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3:50 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

DEC Taking Comments On Proposed PCB Remediation Plan

New York State environmental officials have released details of a plan to clean toxic chemicals from a General Electric facility on the upper Hudson River.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has opened a public comment period on a proposed remedy for the PCB contamination found at the G.E. Fort Edward Plant Site.

PCBs were used by GE in its capacitor manufacturing there. For three decades the chemicals were dumped into the nearby Hudson River.

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Hudson Valley News
12:48 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

DEC Public Hearing On AIM Project Draws Both Sides

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation held a public hearing Thursday in Rockland County’s Stony Point concerning a proposed pipeline expansion project. More than 40 speakers offered comments in front of a full audience.

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Hudson Valley News
1:02 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Environmental Groups Sue NYS Over New NY Bridge Funding

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Three environmental groups are suing New York State agencies and officials over the planned use of Clean Water Act funds for construction activities surrounding the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge.

Riverkeeper, Waterkeeper Alliance, and Environmental Advocates of New York Monday filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Albany against New York State officials, seeking to ensure that federal Clean Water Act funds will not be used in building the new Tappan Zee Bridge or for future projects. Marc Yaggi is executive director of Waterkeeper Alliance.

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Hudson Valley News
6:12 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

NYS DEC Okays Lead Agency For Proposed Water Bottling Project

There is growing concern in the Hudson Valley about the main water source for Kingston and whether it should be bottled. And today, New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation designated a lead agency for an environmental review process of the proposal. At least one group is disappointed in the decision.

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Hudson Valley News
6:51 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Editor, County Legislators Want Oil Spill Drill Results

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A Hudson Valley newspaper and eight Dutchess County legislators are calling on the DEC to release results of an oil spill drill last year.

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Hudson Valley News
1:49 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Public Hearings Focus On DEC Proposal For Indian Point Summer Closures

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A proposal from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to force the closure of Indian Point during periods of the summer season to cut down on fish kills is the subject of public hearings Tuesday in Westchester County. Both sides say they want to protect the Hudson River, but the methods differ.

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New York News
12:38 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

DEC Re-Opens Review Of Adirondack Rail Or Trail Corridor Between Tupper Lake And Lake Placid

Adirondack Scenic Railroad
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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that it will reopen a review of an Adirondack management plan to study the feasibility of converting a rail corridor for recreational use.

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Hudson Valley News
9:27 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Hudson Valley Trails Open on National Trails Day

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Two new hiking trails open Saturday – one in Ulster County, another in Delaware County -- in recognition of National Trails Day.

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Hudson Valley News
7:14 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Flooding Task Force Issues Findings For Kingston

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A task force has come up with recommendations for the city of Kingston, New York on how to develop an action plan to make the city’s waterfront more resilient in the face of future storms.

Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo appointed the Waterfront Flooding Task Force in December 2012 to study and recommend actions in response to severe flooding on the Rondout and Hudson River waterfront from Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. He says the following has emerged.

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Hudson Valley News
7:35 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Riverkeeper Critical Of DEC-DEP Consent Order


KINGSTON – The consent order between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection that regulates release of turbid water has come under fire by the Hudson Riverkeeper organization.

The consent order, released earlier this month, seeks to regulate turbid discharges of water from the Ashokan Reservoir into the Lower Esopus Creek. But, Riverkeeper Paul Gallay said the document does not go far enough and allows the DEP to continue high volume releases in the short- and long-term.

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