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Justices rap EPA, but uphold global warming rules

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court largely left intact Monday the Obama administration’s only existing program to limit power plant and factory emissions of the gases blamed for global warming. But a divided court also rebuked environmental regulators for taking ...

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Proposed rule change irks farmers, legislators

Several federal and local officials are trying to steer the Environmental Protection Agency away from expanding a definition of navigable waters. The agency, backed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has proposed a rule change that would subject almost ...

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COA considers local bans on gas drilling

ALBANY (AP) — New York’s highest court heard arguments Tuesday on whether municipalities can use local zoning laws to ban shale gas development within their borders using hydraulic fracturing. The seven-member Court of Appeals was scheduled to hear arguments in ...

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Cobbs Hill Reservoir being drained, repaired

Draining of the Cobbs Hill Reservoir has begun for a Rochester Water Bureau maintenance project set for June. Work will continue through the summer until the anticipated completion in December, at which time the reservoir will be refilled. The project ...

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City aided in brownfield cleanup efforts

The city of Rochester has received a $200,000 grant to support its efforts to investigate, clean up and revitalize brownfield sites. The grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency will be used for environmental site assessments of key brownfield ...

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New fracking partnership takes first application

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A hotly debated partnership between major oil and gas companies and some environmental groups has accepted its first application under a program that aims to enforce tough but voluntary new standards for fracking in the northeast. The ...

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Ban on fracking waste proposed by Democrats

ALBANY (AP) — Shipping hydraulic fracturing waste product into the state for treatment or disposal would be banned under legislation introduced Tuesday by Democrats in the state Senate. The four bill released by the minority conference Tuesday would also ban ...

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City water report available

The city’s 2013 Water Quality Report is available online at www.cityofrochester.gov/waterquality or by picking up a brochure at city branch libraries or neighborhood service centers. The report, completed annually by the city’s Department of Environmental Services, Bureau of Water, publishes ...

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DEC seeks volunteers

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is recruiting citizen scientists to conduct water quality assessments in Lake Ontario and the Niagara, Genesee, Delaware, Hudson and Mohawk River watersheds as part of the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators project. While the ...

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Central NY lawyer wins $175K environment prize

ALBANY (AP) — A central New York lawyer who helped dozens of communities across the state ban fracking for shale gas has been chosen for the $175,000 Goldman Environmental Prize. Ithaca lawyer Helen Slottje  is among six recipients from India, ...

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Future of fracking is up in the air

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The future of hydraulic fracturing in New York may be nonexistant if the state keeps putting off approving environmental regulations. “Why it doesn’t happen in New York is politics,” Brian Sampson, executive director of Unshackle Upstate, told a group Wednesday ...

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