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

Farmers and beekeepers respond to colony collapse

Jun 5, 2013
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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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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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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. 

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

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

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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. 

Report: Farm run-off polluting Lake Erie

Apr 30, 2013
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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.

Ammonium nitrate storage tightly controlled in NYS

Apr 26, 2013

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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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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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.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The State Heath Department has issued a long-awaited study on cancer rates in Tonawanda and areas of Erie County. 

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One of the world's most notorious toxic dump sites is making headlines once again following a sewer incident. Today, The Buffalo News continues its two-part series on the site. 

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A group of residents is demanding new soil testing in a neighborhood that is surrounded by industrial sites off River Road in Tonawanda, including Tonawanda Coke.

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More than 600 ''Elected Officials to Protect New York" are calling on Governor Cuomo to extend the moratorium on fracking.  

UB closes controversial shale institute

Nov 19, 2012

The University at Buffalo has announced that it is shutting down its Shale Resources and Society Institute, effective immediately.  UB President Satish Tripathi announced the decision Monday afternoon, following an internal assessment. 

DEC falls behind on Peace Bridge air monitoring

Nov 16, 2012
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The state DEC has conducted only two enforcement sweeps at the "no idling zones" at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo.  

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The City of Buffalo's recycling rate is well below the national average, according to Investigative Post.  Reporter Dan Telvock, who conducted the research, tells WBFO's Eileen Buckley City Hall has failed to educate the public and enforce recycling laws.

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A very light earthquake was felt by some residents living in Niagara County during the midnight hour Friday.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office says it received several calls during from people reporting a loud boom or feeling a shake. 

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a 2.5 magnitude earthquake was recorded in Lake Ontario at 12:25 a.m., about four miles northeast of Olcott.  

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New state air monitoring shows air coming from the Niagara River and Lake Erie is pretty clean, until it goes across the Peace Bridge and its plaza.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is doing elaborate air monitoring at the bridge, checking the air before it gets there and then after it leaves the bridge.
Most of the information is posted continually on the department web site.

Pulmonary and asthma researcher Doctor Jamson Lwebuga-Mukasa says this shows how much pollution is coming from the bridge and being breathed by those living downwind.

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Opponents of the Tonawanda Coke plant were outside of Department of Environmental Conservation offices in downtown Buffalo Tuesday pushing the department to act on pollution permits for the facility.

The plant is the subject of ongoing enforcement actions and a federal criminal case against the former environmental manager. The DEC says the existing permit will continue until that is concluded.