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New York, NY — Just before leaving office, the Bush Administration ordered a last-minute rule change that deregulated 1.5 million tons of hazardous waste. More than 5,000 recycling facilities, including many in the tri-state area, are expected to take advantage of the loophole, so environmenta

Albany, NY – New York consumer advocates are applauding Congress' action on phthalates, a controversial family of chemicals that studies have linked to cancer and reproductive problems. Of particular concern is that the toxins can be ingested when toddlers put toys with those additives in thei

Albany, NY — Dangerous mercury emissions from cement plants in New York and across the nation are up 100 percent from the rate previously reported, according to Earth Justice. Congress told the Environmental Protection Agency more than a decade ago to curb those mercury emissions, but a new Ea

New York, NY — In setting less stringent standards for ozone pollution, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may have ignored its own scientists' findings, according to a federal lawsuit filed on Tuesday. For New Yorkers, especially those in and around several cities upstate, it mean

New York, NY — New York Senators are pushing a measure in Congress to ban the use of Bisphenol-A (BPA), a potentially hazardous chemical, in manufacturing children's products such as plastic baby bottles and teething rings. Kelly Travers-Main works with the Citizens' Environmental Coalition i

Albany, NY - Supporters and family members of first responders to the World Trade Center attacks are furious about the city medical examiner's refusal to certify a policeman's death certificate as being 9/11-related because he died a day after the attack. The controversy has prompted new legislatio

Albany, NY - Strong anti-pollution standards should be set in stone -- and in cement, too. That's the cry from conservation groups, calling on New York to regulate mercury emissions from cement plants in the same way it regulates power plants. Cement production is concentrated in upstate areas, wher

Uniondale, NY – Long Islanders could get a breath of fresh air from the region's oldest power plants. A coalition of 75 Long Island health, labor and environmental groups are demanding upgrades for a dozen old power plants that emit sulfur, mercury, ozone, and carbon pollutants in excess of Cl

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