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Praise for foundry contamination cleanup efforts in Geneva

Praise for foundry contamination cleanup efforts in Geneva
For all that went wrong with the Geneva Foundry contamination when it came to communicating with affected residents, a lot has apparently gone right with the cleanup project itself. The state Department of Environmental Conservation, working with contractor LaBella Environmental of Rochester, is finishing up a second year of contaminated property remediation covering about 40 parcels, around double what was... more

Kocher rules that Greenidge permits were issued properly by DEC

Kocher rules that Greenidge permits were issued properly by DEC
Permits granted to Greenidge Generation LLC for the withdrawal and discharge of water by its power plant in Dresden were properly issued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, a Yates County Supreme Court judge has concluded. In a ruling issued Nov. 8, Judge William Kocher dismissed in its entirety a civil suit filed by the Sierra Club and others that challenged... more

Greenidge gets green light, as well as controversial 5-year extension

Greenidge gets green light, as well as controversial 5-year extension
Since its restart in the Spring of 2017, the Greenidge Generation power station has been skirting federal law governing its use of cooling waters drawn from Seneca Lake. The Clean Water Act requires electric power plants to recycle or filter the tens of millions of gallons of water used daily to cool their condensers. Greenidge does neither, and the Cuomo... more

$13M secured for flood relief in Finger Lakes, Southern Tier

$13M secured for flood relief in Finger Lakes, Southern Tier
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $13 million program, which is available for restoration and recovery efforts following the severe flash flooding in August that severely impacted communities in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions. “Extreme weather is the new normal in New York and it’s critical that we build more resilient communities to withstand this reality,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will... more

Harmful algal blooms less-likely in winter, but still possible

Harmful algal blooms less-likely in winter, but still possible
New York environmental officials say they will stop issuing harmful algal bloom notifications for the winter, though they warn that they can still occur in colder weather. Water contaminated by the blooms can make people sick. The algae, which is actually a type of bacteria, feeds on nitrogen and phosphorus washed in from farms, yards and leaking septic systems. The... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Rep. Tom Reed talks economy, jobs, and tackling education (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Rep. Tom Reed talks economy, jobs, and tackling education (podcast)
Hours after receiving President Donald Trump’s endorsement in his race against Democratic Challenger Tracy Mitrano, Republican Congressman Tom Reed called it ‘humbling’. “The president’s endorsement, I think, tells us that what he’s doing with the economy, on the trade agenda, is something that I hope as all Americans we can celebrate,” explained Rep. Reed during an appearance on Inside the... more

‘AGGRESSIVE’ DEFENSE APPROVED: SF moves toward showdown in court over landfill law as residents voice spectrum of concerns

‘AGGRESSIVE’ DEFENSE APPROVED: SF moves toward showdown in court over landfill law as residents voice spectrum of concerns
Years have passed, and the makeup of the Seneca Falls Town Board has changed – but the debate hasn’t eased. Stakeholders throughout the region have been weighing in on a proposed host agreement, which was initially revealed to the public by way of a memorandum of understanding. That agreement, among other things – would create a written closure date of... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb talks elections, future of FLX

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb talks elections, future of FLX
What has Albany gotten right for the Finger Lakes? How detrimental is it to the region that state elections, like the one for Governor, have all but forgotten about Upstate New York? State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) has represented the 131st since 2000 when he was first elected. While the condition and reputation of Albany has evolved over... more

Water advisory issued for Rushville public water supply

Water advisory issued for Rushville public water supply
Citizens who use the public water supply in the Village of Rushville are being asked to use alternate water sources for drinking, cooking, making ice, making infant formula and preparing food. This comes after levels of blue-green algae above the health advisory level were detected in drinking water. The alert also pertains to citizens in the Middlesex Water District. The... more

State relents on controversial Erie Canal tree-cutting plan, for now

State relents on controversial Erie Canal tree-cutting plan, for now
The state agencies behind the controversial clear-cutting of trees along sections of the Erie Canal will not appeal a temporary restraining order that halted the effort, a spokesman for the agencies said Wednesday. Instead, the spokesman for the New York Power Authority and the New York State Canal Corp. said, the agencies will conduct a “comprehensive environmental review of the... more

Toxins from algae bloom on Canandaigua Lake force drinking ban in Rushville

Toxins from algae bloom on Canandaigua Lake force drinking ban in Rushville
Toxins generated by blue-green algal blooms in Lake Canandaigua have infected the public drinking water in the Village of Rushville, which draws its raw water from the lake about four miles to its west, test samples show. The state Department of Health yesterday urged all customers who rely on the village’s water system and those in the nearby Middlesex Water... more

Large dairy farms herded through permitting loophole as toxic algae blooms threaten local waters

Large dairy farms herded through permitting loophole as toxic algae blooms threaten local waters
New court-ordered rules designed to control manure runoff from dairy farms into streams and lakes won’t apply to the vast majority of the state’s large industrial farms because roughly 230 of them recently began exploiting a permitting loophole, records show. The towns of Auburn and Owasco have been the first to spotlight the statewide rules-dodging tactic because farming waste has... more

Casella still working to correct landfill violations in Ontario County

Casella still working to correct landfill violations in Ontario County
Casella Waste Services has corrected or is in the process of correcting most of the seven violations it has been cited for at the Ontario County Landfill. Since April 2017, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has issued Casella and the county seven Notices of Violations of its operating permit to run the 389-acre landfill on behalf of the county.... more

OWLA reveals results of 2017 Owasco Lake tributary sampling

OWLA reveals results of 2017 Owasco Lake tributary sampling
The Owasco Watershed Lake Association released the results of its 2017 Tributary Sampling Results survey, a program designed to identify potential sources of harmful algal bloom-promoting nutrients for mitigation projects. OWLA Board of Directors member Dana Hall, speaking at a meeting of the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council Tuesday, explained how OWLA took samples from 17 of Owasco Lake’s tributaries... more

Cayuga County CAFO farmers say unity, not blame, needed to protect water

Cayuga County CAFO farmers say unity, not blame, needed to protect water
Jon and Julie Patterson are the sixth generation of their family to work the land at Patterson Farms, an approximately 1,400 cow dairy farm that straddles the border between the towns of Aurelius and Springport. With such a strong family history, the husband-and-wife duo said it’s one of their most important goals to leave behind a healthy farm for their... more

Auburn City Council picks firm to design landfill-replacing transfer station

Auburn City Council picks firm to design landfill-replacing transfer station
The Auburn City Council Thursday approved the hiring of an Albany engineering firm to design a transfer station as a preemptive move to prepare for the eventual closure of the city-owned landfill. In a unanimous 4-0 vote, with one absence, the council approved the hiring of Barton & Loguidice to provide engineering services for the project, the total cost of... more
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