Sunday, February 1, 2009

Week's top environmental news in New Jersey and Pennsylvania: Jan. 24-30

Below are just a few of the environmental news stories for New Jersey and Pennsylvania which appeared in
EnviroPolitics during the week of January 24-30.

New Jersey

State hits tomato grower with $900K fine Calling the violations "the most serious ... ever uncovered," the state DEP y fines a Florida tomato growing company for improperly using pesticides on 17 fields it operates in New Jersey, putting workers and consumers alike in jeopardy Star-Ledger AC Press

Hackensack developer files for Chapter 11 SkyMark Holdings Inc., a Hackensack developer, and its CEO, Robert L’Abbate of Washington Township, have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, apparently victims of the worst real estate market in decades Bergen Record

Deal reached in Passaic River pollution study The federal government will be reimbursed for $600,000 used to study the effects of the lower Passaic River pollution on wildlife under an agreement with 23 companies, officials say Bergen Record

NJ air gets boost from Obama President Obama opened the way Monday for New Jersey, California and other states to impose aggressive limits on greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks Bergen Record
> Editorial: The days of denial are over Bergen Record

NJ pushing for restrictions on diesel trucks at ports The Port Authority could potentially ban the oldest and most toxic diesel trucks from its Newark and Elizabeth seaports, a move scientists say would cut down on 1,000 premature deaths and 68,000 asthma attacks in New Jersey every year Bergen Record


PennsylvaniaDEP zeros in on gas tainting water
Natural gas invading at least nine water wells in Dimmock Township has been tracked to the Marcellus Shale or a similar formation being tapped by drilling crews working in the area Press and Sun Bulletin

State could take lead in clean coal tech development State government would assume a leading role in developing clean coal technology under legislation unveiled Wednesday with support from the Rendell administration Citizens Voice

Clearfield, other counties removed from drought watch DEP Acting Secretary John Hanger lifts drought watch declaration for 29 counties today in western and north central PA citing improved groundwater and stream-flow levels Gant Daily

Pottstown’s Authority wants feedback on fluoride in water supply Pottstown is one of only nine public water systems in all of southeast Pennsylvania that adds fluoride to its water. A proposal would cut the use in half The Mercury

Editorial: NY should lower levels of Delaware River reservoirs Express-Times

DEP looking out for those ‘bullied’ by developers Low-income property owner who may feel "bullied" by developers - especially potential natural gas drillers - have a friend in Harrisburg The Express

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