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New York State environmental officials are asking residents and visitors of Horicon in Warren County to keep an eye out for any clues that can be used to find a missing hunter who disappeared last November.

Dredging To Occur in Rensselaer Neighborhood

May 9, 2016
Dredging is set for a close-knit neighborhood in Rensselaer.
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The chemical manufacturer BASF recently reached an agreement with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to dredge contaminated river sediment from the site of its former dye plant in Rensselaer. It’s at the end of a residential street that runs along the river. The company is expected to begin the cleanup at the end of the year, but some residents are concerned.

State officials say New York got through the 2015 hunting season without a single shooting fatality, the first time that has happened since the 1950s.

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The Department of Environmental Conservation announced the final management plan for 18,000 acres of northern Adirondack forest land in Franklin County on Monday.

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating possible illegal dumping of commercial waste material in a town that's already the focus of a water contamination probe.

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More communities ask DEC lead Pilgrim Pipeline review.

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New York environmental officials have proposed emission limits on the diesel generators and natural gas-fired engines generally used to provide back-up power at large buildings like hospitals and offices.

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The search continues today for a missing hunter in the Adirondacks. 82-year-old Thomas Messick of Troy has been missing since November 15th. Messick failed to meet up with his hunting party near Lily Pond in the Warren County town of Horicon.

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Following a series of dam collapses in South Carolina due to severe weather this week,  there’s a call for passage of legislation to maintain and upgrade hazardous dams, including hundreds in New York State.

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General Electric says it has completed its sixth and final year of dredging sediment contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls from the upper Hudson River.

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One day after the statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing was made official, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens announced he will leave his position. 

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Crude oil spill response capabilities will be enhanced across New York State with a series of actions announced today by state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has euthanized a reportedly aggressive deer that was familiar with neighbors in the Washington County town of Cambridge.

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State officials say it will cost more than $20 million to clean up a hazardous waste site in the Schenectady County.

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports that the Department of Environmental Conservation has released details of the project proposed for the property on Freemans Bridge Road in the town of Glenville, on the Mohawk River 15 miles northwest of Albany, and that cleaning up the former Kenco Chemical Co. site will cost an estimated $20.5 million, with the money coming from the state Superfund.

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State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens says cleaning up brownfields, improving access to public lands and increasing resiliency to extreme weather are among his agency's priorities in the coming fiscal year.

Martens spoke Wednesday at the first of 13 budget hearings before the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

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The public has a chance to weigh in tonight at a hearing on ways to improve outdoor recreation opportunities on both private and public lands in the Southern Adirondacks.

The air in Albany's South End is safe to breathe. That's the word from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. That may be far from the last word, if residents have their say.

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A relatively minor oil spill at the Port of Albany has apparently set the scene for a summer of scrutiny, with county officials putting crude-by-rail transporter Global Partners LLC under the microscope.

Albany's river port has emerged as a major hub for rail and barge shipments of crude oil. A series of incidents involving rail cars moving crude oil internationally has prompted concerns about spills and fires from some residents and environmental groups.  A weekend spill underscores those concerns.

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New regulations have gone into effect in New York State requiring boats at DEC boat launches be clear of any plant or animal matter before entering the water. As those rules go into effect, legislation is pending in Albany that would make such “clean, drain and dry” regulations applicable at all boat launches.

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A bear cub that took refuge in a tree across the street from a public school in an Albany neighborhood captivated the city for more than a day, the story attracting national attention and stirring a mini-debate over euthanization.  There is no happy ending.

The young black bear wandered far from home, survived being hit by two cars and shot with tranquilizer darts and a shotgun before finally falling from a tree where it sought refuge in a city neighborhood.

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The saga of the so-called "Albany Bear" has come to an end.

Albany "Bear Watch"

May 28, 2014
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A bear up a tree in Albany has kept officials up all night -  

State Department of Environmental Conservation, City Police and local residents have been watching a young black bear who is high up in a backyard tree in a neighborhood off Whitehall Road. It's theorized the bruin made its way from Southern Albany County into the city by crossing the New York State thruway. After several spottings the bear was shot at least once then found refuge in the tree .

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Earth Week celebration got a lift Thursday in New York with an announcement of $1.4 million in conservation grants to land trusts statewide.

Grants were distributed to 50 nonprofit land trusts around the state.  Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens made the announcement at Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont:

Onondaga Lake Cleanup Resumes

Apr 4, 2014

The cleanup of Onondaga Lake in central New York is set to resume.

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Citizens living along the Hudson River in downtown Albany are in a heightened state of awareness and worry over those so-called "oil trains" that routinely roll through their backyards.

On Friday, federal and state authorities participated in a series of inspections at the Port of Albany and its adjacent rail yard, as well as inspections in Albany and Buffalo along rail tracks and in rail cars. Inspectors found oil tank cars with wheel defects and brake shoe defects.

Three Albany Common Council Members continue their efforts to ensure local residents have their say as plans move forward to build a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany.

Capital District Against Fracking

The future of hydraulic fracturing has been in limbo since the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation began a review of the practice in 2008. Now, six public hearings are being held across New York to receive public comment on the draft State Energy Plan... one of them in Albany today.  Environmental groups are also at the Capitol today calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to put renewable energy ahead of fossil fuels in his effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.

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Albany residents alarmed about a plan to build a crude oil heating facility at the port of Albany have rallied their forces after meeting to discuss neighborhood safety issues -  they are meeting again --- tonight --- Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at Giffen Elementary School-274 South Pearl Street.  

Protect the Adirondacks

In November, New York voters approved a constitutional amendment that allows a mining company in the Adirondacks to expand its wollastonite mine onto 200 acres of forest preserve land in exchange for 1,500 acres of forest land. Groups that oppose the idea are asking the Department of Environmental Conservation to confirm that the agency will enforce all other relevant laws.

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Sewage pollution in the Hudson River at Albany will be reduced under a $136 million plan announced Thursday by New York State environmental regulators, the city of Albany and five other surrounding communities. 

A cleaner future for the Hudson River in 15 years? Officials say it's do-able. Under an agreement with the Department of Environmental Conservation, a coalition of six communities will upgrade sewer systems to reduce discharges of storm water-diluted sewage after heavy rain.

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