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APA Cuts Violation Caseload, Drawing Praise and Concern

Over the last two years, the Adirondack Park Agency has worked to pare down a backlog of more than three thousand old enforcement cases. These are alleged violations of the Park's strict zoning and environmental laws. The APA now says ninety percent of those cases have been closed. But some critics worry that the Agency still lacks the staff and the legal clout needed to enforce its own rules. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

New Rule Takes Aim at Fish Kills

Environmental groups and attorneys general in six states, including New York, are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over a new rule that regulates cooling water intakes at power plants. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Erin Toner reports.  Go to full article

NY Emergency Regulations Target Utilities, Acid Rain

The Pataki administration enacted emergency regulations yesterday, designed to reduce pollution from New York's power plants. State environment commissioner Erin Crotty says the rules are needed to protect the Adirondacks and the Catskills from acid rain. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Debate Over St. Lawrence Water Levels

The International Joint Commission is four years into a five-year, $20 million study of water flows in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. It's looking at how water...  Go to full article

Capturing Waste-heat in Smokestacks

Engineers say they have a new system that will extract more energy out of coal-fired power plants. And, they say, it has the added benefit of reducing pollution. The Great...  Go to full article

APA Approves Controversial Jay Bridge

On Friday, the Adirondack Park Agency approved a controversial plan to build a new bridge across the east branch of the Ausable River. The structure - in the town of Jay --...  Go to full article

Utility Deregulation Leaving Consumers Behind?

A new report on competition in the electric utility industry says costly times may be ahead for residential ratepayers. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Quirmbach...  Go to full article

Pataki Taps Old Forge Resident For APA Board

Governor Pataki has named an Old Forge resident to the Adirondack Park Agency's Board of Commissioners. Lani Ulrich, who heads a non-profit planning group, will fill one of...  Go to full article

Bush Acid Rain Plan Draws Fire From Enviros and NY GOP

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency visited the Adirondacks yesterday to address a water quality conference at Paul Smiths College. Michael Leavitt says the Bush...  Go to full article

Environmentalists Cheered by Dam Removals

60 dams are scheduled for removal this year across the country. 40 of them are currently located in the eight Great Lakes states. Environmentalists say the removal of these...  Go to full article

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