November 27, 1992 |
Twenty Clifton Heights residents barred telephone company crews from their properties to hold up the construction in their neighborhood of a transmission tower for cellular phones. The residents fear that the tower - which rose through the roof of a commercial building near their homes and their children's schools a few weeks ago - could have harmful health effects. The tower, rising 35 feet above a one-story building on Austin Drive, is being constructed by Bell Atlantic Mobile Systems to transmit cellular-phone signals.
August 15, 2016 |
So maybe you kept up with the weeds in the spring. But now? How on earth did they get to be so numerous, and so big? If you're thinking that it might be time for an herbicide, but you're confused about whether that's safe, you have plenty of company. The most commonly used herbicide, glyphosate - a major ingredient in many products, perhaps most notably Monsanto's RoundUp - has been the subject of debate for years. The industry says it is safe. Critics, pointing out that residues are found in some of our food, warn of potential health effects and environmental woes, including the development of "superweeds" that are resistant to it, necessitating stronger chemicals.
November 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered tobacco companies to publish corrective statements that say they lied about the dangers of smoking and that disclose smoking's health effects, including the death on average of 1,200 people a day. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler previously had said she wanted the industry to pay for corrective statements in various types of advertisements. But Tuesday's ruling is the first time she's laid out what the statements will say. Each corrective ad is to be prefaced by a statement that a federal court has concluded that the defendant tobacco companies "deliberately deceived the American public about the health effects of smoking.
October 15, 2012 |
The searchlights over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway have gone dark. The three-week Open Air show by Montreal artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is packing up. But the issue of light pollution that simmered throughout is still with us. It is of concern not only to astronomers, but to others who feel the bejeweled dark sky is an important part of living on Earth and being human. The lofty realm has inspired us to write poetry, compose music, ponder the existence of God, and fall in love.
April 2, 1992 |
Representatives of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) met Tuesday with residents who have lived in or near Delaware County properties contaminated with radiation. The agency, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, met with the residents in a series of private consultations at the Beverly Hills Middle School in Upper Darby. The consultations were meant to give residents an opportunity to discuss their health concerns with doctors and health officials, according to Mike Greenwell, an ATSDR spokesman.
January 9, 2003 |
Officials at a Bucks County laboratory said yesterday that there were "no serious health effects" associated with contaminated well water at the Margaret M. Seylar Elementary School in Hilltown Township. The Pennridge School District has been supplying bottled drinking water and hand wipes at Seylar - which serves students in kindergarten through sixth grade - since classes resumed last week. On Dec. 26, workers rebuilding the school, on Callowhill Road off Route 113, found some of their trailers had been broken into and empty containers of window cleaner and the solvent Grease Be Gone scattered near the opened well.
June 17, 2004 |
DuPont Co., under investigation for the alleged failure to report health information on a chemical used to make Teflon and other nonstick plastics, will likely be subject to "formal action" soon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday. The chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, has been found in drinking water near the West Virginia plant where DuPont makes Teflon, and small amounts have been found in samples from blood banks nationwide. No health effects have been confirmed in humans, but the chemical, also known as C-8, has been linked to several cancers and undersized pituitary glands in lab animals.
April 15, 2008 |
The "infinitesimally small amounts" of pharmaceuticals in Philadelphia's drinking water should not pose a health hazard, the city's water commissioner said yesterday, but he acknowledged that the health effects of the drugs remain largely unknown. With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency still trying to understand what the presence of minuscule amounts of drugs in U.S. water supplies means for humans and wildlife, City Council yesterday asked the Water Department to explain why more substances turned up in Philadelphia than other areas.
May 4, 1993 |
NEW YORK 'GENERATION X' UNHAPPY WITH SEX Americans in their 20s, dubbed "Generation X" because of their indefinability, are not happy with their sex lives, according to a magazine survey released yesterday. The survey of 2,500 respondents, conducted by Details and Mademoiselle magazines, also found that two-thirds of men have changed their sexual behavior because of AIDS, but that only 37 percent of women have done so. The survey said that 43 percent of men said they were dissatisfied with the sex they were having and one-third of women said they rarely or never have orgasms during sex. ATLANTA SCIENTISTS KNOW LITTLE ON WASTES Scientists conceded yesterday they don't know how much exposure to hazardous waste or even everyday chemicals causes illness.
March 15, 1987 |
Within the next few months, Gloucester County is expected to complete the first statistical study on possible health effects of the closed Lipari Landfill in Mantua. The study, long awaited by people who live near the landfill, will look at the rate of cancer, miscarriages, low birth weights, birth defects and school absenteeism in four municipalities. "I don't see how we could have a landfill with three million gallons of chemicals . . . and not have health problems," said Harry Lindsay, a Pitman resident and a member of the Pitman Alcyon Lipari Landfill Community Association (PALLCA)