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June 12, 1986 | By FREDERICK H. LOWE, Daily News Staff Writer
Atlantic Refining and Marketing's decision to drop methanol from its gasoline has resulted in increased business for the Philadelphia-based oil company, a company spokesman says. Last March, Atlantic, which owns 550 gas stations in Pennsylvania and New York, announced it was dropping methanol, a controversial additive used to boost octane, from its blend of gasoline. Methanol became controversial in 1984 when General Motors, American Motors and Chrysler warned new car owners that the use of methanol could invalidate their warranties.
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March 11, 1986 | By FREDERICK H. LOWE, Daily News Staff Writer
Atlantic Refining and Marketing is expected to announce this week that it will stop using methanol, a controversial additive used to boost the octane content in gasoline, the Daily News has learned. Industry sources said John Deuss, the oil company's owner, decided last week during a brief visit to Philadelphia to stop using methanol in the company's gasoline blends. In place of methanol, Atlantic will come up with several new blends of gasoline using a different type of additive.
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November 26, 2000 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 11, 1993 | By Wendy Greenberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
This district's new school bus will be big and yellow, like the rest of the fleet. But its exhaust will be clean and clear. The school district will be the first in the United States to transport students in a vehicle fueled by pure methanol, which is considered more environmentally sound than gasoline. Transportation director Wayne Johnston calls it "the most advanced school bus ever built. " He plans to drive it from Mitchell, Ind., where it is being built, to the district's Erdenheim bus garage, probably in May. Students will not use the bus until September, Johnston said.
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July 3, 1996 | By Julia C. Martinez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 1, 2006 | By Rusty Pray INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 24, 1996 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 8, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 28, 1989 | By Dan Stets, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sun Co. of Radnor announced yesterday that it was jumping aboard the clean- fuels bandwagon in an attempt to cooperate with the government fight against smog, acid rain and the greenhouse effect. The company said it was beginning a three-part program to develop gasoline and diesel fuels that would reduce vehicle emissions. Sun produces Sunoco and Atlantic gasolines. "We are an energy company, and we want to be part of the process to develop alternative fuels," said Sun spokesman Paul Durkin.
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July 2, 1989 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Automotive Writer
The scene seems normal enough as the Ford Tempo nears the gas pumps at Philadelphia Electric's Plymouth Meeting garage. No need to start humming the theme from The Twilight Zone just yet. The PE pumps do look a little odd at close range, but the real giveaway is the hoses attached to them. They are too small, the diameter of an air hose rather than a gasoline hose. Then, a PE employee connects one of the hoses to a metal nipple hidden in the Tempo's grille, explaining that this is how to fill the car's fuel tank.
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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.
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March 8, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 13, 2012 | By Karel Janicek, Associated Press
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.
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May 16, 2011 | By Diaa Hadid and Maggie Michael, Associated Press
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.
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January 1, 2006 | By Rusty Pray INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 26, 2000 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 5, 1997 | By Brian Thevenot, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT Inquirer correspondent Angela Couloumbis contributed to this article
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.
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July 30, 1996 | By Nancy Phillips, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 3, 1996 | By Julia C. Martinez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 24, 1996 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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