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News stories tagged with "superfund"

"Contaminated Cove" Update

After a 14-year impasse, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe will allow General Motors on to tribal land to clean up an inlet on the St. Lawrence River. Turtle Cove is contaminated with PCBs, a cancer-causing chemical. The EPA ordered the work to be done in 1990. But tribal officials wouldn't allow it because General Motors giant toxic landfill is right next to the cove and they feared the water would get re-contaminated. Different visions of what "clean" means have stalled clean-up of the GM landfill Superfund site near Massena. Listen again to David Sommerstein's report from 2001 on how GM, the EPA and the Mohawks see the PCB problem.  Go to full article

Court Clears GE to Sue EPA Over Superfund Cleanups

An appeals court has ruled General Electric has the right to challenge federal orders to clean up toxic waste sires, a decision the Environmental Protection Agency warns could weaken the Superfund cleanup program. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

More Clean-up Work at Sealand

A toxic waste dump in St. Lawrence County will get the next stage of a clean-up this week. Federal contractors will install a filter to clean up contaminated groundwater at the Sealand Restoration landfill in the town of Lisbon. But as David Sommerstein reports, neighbors see the work as too little, too late.  Go to full article

Senate OKs Brownfields, Superfund Programs

David Sommerstein talks with state Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine about what the new Superfund and Brownfields bill will mean for North Country industrial sites.  Go to full article

Environmentalists: Federal Government Delays Cleanups

Environmentalists say the cleanup of the Superfund sites in New York have already been delayed because of the failure of Governor Pataki and the legislature to agree on a renewal plan. Now, they say, the federal government is also dragging its feet on cleaning up polluted sites. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Superfund Goes Unfunded

No new Superfund hazardous waste sites in New York will be cleaned up for at least several months, and a program to reuse industrial Brownfields is on hold, because Governor Pataki and state legislative leaders failed to approve a new law, despite the fact that all three say they agree on the legislation. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Push for Superfund Renewal

Environmentalists say the legislature is close to finally agreeing on how to renew the bankrupt State Superfund. They've sent a letter encouraging the Senate and Assembly to work together with Governor Pataki to pass a law before the legislative session ends. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Refinancing State's Superfund

Environmentalists are hopeful that there could be an agreement on refinancing New York State's Superfund, before the legislature adjourns later this week. The Toxic Waste Clean-up Fund has been on the verge of bankruptcy for almost two years. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NYPIRG Releases New Report on Superfund Sites

A new report from the New York Public Interest Research Group shows nearly 1 in 4 state residents live within a mile of a Superfund or toxic waste site. With the state's Superfund program still $50-million in debt, environmental groups continue to lobby hard for action. Jody Tosti spoke with Mike Livermore of NYPIRG.  Go to full article

Superfund Refinancing Debated at Hearing

There were arguments over environmental proposals to refinance the state superfund at a budget hearing yesterday. The Superfund runs out of money in just over a month at the end of the fiscal year, March 31. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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