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STATEMENT SUPPORTING HISTORIC PROPOSAL TO PROTECT DELAWARE RIVER

Today, the regional multi-state agency (the Delaware River Basin Commission, DRBC) charged with preserving and restoring the Delaware River, its tributaries and watershed made a historic announcement for protecting this important local waterway by proposing to ban the oil and gas drilling practice known as “fracking” within the Delaware River Basin.

“Expanding and implementing this ban on fracking and fracking activities is crucial for the residents of New York,” stated Heather Leibowitz Director of Environment New York. “Millions of New Yorkers rely on the Delaware River for our drinking water supply—we have to guarantee that we protect this source water from the pollution threats posed by fracking, and today’s announcement is a crucial step forward in ensuring that guarantee.”

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New “back to school” item for parents: toolkit to 'Get the Lead Out of schools’ drinking water

With “back to school” in full swing this week, Environment New York today offered a new toolkit to help parents, teachers, and administrators Get the Lead Out of schools’ drinking water.  Citing a lack of accurate information on lead contamination in water and how schools should prevent it, Environment New York is encouraging parents and teachers to put the new toolkit on their “back to school” reading list. 

“Our kids deserve safe drinking water at school,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York.  “We want to give parents, teachers, and school administrators the tools they need to ‘get the lead out.’” 

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Pollution would get worse for Delaware River with budget cuts, new report says

Proposed cuts to EPA clean water programs would halt progress on addressing local pollution in the Delaware River, according to a new report released today.  With a deadline for Congress to approve a federal budget fast approaching, Environment New York is calling for full funding of EPA to protect the Delaware River and other New York waterways. “With progress in cleaning up the Delaware River, New Yorkers have just enjoyed a summer of fishing and swimming,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “Cutting EPA’s clean water programs would put that progress at risk.”

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Analysis: Repealing the Clean Water Rule would be Devastating for the Great Lakes basin

New analysis by Environment New York shows 53% of all stream miles in the Great Lakes basin will be left without federal protections by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s proposal to repeal the Clean Water Rule. The Clean Water Rule restored federal protections to half our nation’s streams and thousands of wetlands across the country. This includes more than 5,728 miles of intermittent, ephemeral or headwater streams that feed into drinking water systems in New York State.

“Repealing the Clean Water Rule would be devastating to the Great Lakes basin. Instead of safeguarding our drinking water, Administrator Pruitt is proposing to stop protecting drinking water sources for 1 in 3 Americans, including over 11 million New Yorkers. It defies common sense, sound science and the will of the American people,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York.

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“This loophole not only threatens our drinking water but also sets a dangerous precedent for the functioning of our democracy,” Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York

Today, the House of Representatives is considering a “minibus” spending package that would allow the Trump administration to ignore the law as it rolls back clean water protections.  The bill also contains other anti-environmental provisions and would drastically cut federal funding for clean energy.  Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement:

“Americans deserve clean water, yet a loophole in this spending bill not only threatens our drinking water but also sets a dangerous precedent for the functioning of our democracy. 

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SENATOR GILLIBRAND IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPION

Today, Environment New York gave Senator Kirsten Gillibrand an Environmental Champion Award for her commitment to protecting our environment and public health. The senator received a 100% on Environment New York’s recent scorecard for her record of supporting policies that protect clean air, clean water, and open spaces.
“Senator Gillibrand is at the top of the class when it comes to keeping our air and water clean, protecting our special places, and ensuring a healthy climate,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “That’s why we are proud to present her with our Environmental Champion Award.” Leibowitz and other Environment New York staff and volunteers presented Senator Gillibrand with a poster of thank-you messages from New Yorkers to commemorate the award.

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Repealing the Clean Water Rule

“Repealing the Clean Water Rule turns the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency on its head: the Trump administration is proposing to stop protecting drinking water sources for over 11 million New Yorkers. It defies common sense, sound science and the will of New Yorkers.” —Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York

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President Trump Fails to Protect Our Water

“President Trump's order turns the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency on its head: Instead of protecting the drinking water sources for 1 in 3 Americans, he is telling the EPA to stop protecting these waters from polluters. It defies common sense, sound science and the will of the American people.” -Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York

News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

It’s Time to Get the Lead out of School Drinking Water, Says Environment New York

Albany, New York – In response to growing evidence of pervasive lead contamination in schools’ drinking water, Environment New York released a new analysis today. The report gave New York a grade of C, inadequate to prevent children’s drinking water from becoming laced with lead at school. Environment New York is calling for swift action to ensure lead-free water in New York’s schools [and daycares]. “Schools should be safe places for our kids to learn and play, but New York is not doing enough to protect our kids from lead in drinking water,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “Kids’ developing brains are especially susceptible to highly toxic lead so it’s time to get the lead out.”