Healthy Communities

About Our Healthy Communities Work: Chemicals—including heavy metals, such as mercury and lead, as well as manmade chemicals—are always around us, whether we realize it or not. Humans and wildlife are exposed to chemicals in myriad ways: through food, dust, clothing, and incinerator pollution, not to mention as a result of the toxic products dumped into landfills, which leach chemicals into our ground and drinking water. Even small amounts of chemical exposure have been linked with neurological harm, endocrine and reproductive disorders, cancers, learning disabilities, and birth defects.

Environmental Advocates of New York is focused on reducing our exposure to dangerous chemicals and requiring chemical producers and distributors to share information about such chemicals so the public can be better educated about potential dangers.

By Monday, December 1st, the Obama Administration is supposed to release a proposed new health standard for allowable levels of smog in the air. The long awaited decision is a result of court action taken by groups like the American Lung Association that argue the current standard (set during the Bush Administration) is out of date. The standard in place now does not reflect the current state of health science.

Today I’m going to talk about something that most of us don’t typically want to hear: how our meat consumption is having disastrous consequences on our environment.

Ah, summer. It’s the time of year for being outdoors, barbecues, super fresh produce, and fun in the sun. One of the things I really love about New York this time of year is taking advantage of all the farms, orchards, and sources of natural bounty and beauty across the state.

Thomas DiNapoli, the New York State Comptroller issued a startling report on April 4th that detailed the growth in health costs that the taxpayers bear to treat this widespread and sometimes deadly disease. The Medicaid program costs to treat asthma have jumped 26 percent in the past five years. and the overall annual “asthma bill” is now $1.3 billion.

Last week, EPL/Environmental Advocates, the accountability arm of Environmental Advocates of New York released its annual Environmental Scorecard. The document tracks how all 213 state legislators voted on environmental and energy issues in this year’s legislative session, and gives them a score between 0 and100.

Americans throw away 28 million bottles and jars that can be recycled each year.

The average person has no clue how much of their waste can actually be recycled. After all, it’s easy to get in the habit of throwing garbage away. But with just a little more consciousness, it is not only easy but very gratifying to let your waste – paper, metal, plastics and glass – live another day. And that day isn’t in a landfill, stream, or along the side of the road!

Sitting Idly By: New York's Children Breathe Dirty Air Due to Diesel Law Delays

Justice has been denied to New York breathers for too long, but thanks to money coming New York’s way, the wait for cleaner air should be over.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and state legislators speak out frequently on issues of environmental justice and the need for New York State to be a climate leader. As it turns out, New York has had this opportunity since 2006 with the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), but squandered it through funding delays.

Clearing the Air (December, 2015)

Clearing the Air: Assessing and Addressing the Impacts of Short-Changing New York’s Air Regulators highlights how despite significant gains in air quality over several decades, New York is at a tipping point due to budget cuts and years of level spending that risks increased exposure to air pollutants that undermine public health and shorten lives. 

Brownfields: Ripe for Reform (March, 2015)

This is Environmental Advocates of New York’s fourth analysis of tax incentives paid out to developers under the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program. 

Brownfields cleanup should be a critical component of the state’s environmental and economic development programs, but structural problems within state law hinder progress. Data reviewed in this analysis proves that the existing brownfields program has cost taxpayers far too much to clean up far too little.

Bill would ban tiny plastic beads in personal care products

February 10, 2014 by EMILY C. DOOLEY 

Tiny beads used in facial scrubs, shampoos, soaps and toothpaste products could be banned under a measure drafted by the state attorney general to halt the spread of plastic pollution in New York waters.


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