Environment http://news.wbfo.org en Army Corps seeks to avoid spread of invasive hydrilla plant http://news.wbfo.org/post/army-corps-seeks-avoid-spread-invasive-hydrilla-plant <p>There is yet another invasive species starting to spread across area waterways and the Army Corps of Engineers has an herbicide ready as the plant blossoms in Tonawanda Creek. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:38:01 +0000 Mike Desmond 41492 at http://news.wbfo.org Army Corps seeks to avoid spread of invasive hydrilla plant Sewer Authority to invest $380 million for system upgrades http://news.wbfo.org/post/sewer-authority-invest-380-million-system-upgrades <p>A legal order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should help improve local water quality. The Buffalo Sewer Authority is planning to reduce sewer and stormwater runoff into the Niagara River and its tributaries. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:25:09 +0000 Chris Caya 41487 at http://news.wbfo.org Sewer Authority to invest $380 million for system upgrades Peace Bridge pollution discussed at Washington conference http://news.wbfo.org/post/peace-bridge-pollution-discussed-washington-conference <p>The continuing issue about polluted air from the Peace Bridge blowing across Buffalo’s West Side was discussed during a national meeting in Washington this week. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:43:08 +0000 Mike Desmond 41064 at http://news.wbfo.org Peace Bridge pollution discussed at Washington conference EPA grant earmarked for Niagara Street infrastructure http://news.wbfo.org/post/epa-grant-earmarked-niagara-street-infrastructure <p>The reconstruction of Niagara Street this year will include green infrastructure to prevent stormwater runoff and improve the quality of the Great Lakes. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:19:40 +0000 Chris Caya 40982 at http://news.wbfo.org EPA grant earmarked for Niagara Street infrastructure Tonawanda Coke faces sentencing for environmental crime http://news.wbfo.org/post/tonawanda-coke-faces-sentencing-environmental-crime <p>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. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 40854 at http://news.wbfo.org Tonawanda Coke faces sentencing for environmental crime West Seneca residents prepare for potential floods http://news.wbfo.org/post/west-seneca-residents-prepare-potential-floods <p>West Seneca homeowners are preparing for possible ice jam flooding on Buffalo Creek as temperatures warm up Friday. Residents in the Lexington Green neighborhood have already experienced multiple major thaws this season and are hoping the worst of it is behind them. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:54:07 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 40786 at http://news.wbfo.org West Seneca residents prepare for potential floods Local businesses call on Gov. Cuomo to support wind power http://news.wbfo.org/post/local-businesses-call-gov-cuomo-support-wind-power <p>Sixty local businesses are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to support renewable energy. During an event hosted by the Sierra Club Niagara Group Thursday, business owners and concerned citizens touched on the benefits of wind energy. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:50:52 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 40759 at http://news.wbfo.org Local businesses call on Gov. Cuomo to support wind power 'Story of Stuff' creator speaking in Buffalo tonight http://news.wbfo.org/post/story-stuff-creator-speaking-buffalo-tonight <p>Environmental activist Annie Leonard, who created the popular animated documentary "The Story of Stuff," brings her message of sustainability to Buffalo Tuesday night.&nbsp; Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:45:47 +0000 Jay Moran 40702 at http://news.wbfo.org 'Story of Stuff' creator speaking in Buffalo tonight Public invited to attend Tonawanda Coke update meeting http://news.wbfo.org/post/public-invited-attend-tonawanda-coke-update-meeting <p>The public is invited to attend a meeting regarding issues surrounding Tonawanda Coke Monday night. The event will take place at the Sheridan Parkside Community Center located at 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive in Tonawanda at 6:30 p.m. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 18:53:19 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 40554 at http://news.wbfo.org Public invited to attend Tonawanda Coke update meeting Environmentalists voice concern about state's energy plan http://news.wbfo.org/post/environmentalists-voice-concern-about-states-energy-plan <p>Local environmental activists are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to "move away from dirty and dangerous fossil fuels" in order to meet goals contained in a state energy plan. