March 29, 2013
Aqua America Inc., the Bryn Mawr water utility, announced Thursday that it has completed the sale about 65 percent of its Florida assets in its ongoing effort to consolidate operations to eight states where it has a critical mass. Aqua sold 57 water systems and 23 wastewater systems in 12 counties to the Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) for $50.2 million. Separately, Aqua sold nine water systems and four wastewater systems to U.S. Water for $1.6 million, and one water system and one wastewater system that serve the Arredondo Farms community in Alachua County to YES Communities Companies L.L.C.
March 29, 2013
In the Region Convention Center issues RFP The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority on Thursday issued a request for proposals from qualified companies interested in managing and operating certain functions of the center. A mandatory proposers' conference and site tour is scheduled for April 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the center. Deadline for receipt of the proposals is May 3. Access the RFP application at http://www.paconvention.com/vendors . - Suzette Parmley Coatesville plant upgrade finished Pennsylvania American Water on Thursday marked the completion of a $24 million upgrade to the company's Rock Run Water Treatment Plant near Coatesville, intended to improve capacity, reliability, and energy efficiency.
March 20, 2013 |
The roads, dams, water systems, airports, and other underpinnings of the nation's economy are in sorry shape, the American Society of Civil Engineers said Tuesday. But not quite as sorry as four years ago, when ASCE last evaluated the country's infrastructure. The engineers' quadrennial report card graded 16 sectors from aviation to wastewater. Overall, America's infrastructure got a D+, a step above "poor" but shy of "mediocre. " In 2009, the nation's infrastructure got a D. Solid-waste treatment got the highest grade, a B-, and the nation's railroads were most improved, moving up from a C- to a C+. Worst off were the nation's levees and inland waterways: Each got a D- from the engineers' group.
August 11, 2012
A man who worked at a Philadelphia industrial company was sentenced Friday in federal court to three years' probation for tampering with samples of wastewater that was discharged into the city's sewer system, prosecutors said. Peter Shtompil was a senior manager at Nupro Industries Corp., which manufactures oils and chemical compounds at a plant in Port Richmond. The company was required to monitor pollutants in its wastewater. Shtompil watered down samples and ordered other employees to do the same.
April 12, 2012 |
Among the many renewable energy sources — wind, solar, hydroelectric, biofuels — there is one to which we all contribute that has not yet managed to attract the romantic advocates who have embraced other forms of green energy. We're speaking about the gray river of warmth flowing right beneath our feet: sewage. A Philadelphia company, NovaThermal Energy L.L.C. , wants to heat and cool buildings by tapping into the constant, guaranteed heat contained in wastewater.
January 23, 2012
By Ted Zangari Despite what critics contend, wastewater and sewage management legislation signed by Gov. Christie last week is not a threat to the environment. It leaves environmental protections in place while providing a remedy for overreaching regulations that have compounded the economic damage of the Great Recession. The new law addresses a cumbersome process for wastewater treatment planning that was put in place in 2008. It required counties to attempt to precisely predict development and therefore sewer services decades in advance.
January 8, 2012 |
Metaphorically speaking, the shale-gas boom was supposed to bring seismic changes to America's energy landscape. But after a series of earthquakes during the holidays shook Youngstown, Ohio, authorities are focusing on a literal link between seismic activity and gas development. Seismologists say there is strong evidence that the Ohio quakes were induced by the underground disposal of wastewater from natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale. The earthquakes originated about two miles below the surface, close to the point where an underground injection well discharged wastewater into porous sandstone for permanent disposal.
January 4, 2012 |
A series of earthquakes in northwestern Ohio, the latest and largest on New Year's Eve, has prompted that state's Department of Natural Resources to close or suspend development by natural gas drillers of five deep wastewater disposal wells pending an investigation into well impact on increased seismic activity in the area. The latest earthquake, registering a magnitude of 4.0, was centered five miles northwest of Youngstown and very close to the 9,000-foot-deep Northstar No. 1 disposal well owned by D&L Energy, which receives most of its brine and fracking wastewater from Marcellus Shale drilling operations in Pennsylvania.
January 3, 2012
Authorities probe mosque attack NEW YORK - While members of an Islamic cultural center gathered for a dinner Sunday evening, a Molotov cocktail thrown by an unknown assailant burst against the center's main entrance, and another was thrown at the sign for the center's school. It was one of a string of suspected arson attacks that police were investigating on Monday as possible bias crimes and trying to determine whether the incidents were linked. No arrests had been made. Structural damage to the Imam Al-Khoei Foundation was minimal, but some members of the center were emotionally shaken, the assistant imam said.