Highlights and Happenings: August 2017

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Lou Burch speaks.

Big Step Toward Preserving, Not Selling, Plum Island

CCE's Lou Burch stood with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and members of the Preserve Plum Island Coalition to announce that legislation has been introduced to block the sale of Plum Island. CCE has fought for years to preserve Plum Island, an 840-acre, largely undeveloped island in Long Island Sound that serves as a critical habitat for birds and has tremendous ecological value. We'll continue to work with our partners in Congress to get this legislation signed into law!
Brian Smith speaks.

Working to Save the EPA!

CCE's Brian Smith stood with Congressman Brian Higgins and our environmental partners in Buffalo, NY at a rally to "Save the EPA!" Speakers talked about how instrumental the EPA has been in protecting the environment and public health in Western New York, from helping to clean up the Buffalo River, to holding Tonawanda Coke accountable for its deadly air pollution, to cleaning up numerous toxic waste sites. Members of Congress are returning to Washington in September to finish the federal budget, and we need them to oppose all cuts and rollbacks to the EPA!
Solarize Tonawanda kick-off.

Helping Tonawanda Go Solar

We were thrilled to stand with our partners in the Town of Tonawanda, in Western New York, to announce the kick-off of the Solarize Tonawanda program. The program helps residents and businesses connect with solar installers and get a discounted price on their solar panels. Learn more, and get your solar panels before the November 24, 2017, deadline!

A Plan for Offshore Wind in New York

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is currently developing an Offshore Wind Master Plan that will guide New York in harnessing its vast offshore wind potential while ensuring that local offshore wind projects are developed responsibly. CCE and our partners in the NY Wind Coalition attended a series of meetings in NYC in August to learn more about the master plan and support responsibly-sited offshore wind development for the region.
Recycling in Patchogue parks.

Ramping Up Recycling in Patchogue, NY

CCE and the rest of the Protecting the Environment in Patchogue (PEP) Committee were pleased to announce that there is now recycling in Patchogue Village parks! Thanks to a grant from Keep America Beautiful and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, the Village has received 40 recycling bins for Shorefront Park, Father Tortora Park, and S. Belzak Park. We're looking forward to seeing less litter, more recycling, and a cleaner Great South Bay!

Pushing for Connecticut's Renewable Energy Future

The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) recently released its draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES). The CES process was put into motion in 2013, with the goal of creating a "cheaper, cleaner, more reliable energy future" for Connecticut residents and businesses. CCE testified at public hearings throughout August to express our concerns that the draft plan will continue CT's over-reliance on fossil fuels and nuclear power while lacking an adequate pathway to wind, solar, and energy efficiency projects.

Film Screening: An Inconvenient Sequel

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy in An Inconvenient Sequel. CCE's Adrienne Esposito joined other climate activists for an opening night screening of the film at the Huntington Cinema Arts Center and participated in a panel discussion on what we can do at the local level to prevent global climate change.

New Rx Safe Disposal Options in Onondaga County!

With generous support from the Central New York Community Foundation, CCE and our partners at the SNADD (Sharps Needles and Drug Disposal) Program were able to successfully expand our safe pharmaceutical disposal program in Onondaga County. To date, pharmaceutical drop boxes have been placed in nine police departments and at two college campus security offices. Since the start of the program, over 2,800 lbs have been collected in Onondaga County! Current Rx disposal location options in Onondaga include Baldwinsville Police Department, Camillus Police Department, Cicero Police Department, Dewitt Police Department, Geddes Police Department, Jordan Police Department, Manlius Police Department, Marcellus Police Department, Solvay Police Department, SUNY ESF, and Onondaga Community College.

Fighting for Long Island Sound Funding

Throughout August, we kept up the fight to maintain federal funding for Long Island Sound protection programs. CCE's Lou Burch participated in a roundtable with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy to talk about the need to provide $8 million for Long Island Sound restoration in the final FY2018 federal budget.
CCE in the News
August 30, 2017 – from Ken-Ton Bee: Town of Tonawanda launches 'Solarize Tonawanda' campaign
August 24, 2017 – from The Long Island Advance: Frank P. Long to open in September
August 23, 2017 – from WBFO: Environmental groups sound off over threats to EPA
August 23, 2017 – from 27east: Suffolk County To Test Sand Land Groundwater
August 22, 2017 – from The Buffalo News: Local environmental advocates urge public to 'Save the EPA'
August 21, 2017 – from Connecticut Post: CT officials vow to fight NY dredging lawsuit
August 18, 2017 – from Riverhead LOCAL: N.Y. State files suit against EPA over dredge spoil dumping in L.I. Sound
August 17, 2017 – from Newsday: NY sues feds over LI Sound dumping plan
August 17, 2017 – from The Long Island Advance: Town Officials React to Growing Landfill Concerns
August 16, 2017 – from Greater Patchogue: For the First Time, Recycling Bins Can be Found in Patchogue Village Parks
August 15, 2017 – from Long Island Business News: Environmentalists, union leaders push for offshore wind power
August 14, 2017 – from Newsday: Schumer, Gillibrand offer latest bill to halt Plum Island sale
August 14, 2017 – from Organic Authority: Call for Stricter Regulations on Herbicides as Federal Testing for Glyphosate in Food Resumes
August 11, 2017 – from The Southampton Press: Batteries In Montauk Are Subject At East Hampton Planning Board, But PSEG Is Target Of Critics
August 10, 2017 – from Newsday: West Islip residents raise concerns over Superfund site cleanup
August 9, 2017 – from News 12 Long Island: State DEC unveils plan to clean up toxic site in West Islip
August 9, 2017 – from Connecticut Health I-Team: As FDA Testing Resumes Of Herbicide, So Does Local Opposition
August 5, 2017 – from Newsday: State initiatives to examine chemical 1,4-dioxane face setbacks
August 3, 2017 – from LongIsland.com: A.G. Schneiderman Scores Victory For New Yorkers Against Trump's EPA
August 3, 2017 – from Equilibrio Informativo: States Sue EPA for Delaying Clean Air Rules
August 3, 2017 – from The Long Island Advance: Frank P. future uncertain
August 3, 2017 – from Express Newsline: States Sue Trump Administration over EPA Decision, Pennsylvania Included
August 2, 2017 – from Riverhead LOCAL: Bellone: County seeking $50 million in economic development funds for cesspool replacement grants
August 2, 2017 – from NY Daily News: Eric Schneiderman leads group of 14 attorneys general in lawsuit against EPA's smog protection delay
August 1, 2017 – from New Haven Register: East Haven bottle, can redemption center to close next month
August 1, 2017 – from WTNH News 8: East Haven redemption center closing
August 1, 2017 – from East Haven Patch: Major Container Redemption Center To Close In East Haven
August 1, 2017 – from The Buffalo News: DEC: Niagara Falls discharge 'clearly violated water quality standards'
August 1, 2017 – from WFSB Hartford: East Haven redemption center to close next month
August 1, 2017 – from Fox 61: With another redemption center is closing, dozens will lose work in East Haven
August 1, 2017 – from CT News Junkie: Another Bottle Redemption Center Closes

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