By David Giambusso and Marie J. French | 04/18/2017 09:58 AM EDT
WATER SPENDING PRAISED — Buffalo News' Barbara O'Brien: "New York State's record-spending clean water infrastructure bill will tackle projects from new water and sewer lines for cities to a new septic system at a rural house. The $2.5 billion for big and small projects will go a long way to improve the quality of lakes, streams and rivers, state legislators said Monday. Members of the Western New York State Legislative delegation, who gathered at Canalside Monday, praised the bill that was included in the state budget. They said no one was against increasing the governor's proposal by $500 million. 'Clean water is a bipartisan issue,' said Assemblyman Sean M. Ryan, D-Buffalo." Read more here.
— Members of the Environmental Advocates of New York are urging legislative leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to swiftly make appointments to the Water Quality Council that was also created in the budget. The council is expected to make recommendations on contaminant levels to the health commissioner.
SCHUMER TARGETS OIL TRAINS — The Journal News' Matt Coyne: "Last week's crash at New Main Street (in Haverstraw) involving a CSX train was too close a call for Sen. Charles Schumer and County Executive Ed Day. The train, carrying paperboard, plastic and food products, that broke a car carrier in two April 12 could have just as easily been carrying crude oil, the two said at a press conference Monday where they called on the federal government to step up regulation. 'We were lucky at Wednesday's accident, but it should be a shot across the bow, it should be a warning shot,' said Schumer, the Senate minority leader, who spoke alongside Day and several local officials feet from where the crash happened... Schumer said he wants the Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to finalize and implement oil stabilization standards. He said preliminary refining work can be done in North Dakota, where the oil is being extracted, before it is put on trains and shipped across the country, reducing the chance of an explosion." Read more here.
LANDFILL CONCERNS DRIVE TESTING — Buffalo News' Thomas Prohaska: "The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Monday that it will ask residents living near a Wheatfield landfill to allow soil and groundwater testing on their land. More than 160 current and former residents of the North Tonawanda neighborhood near the Niagara Sanitation landfill have filed lawsuits or notices of claim against the Town of Wheatfield, which owns the landfill. The Buffalo News reported last month that several residents of Forbes Street, Forbes Terrace and Nash Road in North Tonawanda have experienced severe health problems. Their attorneys say that privately obtained soil samples have shown numerous chemicals, including dioxin, in their yards and in some cases, inside their homes. The DEC's official position is that there is no evidence the landfill is leaking." Read more here.
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AROUND NEW YORK:
— Trash litters the Onondaga Creekwalk as the snow has melted along the pedestrian way that winds through the Syracuse Inner Harbor.
— Con Edison is seeking participants for a program called SmartCharge New York that will pay EV owners to charge their vehicles at times when demand for power is low.
— Pollution and "dead zones" in the Long Island Sound are being blamed, in part, on sewage overflows from Springfield, Massachusetts, allowed by outdated federal permits.
— Honeywell plans to dig a 54-acre topsoil mine and use the dirt to cover a nearby landfill and waste beds in Camillus.
— For the second year in a row, the Saratoga National Monument in Victory is flooded with a million gallons of water. And no one knows where it's coming from.
— A Chappaqua couple rebuilt their summer home on the Jersey Shore but are having trouble getting utilities hooked up.
— A proposed park bike trail in Monroe County has divided residents and cyclists.
— American dairy farms are already feeling the perilous effects of an ongoing U.S.-Canada trade dispute, prompting New York's top lawmakers and farm officials to seek intervention from President Donald Trump.
— Albany area residents concerned about climate change will join a climate march in Washington, D.C., on April 29.
— Changes in the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline route in New Jersey have not changed the opposition of upstate New York environmental groups concerned that lines could not be used export Bakken crude.
— A project to bring water to the Groveland and Livingston Correctional facilities is drawing the ire of local officials who say they could have done it at a fraction of the cost.
— Pet owners in Auburn can rest a bit easier knowing that local firefighters are now equipped with special oxygen masks for furry family members.
— COLUMN: Former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky says Cuomo should select an independent thinker to run the Public Service Commission.
— EDITORIAL: The New York Post questions why the governor keeps rejecting pipeline projects.
— LETTER: The business manager for a Buffalo area labor union writes that the DEC should get out of the pipeline approval process.
— The University of Buffalo will host a symposium on new materials for renewable energy Uses this week.
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SAVING THE RIVER (AND YOUR SOUL) — The New York Times' Fernanda Santos: "The Rev. Victor Venalonzo opened his New Testament to the Book of Revelation on a recent Sunday and offered the men and women assembled at Iglesia Betania (in Yuma, Ariz.) for a weekly Bible study a fresh look at its apocalyptic message. 'We're failing as stewards of God's creation, but these changes we're seeing, that's not God punishing us — we're destroying ourselves,' Mr. Venalonzo told them..." Read more here.
CA UTILITY STARTS HYBRID POWER SYSTEM — The Associated Press' Christopher Weber: "A California utility has launched hybrid battery and gas turbine systems to produce and store electricity for use during hot summer months when power demand soars." Read more here.
TESLA BATTERY BET — Vox's Tim Lee: "Markets are very optimistic about Tesla's future — so optimistic that it would be impossible to explain if Tesla were a conventional car company... One big reason for this is that Tesla has made a risky bet on batteries that could be on the verge of a huge payoff." Read more here.
FORMER EPA HEAD TO JOIN CT GREEN BANK — POLITICO's Anthony Adragna: Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has been tapped to serve on the board of directors of the Connecticut Green Bank, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced today. Read more here.
OK OFFICIALLY TO END WIND CREDIT — The Associated Press' Tim Talley: "A state tax credit that helped propel Oklahoma to third in the nation in its capacity to generate electricity from wind is coming to an end, but it will be years before state coffers see results of the change." Read more here.
CT'S FURRY PROBLEM — Wall Street Journal's Joseph De Avila: "In Connecticut, bears are back, and the state sees that as a problem." Read more here.
BIG BIZ PUSHES RENEWABLES IN COAL COUNTRY — NPR's Jennifer Ludden: "Kevin Butt's job is to find cleaner ways to power Toyota. One of the hardest places to do that is at the automaker's sprawling plant in central Kentucky, a state where nearly 90 percent of energy still comes from coal." Read more here.
CLIMATE CHANGE REROUTES RIVER — The Washington Post's Chris Mooney: "A team of scientists on Monday documented what they're describing as the first case of large-scale river reorganization as a result of human-caused climate change." Read more here.
UK PRICE CRACKDOWN — Guardian's Adam Vaughan: "Central heating systems are being turned off across the country as spring takes hold, but winter is coming for energy companies who have recently hiked bills for millions of households." Read more here.
BP WELL LEAK STOPPED — The Wall Street Journal's Dan Molinski: "BP and local and federal authorities successfully brought under control an onshore well on the North Slope of Alaska that began leaking oil and gas last week, the company said Monday morning." Read more here.
CANADIAN SOLAR GETS BOOST — Bloomberg's Brian Eckhouse: "Canadian Solar Inc. gained the most in almost eight weeks after an analyst said North America's largest photovoltaic company is undervalued because it has an extensive portfolio of power plants under development." Read more here.
GOLDMAN CLOSES IN ON $1B JAPAN CLEAN ENERGY BOND — Bloomberg's Chisaki Watanabe and Emi Urabe: "Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is on track to reach its target of arranging $1 billion of renewable energy bonds in Japan, buoyed by a market attracting more developers with overseas experience." Read more here.
— Oil had a big loss Monday amid concerns about increased output, The Wall Street Journal reports.
— Natural gas continued to lose steam amid slackening demand, the Journal reports.
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