April 5, 2013
THIS IS A letter in response to the editorial "Liquid Assets: A bottled-water ban has merit, but it's not crystal clear. " I sincerely congratulate the Daily News for having published an article which so articulately elucidates the problems of allowing national parks to continue to sell bottled water. As the article states, when discussing the issue of the sale of bottled water, there inevitably gets asked the question of whether water should be seen and treated federally as a human right.
April 3, 2013
Independence National Historical Park should embrace the virtues of another priceless public asset with Philadelphia roots: tap water. Last week, the group Corporate Accountability International began urging prominent national parks to stop sales of bottled water within their boundaries on the grounds that "one national treasure (our parks) shouldn't be used to sell another (our water). " The National Park Service lets each of its parks decide whether to ban bottled water, and several have done so. While a few more parks wouldn't make much of a dent in the behemoth bottled-water industry, they could lead the way in encouraging the public to drink the water we already own. Independence National Park is in the right place to promote public water and its accompanying benefits.
March 14, 2013 |
American Water Works' Pennsylvania subsidiary acquired two water systems in northeast Pennsylvania for $1.65 million, adding about 640 accounts or about 1,700 people to its existing water system. Pennsylvania American Water purchased the system of the Indian Rocks Property Owners Association, serving approximately 465 households in Salem Township, Wayne County. In Lackawanna County, the company acquired the Olwen Heights Water Company, which serves about 175 accounts in Roaring Brook Township.
March 14, 2013
In the Region Reps don't want knives on planes U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, a Philadelphia Democrat, said he and other House members would press the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to reverse its decision allowing knives on passenger airplanes. A group of lawmakers including Reps. Bennie Thompson (D., Miss.), Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.), and Michael Grimm (R., N.Y.) said they would send a "formal bipartisan letter" to TSA Administrator John Pistole urging the agency to reconsider its policy permitting passengers to carry small knives and sporting equipment, such as golf clubs and toy baseball bats, in carry-on luggage.
March 1, 2013 |
Abbey Color Inc., a Philadelphia industrial-dye manufacturer, has been sent a warning letter by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration saying it has failed to ensure adequate purity of the water in an eye-examination product it makes. Fluorescein is a sterile liquid dye used in assessing blood flow in the retina and choroid at the back of the eye. The warning letter said the FDA inspected the company facility on East Tioga Street in the city's Kensington section March 13 to 23. The company's reply to the FDA's observations was not acceptable, the agency said.
October 27, 2012 |
TOKYO - Japan's crippled nuclear power plant is struggling to find space to store tens of thousands of tons of highly contaminated water used to cool the broken reactors, the manager of the water-treatment team said. About 200,000 tons of radioactive water - enough to fill more than 50 Olympic-size swimming pools - are being stored in hundreds of gigantic tanks built around the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. Operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. has already chopped down trees to make room for more tanks and predicts the volume of water will more than triple within three years.
October 19, 2012 |
IT'S BEEN three months since a massive water main break flooded the basement of Cliff Eyler's southwest Center City home, and he's still assessing the value of his lost belongings. But he counts himself lucky. Eyler, 55, said his biggest regret is losing his massive CD collection - mainly the boxes and liner notes, since he'd saved the music digitally. Beyond that, he is philosophical. "It gave us a chance to assess where we are and where we're going," said Eyler, a longtime resident, who expects reimbursement from the city.
August 21, 2012
The beauty of Barnegat Bay hides the fact that it is a sick body of water. Keeping it from getting sicker will require stronger pollution and development controls and repairs to the county's storm-water system. Storm water carrying fertilizers, animal waste, heavy metals, oils, trash, and other materials flows into the bay, choking the life out of it. The pollutants are unwelcome by-products of suburban growth in Ocean County, where the population has grown from 107,000 in 1960 to 570,000.
August 3, 2012 |
IS THERE something in the water? City workers were mopping up Wednesday after the city's third water-main break in 10 days. Early in the morning, a nearly 100-year-old main burst, flooding the area around Front and Tioga streets in North Philadelphia. Millions of gallons of water have poured into the streets because of main breaks in recent days. Crews are still cleaning up from a massive main break that occurred 11 days ago at 21st and Bainbridge streets in Southwest Center City.
July 25, 2012 |
IF MAYOR NUTTER needed proof to back up his claims that Philadelphia could use more federal infrastructure dollars, he got it Sunday when a 100-year-old water main erupted in Southwest Center City, sending rivers of water gushing through the streets, forcing a massive evacuation and flooding many homes. "This is a little bit of a larger story. When we talk about infrastructure … it's all the stuff you don't see," Nutter said Monday, standing just feet from the gaping hole at 21st and Bainbridge streets.