March 6, 2014 |
AS MANY as 300,000 West Virginians are still wondering whether it's safe to drink the water, more than a month after the local supply was tainted by a spill of industrial chemicals. In North Carolina, the full consequences are yet to be determined following the collapse of a pipe last month beneath a utility's coal-ash pond, which spewed tons of the toxic substance into the Dan River. Public health officials have warned residents to avoid river water and to forgo eating any fish.
March 3, 2014 |
To accomplish the first-term agenda that would burnish his image as a pragmatic leader, Gov. Christie relied on an ally across the aisle: Senate President Stephen Sweeney. The Gloucester County Democrat backed the Republican governor on initiatives Christie would count among his key successes: requirements that public workers pay more toward their pensions, limits on police and fire salary increases reached through arbitration, and a property-tax cap. Now, their partnership appears to be hitting a rough patch: Christie wants more changes to the state pension system, while Sweeney says Christie is picking an unnecessary battle with public workers.
March 2, 2014 |
When he came to work in January, Jason Allen got a chilly reception. A boiler pump providing heat for the Camden County Historical Society building complex in Camden had broken down during the holiday break as outside temperatures plummeted to single digits. Allen, the society's executive director, quickly called in a contractor, who restored the heat but unintentionally set in motion an even bigger problem that will end up costing about $100,000. Frozen water pipes thawed, then sprouted leaks at couplings in ceilings and walls over the next few days - first in the Camden County Museum, then in the Charles S. Boyer Building, where the Richard Hineline Library and administrative offices are located, and later in Pomona Hall, an 18th-century plantation house.
February 27, 2014
February 22, 2014 |
Eugene Nowakowski and his wife spent the night at a Red Cross shelter following a water-main break Wednesday that flooded the basement of his Port Richmond home and left him without water or heat. As he prepared to spend a second night at the Red Cross House in West Philadelphia, what pained him most was the water damage to his custom-made Ken Smith bass guitar. "You can't buy it anywhere. It was made just for me," an angry Nowakowski said Thursday night. The water-main break Wednesday afternoon flooded the basement of at least a dozen homes in the 3000 block of Livingston Street, where the 55-year-old Nowakowski has lived for two decades.
February 20, 2014 |
PAULSBORO For the first time in months of public concern about Paulsboro's contaminated water supply, state and local officials addressed residents Tuesday night in a packed auditorium at Paulsboro High School. Many residents expressed frustration during the nearly 21/2-hour meeting, and many answers were not immediately available. The borough's water supply has elevated levels of a perfluorinated compound (PFC) known as perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA). There are no state or federal regulations for PFC levels in water, and the health effects of the compounds remain unclear.
February 8, 2014 |
Outdoor temperatures hover around freezing in the daylight hours and fall well below after dark. Combine that with the prolonged power outages caused by Wednesday's storm, and the possibility of frozen pipes increases. That's not saying your pipes are certain to freeze. In addition to the temperature outside, several factors are involved, said Hap Haven, president of US Green Home and an expert on energy and building performance. Among those are the location of the pipes and how well that location is protected from cold-air intrusion.
February 5, 2014 |
PAULSBORO A dozen Paulsboro residents have joined in a lawsuit against a West Deptford plastics company over a contaminated water supply. The lawsuit alleges that Solvay Specialty Polymers has failed to protect the borough from perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) stemming from its operations on Leonard Lane. Filed in Superior Court in Gloucester County on Friday, the suit seeks class-action status and argues that Solvay was negligent. The suit claims bodily injury, emotional distress, and property damage on behalf of the plaintiffs.
February 1, 2014 |
A proposed major water and sewer service rate increase will be the focus of a Haddonfield borough public meeting called for Thursday evening. The actual increase for individual property owners would vary depending on water use, but overall, the borough needs to increase water and sewer revenue by 25 percent, according to a letter to residents. The four-page letter, posted on the borough's website, says the rate hike is needed to make up for a drop in water sales, in part because last year was "exceptionally rainy," and to cover bonds issued to pay for substantial water and sewer infrastructure work over the last several years.