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Failing bolts at second Indian Point reactor raise further safety concerns

Inspection at Unit 3 finds 256 of 832 critical reactor core bolts impaired; result is even worse than at Unit 2. Riverkeeper demands NRC issue an incident report and supply a root cause analysis for clustered bolt failures.

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Environmental groups fight Department of Environmental Conservation’s toothless industrial animal facility permits

NEW YORK — Today Waterkeeper Alliance, Riverkeeper, Cortland – Onondaga Federation of Kettle Lake Associations Sierra Club, and Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc., represented by Earthjustice, served the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) with a lawsuit challenging a permit with lax terms that could result in pathogens and animal waste pollutants being discharged into New York waterways.

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Riverkeeper applauds New York State’s renewed commitment to clean, safe water

For immediate release: April 10, 2017 Contact: Cliff Weathers, Communications Director cweathers@riverkeeper.org; 845-445-8257 Riverkeeper applauds New York State’s renewed commitment to clean, safe water New legislation expands drinking water protections for millions ALBANY, NY — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature just took historic steps to ensure that our waterways and public health are protected. The recently approved Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 invests $2.5 billion in the the state’s aging water infrastructure. Additionally, companion legislation requires virtually all public drinking water supplies to be tested […]

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Riverkeeper to present water quality data for Upper Hudson in three public events Wednesday, April 12

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Public is invited to events in Glens Falls, Schuylerville and Albany to learn about ongoing water quality monitoring project; Volunteers sought to assist sampling For immediate release: April 7, 2017 Contact: Leah Rae, lrae@riverkeeper.org (914) 478-4501 ext. 238 Riverkeeper is hosting three events in the Upper Hudson area Wednesday, April 12, to present data collected in 2016 as part of its first year of water quality sampling in the region and to recruit volunteers to assist with sampling in 2017. Riverkeeper has sampled the entire Hudson River Estuary since 2008, […]

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State approves flawed plans for New York City’s massive sewer overflows

Plans Would Leave Billions of Gallons of Overflows for Decades to Come, Fail to Meet Federal Health Standards NEW YORK (April 4, 2017) — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)  quietly announced Friday afternoon that three weeks ago it approved long-term plans to address sewage pollution in five New York City waterways. Approvals were issued on March 7, but documentation was made available only yesterday. The affected waters are Flushing Bay, Flushing Creek and Alley Creek in Queens, and the Bronx and Hutchinson rivers in the Bronx. […]

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New York State goes big on clean water in budget

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature have finalized a $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act as part of the initial budget for the current fiscal year beginning April 1 – a huge boost to our efforts to stop sewage overflows and protect drinking water at its source. Paul Gallay, President and Riverkeeper, said: “After decades of underinvestment, New York is finally doing what’s needed to fix its aging water infrastructure. New Yorkers from Montauk to Buffalo will soon have cleaner drinking water and healthier waterways to visit and enjoy, […]

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Riverkeeper responds to the dismantling of the Clean Power Plan

For immediate release: March 28, 2017 Contact: Cliff Weathers, Communications Director cweathers@riverkeeper.org; 914-478-4501, ext. 239 OSSINING, NY — Riverkeeper issues this statement from its President, Paul Gallay, in response to President Donald Trump’s plan to scrap carbon emissions regulations from fossil-fuel burning electricity plants — particularly those that burn coal: “The President’s decision to strip the Clean Power Plan is a huge step in the wrong direction for our environment. Global warming is an indisputable fact based on peer-reviewed science. Fortunately, New York has clean energy initiatives in place which can take the […]

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New Mohawk River report points to need for infrastructure investments

Riverkeeper on patrol in the Mohawk River in May 2016. (Photo: John Garver)
Public invited to learn more, join community science monitoring project April 10 in Utica Utica, N.Y. – A new Riverkeeper report details the results of a water quality monitoring project with SUNY Cobleskill that samples 43 locations monthly in 120 miles of the Mohawk River, the Hudson River’s largest tributary. The report highlights the need to invest in water infrastructure to stop sewage overflows and leaks – such as those likely to result from rain today. Annual investments of at least $800 million statewide are needed for water infrastructure, and Riverkeeper […]

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New Riverkeeper report on Wallkill water quality highlights need to clean up river

For immediate release: March 23, 2017 Contact: Leah Rae, Media Specialist lrae@riverkeeper.org; (914) 478-4501, ext. 238 Riverkeeper and Wallkill River Watershed Alliance release letter calling for Governor Cuomo and state Legislative leaders to fund DEC Study Public invited to learn more at Wallkill River Summit March 28 NEW PALTZ, NY — Riverkeeper released a new report today, detailing the results of five years of water quality monitoring by community scientists in the Wallkill River, showing that 87% of samples have failed to meet federal guidelines for safe swimming. The report’s finding […]

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‘The Wallkill needs help’ – Water quality report highlights need to clean up river

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Riverkeeper and Wallkill River Watershed Alliance release letter calling for Governor Cuomo and state Legislative leaders to fund DEC Study Public invited to learn more at Wallkill River Summit March 28 For immediate release:March 23, 2017 Contact: Leah Rae, lrae@riverkeeper.org, (914) 478-4501 ext. 238 Riverkeeper released a new report today, detailing the results of five years of water quality monitoring by community scientists in the Wallkill River, showing that 87 percent of samples have failed to meet federal guidelines for safe swimming. The report’s finding will be presented as part […]

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