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New NY rules allow continued use of fracking waste on roads, landfill dumping

State finalizes regulations governing solid waste management For Immediate Release: September 21, 2017 Albany – The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) finalized solid waste regulations known as the Part 360 series which includes the management of fracking waste. The following is a joint statement from a coalition which has been leading the effort to ban fracking waste in New York State (list of organizations at bottom): “New York State has missed the mark when it comes to protecting our health and water from the dangers of fracking waste. Nearly […]

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7 municipalities join Riverkeeper in campaign to protect Hudson River drinking water supply

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 13, 2017 Contacts: Cliff Weathers, Riverkeeper Communications Director, 845-445-8257, cweathers@riverkeeper.org More than 100,000 people rely on the Hudson River as primary source of drinking water OSSINING — Seven municipalities have joined Riverkeeper in a campaign to protect the drinking water supply for more than 100,000 people – the Hudson River Estuary. The seven municipalities — The City and Town of Poughkeepsie, Town of Hyde Park, Village and Town of Rhinebeck, Town of Lloyd and Town of Esopus – began meeting for the first time this summer […]

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Flawed data & analysis fatally undermine EPA’s findings that Hudson PCB cleanup will protect environment & public health

Credentialed scientist says EPA’s conclusion that PCB cleanup is on track is not supported by data Contacts: Hayley Carlock, Scenic Hudson, 845-473-4440, Ext. 210, hcarlock@scenichudson.org Cliff Weathers, Riverkeeper, 914-478-4501, Ext. 239, cweathers@riverkeeper.org HUDSON VALLEY — The cleanup of toxic PCBs in the Hudson River will not achieve the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mandatory goal of protecting the environment and public health, as the agency claims in its draft Five-Year Review of the project. A highly credentialed expert contracted by the environmental groups Scenic Hudson and Riverkeeper finds the scientific data […]

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DEC pulls plug on millennium pipeline project

The DEC has pulled the plug on the Millennium Pipeline Valley Lateral Project, a pipeline that would pump fracked gas from Pennsylvania to the CPV natural gas power plant under construction in Wawayanda.

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Riverkeeper awarded $245,000 DEC grant for planning dam removal

Riverkeeper awarded DEC grant for dam removal
Photo: Erica Capuana, NYS DEC Division of Fish and Wildlife
Riverkeeper is the recipient of a $245,233 grant from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program for planning dam removal. The grant will strengthen the organization’s efforts to help restore natural habitat for fish such as American eel and herring, whose historic upstream migration is disrupted by artificial barriers, many of which are poorly maintained or no longer useful.

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Circuit Court halts Constitution Pipeline

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a legal challenge to DEC’s denial of the controversial Constitution Pipeline, which would have carried fracked natural gas across 251 waterbodies and through the Hudson River Valley.

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Environmental Groups Sue over Unsafe Waters in New York City

For Immediate Release Contacts: Cliff Weathers, Riverkeeper, 845-445-8257, cweathers@riverkeeper.org Laura McMillan, Save the Sound, 540-292-8429, lmcmillan@savethesound.org Kimiko Martinez, Natural Resources Defense Council, 310-434-2344, kmartinez@nrdc.org Maia Raposo, Waterkeeper Alliance, 212-747-0622 x116, mraposo@waterkeeper.org Environmental Groups Sue over Unsafe Waters in New York City  Lax Oversight Allows City and State to Evade Health Protections, Continue Sewer Overflows of 20 Billion Gallons/Year NEW YORK (June 29, 2017) — A coalition of nine New York City, regional, and national environmental organizations, represented by the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, filed suit in federal court today against the […]

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Riverkeeper statements regarding Coast Guard announcement that it will suspend future rulemaking decisions on the Hudson River anchorages proposal

For immediate release: June 28, 2017 Contact: Leah Rae, Media Specialist lrae@riverkeeper.org; 914-478-4501, ext 238 OSSINING — Late Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard said it will “suspend future rulemaking decisions” regarding the proposed rule to put new long-term anchorages designated for commercial shipping anchorages on the Hudson River between Yonkers and Kingston. The maritime industry says the anchorages will help facilitate the increased shipment of Bakken crude oil on the Hudson River. Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay responded to the news with this statement: “With one voice, more than 10,000 Hudson […]

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NY legislators vote overwhelmingly for bill to protect Hudson from oil barges

Contact: Leah Rae, Riverkeeper Media Specialist lrae@riverkeeper.org, 914-478-4501, ext. 238 OSSINING — Last night, a bill to give the state additional say over Hudson River anchorage locations overwhelmingly passed the New York State Senate and will be heading to the Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk for approval. The Senate joined the Assembly and passed legislation that better enables the state to protect the Hudson and waterfront communities from dangerous new oil tanker and barge anchorages. The bill, passed by a vote of 93-2 in the Assembly and 62-1 in the Senate, […]

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Key bill on anchorages passes Assembly 93-2; Senate must act

The New York State Assembly passed legislation by a vote of 93-2 today to pass the “Tanker Avoidance Zone” bill. Riverkeeper strongly supports this bill and calls on the Senate to act before the end of the legislative session Wednesday: Jeremy Cherson, Campaign Advocacy Coordinator for Riverkeeper, said: “Today, the Assembly delivered important legislation that will protect the Hudson River and waterfront communities from new barge anchorages that could support a massive expansion of crude oil shipments through the Hudson Valley. Given the unprecedented public outcry to the proposed re-industrialization […]

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