News Releases

News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

It’s Time to Get the Lead out of School Drinking Water, Says Environment New York

Albany, New York – In response to growing evidence of pervasive lead contamination in schools’ drinking water, Environment New York released a new analysis today. The report gave New York a grade of C, inadequate to prevent children’s drinking water from becoming laced with lead at school. Environment New York is calling for swift action to ensure lead-free water in New York’s schools [and daycares]. “Schools should be safe places for our kids to learn and play, but New York is not doing enough to protect our kids from lead in drinking water,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “Kids’ developing brains are especially susceptible to highly toxic lead so it’s time to get the lead out.”

News Release | Environment New York

New York Urged to Take Stronger Action Against Power Plant Pollution

New York, NY – Today, representatives of nine states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic are meeting to discuss taking stronger action to cut global warming pollution. These states, part of a regional program that limits pollution from power plants called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, are preparing to make a decision about how much to cut pollution from 2020 to 2030.

Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, made the following statement:

News Release | Environment New York

Scott Pruitt won’t protect New York’s air, water or families

New York, NY – Today the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is slated to vote on President Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Environment New York’s Director, Heather Leibowitz, issued the following statement in response:

News Release | Environment New York

EPA Affirms Clean Cars Standards

New York, NY- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency affirmed that automakers can and must make cars and trucks more efficient. This action ensures that fuel efficiency standards will continue to increase as proposed in 2012, with cars and light-duty trucks reaching 54.5 miles per gallon by model year 2025. These standards will make our vehicles go twice as far on a gallon of gas, reduce dangerous air pollution, protect our climate, and save American drivers money at the pump.

“Today’s announcement ensures that our cars and trucks will become increasingly cleaner, helping to protect our health and our environment,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “Transportation is now the largest source of dangerous carbon pollution in the country, so these standards are more important than ever.”

News Release | Environment New York

Closing Indian Point Will Make New York City Safer while Fighting Climate Change Advocates Urge Greater Ambition

New York, NY - Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Indian Point nuclear power plant—located 24 miles north of New York City—will be shutting down by April 2021. This action will make area residents safer and more secure. 

At the same time, the governor pledged to replace Indian Point with clean energy, producing no net increase in global warming pollution. The governor proposed to work with neighboring states to strengthen limits on global warming pollution from power plants to ensure continued regional progress toward clean air. Specifically, the governor proposed to strengthen the limit on pollution set through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) by 30 percent between 2020 and 2030.

Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement:

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