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Paterson-Backed Sugary Beverage Tax Is ‘Unfair,’ Opponents Say‎ –

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The levy is expected to cut consumption of sugary beverages by 15 percent, In his “Healthy Philadelphia Initiative,” Mayor Michael Nutter has proposed

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Carved out of tidal wetlands and streams in the 1860s, the Gowanus evolved into a busy waterway for oil refineries, chemical plants, tanneries, manufactured gas plants and other heavy industry along its banks. Industrial waste and raw sewage gushed into the canal for over a century. (Brooklyn, NY)

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“This will drop the amount of money that taxpayers are paying for health care,” Paterson said at a town hall meeting in the New York City borough of Brooklyn today. “I’m speaking for a class of people that doesn’t have a vote, it’s the children of this state.”

Cutting Consumption

The levy is expected to cut consumption of sugary beverages by 15 percent, New York State Health Commissioner Richard Daines said today at a forum in Albany, New York, on the public health benefit of the tax.

A quarter of New Yorkers are obese, according to the Division of Budget. The state spends about $7.5 billion annually treating ailments related to obesity caused by sugar consumption, Paterson said in Brooklyn today.

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My Note – and weren’t there a whole bunch of cranes that killed people recently because New York had not been covering the basic safety issues involved with them? And haven’t they left this canal in Brooklyn, creeks, other superfund toxic waste sites and chemical effluent negatively impact people including their children for over a hundred years – and are still trying to find ways to sidestep any EPA plans that would correct them? Aren’t they doing that? Aren’t they putting economic profits for businesses over the health and safety of people in the day to day running of the New York State and New York City governments including the failure to clean up toxic waste from industries and businesses time and time again? Isn’t that actually the truth? Isn’t it also the truth that their mental health system hospitals have literally killed the people in their care, that hospitals in the state have been fined for dangerous conditions not conducive to good health or was that somewhere else in America? And, isn’t it true that prosecutors have had children arrested for writing on their desks or stealing a nickel candy but failed to stop Bernie Madoff or to return the hundreds of thousands of dollars he stole from people, failed to protect people from Wall Street criminal thefts of people’s moneys, failed to successfully stop murderers and rapists, failed to protect people from police brutality which has killed people there, and failed to offer safety and good health to people throughout the state and cities directly because of their choices in “governing”? Isn’t that actually the truth and that sugary drinks have absolutely nothing to do with those failures which have allowed a dangerous chemistry of pollution, and even more dangerous combinations of government incompetence and health care incompetence to kill people?

– cricketdiane


Nutter proposes 2-cent-per-ounce sweet-drink tax | Philadelphia

Mar 4, 2010 Major cities share Philadelphia’s budget woes · Chart: Sugar Tax Impact The mammoth soft-drink lobby, led by the American Beverage
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My Note – I watched the mayor Nutter of Philadelphia explain how interested he and his fellow leaders are about our health and well-being and how that is why sugary beverage / sweet drink and fruit juices tax must be placed on every sugary drink sold. Hmmm . . . And, I noticed that they not willing to put a tax on the men’s services from hookers – they aren’t willing to do the right thing to protect people from toxic waste, on a pretty regular basis, even now – and they believe that allowing mine interests to blow the entire landscape along with our mountaintops slap to hell is okay. But, they need to save us from softdrinks, fruit juices and sugary sweet beverages. Oh yeah, they are certainly concerned with the real problems costing health and well-being.

– cricketdiane


Philadelphia activists rally & risk arrest to tell the EPA no more MTR

posted by joshua kahn russell in Global Finance on March 1st, 2010 (3 Comments)

Philly EPA Considering 16 New Mining Permits

This morning activists in Philadelphia descended upon their Regional EPA branch to put an end to Mountaintop Removal mining (MTR). Decisions made here in Philly have devastating consequences for Appalachian communities and our country as a whole.

Activists prepared to enter the building and risk arrest by sitting-in until they were granted a meeting with officials inside, and after a successful engagement and demands met, the rally of 40 people exited.

