April 4, 2016
ISSUE | CLIMATE CHANGE No time to wait It is important that we take seriously the predictions of sea-level rise cited in last week's edition of the journal Nature ("Alarm on sea level rises to new heights," Thursday). The study illustrates that climate disruption can have a greater impact in a shorter time frame than had been projected: Oceans could rise by more than 6 feet by the end of the century if high levels of greenhouse-gas emissions continue. Many researchers have cautioned that conditions in the Mid-Atlantic region are likely to be worse than the global average.
March 30, 2016 |
Gov. Christie has described the levels of lead found in Newark public school water as "nowhere near crisis. " But the revelations have renewed public interest - and lawmaker calls for action - in a long-standing problem that affects children across the state. The full scope of the problem in New Jersey, however, is difficult to ascertain: There are 2,500 public schools, and the state doesn't know how many, or which, test their water for lead; it doesn't inspect certain rental homes for the contaminant; and the state has a higher threshold for triggering public health action than the federal government recommends.
March 23, 2016 |
As the water crisis in Flint, Mich., stokes concerns about lead in drinking supplies nationwide, water officials in Philadelphia wanted to make something clear Monday: Philly is not Flint. Lead is rarely found in drinking water here, officials said at an investigatory hearing of City Council. In cases where children were found to have lead exposure, drinking water was not the culprit, officials said. But Council members still pressed water and health officials to do more to address the estimated 50,000 homes that are connected to city water mains by lead pipes, saying even trace amounts of lead are too much.
March 11, 2016
ISSUE | WATER QUALITY Stop the pipeline The PennEast Pipeline Co. has applied for a water permit from the Delaware River Basin Commission that would allow its destructive pipeline to run through the region. According to the application, the company plans to discharge or withdraw more than 45 million gallons of water. The 110-mile pipeline would cut through the Delaware River valley, beginning in Pennsylvania and crossing the river and 87 other waterways, including protected waters, into Hopewell Township, N.J. The application process could take up to a year, and, if rejected, the DRBC could help stop the pipeline.
March 10, 2016
New Jersey's Pinelands Commission was once a respected, independent steward of a forest that filters the drinking water for millions in the region. But political manipulation has turned it into an ineffective agency that looks the other way when the preserve's delicate balance is threatened. The latest annual report of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance rightly notes that the forest is facing its greatest threat in decades because the commission simply is not doing its job. The panel's abdication is astounding given national concern over the lead-laden water that is threatening the health of Flint, Mich., residents.
March 5, 2016 |
Is toxic water in the vicinity of the former Naval Air Station Willow Grove and the Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster making people sick? That's the concern three area congressmen raised Thursday in a letter to the Navy demanding answers about the government's knowledge of the water issues. "Residents who consumed the contaminated water have understandable concern that these chemicals, which studies show can cause serious illness, are the cause of their own health conditions," wrote U.S. Reps.
February 19, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Future control of its drinking water continued to vex this beleaguered seaside city Wednesday, as it faced a looming state takeover and unrelenting outside interest in its water utility. The City Council was set to vote on bringing the water authority under direct city control in an effort to both monetize it and stave off private interests. But after a closed-door meeting, the council voted to delay any vote for 90 days. Meanwhile, the current head of the Municipal Utility Authority, G. Bruce Ward, made a plea to keep the department an independent authority - but also said he planned to seek a "private partner" who would kick in $100 million to the authority.
February 6, 2016 |
In response to increasing inquiries about lead poisoning - attention largely spurred by the health crisis in Flint, Mich. - Pennsylvania state health officials Thursday released information and guidelines to help reduce the risk of exposure. The primary source of lead poisoning is not from water, but rather from aging, deteriorating lead-based paint, the state Health Department said. Although lead paint was banned in 1978, many older homes still contain the toxic substance.
February 4, 2016 |
A few coaches with Camden's Whitman Park Tigers youth football program were sitting around after a recent meeting, watching a news story about the water-contamination crisis in Flint, Mich., when they had an idea. "We said, 'We've got to do something,' " coach Jai Green said. "We don't have much - but we better give what we have. " On Thursday, the team is launching a drive to collect 100,000 bottles of water - 4,200 cases - to donate to residents of Flint. The drive will run through Feb. 29, Green said, and involve participation from players, coaches, parents, and sponsors.
January 31, 2016 |
Authorities now believe that a majority of the 4,200 gallons of diesel fuel that leaked from a generator spilled into the Schuylkill River, but are still confident that there is no threat to drinking water, fish or wildlife. Also, while the Schuylkill River Trail remains closed during the day, it has opened to the public in the evening, after cleanup crews have left for the day. On Friday, workers from Miller Environmental Group, the company contracted to do the cleanup, were still recovering oil from the river.