September 2004 news
& Chronicle: Report: Great Lakes not protected - Canada and the
United States are moving too slowly on water conservation measures in the
Great Lakes -- and neither government has a good grasp of how much water
is taken out of the lakes for drinking water and by industry and other users,
a panel says. (August 31, 2004)
The report also urges U.S. and Canadian governments to:
Step up bi-national efforts to map and investigate groundwater in the
Great Lakes. This vast, unseen water resource, the report says, is "still a
largely unstudied area." Better assure the public that international trade
agreements will not allow large-scale commercial diversions of Great Lakes
water. For the report, go to:
& Chronicle: More funds for Ontario Beach cleanup
2004) Late this morning, Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, announced
$80,000 in new federal funding for a cleanup of algae at Ontario Beach Park.
The money, from the fiscal year 2005 federal Energy and Water Appropriations
Bill, expected to be approved by the Senate, would allow the Buffalo District
office of the U.S. Corps of Engineers to finish an algae study that began five
years ago. (September 1, 2004)
County Executive Maggie Brooks announced the county will partner with others
to collect household hazardous waste... COUNTY AND PARTNERS HOST HOUSEHOLD
HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION During 2003, DES, in cooperation with the Eastman
Kodak Company, safely disposed of 241 tons of hazardous material. Monroe
County Executive Maggie Brooks announced that the countys Department of
Environmental Services (DES) and the towns of Chili, Gates and Wheatland and
the villages of Riga and Scottsville have joined forces to hold an
appointment-only Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection at the Gates
Highway Garage, 475 Trabold Road, on Saturday, September 18, 2004 from 8 a.m.
to 12 noon.Monroe
County Executive Maggie Brooks
Department Offers Tips for Outdoor Activities, Urges New Yorkers to "Fight The
Bite" ALBANY, NEW YORK,
September 2, 2004 Planning to spend time outdoors this Labor Day weekend as
the days of summer run down to a precious few? The State Health Department has
three words for you: Fight the Bite! As people make plans for picnics,
camping, trips to the park or beach, or visits to the State Fair, State Health
Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., is reminding them to
pack some insect repellent along with their sunscreen, and to use it
appropriately to prevent mosquito bites. "Most mosquito bites are merely
annoying, but with mosquito-borne viruses like West Nile virus and Eastern
Equine Encephalitis currently present in some areas, why take chances?" Dr
Novello said. "Proper application of an insect repellent containing DEET will
help keep mosquitoes away. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, socks and
shoes and apply repellent carefully to any exposed skin, especially if you are
going to be outside during the early morning hours or after dusk. Enjoy your
picnic without becoming a mosquito's meal!"
New York State Department of Health
& Chronicle: Funds put Charlotte algae relief on track for '07
With a brown surf pounding behind
her Wednesday morning, Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, announced $80,000
in new federal funding for an algae cleanup at Ontario Beach Park. The money
would allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete an algae study that
was started five years ago. (September 5, 2004)
drops water service - The Monroe County Water Authority will take over
Fairport's water system by the end of the year. After more than 100 years of
providing water to its residents, Fairport says the county's water authority
is a cheaper alternative for the future.
Messenger Post Newspapers
bulls to be put to death -But a court order doesn't assuage bitter
feelings. CANANDAIGUA - Two pit bulls are scheduled to be put to death today
under a court order issued this week.
(September 5, 2004)
Spill on Merlin Street - The Monroe County Health Department is trying to
figure out what caused a mercury spill Saturday morning. The spill was on
Merlin Street which is in the Northwest part of the city of Rochester. Small
amounts of mercury were scattered on the road and curb.(September
/ WHEC TV-10
Slaughter Says Federal Funds to Clean Up Beach Algae (2004-09-01)
ROCHESTER, NYFederal dollars will be used
to help clean up the algae problem that frequently forces Ontario Beach to
close in Charlotte. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter says the House of
Representatives has approved 80-thousand dollars to complete a study that will
determine the best way to get rid of the. (2004-09-01)
& Chronicle: 'No-swim' days at Ontario Beach Park no surprise
Heather Prichard took the four
children she was baby-sitting to Ontario Beach Park on Friday with the hope
that they could go swimming. But the beach was closed for swimming. As of
Sunday, it had been closed 30 times this summer.
