June 9, 2007 |
Residents of parts of West Conshohocken and Upper Merion were advised to stay indoors yesterday after a dump truck carrying 40,000 pounds of sulfur waste overturned yesterday morning on a Blue Route off-ramp, spilling its load and causing a cloud of hazardous gas to form. Traffic was snarled for hours. A three-axle truck traveling from a Delaware County Sunoco refinery to Lansdale was exiting the northbound Blue Route onto the westbound Schuylkill Expressway at 7:52 a.m. when it tipped onto its left side.
September 14, 2002 |
Sunoco Inc. said yesterday that it would spend millions of dollars on equipment at its Marcus Hook refinery to solve a pollution problem that has riled some neighbors and spurred Delaware regulators to fine the company $390,000 in May. The oil refiner said building a sulfur-recovery unit, which could cost more than $25 million, would allow it to safely process the acid gases that were now treated at the General Chemical Corp. plant next door in Claymont, Del. Part of the Sunoco refinery is in Claymont.
October 22, 1986 |
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has issued regulations requiring that all alcoholic beverage labels indicate the presence of sulfur equal to or exceeding 10 parts per million. Almost all wines contain more than 10 ppm. The threshold at which a slight reaction appears in susceptible people is 100 ppm. The regulations, set Sept. 30, take effect Jan. 9 with a phase-in period of one year. All alcoholic beverages bottled or labeled after July 9, however, must state "contains sulfites" (or "sulfiting agents")
October 21, 1988 |
Philadelphia officials said yesterday that they were preparing to fine the Atlantic Refining & Marketing Corp. for releasing sulfur compounds into the air Wednesday night that prompted more than 400 phone calls to authorities from South Jersey residents. Arco could be fined more than $20,000, said Robert Vatistas, a staff engineer with the Philadelphia Health Department's Air Management Services. An Arco spokesman said the smell, which drew just one phone call to the department from a Philadelphia resident, was caused by two problems - maintenance on a sulfur recovery system and later the blowout of a safety flare on top of a smokestack, which burns pollutants such as sulfur.
November 16, 1986
Listening to his message, it might have been easy to figure Edward B. Leisenring Jr. to be some out-of-place environmentalist as he addressed the Virginia Coal Council recently. He was telling his audience to get behind passage of an acid-rain control bill, legislation that the industry has vigorously opposed in past years. Edward Leisenring isn't some mouthpiece for environmentalists, however. He is the chairman of Westmoreland Coal Co., based in Philadelphia, and that's what makes his message to Eastern coal executives particularly interesting.
October 17, 1986 |
Texaco Inc. officials could face fines and imprisonment for failing to report three chemical spills that occurred at their Delaware City refinery in the last month, state officials said yesterday. Sharon Fitzgerald, a spokeswoman for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, said the company is the subject of an investigation into spills of naphthalene, oil and sulfur. Acting on an anonymous telephone tip Oct. 6, natural-resources officials learned of a spill of naphthalene at the refinery just south of Wilmington, according to Fitzgerald.
April 12, 1992 |
To the aging local power plant, the 1990 Clean Air Act looms as dark and foreboding a problem as the mountain-size piles of coal gracing its property. For Pittsburgh's Custom Coals International, though, the effort by the federal government to purify the nation's air looks like a shining business opportunity. Custom Coals has an executive or two but no rank and file, no production facilities to speak of yet and only half the capitalization it needs to really get going. What it does have is technology it says will turn coal squeaky-clean, freeing power companies from the need to install scrubbers, the costly equipment they now rely on to prevent sulfur from escaping into the atmosphere.
March 24, 1990 |
When students return to classes at the odor-plagued Marcus Hook Elementary School on Monday, they will witness a competition of sorts between two different environmental testing firms. The Chichester School District, forced to close the school for three days after students and teachers complained of watery eyes and irritated breathing passages, has hired two companies to test the school's ventilation system, air and a variety of materials in and around the building. They also will run tests on two other school buildings nearby.
July 15, 1989 |
Sun Co. of Radnor yesterday announced that it would spend $126 million to improve the environmental quality of both its Atlantic refinery in South Philadelphia and the gasoline produced there. The company said that it would apply for necessary city and state permits and begin immediately with the site preparation work for the expansion of four processing plants. In addition, the company said it would spend $20 million to take advantage of other growth opportunities, including construction of Ultra car-repair service centers, service stations and convenience stores.
September 11, 1991 |
Philadelphia Electric Co. and Pennsylvania Power & Light have joined seven other utilities in a $375 million project to clean up one of the dirtiest coal-burning plants in the United States. The Conemaugh Electric Generating Station project is expected to generate more than 300 construction jobs in the Johnstown, Pa., area and will involve the installation of a giant scrubber at each of the station's two coal-fired power plants. The scrubbers will reduce emissions of sulfur-dioxide and nitrogen-oxide pollutants by 95 percent, a PE spokesman said.