February 20, 2014 |
PAULSBORO For the first time in months of public concern about Paulsboro's contaminated water supply, state and local officials addressed residents Tuesday night in a packed auditorium at Paulsboro High School. Many residents expressed frustration during the nearly 21/2-hour meeting, and many answers were not immediately available. The borough's water supply has elevated levels of a perfluorinated compound (PFC) known as perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA). There are no state or federal regulations for PFC levels in water, and the health effects of the compounds remain unclear.
February 5, 2014 |
PAULSBORO A dozen Paulsboro residents have joined in a lawsuit against a West Deptford plastics company over a contaminated water supply. The lawsuit alleges that Solvay Specialty Polymers has failed to protect the borough from perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) stemming from its operations on Leonard Lane. Filed in Superior Court in Gloucester County on Friday, the suit seeks class-action status and argues that Solvay was negligent. The suit claims bodily injury, emotional distress, and property damage on behalf of the plaintiffs.
January 25, 2014 |
PAULSBORO Days after Paulsboro pleaded for state intervention to deal with a contaminated water supply, the state Department of Environmental Protection has advised residents to use bottled water when feeding children up to age 1. Paulsboro officials were expected to post the information to the borough's website Friday, and to issue a letter from the mayor along with the state guidance through the mail. The borough's Well No. 7, a primary water source, has elevated levels of a certain type of perfluorinated compound (PFC)
June 7, 2013 |
Question: I have a dry-laid brick patio bordered on three sides by flower beds. Over the years I have noticed that the bricks are turning black on top. This is not from garden soil or mud, and it is not uniform in its coverage. I have thought about scrubbing the bricks with a water-bleach mix, but I am afraid that it will bleach the bricks. What is the black stuff, and how do I get it off without changing brick color? Answer: You can try Oxy-Clean, the oxygenated bleach that we use to clean mildew off 18th-century headstones in our churchyard.
April 12, 2013
Idling Guard staff risks readiness The Pentagon's decision to impose budget-driven furloughs on some 53,000 National Guard full-time uniformed staffers - including more than 1,800 in Pennsylvania - threatens Guard training and readiness. Just like regular military personnel, these critical Guard members should be exempt from furloughs, as proposed by U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo (R., Miss.), Congress' only concurrently serving enlisted member of the National Guard. Even though the Defense Department has reduced the number of furlough days to 14, that's not good enough.
April 5, 2013
THIS IS A letter in response to the editorial "Liquid Assets: A bottled-water ban has merit, but it's not crystal clear. " I sincerely congratulate the Daily News for having published an article which so articulately elucidates the problems of allowing national parks to continue to sell bottled water. As the article states, when discussing the issue of the sale of bottled water, there inevitably gets asked the question of whether water should be seen and treated federally as a human right.
April 3, 2013
Independence National Historical Park should embrace the virtues of another priceless public asset with Philadelphia roots: tap water. Last week, the group Corporate Accountability International began urging prominent national parks to stop sales of bottled water within their boundaries on the grounds that "one national treasure (our parks) shouldn't be used to sell another (our water). " The National Park Service lets each of its parks decide whether to ban bottled water, and several have done so. While a few more parks wouldn't make much of a dent in the behemoth bottled-water industry, they could lead the way in encouraging the public to drink the water we already own. Independence National Park is in the right place to promote public water and its accompanying benefits.
March 29, 2013
SHOULD the National Park Service stop selling bottled water at Independence Park? At first glance, the question may strike some as the height of annoying nanny-state interference - like the citywide ban on foie gras or, even worse, New York Mayor Bloomberg's attempt to ban oversize drinks with sugar in them. (Not to mention Mayor Nutter's failed attempt to impose a tax on sugary drinks that went down the drain a few years ago.) Given the concerns over the health impacts of sugary drinks, banning bottled water might be seen as the action of an evil nanny, one who wants to keep you fat. But a campaign to ban bottled water comes at the behest of environmental and other groups to bring attention to a variety of global water problems and corporate big-footing, and although it's a complex issue, it's worth noting.
March 28, 2013 |
Several environmental and other groups are teaming up Wednesday to ask that Independence National Historical Park, along with several other iconic national parks, stop selling bottled water. If they succeed, visitors will be left with a situation - an absurd one, critics say - where they can buy sodas, juice, and other drinks in plastic bottles. But visitors who want water will have to buy a reusable bottle and fill it at a water station with Philadelphia tap water. The effort is being led by Corporate Accountability International, a nonprofit whose Think Outside the Bottle campaign promotes public water systems.
December 15, 2012 |
Forbes has compiled a list of "America's 20 Dirtiest Cities" and there's the Philadelphia metropolitan area, ranked No. 3, behind Fresno and Bakersfield, two California areas with fewer than a million residents apiece. But don't think "Philthadelphia," with trash-strewn streets or vacant lots - or foul-mouthed sports fans. Pollution is Forbes' main focus. Air and water quality. As with most such lists, the accuracy can be questioned. Last year, when Philly finished first, the list was dubbed "Most Toxic," prompting the likes of fairwarning.com to suggest, "Americans seeking healthy cities to call home should avoid Philadelphia like a toxic waste dump.