Albany, NY – The American Lung Association has released their annual State of the Air Report. The new study says more than half of the US population lives in areas with hazardous smog levels. The report also shows that even rural counties in the Northeast that were once thought safe from smog and fine particle pollution are now at risk. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Worcester, MA – Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School - in partnership with other organizations - have shipped a new SARS drug to China. This comes as hundreds of Chinese have been quarentined in an effort to prevent further spread of the SARS virus that broke out again this past week. So far, Chinese officials say there have been two confirmed cases and six suspected cases in the past week. WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Montpelier, VT – Vermont is the first state in the country to require the labeling of genetically modified seeds. The measure also defines GMO seeds, and mandates that their sales be reported annually to the state Agriculture department. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – General Electric shareholders overwhelmingly defeated a resolution today to require the company to report costs associated with the PCB contamination of the Hudson River. The proposal was sponsored by a religious group from Northern New Jersey, and had the support of the New York State comptroller. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Pittsfield, MA – The Colonial Theater in Pittsfield is one of the linchpins of the downtown's revitalization. It's been identified by theater experts as having some of the best sound and turn-of-the-century architecture of any small theaters. Tonight, the representatives of the Colonial will go before the City Council to request an easement from the city for the start of their construction phase. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Buchanan, NY – A coalition of civic and environmental groups that wants to see Indian Point shut down, has laid out a fifteen-point plan to ensure an upcoming emergency drill reflects realistic scenarios. Coalition leaders have written to FEMA officials with their ideas, though there is no word yet on the response. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Vernon, VT – An inspector with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says he warned Entergy Nuclear last month that the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant wasn't following its own mandatory inventory of the spent fuel pool. As the search for the missing radioactive materials gets underway, the NRC is noting that the situation will not affect Vermont Yankee's request for permission to boost power. Pat Bradley has more.
Albany, NY – Governor George Pataki today announced that the Thacher State Park in Albany County will expand, and that 18-hundred acres will be set aside for a bird sanctuary in the Heldeberg Mountains. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Albany, NY – New York State's Do Not Call Registry, which blocks most telemarketing calls for those who sign up, is marking its third anniversary. State officials took to the stage of a theatre Monday to make the point about how annoying those calls can be. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.