Report Shows Cost-Effective Energy After Westchester’s Indian Point Shuts Down

The lower cost of wind and solar power and many of the clean energy projects started by the Governor in recent years are enabling factors for success.

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Indian Point Nuclear Reactors to Close by 2021

Two remaining nuclear reactors at Indian Point will be closed down– one by April 2020 and the second by April 2021

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Indian Point Update: Critical Bolts Damaged and Missing

Inspection shows 25% of the bolts keeping the inner walls of the reactor core from coming apart–were either missing or seriously degraded

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High Levels of Radioactivity at Westchester’s Indian Point Nuclear Plant

Andrew M. Cuomo ordered an investigation of recent “alarmingly high” levels of radioactive tritium-contaminated groundwater found at the Indian Point nuclear plant

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Indian Point Must Submit Hazard Plan: NRC

The NRC wants rigorous seismic hazard analysis plan by December 31

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Wanted: $200 Million for State’s Environmental Protection

The EPF’s budget can dramatically affect dozens of Westchester communities that are struggling for funds to fix broken sewer pipes and prevent beach closings

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Watch Yourself Drive Across the New Tappan Zee

Want to see the new 3-mile-long Tappan Zee in action? Watch the video.

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State Orders New Energy Plan In Case Indian Point Shuts Down

Having experienced the devastating impacts of widespread power losses from Hurricane Sandy, the PSC’s order seems doubly warranted.

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Should Indian Point Close? Public Hearings in Tarrytown

Three judges will hear expert testimony this week on whether to renew Indian Point’s operating license for another 20 years.

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Tappan Zee Bridge Plan Approved

The $6 billion plan to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge has won approval.

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New Law Requires Public Be Told of Sewage Released

photo: March 2011 filter spill, Larchmont

A new law signed by Governor Cuomo last week requires sewage plants to inform the general public when untreated sewage is released in water bodies, especially swimming beaches and fishing areas. Under the new law, which goes into effect May 1, 2013, within 4 hours of a sewage discharge, all publicly owned  sewage treatment plants and sewer systems will have to notify the public via local news outlets and the website of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Currently, sewage plants notify only certain public officials.   (See our previous coverage.)

An important feature of the new law is that sewage plants must notify the public even after routine sewage releases, such as those permitted by the state during rain storms. According to the environmental watchdog group Riverkeeper, their testing data shows “these types of releases appear to be far more common and important for public health.” The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that sewage overflows and storm water discharges from municipal sewer systems  create  “a variety of harmful pollutants, including disease-causing organisms, metals and nutrients that threaten our communities’ water quality and can contribute to disease outbreaks, beach and shellfish bed closings, flooding, stream scouring, fishing advisories and basement backups of sewage.” An estimated 1.8 to 3.5 million Americans become ill annually from contact with sewage in recreational waters, according to the EPA.

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Coming Up: Local Environmental Film Festival ‘Green Screen’ in March

If you missed the award-winning film Gasland, about hydraulic fracturing, not to worry, you can see it– for free–as part of a newly announced local film festival. From March 3rd through 12th, the Village and Town of Mamaroneck and the Village of Larchmont will host Green Screen, a free film festival of eight environment-themed movies, for grownups and kids. Each screening will be followed with a featured speaker and a Q & A session on the topic. The featured speaker for the Gasland screening scheduled for Sunday, March 11th will be Paul Gallay, President of Riverkeeper. Riverkeeper is  one of the local activist groups fighting to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking–the controversial process of extracting natural gas–in New York State and the reservoirs that supply New Yorkers.

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New Report: Indian Point Should Close

A report commissioned by the NRDC and Riverkeeper released Monday says the Indian Point Energy Center should be closed, despite pressure to keep it open.

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