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The Unclean Truth: How Five Cities Stack Up On Recycling

From the East Coast to the West Coast, recycling is a big issue for local governments.

12/26/2012

Shuttered factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut (file / credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Bridgeport Defends Itself Against Being Among ‘Dirtiest Cities’

The mayor of Bridgeport is striking back at Forbes, which has listed the city as the fourth dirtiest city in the nation.

12/12/2012

Piles of garbage sit on a street corner in Midtown. (credit: Philip J. Victor, CBSNewYork.com)

EPA To Help Pick Up Hazardous Waste At New York City Homes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be helping pick up hazardous household waste in New York City for a limited time, according to a news release issued Sunday.

11/25/2012

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Some Homes Condemned Following Raw Sewage Leak On Long Island’s South Shore

The biggest breach took place at the Bay Park sewage treatment facility where a nine foot wall of water flooded the pumps. That led to the sewage inundation of more than 100 homes across nine South Shore villages.

11/12/2012

Backpacks that may contain phthalates, as shown at a news conference held by Sen. Charles Schumer (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Sen. Schumer Issues Safety Warning On Many Back-To-School Items

As many families do their back to school shopping, Sen. Charles Schumer warned consumers about products he said are laden with potentially harmful chemicals. Sen. Schumer is pushing for Congress to pass the Safe Chemical Act to require manufacturers to prove the safety of the chemicals in their products that are used by children.

08/26/2012

Outside E.C. Electroplating Plant in Garfield, N.J. (credit: Levon Putney/WCBS 880)

Bergen County Toxic Site To Be Demolished

The old factory spilled cancer-causing chromic acid into the groundwater and potentially into the nearby Passaic River. The toxic water polluted more than a dozen nearby homes.

08/08/2012

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Green Water Found Flowing Out Of Taps In Toms River, N.J.

Residents in a New Jersey neighborhood turned on their faucets to find a green water mystery waiting for them.

05/16/2012

The raging waters of the Great Falls - Paterson, NJ (file / credit: Wayne Cabot / WCBS 880)

WCBS 880 Presents ‘Living Green’ Episode 4: Struggling With Flooding, Runoff In New Jersey

There have been six major floods since Gov. Chris Christie was elected in 2009, the Sierra Club of New Jersey’s Jeff Titel told WCBS 880′s Wayne Cabot.

04/26/2012

Long Island Rail Road station - Glen Cove, NY (file / credit: Glen Cove Community Development Agency)

Glen Cove Site Cleaned Up For Redevelopment

The Gladsky Marine Site in Glen Cove used to be one very dirty place. But now it’s been cleaned up as apart of an EPA conservation program and will soon be included in the town’s waterfront revitalization project.

11/29/2011

Toxic Symbol (graphic: AP)

Officials Arrest 12 In NYC For Selling Toxic Pesticides

Officials say most of the pesticides came from China and were sold at dirt-cheap prices.

09/19/2011

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Raging Rivers Rise As New Jersey Residents Face More Flooding Woes

The situation has become bitterly familiar along the swollen Passaic River: More rain, and more flooding.

09/08/2011

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Rutgers Studying Link Between Pollen Release And Climate Change

Ragweed pollen has hit the air a few weeks earlier then usual. It’s a pattern that’s been developing over the past 20 years, says Dr. Leonard Bielory.

08/14/2011

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Environmentalist: Entire N.J. Town Should Be Tested For Lead

Lead levels in homes just outside a New Jersey superfund site have been found to be dangerously high and that has some observers demanding quick action.

07/18/2011

Rutgers University Entomologists Battle Bedbugs In Jersey City Housing Project

Entomologists from Rutgers University are moving in to a Jersey City housing project infested with bedbugs to create a national model for controlling the pests.

05/04/2011

Laura Smith and Cecily (credit: CBS 2)

HealthWatch: Children And Chemicals

Pediatricians are worried children are being exposed to potentially dangerous chemicals, Dr. Max Gomez reports.

04/26/2011

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