August 6, 1987
A scheduling conflict prevented Gov. Casey from attending the opening yesterday of a "summer summit" on the Chesapeake Bay, hosted by Virginia Gov. Gerald L. Baliles. In his place was Pennsylvania Environmental Resources Secretary Arthur S. Davis, who joined Maryland Gov. Donald Schaefer, Washington Mayor Marion Barry and federal environmental officials for the two- day meeting. It's unfortunate Gov. Casey couldn't attend because he would have been able to personally deliver some encouraging news.
October 17, 1998 |
The state Department of Environmental Protection vowed yesterday to more frequently assess sewer plants in Bucks County for patterns of overcapacity. The promise was prompted by a restriction on new connections to the area's primary treatment facility that was imposed after capacity was exceeded. Joseph A. Feola, DEP southeast regional director, said the department would evaluate the volume of flows into the sewage-treatment plants every month to determine whether restrictions and additional planning are needed.
March 19, 1989 |
For years, Hatfield Borough residents have received sewer bills that were the lowest in the area. During that time, state and federal agencies have been after the borough to upgrade its sewage-treatment system. Within the next two months, both the low sewer bills and treatment facility problems will disappear. The Borough Council unanimously passed an ordinance at its meeting Wednesday night setting a quarterly base sewer rate of $25 per household. Users also will be charged $4 per 1,000 gallons of water used.
August 1, 1994 |
Your bones crave attention. While Americans fastidiously coddle hearts and fret over waistlines, their skeletons are fast resembling palaces with rampant termite damage. Osteoporosis, a condition that leads to fracturing of brittle bones, is a silent epidemic. Silent because the breaks come long after the disease begins. And epidemic because it results in more than 1.5 million fractures a year, largely in those over 50, and at an estimated cost to society of $10 billion a year.
June 6, 2011 |
It looked - for a moment - like one of science's deepest questions was cracking open last December. That's when a NASA-funded team announced that it had found a completely new kind of life in California's arsenic-rich Mono Lake. At a news conference, the researchers said they had discovered an arsenic-based organism - its very DNA infused with the toxic metal. In touting their own findings, they left many viewers with the impression that this bug had sprung from nonliving matter independent of all known life.
August 14, 2011 |
LINESVILLE, Pa. - Up close, a carp is pretty ugly. Fifty carp are really ugly. Hundreds of wall-to-wall carp with mouths agape are an unforgettable and very creepy sight. At Pymatuning Reservoir on the Ohio-Pennsylvania border, feeding the carp stale bread is a strangely compelling sight that draws hundreds of tourists daily. It's a feeding frenzy, a fishy mosh pit that never really ends. The fish create a grotesque, roiling scrum as they thrash ravenously after bread thrown into the water at the Pymatuning spillway, south of Linesville in northwest Pennsylvania's Pymatuning State Park.
October 5, 2009 |
A prodigious task awaits the dishwasher in Andrew Herman's Mount Airy kitchen: a tightly packed, three-day jumble of bowls, plates, cutlery, cups. Oh, and one glass stained with the sticky remains of a "poor man's Frappuccino" - the family's pet name for a mixture of coffee, milk, and chocolate syrup. Herman's weapon? An earth-friendly brand of detergent. For now, he is in the tiny minority, but in a matter of months, you'll be joining him. Pennsylvania is among 15 states that have banned dishwasher detergents containing phosphates - a family of compounds that are great for sparkling silverware, but become an algae-nourishing problem once they wash down the drain.
August 14, 2010 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - In order to tell what is going on inside the digestive tract of a dairy cow, there is nothing quite like taking a look. So on a steamy August day inside the research barn at Pennsylvania State University, graduate student Chanhee Lee reached into a hole that had been surgically cut into the side of a brown-haired bovine. Out came a brownish handful of partly digested feed - well on its way to being broken down by the rich mix of microbes inside the cow's rumen.
June 29, 2006
'Carbon dioxide: It's what we breathe out and plants breathe in. They call it pollution; we call it life. " That paradox expressed by the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute is being used to counter former Vice President Al Gore's scary global warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. How could a life-giving gas be dangerous to our planet? What right does a president or Congress have to regulate it as if it were smog, acid rain, or arsenic? Those are the central questions the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to answer by hearing Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency next fall.
November 11, 1997 |
A dispute over how Chester County will dole out its federal community-development funds for next year flared up at the county commissioners' meeting yesterday, with officials from South Coatesville and Modena contending they were shortchanged. This morning, the parties will try to iron out their differences at a special meeting at South Coatesville Borough Hall. At issue is an aging sewage-treatment plant in South Coatesville used by both communities that was dumping too much phosphorus into the West Branch of the Brandywine Creek, according to state environmental officials.