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Two agreements will clear the way for cleaning up the polluted former Tonawanda Coke property to enable its redevelopment as a data center campus. State officials will oversee the voluntary private brownfield cleanup on part of the polluted property by developer Jon Williams. Other sections of the sprawling factory site will be cleaned by Honeywell International through…

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The agency that regulates outflows from Lake Ontario said this week that local governments and property owners need to begin planning for high water this year. The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board said a peak of 247.7 feet above sea level or more is "foreseeable." Last year, Niagara County officials began placing sandbags in low-lying lakeshore com…

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More water than ever before was allowed to flow out of Lake Ontario during January, yet the lake level continued to rise, according to an announcement Friday from the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board. The board, a subsidiary of the International Joint Commission, alters the outflows past the Moses-Saunders Dam at Massena and Cornwall, Ont., to try to …

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Lake Ontario's water level is about 10 inches above last year's mark at this time, according to the Army Corps of Engineers, and Niagara County officials who led flood responses in 2017 and 2019 are making plans to again battle rising water. Jonathan F. Schultz, county emergency management director, said Wednesday that he's planning for what might happen if the lake rea…

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The state board that is considering whether to allow a new hazardous waste landfill in Niagara County may convene this spring to hear testimony about the impact the project would have on residents and the local economy. The state Department of Environmental Conservation said Thursday that the session is tentatively planned for the last week of April, and it directed CWM…

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For 18 years, ecologist Robert Johnson has filed reports on Chautauqua Lake in dry, analytical language, logging the number and density of plant species in the shallow lake bed. Lakes are political, Johnson knew, and he didn’t want to squabble with local officials or residents over how they managed the plants. But late last summer, Johnson boated out to conduct his usua…

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Wegmans shoppers did something this weekend that they will never do at that grocery chain again: use plastic bags. The state law banning single-use plastic bags in grocery stores does not take effect until March 1, but Wegmans decided to stop using them more than a month early. Shoppers over the weekend nearly universally praised the reasons behind the shift away fro…

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The federal government has finished removing decades-old radioactive waste from the Town of Tonawanda's former landfill. The cleanup led by the Army Corps of Engineers started in June and was completed in December, according to the office of Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. Crews removed contaminated soil and other materials to a depth of 5 feet at the 55-acre site, just…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is starting his 10th year in office, and in his annual State of the State message Wednesday he is proposing to enact another broad array of ideas, from allowing paid gestational surrogacy to offering hundreds of new places where New Yorkers can legally drink alcohol. Environment Cuomo wants to ban single-use foam containers and foam pack…

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The ongoing disaster in Australia has not yet approached the record mortality rate of some fire seasons past. By any other measure, however, this season has been the worst in recorded history. It is only early January, and there is much of the Australian summer yet to come, with no lasting relief on the horizon. The acreage alone involved in these hundreds of fires is s…

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Since New Year's Day falls on a Wednesday this week, Wednesday’s garbage and recyclables in Buffalo will be picked up on Thursday, according to a city spokeswoman. Thursday’s garbage and recyclables will be picked up on Friday. Friday’s garbage and recyclables will be picked up on Saturday. Monday’s scheduled garbage pickup will remain the same. Curbside collection o…

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New York State's top environmental official announced new measures Friday to curb unnecessary feeding of wild deer and moose but allow for the use of tick-control devices designed to treat deer. “Feeding deer and moose can artificially increase populations and change behavior, causing harm to people, wildlife and the environment,” said Department of Environmental Conser…

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With the calendar year coming to a close in less than two weeks, developers and contractors are rushing to certify that they have completed their state-supervised environmental remediation efforts at various properties, so they can obtain the lucrative tax credits that accompany the Brownfield Cleanup Program. The state Department of Environmental Conservation on Wednes…

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Five Amherst Central High School teachers who say renovation work performed in their classrooms is making them sick have sued the company that oversaw the construction. The teachers say materials used in the project left an odor that lingers to this day in many of the science classrooms in the building and they have repeatedly complained to school and district officials…