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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 Gets Tough on Smoking Diesel Trucks, Buses

New York Gets Tough on Smoking Diesel Trucks, Buses

NEW YORK, New York, November 11, 2008 (ENS) – Diesel trucks spewing plumes of visible exhaust and idling too long in violation of New York air regulations are the targets of a new long-term enforcement strategy aimed at protecting public health. Under the plan, Department of Environmental Conservation personnel will carry out regular but unannounced…

Buffalo's Ugly Waterfront Brownfield Becomes a Greenway

Buffalo's Ugly Waterfront Brownfield Becomes a Greenway

BUFFALO, New York, August 21, 2008 (ENS) – A new shoreline trail that opens a prime section of Buffalo’s Outer Harbor is now ready for the public after undergoing a $13.5 million environmental restoration to improve public access to the waterfront. “This site has gone through a transformation,” said state Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis,…

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…

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…

New York Adds Energy Efficiency to Water Loan Criteria

New York Adds Energy Efficiency to Water Loan Criteria

ALBANY, New York, April 29, 2008 (ENS) – Municipalities that need State Revolving Loan Funds to upgrade their drinking water and clean water infrastructure will have to consider energy efficiency and smart growth in their applications from now on. The two factors will be included in the decisionmaking process that prioritizes funding decisions. Announcing the…

Catskill Park Communities Funded for Sustainable Development

Catskill Park Communities Funded for Sustainable Development

ALBANY, New York, April 17, 2008 (ENS) – Six communities in the Catskill Park have been offered a total of $500,000 to help the local governments plan for sustainable development and make the best use of their natural resources. Governor David Paterson and Commissioner of Environmental Conservation Pete Grannis said the funding will be made…

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…

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…