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Dredging of the Hudson River
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and General Electric have announced the start of the final season of dredging on the Hudson River.

Rockland Grassroots Group To Receive EPA Award

Apr 24, 2015
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Environmental Protection Agency Friday will honor a grassroots group that combatted a controversial proposed desalination plant in Rockland County.

45 Years Of Earth Day, With EPA's Judith Enck

Apr 22, 2015
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45 years ago, in April 1970, the newspapers carried stories of U.S. and South Vietnamese troops moving into Cambodia, the ill-fated flight of Apollo 13, and the introduction of a new car, the AMC Gremlin. The first Earth Day also made the papers that month, and 45 years later it is still in the news. In 1970, the focus was on air and water pollution and litter. But Judith Enck, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator for Region 2, which includes New York and New Jersey, says Earth Day has evolved over the years. 

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The Environmental Protection Agency

The top Senate Republican's call for governors to defy proposed federal rules to limit pollution has been met with mostly silence, but leaders in downwind New England states and drought-stricken areas in the West are pushing back.

FDR Site Hosts Women And Climate Change Summit

Mar 6, 2015
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The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a women’s history event Friday at the FDR site in Dutchess County. WAMC’s Allison Dunne has more. 

Judith Enck
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  EPA Regional Administrator and College of St. Rose alum Judith Enck will be speaking at the College on Thursday night at 7PM. The subject? Climate Change.

2014 was the hottest year on record. Enck says the only way that we can rise to the challenge of climate change is if every one of us gets involved. She says it is important to learn the scope of the problem and the steps that the EPA is taking to fight climate change and tips on how you can help. The title of her talk is: A Call to Action.

In 2009, Judith was appointed US Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator of Region 2 by President Barack Obama. Previously, Enck was deputy secretary for the Environment in the NYS Governor's office, responsible for policies and operations of the state’s environmental protection agencies.

Two agencies are now involved in updating oil-spill response plans for the Hudson River — and examining potential effects on endangered species. One conservation group is taking credit for the action after threatening a lawsuit if such plans were not put in place. One of the agencies says possible litigation had nothing to do with it.

The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to implement new rules under its Clean Power Plan now that the public comment period ended on Monday. Advocacy groups across New York urged supporters to express the importance of the rules in reducing the impacts of climate change on the state and the nation.

NY Farm Bureau Tells EPA To Ditch The Rule

Nov 25, 2014

The comment period has closed for a proposed rule concerning the federal Clean Water Act. Before the deadline, the New York Farm Bureau barraged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a few thousand postcards. Meanwhile, EPA says there are several misconceptions.

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Federal prosecutors say a slaughterhouse in Orange County that supplies kosher chicken to Orthodox Jews discharged chicken parts and other waste into storm drains and sewers.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says cleaning up Lake Champlain and other lakes is critical to the future of the region and the country.

The Environmental Protection Agency proposes to remove an Orange County site from the Superfund list.

  New York’s bid to use clean water funds to pay for the new Tappan Zee Bridge was rejected by the EPA.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he thinks that was a mistake.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to use clean water funds to help pay for the new Tappan Zee Bridge has been approved by a key state board. However, a federal agency is reviewing the plan, and environmental groups are among those in opposition.

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Governor Peter Shumlin says the city of Barre is receiving $1.6 million in grants to address flood risks, clean up environmental contamination and redevelop a central part of downtown.

Dredging of the Hudson River
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Lawmakers in Saratoga County have passed a resolution calling on General Electric to monitor flood plains along the Hudson River for chemical contamination. 

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The Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a checklist to help communities prepare for floods based on the experiences of communities in Vermont's Mad River Valley.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Vermont Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz says the Obama administration's plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions by a third over the next 15 years will  be good for the state.

Dredging of the Hudson River
EPA

Dredging of the upper-Hudson River will resume Wednesday.

Allison Dunne

A national conservation organization has put the U.S. Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency on notice that it will follow through with a lawsuit if oil spill response plans along the Hudson River are not updated.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Regional representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency and officials from Vermont state agencies outlined proposed plans to control phosphorus runoff into Lake Champlain to key House leaders Wednesday.

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The Attorneys General from 12 states and the District of Columbia have submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency calling on the federal agency to cut climate change pollution from power plants.

PCBs Not Elevated after Floods
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The Hudson River PCB cleanup project is nearly 75 percent complete as the fourth season of dredging comes to a close. An Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator delivered a progress report while an environmental group is calling on General Electric to clean up additional PCBs. 

EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck says the 2013 dredging season comes to a close in a few days, putting the entire project about a year ahead of schedule.

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A U.S attorney and the Environmental Protection Agency are suing Westchester County.

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The call is becoming stronger for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adopt a proposed rule to tighten emissions from motor vehicles.

The City of Pittsfield has been mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to complete upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant, a project that is estimated to cost tens of millions of dollars.

Upon a revision of Pittsfield’s wastewater discharge permit for a plant located on Holmes Road, an EPA mandate from 2008 would require the city to restrict the amount of aluminum and phosphorus released in its treated discharge into the Housatonic River.

The Hudson River PCB-cleanup project is about halfway through, and both governmental officials as well as environmental advocates provided an update on the Superfund project Wednesday. What has not yet begun is a project to restore the Hudson River’s natural resources, including fish and wildlife, but planning for the restoration is underway.

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New York’s Attorney General is leading a group of seven states that plan to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over methane emissions from oil and gas drilling.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a notice of intent to sue the EPA, claiming the agency violated the Clean Air Act. Environmental Protection Bureau Assistant Attorney General and lead attorney for the case Michael Myers says the lawsuit is an effort to control a potent greenhouse gas.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed changing how they deal with navigable waters across the country under the Clean Water Act.  But the New York Farm Bureau is raising red flags saying the agency is attempting to expand their authority without appropriate public input.

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Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

The head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency says some of the pollution control practices developed for Vermont's Ben & Jerry's ice cream plants could serve as a model for other businesses.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson visited the company's Waterbury factory today and was given an overview of the company's business practices, a tour of the plant and then samples of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

Jackson says one of the reasons she visited Vermont is because it's a state that has sees a green economy as important to its future.

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