New York, NY – The Environmental Protection Agency is out to reduce emissions, and has proposed two of three standards to do so. The third proposal would reduce mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants, and is due out by December 15th. However, the proposal was leaked, and environmentalists who have seen it say it is disappointing, and does not bode well for New York. More from WAMC's Allison Dunne.
Plattsburgh, NY – Last week the Washington DC based Judicial Watch filed suit to gain access to Howard Dean's sealed gubernatorial records. The former governor had been criticized for the secrecy, and using his presidential campaign as a basis for preventing access to the documents. This weekend, Howard Dean said he will let a judge determine which of his sealed gubernatorial records should be opened to the public. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – Canada will have a new prime minister on Friday. Liberal Paul Martin will take over from Jean Chretien at a time of somewhat strained relations between the U.S. and Canada. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Hadley, MA – Last week, the US Fish and Wildlife approved plans to monitor peregrine falcons. The birds used to be on the endangered species list but have made a successful comeback...including nesting in buildings in Western Massachusetts. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson talked with a biologist about their recovery.
Buchanan, New York – Union workers at the Indian Point nuclear power plant voted last night to walk out next month unless they reach agreement on a contract with Indian Point's Parent -- Entergy Corporation. A union spokesman says the sides are far from reaching an understanding, while an Entergy spokesman characterizes the talks differently. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – The Citizens' Campaign for the Environment says utilities in New York are not doing enough to let customers know they have the option to choose renewable energy. So the group is mounting their own campaign to raise green energy awareness. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Massachusetts – Poisonous black widow spiders have now shown up in at least four bags of grapes in Massachusetts. It's alarming for consumers, but food producers stress it's a minuscule number compared to total number of grapes sold. They say the spiders' appearance is because growers are using less pesticides. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.
Montpelier, VT – A draft of an EPA proposal obtained by the Associated Press indicates the Bush administration plans to create a "cap-and-trade" system for mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants. An emissions trading program for mercury has raised the ire of environmental groups nationwide, and especially here in the Northeast. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
New York, NY – Common Cause New York has put out its first report on political spending by Indian Point's parent - Entergy. And two Hudson Valley area politicians are the only ones on the list who returned the contributions. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Hudson, NY – The head of St. Lawrence Cement's proposed Greenport project in Columbia County is leaving. His successor is from within the company, and is already at work in his new role. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.