Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 1:53pm.
This winter has been particularly rough for many New York communities, leaving us feeling like spring is a long way off, even though it is right around the corner. As the season changes and we feel the renewed hope inherent in warmer weather and greener surroundings, it reminds us why protecting what we care about is so important.
Here, there, and everywhere in New York State, drinking water and wastewater infrastructure is aging and breaking down. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) states that New York State has at least $36 billion worth of necessary wastewater infrastructure upgrades – and yet the governor chose to dedicate $0 for water infrastructure despite more than $5 billion in surplus funds from bank settlements.
Well, that certainly did not take long. In the first week of the 114th Congress the public is getting to see what the $720 million polluters pumped into this past election cycle is getting them. Big Oil’s wish list is the first to get attended to.
December 1st, marked the end of the public comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan aimed at cutting carbon pollution from power plants.
In 2009, to much fanfare, the Legislature passed – and Governor David Paterson signed into law – the Public Authorities Reform Act. That law came from the recognition that state authorities – including the Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) – needed to do their work out of the shadows, answer to the Legislature and be held accountable to the public.
By Monday, December 1st, the Obama Administration is supposed to release a proposed new health standard for allowable levels of smog in the air. The long awaited decision is a result of court action taken by groups like the American Lung Association that argue the current standard (set during the Bush Administration) is out of date. The standard in place now does not reflect the current state of health science.
Would you like some fossil fuels with your fossil fuels? How about some diesel on the side along with that fracking fluid toxic cocktail? Yes, you read that correctly. I bet you didn’t know that diesel is yet another chemical additive injected into the ground by fracking companies.