August 25, 2016 |
By next spring, a plot of riverfront land in Camden that was once the site of a wastewater treatment plant may be open to the public as a nature preserve. On Tuesday Camden County officials formally announced plans to create the Cramer Hill Nature Preserve, which will encompass 35 acres on the banks of the Delaware River that has been empty since the plant was torn down in 1990. The site, which is adjacent to Petty's Island, has since become home to birds and deer. Once the park is completed, residents in the area will have direct access to an urban forest, as well as the river.
May 7, 2016 |
Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water of Voorhees, said Thursday that it has signed an agreement to acquire the wastewater assets of the Borough of New Cumberland in Cumberland County for $23 million. The New Cumberland wastewater system serves about 3,100 customers, who already receive water service from Pennsylvania American. The company agreed not to file a rate-increase request before 2018. The sale requires approval from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and the state Department of Environmental Protection.
April 29, 2016 |
Voters in sparsely populated Highland Township, Elk County, where a proposed Marcellus Shale wastewater disposal well has divided the community, voted Tuesday to create a home-rule charter commission. By a 91-78 margin, 54 percent of voters approved a ballot measure establishing a seven-member commission to write a charter, which would be presented to voters at a later date for approval. Seneca Resources Corp., a drilling company that wants to build a wastewater injection well, has mounted a legal challenge against a township ordinance banning the sites.
December 24, 2015 |
Pennsylvania American Water has acquired the wastewater system of Fairview Township, York County, for $16.8 million. The system serves about 4,000 customers, including more than 200 commercial accounts where Pennsylvania American Water already provides water service. The utility, a subsidiary of American Water Works Co. Inc. of Voorhees, agreed to invest $13 million in system improvements and to reimburse the township for up to $1 million for a sewer-line relocation project related to the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
December 18, 2015
A Montgomery County businessman was charged Wednesday with violating environmental regulations by discarding water samples that did not meet federal standards and falsifying reports. Federal prosecutors said Matthew Brozena of Telford, president of MAB Environmental Services Inc., violated the Clean Water Act while operating wastewater treatment plants for BC Natural Chicken and Buckingham Valley Nursing Center. Brozena, 58, allegedly instructed his employees to discard water samples that had more pollutants than federal permits allowed and to falsely report test results.
October 23, 2015 |
Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water Works Co. of Voorhees, closed acquisitions of five water and wastewater systems in Clarion, Northumberland and Butler counties for $3.8 million. In Clarion County, the company acquired the Shippenville Borough Wastewater System and the Paint Township Water System, which combined serve about 700 residents. In Northumberland County, it bought the water and wastewater assets of the McEwensville Municipal Authority, which serves about 400 residents.
August 19, 2015 |
The Delaware County agency responsible for treating sewage from systems that serve 500,000 area residents has agreed to pay nearly $1.4 million to settle a claim it let pollutants seep into Ridley Creek, Chester Creek, and the Delaware River. In a lawsuit filed last month, the Delaware County Regional Water Authority was accused of too often letting untreated wastewater flow into the tributaries, endangering residents of Delaware County and parts of Chester County, many of whom live in low-income communities.
July 20, 2014 |
The Borough of West Chester early this week won the latest episode in a years-long court battle with drugmaker Pfizer over sewer payments owed to the borough by Wyeth, the pharmaceutical company that Pfizer bought in 2009 for $68 billion. Chester County Court of Common Pleas Judge Robert J. Shenkin ruled that Pfizer must give the borough $1.72 million for missed payments under a 1984 agreement that called for Wyeth to make quarterly payments of about $200,000 for the life of the Goose Creek Sewer Treatment plant.
June 13, 2014 |
XTO Energy Inc. is seeking the dismissal of criminal charges for a 2010 gas-drilling spill, saying Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane selectively prosecuted the company in pursuit of a politically motivated anti-fracking agenda. The Exxon Mobil subsidiary filed a motion in Lycoming County Court on Monday arguing that the Office of Attorney General had failed to prove a criminal case against it in connection with the spill of about 50,000 gallons of wastewater at a Marcellus Shale drilling site.
April 2, 2014 |
George J. Crits, 92, of Ardmore, an expert in the field of water and wastewater treatment, died Thursday, March 27, at his home of causes related to aging. Mr. Crits was renowned in the industry for his expertise in ion exchange technology. Ion exchange is used to soften water and separate out unwanted elements. Mr. Crits wrote three books on the subject, the last of which was published in 2012. It was titled Crits Notes on Water and Ion Exchange . Bill Runyan, president of Idreco USA Ltd., a water treatment company in West Chester, called Crits Notes "the Bible of water treatment.