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Ownership of an access road to the Hudson River PCB cleanup site in Fort Edward is being transferred to a local development agency.

Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Administrator Peter Lopez
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced $3 million in grants for communities to address contaminated sites across New York.

NRDC, Others Sue EPA Over Temporary Policy

Apr 20, 2020
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The Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s temporary guidance policy that tables enforcement of pollution monitoring because of the coronavirus. EPA, in its policy, says it expects regulated facilities to comply with regulatory requirements and to return to compliance as quickly as possible.

EPA Inches Toward PFAS Drinking Water Regulation

Feb 24, 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken the next step toward setting drinking water limits for two PFAS chemicals — PFOA and PFOS. Environmentalists say the step is small and they want to see quicker, bolder action.

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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.

Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Administrator Peter Lopez
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is rolling back a 2015 rule governing which water bodies are subject to federal regulation.

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Last week, New York state officials announced a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over General Electric’s PCB cleanup in the Hudson River. A county executive in the Hudson Valley is joining the effort.

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New York state is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over General Electric’s PCB cleanup in the Hudson River. The state threatened the action earlier this year and made it official Wednesday.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Monday that it is adding seven sites to the Superfund National Priorities List. The only one in the Northeast is a former metals plant in northern Westchester County, New York.

The Hudson River
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Thursday’s decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding General Electric’s cleanup of the Hudson River has drawn strong reaction from politicians and environmentalists, with New York state officials threatening to sue the federal agency.

Pete Lopez (file photo)
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New York state, the federal government and environmentalists up and down the Hudson have been readying for months for the next chapter of General Electric’s mandated cleanup of the river.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to make an announcement related to the Hudson River Superfund Cleanup tomorrow morning.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler Thursday laid out the agency’s action plan to address PFAS chemicals. PFOA and PFOS have contaminated drinking water in such New York communities as Hoosick Falls and Newburgh. Environmentalists say the plan doesn’t go far enough, and it’s up to states to take the lead.

EPA Rolls Out PFAS Action Plan

Feb 14, 2019

Earlier today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler laid out the agency’s action plan to address PFAS, a family of chemicals that includes PFOA and PFOS. PFOA and PFOS are toxic substances that have contaminated drinking water in a number of New York communities, including Hoosick Falls and Newburgh.

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New York’s two U.S. Senators are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to deem General Electric’s Hudson River PCB cleanup incomplete. The EPA has said it would decide on GE’s request for a Certificate of Completion in early 2019.

Hudson Valley Year In Review 2018 Part Two

Dec 31, 2018
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A controversial, heated campaign in New York’s 19th congressional district was the talk of the town in 2018. And environmental sagas, including over Newburgh’s PFOS water contamination, continued. But there was plenty else grabbing attention in the region. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne looks back.

Hudson Valley Year In Review 2018

Dec 28, 2018
From left to right: Democrat Antonio Delgado, Republican Congressman John Faso, the Green Party's Steve Greenfield and independent Diane Neal
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A mid-term election year with several key races in the Hudson Valley grabbed a lot of air time, while PCBs and PFOS continued to dominate environmental headlines in 2018. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne looks back at some significant stories in her region during the first half of the year.

NYS Study Says GE PCB Cleanup Is Incomplete

Dec 21, 2018

The Hudson River cleanup isn’t done yet. That’s according to the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation, which released a study Thursday showing General Electric's cleanup of PCB contamination in the upper Hudson River is incomplete. It’s the latest effort to convince the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to refrain from issuing GE a certificate of completion. GE disagrees.

A study commissioned by environmental group Scenic Hudson shows PCBs have re-contaminated dredged areas of the upper Hudson River. A spokesman for the company responsible for the cleanup refutes the study’s results. This comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering whether to deem the PCB cleanup project complete.

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The Dutchess County executive is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to refrain from deeming the upper Hudson River PCB cleanup project complete. General Electric maintains it has done its job.

An EPA official meets with Hoosick Falls residents Tuesday.
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State and federal agencies met with the residents of Hoosick Falls Tuesday night, where an investigation into the presence of toxic chemicals in local water supplies continues. Officials hope to foster better communication between the people and government.

EPA Seeks To Add Westchester Site To Superfund List

Sep 12, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing the addition of six sites to the Superfund Program’s National Priorities List. One is in New York, in the Hudson Valley.

Villagers protest a revised settlement agreement between Hoosick Falls and companies Saint-Gobain and Honeywell in February 2017 (file photo)
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will present a report on community involvement during the ongoing investigation into contaminated water supplies in Hoosick Falls at two meetings this week.

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Vermont is going to get nearly $19 million for clean water projects.

Later this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host the first in a series of regional meetings on PFAS contamination in Exeter, New Hampshire. It follows a summit in Washington, D.C. in May.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting Vermonters to attend a regional summit on unregulated PFAS chemicals later this month in New Hampshire.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $2 million to New York state for clean water projects.

A national summit on PFAS chemicals was held in Washington, D.C. this week. Convened by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, the two-day event sought input on pollution including PFOA and PFOS, which have been discovered in several communities in our region.

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Hoosick Falls Mayor Rob Allen was in Washington D.C. Tuesday to attend the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s summit on PFAS chemicals.

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House Republican Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st District is calling for the resignation of embattled U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports she made the remarks at a town hall meeting on Thursday.

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