August 10, 2002 |
Old cheesesteak wrappers? Eagles ticket stubs? Campaign flyers from the Rendell-Casey primary, 1986 edition? We'll never know what was in a pile of 16-year-old burned garbage from Philadelphia, but at least now we know how much it weighed. Yesterday, the 128th and final shipment of incinerator ash was dumped at Mountain View Reclamation landfill in south-central Pennsylvania. When the truck rumbled across the scale shortly after noon, the last cargo measured 17.27 tons, for a total haul of 2,344.
July 1, 2002
Garbage. Twenty-five hundred tons of garbage. Piled on a boat, rising with the swells, sinking with the troughs. This is the story of a bunch of garbage no one wanted. It ends happily for the protagonist - tons of Philly's best - but scarily for the human race, chucking chicken bones, used diapers, busted TV sets and couches over the shoulder. Garbage has to go somewhere. Once it's here, it's here. You can smoosh it into little cubettes. But the cubettes remain, only smaller and denser.
June 28, 2002 |
The 20-ton load of black muck dumped into a landfill here yesterday was no different than numerous loads before it, except for one thing: This was black muck with an international pedigree. It was the first load of what remains from the cargo of the ill-fated Khian Sea, a ship that began traveling the globe 16 years ago with about 15,000 tons of garbage-incinerator ash from Philadelphia, rejected by at least 11 countries, five states, and the Cherokee nation of Oklahoma along the way. Most of the ash was illegally dumped in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans - leading to the imprisonment of two shipping executives from a city subcontractor - while about 2,500 tons was left on a beach in Haiti for 12 years until public pressure forced its return to the United States.
June 15, 2002 |
The ash is coming back. Sixteen years after a pile of Philadelphia's garbage was burned, put on the barge Khian Sea, and sent on a fruitless international quest for a final resting place, some of it is coming home to Pennsylvania. The 2,500 tons of ash sitting on a barge in Florida are expected by mid-July at the Mountain View Reclamation Landfill in south-central Pennsylvania, near the Maryland border. State officials said the ash was not hazardous, and that it made sense to accept it here because it was created here.
December 16, 2001 |
Remember the Khian Sea and its cargo of unwanted Philadelphia incinerator ash, which sailed the world like the Flying Dutchman for years? The bizarre, 15-year odyssey of that cursed and accursed ship finally appeared over in January, when Florida approved reburning and burying the ash at an incinerator near Pompano Beach. That's where we last left the story - and that appeared to put a lid on it. But this is one big stink that just won't go away. When they got a whiff of whose ash this was (by now, its infamous reputation precedes it)
May 13, 2000 |
The search goes on. And on. The load of municipal-incinerator ash that left Philadelphia in 1988 and then spent 12 years sitting on a Haitian beach is still seeking its final resting place. At the moment, the nearly 2,000 tons of cinders and grit - which was dumped in Haiti by the freighter Khian Sea and retrieved last month - are sitting in a large hopper barge in Stuart, Fla. Waste Management Inc., which inherited the problem, has agreed to bury it in one of its landfills.
April 29, 2000 |
Two thousand tons of ash from a Philadelphia waste incinerator that have been searching for a final resting place for 14 years - yes, 14 years - have left Haiti and are now causing consternation in Florida. Waste Management Inc. says the ash, which gained international notoriety as cargo of the Khian Sea in the 1980s, is bound for a facility in Lake Charles, La. In the meantime, local leaders and officials of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection are keeping a wary eye on five barges loaded with the stuff.
November 19, 1998 |
The ash heap with no place to go may be coming back to Philadelphia. Ten years after it was ditched on a beach in Haiti by the infamous freighter Khian Sea, thousands of tons of Philly incinerator ash is now stacked on a wharf in the Caribbean nation. It could be loaded onto a ship headed back to the city, if a city councilman has his way. "I think we ought to take the stuff back and dispose of it," Councilman David Cohen said of the ash laced with toxic metals from the old Roxborough incinerator.
October 30, 1998 |
It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it. Her name is Elena Marie. And in a few short weeks, this cargo ship will be lugging tons of Philadelphia incinerator ash across the Caribbean. She'll sail for - well, nobody's quite sure where she's bound. And if that all sounds eerily familiar, that's because this is the latest - and hopefully the last - chapter in the infamous tale of the voyage of the Khian Sea. Starting today, Haitian workers will begin digging up 2,000 or more tons of the hated Philly ash from two spots near that island country's port of Gonaives.
October 8, 1998 |
The Philadelphia ash dumped in Haiti 10 years ago by the rogue freighter Khian Sea will be hauled back to the United States next month - but apparently not to the city where its long journey started. The 4,000 tons of ash, still leaching toxic metals onto a Haitian beach and hillside, is the last grungy remnant of the infamous ship's two-year odyssey in search of a place to dump. And people in the impoverished port city of Gonaives will be happy to see it go. "This is like a miracle," said Ehrl Lafontant, of the Haiti Communications Project, one of several international groups that have pressed for years to return the ash. Some Haitians fear the ash is a threat to the environment and the health of families living nearby.