September 17, 2012 |
The little waterway known as Newton Creek is more than a little . . . complicated. Like Camden County, where it's located. Connecting some of South Jersey's richest and poorest communities as it meanders toward the Delaware River, the six-mile waterway has three main tributaries, feeds four lakes, and serves very different constituencies. It has a Superfund site at one end, a rain garden at the other, and beleaguered, though beloved, parks in between. The lakes are man-made (for which we can thank Franklin Roosevelt)
May 21, 2012 |
Just downstream from an industrial recycling operation and a stone's throw from a sewage treatment plant, a fisherman casts his line toward the passing barge traffic and watches it drop into the Delaware River. A couple eating lunch watch curiously. "No way would I ever eat anything from there," the woman says. The fishers who frequent the pier in Camden's Waterfront South neighborhood have heard it all before. That they're crazy, that they're going to grow an extra head or get sick from eating what they catch.
July 31, 2011
While the public's attention has been focused on the irresponsible showdown over raising the nation's debt limit, the Republican House has been conducting a full-scale assault on the nation's environmental laws. It spent last week trying to push through an agency-funding bill that's chock full of changes making it easier for polluters to continue business as usual. The Interior appropriations bill carries more than 40 additional directives, or "riders," that would roll back protections for public health and the environment.
July 19, 2011
ARECENT Daily News editorial left out this about hydraulic fracturing: no environmental regulator has linked fracturing to groundwater contamination. At a recent congressional hearing, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson confirmed while testifying that she was "not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water. " Former state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger said late last year that Pennsylvania had not had one case in which the fluids used to break off the gas from 5,000 to 8,000 feet underground had returned to contaminate groundwater.
July 17, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week: House National flood insurance. Voting 406-22, the House passed a bill (HR 1309) to renew the taxpayer-subsidized National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through 2016 and start key reforms. The bill authorizes the program to add $3 billion in new debt to the $17.8 billion it already owes the Treasury. The program insures about 5.6 million residential and commercial properties located in flood plains in 22,000 communities.
July 14, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House passed a bill yesterday that would sharply curtail the federal government's role in protecting waters from pollution by barring the Environmental Protection Agency from overruling state decisions on water quality. The bill passed on a 239-184 vote. Sixteen Democrats joined the majority of Republicans in supporting it. The White House threatened to veto the bill, saying that it "would roll back the key provisions . . . that have been the underpinning of 40 years of progress in making the nation's waters fishable, swimmable and drinkable.
July 5, 2011
THIS JUST IN: Rivers often cross state boundaries. In fact, some rivers actually are state boundaries. So if hazardous waste were dumped into the Delaware River in, say, Trenton, some of it would almost certainly find its way to Philadelphia. And we likely would have a problem with that. When it comes to water quality, we're all in this together. That's why the Clean Water Act - which sets and mandates the enforcement of national standards for water quality - has been essential to protecting the environment for nearly four decades.
January 8, 2011
The Associated Press review of drilling water ("Can Corbett cut cash cord?" Wednesday) tries to convince readers that Pennsylvania streams and rivers are under attack by the natural-gas industry - stating that surface waters have become the "primary disposal place" for water produced in the process of developing the Marcellus Shale. In fact, the "primary disposal place" for this water is no disposal place at all - Pennsylvania's natural-gas producers on average recycle more than 90 percent of the water that returns to the surface.
July 28, 2010 |
After months of trying to impose tough new rules for how towns should manage their storm water, Pennsylvania regulators on Tuesday backed off and granted municipalities a nine-month extension for measures some had termed "draconian. " Towns were to have submitted plans by Sept. 10 detailing how they would comply with new rules to handle the gushers of rain that often flow through culverts directly into streams, carrying with them road oil, fertilizer, trash, and other pollutants.
March 4, 2010
MANY Americans are too young to remember the days when an American river really did catch on fire, when many waterways were like open sewers and lakes nearly died from pollution. They are too young to remember the dirty days before the 1972 Clean Water Act, signed by that radical environmentalist Richard M. Nixon, led the government to begin the massive task of protecting all "waters of the United States. " The Clean Water Act is a prime example of how prudent government regulation can make a huge difference in the health of the nation's environment and its people.