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EPA Protects Bristol Bay, Alaska with Pebble Mine Veto

Press ReleaseAlaska
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Biden Administration today dealt a blow to the massive and controversial gold and copper mining project in Bristol Bay, Alaska called the Pebble Mine. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Final Determination under Section 404(c)…

New York City Votes to “Skip the Stuff” in Take-Out Orders

Press ReleaseNew York City
NEW YORK, NY – The New York City Council voted (43-7) today in favor of the “Skip the Stuff” bill (Intro 0559), which would prohibit takeout and delivery services from providing plastic utensils, condiments, or napkins unless explicitly requested by…

EPA Signals It Will Protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay

Press ReleaseAlaska
WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will ask a federal court to allow the agency to vacate its own prior decision to lift safeguards against Pebble Mine, the massive open-pit gold and copper mine proposed for…

360,000 Lead Pipes May Deliver Water to Homes in New York

Press ReleaseNew York
New York, NY – New York has 360,000 lead pipes delivering water to people’s homes statewide, the fourth highest number of any state in the nation, according to a new survey from NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council). New York State has committed, although not entirely allocated, $5 billion in…

Gov. Cuomo Blocks Williams Pipeline for Third Time

Press ReleaseNew York
ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today blocked the Williams Pipeline from moving forward. This decision comes after nearly three years of unrelenting grassroots advocacy in opposition to the fossil…

Cuomo Signs Child Safe Products Act into Law

Press ReleaseNew York
ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Andrew Cuomo today signed the Child Safe Products Act into law, which requires manufacturers to disclose chemicals of concern in children’s products and phases out some of the most toxic chemicals, such as benzene, chlorinated tris…

Cuomo Signs Robust PFAS Protections into Law

Press ReleaseNew York
ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Andrew Cuomo today signed into law legislation to phase out the use of toxic chemicals known as PFAS in firefighting foam. PFAS have been found to contaminate a significant portion of New York’s drinking water sources…

New York State Adopts Paint Recycling Program

Press ReleaseNew York
ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday signed the paint recycling legislation, a bill designed to tackle a long-standing solid waste disposal problem by making it possible for business and residents to recycle leftover paint at hundreds of convenient locations…

Cuomo Proposes Statewide Ban on Polystyrene Foam Containers

Press ReleaseNew York
ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Cuomo today announced, as part of his 2020 State of the State, that he will propose legislation to enact a statewide ban on polystyrene food and beverage containers, as well as packing peanuts made of polystyrene…