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NYS DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos

The federal government, New York state and a Capital Region cement plant have reached a settlement to resolve alleged violations of federal and state water regulations.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.
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Residents and environmental activists are concerned about plans to expand a solid waste permit in Albany’s South End.

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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.

NYS DEC photo from July 2020
Courtesy of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

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.

Officials cut the ribbon opening the South End Connector to bike/ped traffic.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In Albany Tuesday, officials hailed the completion of Phase One of the South End Connector, which links two popular bike trails.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Over a hundred evironmental groups are urging the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to enforce the plastic bag ban and bottle bill law. The DEC disputes the criticism.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state-funded water filtration system intended to alleviate the PFOS water woes in Newburgh has been up and running for some time, but not for its originally intended purpose.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos speaks at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
Lucas Willard / WAMC

With less than three weeks before New York’s ban on single-use plastic bags takes effect, the state Department of Environmental Conservation is pushing to get the word out about the change.

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.

1st ward Councilwoman Dorcey Applyrs led the town hall-style meeting at Ezra Prentice.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

State officials are about to reveal the long-awaited results of an air monitoring study in Albany's South End.

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 photo by Dave Lucas

The director of the University at Albany's Institute for Health and the Environment is calling for closer testing and monitoring at a dump in Rensselaer.

The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: After 20 years, the governor and legislature may get a pay raise, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts GOP leader Flanagan being elected minority leader in the state senate, and will sit down with NYS DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos who is leaving his post.