(September 6, 2004)
& Chronicle: Prep for CSX river dredge begins
Contractors for CSX Transportation this
morning started installing silt curtains in the Genesee River at Charlotte,
the site of a 2001 chemical spill. The two-layer plastic devices will prevent
contaminated spoils from entering the river during a dredging operation
expected to last about two months. (September 7,
& Chronicle: Kodak emits soot on neighbors Despite assurance that ash
isn't health risk, critics urge testing.
A Kodak Park power plant sent a plume of coal soot into the air Wednesday
morning, covering nearby houses, yards and vehicles with dust. A Monroe County
Health Department spokesman said the soot, known as fly ash, is not toxic. But
an environmental watchdog from Buffalo said the fly ash should undergo testing
before it is declared risk-free.
(September 2, 2004)
For Some Kodak Park Neighbors -
Wednesday morning, some neighbors living near
Kodak Park woke up to a surprise. Black soot was scattered all over their cars
and sidewalks. Kodak spokesman Chris Veronda says the substance is not
harmful. He tells News 8 that like all power plants, once in a while a boiler
tube fails and when that happens, soot is discharged into the air.
WROC TV NEWS 8 NOW ROCHESTER NEW YORK
& Chronicle: Signs of hope for ferry emerge amid confusion, dismay
Confused and disappointed, community and
political leaders began rallying Wednesday to restore high-speed ferry service
between Rochester and Toronto. But many also expressed dismay that the private
ferry company shut down with no warning this week and blamed seemingly
everyone but itself for its financial troubles.
(September 9, 2004)
Tech River Clean Up -
and nine months after a train derailment dumped thousands of gallons of
chemicals in Charlotte, clean-up of the Genesee River is about to begin.
Thousands of gallons of acetone and methelyne chloride seeped into the ground
and water. (September 9, 2004)
WOKR-TV 13 || ROCHESTER
Louise M. Slaughter - REP. SLAUGHTER ANNOUNCES FUNDING TO FINISH ALGAE STUDY
AT ONTARIO BEACH Rochester, NY - U.S. Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY28)
today announced that she has secured $80,000 to help clean up Ontario Beach.
The money, included in the FY 05 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, will
finish the feasibility study to determine how to reduce algae accumulation,
which forces the beach to close often.
Louise M. Slaughter - Home
SUE HUD OVER PESTICIDE USE IN PUBLIC HOUSING
New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and
five other state attorneys general today filed a lawsuit against the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) over the agency's failure to
reduce use of pesticides in public housing as required by federal law. The
lawsuit was filed by Attorneys General from New York, Connecticut, Illinois,
New Mexico, Wisconsin and the US Virgin Islands. Community and environmental
leaders joined Spitzer in this announcement.
Office of New York State Attorney General
DEC: Statewide Waste Tire Cleanup to Begin this Fall Governor George E.
Pataki announced that the state has completed a comprehensive plan that will
result in the cleanup of 95 waste tire stockpiles, or 29 million tires,
throughout New York State. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
and the Department of Transportation (DOT) will partner on an initiative to
recycle scrap tires for use in state highway projects. --
of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Richmond to vote on boat, dock rules - Proponents say the law would
prevent overdevelopment on Honeoye Lake. Opponents say it's just needless
regulations. - Do Richmond and Canadice need to take steps to make sure
Honeoye Lake doesn't turn into a clutter of boats and docks?
Messenger Post Newspapers
& Chronicle: Nonprofit is 'hot' for conservation Land Trust is working to
protect the lakeshore Maps show
where you are. They can also show where to go next. That's the idea behind the
Great Lakes Greenprint, a two-year project of Trust for Public Land, a
national nonprofit conservation group with an office in New York City.
(September 14, 2004)
& Chronicle: Pit bull attacks woman; man faces charges GENEVA - A Geneva
man is scheduled to appear in Ontario County Court today in connection with a
charge that he ordered his pit bull to maul an unidentified woman who lost her
nose and suffered other severe facial lacerations in the attack.
(September 14, 2004)
- EPA to buy homes for displaced neighbors of Diaz Chemical plant
Rochester, NYUSA - BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency
will spend more than $1 million to buy eight houses whose residents were
displaced by a chemical leak nearly three years ago.About 80 gallons of a
pungent chemical called 2-chloro-6-fluorophenol leaked from Diaz Chemical in
the village of Holley, about 20 miles west of Rochester, on Jan. 5, 2002.
