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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says it has made the largest seizure of illegal reptiles in state history.

Whiteface Mountain
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Two people who hiked hours to the summit of Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondack Park called for a taxi ride down, only to require assistance from state authorities.

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.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The debate over the future of General Electric’s Hudson River dredging is likely headed to court.

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

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has directed the operator of a landfill across the Hudson River from the state capitol in Albany to address recent reports of blowing dust.

A black bear
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

New York State environmental officials are reminding residents to take steps to prevent unwanted visits from bears coming out of hibernation.

The "Rusty Anchor" secured at the Port of Albany after it drifted down the Hudson River
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Danger was averted when several unstaffed boats were sent adrift on the ice-packed Hudson River this morning. It was a tense few hours, but no one was injured and authorities have secured all vessels involved.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos is leaving his post. First appointed by Governor Cuomo in 2015, Seggos previously served as Deputy Secretary for the Environment for the governor. Seggos is stepping aside at a critical time for environmental issues in New York.

Robert Flacke
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Robert Flacke, who served as chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency and later was appointed commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, has died at his home in Lake George. He was 85.

A sign outside the 35 acres placed under conservation easement in the Town of Bethlehem
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Thirty-five acres of open space is now protected from development in suburban Albany County. The land abuts a popular outdoor education center.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Capital Region communities are seeking action from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on two local landfills.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is reviewing an application for an expansion of the Colonie Landfill. But officials from neighboring communities and environmental advocates say more research is needed before any expansion plan is approved.

A New York task force focused on combatting pollution caused by single-use plastic bags has submitted recommendations to Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced plans for a former amusement park in the Adirondacks.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

A plan to expand a landfill in Albany County used by several Capital Region communities is facing opposition from neighbors. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports two Saratoga County municipalities and an environmental organization are speaking out.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says it will begin treating a popular Schenectady County nature preserve for an invasive pest.

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility on McCaffrey Street in Hoosick Falls
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Marking 500 days of water contamination in Hoosick Falls, residents gathered at the state capitol on Thursday to pressure state leaders to find a new, uncontaminated source.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

An audience in Saratoga Springs on Thursday heard from a conservation group about a plan that places pressure on public officials to protect the Adirondack Park. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

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Black bears are active again with warmer weather, and New York officials are warning people not to attract them with food left outside.

Due to last week's snowstorm, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has rescheduled a meeting for April 4th to discuss the next phase of a Superfund cleanup project in the Schenectady County town of Glenville.

As the state Department of Environmental Conservation continues to investigate the presence of toxic chemicals known as PFC’s in upstate New York, the presence of PFOA and PFOS has been detected at a composting facility in Washington County.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Despite the cold temperatures forecast for the weekend, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is asking residents to avoid partially frozen bodies of water.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Some Hoosick Falls residents already exposed to chemicals in their drinking water may also have another form of pollutant leaking into their homes. Honeywell, under a consent order with the state, is conducting an investigation into the detection of chemicals at one of its former buildings in town. A meeting was held Tuesday night where company representatives spoke to residents.

New York State is requiring company Honeywell to test homes for volatile compounds near a former Hoosick Falls facility.

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility on McCaffrey Street in Hoosick Falls
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Two pollutants that have been at the center of water contamination cases in upstate New York have been listed as hazardous substances.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has responded to a study released by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that calls for further PCB removal work on the Hudson River.

Dredging of the Hudson River
EPA

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is again asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to require additional cleanup work on the Hudson River.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a report December 20th claiming the removal of toxic PCBs from the Hudson River conducted by General Electric and overseen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “is not protective of the public or the environment.”

Dredging of the Hudson River
EPA

One year ago, General Electric wrapped up its dredging of a 40-mile stretch of the Hudson River from Fort Edward to Troy.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has entered an agreement to hold company Taconic responsible for removing the chemical PFOA from water supplies in the Rensselaer County community of Petersburgh. 

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New York environmental officials are asking hunters to be alert for any signs of the hunter who disappeared in Warren County almost one year ago.

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