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Riverkeeper Statement on the Ulster County Executive’s Signature of the Bring Your Own Bag Act of Ulster County

Kingston, NY — Ulster County Executive Michael P. Hein signed the Bring Your Own Bag Act (The BYOBag Act) of Ulster County on Friday, October 19th during a press conference in his office. The seminal law marks the first county in New York State to implement the gold standard of policies to eliminate the use of single-use plastic bags — a ban on plastic bags with a 5-cent fee on recycled paper bags. Additionally, to protect economically vulnerable communities, the legislation will be amended to exempt those community members on SNAP […]

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Pressured by public, Army Corps allows more time, transparency on NY Harbor storm surge barrier plans

Barriers would have devastating effects on Hudson River ecology; Timeline is revamped in response to demands for public participation and details of plans OSSINING — After months of public pressure, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to allow more time and transparency before advancing any of its storm flood protection plans for New York Harbor – many of which have potentially devastating consequences for the Hudson River ecosystem. Six conceptual plans are currently under review in the Corps’ New York – New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries (NYNJHAT) Coastal […]

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Riverkeeper to receive prestigious American Bar Association award

Riverkeeper to receive prestigious ABA award
Riverkeeper has been selected to receive a prestigious award from the American Bar Association recognizing the organization’s ongoing mission to protect the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries, and safeguard the drinking water of 9 million New York residents.

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Port Authority should not hasten the environmental review process for the LaGuardia AirTrain project

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The Port Authority seems focused more on the date for the ribbon cutting for the LaGuardia AirTrain than on earning community support and conducting a meaningful environmental review.

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NYers call on Cuomo to Create Drinking Water Safeguards

Despite being formed over a year ago, and with an October 2 deadline looming, the state’s Drinking Water Quality Council has yet to make any recommendations for Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for toxic chemicals like PFOA, PFOS and 1,4-dioxane in drinking water.

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NYS DEC denies CPV fracked-gas plant an Air Quality Permit, effectively shutting down the plant

OSSINING, NY — New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation has denied the renewal of the Air Quality Permit for the Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) fracked-gas power plant located in the Town of Wawayanda in Orange County. Denial of the permit renewal effectively shuts down the plant that has been fiercely opposed by regional and statewide organizations for its devastating environmental impacts. The announcement by DEC comes after years of tireless work by community organizations to stop the plant’s operation. Riverkeeper continues to support and work with Protect Orange County, […]

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The Drug Take Back Act is law: Governor Cuomo signs legislation protecting New York’s waterways from pharmaceutical pollution

The Drug Take Back Act is law:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the Drug Take Back Act on Tuesday, legislation that will go a long way in protecting the state’s waterways from pharmaceutical contamination. Riverkeeper’s research and advocacy helped drive the conversation to get the legislation passed.

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Riverkeeper welcomes new chair, vice-chair and directors

Riverkeeper welcomes new leadership
New leadership will help Riverkeeper seize important clean water opportunities in the year to come Ossining, NY — With one of its most successful years in more than five decades of clean water advocacy drawing to a close in June, Riverkeeper elected new directors and leadership to its Board and is gearing up for the opportunities ahead. Riverkeeper members advanced a Board of Directors slate to guide the organization toward new levels of achievement in the coming fiscal year and beyond. They bring wide-ranging experience in law, communications and community […]

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Riverkeeper Statement regarding NYS lawsuit against manufacturers of hazardous firefighting foam

A statement from Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay regarding today’s announcement by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood: “Riverkeeper applauds the initiative taken today by Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Attorney General Barbara Underwood to sue the manufacturers of PFOS to bear the costs of the pollution they have caused by marketing a product that they should have known would cause harm to health and the environment. For example, PFOS contamination in and around the City of Newburgh has presented a serious threat to public health […]

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Statement regarding Ulster County Exec Mike Hein’s opposition to proposed Glidepath power station

Riverkeeper fully supports Ulster County Executive Mike Hein’s call to suspend Glidepath’s proposed Lincoln Park gas-fueled electric power plant in the Town of Ulster and to restructure state and federal economic incentives and policy to facilitate clean energy storage and generation projects. Several studies, including a 2017 report by Synapse Energy Economics and an updated 2018 prediction of demand by the New York grid operator, show reduced demand for electricity due to energy efficiency. New renewable capacity and energy efficiency will maintain grid reliability, with more than sufficient available power. […]

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