October 1, 1992 |
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.
May 10, 1992 |
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.
August 2, 1996 |
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.
July 23, 1991 |
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.
April 13, 1989 |
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.
February 10, 1995 |
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.
April 15, 1999 |
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?"
August 11, 1998 |
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.
April 22, 1999 |
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.
July 16, 1996 |
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.