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.
New York, NY – The New York City Department of Environmental Protection says it will deny permits for Crossroads Ventures' proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park unless significant and numerous revisions are made, including eliminating plans for the two golf courses. Crossroads Managing Member Dean Gitter says the DEP comments threaten an era of cooperation between New York City and Catskill communities. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
North Adams, MA – On Friday, the founder and principal of Berkshire County's first charter school announced he was stepping down. School officials say he's leaving the new school on solid footing. But the announcement renewed some criticism of the Berkshire Arts and Technology School, which has faced significant opposition. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.