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New York Bans Fracking

On December 17, Gov. Cuomo announced he would ban fracking in the state of New York, citing both public health and environmental risks.“I cannot support high volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York,” said Howard Zucker, the acting commissioner of health. Environment New York worked alongside many groups in the environmental community to protect New Yorkers, our air and and our water from this dangerous drilling. 

Report | Environment America

America’s Next Top Polluter

Tyson Foods, Inc. is “one of the world’s largest producers of meat and poultry.” The company’s pollution footprint includes manure from its contract growers’ factory farm operations, fertilizer runoff from grain grown to feed the livestock it brings to market as meat, and waste from its processing plants.

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News Release | Environment America

Northeast & Mid-Atlantic states can lead the nation to a clean energy future

WILMINGTON, DEL. – On Tuesday, stakeholders from nine northeastern states will gather for the first time after the Paris Climate Agreement to discuss potential improvements to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the nation’s first multi-state program to limit global warming pollution from power plants.

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News Release | Environment New York

Gov. Cuomo's State of the State: We Can Have Both a Clean Environment and Strong Economy

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state of the state address, combined for the first time with his executive budget proposal, discussed a range of pro-environmental initiatives. The Governor's announcement included proposals to: raise the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to $300 million; spend $15 million to clean energy opportunity training programs to train workers for solar installation and technology; install solar panels on over 150,000 homes and business; and, eliminate the use of coal in New York State by 2020. Heather Leibowitz, director of Environment New York, issued the following statement in response.

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News Release | Environment New York

Congress Hands Victory to Big Oil While Protecting Critical Environmental Programs and Promoting Renewables

Congressional leaders and the White House today agreed on a budget-busting omnibus spending bill that includes a major giveaway to big oil. Despite opposition from Environment America and many others in the conservation and public health communities, oil industry allies prevailed in their effort to lift the 40 year ban on oil exports which will inevitably lead to more drilling, more spilling and more global warming pollution.  The proposed omnibus spending bill (and parallel tax extenders package) adds $830 billion (over ten years) of tax breaks many of which are not payed for nor do they benefit the public good. 

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News Release | Environment New York

Clean water wins as Congress rejects budget rider

As Congressional leaders agreed on an omnibus budget deal without riders to block EPA’s landmark Clean Water Rule, Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement.

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