Cuomo administration requests halt on natural gas pipeline

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) >> The Cuomo administration has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to halt construction of a natural gas pipeline near the nuclear power station in New York City's suburbs.

State health, environmental, utility and security agencies say they are launching an analysis at Gov. Andrew Cuomo's direction of the safety risks from Spectra Energy's Algonquin pipeline that would run from Pennsylvania to New England.

Their analysis includes recent unplanned shutdowns at Entergy's aging Indian Point nuclear plant, which Cuomo has questioned keeping open. It's 25 miles north of New York City and its nearly 9 million inhabitants.

Assembly members Sandra Galef and David Buchwald, both Westchester County Democrats, say they asked the governor last year for a safety assessment.

A call to FERC was not immediately returned Monday.

Shumlin: More wells to be tested in North Bennington

MONTPELIER (AP) >> The state of Vermont is going to test an additional 80 to 100 private water wells in the North Bennington area after earlier tests found varying levels of a toxic chemical in five wells in the community, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Monday.

No contamination was found in the area's public water source in the same tests, whose results were announced last week.


The potentially cancer-causing chemical, known as PFOA, was found after Vermont officials heard news reports about contamination in nearby Hoosick Falls, New York.

Vermont officials say they don't know the source of the contamination, but they note it's the same chemical that was found at an industrial plant in Hoosick Falls, and the same chemical was used at one time in a now-closed plant in North Bennington.

The wells to be tested are in a 1 1/2-mile radius surrounding the former Chem Fab plant in North Bennington.

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, a producer of high-performance polymer products, owns the New York factory believed to be responsible for the contamination in Hoosick Falls.

The company, part of Paris-based Saint-Gobain Corp., acquired the North Bennington plant in 2000 and closed it in 2002, said it would pay for bottled water and filtering systems for the affected locations and any others that might be found in the future.

Officials say residents with wells being tested should not drink the water while results are pending. Bottled water will be provided.