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Julie Silverman unveils new Wetlands Exhibit at Paul Smiths VIC
Julie Silverman unveils new Wetlands Exhibit at Paul Smiths VIC

Lake Champlain Clean-up: One Person At A Time

A conversation with Julie Silverman from the Echo Center for Lake Champlain, in Burtlington, Vt. The Center is working to find ways that regular people can help clean up the lake.  Go to full article

Groups Organize "Year of Clean Water"

October 18th marks the 30th anniversary of the Clean Water Act and the kick-off to what's being called the Year of Clean Water. Conservation groups throughout the country will also use the date to establish the first National Water Monitoring Day. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Matt Schafer Powell reports.  Go to full article

Cash to Clean-up Polluted Lake Sediments?

The U. S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would provide $250-million to help clean up the bottom of the Great Lakes. A similar bill is currently working its way through the U.S. Senate. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium?s Matt Shafer Powell reports.  Go to full article

Lake Placid: Sewer Woes Delay Development Projects

The village of Lake Placid is scrambling to raise ten million dollars needed to rebuild the sewage treatment plant. Local officials have already doubled water rates - a move that angered many hotel owners. Mayor Robi Politi now says major new development projects - and tourism events - will have to wait until the new plant comes on-line. As Brian Mann reports, some business leaders worry that the sewage bottleneck will derail Lake Placid's prosperity.  Go to full article

EPA, GE May Work Together On Hudson Clean-up

After years of bitter fighting, General Electric and the Environmental Protection Agency are moving ahead with plans to dredge the Hudson River. GE is giving signs that it may work with the EPA - instead of filing legal action to block the clean-up. Federal officials are also offering compromise. Brian Mann has this update.  Go to full article

People: Sandra Steingraber, Author of Living Downstream

David Sommerstein talks with biologist and author Sandra Steingraber. She's spent more than two decades linking rising cancer rates to pollution in our air, our water, and our food. In 1959, the year Sandra Steingraber was born, 25 percent of all Americans could expect to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. Today that number's risen to 40 percent.  Go to full article

PCB Study Shows Proximity to Site Biggest Risk Factor

From the St. Lawrence to the Hudson Rivers and on land in between, the North Country has a number of PCB contaminated waste sites. Scientists have long believed that the greatest human risk these areas pose is when people eat PCB contaminated fish. A new study challenges that assumption. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Massena GM Dump Waiting for Cleanup: 20 Years and Counting

In 1983, the federal government delcared the land and water around GM's factory along the St. Lawrence river a Superfund Site. Cancer-causing PCBs were seeping into the earth and the river. The action identified the site as a top priority for clean-up. Almost twenty years later, the toxic landfill is still there. David Sommerstein reports lack of progress is due to different understandings of what "clean" and "clean up" mean.  Go to full article

Hudson River PCB Dredging Plan Receives EPA Go-Ahead

The Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with a plan to dredge more than a million pounds of PCBs from the Hudson River. As Brian Mann reports, the official "record of decision" does not include controversial performance standards demanded by General Electric.  Go to full article

Reynolds PCB Dredging Completed

Workers have finished dredging PCBs for the winter from the St. Lawrence River near the former Reynolds plant. David Sommerstein talks with the project's director to see if the dredging was a success.  Go to full article

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