In recent months, the EPA has wavered in their position on mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR); in particular with the recent approval of the high profile Hobet 45 Mine permit. Philadelphia’s EPA has oversight of MTR permits for Virginia and West Virginia, which includes the Hobet 45 Mine. Philadelphia’s Region 3 EPA is considering 16 upcoming MTR permits and is responsible for the enforcement of the Clean Water Protection Act at existing MTR sites, which makes it a critical agent in ending the mining practice.

This has become a national issue. Appalachians can’t wait any longer, and Philadelphia activists met this urgency with action.

Meanwhile, there is a simultaneous rally at EPA’s region 4 in Atlanta GA, also responsible for MTR permitting.

Every day, across Appalachia, the coal industry literally blows the tops off of historic mountains, impoverishing communities, poisoning drinking water, clear-cutting entire forests, wiping out the natural habitats of countless animals, and sacrificing the heritage and the health of families across the region. The EPA estimates that more than a million acres of American mountains across Appalachia have already been lost to MTR, and yet they allow it to continue.




Gowanus Canal Gets Superfund Status

The Gowanus Canal is contaminated with noxious pollutants, and some of its banks, like at Carroll Street, are dumping grounds. More Photos »

Published: March 2, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency designated the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn a Superfund site on Tuesday and announced plans to clean up more than a century’s worth of noxious pollutants there.


Life Along the Gowanus


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Potentially Responsible Polluters Contacted by the E.P.A. (pdf)

·         On the Gowanus Canal, Fear of Superfund Stigma (April 24, 2009)
·         Gowanus Canal, Polluted for Many Decades, May Become Superfund Site (April 10, 2009)

From Gowanus Bay to New York Harbor, the agency has found contamination along the entire length of the clouded 1.8-mile canal in a preliminary assessment, including pesticides, metals and the cancer-causing chemicals known as PCBs.

The agency estimates that the project will last 10 to 12 years and cost $300 million to $500 million. The city estimated that its approach would take nine years.

The E.P.A., which proposed the Superfund designation last April at the urging of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, made its decision after a public comment period that involved more than 50 meetings with city officials, developers, community groups and others. Nine other Superfund sites across the country were also designated on Tuesday.

“It was the right thing to do,” said Marlene Donnelly, a leader of the neighborhood group Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus. “It’s the beginning of a plan to start the restorative process for the Gowanus area.”

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Carved out of tidal wetlands and streams in the 1860s, the Gowanus evolved into a busy waterway for oil refineries, chemical plants, tanneries, manufactured gas plants and other heavy industry along its banks. Industrial waste and raw sewage gushed into the canal for over a century.

Most of that flow has halted since the 1960s as maritime shipping faded. Today the 100-foot-wide canal is used for commercial and recreational purposes by neighborhoods bordering it, including Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Red Hook.

Yet even as kayakers glide alongside the banks and fishermen catch striped bass for sport at its mouth at Gowanus Bay — the fish are too contaminated to eat — residents complain about the odors from continuing discharges of sewage and unsightly debris from scrap metal yards and other industrial enterprises.

The E.P.A. has already identified the city, the Navy and seven companies, including Consolidated Edison and National Grid, as potentially responsible for the past discharges. It is seeking additional information from at least 20 other companies so it can map out the financing of the cleanup.

[ . . . ]

He noted that the administration had already committed $150 million to reducing odors and preventing sewer discharges and had shared the cost of a feasibility study for an environmental restoration project by the Army Corps of Engineers. E.P.A. officials said they saw those projects as complementary and expected them to continue. (etc.)

Additional steps include eliminating all sources of continuing contamination, like overflowing sewage and the migration of contaminants from groundwater under old industrial plants.

A photograph that appeared earlier with this article was published in error. It showed Newtown Creek, not the Gowanus Canal.

A version of this article appeared in print on March 3, 2010, on page A1 of the New York edition.



Toxic Waters

A series about the worsening pollution in America’s waters and regulators’ response.


