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.
February 28, 2016
A Chester County town's former public works director faced a judge and waived his preliminary hearing Friday morning over charges he illegally dumped chemicals. Scott H. Cannon, 56, of Glen Mills, who was fired by Tredyffrin Township two years ago, faces charges of unlawful conduct and polluting the water supply. The State Attorney General's Office charged him on Nov. 20. He appeared in district court in Chesterbrook in front of District Judge Analisa Sondergaard. Cannon is accused of discharging at least 1,000 gallons of magnesium chloride, used to treat road salt, on the grounds of the public works facility in Tredyffrin Township, where he had worked as director of the department since November 2011.
November 5, 2015 |
THE MYSTERY of how little Brendan Creato wound up dead in the woods a half-mile from his home last month continues after the family's attorney says toxicology tests came back negative for drugs or chemicals. Richard Fuschino Jr., an attorney for Brendan's father, DJ Creato, said the Camden County Prosecutor's Office informed him of the toxicology results and that the autopsy report on the 3-year-old boy was still pending. "There's certainly no closure," Fuschino said yesterday.