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Environmental Law: New York legislature eyes unilateral elimination of greenhouse gas emissions

“We’ll always have Paris”—Rick Blaine, “Casablanca” On the heels of the United States’ announced exit from the Paris Accord, the New York State Assembly is renewing the effort to keep the Accord alive in New York and to make the ...

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Environmental Law: Trump reverses past climate change policies with energy independence order

On March 28, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to dramatically shift course from the climate change focus of the Obama administration. The order has several components which will affect United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) climate regulations along ...

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Environmental Law: Governor, senators back clean water and spending to improve infrastructure

For years, grassroots organizations such as Genesee RiverWatch, Hudson Riverkeeper, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, the Nature Conservancy and others have advocated for improvements in water and wastewater infrastructure and watershed protection. Contaminated drinking water events in Hoosick Falls, Newburgh, Petersburgh and ...

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Environmental Law: Donald Trump and the Environmental Agenda

Writing this column in December 2016, now a month past the surprising presidential election result, brings with it many uncertainties. Predicting environmental policy in new administrations is challenging under normal election conditions, but with a businessman about to assume the ...

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NYS schools must test drinking water for lead

On Sept. 6, 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation mandating that schools across the state test their drinking water for lead contamination. The same day the New York State Department of Health issued emergency regulations implementing the new law and ...

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Environmental Law: New York’s clean energy standard

On August 1, the Governor’s Office announced that the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) approved New York’s most far reaching clean energy mandate. The Clean Energy Standard is aimed at fighting climate change, reducing air pollution and diversifying ...

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Environmental Law: Rediscovering the Genesee River

Often, the solution for protecting and improving natural resources is to minimize human interference with natural forces; but not always. The Genesee River is a case in point. The river is partially tamed and controlled by the Mount Morris Dam, ...

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Environmental Law: OSHA’s new silica dust rule

Crystalline silica is a mineral found in many building materials such as sand, stone, concrete, brick and mortar.  Tiny particles of silica can be released into the air during construction and manufacturing activities. If workers are exposed to respirable silica ...

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Cooling tower deadline looms

This region has many opportunities for environmental education, but one of the premier events is an annual day-long environmental education seminar co-sponsored by the Genesee Finger Lakes Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association and the New York Water ...

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Environmental Law: EPA’s Clean Power Plan subject to challenges

As we reported in the August column (The Daily Record, Aug. 3, 2015), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a rule that sets the first limits on carbon emissions from power plants in the country. Although issued with celebration by ...

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Environmental Law: Defining U.S. waters: an environmental odyssey

A generation ago, Congress enacted the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendment of 1972, known ever since as the Clean Water Act. A foundation of present day environmental regulation, the Clean Water Act has been a resounding success story. The ...

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Environmental Law: EPA’s Clean Power Plan subject to significant opposition

On Aug. 3, the United States Environmental Protection Agency issued a rule that sets the first limits on carbon emissions from power plants in the country. While met with fanfare from the Obama Administration and certain environmental groups, the Clean ...

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