Environment

Environment
6:00 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Lawsuit filed as one-year anniversary of fracking health study nears

Credit File photo

It has been nearly a year since the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state health commissioner would conduct a review to determine whether hydrofracking could be done safely in New York. Since then, little information has been released on the ongoing study.

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Environment
12:11 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Tonawanda Coke sentencing delayed again

Tonawanda Coke smoke stacks in the distance from River Road facility, Tonawanda, NY
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

There is another delay in the sentencing of Tonawanda Coke. Earlier this year a federal jury found Tonawanda Coke and its owner guilty of violating the Clean Air Act. But as WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the September 30 sentencing has been postponed.


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Environment
5:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Milkbone plant honored for its green efforts

Milkbone's Bill Pasquale, Greg Pastore & Mike Jackson standing with the award.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

A western New York factory is being recognized for its green efforts. The Buffalo based Milkbone plant owned by the Del Monte Corporation produces dog bones and treats. Recently, the factory won Del Monte’s ‘Sustainability Excellence in Education Award.’

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Environment
10:33 am
Wed August 14, 2013

EPA outlines plan for contaminated Lockport creek

Lockport residents gather to hear the EPA's cleanup plans for Eighteenmile Creek
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The Environmental Protection Agency held a public meeting in Lockport Tuesday night to alert residents of plans to clean up Eighteenmile Creek.

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Environment
9:53 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Great Lakes cleanup program faces drastic budget cut

A federal program tasked with cleaning up and restoring the Great Lakes is facing a massive budget cut in the House of Representatives.

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Environment
9:47 am
Tue July 23, 2013

EPA weighs cleanup options for Eighteenmile Creek

Sign at Eighteenmile Creek
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Eighteenmile Creek in Lockport has been a designated area of concern for decades. Because of recent flooding, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now weighing the option of permanently relocating people living closest to the creek ahead of a massive site cleanup. Affected residents say a solution can’t come soon enough.

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Environment
9:46 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Quick warnings on fish

"Catch Of the Day" program encourages anglers to text COD to 877-877.
Credit Photo from Buffalo Riverkeeper

While fishing is a popular sport, it's also an inexpensive way for some people to put food on the table. The government issues advisories on fish consumption and as WBFO's Chris Caya reports, a new resource is available to help people get those warnings quickly and eat fish in a healthier way.  

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Environment
9:55 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Fracking opponents in New York say 'Gasland' movies help

Monday night brought the TV premiere of Gasland II, a sequel to the original anti-hydrofracking movie. In New York, where Governor Cuomo’s decision on fracking is still on hold, both opponents and supporters of fracking say the films have helped frame the debate.

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Environment
10:06 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Affected residents want pollution fines put to good use

A list of projects voted on by residents affected by Tonawanda Coke pollution.
Credit Twitter (cleanairwny)

Tonawanda Coke faces up to $200 million in fines when the company and its environmental manager are sentenced in September and residents in the areas affected by the company's pollution want a say in where that money goes.

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Environment
9:55 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Farming or hi-tech park? One community weighs the options

Site for proposed STAMP project
Credit Ashley Hassett / WBFO News

The quiet farming community of Alabama, N.Y. sits amongst acres of farm and wetland. It’s also the site chosen for a new Science Technology and Manufacturing Park or STAMP.

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Environment
5:09 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Corn and soybean prices driving up land values and farmer's tax bills

John Peck in the barn at the Peck Homestead Farm in Jefferson County.
Credit Ashley Hassett / WBFO News

Smaller farms in upstate New York are being squeezed by the valuation mechanisms that peg taxation to land values.

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Environment
5:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Farmers and beekeepers respond to colony collapse

Colony Collapse Disorder caused a loss of about 30% of U.S. hives between 2006 and 2011
Credit Matt Richmond / WSKG

Peter Borst has been a beekeeper since 1974 and takes a longer view of the industry’s recent struggles. In 2006, beekeepers began reporting the widespread loss of seemingly healthy bee colonies. It led to the naming of a new disease: Colony Collapse Disorder.

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Environment
3:09 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Bill aims to increase number of green homes built in state

Green home
Credit Natale Builders

A bill has passed in the Senate that aims to increase the number green homes built in New York State. The bill would give municipalities the power to grant a tax exemption to have a green home built in their locale.

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Environment
9:15 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Eternal flame at Chestnut Ridge attracts world's attention

Eternal flame at Chestnut Ridge, Orchard Park, NY
Photo from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A little-known corner of Erie County's vast parks system is getting some worldwide attention after the busiest English-language website in the world ran a long story about the eternal flame in Chestnut Ridge Park. WBFO'S Mike Desmond brings us the story. 

