Category Archives: Regional News

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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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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Bad Weather for Maple Syrup

Sunday’s Post-Standard had this article on lagging production Maple Syrup locally. The temperature must be in the low 20s at night and the low 40s during the day for the sap to flow. Warm weather in early winter caused the …

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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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Biofuels and Manure

The biofuel discussion vaguely reminds me of the “biosolids” debate. In the attempt to make the spreading of municipal waste on agricultural land sound more palatable, the sludge was renamed “biosolids” (There is a great little book detailing this story …

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White Deer or Green Pork

A conflict is brewing over the Seneca Army Depot in Romulus and two different visions of economic development. And while I’m all in favor of developing alternative energy sources, I’m nonetheless pleased that there is a group vehemently advocating protecting …

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Global Warming Impacts in CNY

Sunday’s Post-Standard has some decent coverage on the local impacts of Global Warming on upstate New York. (I’ve copied the entire article by Delen Goldberg for archiving below). The print edition also has a half-page insert, “Central New York, Take …

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Global Warming Report

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “has concluded for the first time that global warming is “unequivocal” and that human activity is the main driver, cost “very likely” causing most of the rise in temperatures …

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