Environmental Protection Agency

group of people in a circular table arrangement with a speaker standing in the middle
Sarah Brechbill / WAER News

A few dozen Syracuse-area residents gathered today to talk about climate change at a community roundtable today hosted by EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck.  

She opened the discussion with some staggering statistics, noting that this past May was the hottest May in over 130 years of recorded temperature records.  Enck said that fossil fuel power plants - those that burn coal, oil, and gas - produce about 40% of all greenhouse gas pollution. The EPA has a history of regulating other air pollutants, and now it's planing to address the greenhouse gas pollution problem.

Senator Schumer Seeks EPA Exemption for Fire Hydrants

Dec 4, 2013
fire hydrants
Scott Willis / WAER

Hundreds of new fire hydrants waiting to be installed by Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse might have to be scrapped next month, unless the EPA exempts them from an unexpected new lead standard.  Senator Chuck Schumer stopped by the Onondaga County Water Authority today to demand an exemption for the $400,000 worth of fire hydrants: