Friday, December 16, 2011

Top 2 environmental news stories for PA & NJ - 12/15/11

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In Pennsylvania

Cabot report finds chemicals but no health threats in whistleblower investigation 
A gas drilling company’s investigation of spills and leaks alleged by a former employee at its Susquehanna County well sites found nothing in the streams, ponds and soil it sampled at levels that would pose a risk to human health except metals it said occur naturally in the region Scranton Times-Tribune

Waste-to-energy proposal reviewed Two years ago, it seemed likely that New Jersey-based Delta Thermo Energy would soon be using a new process to turn Allentown's trash and sewage into energy in a plant on the Little Lehigh Creek. Since then, the city has announced a partnership with the company, there have been public forums and even a public bid for a contract. On Wednesday night, City Council members got their first chance to ask questions about a proposed 100-plus-page binding agreement with Delta Thermo Morning Call

In New Jersey

NJ plans to work around federal block of power plants
Presiding over his last meeting as president of the Board of Public Utilities, Lee Solomon promised the state would press forward with efforts to build new generating capacity in New Jersey in a variety of ways if a controversial pilot program to spur construction of new plants fails to be realized NJ Spotlight 

Report on Hurricane Irene faults JCP&L The state’s preliminary report on power outages caused by the first hurricane to make landfall in New Jersey since 1903 primarily focuses on the electric utility virtually everyone wants to blame NJ Spotlight

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