April 4, 2015 |
Days before a New Jersey drinking-water panel is set to discuss a possible regulation for a contaminant found in Gloucester County water supplies, the plastics company suspected of emitting the chemical placed a full-page newspaper advertisement raising the specter of other potential sources. A main takeaway of Solvay Specialty Polymer's Thursday ad: A "voluntary and extensive" investigation over the last year shows there are "multiple sources in the region" that might be responsible.
August 21, 2014 |
The Monell Chemical Senses Center, long known for its pioneering work on taste and smell, is getting a new director whose interests extend to other parts of the body. The research institute announced Monday that molecular biologist Robert F. Margolskee would assume the leadership role on Oct. 1, taking over from Gary K. Beauchamp, who is stepping down after 24 years. Margolskee, 59, studies the role of sensory proteins called taste receptors - so named because they were first found in the taste buds, but more recently discovered in the intestines, pancreas, and other organs.
August 18, 2014 |
Josephine Wilson has tried to shield her daughter from the "nasties. " The Princeton website designer avoided canned food because of the bisphenol A in the can linings. She skipped tuna because of the mercury. When she learned about flame retardants, she scrutinized her home for sources. She and her husband eventually replaced their couch and mattress. Their vacuum has a HEPA filter to remove chemicals that accumulate in dust. So when she saw a sign in the lobby of her pediatrician's office about needing subjects for a study on flame retardants, she knew she wanted to take part.
July 17, 2014 |
A government researcher who has studied intersex fish in the Potomac River now has found them in three Pennsylvania river basins, including the Delaware. The fish - males that develop immature eggs and other signs of feminization - are considered symptomatic of estrogenic chemicals in the water. Their discovery in the state indicates that effects of hormones and hormone-like compounds are more widespread than thought. The mutant fish could bespeak a deeper crisis, said Vicki Blazer, a U.S. Geological Survey fish biologist who conducted the Pennsylvania study.
July 8, 2014 |
Melinda H. Keefe shared the world's horror when a painting by Mark Rothko, one of her favorite artists, was defaced with graffiti. Along with her initial shock at the vandalism came another emotion: a determination to do something about it. Keefe, a senior research scientist at the Dow Chemical Co., volunteered her expertise in researching what solvents might work best at removing the vandal's ink. More than a year and a half later, the successfully...
June 3, 2014 |
Robert J. Patsko, 86, formerly of Bryn Mawr, a chemical engineer, died Tuesday, May 27, of multiple myeloma at Kendal Crosslands in Kennett Square. Throughout his career, Mr. Patsko worked on chemical applications for the printing industry. Several were patented in the 1960s and 1970s. His work in photo engraving research, development, and technical sales took him to major newspaper customers worldwide. He was based at Master Etching Machine Co. in Ambler for two decades before moving to Park Forest, Ill.; Plymouth, Mass.; and Prairie Village, Kan. He returned to the Philadelphia suburbs and retired in 2000, his family said.
May 5, 2014 |
Quaker Chemical Corp. doesn't swing for the fences. No, the Conshohocken-based specialty chemical-maker likes to play small ball - watching costs, stressing customer service, making key acquisitions - to keep its balance sheet with a positive tilt. "Our goal is to score runs by hitting many singles," Quaker's chief executive officer, Michael Barry, told stock analysts last week. By Wall Street's measure, Quaker has been hitting the ball pretty well. Since sinking below $5 a share during the Great Recession, its stock has risen fairly steadily.
April 19, 2014 |
Philadelphia-based Chemtura Corp. has agreed to sell its agricultural-chemicals division for about $1 billion to Platform Specialty Products Corp., which is backed by hedge-fund manager Bill Ackman. The deal, for $950 million in cash and two million Platform shares, is the latest in a U.S. chemical industry pressured by hedge-fund managers and activist shareholders to streamline businesses and boost shareholder returns. Wilmington-based DuPont plans to separate its legacy chemical portfolio from its faster-growing seed businesses.
March 17, 2014 |
Do you want to buy an agricultural chemical business? Not everybody does. But if you do, hurry. Chemtura Inc., a member of the Philly 50 list of companies with headquarters in the area and the highest market capitalizations, is continuing to restructure and is selling its division that produces chemicals that help grow food. In 2013, that division produced $449 million in sales, a bit more than 20 percent of the company's total of $2.2 billion. But it is, apparently, beyond the core of what Chemtura does well or wants to do. Though he offered no specifics, chief executive officer Craig Rogerson told financial analysts Feb. 25 Chemtura was in the second round of bids for what it calls its AgroSolutions business.
February 24, 2014 |
NEW YORK In a cozy New York theater this weekend, under the auspices of academia and art, the circumstances facing a small, industrial New Jersey borough were placed under a new lens. More than a year after the November 2012 train derailment in Paulsboro spewed vinyl chloride, sparking a litany of lawsuits, a South Jersey native has staged a play inspired by the accident. Written by 2002 Paulsboro High School alumna Nicole Pandolfo, Pump is a fictionalized version of the aftermath of the derailment, which in the play releases toxic toluene.