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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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Labatt USA partners with Riverkeeper to promote local water stewardship in New York State this summer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Lauren Christopher, Labatt USA (716) 796-5940 lauren.christopher@nabreweries.com Labatt USA Partners with Riverkeeper to Promote Local Water Stewardship in New York State This Summer Investment in local organization serves as part of Labatt USA’s larger partnership with the global Waterkeeper Alliance to protect and sustain drinkable, fishable and swimmable water Labatt USA will partner with Riverkeeper to further its efforts to sustain the Hudson River and its tributaries, and safeguard the drinking water for nine million New Yorkers. Labatt USA will make a $10,000 investment to support Riverkeeper’s efforts, […]

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Advocates call on Governor Cuomo and legislators to pass the New York State BYOBag Act

2018-06-06
Contacts: Jeremy Cherson, Riverkeeper, 770-630-6790, jcherson@riverkeeper.org Megan Ahearn, NYPIRG, (212) 349-6460 x1166, mahearn@nypirg.org Roger Downs, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, (518) 426-9144, roger.downs@sierraclub.org Adrienne Esposito, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, (516) 390-7150, aesposito@citizenscampaign.orgPatrick McClellen, New York League of Conservation Voters, (203) 313-0528, pmcclellan@nylcv.org Jennifer Caddick, Alliance for the Great Lakes, ?(312) 445-9760, jcaddick@greatlakes.org Advocates call on Governor Cuomo and legislators to pass the New York State BYOBag Act Riverkeeper & allied groups deliver thousands of petition signatures to the Governor in support of statewide bill modeled on California law.   Albany, N.Y. – Environmental and community organizations today delivered more […]

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Landmark DEC report calls for pharmaceutical industry to fund safe drug disposal in New York State

Groups applaud critical DEC report; call for legislature to pass Drug Take Back Act before end of session Safe drug disposal of unused and expired prescription drugs critical to address opioid crisis and protect waters from contamination Albany, NY—A coalition of environmental, public health, and product stewardship organizations are praising the Governor and DEC for their recently released report, which calls for a robust, statewide safe pharmaceutical disposal program that is funded by the pharmaceutical industry. Governor Cuomo called for the report when he vetoed a poorly crafted pharmaceutical disposal […]

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‘Hudson 7’ sign agreement to protect Hudson River drinking water supply

Seven communities, representing 100,000 people who rely on the river as source of drinking water, create Hudson River Drinking Water Intermunicipal Council Municipal leaders from the Towns of Esopus, Lloyd, Hyde Park, City and Town of Poughkeepsie and the Village and Town of Rhinebeck meet for signing ceremony in Poughkeepsie Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – Municipal leaders from “The Hudson 7” – the seven communities that draw drinking water from the Hudson River – gathered at the Marist Boathouse in Poughkeepsie Thursday, May 31, to make history by signing a formal agreement […]

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Riverkeeper will join Hudson River Park Estuarine Sanctuary planning effort to advance new program for habitat restoration and research 

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Group applauds plan for $30.7 million in funding for the Estuarine Sanctuary and the Cuomo Administration’s support for continued habitat restoration & research spending. Ossining, N.Y. — The office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has invited Riverkeeper to help incorporate a proposal for $134 million in habitat restoration and research funding into the official Management Plan for the Hudson River Park and Estuarine Sanctuary. The invitation to Riverkeeper to join the “Technical Advisory Committee” responsible for creating the Estuarine Sanctuary Management Plan came in a May 24th letter from Deputy NYS Secretary Venetia Lannon to […]

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