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:54:36 +0000 Chris Caya 40446 at http://news.wbfo.org Environmentalists voice concern about state's energy plan Environmental groups claim they are being targeted http://news.wbfo.org/post/environmental-groups-claim-they-are-being-targeted <p>Some of the Canadian government's fiercest critics say they are being targeted.&nbsp; The Canada Revenue Agency is auditing more than half a dozen environmental groups to see if they are complying with guidelines that limit political advocacy.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:52:04 +0000 Dan Karpenchuk 40335 at http://news.wbfo.org Environmental groups claim they are being targeted UB launches environmental institute http://news.wbfo.org/post/ub-launches-environmental-institute <p>A major research initiative is being launched by the University at Buffalo to tackle some of the world's biggest environmental challenges. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:01:12 +0000 Chris Caya 40157 at http://news.wbfo.org UB launches environmental institute Small explosion at Tonawanda Coke plant http://news.wbfo.org/post/small-explosion-tonawanda-coke-plant <p>First responders were called to the Tonawanda Coke plant shortly before noon Friday in response to calls of an "explosive" sound.&nbsp; Tonawanda police says the sound was heard in a wide area of the town. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 01:28:58 +0000 Mark Scott 40010 at http://news.wbfo.org Small explosion at Tonawanda Coke plant Poloncarz approves fracking ban on county-owned land http://news.wbfo.org/post/poloncarz-approves-fracking-ban-county-owned-land <p>Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has approved a local law banning hydraulic fracturing, also know as fracking, on county-owned land. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:11:26 +0000 WBFO Newsroom 39614 at http://news.wbfo.org Poloncarz approves fracking ban on county-owned land Erie County lawmakers vote to ban fracking http://news.wbfo.org/post/erie-county-lawmakers-vote-ban-fracking <p>Erie County legislators voted in a bipartisan manner Thursday to ban natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing in the county, commonly known as fracking. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:40:01 +0000 Mike Desmond 39008 at http://news.wbfo.org Erie County lawmakers vote to ban fracking Erie County Legislature to vote on fracking ban today http://news.wbfo.org/post/erie-county-legislature-vote-fracking-ban-today <p>Legislation that would ban hydrofracking on county-owned land is expected to be voted on today by the Erie County Legislature. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:00:31 +0000 Chris Caya 38993 at http://news.wbfo.org Erie County Legislature to vote on fracking ban today Progress being made on Buffalo River dredging http://news.wbfo.org/post/progress-being-made-buffalo-river-dredging <p>Dozens and dozens of chemicals have been dumped into the Buffalo River over the last 100 years. But a collaborative cleanup effort along the River is now halfway through the second phase. WBFO's Eileen Buckley watched as a section of City Ship Canal off Fuhrmann Boulevard was being dredged Thursday afternoon.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:30:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 38836 at http://news.wbfo.org Progress being made on Buffalo River dredging Study calls fracking job numbers ‘exaggerated’ http://news.wbfo.org/post/study-calls-fracking-job-numbers-exaggerated <p>A new <a href="http://pennbpc.org/sites/pennbpc.org/files/MSSRC-Employment-Impact-11-21-2013.pdf">report</a> claims that the job impact of shale gas drilling is exaggerated by supporters. The analysis finds only one out of every 795 jobs was shale gas related in the six-state area it focused on. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:29:00 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 38538 at http://news.wbfo.org Study calls fracking job numbers ‘exaggerated’ New report says state benefiting from wind energy http://news.wbfo.org/post/new-report-says-state-benefiting-wind-energy <p>The environmental benefits of wind energy go well beyond helping reduce the effects of global warming. That’s according to new research published by Environment New York’s Research and Policy Center. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:17:09 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 38480 at http://news.wbfo.org New report says state benefiting from wind energy GOP chairman pushes pro-fracking agenda in Buffalo http://news.wbfo.org/post/gop-chairman-pushes-pro-fracking-agenda-buffalo <p>Fracking supporters were inside the Hyatt Regency Thursday night while opponents were outside in the rain. