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Environmental Groups Applaud State Legislature for Passing Landmark Climate Protection Measures

NYS Legislature passes landmark climate bill
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Advocates Urge Governor Cuomo to Sign Historic Legislation into Law

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Riverkeeper applauds NYS lawmakers and Governor Cuomo for historic deal to battle climate change

ALBANY — The New York State Senate, Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo have reached a consensus on landmark legislation to combat climate change this morning. Lawmakers now have a bill they can vote on by the end of Wednesday, which marks the close of the legislative session. The three-way deal establishes aggressive mandates to ensure New York achieves a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and an 85 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions — with 100 percent carbon neutrality — by 2050. In addition, the agreement […]

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Environmental and community groups detail opposition to proposed Catskill incinerator ash dump

More than 50 environmental and community groups detail opposition to proposed incinerator ash dump in Catskill   Proposal would transport 445,000 tons of toxic ash on local roads.   Groups call on Catskill Town Supervisor to reject proposal, release sign-on letter opposing the dump.   Wheelabrator Technologies, the second largest trash incineration company in the U.S., has proposed creating a large incinerator ash dump in a former quarry in the Town of Catskill near the shore of the Hudson River. The company is in the process of applying for permits […]

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Glidepath drops its Ulster County fossil-fuel plant proposal in favor of renewable energy

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Riverkeeper plays a role in turning fossil project into a renewable one.   ULSTER, NY — A revised plan for a proposed fossil fuel energy plant to a battery-only system has been submitted to the Town of Ulster by GlidePath Power Solutions, and it eliminates fossil fuels and moves the proposed site further from homes in the area. The energy company submitted the new plan to address many of the concerns voiced by environmental groups and the local community. The controversial proposed power plant will be re-sited and re-born as a renewable […]

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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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Statement regarding Gov. Cuomo’s proposed rule to curb greenhouse gas emissions produced by the state’s energy plants

Statement from Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay: “Riverkeeper applauds Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Department of Environmental Conservation on their draft rule to curb greenhouse gases in New York by shutting down the state’s dirtiest fossil-fuel energy plants. By placing stringent emissions standards on existing plants, this rule will help the state reach its goal of reducing energy-sector emissions by 50 percent by 2030 while assuring safe and affordable power for New York’s residents and businesses. Importantly, eliminating coal plants not only limits greenhouse gas emissions, it also eliminates air […]

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Riverkeeper statement on Governor Cuomo’s proposed “Save Our Waters” legislation

Below is a statement from Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay on Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s announcement today to introduce legislation to prohibit the leasing of lands — including underwater lands — for offshore drilling and exploration in New York State waters. “Riverkeeper thanks Governor Cuomo and members of the legislature for standing against this misguided federal proposal. Simply put, the risks from oil drilling are too great for New Yorkers to accept. Evidence shows that if a spill were to occur, little, if any oil would be recovered, leading to lasting impacts on coastal ecosystems across the Northeast. […]

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NYers demand Cuomo set strong energy efficiency target by Earth Day

  ALBANY, NY – More than 8,000 citizen petitions were delivered to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office today, urging him to launch a comprehensive, equitable, and ambitious energy efficiency initiative for New York. The petitions were delivered to the governor’s office following a news conference where speakers representing utility customers, homeowners, environmental advocates, and energy efficiency businesses stressed the importance of a strong state energy-savings target to improve public health, lower energy bills, create local jobs, and avoid the pollution that causes climate change. Cuomo has promised by Earth Day (April […]

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“Bad actor.” Read Riverkeeper’s letter to DEC regarding CPV power plant permits

March 9, 2018 Via electronic mail Basil Seggos, Commissioner New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 625 Broadway, 14th Floor Albany, NY 12233-1010 Steve Flint, Division of Air Resources Director New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 625 Broadway, 9th Floor Albany, NY 12233-3250 Re: Grounds for modification, suspension or revocation of CPV Valley Energy Center air permit (Permit ID: 3-3356-00136/00001) Dear Commissioner Seggos and Mr. Flint: I am writing on behalf of Riverkeeper, Inc.—a nonprofit public interest environmental membership organization dedicated to protecting the commercial, recreational, ecological and aesthetic […]

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Riverkeeper welcomes Governor Cuomo’s plan to “go bigger” on clean energy

Riverkeeper welcomes New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed initiatives to go further than ever before in establishing the Empire State as a national leader in clean energy and reducing our reliance on fossil fuel-generated power.

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