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Lake Clear homeowner pays $50,000 fine to APA

The owner of a waterfront home on Lake Clear near Saranac Lake has agreed to pay a $50,000 fine to the Adirondack Park Agency. The settlement allows the Hickey family to keep their luxury home on a location that violates the park's environmental rules. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

"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

EPA Report: Mercury Contamination Widespread

More and more Americans are being warned that the local fish they eat could be contaminated with mercury and other toxins, according to a new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Sarah Hulett reports.  Go to full article
EPA Administrator Michael Leavitt
EPA Administrator Michael Leavitt

With Lawsuits Pending, EPA Chief Visits Adirondacks

The Bush administration's top environment official will travel to the Adirondacks next week. Michael Leavitt will attend a water quality conference at Paul Smiths college. The visit comes less than two weeks after six northeastern states - including New York - sued the EPA over new water quality rules. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

EPA Responds to Disparate Water Quality Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency says it's trying to get states around the Great Lakes to use uniform standards to monitor water quality. But the EPA says the fact that different states use different methods doesn't put anyone at risk. More from the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Stephanie Hemphill.  Go to full article

Trust Fund for Great Lakes Restoration?

Some members of Congress feel the timing is right for the long-anticipated federal legislation to help restore the Great Lakes. A bill introduced in the Senate recently proposes EPA monitoring of Great Lakes water quality. Now, a bill in the House proposes a $4 billion Great Lakes Restoration Fund. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Joyce Kryszak reports.  Go to full article
Erosion delta on English Brook (Lake George Association)
Erosion delta on English Brook (Lake George Association)

Lake George's Clean Water at Risk

Many people who live on Lake George still draw their drinking water directly from the shore. It's considered one of the cleanest big lakes in the country. But a new coalition of groups that met this week says accelerating development threatens that quality. As Brian Mann reports, storm-water erosion, sewage, and even road salt are changing the lake's chemistry.  Go to full article

Lake Placid Faces Costly Sewer Woes; and in Wilmington?Angry Neighbors

This summer, a spill at Lake Placid's wastewater treatment plant sent untreated sewage flowing into the Chubb and the Ausable Rivers. The sewer plant is thirty years old. Village officials are scrambling to raise ten million dollars to build a new facility. But as Brian Mann reports, some residents down-stream worry that the project won't stop the flow of pollution.  Go to full article

Water Quality Monitoring Program Available for Adirondacks Lakes and Ponds

A program to monitor water quality is looking for volunteers on Adirondack lakes and ponds. Martha Foley talks with Mike DeAngelo, of the Adirondack Watersheds Institute, who says acidity is only one concern.

For more information about the Adirondack Lake Assessment Program, contact Mike DeAngelo: 518-327-6270, or Peter Bauer: 518-251-4257  Go to full article

President's Great Lakes Plan Too Weak?

The Bush administration's new strategy to improve the environment of the Great Lakes is being eyed with skepticism by some of the environmental groups in the basin. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.
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