October 18, 2002
In 1969, the Cuyahoga River, oozing through Cleveland, caught fire, evoking a Biblical plague. That's when Americans realized they had to do something to clean up waterways. The Delaware River back then wasn't in much better shape. Off and on through history, Philadelphia's port had been so polluted that fish couldn't migrate and paint peeled off boats. The stench was unbearable. Now, however, developers here are building luxury riverfront condos; shad festivals abound, and water recreation is resurging.
September 24, 2002 |
New Jersey officials pledged yesterday to establish tough pollution standards on 159 sections of rivers and lakes by next summer, setting limits on such pollutants as fecal coliform bacteria and phosphorus. Among South Jersey waterways likely to be affected are stretches of the Cooper and Delaware Rivers and the Rancocas Creek. The head of one environmental group said she was pleased with the announcement, but said New Jersey had a long way to go, noting that Pennsylvania already had set standards for hundreds of rivers and streams.
January 11, 2002
TALK ABOUT about unintended consequences: Chlorine was introduced into drinking water at the beginning of the 20th century to kill bacteria and make it safe to drink from the faucet. But now some of the byproducts of chemicals containing chlorine are found to cause cancer and birth defects, which is why the Environmental Protection Agency recently mandated tougher standards on chlorine in drinking water. A new study by environmental groups suggests that those standards aren't tough enough: Chlorine-related chemicals in area drinking water may be hazardous to pregnant women.
January 6, 2002 |
Four of the Philadelphia region's 12 watersheds are among the most unhealthful in the country, according to a federal analysis of pollutants, wildlife and geology. The four are ranked six on a scale of one to six, with six being the worst - a dubious honor shared with just 28 other watersheds out of more than 2,200 in the United States. Don't rush to the store for bottled water just yet, however. The ratings from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reflect the water in rivers, lakes and streams, not the treated water coming out of the tap. Moreover, two of the region's biggest watersheds, those containing the Schuylkill and lower Delaware River, scored slightly better, with fours.
November 7, 2001
The belief of Marlene Z. Asselta, president of the Southern New Jersey Development Council (Nov. 1, "Opposition to cement plant could impede renewal in New Jersey"), collides with reality. What she fails to take into account, as did the state Department of Environmental Protection, is the total maximum daily loading of combined pollutants in Camden. The TMDL factor is applied by scientists to the Clean Water Act, but rarely factored into the equation are the total amounts of pollutants that are airborne.
October 30, 2001 |
This is the second in a series of issue debates among New Jersey gubernatorial candidates Bret Schundler, Jim McGreevey and Bill Schluter. The issue today is pollution in New Jersey. These responses are culled from the Townhall E-Debates being hosted on the nonprofit Web site www.e-thepeople.org and co-sponsored by The Inquirer's Citizen Voices project. The questions to which the candidates are responding were generated by a monthlong online discussion among New Jersey voters. To see the full scope of the E-Debates materials, and to post your own responses to the candidates' positions, go to: http://edebates.
July 18, 2001 |
Local environmentalists say the Bush administration's plan to postpone new rules for cleaning the nation's polluted lakes, rivers and streams will accomplish only one thing: dirtier water. The Monday announcement "begins a national retreat on clean water that will result in more delays and weakening of clean-water protections," Bill Wolfe, policy director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, said yesterday. The Bush plan "will absolutely take its toll" on thousands of waterways in Pennsylvania and New Jersey now targeted for cleanup, said Maya van Rossum, of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.
July 16, 2001
AS YOU CAN SEE from this photo, in 1940, FDR Park, then known as League Island Park, resembled Coney Island on a hot summer day. Today, you won't find anyone swimming in the lake. The water is so polluted, swimming is not allowed. Another example of the city's shameful neglect of our parks? It's neglect, all right, but this time, it's human neglect - a problem we've brought on ourselves through ou neglect of the environment. The lakes at FDR Park are tidal, tied to the Delaware River.
April 18, 2001
Score one for former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman. Whitman, now head of the Environmental Protection Agency, looked like she was going to become the White House doormat after being caught on the losing end of George Bush's flip-flop on carbon dioxide emissions. Yet on Monday, the EPA said it would leave in place rules imposed under the Clinton administration that protects tens of thousands of acres of wetlands. This decision hurts two of Bush's key supporters, developers and homebuilders, who will now have to get permits under the Clean Water Act before they can commence construction that might harm wetlands that help filter our waters.
February 16, 2001 |
Two suburban manufacturing companies were charged yesterday with violating the Clean Water Act by illegally discharging pollutants into the environment. Kam Industries Inc., formerly in Warrington Township, Bucks County, and Gas Arc Supply Inc., in Eddystone, Delaware County, were charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office in information filings in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. An information charge typically means that the parties have agreed to plead guilty. Kam Industries, a maker of steel and aluminum machine parts, allegedly discharged various pollutants into the Warminster Township municipal sewage system between 1995 and 1999.