Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017

$80B fix

N.Y. drinking water systems in desperate need of repair

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos testifies Monday before the State Legislature Joint Budget Hearing on Environmental Conservation. PAUL BUCKOWSKI / Albany Times Union

Times Union

WTEN Albany & Albany Times Union

The state's drinking water systems are badly in need of repair, according to a report by the New York State Comptroller's office. The fix is not cheap. Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed $2 billion in his budget to be used over five years to address clean water infrastructure, but some estimates for the total cost of water infrastructure needs in the coming decades are 40 times that amount.

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Lead found in water at 2 more Toms River schools

Asbury Park Press

Water-testing at two more Toms River schools reveals lead levels that exceed the thresholds set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for safe drinking, officials said. The findings bring to four the number of district schools where recent testing has revealed unsafe levels of lead.

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Pushback to bury coal ash near Potomac River

Washington Post & Richmond Times-Dispatch

Environmental groups are mounting opposition to the final phase of a Dominion Virginia Power plan to bury nearly 1 million tons of coal ash near the Potomac River. A House of Delegates subcommittee Monday unanimously advanced a bill that requires the utility to give state regulators more information about its Virginia coal ash ponds.

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