August 17, 2005 |
An attorney has filed a lawsuit on behalf of about 6,000 employees who have worked at Rohm & Haas Co.'s research center in Spring House, seeking brain-cancer screening for them. Since 1980, 11 employees have died of brain cancer after working at the Montgomery County facility, and a 12th is battling the disease now. Last year, after an 18-month, in-house study, the company said it could find no link between the cancers and any chemical exposure, though it said such a link could not be entirely ruled out. Further study is ongoing.
December 25, 2012 |
The dozens of firefighters who arrived at a train derailment in Paulsboro on Nov. 30 knew the toxic chemical vinyl chloride had been released into the atmosphere. But some of the responders say they were equipped with inoperable monitoring devices unable to detect the extent of their chemical exposure. The faulty equipment, those firefighters say, reflected the county's years-long "lackadaisical commitment" to emergency preparedness and led them to resign from Gloucester County's hazardous-materials team days later.
February 23, 1990 |
Dust in a metal-processing plant in southern Gloucester County apparently caught fire yesterday, causing two small explosions and sending five workers to the hospital with minor injuries. Contractors renovating a building of Shieldalloy Corp. on West Boulevard in Newfield were chased away by an explosion about 9:50 a.m. The explosion started a small fire, which in turn set off a larger explosion, according to Gloucester County Fire Marshal William Rieger. Ten people who were working in the building at the time were evacuated, and firefighters quickly put out the fire.
April 9, 2002 |
A Chester County Court judge granted preliminary approval yesterday to a proposed total settlement of $975,000 to nearly 1,000 plaintiffs who claimed they suffered from chemical exposure in the long-running Paoli Rail Yard case. Judge Robert J. Shenkin set a May 13 hearing date on the proposed settlement with Monsanto Co. (now Solutia Inc.), General Electric Co., and Westinghouse Electric Co. (now Viacom). The plaintiffs include people who worked at the Paoli Rail Yard or lived in the area immediately north of the yard and believe they suffered injury from exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
January 14, 2016 |
I turned 60 last year. To my surprise, it wasn't quite just another birthday. Maybe it was our last gloomy winter, but I found myself in an existential crisis. I've spent a lot of time in the last few months thinking about what's going to give my life meaning in the however-many years I have left, about what I want now that the nest is empty and all that. You get the idea. I spend a lot of time thinking. I also have spent time thinking - more than any smart, independent, fairly liberated woman should - about my hair.
November 9, 2012 |
Two former supervisors for a city waste contractor have alleged in a lawsuit that the firm illegally dumped chemicals, violated antipollution laws, and supplied misinformation for inspections. The suit, filed Tuesday in Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia, says the problems occurred at the local plant of Houston's Synagro Technologies Inc., which has a $590 million contract with the Philadelphia Water Department to turn human waste into fertilizer and fuel. It alleges that Synagro's actions caused "risks of chemical exposure and explosions" at the plant near Philadelphia International Airport.
December 3, 1996 |
PIKEVILLE, KY. Eighth-grader suspended for wearing black lipstick Eighth-grader Karla Chapman wore black lipstick to school and found herself suspended. Then, her parents protested the suspension with a demonstration outside her school, and found themselves facing charges. Her father, Michael Chapman, pleaded innocent yesterday to charges of terroristic threatening and abuse of a teacher, misdemeanor charges that each could bring him up to a year in jail and fines of $500.
February 14, 1991 |
As the noise from nearby helicopters filled the air, Adam Bethea struggled to move through the fog and drizzle. With an oxygen tank strapped to his back, Bethea was enveloped in protective gear from his big yellow boots to his white, spaceman-like suit, bright green gloves and black-framed eye goggles. Bethea, 28, isn't a soldier in the Persian Gulf, but he has the same fear of chemical exposure that the troops are experiencing. He was equipped this day last week for a practical training program organized by his employer, Roy F. Weston Inc., an environmental-engineering and -consulting firm based in West Chester.
December 19, 2002 |
Rohm & Haas Co., the Philadelphia chemical maker, is studying what appears to be an elevated rate of brain cancer among former employees at its Spring House facility. In a letter to the former employees, the company wrote that it knows of 10 cases of brain cancer among the 6,000 who have worked at the Montgomery County facility in the 40 years it has been open. Based on what they acknowledge is a rough calculation, company officials said that cancer rate was about twice that of the general U.S. population.
January 9, 2004 |
A study of 12 brain cancers among employees at the Rohm & Haas research facility in Montgomery County did not find any link between their disease and the chemicals they handled while on the job, the company said yesterday. The 18 months of research, led by company epidemiologist Arvind Carpenter and completed last month, also found no statistical link between chemical exposure and three additional cases of noncancerous brain tumors. The lack of any "smoking gun" does not mean the 15 employees did not get sick because of their jobs, at the 11 buildings near Route 309 in Spring House.