May 11, 2013 |
In the five or so years that Larry MacCluen has taught tennis on the courts of the Wedgewood Swim Club, there have been smells so bad it was enough to make his students gag. He'd move them to a more distant court. "This [the bad smell] has probably happened three or four times a year" for the last four years, MacCluen said. But on March 10, the smell, he said, was "ungodly. " He went to investigate - something he had not done before. In a wooded area not far from the tennis courts, with vegetation bare due to the time of year, he viewed a round cement structure that was spewing smelly, nasty stuff out of a manhole.
May 10, 2013 |
A sewage spill in March that has been a concern to some Haddonfield residents has been adequately cleared away and the area has been remediated, according to a spokesman for Camden County. But even if the mess is gone, the furor rages on, with a contested Board of Commissioners race less than a week away. A county Health Department inspector issued no violations to the borough during site visits this week and last, but instructed that the solid matter on the site, in a wooded area not far from the Wedgewood Swim Club, be raked up and the area spread with lime to control bacteria growth, county spokesman Ron Tomasello said.
May 4, 2013 |
NEW YORK - New York and New Jersey communities hit by Sandy will get $569 million for improvements to sewage treatment and drinking water facilities, the federal Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday. New York will get $340 million in federal disaster relief funds and $229 million is going to New Jersey, EPA officials said. The massive storm released 11 billion gallons of sewage from East Coast treatment plants into bodies of water from Washington to Connecticut, a report released this week by a science journalism group found.
April 30, 2013 |
LANCASTER - A 77-year-old central Pennsylvania man who still uses an outhouse has run afoul of environmental regulations that could cost him tens of thousands of dollars. Wilson Huyett was recently informed by Salisbury Township officials that his outhouse has to go. Township officials said he had to replace the outhouse with a septic system that includes three underground tanks, a pump and a three-trench sand mound. Huyett estimates the cost at $20,000. "I'm not going to spend that much money to put something in I don't really need," the self-reliant Huyett told the the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era . He insists the outhouse on his 140-acre farm, separated from his closest neighbors by a quarter mile of fields and woods, is not bothering anybody.
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
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 18, 2012 |
Construction is set to begin on a $50 million project to expand sewage service in undeveloped sections of eastern Camden County, including portions of the Pinelands, laying the groundwork for 10,000 new homes. The county plan - paid for with a low-interest loan from a state environmental fund - comes as the region wrestles with tight municipal budgets caused by the real estate slowdown and shrinking property values. "That part of Camden County that has remained stagnant because of water and sewer issues," said Camden County Freeholder Jeff Nash.
April 12, 2012 |
Among the many renewable energy sources — wind, solar, hydroelectric, biofuels — there is one to which we all contribute that has not yet managed to attract the romantic advocates who have embraced other forms of green energy. We're speaking about the gray river of warmth flowing right beneath our feet: sewage. A Philadelphia company, NovaThermal Energy L.L.C. , wants to heat and cool buildings by tapping into the constant, guaranteed heat contained in wastewater.
February 21, 2012 |
Swallows usually go south in winter. But in recent years, a particular group seems to have picked one place in all of North America, aside from a slim edge of the balmy Gulf Coast, to spend the coldest months. It's not a pristine forest. Or a pretty field. Hard by Delaware Avenue, in a heavily industrial area where 18-wheelers rumble by and power lines crisscross the sky overhead, is the spot they've picked: the sewage-treatment plant in Northeast Philadelphia. Sewage-treatment plants tend to attract birds - at least part of the time - but apparently this one is way off the charts.
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.