pollution

9:40am

Wed March 19, 2014
Environment

Tonawanda Coke faces sentencing for environmental crime

WBFO File Photo

Tonawanda Coke and its owner will be sentenced in federal court. In the preliminary sentencing report U.S. District Judge William Skretny said victims will not be allowed to seek restitution during Wednesday’s sentencing.

Tonawanda Coke was found guilty of violating the Clean Air Act in March 2013. Judge Skretny says there are other legal avenues where victims can seek compensation. The victims also will not be allowed to read testimony during Wednesday’s sentencing.

Community Organizer with the Clean Air Coalition Rebecca Newberry says victims have the potential to seek compensation through the various civil lawsuits against the River Road plant.

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8:45am

Mon September 23, 2013
Energy

EPA outlines plan to reduce carbon pollution of new power plants

EPA.gov

The United States Environmental Protection Agency rolled out guidelines for newly built power plants designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The proposal is a key part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

The EPA’s proposed standards say that all new power plants must be built with available clean technology to reduce their carbon dioxide output. EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck laid out the guidelines, which will be administered under the Clean Air Act.

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12:01am

Fri November 30, 2012
Pollution

Residents struggle with health impacts of polluted industrial site

The New York Air Brake industrial site has been the subject of resurgent concern for north side residents in Watertown.
Joanna Richards/NCPR

A polluted industrial site in Watertown, cleaned up in the late 1990s, has been garnering renewed public interest, for all the wrong reasons. Several current and former residents of the neighborhood have stepped forward, claiming exposure to chemicals from the site has made them sick.

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3:39pm

Tue August 28, 2012
New Fuel Efficiency and Pollution Standards

New fuel efficiency standard aims to halve US oil use within 20 years: DOT

The new standards will apply to new passenger vehicles sold between 2017 and 2025
Whitehouse.gov

Auto makers are being told to double fuel efficiency and halve pollution levels in the measures announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) .

The standards will apply to new passenger vehicles sold between 2017 and 2025.

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6:35pm

Wed July 11, 2012
Science

Voyage studying plastic in Great Lakes sets sail

A ship of scientists and students will study plastic waste in Lakes Huron, Superior and Erie this summer. The voyage will be led by Sherri Mason [above], a SUNY Fredonia professor.
Daniel Robison WBFO

Until now, scientists could only guess at the amount of plastic waste in the Great Lakes.

This week, a team of researchers sets sail to conduct the first-ever survey of plastic pollution in the world’s largest fresh water system.

“You really have to start with, ‘Is this even an issue in the Great Lakes?  [With] 35 million people living around the Great Lakes, all the plastic you see blowing around, common sense is that it’s out there,” says Sherri “Sam” Mason, professor within SUNY Fredonia’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

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