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New York may ban flame retardant chemicals in furniture, electronics

The state Legislature is debating bills to outlaw fire retardant chemicals in furniture and other goods. Proponents  say the chemicals are carcinogens and no longer live up to their safety claims. But not everyone is convinced. (Photo by Jay Heike on Unsplash)

New York lawmakers are considering bills that would ban the sale of furniture and electronics containing flame retardant chemicals, and a coalition of manufacturers and business owners recently expressed opposition in a letter to legislators. Various industry associations signed the letter, ...

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State makes emergency change in siting regulations for wind power projects

The New York state Department of Public Service last week revised its definition of “revision,” making it possible for a company building a wind turbine to modify its approved plans without triggering a new public hearing. An emergency ruling in ...

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Expanded bottle bill might improve glass recycling but add headaches and costs

(Provided by New York Wine & Grape Foundation)

A proposed law that would extend New York’s bottle bill to wine and liquor bottles could increase recycling of glass significantly and create a cleaner stream of recycled glass, potentially making it easier to find end users in a tight ...

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States sue over EPA’s decision to keep pesticide on market

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several states are seeking to join a legal challenge to a Trump administration decision to keep a widely used pesticide on the market despite studies showing it can harm children’s brains. Led by New York, the coalition ...

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A landmark climate lawsuit against Trump is scheduled for trial next year. Here’s what to expect.

Emissions rise from the American Electric Power Co. Inc. coal-fired John E. Amos Power Plant in Winfield, W.Va., on July 31, 2014. MUST CREDIT: Luke Sharrett, Bloomberg.

A trial date has finally been set for a groundbreaking climate-change lawsuit being brought against the federal government after multiple hurdles in the past year threatened to prevent it from moving forward. Last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin ordered ...

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A key part of Obama’s climate legacy gets its day in court

** ADVANCE FOR MONDAY MARCH 29 ** With a transformer tower in the foreground, one of the smokestacks of the coal-fired Cherokee Street power plant owned by Xcel Energy stands over the electrical plant in north Denver, Tuesday, March 16, 2004. Triggered by expensive natural gas prices, Western utility companies are contemplating the construction of new, coal-fired electrical plants for the first time in more than a decade, a move that could worsen the already deterioating air in the Interior West. (APPhoto/David Zalubowski)

  President Barack Obama’s signature effort to combat global warming will be in the hands of federal judges this week, as an appeals court in Washington weighs the legality of the administration’s plan to force sharp cuts in power plants’ ...

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Public views designs for Niagara Falls replacement bridges

NIAGARA FALLS — The public has gotten a look at the design alternatives for the bridge replacement project will require shutting off the water flowing over the U.S. side of Niagara Falls. A public meeting was held Wednesday evening in ...

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New York attorney general objects to pipeline tree-cutting request

ALBANY — The state’s attorney general has filed objections to the Constitution Pipeline Company’s request to cut trees along the proposed route of its 124-mile natural gas pipeline, citing the lack of a state water quality permit and pending requests ...

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Meeting planned on Rochester Embayment

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Monroe County Department of Public Health will host a public meeting at 7 p.m. today to discuss improvements in the environmental quality of the Rochester Embayment. It will be held ...

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New York finds Peabody climate statements misleading

ALBANY — New York’s attorney general says Peabody Energy violated state laws with misleading statements to investors about financial risks from climate change and potential regulatory responses. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says St. Louis-based Peabody, the largest publicly traded coal ...

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NY AG, others seek to defend EPA

ALBANY (AP) — New York’s attorney general has joined a coalition of 24 states, cities and counties seeking to intervene in court to help defend a federal plan to require power plants cut their greenhouse gas emissions. The group is ...

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Fracking case comes down to standing

Clarification is being sought from the state Court of Appeals on a rule requiring injury to someone in a case involving land issues be different from the general public at large. The Sierra Club, other environmental groups and village of ...

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