News Release | Environment New York

House Subcommittee Guts Parks, Clean Water, and Climate Protections

This morning, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies moved to slash the FY 2014 Interior and Environment Appropriations budget by 18 percent.

News Release | Environment New York

Environmental groups: NY State’s decision to exempt farms from permit program will weaken clean water protection standards

In response to Governor Cuomo’s proposal today to remove permit requirements for medium Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), a coalition of leading environmental groups released the following statement: 

“As organizations committed to protecting and restoring New York’s rivers, lakes and streams, we are very concerned by the announcement today that New York State will weaken state environmental protections put in place to protect public health, safety and the environment by exempting medium sized industrial farms from its CAFO permit program. As a result, these farms will be allowed to grow from 200 to 299 cows without requiring the installation of structural controls such aswaste storage facilities and water diversions essential to protecting the State’s waters from being contaminated with animal waste.

Report | Environment New York Research & Policy Center

Wasting Our Waterways

Industrial facilities continue to dump millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s rivers, streams, lakes and ocean waters each year—threatening both the environment and human health. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pollution from industrial facilities is responsible for threatening or fouling water quality in more than 14,000 miles of rivers and streams, more than 220,000 acres of lakes, ponds and estuaries nationwide.

News Release | Environment New York Research & Policy Center

Report: 5.7 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into New York’s Waterways

Industrial facilities dumped more than 5.7 million pounds of toxic chemicals into New York’s waterways in 2010, making the Hudson, Genesee, and Seneca Rivers among the 40 worst in the nation, according to a new report released today by Environment New York.  Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act assesses toxic discharges into nearly 1,900 rivers, lakes, and streams across the country, highlighting problems in New York and nationally.

News Release | Environment New York

U.S. House Committee Passes “Cooperating with Polluters Act”

Recently, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011 (H.R. 2018), a bill that would reverse decades of progress in protections ensured by the Clean Water Act. Fortunately, New York Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Timothy Bishop voted against this dirty water bill. H.R. 2018 is an attack on two key components of the Clean Water Act: enforcement of water quality standards and protection of aquatic resources from discharges of dredged and fill material.

Report | Environment New York

Dirty Energy's Assault On Our Health: Mercury

Dirty Energy’s Assault on our Health is a series of reports examining the numerous threats that power plants pose to our environment and our health. Each segment in the series focuses on a different pollutant emitted by power plants.

Report | Environment New York

Corporate Agribusiness and America's Waterways

Pollution from agribusiness is responsible for some of America’s most intractable water quality problems – including the “dead zones” in the Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico and Lake Erie, and the pollution of countless streams and lakes with nutrients, bacteria, sediment and pesticides.

News Release | Environment New York

Dept. of Interior Releases Tougher Drilling Regulations

Recently, Secretary of Interior Salazar and Assistant Secretary Hayes released new regulations designed to make offshore drilling safer in very specific ways and to focus management on improving its safety and environmental record. 

Report | Environment New York

Wasting Our Waterways: Toxic Industrial Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act

Industrial facilities continue to dump millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s rivers, streams, lakes and ocean waters each year—threatening both the environment and human health. According to the EPA, pollution from industrial facilities is responsible for threatening or fouling water quality in more than 10,000 miles of rivers and more than 200,000 acres of lakes, ponds and estuaries nationwide.