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Following word that Entergy will shut down its Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, Entergy officials say the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York is unaffected by the closure. Indian Point opponents disagree.

Entergy announced Tuesday that it will shut down Vermont Yankee, taking it offline by the end of next year. Entergy Wholesale Commodities President Bill Mohl said the plant could neither compete against natural gas prices nor continue to bear the impacts of regulations and costs. Mohl says the decision to close Vermont Yankee, or VY, is an individual one.

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A new study finds antibiotic-resistant bacteria in certain spots of the Hudson River, and researchers say the disease-causing strains are part of the ongoing risk from sewage contamination in the water.

The microbes identified are resistant to those types of antibiotics commonly used to treat ear infections, pneumonia, and other ailments. Suzanne Young is the study’s lead author. She says the study focused on 10 sites, in areas from the Tappan Zee Bridge to Manhattan and Queens.

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Environmental group Riverkeeper is accusing City of Kingston officials of violating New York’s new Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law. Kingston’s mayor disagrees.

Tracy Brown, a water quality advocate for Westchester-based Riverkeeper, describes New York State’s new law.

She says in the case of Kingston, the discharge into Twaalfskill Brook, a tributary of Rondout Creek, was reported to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation by July 8, but not to the public until July 16, and via a press release. Here’s Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo.

He adds:

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has updated an environmental study of New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant as part of the plant’s license renewal application. Environmentalists are taking issue with the study.

The NRC update to the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement released in December 2010 incorporates new information about the possible impacts of Buchanan-based Indian Point on the aquatic environment. Here’s NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan.


Water quality in the Schoharie Valley and the Catskill Watershed has captured the attention of environmentalists and government officials who have joined forces to develop procedures and policies for dealing with "the new normal" climate change seems to have cast across upstate New York.

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Two environmental groups are calling on New York State officials to better implement a sewage pollution notification law. State officials, meanwhile, say they are implementing the law in phases.

Riverkeeper and Citizens Campaign for the Environment are calling on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to fully implement a law passed during the 2012 legislative session. Tracy Brown is a water quality advocate for Westchester-based Riverkeeper.

Report Shows High Quality of NYC's Drinking Water

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A report from a Hudson Valley environmental group finds that the quality of New York City drinking water remains high, but there are potential threats that need to be monitored.

Riverkeeper has released a multi-year study evaluating New York City’s unfiltered drinking supply, a supply that comes from New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection watersheds

Kate Hudson is watershed program director for Westchester-based Riverkeeper.

New York State Thruway Authority

New York State has reached an agreement with two Hudson Valley environmental groups on a Department of Environmental Conservation permit needed for constructing the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge. The agreement also gives the groups a seat at the table in monitoring the construction.

The environmental permit is one of the last certifications the state needs to move forward with construction, and those involved with the project say it’s critical. Brian Conybeare is special advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo for the New NY Bridge Project.

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TARRYTOWN – The state has reached an agreement with environmental groups Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson on permits that will include extensive environmental protective measures and mitigation funding to protect the Hudson River and minimize environmental impacts during construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

As a result, the state Department of Environmental Conservation Wednesday issued an environmental permit containing the protections authorizing the New York State Thruway Authority to proceed with construction.

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The comment period has ended for a draft environmental permit for construction of the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one environmental group is raising a number of concerns with the draft permit, while state officials maintain the permit has strict requirements.