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New York Bans Brush Burning Through Mid-May

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officials say it’s expected to be another dry spring and outdoor burning of brush is again banned state-wide for a couple months.

Burning for the season is prohibited in towns with less than 20,000 residents but is banned year-round in larger municipalities

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WNBF News/Roger Neel Photo

Snow Greets the Start of Spring in the Twin Tiers

The National Weather Service says there will likely be snow on the ground for the arrival of the Vernal Equinox in the Twin Tiers.

The Binghamton area was expecting a couple inches through the day March 20 but the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania was under a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 p

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Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

Constitution Pipeline Can Go Through Susquehanna Co.

A Federal judge says the Constitution Pipeline can be developed through northern Pennsylvania even though some Susquehanna County landowners did not agree to access to their properties.

U.S. District Judge Malachy Mannion has ruled that the Constitution Pipeline had all the necessary permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the project serves the public interest

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Ice Jams Could Pose Problems in Twin Tiers

Emergency management officials and weather forecasters are keeping an eye on rivers in the Binghamton area as ice conditions change with rising and falling temperatures.

The National Weather Service has been advising residents to be aware of the possibility of isolated ice jam flooding because of melting snow and fluctuating temperatures

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Binghamton Braces for the Start of Spring

After months of snow and record-cold temperatures, Twin Tiers residents are looking forward to the "official" end of winter. Spring will arrive March 20 at 6:45 p.m.

Heavy snow showers and gusty winds caused some travel problems for drivers in the Binghamton area March 19

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Cuomo Asked to Provide Details on Fracking Ban

Environmentalists are seeking information from Governor Andrew Cuomo on how a possible ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing will be implemented in New York state.

The state's environmental conservation and health commissioners announced on December 17 that they would not support fracking for natural gas development

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Kopernik Observatory photo
Kopernik Observatory photo

Kopernik Spring and Summer Programs on Southern Tier Close Up

Appearing on the March 14 edition of the weekly, local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up, Roy Williams of the Kopernik Space and Education Center in Vestal touches on highlights of a very long list of spring a summer programs

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Thin Ice Caution for the Twin Tiers

Caution is being urged around area waterways as some melting has been going on over the past few days and that includes a warning to pet owners who live or walk their dogs near bodies of water to keep tight control of their pets

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Cleanup to Continue at Former IBM Endicott Site

State environmental officials say significant progress has been made in cleaning up the chemical contamination around the former IBM Endicott manufacturing site.

The Department of Environmental Conservation provided an update on the remediation project at a public meeting Thursday evening

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Public Meeting Planned on IBM Endicott Cleanup

State environmental regulators held a meeting to discuss the future of a pollution cleanup project at a former IBM facility in Endicott.

The site off North Street in the village had been used for decades by IBM for manufacturing operations

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