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DEC considering permit loophole for Watkins Glen mine: What would that mean?

DEC considering permit loophole for Watkins Glen mine: What would that mean?
For 14 years, the state Department of Environmental Conservation stood firmly on the need to enforce a rule requiring reclamation of mined-out land under any permit to allow the Padua Ridge gravel mine to expand ... more
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O’Mara, Palmesano declare opposition to plan to expand Padua Ridge Gravel Mine in letter to DEC’s Basil Seggos

O’Mara, Palmesano declare opposition to plan to expand Padua Ridge Gravel Mine in letter to DEC’s Basil Seggos
Long non-committal on a proposal to quintuple the size of the Padua Ridge gravel mine, the state legislators who represent Schuyler County in Albany expressed their opposition to the project Thursday. State Sen. Tom O’Mara ... more
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Seggos announces new leadership appointments including one for Finger Lakes region

Gov. Cuomo vetoes stream protection bill, siding with Sen. O’Mara and GOP legislators over 41 environmental groups
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced three significant appointments to leadership roles within the agency. These changes are part of DEC’s broader initiative to modernize and improve environmental ... more
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DEC urges residents to be ‘BearWise’ this spring

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued a reminder for residents to secure food sources outdoors to avoid attracting black bears this spring. As bears emerge from hibernation, they often seek ... more
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Photos show gravel mine sediment washes into drainage ditch designed to protect Watkins Glen from flooding

Photos show gravel mine sediment washes into drainage ditch designed to protect Watkins Glen from flooding
The drainage ditch that serves as the Village of Watkins Glen’s first line of defense against flooding is filling up with sediment, raising doubts about whether it remains a reliable guard against extreme rain events ... more
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EPA sets historic drinking water standard to combat PFAS pollution

Toxic waters? Drinking water standards in New York worry some advocates
The Biden-Harris Administration, in a groundbreaking move, has established the first-ever national drinking water standard aimed at safeguarding communities from the dangers of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), commonly referred to as "forever chemicals." Announced by ... more
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Residents point to unknown in landfill odors as SF Town Board tables local permit again by 5-0 vote

Residents point to unknown in landfill odors as SF Town Board tables local permit again by 5-0 vote
For the fourth consecutive month, the Seneca Falls Town Board has postponed its decision on granting a permit to Seneca Meadows Inc. due to persistent complaints about odors. The unanimous vote took place without discussion, ... more
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HEAT Act continues to be sticking point in state budget talks

HEAT Act continues to be sticking point in state budget talks
Amidst ongoing budget negotiations in New York, advocates and legislators are pushing for the inclusion of the NY HEAT Act, aimed at easing the state's transition from natural gas and safeguarding consumers against high costs ... more
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Legal battle over Owasco Lake watershed regs heads to Albany

Auburn officials keeping an eye on Owasco Lake level
A lawsuit filed by the cities of Auburn and Owasco concerning watershed regulations for Owasco Lake is being transferred to Albany County Supreme Court. The legal action, initiated against the state of New York, contests ... more
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NY bill seeks to protect wood burning under updated climate law

Cuomo expected to make second decision on summer camp this week
In a move to address concerns from rural residents, New York lawmakers introduced a bill exempting wood used for heating and cooking from the state's stringent 2019 climate act restrictions. The proposed Rural Energy Freedom ... more
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EPA, DEC to initiate environmental justice listening tour around NY

DEC, Finger Lakes Land Trust permanently protect 234 acres at Casa Farms in Niles
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have launched a statewide Environmental Justice listening tour, starting with the first session in Niagara Falls on April 15 ... more
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After fining Watkins Glen gravel pit owner for mining outside law; DEC weighs plan to quintuple site

After fining Watkins Glen gravel pit owner for mining outside law; DEC weighs plan to quintuple site
Three state inspectors dropped by the Padua Ridge gravel mine on cold, cloudy December day in 2010 to order the owner, Martin Wojcik, to halt operations because his permit had expired 13 months earlier. They ... more
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What role is the SEC playing regarding climate change?

Ordinarily, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is not supposed to have anything to do with climate change. However, the business environment is changing, and government agencies are beginning to encourage doing business in a ... more
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Climate Change Superfund Act: How would it help NY communities dealing with flooding?

Climate Change Superfund Act: How would it help NY communities dealing with flooding?
A new report shows the costs different regions of New York face from climate change. It says taxpayers were on the hook for more than $2 billion - or $300 per household - in climate costs last ... more
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Bill aims to protect wolves through DNA testing

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A proposed bill in Albany seeks to clarify the presence of wolves in New York State through DNA testing of large canids, distinguishing them from coyotes to ensure their protection. Introduced following concerns over hunters ... more
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Hochul launches ‘Love Our New York Lands’ stewardship day

Finger Lakes Land Trust announces $20M fundraising campaign
Governor Kathy Hochul announced a series of stewardship days to celebrate New York's public lands, starting with the Canal Clean Sweep from April 19-21 and continuing with I Love My Park Day on May 4 ... more
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Thurston faces uphill battle defending its sewage sludge ban: Will state heed town’s warning of PFAS risk?

Thurston faces uphill battle defending its sewage sludge ban: Will state heed town’s warning of PFAS risk?
Legal precedent is not on the side of the Town of Thurston as it prepares to defend its law banning the spread of sewage sludge on fields in a bid to protect public health. In ... more
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Lodi Town Board stands by resolution supporting Seneca Meadows expansion

Lodi Town Board stands by resolution supporting Seneca Meadows expansion
In Lodi, New York, the Town Board maintained its backing for the Seneca Meadows Inc. landfill's expansion in a recent vote. On February 14, the board had initially voted 4-1 in favor of supporting the ... more
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Company behind Waterloo solar project say it’s still on track

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The Trelina Solar Energy Center, aimed at establishing an 80 megawatt solar farm in Waterloo, New York, is moving forward in its development phase. NextEra Energy Inc., the Florida-based company behind the project, has recently ... more
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