Philadelphia dumps on the poor

By Peter Montague, Rachel’s Environment & Health Weekly, #595, 23 April 1998

The City of Philadelphia has a long history of dumping its toxic wastes on other states and nations. Now the city of brotherly love is refusing to spend a paltry sum ($200,000 or 0.008% of its annual budget) to clean up 8 million pounds of the city’s toxic incinerator ash that was dumped on a beach in Haiti 10 years ago. Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell says the city is too poor to take responsibility for its wastes.

Unfortunately, Philadelphia’s attitude pervades U.S. environmental policy. The U.S. remains the only industrialized country that has refused to ratify the Basel Convention, which makes it illegal for industrialized countries to send their toxic wastes to the developing world. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights recently issued a report, which the NEW YORK TIMES called a bit embarrassing, naming the United States as a major exporter of toxic waste.[1] Half of U.S. waste exports go to Latin America, the report said.


Starting in the late 1970s, Philadelphia burned 40% of its municipal garbage in two large incinerators, then dumped the resulting toxic ash in the Kinsley landfill in New Jersey. (See REHW #52.) In 1984, New Jersey woke up and refused further wastes from Philadelphia. In 1986, after six states refused to accept Philadelphia’s toxic ash, Mayor Wilson Goode signed a contract to ship a million tons (2 billion pounds) of the city’s toxic incinerator ash to Panama in Latin America.

EPA [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] analyzed the ash and revealed that the first year’s shipment of 250,000 tons to Panama would contain 1800 pounds of arsenic, 4300 pounds of cadmium, and 435,000 pounds of lead. EPA said the toxic ash contained more dioxin than the soil at Times Beach, Missouri –a town that had been evacuated in 1983 to protect residents from dioxin in the town’s soil. An EPA report dated September 5, 1987, said, …the presence of heavy metals and toxic chemicals, despite being generally below hazardous waste thresholds, nevertheless may cause serious damage if released into the environment.

The Panama plan was one of many cooked up by the City of Philadelphia to dump its waste elsewhere. In the summer of 1986, Mayor Goode signed a $640,000 contract with a local road-paving company, Joseph Paolino and Sons, to ship 15,000 tons of toxic incinerator ash to the Caribbean. (See REHW #55.) Paolino in turn hired Amalgamated Shipping, based in Freeport, Bahamas, and on September 5, 1986, the vessel Khian Sea left Philadelphia carrying the 15,000 tons (30 million pounds) of toxic ash.

When the Khian Sea arrived in the Bahamas, Bahamian officials turned it away. During the next 14 months, the Khian Sea was turned away by the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Bermuda, Guinea-Bissau and the Netherlands Antilles. Finally in late 1987, the Haitian government issued an import permit for fertilizer and the Khian Sea dumped 4000 tons (8 million pounds) of Philadelphia’s toxic ash on the beach near the city of Gonaives, Haiti. As soon as the Haitians realized they weren’t getting fertilizer, they canceled the import permit and ordered the waste returned to the ship, but the Khian Sea slipped away in the night, leaving 8 million pounds of Philadelphia’s toxic ash on the beach. Some of that toxic ash has been moved inland, but much of it remains on the beach, blowing around and washing slowly into the sea.

This embarrassing episode did not deter Philadelphia from continuing to export its wastes to the developing world. In March, 1988, a Norwegian ship dumped 15,000 tons of Philadelphia’s toxic ash –labeled raw material for bricks –in a quarry on Kassa Island off the mainland capital of Conakry, Guinea. Guinea is a small west-African country bordered by Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Mali. (see REHW #126.)

Still it was the Khian Sea that put Philadelphia on the world’s map of infamies. After it left Haiti, the Khian Sea traveled to the Mediterranean and then into the Indian Ocean, still carrying Philadelphia’s ash. During the next two years, the Khian Sea changed its name twice, but it still couldn’t fool anyone into taking Philadelphia’s toxic cargo. It was revealed in 1992 that the crew of the Khian Sea eventually solved its problem by dumping Philadelphia’s toxic ash into the Indian Ocean.

