April 14, 1994 |
Peter Kostmayer is eating an Earth-friendly lunch - the coffee cup is biodegradable and the sandwich wrapper is recyclable. "Everything gets recycled here. Everything," said Kostmayer, gulping lunch at his desk at the Environmental Protection Agency in Center City. The restaurant where he got the lunch used to use plastic foam cups, he points out. "We got them to stop. " Clearly, the man is in his element. As a congressman from Bucks County for 14 years, Kostmayer devoted a lot of time to the environment, writing bills to protect the Delaware and Allegheny Rivers, rain forests and wilderness areas, and to toughen safety standards at nuclear reactors.
January 21, 2014 |
CHESTER A fog of thick, black diesel smoke spewed into the neighborhood air as Horace Strand watched the endless line of trucks rumble along Thurlow Street, just before dawn on the day 23 years ago that the Westinghouse incinerator opened along the Chester riverfront. It brought him to tears. Dust and debris from the trucks headed to the incinerator and to another plant that sterilized contaminated medical waste became the bane of the neighborhood. Residents complained of respiratory problems.
December 9, 1996 |
For America's Mayor or Gov. Ridge, a proposal to curb air pollution can be a two-edged sword. City and state honchos want to strengthen the economy, and they say they alsowant healthy air. Now, with industry groups warning that new Environmental Protection Agency proposals could leave the nation bleeding jobs, both leaders could face some heat in the upcoming debate. But neither has a direct role in setting the standards. Their role comes later, with Ridge playing a major part in what steps Pennsylvania would take to meet EPA standards.
September 19, 2009 |
A 3,500-acre hazardous-waste site at McGuire Air Force Base in Burlington County will be cleaned up under an agreement signed this week between the Air Force and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA said yesterday. The agreement calls for the removal of nickel, mercury, PCBs, and other contaminants at the McGuire Air Force Base Superfund Site in New Hanover Township, the agency said. It "is a significant milestone that will benefit the people of New Jersey and the environment," said George Pavlou, acting EPA regional administrator.
March 1, 2002
I resign today from the Environmental Protection Agency after twelve years of service . . . I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given, and leave with a deep admiration for the men and women of EPA . . . . Their faith in the agency's mission is an inspiring example to those who still believe that government should stand for the public interest. But I cannot leave without sharing my frustration about the fate of our enforcement actions against power companies that have violated the Clean Air Act..
May 23, 1995 |
Peter Kostmayer, the former congressman recently jostled out of his job as regional head of the Environmental Protection Agency, may play a role in President Clinton's Pennsylvania re-election campaign. "I have been approached by the White House," Kostmayer said yesterday. "I've been asked if I'd be willing to be helpful in reaching out to environmental groups and community groups, and I've said that I would. " The former Democratic congressman from Bucks County said he's still a "strong supporter" of Clinton even though he's being pushed out of his environmental post at the request of EPA Administrator Carol Browner.
August 7, 1995
More than a decade ago, Ronald Reagan thought he had a mandate to roll back America's environmental rules. He went after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a meat ax. Played politics with Superfund cleanups. And, in James Watt, appointed an Interior secretary who happily abided the excesses of logging and mining interests. It turned out that American voters liked Mr. Reagan fine, but they didn't endorse his anti-environmental crusade. Indeed, by 1988, presidential candidate George Bush was at least campaigning on the phrase: "I am an environmentalist.
November 7, 1991 |
Two students from Peirce Middle School in West Chester will be honored tomorrow by the Environmental Protection Agency for a water-quality testing project they put together. Justin Olexy and Ruth Yang, now in eighth grade, won first place in the water-project category in the spring at the National Science Olympiad in Kansas City, Mo. The team from Peirce took third place in the overall competition. The students tested water from a variety of sources, including tap water and water taken from area streams.
March 29, 1990 |
Lawyers yesterday sought court approval of a $184,000 civil penalty in a case alleging haphazard removal of asbestos from a Center City office building. The case involves an asbestos removal project undertaken in 1985 at the Widener Building on Chestnut Street near Broad. Asbestos, used as a fireproofing or insulating material, can cause lung disease. Although not admitting wrongdoing, project general contractor Sullivan Construction Co. Inc., building owner Widener Associates Limited Partnership, building manager Binswanger Management Corp.
November 6, 1990 |
Dozens of drums and hundreds of smaller containers - most believed to contain hazardous chemicals - will be cleared from a former factory in North Philadelphia by the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the danger of fire or explosion. White-suited workers yesterday began packing up containers of assorted chemicals at the former Merit Products Co. paint-mixing facility on Indiana Avenue near 19th Street. "Altogether, we're talking about 500 containers of various sizes," EPA spokeswoman Francesca Di Cosmo said.