(September 14, 2004)
MSNBC - News Front Page
- Water-borne diseases new Great Lakes threat Report cites new
drug-resistant types of bacteria - Curbs at source needed to restrict use of
antibiotics - Emerging new diseases not previously contracted from water,
carried by antibiotic-resistant pathogens, may present the greatest risk to
the aquatic environment and public health, a report on water quality in the
Great Lakes warns. (September 15, 2004)
TheStar.com - News/News
News Story - Resistant Bacteria and Mercury Threaten the Great Lakes and Human
Health, Report Says WINDSOR,
Ontario Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, airborne mercury, and urban sprawl
are threatening the health of the Great Lakes and millions of people who live
around them, a report to the Canadian and U.S. governments concluded this
week. While there has been a general improvement in water quality over the
past 30 years, the International Joint Commission report warns new and
emerging threats require urgent attention.
(September 15, 2004)
Environmental News Network - ENN.com
of fish die on road
Talk about a fish story. A truck driver dumped more than 11,000 pounds of live
fish on the Thruway Tuesday in Farmington. The farm-raised fish were being
taken from Syracuse to Toronto when the accident occurred about 6:30 a.m.,
said state Trooper Mark Villone.
(September 15, 2004)
Newspaper: Ferry tales It struck a pier in New York City and survived. It
faced early delays and scheduling snafus. But it overcame those problems and
was able to thumb its nose at skeptics, serving 73,000 riders in the month of
August and making fans of many Torontonians.
(September 15, 2004)
forms for lake water - The state will soon review Canandaigua's request to
draw more water from the lake, a process that puts other requests on hold.
(September 15, 2004)
Messenger Post Newspapers
To Buy Contaminated Homes - There is some good news for the families
affected by the January 5, 2002 Diaz chemical spill in the Village of Holley.
The Environmental Protection Agency will spend more then $1 million to buy
eight homes affected.
(September 15, 2004)
Truly Fishy Accident Hits Farmington (2004-09-14) State troopers who
arrived at the scene of a truck accident on the New York State Thruway in
Farmington Tuesday morning were confronted by hundreds of live, flapping fish.
(September 15, 2004)
& Chronicle: Great Lakes plan in works Guidelines being written for
control, possible sale of water.
Perhaps the greatest natural resource in our area is the massive fresh water
of the Great Lakes. In an effort to better control what happens to that water
including possible attempts to move it to help arid states in the Southwest
the heads of the 10 states and Canadian provinces bordering the Great Lakes
are developing guidelines on how the water is controlled and may be used.
To see the proposed agreement, go to
Signs Environmental Self-Audit Agreements Covering Fourteen New York
Hospitals, Two-Thirds of the Hospitals in Greater Rochester Area
(#04135) New York, N.Y. -- Fourteen
members of the Rochester Regional Healthcare/Joint Ventures Corporation have
signed agreements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
committing to conduct comprehensive environmental audits of all their
buildings and facilities. This represents 67% of all the hospitals in the
Greater Rochester region. The agreements were reached through EPA's Healthcare
Compliance Initiative, an innovative environmental program that helps
hospitals and healthcare facilities comply with environmental regulations
through self-audits. Participants assess their compliance with all major
environmental programs and report and correct violations. If these
institutions correct all violations and abide by the other terms of their
individual agreements, EPA has agreed to waive "gravity-based penalties,"
which are penalties normally based on the seriousness of the violations.
(September 16, 2004)
supply means another winter of increasing natural gas costs - - Niagara
Mohawk predicted Thursday that natural gas prices will be 10 percent to 15
percent higher this coming winter, meaning the average consumer will pay about
$100 more to stay warm. "Because there are so many variables, we can't
precisely predict what will happen to bills this winter. But from what we do
know, this is our best estimate," said Joseph Ash Jr., Niagara Mohawk's vice
president of energy supply, pricing and regulatory proceedings.
10NBC / WHEC TV-10
and GLFC Urge Bi-national Action to Prevent Invasive Species
and Canada Should Ratify IMO, Develop Stricter Rules for the Great Lakes
- Ennis, Ireland At the 13th International
Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species, the International Joint Commission (IJC)
and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC) today released a document
detailing progress in preventing the introduction of aquatic alien species in
the Great Lakes. The document, Then and Now: Aquatic Alien Invasive Species
and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Ecosystem, highlights the urgent need for
more action on the part of the governments of the United States and Canada.
