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Cancer stories "are numbingly familiar to people who live in the vicinity of Tonawanda Coke Corp. The coke foundry recently was found by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to be emitting benzene, a carcinogen, up to 75 times higher than recommended guidelines. Those levels were up to 2ù times more than what the company reported to regulators."
"After months of deliberations, state environmental regulators on Wednesday released long-awaited rules governing natural gas production in upstate New York, including provisions to oversee drilling operations near New York City’s water supplies."
"In the woods on the northern edge of Scofieldtown Park are remnants of its days as a landfill. Containers lay strewn among the trees -- milk and 7UP bottles that haven't been used since the 1950s. More sinister are rusty paint cans and empty, decaying 55-gallon chemical drums."
"Four years ago, environmental groups hoped Jon Corzine would put the environment high on his list of priorities. today, many of the same groups say Corzine, now seeking a second term as governor, has failed to live up to his promises...."
"It took a court order, a bomb squad, and seven months of work by U.S. EPA specialists, but the Abrachem Chemical facility in Clifton, New Jersey now is decontaminated."
NY state Senator Thomas Moran (R) played a critical role in passage of a $5-billion green jobs and energy bill for the state.
"Window and masonry caulking in hundreds of older schools in New England probably contain very high levels of now-banned toxins that can gradually be released into the air, posing a potential health risk to students and staff, environmental specialists say."
"A major problem facing municipalities around Albany County: sewer systems that are often overrun by heavy rain and governments that don't have the millions of dollars needed to upgrade often antiquated systems."
Blue-collar residents near New York's only hazardous waste incinerator worry about strange odors. An investigation showed the plant's emissions are not what they are supposed to be.
"Hundreds of century-old trees lay snapped in half and uprooted throughout Central Park on Wednesday after a severe thunderstorm with winds as high as 80 mph barreled through the city overnight."
The redevelopment of a New Bedford waste dump raises toxic threats to homes, schools, and churches.
DuPont will try to persuade New Jersey state drinking water regulators to go easy on cleanups of PFOA, a chemical used in non-stick pans -- even before the regulators hear scientific evidence from their own scientists.