October 31, 2012 |
When David Lochbaum, director of the Nuclear Safety Project for the Union of Concerned Scientists, began to hear of the Sandy-related storm problems at the Oyster Creek nuclear plant in Ocean County, he had an "I-told-you-so moment. " In March 2011, Japan was reeling from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster that stemmed from natural events - an earthquake and tsunami. "What we learned at Fukushima is being reinforced by Sandy," said Lochbaum, who says that the process that regulators use to license nuclear plants is flawed.
October 31, 2012 |
The Oyster Creek nuclear power plant remains on "alert" status even as the rising waters that caused problems with the reactor's pumping system continue to abate, a spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday. Despite the "alert" status, which is the second least serious level, the reactor, located in Lacey Township, Ocean County, is considered "safe," he said. The Oyster Creek facility was impacted by the storm in three ways - rising water in intake canals affected pump performance in an intake structure; a power outage in the area also hit the plant, causing it to switch to back up generator to power the facility, and winds and weather took out 21 of about 50 warning sirens positioned in a 10-mile radius of the plant, said spokesman Neil Sheehan.
May 28, 2010 |
Intermittently over a period of five years, the operator of a Montgomery County sewage-treatment plant wasn't testing the outflow and wasn't treating it, according to law enforcement officials. He was simply discharging raw sewage into the Perkiomen Creek, they said. The state Attorney General's Office has filed criminal charges against the operator, Pennsburg resident Michael T. Martin, who was fired months ago from the Green Lane Marlborough Joint Authority. He faces a maximum of 18 years in prison and $40,000 in fines for allegedly allowing untreated or partially treated sewage to flow into the stream and for fabricating sampling data that he submitted to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
May 27, 2010 |
The operator of a Montgomery County water treatment facility has been charged with discharging sewage into the Perkiomen Creek over a period of five years, the State Attorney General's Office announced this morning. The criminal charges allege that Michael Martin of Pennsburg also submitted falsified reports to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Attorney General Tom Corbett said in a statement that Martin was the operator of the Green Lane Marlborough Joint Authority waste water treatment plant on Gravel Road in Green Lane.
November 12, 2008 |
Lawrence H. O'Donnell, 88, a former DuPont Co. official and the father of former Chester County Commissioner Patrick O'Donnell, died of heart failure Nov. 1 at Barclay Friends, a senior community in West Chester. A native of St. Louis, Mr. O'Donnell graduated from McBride High School there. He was a football lineman for a year at the University of Dayton before graduating from the University of Missouri in 1942 with a degree in chemical engineering. Mr. O'Donnell was an officer on the destroyer Marshall during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944, leaving the Navy at war's end as a lieutenant commander.
August 21, 2008 |
A tan, nondescript, one-story office building tucked off a road in Coatesville houses an anomaly. The 22,000-square-foot Chester County facility holds a state-of-the-art media and communications center, with wireless dataport technology, Webcasting, and a generous work area for reporters. But the plan is to keep it empty. Why? Because reporters will go there only to cover bad and alarming news. The sole purpose of the building is to brief the media - and through them, the public - during a nuclear emergency at Limerick, Peach Bottom and, starting next week, Three Mile Island.
July 22, 2008 |
A Coatesville man entrusted with operating multiple sewage plants throughout Chester County did so for more than 2 1/2 years without a license, state authorities said yesterday. Thomas M. Horrex, 54, was charged yesterday with three misdemeanor counts of unlawful conduct under the state's Clean Streams Law, according to a news release from Attorney General Tom Corbett. Each count carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $5,000 fine, the release said. Horrex, who could not be reached for comment, allowed his sewage treatment plant operator's license to expire on Dec. 31, 2005, but continued to test wastewater and operate sewage plants in Elverson Borough, Penn and East Goshen Townships - facilities that required a licensed operator, the criminal complaint said.
June 18, 2006 |
It was a gorgeous day for racing on the Schuylkill yesterday, with the sun shining and water sparkling - and it was all the more exhilarating after a health advisory that nearly threatened to keep rowers on dry land. The 78 races in the Schuylkill Navy Regatta were going "superbly," Clete Graham, commodore of the Schuylkill Navy, said as he sat on the awards grandstand by the Columbia Bridge. "There were no qualms, no hesitations. It was a beautiful day. " About 600 athletes from 42 clubs came out. They were thrilled to compete, and didn't see any signs of a Montgomery County fish kill, Graham said.
June 4, 2002 |
Four years after an overextended sewage plant spewed partially treated wastewater into the Neshaminy Creek, the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority continues to connect customers, even though the agency has used up its available capacity, plant operators say. The Chalfont-New Britain Joint Sewage Authority, which runs the plant and shares capacity with the county, seeks an injunction that would halt connections to the plant by the county authority...