April 25, 2013 |
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans a hearing Wednesday in Philadelphia on an Obama administration proposal to clean up gasoline and automobile emissions, one of only two public sessions nationwide on the so-called Tier 3 standards. The rules, which mandate cleaner fuels and some new vehicle technologies, are aimed at reducing soot, sulfur, and nitrogen oxide emissions. "We're looking at automobiles and fuels as a system," said Christopher Grundler, director of the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality.
March 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration will unveil a proposal Friday to clean up gasoline and automobile emissions, a step that officials say will result in cleaner air across the nation and slightly higher prices at the pump. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the rule to reduce sulfur in gasoline and tighten emissions standards on cars beginning in 2017 could increase gas prices by less than a penny per gallon and add $130 to the cost of a vehicle in 2025. But the agency says it will yield billions of dollars in health benefits by slashing smog- and soot-forming pollution come 2030.
February 12, 2013 |
Pope Benedict XVI's decision, announced Monday, that he would step down as spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church may prove the signature moment of his eight-year pontificate. His credentials as a theological conservative and church traditionalist have allowed him to take a nearly unprecedented step that a more moderate Pope might not have dared: to hand over the scepter of papal infallibility to someone yet to be chosen, and then do recede into the background as no pope has done for centuries.
January 28, 2013
Gov. Christie deserves applause for quickly announcing tough new building standards for the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort. The rules are based on new federal flood-plain maps, which are not expected to be made final for at least 18 months, so the risk assessments may change. But Christie said he deliberately set high standards so property owners can decide now whether to rebuild or move on with their lives. Those who choose to rebuild now will receive guidance on constructing and elevating their homes and businesses.
January 16, 2013 |
The federal government has agreed to drop its new rule that would have required high-efficiency furnaces in Northern states, a victory for critics who warned that the costly standard could backfire and drive urban homeowners to less efficient heating methods. The U.S. Department of Energy and the American Public Gas Association (APGA) on Monday asked the U.S. Appeals Court in the District of Columbia to vacate the rule and to restart the process of devising new furnace efficiency standards.
January 15, 2012
What did Christie mean by that? Matt Katz ("Didn't see it at first," Thursday) and Monica Yant Kinney ("I gasped right away") weigh in on whether Gov. Christie made a demeaning comment when he called a heckler "sweetheart. " Whether it was sexist depends on Christie's tone of voice and inflection. Was he talking as Humphrey Bogart did in the movie Casablanca , when he said, "Here's lookin' at you, kid. "? Such expressions were considered terms of endearment at the time. As a 77-year-old man, I found Christie's remark sexist.
September 22, 2010
AUG. 31, 1975 . . . For the first time since 19(obscenity deleted)64, the Phillies came to September in contention for a title. They trailed the mighty Pirates by just four games and had spread a mild rash of pennant fever through the region by pulling into a tie for first in mid-August. But Danny Ozark's young team, built around Cy Young Award winner Steve Carlton and a dynamic offense led by Greg Luzinski and Mike Schmidt, wasn't ready for prime time. The Phillies couldn't unfurl the long winning streak it would take to run down a veteran team that was not going to fold.
June 24, 2010 |
If you have ever looked for an assisted-living facility, you know the term has many different meanings. That nice sign posted on a well-kept lawn tells you almost nothing about what kind of help you or a relative can expect inside. There are no standard packages of services or costs, and comparing facilities can be extremely difficult. They rival the airlines for confusion and surprises. That will come to an end under new standards for assisted living that the state put in place this month.
May 14, 2010 |
On the heels of penalizing one natural gas operator $240,000 for contaminating water wells, Pennsylvania's top environmental official Thursday urged the industry to immediately adopt proposed new drilling standards rather than waiting for them to be formally enacted. John Hanger, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, summoned industry representatives to Harrisburg to discuss new construction standards for wells drilled to tap natural gas reserves. The new guidelines are designed to reduce the chance of incidents such as the one that has contaminated 14 water wells in the Susquehanna County town of Dimock.