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PHOTO: The Central Islip Cougars and their coaches are anxious about what impact illegal toxic dumping in or near a playground and recreation areas might have on their upcoming season. Photo courtesy Kenneth Cox.

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. – The illegal dumping of thousands of pounds of toxic materials in a playground and other sites in Brentwood, Central Islip and other locations has thrown a local boys football team for a loss of yardage – a temporary one, team members hope. The city had been promis ...Read More

PHOTO: EANY's Peter Iwanowicz talks with reporters about what he calls the raid of state Clean Water Funds to pay for bridge reconstruction. Photo credit: Loren Baum.

NEW YORK – The state Environmental Facilities Corporation calls it a loan, but this week's decision to reallocate $250 million in state Clean Water Funds to pay for Tappan Zee Bridge construction is prompting calls for an investigation – and more. The EFC board gave thumbs up to the Cuo ...Read More

PHOTO: With coal production declining, central Appalachia will need help adapting to the new reality, according to regional economic groups. Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Division of Tourism.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Government programs could help communities adapt to a future with less mining, say regional economic groups. In the past, the federal government has helped areas hit by international trade and a decline in tobacco farming. Jason Bailey, director of the Kentucky Center for Econo ...Read More

PHOTO: While Long Islanders were able to avoid high surf at bay-side beaches over the 4th of July holiday, brown tides remain a persistent problem. Photo courtesy: The Nature Conservancy of Long Island.

NEW YORK CITY - With high surf advisories out during the long holiday weekend, many families likely turned to calmer waters along the bay-side beaches and inland waterways. But many of those waters face a pesky recurring problem with brown tides and other algae blooms. The bay-side beaches that rin ...Read More

PHOTO: Coastal storm damage, such as in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, will be more frequent as sea levels rise through the century in the Northeast, according to a new report. Photo courtesy Risky Business Project.

BOSTON - The Northeast is expected to experience a temperature increase over the next century. But a new study identified rising oceans, and their effect on coastal infrastructure, as the major coming climate impact to the region. The report, from the Risky Business Project, concluded that Boston w ...Read More

PHOTO: Peter Iwanowicz (center) with environmental allies speaking in opposition to a state board's decision (Thursday) to approve using a half billion dollars in environmental funding to repair the Tappen Zee Bridge. Photo courtesy Travis Proulx.

NEW YORK CITY - Despite objections from citizens and environmental groups, a state board voted Thursday to move forward with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to use $500 million of clean-water money to replace a bridge. Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of Environmental Advocates of New York, sa ...Read More

Photo: Gabe Dunsmith is pictured in front of the CTS Superfund site, 10 years after being diagnosed and treated for thyroid cancer. His doctor attributed his cancer to the environment. Photo courtesy of Gabe Dunsmith.

MILLS GAP, N.C. - Health hazards from a Superfund site located just south of Asheville could be more serious than initially believed, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not only found high levels of toxins, but also recently discovered contaminated air. An electronics factory operated ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The Koch Brothers' complex political network is advertising heavily in West Virginia. CREDIT: Robert McGuire/Center for Responsive Politics.

CHARLESTON, W.Va - The billionaire Koch brothers' political organizations, Americans for Prosperity and the American Energy Alliance, are running a flood of campaign ads in West Virginia. Some observers say the oil and chemical billionaires benefit from the deregulation of chemical safety rules, som ...Read More

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