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

  New York’s bid to use clean water funds to pay for the new Tappan Zee Bridge was rejected by the EPA.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he thinks that was a mistake.

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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.

Governor Peter Shumlin says the city of Barre is receiving $1.6 million in grants to address flood risks, clean up environmental contamination and redevelop a central part of downtown.

Dredging of the Hudson River
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Lawmakers in Saratoga County have passed a resolution calling on General Electric to monitor flood plains along the Hudson River for chemical contamination. 

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.

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Vermont Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz says the Obama administration's plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions by a third over the next 15 years will  be good for the state.

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

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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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Regional representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency and officials from Vermont state agencies outlined proposed plans to control phosphorus runoff into Lake Champlain to key House leaders Wednesday.

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The Attorneys General from 12 states and the District of Columbia have submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency calling on the federal agency to cut climate change pollution from power plants.

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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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A U.S attorney and the Environmental Protection Agency are suing Westchester County.

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The call is becoming stronger for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adopt a proposed rule to tighten emissions from motor vehicles.

The City of Pittsfield has been mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to complete upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant, a project that is estimated to cost tens of millions of dollars.

Upon a revision of Pittsfield’s wastewater discharge permit for a plant located on Holmes Road, an EPA mandate from 2008 would require the city to restrict the amount of aluminum and phosphorus released in its treated discharge into the Housatonic River.

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The Hudson River PCB-cleanup project is about halfway through, and both governmental officials as well as environmental advocates provided an update on the Superfund project Wednesday. What has not yet begun is a project to restore the Hudson River’s natural resources, including fish and wildlife, but planning for the restoration is underway.

New York’s Attorney General is leading a group of seven states that plan to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over methane emissions from oil and gas drilling.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a notice of intent to sue the EPA, claiming the agency violated the Clean Air Act. Environmental Protection Bureau Assistant Attorney General and lead attorney for the case Michael Myers says the lawsuit is an effort to control a potent greenhouse gas.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed changing how they deal with navigable waters across the country under the Clean Water Act.  But the New York Farm Bureau is raising red flags saying the agency is attempting to expand their authority without appropriate public input.

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

The head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency says some of the pollution control practices developed for Vermont's Ben & Jerry's ice cream plants could serve as a model for other businesses.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson visited the company's Waterbury factory today and was given an overview of the company's business practices, a tour of the plant and then samples of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

Jackson says one of the reasons she visited Vermont is because it's a state that has sees a green economy as important to its future.

Environmental, conservation and health groups in the region are calling for an appeal of a court decision this week that overturned the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith Enck, who held a variety of environmental positions in New York before her appointment to the EPA in 2009.

 

EPA to Hold Hearing on Cleanup of Attleboro Plant

Apr 30, 2012

Environmental officials have scheduled a hearing to discuss the next steps for the cleanup of a former chromium plating site in Attleboro.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection are evaluating the site for inclusion on the National Priorities List for cleanup.

Federal officials reviewing the massive cleanup of PCBs from the upper Hudson River will take another month before finishing their report. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports…

The federal Environmental Protection Agency was originally scheduled to finish the review by the end of this month. But the agency decided to extend the study through the end of May after calls for a more lengthy review from local congressional representatives and environmentalists.

Two years of Hudson dredging have been completed and crews will be back on the river soon for a third season

Berkshire Environmental Action Team

Hosted by the Housatonic River Initiative, a non-profit dedicated towards clearing the Housatonic of PCB's for the past 20 years, panelists made the case for thorough cleanup along the rest of the river. General Electric and the EPA have already dredged the first two miles of the Housatonic from the GE site through Pittsfield. An EPA plan for the so-called "Rest of River," six miles of cleanup from Pittsfield to Woods Pond in Lenox, is still being developed.

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