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.
Arkville, NY – Today ends the public comment period on the proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park. It is also the last day to submit to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation a request to obtain party status; and a newly-formed coalition is requesting such a standing. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Vernon, VT – The search for two pieces of missing, radioactive, spent fuel rods at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant will begin with an underwater remote controlled camera. The disclosure that the plant cannot account for the highly radioactive material has spurred reassurances from plant and nuclear officials and outrage from opponents and state officials. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Lenox, MA – Last night there was an informational meeting in Lenox Massachusetts about wind power. The town is in the very preliminary stages of finding out whether it's feasible to have a wind turbine located there. In Northern Berkshire County, plans for New England's largest wind farm are progressing. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has this report.