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The plan calls for a big increase in energy from renewable sources like this wind farm in Clinton County. Photo: David Sommerstein
The plan calls for a big increase in energy from renewable sources like this wind farm in Clinton County. Photo: David Sommerstein

What the EPA's "Clean Power Plan" means for New York

On Monday the Environmental Protection agency introduced its ambitious new plan to combat climate change: a proposed regulation called "The Clean Power Plan" which would require fossil fuel power plants nationwide to cut their carbon emissions by nearly a third by the year 2030.  Go to full article

EPA awards $345K for NY wetlands study, protection

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Environmental Protection Agency is providing $345,000 for projects to protect wetlands throughout New York state and identify strategies to reduce the impacts of climate change.

The Adirondack Park Agency will use a $173,000 EPA grant to install permanent monitoring stations that will collect environmental data within the Adirondack Park. The money will also be used to train volunteers to operate their own citizen science monitoring program at these locations.  Go to full article

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Great Lakes areas of concern. Graphic: <a href="http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/aoc/images/aoc-glbasin-map-20130215.pdf">US EPA</a>
Great Lakes areas of concern. Graphic: US EPA

Schumer: Protection coming for NYS, Great Lakes beaches

New York Senator Chuck Schumer says the water quality along the Great Lakes continues to worsen.

Schumer is co-sponsoring a bill that would remediate contaminated sediment, help clean up toxic pollution, combat invasive species and keep watersheds clean.

He is also pushing to reinstate $10 million in federal dollars to the BEACH Act, which was recently cut from the 2014 budget, to help keep polluted beach water safe for swimmers.  Go to full article
Mountain Mart in Canton, NY. According to EPA data, the agency found violations at seven gas stations in Malone, Massena, Moira, Plattsburgh, and Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein
Mountain Mart in Canton, NY. According to EPA data, the agency found violations at seven gas stations in Malone, Massena, Moira, Plattsburgh, and Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein

Adk Energy to pay $112,000 to prevent underground gas leaks

A Malone-based company will have to install new equipment to detect leaks at gas stations it owns across the North Country. Federal officials already fined Adirondack Energy $46,000.  Go to full article
Part of the 7.2 mile contaminated stretch of the Grasse. Photo: David Sommerstein
Part of the 7.2 mile contaminated stretch of the Grasse. Photo: David Sommerstein

Alcoa commits to 900 jobs in Massena; Grasse cleanup still in flux

The company that built Massena will keep its plants open there for at least another 30 years.

Alcoa announced Saturday it will invest $42 million to modernize its East plant and build a new smelting the line. The company will also guarantee at least 900 jobs. In return, Alcoa will get low cost electricity from the hydropower dam on the St. Lawrence River.

The deal hinges on how the Environmental Protection Agency decides to clean up PCBs Alcoa and Reynolds dumped in the Grasse River decades ago.

David Sommerstein joined Martha Foley for more on the deal.  Go to full article
Researchers Rick Grey and Nina Schoch weigh an adult loon. Photo courtesy Biodiversity Research Institute's Center for Loon Conservation
Researchers Rick Grey and Nina Schoch weigh an adult loon. Photo courtesy Biodiversity Research Institute's Center for Loon Conservation

Loons sound alarm on mercury pollution

The Adirondacks' beloved icon, the Common Loon, has left for its winter home on the Atlantic coast.

Loons have enjoyed unprecedented population growth over the last 30 years. They outlived DDT and a time when people used to shoot loons for sport. But a recent study says things could have been even better. This time the culprit is mercury pollution.  Go to full article
We have made a mistake, is what I believe, in saying that the EPA should regulate carbon emissions.

Romney on issues where environment, economy meet

For the first time in a long time, political observers had been eyeing New York's Republican Presidential Primary, wondering if New York voters might actually have an impact on who's running for the White House. But it appears the GOP nominee has all but been decided before a single ballot is cast in the Empire State.

The Innovation Trail's Zack Seward looks at Mitt Romney's positions on a couple of key economic issues.

Marie Cusick, Ryan Delaney, Matt Richmond and Daniel Robison contributed reporting on this story. The Innovation Trail is a collaboration between five upstate public media outlets, reporting on New York's innovation economy. Support comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  Go to full article

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