January 27, 2006 |
In western Chester County, where tract houses nudge Amish farms, and buggies share the road with SUVs, major development in four fast-growing communities has come to a halt for more than two years. The problem is sewage. The state has stopped the planned construction of at least 1,500 homes, along with additional retail and office space, because the area's privately owned sewage plant doesn't have the capacity to handle the wastewater generated by thousands more people. In a worst-case scenario, the plant in South Coatesville eventually could have dumped raw sewage into Brandywine Creek.
August 24, 2005 |
Environmental advocates called on the state yesterday to ban the hiring of consultants who work simultaneously for the Department of Environmental Protection and polluters regulated by the agency. In one case, a firm working to establish DEP cleanup standards for two Central Jersey rivers also was working for the sewage dischargers along those waters, the advocates alleged. They released DEP internal e-mails that showed scientists and various supervisors raising red flags and questions about whether the agency would remedy the situation.
August 10, 2005
As the leader of IBEW Local 98 and chairman of the Redevelopment Authority, I am staunchly pro-development. Unfortunately, rapid development comes with a price. All this new construction is covering up an antiquated sewer system that is crumbling under our feet. There is an immediate need for an inter-governmental action plan to replace Philadelphia's sewer infrastructure. As president of the Pennsport Civic Association in South Philadelphia, I have heard from numerous residents about repeat floods.
June 28, 2005 |
Chester County's sale of land to West Bradford for use as part of a sewage-treatment system was legal, a visiting judge ruled yesterday. In an 18-page opinion, Bucks County Court Senior Judge R. Barry McAndrews ruled against legal challenges to the sale and concluded that the county had the authority to sell a 177-acre tract to West Bradford Township on Aug. 26, 2003, with the understanding that 25 percent of the land would be used for spray irrigation....
April 6, 2005 |
Boiled water or bottled was on tap across much of Camden yesterday as residents and businesses awaited test results to learn whether the city's water is safe to drink. Because of possible contamination from a collapsed sewage pipe, a warning to boil drinking water was to remain in effect until at least tonight. "We're erring on the side of caution," said Melvin "Randy" Primas, the city's state-appointed chief operating officer. "We believe the situation is under control. " All the city's public schools were scheduled to reopen today.
April 5, 2005 |
More than 50,000 Camden residents, as well as such commercial customers as restaurants, were warned last night to boil their water for the next 48 hours after a 30-inch sewage pipe was crushed. Because of the water emergency, all of Camden's public schools will be closed today, Board of Education President Philip E. Freeman Sr. said late last night. They will remain closed, Freeman said, "until we know the water is safe. " The problem occurred about 10 a.m. yesterday while workers for a private contractor overhauling the city's water infrastructure were changing a main valve near East State Street and River Road in Cramer Hill.
January 28, 2005 |
The Bucks County government repeatedly violated environmental standards last year for sewage it sent to the county water and sewer authority's treatment plant behind the King's Plaza Shopping Center in Doylestown Township, the authority says. The county tested the sewage nine times last year and found it violated standards for total suspended solids (TSS) four times and biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) six times, according to the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority. Patrick Cleary, the authority's communications manager, said the violations had not resulted in any damage to water quality in the Neshaminy Creek, which receives the sewer plant's output.
January 27, 2005 |
A visiting judge - presiding because one of the litigants opposing a West Bradford sewage plant is a member of the Chester County bench - has ruled in favor of efficiency. Despite objections, Bucks County Court Senior Judge R. Barry McAndrews ordered the consolidation of three lawsuits that challenge the legality of a sewage treatment system being constructed on land Chester County sold to West Bradford Township in August 2003. After a hearing last week, McAndrews also ordered the recusal of the Chester County bench, since Chester County Court Judge James P. MacElree II, who lives near the disputed tract, is a plaintiff in one of the cases.
January 14, 2005 |
Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie appear to have overslept their date with the sewage pump. The lackadaisical pair was to put in a shift yesterday at the Caprioni cesspool company in Belleplain, a remote town in Cape May County, N.J., where The Simple Life: Interns was filming. "They just got up two hours ago," said a woman named Phoebe, who was working the office at Caprioni. That was 3:15 p.m., near the end of the work day, and Mademoiselles Hilton and Richie were still no-shows.
December 29, 2004 |
New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg says that if a stadium is built on Manhattan's West Side, it might have an adverse impact on New Jersey, including the possibility of more sewage being dumped in the Hudson River and more traffic in and out of the state. Lautenberg is among the growing chorus of people voicing worries over the building of the proposed stadium that would lure the New York Jets from their East Rutherford, N.J., home at Giants Stadium. In letters sent last week to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Highway Administration, Lautenberg asked both agencies to determine whether the stadium would pose serious problems for the Garden State.