Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
Rules on Illegal Snow Dumping May Be Eased in New Jersey
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Officials in New Jersey may relax the rule against dumping excess snow into waterways with a winter storm expected to bring heavy accumulation battering the state this week.
The practice of dumping plowed snow into waterways is illegal because of pollutants it contains could leak into the state's lakes and rivers, but New Jersey may have to make an exception.
"We're a little bit concerned with the number of snow storms we're having this year and some of the towns, cities, even businesses running out of space as to what to do with the snow," Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Larry Ragonese said.
State officials said decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis, and that snow cannot be dumped in wetlands, small streams, waters that contain shellfish beds or drinking water reservoirs.
"Snow ends up containing a lot of road salts and hydrocarbons from cars, and some of that pollution gets absorbed when you throw it into the rivers like that," New Jersey Sierra Club director Jeff Tittel.