal Clean Water Act funds will not be used in building the new Tappan Zee Bridge or for other such future projects. Marc Yaggi is executive director of Waterkeeper Alliance.

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New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand is urging federal regulators to ban microplastics, a move that state environmental advocates are hoping can move legislation forward in Albany. 

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Environmental Advocates of New York has hired a new executive director, and it’s someone who is very familiar to environmental concerns in New York.