News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Pollution would get worse for Delaware River with budget cuts, new report says

Proposed cuts to EPA clean water programs would halt progress on addressing local pollution in the Delaware River, according to a new report released today.  With a deadline for Congress to approve a federal budget fast approaching, Environment New York is calling for full funding of EPA to protect the Delaware River and other New York waterways. “With progress in cleaning up the Delaware River, New Yorkers have just enjoyed a summer of fishing and swimming,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “Cutting EPA’s clean water programs would put that progress at risk.”

News Release | Environment New York

New York proposes new regional limit on global warming pollution, but more ambition needed

Today, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states announced a proposal to cut power plant pollution by at least 30 percent from 2020 to 2030. The proposal would strengthen what is already the best regional clean air and climate protection program in the country, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. This program limits dangerous pollution from power plants in New York and across the region – helping to slow the warming of our planet and clean up our air. It also fuels investment in clean energy by making polluters pay to pollute. Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement in response:

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Analysis: Repealing the Clean Water Rule would be Devastating for the Great Lakes basin

New analysis by Environment New York shows 53% of all stream miles in the Great Lakes basin will be left without federal protections by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s proposal to repeal the Clean Water Rule. The Clean Water Rule restored federal protections to half our nation’s streams and thousands of wetlands across the country. This includes more than 5,728 miles of intermittent, ephemeral or headwater streams that feed into drinking water systems in New York State.

“Repealing the Clean Water Rule would be devastating to the Great Lakes basin. Instead of safeguarding our drinking water, Administrator Pruitt is proposing to stop protecting drinking water sources for 1 in 3 Americans, including over 11 million New Yorkers. It defies common sense, sound science and the will of the American people,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York.

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Ten Years of Progress Positions New York to Take Renewable Energy to the Next Level

Since 2007, New York has seen a 6,548% increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and a 473% increase in wind power production, according to a new report released today by Environment New York Research & Policy Center. The report also highlights advances in the use of energy storage and electric vehicles that will help catalyze the clean energy revolution in New York. At the same time, New York ranked 9th for improvements in electricity energy efficiency programs.   “Every day, we see more evidence that an economy powered by renewable energy is within our reach,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “The progress we’ve made in the last decade on renewable energy and technologies like battery storage and electric cars should give New Yorkers the confidence that we can take clean energy to the next level.”

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“This loophole not only threatens our drinking water but also sets a dangerous precedent for the functioning of our democracy,” Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York

Today, the House of Representatives is considering a “minibus” spending package that would allow the Trump administration to ignore the law as it rolls back clean water protections.  The bill also contains other anti-environmental provisions and would drastically cut federal funding for clean energy.  Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement:

“Americans deserve clean water, yet a loophole in this spending bill not only threatens our drinking water but also sets a dangerous precedent for the functioning of our democracy. 

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