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The August 2012 isse was the final issue of Environment DEC. For up to date news about New York State's environment, natural resources and DEC's environmental quality programs please see our Central Office Press Releases page or the Regional Press Releases page. Be sure to check out DEC's latest newsletter, Outdoor Discovery for tips and recommendations about exploring the outdoors and recreational opportunities across the state.

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August 2012

A large red diesel truck, idling at the curb.One of the issues being addressed is excessive idling from diesel trucks.

Pollution Prevention Program Expanded throughout State

By bringing smaller businesses into compliance, DEC is improving environmental health in some of New York State's most vulnerable communities.
A male deer standing in the forestThe new regulations include changes to seasons, DMPs and antler restrictions.

Deer Hunting Regulations Changed

With these changes, DEC has begun implementing several strategies of the recently adopted "Management Plan for White-tailed Deer."
Forest in Tug Hill Plateau areaPublic comments on the plan will be accepted until September 28.

Management Plan Proposed for State Forests in Oneida County

The proposed plan will guide management actions to help achieve the goals of providing healthy, sustainable and biologically diverse forest ecosystems.
An emerald ash borer larva inside woodThe larva of the emerald ash borer hide inside firewood.

Firewood Transport Rules Revised

Without the existence of this regulation, firewood infested with invasive insects such as emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle could be transported throughout the state, destroying trees from one place to another.
Smoke coming from a coal-fired power plantCO2 emission limits will be set for power plants with a capacity of, or planned increase in capacity of at least 25

New Power Sector and CO2 Emissions Regulations Adopted

These regulations will help populations disproportionately affected by high asthma hospitalization and will serve to further minimize the power sector's contribution to climate change, which poses a substantial threat to public health and the state's environment.


  • DEC and DOS Create Mighty Waters Working Group - Along with promoting economic revitalization and environmental sustainability initiatives, the group will pursue ways to reduce flood risk for communities in the Mohawk River Valley.
  • Cleanup of Onondaga Lake Enters Dredging Phase - Honeywell International is conducting the project with oversight by DEC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH).
  • Sturgeon Restoration Efforts Achieve Milestone - Two egg-bearing female sturgeon were found downstream of Oneida Lake. These were the first mature egg-bearing females found since DEC began restoration work nearly 20 years ago.
  • Grants Available For Hudson River Estuary Projects - Around $150,000 has been set aside for these grants from the Environmental Protection Fund for projects that advance the goals of the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda. July 20, 2012 is the deadline for applying, so don't delay.
  • DEC Announces Tentative 2012-13 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons - The early announcement gives hunters time to plan their trips to the many excellent waterfowl hunting locations throughout the state.
  • News Briefs - DEC Announces First State Record Fish for 2012; If You Care, Leave It There; Citizen Scientists to Collect Water Quality Data in Hudson River Watershed; and DEC Proposes Changes to River Herring Regulations.
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