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Study: Hudson River sewage overflows are an unaccounted-for source of greenhouse gas emissions

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Stopping water pollution is an untapped strategy to mitigate climate change, suggests a recently published Queens College study using data gathered from Riverkeeper’s patrol boat   Contacts: Shawn Rhea, The Graduate Center, CUNY, (212) 817-7180, srhea@gc.cuny.edu Leah Rae, Riverkeeper, (914) 478-4501 ext. 238, lrae@riverkeeper.org Potent greenhouse gases are released from the Hudson River Estuary, especially in areas where city sewers overflow, a newly published study has found. Based on data gathered from Riverkeeper’s patrol boat, the study has the potential to alter the way governments prioritize strategies to manage sewage […]

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NY proposes limits on PFOA, PFOS

Riverkeeper statement on Department of Health’s proposed standards for drinking water   Riverkeeper commends the New York State Department of Health for proposing to set drinking water standards, or “maximum contaminant levels” (MCLs) for the toxic chemicals PFOA and PFOS. If adopted, New York’s proposed MCLs of 10 ppt for each would be the most stringent limits in the nation for PFOA and PFOS individually. However, the MCLs may still fail to protect the most vulnerable populations from these harmful effects of these contaminants. PFOA and PFOS are merely two […]

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Statement on Governor Cuomo signing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act

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Governor Andrew Cuomo with former Vice President Al Gore. Credit: Riverkeeper
Ossining, N.Y. – Today Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the most aggressive climate legislation in the U.S. The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act aims  to achieve a 70 percent emissions-free electricity supply by 2030, eliminate emissions from electricity by 2040 and achieve a carbon-neutral economy statewide by 2050. “The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act is a monumental step forward in response to the ever-expanding climate crisis we all face,” said Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay. “With Governor Cuomo’s signature, New York is setting an example for the nation and the […]

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Environmental Groups Applaud State Legislature for Passing Landmark Climate Protection Measures

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Advocates Urge Governor Cuomo to Sign Historic Legislation into Law

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Riverkeeper applauds NYS lawmakers and Governor Cuomo for historic deal to battle climate change

ALBANY — The New York State Senate, Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo have reached a consensus on landmark legislation to combat climate change this morning. Lawmakers now have a bill they can vote on by the end of Wednesday, which marks the close of the legislative session. The three-way deal establishes aggressive mandates to ensure New York achieves a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and an 85 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions — with 100 percent carbon neutrality — by 2050. In addition, the agreement […]

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Top item in shoreline trash? ‘Sweep’ finds plastic bottles, by the bazillion

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Annsville Creek, Peekskill (Photo: Oxygen House Photography)
During the annual Riverkeeper Sweep shoreline cleanup event on May 4, 2,400 volunteers cleaned up 32 tons of trash & debris from 122 locations in NYC & the Hudson Valley. Plastic bottles were the most pervasive item noted in the trash, fueling new efforts to expand NYS ‘bottle bill.’ Add your voice here. Ossining, N.Y. – Riverkeeper today announced the results of the 8th Annual “Riverkeeper Sweep” May 4, when 2,400 volunteers cleaned the shorelines of New York City and the Hudson Valley and removed a total of 32 tons […]

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Thousands of volunteers will ‘Sweep’ the Hudson on Saturday, May 4

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8th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep happening at 123 locations, Adirondacks to NYC: More than 2,000 volunteers will clean shorelines, foster native plants Ossining, N.Y. – Thousands of volunteers will return to the shorelines in the Hudson Valley and New York City for the 8th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep on Saturday, May 4 – a day of service for the Hudson River. Riverkeeper Sweep is the largest one-day cleanup in the history of the Hudson River. In the seven years since the first Riverkeeper Sweep in 2012, volunteers have removed more than 227 […]

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Groups detail opposition to proposed Catskill incinerator ash dump at meeting

Proposal would transport 445,000 tons of toxic ash per year on local roads. Catskill, NY — More than 200 people packed a community meeting last night at the Catskill Community Center to learn about the threats from a proposed incinerator toxic ash dump in an abandoned quarry in Catskill. This would be the first such use of a quarry in New York State. A diverse coalition supported by more than 50 community and environmental groups organized the meeting and will hold a follow-up organizing meeting on May 3, at 6pm. […]

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Governor Cuomo signs plastic bag ban bill

Statement on Governor Cuomo signing plastic bag ban bill at the Hudson River Maritime Museum   Kingston, NY —  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo joined advocates and lawmakers at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, New York today for a signing ceremony for the statewide plastic bag ban that will go into effect on March 1, 2020. The new law seeks to address some 23 billion single-use plastic bags New Yorkers use every year. “At our annual Riverkeeper Sweep, volunteers remove tons of plastics, including single-use bags from NewYork’s shorelines,” said Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay. “Plastic pollution is […]

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Statement regarding Entergy’s plan to sell the Indian Point nuclear plant to Holtec for decommissioning

Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay released this statement today: Riverkeeper has major concerns about Tuesday’s announcement that Entergy will sell the Indian Point reactors to Holtec for decommissioning.  Both Holtec and its intended partner, SNC-Lavalin, have problematic operating histories, including a bribery scandal in Canada that threatens to topple the Trudeau government. This proposed license transfer therefore needs careful scrutiny by New York State, and, ideally, by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The stated goal of decommissioning more rapidly than the 60 years allowed by the federal government is welcome, but that […]

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