Category Archives: Pollution

TCE Testing in Binghamton

TCE testing has just mushroomed across the state as the DEC revisits hazardous waste sites looking for toxic soil gas. Here’s an example from today’s Press & Sun-Bulletin, TCE hunt expands in city: BINGHAMTON —The long, slow search for hazardous …

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Mercury Levels Rising as Clark Reservation’s Glacier Lake

From Sunday’s Post-Standard, Tim Knauss reports on the rising mercury levels in sediments analyzed in Glacial Lake at Clark Reservation State Park in Jamesville. Glacier Lake at Clark Reservation State Park, in Jamesville, is an ideal barometer for measuring mercury …

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New York aims to clean waters of mercury

In an effort to push the Federal government to adopt more stringent mercury emission standards, more about New York is entering a regional pact with six New England States. From MSNBC/AP The state Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a …

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EPA 2005 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Data

EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data is now available for 2005 (and previous years as always). The website includes links to the data, and a link to TRI Explorer, EPA’s electronic tool for data analysis. Links: EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory …

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Endicott pollution data to be released

From the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin: ENDICOTT —When health officials found that a polluted area in the village had a disproportionately high rate of premature births and certain cancers, help it raised more questions than answers. Was pollution making people …

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Soil Vapor Intrusion in Rochester and Beyond

The Rochester D&C has a series of articles and interactive sites on vapor intrusion in the region. One of the latest public health concerns involves a new problem at old locations: toxic vapors that could rise from long-known dump sites. …

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Infant pesticide exposure

Speaking of pesticides, here’s some science news from ES&T Online. A paper published in Pharmacogenetics and Genomics (2006, 16, 183–190) finds that the exposure risk from organophosphates to infants and small children may be significantly higher than previously thought. More …

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Lawn Care and Pesticides

From the Press & Sun-Bulletin, this article – Turf wars pit environmentalists against lawn-care businesses – touches on the debate about the use of pesticides for lawn care. The commercial lawn-care industry claims that the proper use of these chemicals …

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New spill angers Endicott residents

A Jan. 18 chemical spill at the Huron campus was reported promptly to state officials, link side effects but village officials and residents knew nothing about it until an anonymous tip from within the company months later. The information gap, …

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Old Computers: Hazardous Waste

Containing “traces of mercury, cadmium, fire retardant and up to five pounds of lead”, computers are one of the “biggest sources of hazardous waste in the country”. The New York Times reports on the various ways different companies are approaching …

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