Climate Change & New York City
Health Dept, Environmentalists Debate New Limits on ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water
New York State’s Department of Health proposed reducing the maximum levels of so-called “forever chemicals” allowed in drinking water in the State Register released Wednesday. In its explanation for the recommendation, the DOH wrote that the current level is not protective of public health—though environmental groups argue it’s still not enough to limit the contaminants, which can lead to reproductive issues and developmental delays.
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Opinion: We Need E-Bike Incentives, Not Bans
“We join many other New Yorkers, including Los Deliveristas, a social justice group that represents the estimated 65,000 delivery workers, and call on the city to find alternatives to a ban that protects NYCHA residents from fire hazards without impacting transportation access or imperiling the growth of this affordable and sustainable mobility option.” Read the story. ([link removed])
Opinion: Gateway Must Become ‘Freightway’ to Reduce Congestion
“Instead of continuing to overburden already disadvantaged communities, we can bring freight rail through Gateway to a new distribution hub at Moynihan/Penn Station, which is already equipped with loading bays from its previous use as a postal facility.” Read the story. ([link removed])
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** Climate Calendar:
Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. ([link removed]) : The NYC Council's committee on environmental protection will hold an oversight hearing on bills and resolutions relating to renewable energy and the city's climate adaption plans. Attend in person in Council chambers at City Hall or watch the live stream here ([link removed]) .
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