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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on federal regulators to use new powers under the toxic substances reform bill to determine if the industrial chemical PFOA should be restricted or banned.

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The federal Environmental Protection Agency has notified Vermont officials that they will sign off on the state's plan to clean up Lake Champlain.

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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.

Blue Green Algae bloom
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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.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced $2 million in grants across six New York communities. And two recipients are in the Hudson Valley.

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

The EPA awarded the city of Glens Falls $200,000 to help those with long-term unemployment train for careers in environmental fields.

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Clean water advocates in upstate New York have set their sights on keeping lead out of school drinking water. A coalition of New York public health, environment and healthy schools advocacy groups have banded together as they push state government leaders to take action.

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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 Wednesday proposed adding part of a creek in Dutchess County to its Superfund list. It’s welcome news for at least one elected official whose municipality is impacted.

The EPA proposes adding the two-mile long tidal portion of Wappinger Creek to its Superfund National Priorities List of the country’s most hazardous waste sites. The portion of Wappinger Creek being proposed includes parts of the village of Wappingers Falls and the towns of Poughkeepsie and Wappinger. Elias Rodriguez is an EPA spokesman.

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The EPA will undertake a second five-year review of GE’s cleanup of PCBs from the Hudson River. Dredging on a 40-mile stretch between Fort Edward and Troy, New York was finished this fall. Now, General Electric will remain on the river for monitoring and habitat restoration work.

A stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation in 2012.
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General Electric is moving forward on dispute resolutions with the EPA, saying the agency’s cleanup plan for the Housatonic River cannot be reconciled. The company dumped PCBs into the waterway from its Pittsfield facility until the chemical was banned in 1977.

This is a picture of a stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation in 2012.
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The back and forth between the Environmental Protection Agency and General Electric over the cleanup of the Housatonic River continues. In the latest move, the company is railing against the agency’s remediation proposal.

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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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates the five-year cost of cleaning up Vermont waters is about $154 million.

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The Hoosick Falls High School auditorium was filled to capacity Thursday night. Hundreds gathered to hear EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck provide details about the chemical contamination of the village water supply.

EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck will be speaking at a community forum in Hoosick Falls. She’ll also hear concerns and answer questions as the agency gathers information on the PFOA chemical contamination of the Rensselaer County community’s drinking water supply.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public input on a plan to dismantle and decontaminate a processing facility that was built to support PCB dredging efforts in the upper Hudson. While many officials from surrounding communities have called for additional dredging, others would like to see things wrapped up sooner.  

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Communities along the Hudson held a candlelight vigil last night to pressure General Electric and Governor Andrew Cuomo to clean up additional PCBs from the river.

Dredging of the Hudson River
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A vast majority of New York State Assemblymembers this week sent letters to General Electric and Governor Andrew Cuomo asking for more PCB removal along the Hudson River.

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.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its finalized Clean Water Rule on Wednesday, which it says will enhance stream and wetlands protection from pollution and degradation. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the decision comes after months of fierce debate.

Dredging of the Hudson River
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and General Electric have announced the start of the final season of dredging on the Hudson River.

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.

45 Years Of Earth Day, With EPA's Judith Enck

Apr 22, 2015
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45 years ago, in April 1970, the newspapers carried stories of U.S. and South Vietnamese troops moving into Cambodia, the ill-fated flight of Apollo 13, and the introduction of a new car, the AMC Gremlin. The first Earth Day also made the papers that month, and 45 years later it is still in the news. In 1970, the focus was on air and water pollution and litter. But Judith Enck, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator for Region 2, which includes New York and New Jersey, says Earth Day has evolved over the years. 

The top Senate Republican's call for governors to defy proposed federal rules to limit pollution has been met with mostly silence, but leaders in downwind New England states and drought-stricken areas in the West are pushing back.

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. 

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  EPA Regional Administrator and College of St. Rose alum Judith Enck will be speaking at the College on Thursday night at 7PM. The subject? Climate Change.

2014 was the hottest year on record. Enck says the only way that we can rise to the challenge of climate change is if every one of us gets involved. She says it is important to learn the scope of the problem and the steps that the EPA is taking to fight climate change and tips on how you can help. The title of her talk is: A Call to Action.

In 2009, Judith was appointed US Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator of Region 2 by President Barack Obama. Previously, Enck was deputy secretary for the Environment in the NYS Governor's office, responsible for policies and operations of the state’s environmental protection agencies.

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