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Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The owner of the Indian Point nuclear power plant, the prospective owner and several stakeholders, including New York state, have reached an agreement regarding the decommissioning of the Westchester County-based plant. This comes as the plant permanently shuts down by the end of the month. 

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and New York Congressman Mondaire Jones are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help get to the bottom of PFAS contamination in Rockland County’s drinking water. This comes after PFOA in drinking water exceeded the state’s new limits.

Rep. Maloney's Provision Banning Anchorages Is Now Law

Jan 11, 2021
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, New Windsor, NY, January 11, 2021
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney joined environmentalists and local lawmakers on the banks of the Hudson River Monday to celebrate his resolution that further protects the lower portion of the waterway.

Hudson Valley Brief Year In Review, Minus COVID

Dec 31, 2020
Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Though the COVID-19 pandemic dominated the airwaves most of the year, there were some other significant developments in 2020. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne highlights a few of them in an abbreviated year in review.

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Environmentalists are speaking out about a bill New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently vetoed. They say the legislation would have protected thousands of miles of headwater streams and creeks.

Riverkeeper's President Is Stepping Down In 2021

Dec 1, 2020
Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay
Courtesy of Riverkeeper

The president of Riverkeeper, an environmental group based in New York’s Hudson Valley, is stepping down next year. This comes as Riverkeeper has a new strategic plan in place, refocusing its mission. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Hudson Riverkeeper Paul Gallay.

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Courtesy of Riverkeeper

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos on Thursday announced that more than $855,000 has been awarded to help communities in the Hudson River Estuary watershed.

Groups Want NYS To Implement Drug Take Back Act

Sep 3, 2020
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A coalition of environmental, public health and other groups is calling on the New York state Department of Health to implement a drug take-back law signed two years ago. The groups say the lack of safe disposal options for unwanted or expired pharmaceutical drugs not only contributes to the drug abuse epidemic and accidental poisonings at home, but also to water pollution.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Environmental and community advocates are calling for the immediate repair of a temporary water filtration system at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh that failed after about a month of use. It was supposed to trap PFOS-contaminated water. The advocates say the system was not equipped to handle the flow in the first place, a concern also shared by New York state officials.

A vote in New York on whether to adopt recommended maximum contaminant levels in drinking water for three chemicals has been postponed a second time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, clean water advocates say they are disappointed with another delay.

Riverkeeper Water Quality Program Director Dan Shapley
Courtesy of Riverkeeper/Dan Shapley

Although other aspects of the pandemic have gotten more attention, there are questions about how COVID-19 relates to water and sewage. Environmental group Riverkeeper has been looking into whether the virus survives in either and poses a transmission risk. Riverkeeper’s Water Quality Program Director Dan Shapley has been researching the subject. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

With news that a temporary filtration system is back on track at Stewart Air National Guard base, officials are keeping a close eye on the timeline for the project. The remedial measure is supposed to address PFAS contamination.

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.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Dutchess and Ulster County executives say they will take legal action in support of New York state’s lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision on General Electric’s Hudson River PCB cleanup. Some cities, towns and villages in the two counties are lending their support as well.

As global climate strikes take place across the region today, another focus of climate change is an unaccounted-for source of greenhouse gas emissions. Hudson River sewage overflows are the culprit, and a new study suggests that stopping water pollution is an untapped strategy to mitigate climate change.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

An interim filtration system at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh was supposed to be up and running by the end of the summer. The remediation effort is intended to trap PFOS-laden water. The U.S. Department of Defense had committed to the measure in December but environmental groups and state officials have concerns.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Department of Defense is establishing a PFAS Task Force to address contamination at more than 400 military installations and surrounding communities across the nation. Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh is one of those places.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held its annual public meeting on the Indian Point plant in Westchester Thursday night. The few who attended had a long list of questions about decommissioning.

An April panel discussion included Judith Enck, the former EPA Regional Administrator, Richard Webster, Riverkeeper’s Legal Director, and Dr. David Walker, a geologist and Catskill resident.
Riverkeeper

Environmental groups may have sidelined a New Hampshire-based company's proposal to create an incinerator ash dump at a quarry in Catskill, New York.

Courtesy of Wallkill River Watershed Alliance

The Wallkill River Watershed Alliance is holding its fifth annual Wallkill River Summit Thursday night at SUNY New Paltz.

The panel (L to R): Judith Enck, Richard Webster, David Walker.
Riverkeeper

Locals packed a meeting in Catskill, New York this week to discuss an incinerator toxic ash dump proposed for an abandoned quarry on U.S. Route 9W.

WAMC file photo

More than 50 environmental and community groups have joined forces in opposition to a proposed incinerator ash dump in Catskill.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Officials from the Department of Defense will be in Newburgh next week. They will visit Stewart Air National Guard base and then hold a public forum about the PFOS water contamination emanating from the base.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers returned to Poughkeepsie Wednesday to give an update about conceptual plans to manage storm risk for the New York and New Jersey Harbor tributaries, including the Hudson River. And while there are some more details on the plans, there is still a long way to go.

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New York state’s new budget passed overnight Sunday into Monday includes $500 million in clean water infrastructure. Environmentalists say that while they appreciate the allocation, it’s just a dent in the state’s water infrastructure needs. State officials say it builds on New York’s historic $2.5 billion investment.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

One of the reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York is offline. The unexpected shutdown comes as the other unit is also offline for a scheduled refueling outage.

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New York state is launching a new initiative to protect drinking water —and looking for volunteers to take part. A leading environmental group welcomes the news.

DoD Officials Visit Newburgh Re: PFOS Contamination

Nov 19, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Senior level officials from the Department of Defense were in Newburgh Thursday, where they held a public forum on the PFOS water contamination. It was the first time since the crisis took hold more than two years ago that DoD officials met publicly with residents, who say they were hoping for more concrete action.

Courtesy of Riverkeeper

An environmental group in the Hudson Valley has released a study on the risks of oil spills in the Hudson River. Scenic Hudson commissioned the study that looks at threats at nine locations between Yonkers and Albany.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently extended the comment period a second time for plans to manage storm risk in New York and New Jersey. Still, some local officials say it’s not enough. And one state senator is renewing his call for the Army Corps to hold a public session in Westchester County.

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