WBFO'S Mike Desmond reports on eternal flame at Chestnut Ridge Park.

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Environment
12:06 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Falcon chicks hatch above UB South campus

Female falcon sits over her newly hatched chicks at UB South campus
Photo fromo UB Falcon Cam

Some brand new peregrine falcon chicks have hatched high atop the University at Buffalo South campus.

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Environment
9:55 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Nuclear Hot Spots along the Great Lakes

Nuclear Hot Spots map
Photo from Great Lakes United

The millions of people who get their fresh water from the Great Lakes might be surprised to learn the region is home to a widespread nuclear industry. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, a new threat to the Lakes is potentially brewing.


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Environment
10:43 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Love Canal lawsuit moved to federal court

Area near Love Canal, Niagara Falls, NY
Credit Photo from Google map

A recently filed lawsuit connected to Love Canal has been moved from county court to US District Court.

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Environment
9:39 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Wind power fight in Ontario's Niagara Region

A view from under one of the wind turbines.
WBFO News file photo

There is a long-running fight in Ontario's Niagara Region over wind towers being used to generate electricity, while nearby, a series of companies are starting factories to make the components of wind generators. 


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Environment
5:44 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Report: Farm run-off polluting Lake Erie

Map of Lake Erie
Credit WBFO News file photo

A new report called ‘Taken By Storm’ released by the National Wildlife Foundation is highlighting the issue of excessive fertilizer runoff into Lake Erie. The resulting algal blooms can seriously impact the health of those who rely on its water.

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Environment
5:18 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Ammonium nitrate storage tightly controlled in NYS

Credit MGSpiller

The chemical responsible for the death of 14 people and injury of over 200 in West, Texas, is in wide use. Leaving many upstate New Yorkers are wondering how ammonium nitrate is regulated in New York state.

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Environment
1:27 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Higgins says plant upgrades needed to clean Great Lakes

Rep. Brian Higgins, flanked by Jill Jedlicka and Brian Smith, Program & Communications Director for Citizens Campaign for the Environment.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

April 22 marked Earth Day and on Buffalo's waterfront, Rep. Brian Higgins introduced legislation to help clean up the Great Lakes through upgrades to wastewater treatment plants.

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Environment
10:28 am
Mon April 22, 2013

State senator demands answers on toxic materials

State Senator Mark Grisanti
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A state senator from Buffalo is demanding answers on hazardous materials found in Western New York.  Senator Mark Grisanti says the Buffalo News article, titled "Toxic legacy’s time bomb," has put the area's history of toxic waste back on the front burner.

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Environment
10:21 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Sierra Club kicks off renewable energy campaign

A statewide campaign is underway to urge Governor Cuomo to create jobs and grow the economy with renewable energy.

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Environment
2:19 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

DEC leader tours areas around Tonawanda Coke

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

In the wake of the criminal conviction of Tonawanda Coke and its top environmental official, New York State's top environmentalist was in town Thursday to tour of the area around the plant and around the Peace Bridge in Buffalo.

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Environment
10:55 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Report says state’s energy could be almost 100% renewable by 2030

Wind turnbines in Wyoming County
WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

A recent study outlines a scenario that would see New York State’s energy infrastructure based on all-renewable sources by year 2030.

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Environment
5:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

UB building gets LEED Gold rating

UB's Davis Hall, North Campus
Photo from UB's Website

The University at Buffalo has another new building with the environmental rating of LEED Gold, latest in UB's push for environmental sustainability.  

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Environment
9:07 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Clean Air Coalition calls for campaign finance reform to prevent polluters

Industry in Tonawanda
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

After scoring a major court victory against Tonawanda Coke late last week, The Clean Air Coalition of Western New York has now launched a call for fair elections. 

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Tonawanda Coke
9:43 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Federal jury convicts Tonawanda Coke and top official of polluting air

Tonawanda Coke Plant
Credit WBFO News File Photo

The environmental control officer at Tonawanda Coke faces up to 20-years in jail and the company up to $200 million in fines after a federal court jury returned quick verdicts Thursday in a 19-count indictment.

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Environment
4:58 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Buffalo's tallest building to participate in 'Earth Hour'

The Tower at One HSBC Center
Ashley Hassett WBFO file photo

It’s an event aimed towards decreasing the carbon foot print across the globe. Members of the community are expected to gather at One HSBC Center for the Earth Hour movement.

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Environment
10:11 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Installations up, but solar can't deliver a renewable future alone

Solar Liberty installing panels
Ashley Hassett WBFO

Late last year, the Cuomo administration laid out its agenda to address New York’s future energy requirements. All this week, reporters from the Innovation Trail are putting different parts of that complex energy puzzle under the microscope.

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