July 31, 2015 |
IF YOU'RE a swimmer in next year's Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janiero, you might have to put up with a lot of crap. Literally. According to water-analysis testing commissioned by the Associated Press, the waters in the "Marvelous City" are rife with raw sewage. "It's all the water from the toilets and the showers and whatever people put down their sinks, all mixed up," said John Griffith, a marine biologist at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project.
March 21, 2014 |
For several hours Tuesday morning, raw sewage gushed from the ruptured pipe into Valley Creek at a rate of about 5,000 gallons a minute. Then, when officials turned off the flow to the 30-inch sewer main, it caused sewage to back up at the closest pumping station, near Wilson Road in Chesterbrook, fouling even more of a prime trout stream in Valley Forge National Historical Park. Overall, untreated waste flowed into Valley Creek for more than 30 hours, spilling several million gallons of sewage, officials estimated.
January 23, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA In a sweeping endorsement of Philadelphia's storm water plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $4 million Tuesday to four area colleges to study the plan. Approved 21/2 years ago, the $1.6 billion, 20-year project aims to stem the polluted water gushing from sewer overflows during heavy rains by incorporating "green" projects throughout the city. They range from vegetated roofs and rain gardens that soak up rainwater to porous pavements that let it percolate through.
December 24, 2012
A sewage pipe in Burlington Township broke Saturday night, leaking raw sewage into the Burlington Center Mall at the height of the holiday shopping season. Firefighters, the Burlington County Health Department, and other responders were called to the scene, where some shoppers reported feeling sick Sunday morning. No one was taken to the hospital, a spokesman for the county Office of Emergency Management said. The mall never closed, he said. - Andrew Seidman
December 24, 2012 |
A sewage pipe broke Saturday night, leaking raw sewage into the Burlington Center Mall in Burlington Township. Firefighters, the Burlington County Health Department and other responders were called to the scene, where some mall patrons reported feeling sick. No one was transported to the hospital, said a spokesman for the county's Office of Emergency Management. The mall never closed, he said. Contact Andrew Seidman at 856-779-3846, firstname.lastname@example.org or @AndrewSeidman on Twitter.
December 5, 2012 |
AS THE late-afternoon twilight descended on Castor Gardens, in Northeast Philadelphia, Lt. Thomas Macartney guided his marked police car down the alley behind the Rutland Street rowhouses near Magee Avenue, stopping at a garage with broken, wide-open doors. A few days earlier, neighbors had called 2nd District police to report raw sewage pouring out of the garage and flooding the alley. "Whether you're a renter or a homeowner," Macartney said, "you don't want to live next door to this.
August 9, 2012 |
Sharks or syringes, forget about it. That would totally ruin a beach vacation. But people are more placid about poo, apparently. Although a raw-sewage spill prompted authorities to ban swimming at three of the busiest beaches in Ocean City, N.J., earlier this week, sunbathers crowded back into the ocean Tuesday afternoon, after Cape May County health officials declared the currents safe. "Considering that Ocean City is seven miles long, I think it's a little bit overblown," said John Millon, 56, of Havertown, who spent Tuesday on the beach at Third Street.
April 11, 2012 |
Philadelphia's $2 billion plan to manage its storm water with green methods - porous pavement, green roofs, and a plethora of trees - got the official nod Tuesday from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson joined Mayor Nutter and other officials at the Fairmount Water Works to sign the agreement for a 25-year plan that has been described as one of the most innovative and ambitious in the nation. It will transform not only how the city handles storm water - treating it as a resource instead of a waste product - but also how the city looks.
January 23, 2012 |
Add flushing a toilet to the list of ways to help the environment. PSE&G is funding a $1.3 million project at Camden County's sewage treatment plant using geothermal technology to heat buildings with raw sewage. The technology is used in Europe and China. Paris' historic sewer system - a popular tourist destination - also has a project in the works. But the local project is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, said Jack DiEnna, executive director of the Geothermal National and International Initiative, an industry group.
December 21, 2011
Morgan denies illegal hacking LONDON - TV personality Piers Morgan denied Tuesday that he had indulged in illegal methods to obtain stories during his time as editor of two British tabloids, which ended in 2004. The CNN moderator was grilled by a British panel investigating the ethics and culture of journalism after revelations that the now-defunct News of the World, a tabloid where Morgan once worked, this year hacked into the cellphone voice mail account of a 13-year-old kidnap victim who was later found slain.