& Chronicle: School recycles old roof Discarded slate pieces get
decorative makeover for sale.
IRONDEQUOIT Last year, they sold the windows. This year, they're selling the
roof. In keeping with the tradition of recycling pieces taken from West
Irondequoit schools during the district's recent $56.8 million expansion and
renovation projects, the West Irondequoit Foundation is selling engraved
pieces of slate taken from the roof of Dake Junior High School. The building's
75-year-old slate roof was replaced during the renovations, and about 250
pieces of the old roof were saved. (September 22,
Free Press: News Section - Great Lakes plan raises big concerns It was
standing-room only at a London meeting last night about a controversial plan
being sold as a way to protect the Great Lakes, but which some experts believe
jeopardizes them. The proposal, the Implementing Agreement for Annex 2001,
would end a virtual moratorium on new or increased Great Lakes water
diversions south of the border.
2004) London Free Press:
PLAY ON WATER DIVERSION ISSUE - Great Lakes water has become an issue in
this year's presidential campaign as both candidates try to pick up valuable
votes in the swing states. Both of the major party candidates say they're
against diverting the water to other states, and both say their opponent has
been inconsistent on the issue. The Great Lakes
Rain Pollution Rose 4 Percent in 2003 -
WASHINGTON Emissions of sulfur dioxide, which
causes acid rain, rose 4 percent in 2003, but probably will not compromise
long-term air quality goals according to a study by the Environmental
Protection Agency. Coal-fired power plants
were the main source of the 10.6 million tons of sulfur dioxide. That total
compared with 10.2 million tons in 2002 and reverted to the level from 2001.
grid security study due at end of 2004 --
A report on protecting the state's electric generating system from terrorists
is due at the end of the year. It was originally due at the end of last year.
But Governor Pataki signed legislation extending the deadline because of the
complexity of the power grid, which includes huge hydropower plants, nuclear
plants, and thousands of miles of distribution lines.
Parks and Beaches Get Clean Up -
Rochesters beaches and parks are looking a
little cleaner . Dozens of volunteers spent their Saturday picking up litter
as part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup. Volunteers cleaned up
places like Genesee Valley Park, Durand Eastman Beach and Hamlin Beach.
(September 24, 2004)
News: Your NewsChannel
& Chronicle: Air pollution hot topic at seminar
Air pollution is much talked about in
Rochester, a city that includes Kodak Park, the largest chemical manufacturing
complex in the Northeast. A city that in April flunked new federal standards
for ozone, a summertime pollutant linked to emissions from power plants and
vehicles. (September 26, 2004)
Club Releases Report On Pollution -
The Sierra Club has released a new report on
pollution at Air Force plant 51 in Greece. The government made landing barges
and other war equipment there during the 1940s and 50s.
28, 2004) WOKR-TV
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Wants Former Plant Cleaned Up -
Rochester's Sierra Club wants the government to
clean up a former World War Two plant in Greece. The former plant known as Air
Force Plant 51, used to make landing barges during the war and later bulkheads
for B-52 bombers.
(September 28, 2004)
R News: As It Happens, Where It Happens
rules to target toxic trash - Untreated waste would no longer be allowed
to be buried at a Corunna site.- A community near Sarnia that's become a haven
for hazardous waste from across North America will get relief thanks to rules
announced yesterday by the Ontario government, area politicians say. Corunna
has for decades had the only only place in Canada or the United States that
allowed such waste to be buried without first being treated. (September
29, 2004) London Free Press
to protect Great Lakes water finds public support - Many at hearing call
for more protections against withdrawals - West Allis - People attending a
public hearing Tuesday night strongly supported the idea behind a proposed
agreement by Great Lakes governors that would regulate large-scale diversions
of water from the lakes. (September 29, 2004)
JS Online, Web site of the Milwaukee Journal
alternative energy source: Newark High gets solar panels -
NEWARK Newark High School will soon become one
of the first schools in the region to use solar energy. A series of solar
panels was installed on the roof of the Peirson Avenue school this week that
will provide electricity to a pair of science classrooms. The school received
a $30,000 grant state to complete the project, funded by the New York State
Energy Research Development Authority.
(September 29, 2004)
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