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.
June 19, 2015 |
President Obama's late but welcome restoration of the government's power to keep polluters from dumping toxins upstream of drinking water supplies is undergoing its greatest challenge. Republicans and some Democrats are trying to scuttle the rule clarifying the extent of the government's powers under the Clean Water Act. Following the simple logic that poison dumped upstream will flow downstream and eventually into water taps, the new rule protects small streams, headwaters, and wetlands that are crucial to the quality of water supplies.
July 16, 2014
ISSUE | GOV. CHRISTIE Homework to do How commendable of Gov. Christie to raise record amounts for the Republican Party ("Christie hits record in fund-raising effort," June 11). Meanwhile, in New Jersey - if he remembers the state that rocketed him into the national spotlight - we have a low credit rating amid no increase in jobs. The announced closing of the Showboat and Trump Plaza casinos will send thousands onto the unemployment line soon. And Revel? Remember all the tax incentives the governor gave to open that casino?
September 25, 2013 |
WOMEN DIDN'T wear lipstick at the Academy of Natural Sciences in the '30s. In fact, women were scarce in the scientific world in those days, and not really accepted by male-dominated institutions, such as the venerable academy. Maybe as a way to deny that women were even capable of looking into a microscope, displays of feminity in any form were frowned on. However, Ruth Myrtle Patrick soon proved that women were not only the equal of men in science, but, in many cases - hers included - could surpass male accomplishments in many realms and pave their own way to important discoveries.
January 9, 2013 |
When Hollywood takes on a political issue, you can't expect a nuanced treatment. Still, as a journalist who has followed gas-drilling controversies in Pennsylvania and the Rocky Mountain West, I was hoping for better from Promised Land , the recently released movie about the evils that await rural communities when the gas companies show up. Set in a fictional Pennsylvania town, filmed outside Pittsburgh, and starring Matt Damon, the movie portrays...
December 15, 2012 |
In the rush to rebuild the Shore, New Jersey's main environmental groups want governments to remember the painful lessons learned from Sandy. Decisions on where and how to rebuild will have far-reaching consequences, and if governments ignore the problems pointed out by the storm, they risk setting the state up for more destruction from future storms, the groups say. A coalition of the state's main environmental organizations issued a joint...
October 12, 2012
AS THE CLEAN WATER Act turns 40 this week, it is important to recognize the progress it fostered. In 1972, major urban rivers were noxious watercourses. It was normal practice to regard such waters as convenient conveyances to transport wastes of industries and cities, with little regard for ecological and human consequences. The CWA had the ambitious goal of making all waters of the United States "fishable and swimmable. " While we still not have achieved this 100 percent, there has been remarkable transformation.
August 29, 2012 |
SANFORD, N.Y. - Back when Elizabeth and Margaret Davidson were little girls playing along the West Branch of the Delaware River, a ball, maybe, would float away. And they would say, "Guess it's headed for Philadelphia. " Decades later, that notion has taken on volumes of new meaning. The Davidsons' bucolic town about 235 river miles upstream of the Ben Franklin Bridge has become a flash point for the expansion of natural gas drilling to New York - and after, to northeastern Pennsylvania, the state's next frontier for hydraulic fracturing.
February 20, 2012
By David S. Beckman Nearly every time it rains, water pollution problems follow. That's because the impenetrable surfaces of our cityscapes - buildings, sidewalks, roads - repel rainwater directly into storm drains and, ultimately, our waterways. Along the way, the water collects a toxic soup of oil, chemicals, animal waste, and trash. In many parts of the country, this polluted torrent overloads sewage treatment facilities, causing them to overflow and make matters worse.
January 17, 2012
Former West Virginia Gov. Hulett C. Smith, 93, who signed bills in the 1960s that abolished the state's death penalty and implemented its first strip-mining laws, died Sunday in Arizona, where he had moved to an assisted living facility last fall, his family said Monday. Mr. Smith, a Democrat, first ran for governor in 1960, but failed to win his party's nomination. He was elected four years later, at a time when governors were limited to a single term. During his tenure, the Legislature enacted measures to control air and water pollution and to protect human rights.