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Scientists raise concerns about "persistent" carcinogens

New York State's Department of Health recently published an Internet-based map of cancer data by county. (see link below)

The American Cancer Society says the maps can be misinterpreted, and that the huge amounts of information on chemicals, and cancer, need further study. But public health advocates are raising alarms over a class of chemicals we eat, drink and breath in, and that can stay in our bodies for years. On the list: dioxin, PCBs and other organic compounds. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Lake George mayor toasts lake's water quality

The mayor of Lake George says he'll drink a glass of water from the lake. That in itself wouldn't ordinarily be much of a news story. But it's been slightly less than one year since thousands of gallons of raw sewage spewed into the Lake. Village mayor Robert Blais says it happened last July 4 weekend at Shepard Park, a popular swimming beach on Lake George. Blais says it was a blow to the community, which was barred from a favorite free beach. And many people in the area worried about their drinking water and their livelihoods. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
Outdoor furnace owners came to tell the DEC to leave them alone
Outdoor furnace owners came to tell the DEC to leave them alone

Residents slam new outdoor furnace rules

More than a hundred people came to the Department of Environmental Conservation's first public hearing last night in Watertown about outdoor wood furnaces. The DEC says the boilers are a significant source of air pollution and have never been regulated. It wants owners to replace old furnaces within ten years and erect higher chimneys to keep smoke away from neighbors. But the message in the room was nearly unanimous. People said the new rules are a major government intrusion and should be scrapped. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Farm Bureau faces off with DEC over outdoor wood furnaces

New York's largest farm lobby group is pushing back, hard, against proposals to tighten regulation of outdoor wood-burning boilers.

The Department of Environmental Conservation wants new boilers to burn more cleanly, and wants old boilers modified to reduce pollution. The agency cites nuisance complaints about low-lying smoke from the burners, and concerns about air quality and public health.

Dean Norton, president of the New York State Farm Bureau, says the Department of Environmental Conservation's proposed restrictions will affect thousands of farmers and homeowners. He says the costs of compliance could reach into the thousands of dollars, at a time when framers are already struggling.

The first of several public hearings on the proposals is tomorrow evening in Watertown. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Saving rainforests helps farmers

A new report says stopping deforestation in the rainforests will benefit farms in the U.S. Mark Brush reports, it calls for money to be set aside to pay for rainforest conservation.  Go to full article

New smokestack rules

This week, the U-S Environmental Protection Agency will release much-anticipated new rules limiting sulfur dioxide in the air. As Tanya Ott reports, it's almost certain to result in years of legal battles.  Go to full article
NYS DOT Salt truck clearing roads (Source: DOT)
NYS DOT Salt truck clearing roads (Source: DOT)

Conference: Aggressive road salt use costly and damages environment

A generation ago, acid rain caused by coal burning power plants in the Midwest was seen as the biggest threat to Adirondack lakes and waterways.

New environmental regulations have stopped much of that pollution. But a growing number of advocates say the next big danger is coming from a source closer to home. Every winter, state and local trucks dump thousands of tons of salt in an effort to melt the snow and ice on North Country roads.

Critics say the current system is too toxic. But a growing number of state and local officials say spreading all that salt is also too expensive. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
[photo: DEC]
[photo: DEC]

Outdoor furnace rules make current owners fume

Outdoor wood furnaces have become increasingly popular across the North Country. They can save homeowners more than a thousand dollars a year on heating costs. But they've also become a bigger source of air pollution and complaints from neighbors. The Department of Environmental Conservation wants to impose new regulations on outdoor furnaces. They include rules on boiler efficiency, chimney height, and what can be burned inside. As David Sommerstein reports, a provision to force owners to replace existing furnaces may be the most controversial.  Go to full article
Gail Brill's compost bucket
Gail Brill's compost bucket

Taking the trash along

During this Earth Week, some members of the Green Circle in the Adirondacks have been carrying their garbage with them in an effort to raise awareness of the amount of garbage they produce, how much they recycle and what they're consuming. The Green Circle was started in 2007 by a handful of folks to help move themselves towards healthier, more sustainable lives. Green Circle member Gail Brill, who lives in Saranac Lake, told Todd Moe that their "Trash Challenge" has had a profound effect on the participants.  Go to full article

Costs and benefits of new lead paint laws

New regulations designed to eliminate childhood lead poisoning go into effect on April 22. The change brings strict new requirements for building contractors, property owners, renovators and a host of others who work with lead paint. While health advocates call the regulations long overdue, some contractors say the cost to comply is way too high. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations, New Hampshire Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports.  Go to full article

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