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October 1, 1992 | by Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Bridesburg has reclaimed its unofficial title as the toxics capital of Pennsylvania industry. After slipping a notch out of first place for a year, the Lower Northeast neighborhood again leads the state in the latest tally of toxics churned out by manufacturing plants. Bridesburg (19137) also led all Pennsylvania zip codes in brewing up chemicals believed to cause cancer or birth defects, according to information released yesterday by Citizen Action, a consumer advocacy group.
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May 10, 1992 | By Nancy Petersen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The state has given permission for sewage sludge to be disposed at the landfill in Chatham operated by the Southeastern Chester County Refuse Authority. The permit was requested by the Chester authority's management without the knowledge of its directors, who will consider the plan Wednesday night. At least two of the 10 directors raised concerns, asking whether sludge contained materials exceeding federal safety limits. "I want to be sure that we are not taking toxic material into the landfill or setting the stage for taking toxics in," said director William R. McClellan of Kennett Square.
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August 2, 1996 | by Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
The Northeast Philly company that releases the most toxics into the city's air is also among the state's biggest producers of chemicals linked to human reproductive disorders, an advocacy group said yesterday. Kurt-Hastings Inc., a graphics- arts company in an industrial park near Northeast Philadelphia Airport, produced more than 776 tons of chemicals believed to affect the reproductive system, according to a report released by the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group. Of that amount, about 410 tons of toluene and 21.9 tons of xylene were released directly into the air. The rest went to waste companies and treatment systems in other states.
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July 23, 1991 | by Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Are we the toxics capital, or what? Philadelphia and adjacent Bucks County grow a larger crop of toxic pollutants than any other part of the state, according to a new report released today. The Bridesburg ZIP code area (19137) - which led the state in an earlier report on toxic wastes and emissions - slipped to second place this round behind the Bucks County neighborhood (19030) that hosts the USX steel plant near Fairless Hills. But two Bridesburg industries still ranked among the state's top three toxics producers, in the new compilation of 1989 toxics data by the consumer group Citizen Action of Pennsylvania.
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April 13, 1989 | By Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer The Associated Press contributed to this report
Pennsylvania industries are spewing close to 394 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the environment each year, the Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday, as it detailed a "startling" total of 22 billion pounds of toxic substances poured annually into the nation's water, air and land. The agency acknowledged in Washington, where it released the first nationwide inventory on toxics, that its tactics to curb pollution have failed to keep pace with the release of the chemicals.
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February 10, 1995 | by Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Fish swimming up the Delaware don't turn back any more when they reach Philadelphia. Harsh chemicals in the water no longer burn the paint off freighters' hulls. But a report scheduled for release today warns that despite decades of improvement in the water quality of the river, the job is far from done. The tri-state Delaware Estuary Program will urge tighter controls on toxic releases by industries, and preservation of land and wildlife as part of a long-range plan to protect the Delaware River and Bay. Toxics are worse in the river's sediments than previously believed, according to an earlier study by the group.
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April 15, 1999 | by Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Polluters are us. The latest evidence is the Environmental Protection Agency's first attempt to estimate the toxics that lurk in the air in Philadelphia and communities across the nation - with a big chunk of the pollution tracked straight to drivers and consumers. "We know we're putting stuff out there that has an impact on public health," said Clean Air Council director Joseph Minott. "The question becomes, do we really want to know how dangerous it is, or do we want to drive our ever-larger SUVs?"
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August 11, 1998 | by Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Flo Gordon says she doesn't keep the fish. "We always say, anything out of this river, we're not too sure about," says the Port Richmond resident, who often spends mornings fishing in the Delaware. If someone wanted her catch, she'd give it to him, though. And many Philly anglers do stretch the budget by serving fish from the Delaware or the Schuylkill. Those urban fishermen are a major reason officials care if there are toxics in the rivers. Recently, the agencies that monitor the river found something that surprised them.
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April 22, 1999 | by Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
It's Earth Day. And if you're looking for environmentalists, you'll probably find them (a) hugging trees, (b) hollering about pollution, (c) hunched over their computer terminals. Any answer is correct. This year - in more proof of the rise of the Internet - new environmental Web sites have joined park cleanups as a major feature of Earth Day. This week, the Environmental Defense Fund unveiled a search engine that allows anyone with a computer to check out local cancer risks from airborne toxics.
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July 16, 1996 | by Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
After five days of testing in a mobile lab, state environmental scientists say they have found no serious health hazards to residents of two South Philadelphia neighborhoods near an oil-contaminated military supply base. "People should be able to rest assured that they're not being exposed to the contaminants in a serious way in the residential areas," Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Rob Goldberg said yesterday. Soil and sewer tests were conducted in the Passyunk Homes housing project and in Packer Park.
