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New York Considers Bigger Better Bottle Bill

New York Considers Bigger Better Bottle Bill

SYRACUSE, New York, January 22, 2009 (ENS) – In the state of New York consumers pay a five-cent deposit on beer and carbonated beverages and get that nickel back when they recycle the containers. In his 2009-10 budget Governor David Paterson has proposed expanding the law to apply to non-carbonated beverages to raise more money…

New York Proposes Cleanup for Onondaga Lake Tributaries

New York Proposes Cleanup for Onondaga Lake Tributaries

ALBANY, New York, November 28, 2008 (ENS) – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will unveil proposals to clean up contaminated soils in two Onondaga Lake tributaries at a public meeting on December 10. The meeting will be held to present the plans, to elaborate on the reasons for recommending the preferred remedies,…

Long Island Sound Water Quality Upgrades Funded

Long Island Sound Water Quality Upgrades Funded

RYE, New York, September 29, 2008 (ENS) – Grants for improving water quality in Long Island Sound were announced Friday at a gathering of federal and state environmental officials in Westchester County near the shore. The water quality grants were among 35 grants to state and local governments and community groups made to upgrade the…

New Yorkers Asked to Keep Drugs Out of Drinking Water

New Yorkers Asked to Keep Drugs Out of Drinking Water

ALBANY, New York, August 11, 2008 (ENS) – For years, environmental and health officials have instructed people to flush unused pharmaceuticals down the toilet, but low levels of drugs have now been detected in drinking water supplies, prompting these same officials to reverse their policy and warn people not to flush unwanted drugs. A new…

Pepsi Fine Will Fund Recycling Education

Pepsi Fine Will Fund Recycling Education

ALBANY, New York, August 6, 2008 (ENS) – The Pepsi Bottling Group has been fined $65,000 for distributing drinks in New York state with illegible refund information on the bottles. Improper labeling of bottles prevented some consumers from redeeming the containers, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation said Thursday. An investigation by DEC…

Syracuse Developer to Pay NY's Biggest Stormwater Fine

Syracuse Developer to Pay NY's Biggest Stormwater Fine

SYRACUSE, New York, May 11, 2008 (ENS) – The developer of the Greenport Commons retail project on Route 9 in the town of Greenport, New York has been slapped with the largest stormwater penalty in the history of New York state. Widewaters Greenport Co. LLC has agreed to pay a $100,000 settlement to resolve numerous…

Climate Registry Issues Greenhouse Gas Reporting Standard

Climate Registry Issues Greenhouse Gas Reporting Standard

ALBANY, New York, April 6, 2008 (ENS) – A new reporting standard to help track the emissions of greenhouse gases in North America was announced Wednesday by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis. The Climate Registry, a nonprofit partnership of which New York is a board member, released its General Reporting…

Date Set for First Climate Emissions Allowances Auction

Date Set for First Climate Emissions Allowances Auction

ALBANY, New York, March 24, 2008 (ENS) – Ten Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states working together to reduce greenhouse gases from power plants will hold the first auction of carbon dioxide emissions allowances in the nation for a mandatory emissions reduction program on September 10, 2008. The 10 states are participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas…

New York Forests Regain Green Certified Status

New York Forests Regain Green Certified Status

ALBANY, New York, March 12, 2008 (ENS) – New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis announced today that state-owned forests have regained their status as “green certified” by internationally recognized standards, meaning they are managed with the highest sustainability requirements. The designation applies to all state-owned forestlands outside the Adirondack and Catskill…

Rochester Chosen for New York Pollution Prevention Institute

Rochester Chosen for New York Pollution Prevention Institute

ALBANY, New York, March 4, 2008 (ENS) – The Rochester Institute of Technology has been selected to host the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, a new research and development center that will design and test green manufacturing methods and provide technical support to businesses for pollution reduction measures that will help make them more…

Unexplained "White Nose" Disease Killing Northeast Bats

Unexplained "White Nose" Disease Killing Northeast Bats

ALBANY, New York, January 31, 2008 (ENS) – State environmental officials and caving organizations are asking people not to enter caves or mines with bats until further notice to avoid the possible transfer of a mysterious new bat disease from cave to cave. Thousands of hibernating bats are dying in caves in New York and…

New York Sets Guidelines for Wind Turbine Harm to Birds, Bats

New York Sets Guidelines for Wind Turbine Harm to Birds, Bats

ALBANY, New York, January 28, 2008 (ENS) – Guidelines meant to facilitate wind power development across New York state while minimizing the potential impacts to birds and bats were proposed Thursday by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, DEC. Currently, six wind farms are operating with a rated capacity of 423 megawatts from…

Onondaga Lake at Risk from Auto Metal Shredder

Onondaga Lake at Risk from Auto Metal Shredder

SYRACUSE, New York, January 24, 2008 (ENS) – A Syracuse company has agreed to pay a $150,000 fine and upgrade its practices to resolve alleged violations regarding solid waste, stormwater runoff and air emissions, and to ensure that contaminated material does not flow into Onondaga Lake, says the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.…

Upstate New York Fire Academy Costly to Clean

Upstate New York Fire Academy Costly to Clean

ROCHESTER, New York, January 17, 2008 (ENS) – Some of the country’s largest corporations are required to reimburse the state of New York a total of nearly $1.6 million for cleanup costs at the Rochester Fire Academy, a hazardous waste site in Monroe County once used to train firefighters. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo Wednesday announced…

New York Environmental Officers' Firearms Training Now Lead-Free

New York Environmental Officers' Firearms Training Now Lead-Free

ALBANY, New York, January 4, 2008 (ENS) – From now on, firearms training for personnel with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, DEC, will be conducted with “green ammo” Commissioner Pete Grannis said Monday. The ammunition DEC will be using is considered green in comparison to standard lead-based ammunition because it is lead-free…