March 8, 2013
In the Region $5B in power grid upgrades OKd Regional grid operator PJM Interconnection said it authorized more than 750 electric transmission improvement projects last year costing more than $5 billion to prepare for massive shifts in the way power is produced in the region. PJM, based in Valley Forge, said the unprecedented switch from coal-burning power plants in Appalachia to natural-gas and renewable-energy projects was driving the need to reconfigure the grid to maintain a reliable electricity supply.
March 8, 2013 |
Montgomery Chemicals L.L.C. will pay a $36,000 penalty as part of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violating methanol emissions rules at its Conshohocken chemical manufacturing facility, the EPA announced Thursday. The company produces methanol, a hazardous air pollutant, during the manufacturing of sodium borohydride, a bleaching agent used by the paper industry. The agency alleges the company violated the Clean Air Act related to methanol emissions, monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting.
September 13, 2012 |
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - At least 19 people are dead and 24 others hospitalized. Some of them have been blinded, while others have been induced into comas in the hope that doctors can save them. All had drunk cheap vodka and rum laced with methanol, a toxic substance used to stretch alcohol on the black market and guarantee high profits for manufacturers. The Czech Republic announced emergency measures Wednesday as the death toll from the methanol poisoning mounted. Kiosks and markets were banned from selling spirits with more than 30 percent alcohol content, and police raided outlets nationwide.
May 16, 2011 |
TRIPOLI, Libya - NATO aircraft blasted an oil terminal in a key eastern city at nightfall Sunday after Britain urged the alliance to widen its assault on areas controlled by ruler Moammar Gadhafi. The Libya TV report said the bombs hit methanol tanks at the oil port of Ras Lanouf, causing leaks. NATO officials had no immediate comment. The reported attack came as the Libyan conflict appeared largely deadlocked, with each side claiming gains one day, only to be turned back the next. Libyan rebels said Sunday that they had taken full control of the western port city of Misrata, 125 miles from Tripoli, the only major city in western Libya with a significant rebel toehold.
January 1, 2006 |
Anthony Silvestri can't say exactly when the reaction took place that bonded him to chemistry and a long career as a research scientist. "It's tough to single out any one thing," said Silvestri, 69, who grew up in Glassboro and is a longtime resident of Wenonah. "I was just always interested. " That interest took him to the Mobil oil refinery in Paulsboro, where his father worked as a laborer and he worked his first summer jobs. "I would do anything - work on railroad tracks, clean tanks, dig holes," he said.
November 26, 2000 |
The home-brew sold widely in Kenya is known as chang'aa or "kill me quick. " For David Kamau Njoroge, it did not work so fast. About 12 hours after Njoroge drank the illegal brew recently, he complained of stomach pains. The 44-year-old unemployed man vomited, but the poison was in his blood. He went blind. He slipped into a coma. A day later, he was dead. He received the drink from his younger sister, Marion Nyagaki, the mother of two and a peddler of chang'aa, which is as common in the capital's slums as muddy roads and mounds of rubbish.
April 5, 1997 |
One employee of a small asphalt company was killed and another critically injured yesterday in an early morning explosion inside a maintenance building. James Beadling, 55, of Blackwood, and Barry Szieber, 53, of Winslow, were cutting and welding pieces of steel when the blast occurred about 7:30 a.m. at Crowfoot Asphalt Co., police said. Investigators said the explosion happened when the flame from a cutting torch ignited vapors from an empty 55-gallon drum of methanol nearby.
July 30, 1996 |
For years, Barry Grossman has been saying that a certain type of gasoline makes people ill. He's told it to newspaper reporters across the country. He's said it on radio and television shows. Even on network news. Grossman, a salesman from Plainsboro, N.J., is the founder of Oxy-Busters, a group that opposes gasoline made with methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), an additive that reduces air pollution. He says gasoline with MTBE causes headaches, nausea, asthma and other ailments.
July 3, 1996 |
For 37 days late last year and into January, a former Bethlehem postal worker terrorized a supermarket chain by threatening to secretly poison food on store shelves. By the time officials of Weis Markets learned of Dennis R. Reagan's potentially deadly plot, his game had already begun. The 46-year-old unemployed mail carrier and former taxi driver with a long criminal record had injected a can of Similac baby formula with odorless, colorless, tasteless methanol, which could have killed five to six infants within minutes.
January 24, 1996 |
John T. Stevens, a 30-year-old Doylestown Township man who died last Wednesday while in prison awaiting trial on child molestation charges, committed suicide - apparently by ingesting methanol before being sent to prison, Bucks County Coroner Thomas J. Rosko said yesterday. "It appears that he cast his own fate even prior to his court hearing the day before his death," Rosko said, noting that methanol - commonly found in antifreeze, paint thinners and some gasolines - can take anywhere from 6 to 30 hours to cause death following ingestion, generally depending on a person's clinical condition.