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April 19, 1989 | By Stephen Keating, Special to The Inquirer
Buried drums of oil waste discovered in August 1986 at the Mobil Oil Corp.' s Paulsboro refinery have not been excavated, and the company and the state Department of Environmental Protection are stalled on beginning cleanup. "We want to clean up the site and the DEP wants us to," said Carole Edwards, spokeswoman for Mobil, "but we want an evenhanded agreement. " Mobil, which employs 900 people and has a daily process capacity of 100,000 barrels of crude oil at the refinery, contends that the administrative consent order for cleanup contains unacceptable legal provisions.
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January 17, 1986 | By Paul Horvitz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Kean yesterday signed into law a new standard of liability for environmental-cleanup contractors that could allow them to find insurance more easily. Kean signed amendments to the state's Spill Compensation and Control Act that would narrow the standard of liability for the contractors so that they could be sued only for direct cases of negligence. Under the old provisions of the law, contractors and engineers could be held strictly liable for any damages at an environmental-cleanup site, regardless of whether they were at fault.
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March 12, 1992 | Special to The Inquirer / JONATHAN WILSON
Workers dressed in protective clothing continue demolition of the Lansdowne warehouse whose legacy is radium contamination at more than two dozen Delaware County properties. EPA officials say discarded sand from the warehouse, a radium-processing plant from 1915 to 1925, was used in building materials. Dismantlement began in early February, and the walls will be down in the next two to three days. Other work at the site will continue, however.
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June 23, 1988 | By Dominic Sama, Inquirer Staff Writer
A cleanup of streets and public areas in business districts of Lower Merion Township will be held Saturday under the auspices of the township and the Main Line Chamber of Commerce. Volunteers from local businesses will conduct the cleanup. In addition, SEPTA will collect debris around two of its commuter-railway stations in the township, said F. Karl Schauffele, chamber president. "Some of our business districts look shabby," Schauffele said. "We need help to ensure that all Lower Merion business areas will be inviting and attractive areas to visit, work and shop.
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June 9, 2010 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Dana L. Redd on Tuesday initiated the Camden Clean Campaign, a citywide effort to improve neighborhoods. Wachovia and PNC Banks provided most of the campaign's funding with a combined donation of $30,000. The city has been working with residents to designate lots and parks for cleanup and to set dates. Redd said trash "came up over and over" as an issue during her mayoral campaign last fall and that she had "promised to do something about it. " "Our quality of life is being affected," Redd said.
NEWS
May 8, 2002
SATURDAY, May 18, is the date of the official Fairmount Park cleanup, the "7th annual Philadelphia Cares About Fairmount Park Day. " But we're hoping that Thursday, May 16, also represents a cleanup of sorts - of the Fairmount Park Commission. That's the day that Common Pleas Court judges vote on concurrent five-year terms for 10 members of the commission. This year's selection has garnered unprecedented attention, and an unprecedented number of candidates: Eight incumbents who want to remain and 35 new candidates.
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February 17, 1986 | By Mark Butler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Preparations for cleaning up of portions of the Paoli railyard that are contaminated with toxic chemicals are expected to begin Feb. 24. How that effort will be funded may be decided in federal court, according to a spokesman for the Environmental Protection Agency. An EPA report made public Jan. 30 shows that levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the rail complex and repair facility and on six adjacent residential properties have risen since tests were first conducted on those sites in 1979.
NEWS
March 12, 1989 | By Rita M. Sutter, Special to The Inquirer
It has been nine months since Burlington County residents joined members of the ecumenical Christian housing ministry Habitat for Humanity for a walk from Maine to Atlanta, stopping briefly in Mount Holly for a formal dedication of a simple rowhouse. On Saturday, the group hopes to begin cleanup of that house. Volunteers and clergy members came out to the First Presbyterian Church Tuesday night in the icy aftermath of Mount Holly's second winter storm to plan the cleanup. Built about a century ago, 36 White St. is an unassuming rowhouse.
NEWS
June 5, 1988 | By Ellen Pulver, Special to The Inquirer
When the cleanup of the radiation-contaminated twin home at 105-107 E. Stratford Ave. in Lansdowne Borough is completed sometime in April 1989, officials expect the property to be "a nice, flat, grassy lot. " That is the situation envisioned by Ray Huston, a project manager with Chem-Nuclear Systems of Columbia, S. C., the company that has been awarded a $6 million contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the piece-by-piece removal of...
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May 2, 1990 | By Dave Bittan, Daily News Staff Writer
East Germantown's Concerned Citizens are claiming at least a partial victory in their battle to force a church to stop contaminating their neighborhood by leasing a vacant lot to bus and truck operators. Hours after the citizens - wearing surgical masks and carrying signs - picketed the lot yesterday, the city Health Department cited the Corinthian Baptist Church for dumping human waste and trash on the 3.5-acre lot it owns at 21st Street and Godfrey Avenue. The church was warned to clean it within 10 days or face further action.
