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New York Bans Fracking

On December 17, Gov. Cuomo announced he would ban fracking in the state of New York, citing both public health and environmental risks.“I cannot support high volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York,” said Howard Zucker, the acting commissioner of health. Environment New York worked alongside many groups in the environmental community to protect New Yorkers, our air and and our water from this dangerous drilling. 

News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

New York among nation’s solar leaders

New York, NY – New York has more solar panels than most major American cities, ranking 8th among dozens of metropolitan areas analyzed in a new report. The Big Apple’s place, highest among Northeastern cities, was owed primarily to the statewide NY-SUN Initiative, advocates said today.

“Thanks to its forward-thinking programs and leaders like Governor Andrew Cuomo,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, “our report shows that New York really shines when it comes to solar power.”

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Report | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Shining Cities 2016

Solar power grew at a record-breaking pace in 2015. The United States now has more than 27,000 megawatts (MW) of cumulative solar electric capacity, enough to power more than 5.4 million American homes. Hundreds of thousands of Americans – especially in our cities – have invested in solar panels on their roofs or solar projects in their communities, and millions more are ready to join them.

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News Release | Environment New York

New Project to Build Largest Wind Farm in the Nation in Long Island

Next week, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is expected to approve what will be the nation’s largest offshore wind project, 30 miles east of Montauk.  The project would have 15 turbines and a capacity of 90 megawatts, enough to power about 50,000 homes on Long Island. It would be three times larger than the only offshore wind project currently under construction in the U.S, which is located off of Rhode Island and also being developed by Deepwater Wind. 

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News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Report: Tyson #1 Water Polluter Among Corporate Agribusinesses

Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest meat and poultry producers, dumps more toxic pollution into the nation’s waters than any other agribusiness, and produces the most animal manure of five major companies assessed nationwide, a new report said today.

The Environment New York Research & Policy Center study documented pollution from Tyson and four other major agriculture conglomerates, responsible for an estimated 44 percent of the pork, chicken, and beef produced in the U.S.

“When most people think of water pollution, they think of industrial pipes spewing toxic chemicals,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “But this report shows how, increasingly, corporations like Tyson are turning farms into factories and ruining our rivers and bays in the process.”

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Report | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Corporate Agribusiness and the Fouling of 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, the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Erie, and the pollution of countless streams and lakes with nutrients, bacteria, sediment and pesticides.

Today’s agribusiness practices – from the concentration of thousands of animals and their waste in small feedlots to the massive planting of chemical-intensive crops such as corn – make water pollution from agribusiness both much more likely and much more dangerous.

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