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Every major bay and estuary on Long Island has been affected by algae blooms, oxygen depletion or both. (USEPA)

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – Every major bay and estuary across Long Island has been affected by harmful algal blooms this year, according to a new report. The annual water-quality assessment, released this week, says this year has been marked by shellfish poisoned by algae in May, the longest brown-ti

New York City is still recovering from the impact of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. (Andrea Sears)

NEW YORK – New Yorkers held a vigil outside the Exxon Building in Manhattan Wednesday night in solidarity with the victims of Hurricane Harvey. With the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy rapidly approaching, a coalition of environmental and civic action groups gathered to mourn the lives

The report recommends the U.S. EPA ease permitting requirements for new investments in coal-fired plants. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Energy has released its study of the electric grid's reliability, but some environmental groups maintain it isn't worth the paper it's printed on. The study concludes that cheap natural gas is the main reason for the decline of coal and nuclear power. But

The new cap on power-plant emissions will be 65 percent below 2009 levels by 2030. (MonikaP/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. – The nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is proposing lowering the cap on power plant emissions even further. Since it was created in 2005, the multi-state carbon cap-and-trade agreement, known as RGGI, has helped cut emissions from affected power plants in New York i

The Constitution Pipeline would have crossed trout streams, old-growth forest and undisturbed springs. (lkk09210/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – A federal appeals court has dismissed a challenge to New York State's denial of a water-quality permit for the Constitution Pipeline. The 124-mile natural-gas pipeline had received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC. But under section 401 of the Clean W

Smog causes hundreds of premature deaths nationally every year. (Robert Young/Flickr)

NEW YORK – Environmental and public health groups are breathing a sigh of relief that the Environmental Protection Agency will not postpone implementation of standards for smog-forming ozone. In June, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the standards, scheduled to go into effect on

Environmental groups say pipelines have the potential to leak toxic fumes and methane from the wells to the power plant. (John S. Quarterman/Flickr)

NEW YORK - Environmental groups are hoping their testimony at a public hearing in Middletown this evening will stop construction of a pipeline needed to fuel a gas-fired power plant. Critics of the 650-megawatt plant say it will commit the state to a future of toxic emissions, methane leaks and fra

The state of New York needs to identify a source of clean drinking water for Hoosick Falls. (Daniel Case/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – An industrial site in Hoosick Falls, New York has been designated a federal Superfund site, giving a boost to efforts to clean up the town's drinking water. The EPA announced the new additions to the list Monday morning. PFOA, a chemical used in non-stick coatings and linked to se

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