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June 24, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials stood in front of a verdant baseball diamond Monday morning in Camden. The field used to be a landfill where folks from across the city dumped their trash, including chemicals and medical waste. "As I look out behind me, I remember what it once was," U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D., N.J) said. But Norcross joined EPA officials not to tout a mission accomplished, but instead to focus on an area behind the ball field and playground, a part of the former landfill site that is not yet ready for development.
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June 13, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
If the rocks could cry out on a hill off Old Marple Road, the stories would go back to the 1830s. That is when a tiny church of free blacks began burying the dead on the slopes beneath it, using stones from a nearby quarry to mark the graves. That small cemetery in Marple Township, with about 100 graves, still sits near an overpass of the Blue Route, though abandoned and covered with brush. The Hayti Cemetery (pronounced Hay-tie ), which shares a name with the neighborhood around it, is in need of care and attention, and a local historian intends to provide it. Rich Paul, chairman of the Heritage Commission of Delaware County, is in the early stages of a plan to mobilize the nearby community to clean up a cemetery where headstones have been toppled and graves have been robbed.
SPORTS
June 12, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CINCINNATI - In the only previous game in which Maikel Franco batted cleanup for the Phillies, a lefthanded pitcher was on the mound and both Chase Utley and Ryan Howard were given a Sunday off. In a 5-2 loss Wednesday to the Cincinnati Reds, Franco batted in the No. 4 spot between the slumping Utley and Howard, who also has cooled off over the last two weeks. If the Phillies' rookie third baseman continues to hit, he might continue to see his name penciled in the cleanup spot. "We'll see. He has that potential," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
NEWS
June 4, 2015 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Neighbors of Camden County's contaminated Kirkwood Lake got some good news and some bad news this week. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed $14 million major cleanup of a federal Superfund site in Gibbsboro and Voorhees. The contaminated cluster of miles of land and waterways includes the county-owned lake. The area, one of more than 100 Superfund sites remaining in New Jersey, was contaminated by paint-makers that operated in the area from the mid-1800s until the late 1970s.
SPORTS
May 1, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - Following Wednesday night's 5-2 loss, the Phillies' offense had failed to score more than two runs for the 12th time in 22 games this season. The top of the lineup, led by Odubel Herrera, hasn't been an issue. The bottom of the lineup, where Freddy Galvis had been hitting regularly before yesterday, wasn't a problem. But the middle of the Phillies' lineup - their Nos. 3 through 5 hitters - had combined to hit .156 (38-for-243) with 14 extra-base hits entering yesterday's matinee at Busch Stadium.
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April 30, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
BALTIMORE - Ron Leonard stood a few paces from a ransacked and charred pharmacy Tuesday and gazed at the crowded corner of North and Pennsylvania Avenues. Leonard had witnessed the Monday night violence that made this intersection the epicenter of the city's riots. The looting and torching of cars was fresh out of an action movie, he said. The crowds returned Tuesday - as did the police - but the mood was different this time. There was singing, dancing, preaching - and a cleanup effort.
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March 18, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden and state officials said Monday that they hoped an infusion of federal funds for environmental cleanup would begin the transformation of the abandoned former Camden Laboratories site into housing, businesses, and other development. Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd was joined by Rep. Donald Norcross (D., N.J.) and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) in making the announcement at the Davis Street site. Last week, the city received $200,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to use toward the revitalization of the Mount Ephraim Avenue corridor.
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March 12, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
SOMERVILLE, N.J. - Gov. Christie on Tuesday defended the settlement of a lawsuit with ExxonMobil Corp. for billions of dollars less than the state had been seeking, saying the deal would ensure the cleanup of polluted land. At a town-hall-style meeting in Somerset County, Christie said news coverage of the state's agreement to settle the decade-old lawsuit with ExxonMobil for $225 million - compared with $8.9 billion the state sought at trial last year - did not highlight a requirement that the company pay for remediation.
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March 6, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
New Jersey lawmakers plan a hearing and a lawsuit over a settlement that the Christie administration has reportedly reached with ExxonMobil Corp. in a years-long legal battle over the company's discharge of hazardous materials onto 1,500 acres of state land. Lawmakers said the Senate would sue to block the settlement - which the New York Times, citing anonymous sources, reported last week was for $250 million. The state previously sought billions for restoration and damages. "If what's been reported is accurate, then this is an egregiously irresponsible decision that raises many, many questions and concerns," Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D., Hudson)
SPORTS
March 4, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The day before the Phillies' first workout of the spring, manager Ryne Sandberg declared Ryan Howard the team's everyday first baseman "unless he gets unseated. " Come Tuesday afternoon, when the Phillies take the field for their Grapefruit League opener, Howard will again man his position of the last 10 seasons. It will be the slugger's first game action since he reported to camp slimmed down. Howard will bat fourth at Bright House Field against the New York Yankees and righthander Adam Warren.
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