Hudson, NY – New York's DEC commissioner says plans for St. Lawrence Cement's proposed Greenport plant will be subject to extensive environmental reviews. Plant opponents say the long-awaited decisions strengthen their argument to stop the plant, while a St. Lawrence spokesman says the rulings could help move plans forward. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – New York and Connecticut are suing the Environmental Protection Agency in an effort to force the agency to set national standards on polluted water run-off from construction sites. The federal lawsuit says the EPA has failed to follow a requirement under the Clean Water Act to set guidelines for discharge of industrial pollutants at construction and land-development sites. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Lee, MA – Water privatization is a growing issue around the country. One town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts is debating whether to use a private company to build and operate a new plant...but if the pace of privatization around the country is any indication, it likely won't be the last. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.
Brattleboro, VT – Entergy Nuclear has filed all the necessary documents with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for its application to boost power by twenty-percent at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant. The federal agency now must decide whether to respond to petitions filed by the state of Vermont and a nuclear watchdog group contesting the up-rate request. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Pittsfield, MA – The District Attorney's race in Berkshire County will be decided in next week's primary...that's because the two candidates are Democrats and there is no Republican challenger. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief profiled the incumbent DA David Capeless yesterday. Today we hear from his challenger.
Kingston, NY – A Hudson Valley area Congressman is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the side effects of a drug that was initially approved to control seizures. The drug has since been prescribed for other uses, and Congressman Maurice Hinchey is drawing attention to the drug's link to suicidal tendencies as a side effect. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Plattsburgh, NY – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has expanded its quarantine against the export of uninspected pines and pine-wood products to 48 of the state's counties, which includes virtually all of upstate. It's due to a beetle that's boring into, and destroying, new growth in the fir trees. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Pittsfield, MA – The District Attorney's race in Berkshire County will be decided one week from today in the state's primary. That's because the two candidates running for the office are both Democrats. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has a profile of each candidate, beginning today with the incumbent District Attorney.
Lee, MA – A town in Berkshire County is considering whether to privatize their water and sewer operations. While supporters say a private company will save the town money and run their systems more efficiently, opponents packed into a meeting Thursday night and spent hours asking town officials pointed questions. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson was at the meeting and has this report.
New Paltz, NY – Some Hudson Valley area residents were among those arrested this week during the Republican National Convention. Now, they are speaking out about what say were inhumane conditions at the center in which they were held - Pier 57, and about the manner in which they were arrested. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.