February 29, 2016 |
Two years ago, about 10,000 gallons of chemicals spilled into the Elk River just upstream from Charleston, W.Va., where Lisa Tordo's relatives live. For a month, Tordo said, the family couldn't drink water from its faucets. That's one reason she worries about Elcon. The Israel-based company wants to build a hazardous-waste treatment facility - and eventually its U.S. headquarters - not far from Tordo's home in Lower Bucks County. The proposed plant in Falls Township would treat about 150,000 tons of hazardous wastewater a year.
December 24, 2015 |
Comcast Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $26 million to settle a California investigation into improper disposal of hazardous waste and failure to shred discarded customer records. California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris said the Philadelphia-based cable giant's "careless and unlawful hazardous waste disposal practices jeopardized the health and environmental well-being of California communities and exposed their customers to the threat of identity theft. " The majority of the hazardous waste was electronic equipment: remote controls, splitters, routers, modems, amplifiers, and power adapters.
February 6, 2015 |
The Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday rejected a controversial application for a Bucks County hazardous waste treatment facility because the business failed to demonstrate compliance with flood-hazard regulations. DEP said it denied Elcon Recycling Services' siting application for a proposed liquid hazardous waste treatment facility in the Keystone Industrial Port Complex in Falls Township, the former United States Steel Fairless Works site. The agency said that Elcon had not complied with its request to provide a hydrologic analysis, including any historical data, to demonstrate that the proposed site has not been flooded in the past.
May 25, 2014 |
Action Manufacturing Co., a military contractor, has agreed to pay a $1.2 million fine for hazardous-waste violations and to remove its top executive to settle criminal charges brought by the U.S. attorney in Philadelphia, according to court documents. The prosecutor's plea memorandum on Wednesday described Action, with operations in Bucks and Chester Counties, as tightly controlled by Arthur J. Mattia, its chairman and president. The plea agreement banned Mattia from the board of directors and management of the company.
January 23, 2013
Phillips 66 Co. has agreed to pay a $50,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations at its former refinery in Trainer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday. EPA cited Phillips 66 for violations involving the storage of hazardous materials including refinery hydrocarbon waste, chromium waste, heavy metal waste from batteries and mercury waste from fluorescent bulbs. Phillips 66 Co. is the successor to ConocoPhillips Corp., which owned the refinery until it was sold last year to Monroe Energy, a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines.
March 13, 2012 |
It is contaminated with PCBs, and it might pose a danger to the endangered shortnose sturgeon in the Delaware River. So on Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency added a Trainer, Delaware County, industrial-waste site near the Delaware River to its Superfund national-priority list, making it eligible for a federal cleanup. EPA said that the main source of contamination at the facility once operated by the bankrupt Metro Container Corp. is a half-acre toxic disposal lagoon.
October 21, 2011 |
With more Superfund sites than any state in the country and more than 16,000 hazardous-waste cleanups pending, New Jersey's industrial landscape has long made it a punch line of pollution jokes. But now that state environmental officials are trying to trim the backlog by handing control to the private sector, they are facing a backlash from both the state's environmentalists and its industrial and chemical companies. Under plans still being reviewed, state-licensed environmental professionals will be granted day-to-day autonomy, relegating state bureaucrats to the role of auditors on the majority of cases.
April 20, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Americans bought 2.9 billion toys last year. As I stumble through the house after play dates, it sometimes feels as if my 8-year-old son owns all of them. Our living room is exploding with Lego bricks, Nerf weaponry, and rubbery bounce balls. My son's bedroom is, more often than not, carpeted with Pokemon cards and comic books, Matchbox cars and MythBusters science experiments. It's a problem that's a lot like bedbugs. I have no idea where a lot of these toys even came from, and getting rid of them responsibly is a lot more difficult than I'd imagined.
April 8, 2011 |
The Streets Department wants your hazardous waste - and they want it now. The department's Sanitation Division is inviting Philadelphians to dispose of, or recycle, unwanted pesticides, oil-based paints, solvents and flammable liquids, among other things, at a citywide household hazardous waste collection event Saturday. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Streets Department training center at State Road and Ashburner Road, in Upper Holmesburg, will accept trash that may be harmful to the environment if disposed with regular household garbage, or poured down storm drains.
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.