In response to Governor Cuomo’s proposal today to remove permit requirements for medium Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), a coalition of leading environmental groups released the following statement:
“As organizations committed to protecting and restoring New York’s rivers, lakes and streams, we are very concerned by the announcement today that New York State will weaken state environmental protections put in place to protect public health, safety and the environment by exempting medium sized industrial farms from its CAFO permit program. As a result, these farms will be allowed to grow from 200 to 299 cows without requiring the installation of structural controls such aswaste storage facilities and water diversions essential to protecting the State’s waters from being contaminated with animal waste.
Amid reports that a decision on fracking in New York is imminent, national environmental organizations – collectively representing millions of members across the country – sent a letter to Governor Cuomo today urging him to heed concerns raised by scores of local and statewide groups over dirty drilling. Those state groups in June called Governor Cuomo’s plan to allow fracking in five upstate counties inconsistent with his pledge to protect public health and the environment.
Fifty-seven New York-based groups and elected officials yesterday delivered a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo calling on him to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (nicknamed “RGGI”), the precedent-setting multi-state effort to reduce climate pollution from power plants. The signatories, which represent the business, consumer, energy, environment and health communities, were joined by more than 250 regional, national and other state groups in the RGGI region signaling their support for the nation’s first enforceable effort to cut the pollution that is changing our climate. With record high temperatures and droughts plaguing much of the nation, the impacts of climate change are becoming more prevalent. It is clear that we have no time to waste; we must strengthen RGGI now.
Less than a year after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee created record flooding which devastated New York State, a new Environment New York report confirms that extreme rainstorms and hurricanes are happening 64 percent more frequently in New York since 1948.
“As the old saying goes, when it rains, it pours—especially in recent years as bigger storms have hit New York more often,” said Eric Whalen, Field Organizer for Environment New York. “We need to pay attention to scientists’ warnings that this dangerous trend is linked to global warming, and do everything we can to cut carbon pollution today.”
Today, more than 215 environmentalists, clean energy advocates, businesses, and local and state officials from up and down the Atlantic Coast united to call for bold action to accelerate the creation offshore wind power. The coalition released a letter to the Obama Administration in an effort to show strong support for efforts made to date and to urge continued action to develop offshore wind resources along the Atlantic.
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