July 5, 1986
Environmental organizations around the country are using this week's Statue of Liberty restoration festivities to make a pertinent point: Unless strong acid-rain controls are put in place soon, the statue may not be around for its bicentennial. The toll of acidic precipitation on structures like the statue is immediately apparent. The damage is widespread, but some states such as Pennsylvania, which receives the most acidic rainfall in the United States, are beginning to see an obvious impact.
November 16, 1986
Listening to his message, it might have been easy to figure Edward B. Leisenring Jr. to be some out-of-place environmentalist as he addressed the Virginia Coal Council recently. He was telling his audience to get behind passage of an acid-rain control bill, legislation that the industry has vigorously opposed in past years. Edward Leisenring isn't some mouthpiece for environmentalists, however. He is the chairman of Westmoreland Coal Co., based in Philadelphia, and that's what makes his message to Eastern coal executives particularly interesting.
October 22, 1990 |
Congressional negotiators reached agreement early yesterday on a plan to cut acid rain, the last major issue that had to be resolved to clear the way for enactment of the first overhaul of the nation's clean-air laws in 13 years. The agreement would order electric utilities in the industrial Midwest and Southeast to cut by half the emissions of sulfur dioxide. That is the main ingredient in acid rain, which has left thousands of lakes and streams too acidified to support life.
July 15, 1986
As owner of 70 million acres of timberland, the forest products industry has as great a stake as anyone in the health of America's forests. Companies in our industry spend tens of millions of dollars annually in combating threats to the health of forests and improving their productivity. That's why we must set the record straight. In your April 17 editorial "The Sikorski-Conte bill would cure acid rain" you state that "growth of commercial timber is in the decline in the Southeast" because of acid rain.
August 9, 1988
It's hard to get folks riled up about what's wrong with the rain in the middle of a drought. But when the rain has darn near turned to vinegar, gnawing on Philadelphia's oldest churches, erasing fish from whole lakes in the Adirondacks, doing a number on people's lungs, well, rain ain't what it used to be. We're talking acid rain, here, the same stuff that the President was talking about the other day when he agreed, after years of foot-dragging, to...
May 5, 1990 |
Acid rain is a severe problem that has befouled streams in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, but federal clean-air standards have improved conditions during the last 20 years, a Rutgers University professor said yesterday. Zoologist Mark D. Morgan said that the adoption of clean-air legislation now before Congress would further improve the quality of water in the Pinelands, where acid rain has, through a chemical process, caused streams to become polluted with aluminum. Morgan made his comments before the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, the agency responsible for controlling growth and protecting the fragile environment in the one million acres of once-pristine streams and forests.
September 7, 1990 |
Some newfangled devices strapped to the stately old columns of Philadelphia's Merchants' Exchange are beginning to shed new light on the deterioration caused by urban pollution and acid rain. The National Park Service has been studying the way pollutants eat away at historic structures, from the Greek Revival building at 2nd and Walnut streets to the cliff dwellings of the Southwest. The aim: to protect these landmarks from the air pollution that haunts national parks from coast to coast.
April 28, 1988 |
President Reagan and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney looked like old friends yesterday as they credited each other in public for a recent trade pact, but they failed to patch up their disagreement over acid rain when they met behind closed doors. After Reagan again rebuffed Mulroney in his quest for U.S. acid rain controls, the Canadian leader appealed directly to the American people and Congress for help, warning that acid rain was "a rapidly escalating ecological tragedy in this country as well as ours.
March 15, 1986
Last year, at the conclusion of their so-called shamrock summit, President Reagan and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney announced a joint study of the acid rain problem plaguing both nations. Although the prime minister had hoped for something more substantive, he agreed to the examination of the environmental effects of airborne pollutants from burning fossil fuels high in sulfur and nitrogen. The study has been completed and it calls on Mr. Reagan to support a five- year, $5 billion program using public and private funds to develop cleaner coal-burning technology.
January 20, 1987
When the final chapter on federal acid-rain control is written, it may turn out that what turned the tide was some pitted BMW hoods and a few asthmatic joggers. The environmental consequences of acid rainfall are becoming increasingly apparent and costly, both in terms of property and physical damage. That fact ultimately may force controls on the pollutants, primarily sulfur dioxide, that mix in the atmosphere and return to earth as acid rain. BMW of North America Inc. has stopped shipping its cars through the port of Jacksonville, Fla., because an August rain shower there scarred the finish on 2,000 automobiles, in some cases dissolving the paint down to the metal.