August 28, 2016 |
A South Philadelphia woman has been found guilty of animal cruelty for failing to get veterinary care for her cat, which was suffering from chemical burns and was near death, the Pennsylvania SPCA said Friday. Shivone Williams, 28, of the 1500 block of South Etting Street, was sentenced Thursday to pay a $500 fine and was prohibited from owning animals for 90 days. On June 17, the PSPCA was notified that the cat had been dumped at the front steps of a veterinary clinic in Grays Ferry a day earlier, said PSPCA spokeswoman Gillian Kocher.
August 28, 2016
Authorities sent a hazmat team into a Burlington County building Friday that houses a manufacturing company, following a reported spill of an unknown substance. Dispatchers received a call around 10:35 a.m. about the incident at CVC Speciality Chemicals at 2890 Route 73 in Maple Shade. The spill was cleaned up by early afternoon, authorities said. One worker was injured when the spill occurred and taken to a local hospital, authorities said. The extent of the worker's injuries, and what type of substance had spilled, were not released.
August 15, 2016 |
So maybe you kept up with the weeds in the spring. But now? How on earth did they get to be so numerous, and so big? If you're thinking that it might be time for an herbicide, but you're confused about whether that's safe, you have plenty of company. The most commonly used herbicide, glyphosate - a major ingredient in many products, perhaps most notably Monsanto's RoundUp - has been the subject of debate for years. The industry says it is safe. Critics, pointing out that residues are found in some of our food, warn of potential health effects and environmental woes, including the development of "superweeds" that are resistant to it, necessitating stronger chemicals.
July 17, 2016 |
European officials recently took another step in the difficult process of regulating - and potentially banning - endocrine-disrupting chemicals, a growing concern because of links to health problems including infertility, birth defects, diabetes and cancer. In June, the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, presented the world's first legal framework for scientific criteria to classify the chemicals. Rebecca Simmons, deputy director of the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Pennsylvania and attending neonatologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, spoke to us recently about these chemicals.
July 7, 2016 |
A former public-works director in Chester County has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years' probation on charges of illegally dumping chemicals, according to a state prosecutor. Scott Cannon, 57, of Glen Mills, Delaware County, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor violations of the Clean Streams Act for illegally disposing of magnesium chloride in the fall of 2012 while he worked for Tredyffrin Township. Cannon must pay $10,000 to Tredyffrin to reimburse the town for the fine it paid to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, according to a plea agreement a judge accepted Friday at the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester.
July 3, 2016 |
Ten days ago, with President Obama's signing of new chemical safety legislation, the last remaining environmental legislation of the 1970s that had not been updated got a makeover. It had been a long time coming. More than 80,000 chemicals are in common use, and previously the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could call for safety testing only after evidence that there was a potential danger. As a result, the EPA has been able to require testing on only about 200 chemicals.
June 20, 2016 |
As lawmakers demanded answers this spring about water contamination in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, Paul Lutz began chemotherapy. Lutz does not live in the area with the tainted drinking water, which came from chemicals used on naval air bases. But he worked at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station as a flight engineer. Now 44 and retired from the military, he has multiple myeloma. As water contamination near the base attracts scrutiny, Lutz and others who worked there wonder: What about us?
June 16, 2016 |
Upper Uwchlan Township officials agreed Tuesday night to allow a biomedical materials manufacturer to mix chemicals at a facility under construction in Eagleview Corporate Center. Despite opposition from some residents, the Board of Supervisors voted, 2-1, to approve a conditional use application that would allow DSM Biomedical to make silicone hydrogel, the base material used to make contact lenses in the new facility. The vote came after hearing from Township Solicitor Kristin Camp, who laid out some of the safety procedures that will be installed in the plant.
May 3, 2016
Securities trades recently reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission by officers, directors, and principal shareholders of corporations based or having sizable employment in the Philadelphia area. Titles are as reported to the SEC. Buckeye Partners L.P. Clark C. Smith , chief executive officer, sold 10,000 shares at $71.05 on April 19, and now directly holds 85,476 shares. Comcast Corp. Arthur R. Block , general counsel, sold 1,002 shares at $61.25 on April 21, and now directly holds 44,169 shares.
April 10, 2016 |
Keystone Property Group is seeking a new namesake tenant for its Center City office building that now bears Dow Chemical Co.'s nameplate. The Conshohocken-based real estate investment firm has hired brokerage JLL to market space in the building, including a 200,000-square-foot continuous block. The lease could include naming rights for the Sixth and Market Streets property, JLL said in a release. Much of the space up for lease is being vacated by Dow, which announced in July that it was relocating 350 employees at the building to Collegeville.