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Riverkeeper reacts to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo held the annual State of the State address this afternoon at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. In the address, the Governor outlined an aggressive environmental agenda that could have a positive effect on New York’s waterways, if implemented. Riverkeeper’s Legislative Advocacy Manager, Jeremy Cherson responded to three proposals, $3 billion Restore Mother Nature Bond Act, a statewide ban of polystyrene used in foodservice, and State acquisition of open spaces:  Restore Mother Nature Bond Act “We are thrilled to see the $3 […]

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Amazon may come to Hudson Valley bringing 1,000 jobs

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes $3B environmental bond act

Barges to take Indian Point’s radioactive waste down the Hudson? Company considers it

Changing Hands at Indian Point?

Riverkeeper Opposes Company Chosen to Decommission Indian Point

Statement on Gov. Cuomo proposed ban on Styrofoam takeout containers

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced a proposal to ban the distribution and use of single-use food containers made with expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam). The proposal also bans the sale of Styrofoam packaging materials, known as packing peanuts. This effort builds on the groundbreaking legislation going into effect in March 2020 to ban single-use plastic bags in New York. Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay said: “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is making a great call by proposing a ban on Styrofoam packing peanuts and takeout containers from restaurants, which do tremendous harm […]

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Pipe Break Sends Raw Sewage Into Kemeys Cove

Statement on Governor Cuomo’s chlorpyrifos ban

OSSINING, N.Y. — Yesterday, Governor Cuomo directed the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to ban the aerial spraying of the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, ban all use except apple tree trunk application by 2020 and ban all use by 2021. The Governor also vetoed legislation sponsored by Senator Todd Kaminsky and Assembly Member Steve Englebright that would have also phased out the pesticide. Banning this toxic pesticide is important for protecting human health and life found in our rivers, lakes and oceans. The National Marine Fisheries Service in 2017 […]

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Riverkeeper demands NRC deny transfer of Indian Point’s license to Holtec International

OSSINING, N.Y. — On Friday, Entergy, the operator of the Indian Point nuclear power plant, and Holtec International, a New Jersey-based firm with a scandalous corporate past, asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to approve a transfer of the plant’s license and its $2 billion decommissioning trust fund to Holtec. Holtec’s recent history makes it the wrong choice to take on the decommissioning of Indian Point. The company was caught bribing workers at the Tennessee Valley Authority, was suspended from contracting with TVA, and then lied about its corporate past to obtain tax breaks from […]

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