NYC trash, shipped by rail, coming to landfill

“High Acres Landfill, which sprawls over nearly 1,000 acres in Perinton and Macedon, Wayne County, is poised to become the first landfill in New York state to accept shipments of trash via railroad…Initially, trains will deliver household waste from New York City, though other sources are possible.” [Democrat & Chronicle]


New York City Trying to Help Households Turn Waste Into Compost

“So began the latest phase of a plan to convert the people of New York City into composters, collecting food scraps like vegetable peels, chicken bones and even greasy pizza boxes and saving the pungent blend for days at a time to be someday converted into renewable energy.” [The New York Times]


Flood-Resistant Neighborhood Would Be 80 Years in the Making

“The idea, called Seaport City, was hatched last year by the Bloomberg administration. It would be constructed high enough to block major storm surges from flooding the Financial District and also generate enough money to pay for itself and potentially another $900 million worth of resiliency projects around the city by selling the development rights…” [WNYC]


Turbines Popping Up on New York Roofs, Along With Questions of Efficiency

“In an industry, a city and a society obsessed with being green, wind turbines remain scarce — only two apartment buildings in New York City harvest the skies for energy, with limited yields. But in the past few weeks, two new installations have popped up…At least half a dozen more are on the horizon.” [The New York Times]


EPA Provides $600,000 in Brownfields Cleanup Funding In New York City; Grants Will Fund Job Training Program and Assessments in Communities Impacted by Hurricane Sandy 

“New York City will use a $200,000 hazardous substances assessment grant and a $200,000 petroleum assessment grant to determine public health and environmental impacts of sites in the South Bronx, Harlem and East New York, as well as in communities that were badly impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Grant funds will also be used to support community outreach activities in these areas.” [Press Release, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency]


Feds commit millions to new resiliency projects

“The federal money will enable the city to build a planted, park-like berm along East River Park and allow the state to build “living breakwaters” populated by shellfish and lobsters off Tottenville, Staten Island. The federal government will also underwrite a study to figure out how best to protect New York City’s flood-prone food hub in Hunts Point and fund infrastructure to reduce flooding in Nassau County.” [Capital New York]


Con Edison Invests Over $1 Billion to Prepare for Summer Heat & Storms

“Con Edison is investing $1.3 billion this year for summer reliability, upgrading its electric delivery system for New York City and Westchester County. The company is also in the second year of a four-year, $1 billion fortification program to protect New Yorkers from the next major storm.” [Market Watch]


Nassau resiliency plan wins $125M in post-Sandy funds contest

“The proposal for protecting the Mill River watershed — between East Rockaway and Oceanside — includes installing a sluice to reduce storm surges and control stormwater, widening the river by building undeveloped land into a waterfront park that can also filter stormwater, and adding stormwater swales to streets adjacent to the river.” [Newsday]


How the EPA’s new climate rule actually works — in 8 steps

“The EPA will set different emissions goals for 49 states once the rule is finalized in June 2015…Those goals will require each state to reduce its emissions by a certain amount by 2030. Each state will then have a year or two to come up with a plan for how to meet its individual goal — and states have lots of flexibility in what those plans actually look like. They can upgrade their coal plants, use renewables, boost efficiency, and a whole slew of other options.” [Vox]


Schumer wants EPA help for toxic algae in lakes

“Sen. Charles Schumer says toxic algae found in 96 upstate New York lakes could contaminate drinking water and hurt tourism…the algae blooms are a result of climate change, aging sewer systems and the runoff from melting snow that may contain phosphorous.” [North Country Public Radio]


Medical professionals, researchers cite new anti-fracking evidence in letter to Gov. Cuomo

“A coalition of hundreds of medical experts and academic researchers has sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and acting Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker asking them to place a moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for up to five years…The letter states, “The totality of the science…shows that permitting fracking in New York would pose significant threats to the air, water, health and safety of New Yorkers.” [The Legislative Gazette]