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.
October 4, 2010 |
In a move that seems to fly in the face of its moniker - the Garden State - New Jersey is getting ready to put the pinch on fertilizer. Bills that would limit fertilizer's use on lawns - restricting everything from what kind can be applied, to when and where it can be put down - are before the state Legislature, and are shaping up to be the nation's most restrictive. Despite some industry opposition, supporters expect to have a final version on the governor's desk by year's end. A major focus is to help turn around troubled Barnegat Bay in Ocean County.
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.
July 8, 2013 |
Routinely, the Philadelphia Water Department tests its product for 100 "regulatory parameters" - things that might not be so good for us. The main lab alone analyzes 2,400 water samples a month. But at least once a shift, a chemist will walk over to a spigot, fill a glass and . . . take a whiff. It's the ultimate reality check: Is this stuff that courses through 3,100 miles of pipes, 250 million gallons a day, OK to drink? The short answer, from an annual report that public water suppliers must give to customers, is: Yes. But it also shows what Philadelphia and other water providers are up against.
July 17, 2013 |
Camden County officials have decided to hold off on plans to treat Newton Lake with a pesticide intended to control algae growth. The backup treatment may not be necessary, Freeholder Jeffrey Nash said Monday. "We'll monitor and make a decision in two weeks," Nash said. Last month, Princeton Hydro, a Ringoes, N.J.-based firm hired by the county, raked up and removed a huge volume of algae mats that had been choking the lake and depleting its oxygen. Treating the lake, which touches parts of Collingswood, Haddon Township, and Oaklyn, with the algicide Captain was going to be the next step.
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.
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.
September 24, 1997 |
It's not going to get us all. The killer cell that has ravaged fish in parts of Maryland and North Carolina isn't likely to turn up soon in Philadelphia, the leading expert on the "cell from hell" said yesterday. "No, it has not been found in fast-flowing areas. It has not been found in Pennsylvania," aquatic botanist JoAnn Burkholder of North Carolina State University told representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency at Philadelphia. Burkholder said that, given the warm, sluggish waters preferred by the fish-killing microorganism Pfiesteria, it is it unlikely to advance much farther in our direction than the inland bays where it's been detected in Delaware.