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September 8, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, STAFF WRITER
The management books all preach it - one toxic worker can spoil an entire barrel of apples, to mangle a metaphor. But does that proverb need to be taken on faith? Not at M&S Centerless Grinding Inc., a precision metal working shop in Hatboro. "Most of the time you can't measure this," said company owner John Shegda. "But this was at a great time for us, to be able to put some numbers on it. " Getting rid of one bad apple, plus two of his crew, increased productivity by more than a third at M&S Centerless Grinding, even though the one bad apple was the most productive worker/supervisor in the whole factory and led three highly-productive workers.
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July 18, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
Tina DeSilvio said the Kiddie Kollege Day Care owner called twice that weekend. The first time was to say a planned trip to Storybook Land was canceled. The second was to report the reason - New Jersey officials had ordered the day care in Franklinville shut down. Immediately. Toxic mercury vapors had been detected inside the rooms where nearly 100 babies and children had played for two years. DeSilvio's daughters, then ages 3 and 6, were among them. "I'll never forget that call," DeSilvio said in a recent interview a few days ahead of the 10th anniversary of the Kiddie Kollege closing.
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June 29, 2016
Firefighters in Lower Merion Township were investigating a portable transformer that caught fire Monday night and leaked possibly hazardous fluid near a creek, authorities said. The fire was reported just before 6:50 p.m. at the Green Hill Condominium complex in the 1000 block of City Avenue. PECO had brought in a portable generator and transformer while the utility conducted planned maintenance and the transformer malfunctioned, causing it to smoke and leak fluid, authorities said. The incident left several hundred residents at the complex without power.
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May 28, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
A New Jersey appellate court ruled Thursday that a state agency and Franklin Township are not liable for damages or claims due to their failure to prevent a children's day-care center from opening in a contaminated mercury thermometer factory a decade ago. About 100 infants and children were exposed to toxic vapors linked to brain and kidney ailments after they were enrolled in the Kiddie Kollege day-care and nursery in Gloucester County between 2004...
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May 5, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
The New Jersey Supreme Court has let stand a lower-court ruling that a Gloucester County family must pay part of a $4 million fine and a $2 million environmental cleanup cost after the family acquired a contaminated thermometer plant and converted it into a children's day-care center without removing the building's toxic mercury vapors. The decision last week not to hear the appeal caps a 10-year legal battle that started soon after the state Department of Environmental Protection discovered the Kiddie Kollege day-care center had opened in 2004 in an abandoned factory in Franklinville.
NEWS
May 1, 2016
Poisonous By Allison Brennan Minotaur 368 pp. $25.99 Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill In Allison Brennan's well-plotted Poisonous , the poison in question seeps through a town and decimates a family. It starts with a teenager's penchant for Internet bullying. Ivy Lake's venom almost ruined the lives of several teenagers, possibly pushed the family of one teen to move, and, saddest of all, may have caused a bright, sensitive girl to commit suicide.
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January 17, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
A Gloucester County family that acquired a contaminated thermometer plant and converted it into a day care center, exposing children to toxins, must contribute toward the $2 million cleanup cost and $4 million in damages, a New Jersey appeals panel ruled this week. The panel upheld a 2014 Superior Court ruling that James Sullivan III and his siblings are liable for the cost the state incurred when it shut the Kiddie Kollege building in Franklin Township, demolished it, and cleaned up the site.
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April 14, 2015 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
NICOLE JONIEC'S biggest regret, five years after moving into a century-old rowhouse in South Philadelphia with her husband and their two cats, is that she didn't zoom out a little more when she had checked out her new address on Google Maps. Joniec, 37, who works at the Free Library, said she now feels "silly" that she didn't realize how close they would live to the ancient, sprawling refinery on the banks of the Schuylkill, then owned by Sunoco and which today - with a new owner, Philadelphia Energy Solutions - is booming with crude oil fracked in North Dakota.
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April 5, 2015 | By Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer
It was a vacation nightmare. A Wilmington family of four staying in a Virgin Islands condo, with idyllic views of Cruz Bay on St. John, suddenly became seriously ill. So ill that they were airlifted home and hospitalized, the father and two teenage boys in critical condition. The likely scenario that has emerged is that they were poisoned after methyl bromide was sprayed in the condo underneath the one where the family was staying. The pesticide is banned in many countries and is not authorized for use in residences in the U.S. The incident, while deemed uncommon, has heightened concerns about travelers' exposure to pesticides in other regions or countries that may not have usage restrictions or regulatory oversight as stringent as that in the U.S. "Can this go on as you travel around the world?
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