June 25, 2014 |
Quick! Calculate the half-life of a radioactive isotope, given a series of Geiger counter readings. Name a hydrocarbon based on its number of carbon atoms and a description of the chemical bonds. Spit out the number of neutrons in an isotope of tungsten. Tricky for most adults whose high school chemistry class was long ago. But what about Audrey Gallier, who has yet to take it? Easy as evaporating water, apparently. At the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, the 12-year-old from Brookfield, Ill., correctly answered brain-buster after brain-buster to win the national You Be The Chemist Challenge, a chemistry-quiz contest for grades five through eight.
March 20, 2013 |
THE TIDE WAS going out in Paulsboro, and from Gary Stevenson's kitchen table a few geese could be seen hugging the bank of Mantua Creek, just beyond the inky eddies swirling out toward the Delaware River. Stevenson's spacious, new home about 20 yards from the creek, on land his family has owned for generations, might provide the best view in town. And when a distant rumble grows closer, when vibrations rise through your shoes and a hulking form appears just beyond the back deck, the scene viewed from the kitchen becomes a perfect picture of life in Paulsboro.
February 20, 2013 |
Thirty years after the New Jersey Legislature created an independent body to determine limits on pollutants in tap water, there is growing concern about its future. The Drinking Water Quality Institute - whose schedule is determined by the state Department of Environmental Protection - has not met in more than two years following a fight over tightening limits on industrial chemicals. And legislation has been introduced that would add representatives of industrial and chemical companies to the board and press the institute to consider industry-funded research in its decision making.
July 28, 2012
A federal judge in Philadelphia sentenced Nupro Industries Corp. to three years' probation and a $200,000 fine for criminally tampering with samples of the wastewater it was discharging into Philadelphia's sewer system in 2006 and 2007, U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger and EPA Special Agent-in-Charge David G. McLeod Jr. said. The chemical manufacturer, which pleaded guilty in March, was founded in 1873 and has two plants in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section. Peter Shtompil, NuPro's director of operations at the company when the infractions occurred, is scheduled for sentencing Aug. 10. - Harold Brubaker
April 24, 2012 |
John Fortin, 89, who bought a small chemical manufacturer in North Philadelphia and turned it into a major chemical supply-chain management company, died Friday, April 20, of complications from a stroke at his home in Hershey's Mill in West Chester. "He lived a full life. He didn't get cheated," said his son, Thaddeus J. Fortin, chief executive officer of Haas Group International. In 1975, Mr. Fortin, then a salesman with Quaker Chemical in Conshohocken, bought Charles J. Haas in North Philadelphia, which had about $150,000 in revenue and three employees.
July 30, 2011 |
Edward Joseph Knorr, 79, formerly of Boothwyn, a retired owner of Advanced Chemicals Inc., died of Alzheimer's disease Monday, July 25, at Fair Acres Geriatric Center in Lima. After a career in sales with General Electric Co. and ITE Corp., Mr. Knorr established Advanced Chemicals in 1965. The Upper Darby firm initially produced lubricating oil and grease. It later manufactured powdered pigments and dyes for paints and cosmetics. He retired in 2003. Mr. Knorr grew up in Fairmount.
June 23, 2011
A division of EMD Chemicals Inc. will move its North American headquarters to Tinicum Township, creating 35 jobs within five years, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development said today. EMD's performance materials unit will relocate from Gibbstown, Camden County, with the help of $595,000 in Pennsylvania state grants and job-creation tax credits. In addition to the new jobs, 65 current employees will move to the new site. The company makes chemicals used in the pharmaceutical, coatings, cosmetics, food, printing and other industries.
January 20, 2011 |
The U.S. Attorney's Office on Wednesday charged a Marcus Hook chemical company with violating the Clean Water Act for discharging tainted water into the Marcus Hook Creek, a tributary to the Delaware. Employees of Chemical Equipment Labs Inc., on Walnut Street, routinely rinsed plastic containers that had previously held chemicals, then discharged the wastewater into a drain in a bathroom that led to the sewer system, according to a federal criminal complaint. The company sells and distributes chemicals, including pool chemicals, ice-melting products, and oil absorbents.
July 12, 2008 |
Heralding more deals in the specialty-chemical business, Hercules Inc. of Wilmington was sold yesterday for $2.6 billion, a day after Philadelphia's Rohm & Haas Co. was sold for $18.8 billion. If shareholders approve the sale of Hercules to Ashland Inc. of Covington, Ky., and Rohm & Haas to Dow Chemical Co. of Midland, Mich., the region will lose two major company headquarters and some headquarters job, while sparking deal interest across the industry. "With Hercules-Ashland and Rohm & Haas-Dow we're getting the ball rolling," said Robert Felice, analyst at Gabelli & Co., the brokerage affiliate of Gamco Investors Inc., one of Hercules' largest shareholders.