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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

St. Lawrence County Passes Anti-Smoking Policy, But Not Law

St. Lawrence County legislators yesterday passed a toned-down version of an anti-smoking policy on county property. A law that would make smoking on county grounds a crime was returned to committee. But the law's supporters deleted a controversial clause that would have prohibited people from smoking in their own cars on county property. As David Sommerstein reports, both proposals build on new statewide protections for non-smokers that took effect last month.  Go to full article

Study: New York's Air More Polluted Last Summer Than Ever

A new study by the American Lung Association finds New Yorker's breathed more polluted air last summer than any year on record. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Fires at Fort Drum Continue Smoldering

Fires that have been smoldering since last week at Fort Drum are causing smoke problems for northern New York communities. The brush fires are in a remote 6-by-10-mile area used as the post's artillery range. The danger of unexploded shells is preventing firefighters from getting into the area. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

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