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11/24/14 8:00am
County Legislator Jay Schneiderman is calling for a study of Millstone power plant. (Courtesy photo)

COURTESY PHOTO | County Legislator Jay Schneiderman is calling for a study of the Millstone power plant.

Each day, some two billion gallons of water are pumped from Long Island Sound into the Millstone Power Station in Waterford, Connecticut — that state’s only nuclear power plant — and used to help cool systems and support the station’s two operating reactors. After it heats up, about 90 percent of that water is discharged back into the Sound at about 20 degrees warmer than when it was taken in, said Ken Holt, a spokesman for Millstone.

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), who represetns Shleter Island, wants to better understand what, if any, impact that heated water is having on the ecology of the Sound and surrounding waters and has reached out to researchers at Stony Brook University’s School of Atmospheric Science, hoping they can determine whether Millstone might be “overheating” the Sound’s waters. (more…)

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11/12/14 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO " Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman, (I-Montauk), who represents Shelter Island, is looking into money dedicated for pure water.

COURTESY PHOTO  Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman, (I-Montauk), who represents Shelter Island, is looking into money dedicated for pure water.

Follow the money.

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), and his colleagues did just that and found that a safe water law was getting the short end of the stick when it came to funds. (more…)

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08/26/14 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Dragging for ticks at Mashomack to count the insects. Soon there will be an app to provide all you need to know aboutt ticks.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Dragging for ticks at Mashomack to count the insects. Soon there will be an app to provide all you need to know aboutt ticks.

Is that a tick, a chigger or a tiny spider?

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County is working on creating a handy smartphone app to help East Enders get an answer to that question and many others with the touch of a button. (Spoiler alert: There are no chiggers on Long Island.) (more…)

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07/08/14 8:00am

 

COURTESY PHOTO | Plum Island

COURTESY PHOTO | Plum Island

New York lawmakers have joined forces with representatives from Connecticut to push for a new proposal they hope will permanently protect Plum Island by transferring the land to another federal agency instead of selling it to the highest bidder. (more…)