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DEC revises burn ban

New York is loosening its proposed open burning ban to exclude downed tree limbs and small brush. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

DEC hears more on proposed burn barrel ban

The final public hearing in the North Country was held last night at SUNY Canton on the state's proposed ban on burn barrels and other types of opening burning. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Burn barrel ban draws critics

A proposed statewide ban on open burning drew a crowd of about 40 people, most of them opposed to the idea, to the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake yesterday. The session was the fifth in a series of eleven hearings that are being held around the state by the Department of Environmental Conservation. While the state says banning burn barrels will protect public health, the environment and reduce the risk of forest fires, critics say it will create economic hardship on North Country residents and lead to more brush and garbage being dumped in the woods. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Tour de Burn Barrel Reaches Albany

Thousands of empty bottles will encircle the state Capitol today. Environmentalists are setting up the bottles to highlight the need for an expanded returnable bottle law. The event is part of the annual Earth Day lobby day in Albany, which draws hundreds of environmentalists from across the state. They bring attention to dozens of causes. A North Country group will join the rally - by bicycle.  Go to full article

Tour de Burn Barrel Visits Albany

A bill now circulating in the state legislature would ban the open burning of trash and other toxic materials in rural communities around the state. The legislation is backed by several environmental groups, but is opposed by farmers. Recently, some of the supporters of the ban sponsored a cross-country bike ride to draw attention to their cause. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Cyclists Begin Tour de Burn Barrel

Concerned citizens and bicyclists will ride some 200 miles from St. Lawrence County to Albany this weekend to bring attention to the problem of backyard trash burning. Todd Moe talks with Chris Neurath, of DeKalb, one of the cyclists participating in the trek. The riders will join a rally at the state capitol Monday.  Go to full article

Trash Burning Can Threaten Human Health

For most of us, getting rid of the garbage is as simple as setting it at the curb. But not everyone can get garbage pick-up. So, instead, they burn their trash. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports, that choice could be affecting your health.  Go to full article
Jon Montan shows off his "Don't Burn" tattoo
Jon Montan shows off his "Don't Burn" tattoo

Don't Burn This Tattoo

St. Lawrence County is making an education campaign about the ills of burn barrels hip fashion. The county planning office is distributing non-toxic, temporary "don't burn" tattoos. Planner John Montan says the idea is to facilitate family conversation about the dangers of trash burning.  Go to full article
State Senator Ray Meier
State Senator Ray Meier

Summer Politics: A Conversation with Senator Ray Meier

It's much quieter in Albany now than it was a month ago. A contentious legislative session has come to a close, and state lawmakers are in their home districts. State Senator Ray Meier represents the 47th Senate District, which includes all of Lewis County and parts of St. Lawrence and Oneida counties. During his district travels, he stopped by our studios last week to talk with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Burn Barrel Ban Stuck in Senate

The legislature in Albany is taking up its last issues of the session, which could end next week. A bill restricting "burn barrels" and other kinds of garbage burning has passed the Assembly the past two years. But it continues to languish in the Senate. There's little dispute burn barrels pose a health and environmental hazard. But the issue still draws strong passions. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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