Highlights and Happenings: January 2017

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Environment Wins Big in Governor Cuomo's Budget

In January, Governor Cuomo released his proposed state budget, which put this year's budget process on the right track! Some of the highlights:

Investing $2 billion in clean water infrastructure, including fixing failing sewage and drinking water pipes and protecting source water, over the next 5 years.
Continuing with a record-high $300 million Environmental Protection Fund for the second year in a row.
Continuing funding for Great Lakes protection, Finger Lakes protection, and safe pharmaceutical disposal statewide.
Building 2,400 MW of offshore wind by 2030, the biggest commitment to offshore wind by a governor in the nation.
Promising to close Indian Point Nuclear Facility by 2021.
Providing $40 million for much-needed sewering in Smithtown and Kings Park.
LIPA offshore wind event.

Victory! LIPA Approves NY's First Offshore Wind Farm

In an historic decision, Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has approved a 90 MW wind farm off the coast of Montauk. This project, chosen in lieu of new fossil fuel generation, will power up to 50,000 homes on the South Fork of Long Island with clean, home-grown, renewable energy. This offshore wind farm will be the largest in nation and moves us further toward reaching NY's 50% renewable goal by 2030. A huge thank you to our LI wind coalition partners, labor and business leaders, elected officials, civic groups, and all the residents who signed petitions, wrote letters, and participated in rallies and meetings!
CCE's Lou Burch speaks against Pruitt nomination.

CCE Urges NO Vote on Scott Pruitt for EPA

CCE's Lou Burch stood with U.S. Senator Blumenthal and environmentalists from around Connecticut to oppose President Trump's nominee, Scott Pruitt, for head of the Environmental Protection Agency. CCE urged Congress to block the nomination of Pruitt, who has close ties to the fossil fuel industry, denies man-made climate change, opposes regulating harmful pollutants, and once argued for the dismantling of the EPA.
Plastig bag in air.

Protect Our Cities' Right to Fight Plastic Pollution

Last year, NYC became a global leader in the fight against plastic pollution by passing a BYOBag law, which puts a small fee on plastic and paper to encourage reusable bag use. The law is set to go into effect on February 15, but the NYS Legislature is now attempting to block the NYC bag law by banning cities from placing fees on single-use bags! The anti-environment, anti-home rule preemption bill passed the Senate in January and is currently being considered in the Assembly. If you haven't already, tell the Assembly speaker not to pass this bill, and urge Governor Cuomo (gov.cuomo@chamber.state.ny.us) to veto S.362/A.1750 if the industry-backed preemption bill gets to his desk!

Fighting Dioxane Pollution on Long Island

In response to CCE's call to require pre-treatment for 1,4-dioxane for all laundromats, the NYS DEC has implemented the first laundromat monitoring program for this important contaminant. 1,4-Dioxane has been identified as an emerging contaminant of concern and is widely found in Long Island's groundwater. Several studies link high levels of 1,4-dioxane to laundry detergents, particularly Tide detergent. The DEC will study dioxane contamination at three laundromats and, using that data, determine whether to move forward with requiring pre-treatment. This is just one of the necessary steps to protect our drinking water and health from dioxane, a probable carcinogen. Stay tuned for a first-of-its-kind report that CCE will be releasing soon on the threat that 1,4-dioxane poses to LI drinking water.

Proposal to Make Big Pharma Pay Its Fair Share in Erie County, NY

For years, we have been working hard to pull together state resources to help communities provide safe pharmaceutical disposal options for residents, which helps to prevent flushing that pollutes our waters. The pharmaceutical companies that are making billions of dollars are not contributing anything to safe disposal. Instead, taxpayers are footing the bill. We were thrilled that Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke introduced legislation that would require the pharmaceutical industry to fund a comprehensive pharmaceutical take-back program in the county. Look for opportunities to help us advance this legislation in the near future!
CCE in the News
January 31, 2017 – from The Huntingtonian: Video Released on Centerport Bioswale
January 26, 2017 – from Newsday: Senators urge faster EPA study of chemical in LI water supply
January 26, 2017 – from News LI: Rep. Zeldin Appointed Co-Chair of Congressional Long Island Sound Caucus
January 25, 2017 – from East Hampton Patch: LIPA Board Votes Unanimously For Offshore Wind Farm Near Montauk
January 25, 2017 – from News 12 Long Island: LIPA approves largest wind farm in United States
January 25, 2017 – from Niagara Frontier Publications: DEC releases CAFO permit renewal to promote water quality protections on New York farms
January 24, 2017 – from News 12 Long Island: DEC continues testing after banned chemical found in Manorville water
January 24, 2017 – from LI Herald: Carcinogens in the water
January 23, 2017 – from The Connecticut Post: Blumenthal: reject Trump's pick to head EPA
January 22, 2017 – from ABC News: NY Governor Seeks $2B to Fix Some of Nation's Oldest Pipes
January 19, 2017 – from Queens Chronicle: State Senate vote imperils bag fees
January 19, 2017 – from LongIsland.com: Senator Kaminsky Sponsors Legislation to Ensure Clean Water
January 18, 2017 – from Westhampton Patch: Public Meeting on Stranded Humpback Whale Planned for February
January 18, 2017 – from Water Online: New York Struggles With 1,4-Dioxane In Drinking Water
January 16, 2017 – from The Buffalo News: Cuomo's $2 billion clean water push called 'amazing'
January 12, 2017 – from Queens Chronicle: City bag bill is back, starting on Feb. 15
January 11, 2017 – from LongIsland.com: Groups Applaud Governor Cuomo on Commitment to Offshore Wind
January 11, 2017 – from The New York Times: As State Tour Ends, Fate of Cuomo’s Agenda Lies With Restive Legislature
January 10, 2017 – from News & Photo Features: NYS Governor Gives His Support for Long Island to Sign Deal for Offshore Windpower
January 10, 2017 – from Montauk Patch: Governor Cuomo Calls on LIPA to Approve Offshore Wind Project Southeast of Montauk
January 10, 2017 – from Newsday: Centerport Beach rain garden designed to protect, clean water
January 10, 2017 – from CBS New York: Long Island Residents Worry About Carcinogenic Chemical In Water
January 9, 2017 – from Newsday: Possible carcinogen detected at low levels in LI drinking water, Newsday/News 12 reports
January 9, 2017 – from News 12 Long Island: News 12/Newsday report: Possible carcinogen 1,4-dioxane found in LI water spurs push for stronger standards
January 6, 2017 – from Water Online: 1,4-Dioxane's Drinking Water Threat
January 5, 2017 – from Huntington Patch: $276K Project Prevents Stormwater Runoff From Polluting Centerport Harbor
January 2, 2017 – from WSHU: Environmentalists Worry Trump Will Axe Offshore Wind Projects
January 2, 2017 – from News 12 Long Island: Feds may change lead poisoning guidelines

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