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:16:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 38153 at http://news.wbfo.org GOP chairman pushes pro-fracking agenda in Buffalo State seeks to prevent reopening of Amigone crematory http://news.wbfo.org/post/state-seeks-prevent-reopening-amigone-crematory <p>An attorney for Amigone Funeral Home told State Supreme Court Judge Henry Nowak Wednesday that Amigone has no plans to reopen its crematory on Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 20:44:38 +0000 Chris Caya 38134 at http://news.wbfo.org State seeks to prevent reopening of Amigone crematory EPA finalizes plan for Lockport Superfund site http://news.wbfo.org/post/epa-finalizes-plan-lockport-superfund-site <p>The Environmental Protection Agency says it has finalized its $4 million plan to clean up and remediate nine residential properties on Water Street in Lockport near Eighteen Mile Creek. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 09:00:00 +0000 WBFO Newsroom 37932 at http://news.wbfo.org EPA finalizes plan for Lockport Superfund site Iwanowicz tapped to head up Environmental Advocates http://news.wbfo.org/post/iwanowicz-tapped-head-environmental-advocates <p>A former acting state environmental conservation commissioner will soon lead one of the state's leading environmental groups.&nbsp; Sun, 27 Oct 2013 14:32:27 +0000 Mark Scott 37874 at http://news.wbfo.org Iwanowicz tapped to head up Environmental Advocates Former resident Lois Gibbs remembers Love Canal http://news.wbfo.org/post/former-resident-lois-gibbs-remembers-love-canal <p>Niagara Falls residents and activists commemorated the 35<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the historic Love Canal relocation on Tuesday.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 37754 at http://news.wbfo.org Former resident Lois Gibbs remembers Love Canal Environmentalists laud work of Protection Fund http://news.wbfo.org/post/environmentalists-laud-work-protection-fund <p>Several local groups are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the New York State Environmental Protection Fund. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 16:33:33 +0000 Chris Caya 37620 at http://news.wbfo.org Environmentalists laud work of Protection Fund Senate IDC leader slammed by environmental group http://news.wbfo.org/post/senate-idc-leader-slammed-environmental-group <p>An environmental group has given Senate Independent Democratic Leader Jeff Klein its 2013 Oil Slick award, claiming the Senate Co-leader has done more than any other state legislator to harm the environment.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:16:54 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37459 at http://news.wbfo.org Senate IDC leader slammed by environmental group Attorney general files suit to keep Amigone crematory closed http://news.wbfo.org/post/attorney-general-files-suit-keep-amigone-crematory-closed <p>New York&#39;s attorney general has filed a lawsuit seeking to permanently block Amigone Funeral Home from reopening its crematory on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:45:07 +0000 Omar Fetouh 37228 at http://news.wbfo.org Attorney general files suit to keep Amigone crematory closed Rollout of retail charging stations aims to spur use of electric vehicles http://news.wbfo.org/post/rollout-retail-charging-stations-aims-spur-use-electric-vehicles <p>A new electric vehicle charging station was unveiled at a western New York retail store Wednesday. It is hoped that greater accessibility to the stations will encourage more people to buy electric cars. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:27:42 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 37066 at http://news.wbfo.org Rollout of retail charging stations aims to spur use of electric vehicles Buffalo River restoration entering next phase http://news.wbfo.org/post/buffalo-river-restoration-entering-next-phase <p>A key partnership that will move cleanup of the Buffalo River forward was announced Monday. The newly-formed Buffalo Restoration Partnership will use $44 million to clean 6.2 miles of river sediment.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 37009 at http://news.wbfo.org Buffalo River restoration entering next phase EPA outlines plan to reduce carbon pollution of new power plants http://news.wbfo.org/post/epa-outlines-plan-reduce-carbon-pollution-new-power-plants <p>The United States Environmental Protection Agency rolled out guidelines Friday for newly built power plants designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The proposal is a key part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:02:10 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 36951 at http://news.wbfo.org EPA outlines plan to reduce carbon pollution of new power plants