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During an informational forum Monday in Newburgh about PFOS contamination found in the city’s drinking water supply, federal, state and local officials updated the public on actions being taken. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued the phosphorus pollution limits for the Vermont segments of Lake Champlain. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports on what the limits mean for the lake.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is giving Vermont $800,000 in grants to clean up and redevelop old industrial sites.

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Three Democratic federal lawmakers from New York are calling on the EPA to help the City of Newburgh with its water contamination issue.

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A state of emergency declared in the city of Newburgh Monday has been lifted after the city switched to a different water supply. Its usual water source is contaminated with PFOS.

For more than 150 years the Gowanus Canal has been called a cesspool, an industrial dumping ground, and a blemish, but it is also one of the most important waterways in the history of New York Harbor. Yet its true origin, man made character, and importance to the City has been largely forgotten. In his new book, Gowanus: Brooklyn's Canal, Brooklynite, author, and Journalist Joseph Alexiou shares the little known history of the small waterway in Brooklyn.

Alexiou is the author of Paris For Dummies; ​he is also a licensed New York City tour guide; and his writing has appeared in The New York Observer, Gothamist, and New York Magazine's Daily Intel.  

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates the five-year cost of cleaning up Vermont waters is about $154 million. But as WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, regional officials say the federal agency is underestimating costs.

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The presence of the chemical compound PFOA in the village water supply has residents of one community on edge.

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Federal regulators have approved General Electric's plan to dismantle a Hudson River PCB cleanup plant used during six years of dredging, which concluded this fall.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday against Environmental Protection Agency rules that limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.  The decision is being panned by many in Vermont who say the court is backing business interests.

Rockland Grassroots Group To Receive EPA Award

Apr 24, 2015
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The Environmental Protection Agency Friday will honor a grassroots group that combatted a controversial proposed desalination plant in Rockland County.

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Arguing "it's now or never for the Hudson River and communities up and down its shores," activists gathered along the riverbank in Green Island today to urge General Electric to meet responsibilities beyond the current EPA-mandated PCB cleanup.

GE is slated to complete an EPA-ordered cleanup as early as this summer, one environmentalists say will leave behind millions of pounds of health-threatening PCB-contaminated sediments both north and south of the Federal Dam in Troy.

FDR Site Hosts Women And Climate Change Summit

Mar 6, 2015
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The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a women’s history event Friday at the FDR site in Dutchess County. WAMC’s Allison Dunne has more. 

The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to implement new rules under its Clean Power Plan now that the public comment period ended on Monday. Advocacy groups across New York urged supporters to express the importance of the rules in reducing the impacts of climate change on the state and the nation.

NY Farm Bureau Tells EPA To Ditch The Rule

Nov 25, 2014

The comment period has closed for a proposed rule concerning the federal Clean Water Act. Before the deadline, the New York Farm Bureau barraged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a few thousand postcards. Meanwhile, EPA says there are several misconceptions.

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Federal prosecutors say a slaughterhouse in Orange County that supplies kosher chicken to Orthodox Jews discharged chicken parts and other waste into storm drains and sewers.

The Environmental Protection Agency proposes to remove an Orange County site from the Superfund list.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to use clean water funds to help pay for the new Tappan Zee Bridge has been approved by a key state board. However, a federal agency is reviewing the plan, and environmental groups are among those in opposition.

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Tonight, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith Enck will host a public meeting to discuss Amtrak train emissions at the Rensselaer Rail Yard. The gathering is in response to residents' concerns about diesel smoke at the yard's Amtrak maintenance facility.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a checklist to help communities prepare for floods based on the experiences of communities in Vermont's Mad River Valley.

A federally proposed water rule has New York farmers and others around the nation up in arms. They see it as an attempt to regulate virtually all water, and warn if implemented, the measure will raise the phrase "red tape" to a whole new level.

Dredging of the Hudson River
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Dredging of the upper-Hudson River will resume Wednesday.

Allison Dunne

A national conservation organization has put the U.S. Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency on notice that it will follow through with a lawsuit if oil spill response plans along the Hudson River are not updated.

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Vermont lawmakers are considering tax increases for rooms, meals, liquor, wine and rental vehicles as part of a funding package that would be used to help clean up Lake Champlain.

The U.S. Supreme Court appears divided over an Obama administration program aimed at limiting power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

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Eight Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday seeking to force nine other states to reduce their air pollution.

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The Hudson River PCB cleanup project is nearly 75 percent complete as the fourth season of dredging comes to a close. An Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator delivered a progress report while an environmental group is calling on General Electric to clean up additional PCBs. 

EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck says the 2013 dredging season comes to a close in a few days, putting the entire project about a year ahead of schedule.

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The state of Vermont is reaping the benefit of national clean air policies.

The Environmental Protection Agency says global warming is one of the most significant public health threats of our time. That's according to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. McCarthy is defending a plan to curb carbon pollution in a speech this morning. She says global warming is not just about melting glaciers. The proposal is the first significant step in President Barack Obama's climate plan, but the plan only deals with future power plants. Judith Enck is the EPA Regional Administrator.

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Residents in Pittsfield could soon be paying higher water and sewer rates. The city council will vote Tuesday whether to approve Mayor Dan Bianchi’s proposal to raise water and sewer rates for the third straight year. Residents would see an annual fee increase of nearly 7-and-a-half dollars if the 2.5-percent hike is approved at the city council meeting. City Councilor and Chair of the Public Works Subcommittee Chris Connell says the increase is in line with ones over the past two years so residents don’t feel a big financial crunch during one year.

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