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NEWS
February 16, 2005 | By Seth Borenstein INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Air pollution from traffic and power plants seems to cause genetic changes - the kind linked to cancer - in developing fetuses, a federally funded study released yesterday has concluded. A first-of-its-kind study of 60 pregnant women in poor areas of New York City used backpacks to monitor the women's exposure to airborne carcinogens and then tested their babies' umbilical-cord blood after birth. Babies whose mothers were exposed to higher pollution levels had 53 percent more aberrations in their chromosomes.
BUSINESS
June 20, 1998 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Associated Press contributed to this article
Considering what happened Thursday, Tom Smith could not be happier that the in-home water filtration product his company sells hasn't been very popular. On Thursday, a California environmental watchdog group said that the Uniflow water filtration system distributed by Franke Inc., a Swiss company with its U.S. office in Hatfield, actually increased the lead content of drinking water instead of removing impurities as it was designed to do. "These results show that consumers are often exposed to toxic levels of lead from these products," said Richard Mass, research director of the Environmental Quality Institute of the University of North Carolina-Asheville, which conducted the study for California's Center for Environmental Health.
NEWS
October 20, 1994 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
An explosion ripped through an oil refinery yesterday, injuring 30 workers, three critically. The afternoon blast originated in a line carrying liquid petroleum gas, but its cause was not immediately known, said Bill Buckalew, environmental health and safety manager at the Mobil Oil plant. A fire that went to three alarms was quickly extinguished, Fire Capt. Randy Brooks said. Portions of the refinery south of Los Angeles were shut down, but most of the plant was operating normally within a few hours, Mobil said in a statement.
NEWS
June 10, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
STARTING tomorrow, children who attend or live near William Dick Elementary School, in North Philadelphia, will have a new playground, with more green space added to what used to be mostly asphalt. The massive, 2-acre schoolyard, on Diamond Street near 24th, "has evolved from a totally empty, broken concrete slab" into an oasis, with new trees, new asphalt and a lush rain garden, said principal Amy L. Williams. Two years ago, a group of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at the school teamed up with designers and engineers, in a project organized by the Trust for Public Land, to plan the improvements.
FOOD
January 24, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Over the last few years, Philly's mobile-food industry has finally begun to catch up with the city's impressive restaurant scene, as dozens of chefs and entrepreneurs debut creative concepts well beyond gyros and soft pretzels. Now, those food trucks selling pork-cheek tacos and grass-fed burgers are spurring a secondary market: new and improved commissaries designed just for them. The facilities are equipped not just with basic prep tables and sanitizing sinks, but also with full commercial kitchens, secure parking, and lots of extras.
NEWS
July 11, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Given the history of climate change science - predictions that, no matter how draconian, are often so vague that the dangers are easily ignored or misinterpreted - the specificity of new research out Thursday from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is intriguing: measurable rises in the number of kidney-stone cases at hospitals and doctors' offices that can be linked to increases, even small ones, in the average daily temperature. Their research suggests that both adults and children could be at a higher risk for the painful condition as the world warms.
NEWS
April 11, 1997
The trouble with a chocolate high is it wears off quickly - and that can leave you feeling cranky. One month after members of Congress held a retreat in Hershey, America's chocolate capital, to relearn (or, in some cases, be introduced to) the arts of civil dialogue, two high-ranking lawmakers got in a jawing and shoving match on the House floor Wednesday. Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin, top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, wagged an angry finger in the face of Republican Whip Tom DeLay of Texas, who responded with a shove and the kind observation that Mr. Obey was a "gutless chickens--t.
NEWS
January 19, 1995 | By Jane M. Reynolds, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
About 200 gallons of aluminum chloride solution spilled from a cracked pipe at Nalco Chemical Co. yesterday morning, and some of the mixture leaked into a ditch that feeds into Little Mantua Creek, company officials said. Nalco and county health officials said yesterday afternoon that the spill was controlled before anything entered the creek. "We expect no residual problems," said Jim Woods, senior environmental health specialist for the Gloucester County Department of Health.
NEWS
January 24, 1991 | By Stella M. Eisele, Special to The Inquirer
State, county and local officials have established a game plan for investigating the contamination in wells near a Phoenixville Borough landfill. A cancer-causing chemical, which is known as tetrachloroethylene, perchloroethylene or PCE, was found in November in the wells of two Schuylkill Township residents who live next to a 14-acre dump site on Second Avenue in Phoenixville. So far, no one has been able to identify the source of the contamination, and tests conducted on the landfill have not shown signs of PCE. But the contamination at the homes is at levels that merit testing of other wells, said David Jackson, director of environmental health for the Chester County Health Department, after a meeting last Thursday.
NEWS
January 4, 1990 | By Dave Bittan, Daily News Staff Writer
Pennsylvania milk is safe, the state contends, despite two surveys that found milk in several cities, including Philadelphia, polluted with potentially harmful veterinary drugs. "We have been testing since May 1988, and harmful substances are not a problem in Pennsylvania milk," said Gene Schenck, a state Agriculture Department spokesman. The federal Food and Drug Administration began testing retail milk in Philadelphia and a dozen other cities this week after a Wall Street Journal survey found widespread traces of animal drugs that have been linked to cancer.
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