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Public News Service - NY: Toxics

Juno is the first spacecraft to use only solar power so far from Earth. (NASA/JPL/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - The arrival of a space probe in orbit around Jupiter may have implications for meeting Earth's energy needs. After a five-year journey, the solar-powered Juno probe entered the orbit of the solar system's largest planet a few minutes before midnight Eastern time on July 4. Until now, spa

Under the 1976 law the EPA was unable to regulate asbestos. (Ktorbeck/Wikimedia Commons).

NEW YORK - The first major overhaul of the federal Toxic Substances Control Act is now law. President Obama signed the legislation Wednesday, vastly expanding the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to test and regulate the thousands of chemicals in daily use. Liz Hitchcock, the legislative

Bald eagles reach adult size about 12 weeks after hatching. (USFWS/

NEW YORK -- New York's bald eagle population is on the rebound. Monday was National American Eagle Day, and for the second year in a row, three bald eagle fledglings have taken flight at the Nature Conservancy's Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island. Mike Scheibel, manager of the preserve, said that

PFOA in Hoosick Falls drinking water has been traced to two local factories. (Daniel Case/Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Environmentalists are asking the state Legislature to extend the time limit facing those made ill by contaminants in the water at Hoosick Falls. Rare and aggressive forms of cancer and thyroid disease are unusually common in Hoosick Falls. Tests have identified more than 2,000 people

Of more than 80,000 chemicals sold, only about 200 have been tested for safety. (CGP Grey/

NEW YORK – A bill to significantly strengthen the Toxic Substances Control Act should soon be law across the country. The 1976 law made it almost impossible to evaluate the safety and control the use of the more than 80,000 chemicals sold in the United States. In fact, the Environmental Pr

The red areas indicate the use of herbicides containing glyphosate in New York City parks. (

NEW YORK - An interactive, online map could tell you if you're living near a public park where an herbicide that may cause cancer is being used. The map is the work of Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir, a group that calls itself an "anti-consumerist, direct action" organization. It's ma

About 17 million people live within 50 miles of Indian Point. (Peretz Partensky/Flickr)

NEW YORK - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ruled that its own staff analysis of the cost of a serious accident at the Indian Point nuclear plant is inaccurate. According to the commission's unanimous decision, the analysis by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board contains factual errors that

Toxics still are found in some children's clothing, toys and bedding. (Johnny Dod/

NEW YORK - The New York state Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a bill to protect children from toxic substances in products. Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of Environmental Advocates of New York, said the Child Safe Products Act passed Wednesday would eliminate dangerous chemicals from a h

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