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NYS announces renewable energy incentives for projects that would damage the Hudson: A shameful use of public money

New York Governor Kathy Hochul today announced two energy infrastructure projects to power New York City: the Clean Path NY (CPNY) project, developed by Forward Power (a joint venture of Invenergy and EnergyRe) and the New York Power Authority, and Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) project, developed by Transmission Developers, Inc. (backed by Blackstone) and Hydro-Québec. The projects were selected for contract negotiation as part of the New York State Energy Research Development and Authority’s (NYSERDA) Tier 4 renewable energy solicitation. Once finalized, NYSERDA will submit the negotiated contracts for […]

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Advocates sue to halt LaGuardia AirTrain, alleging the politically favored project was selected without required review of transit alternatives

As proposed, the $2 billion Port Authority project would harm a historically Black community and eliminate waterfront parkland – without delivering a one-fare public transit ride from Manhattan to LaGuardia Airport Represented by the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, advocates filed a petition in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals Monday, September 20, alleging that the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to greenlight the LaGuardia AirTrain was based on an unlawfully biased decision-making process that eliminated alternatives from review that likely could have limited the impact on local community members, avoided construction […]

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LaGuardia AirTrain: Riverkeeper joins Port Authority staff’s call for investigation

Agency’s Inspector General should look into Governor Cuomo’s “undue influence” over the project Following Governor Cuomo’s announcement yesterday that he would resign from office, dozens of Port Authority staff members demanded a halt to the proposed AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport and an investigation into “undue influence” from the Governor’s office, the Daily News reported. Riverkeeper has raised numerous concerns about the project’s biased environmental review, which avoided consideration of potentially superior transit alternatives. A Riverkeeper lawsuit unearthed a letter reflecting that the Federal Aviation Administration, which was charged with approving […]

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FAA approves LaGuardia AirTrain despite objections from Riverkeeper, community groups

Questions raised in FAA docs pause LaGuardia AirTrain project
Decision fails to address numerous concerns over railway construction above Malcolm X Promenade on Flushing Bay.

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A coalition of 22 groups insist on full environmental review for Troy development

A coalition of 22 community groups, Indigenous leaders and organizations deliver a letter to the City of Troy Common Council insisting on a full environmental review for the Second Avenue Project that is a sacred indigenous site located in North Troy, NY.

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NY climate groups encouraged by DEC’s call for comments on power plant applications that defy climate law

New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said on Wednesday that two proposed fracked gas power plants —— Astoria NRG in Queens and Danskammer in Newburgh, Orange County —— appear to be “inconsistent with or would interfere with the attainment of the Statewide GHG emission limits” established in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

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Riverkeeper speaks out against NYC’s turbid releases from Ashokan Reservoir into Lower Esopus Creek

Saugerties, N.Y. – Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan held a news conference in Saugerties today with other elected officials and advocates to draw attention to the impacts from New York City’s practice of releasing massive amounts of turbid water from its Ashokan Reservoir into Lower Esopus Creek. Read the news release here. Following is a statement from Paul Gallay, President and Hudson Riverkeeper: The New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s management of the Ashokan Reservoir is critically important to the 9.5 million residents of New York City and many […]

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NYS program helps protect drinking water at its source – Riverkeeper statement

New York State announced Monday that more than 40 communities will benefit from the new Drinking Water Source Protection Program, which will assist communities in developing multi-faceted programs to address specific threats to their drinking water supplies. Riverkeeper has advocated for this program, as one response to the drinking water crisis in City of Newburgh that came to light five years ago this month. Communities in the region that will benefit from this program include: The Hudson 7 communities (City and Town of Poughkeepsie, Village and Town of Rhinebeck and […]

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Riverkeeper reaches agreement to ensure prompt and safe decommissioning at Indian Point

In conjunction with the State of New York, local municipalities, and the Public Utility Law Project, Riverkeeper has reached a provisional agreement with Holtec International and its subsidiaries (Holtec) regarding the decommissioning and cleanup of the Indian Point nuclear power facility in the Lower Hudson Valley. The joint proposal is subject to approval by the New York State Public Service Commission. If approved by the PSC, the agreement would transfer ownership of the nuclear power facility to Holtec, which would be responsible for the swift, complete, and safe decommissioning and […]

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Riverkeeper reacts to the passage of the New York State budget

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York State leaders passed a budget with a clear focus on protecting clean water and restoring wildlife habitat. The final budget that passed today will continue to make progress through a $500 million Clean Water Infrastructure Act, $300 million Environmental Protection Fund and the approval of a $3 billion environmental bond act ballot initiative set for the November 2022 general election. Riverkeeper Legislative Advocacy Manager Jeremy Cherson responded to the passage of the state budget. “The new funding — including the $3 billion bond act ballot […]

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