News from the Associated Press - December 18, 2013

Associated Press
December 18, 2013

NY provides $500,000 for localities to save farms

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Localities in New York can apply for state grants of up to $15,000 to develop laws and programs designed to protect farmland.

The grants through the New York State Environmental Protection Fund will go to municipalities that want to amend local laws to ease potentially burdensome restrictions on farms. The money can also be used to design programs that rely on conservation easements to protect farmland while transferring those development rights elsewhere.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says $500,000 will be available through the program statewide.


Novelis to spend $120 million on upstate NY plant

SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) - The world's largest producer of aluminum for the automobile industry is expanding again in upstate New York.

Novelis Inc. says it will invest $120 million to install a third aluminum automotive sheet finishing line and expand recycling of automotive scrap at its production plant near Oswego.

The company says the expansion will create 90 jobs at its facility in the town of Scriba, and other upgrades to the plant also will be made.

Novelis has been expanding its worldwide production of aluminum for the auto industry because car makers are increasing their use of the light-weight metal for structural components and exterior body panels to meet new fuel mileage standards.

The company says it's receiving financial incentives from the state and County of Oswego Industrial Development Agency for the expansion.


Coal spilled in northeastern Pa. trail derailment

HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) - Authorities are probing what caused three loaded coal cars to derail in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Standard-Speaker said the three moving railroad cars went off the tracks in Hazle Township around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Fire Chief Scott Kostician said each Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad car was lugging about 112 tons of coal, so approximately 336 tons were dumped in the derailment.

Some of the fallen coal and the cars landed on fresh snow along the side of the tracks and a set of pine trees, causing them to lean.

Local officials expect that it could take several days before the rail cars are moved and the area is cleaned up.

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