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Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn’s new Plastic Reduction Task Force has launched its first initiative – Strawless Suffolk.  

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Groundwater tests at a Noyack sand mine and mulch facility have found elevated levels of two metals at the site.

The tests by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services at the Sand Land Mine found 200 times the acceptable level of manganese in the groundwater, and 100 times the acceptable level of iron.

It also found elevated levels of sodium, thallium, nitrate, and ammonia.

The contaminants were found at a depth of 120 feet.

The report called for the mine to stop operations until mitigation plans are put in place.

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Connecticut now has two new laws that are designed to help the state plan ahead for climate change and the production of clean energy.

At a signing ceremony, Governor Dannel Malloy said the new energy law would require state utilities to increase the percentage of renewable energy in their portfolios from the current 25 percent to 40 percent by 2030. Malloy says this would help boost the state’s economy.

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Connecticut’s state parks season is underway, and there’s mixed news for hikers in the state.

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Scientists are excited about a possible low-cost solution to the nitrogen pollution problem in Suffolk. They discussed their findings at the New York State Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University Tuesday afternoon.