Meanwhile the world had become alerted to the problem of wealthy people –specifically, Philadelphians –dumping their toxic waste on poor countries like Haiti and Guinea.

Partly because of Philadelphia’s infamous wandering ships, at a meeting in 1989 in Basel, Switzerland, 33 countries agreed to the Basel Convention, which limited the freewheeling shipment of toxic waste from one country to another. The 1989 version of the treaty was weak –it said that industrialized countries could send toxic waste to poor countries so long as there was prior informed consent. Because the waste trade is enormously profitable, a few corrupt or desperate officials can always be found who will issue an import license for toxic waste. The Basel Convention seemed to simply legalize the wealthy’s dumping on the poor. In protest, the African nations walked out of the Basel meeting, saying they would develop their own treaty, which they did. (See REHW #257.) The Bamako Convention, adopted January 29, 1991 by every African nation except South Africa and Morocco, is much stronger than the original Basel Convention. The Bamako Convention makes it illegal to export toxic waste to Africa, and it makes it a criminal act for any African nation to import wastes. The Bamako Convention was soon followed by other, similar regional agreements –one covering the Caribbean, one covering the Mediterranean, and another covering Central America.

These regional conventions provided momentum within the Basel Convention nations. Eventually 118 countries –not including the U.S. –ratified the Basel Convention. In 1992, at the first meeting after ratification –when only 65 countries were party to the Convention –the Basel group agreed that there should be no waste exports from OECD countries to developing nations. OECD is the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development –a group of 29 wealthy, industrialized powers. This became known as the Basel ban and it was adopted formally in 1994, thus greatly strengthening the Basel Convention.

At the Basel Convention meeting in 1995, the U.S. argued that the Basel ban was really just an agreement and did not have the legal force of an amendment to the original Convention. So, to meet U.S. objections, in 1995 the Basel ban was formally proposed as an amendment to the original Convention. The amendment passed.

The latest U.S. ploy to undermine the spirit of the Basel Convention is the U.S. plan, recently announced, to ratify the Basel Convention but not ratify the Basel ban amendment.[2,3] The U.S. is hoping that, because of its economic and political power, it can create havoc within the Basel group by ratifying only those parts of the Conventions that the U.S. likes. The U.S. position is being articulated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The goal is to keep the options open for countries like India and Brazil to become the ultimate landfills for U.S. toxic wastes.

Today the U.S. maintains no records of most exports of toxic waste because most of it is exported in the name of recycling. Once a waste is designated as recyclable it is exempt from U.S. toxic waste law and can be bought and sold as if it were ice cream. Slags, sludges, and even dusts captured on pollution control filters are being bagged up and shipped abroad. These wastes may contain significant quantities of valuable metals, such as zinc, but they also can and do contain significant quantities of toxic by-products such as cadmium, lead, and dioxins. Still, the recycling loophole in U.S. toxic waste law is big enough to float a barge through, and many barges are floating through it, uncounted.

The prevailing attitude seems to be, the U.S. has a right to dump on the rest of the world. This certainly seems to be the attitude in Philadelphia, which is refusing to put up $200,000 to clean up the mess its ash has created in Haiti. Here’s an update on that story:

Two years ago, New York’s mayor created a Trade Waste Commission to get the mob out of the trash business and open it up to competition. Now when a company applies for a license to haul waste in New York, the Trade Waste Commission does a background check on company officials. Last year the Commission began looking into Eastern Environmental Services, Inc., and found that one of its principals, Louis D. Paolino, had formerly run Joseph Paolino and Sons, the firm that hired the Khian Sea.[4] Faced with the prospect of losing a lucrative license to haul waste in New York, Eastern Environmental Services agreed to put up $100,000 in cash to help retrieve Philadelphia’s toxic ash from Haiti and bury it in the company’s Bender landfill near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania –an in-kind contribution worth an estimated $250,000. Unfortunately, the $100,000 cash contribution won’t be sufficient to retrieve the waste from Haiti –another $200,000 is needed. Philadelphia has been asked to put up the $200,000, but Mayor Ed Rendell has refused.

Why should Philadelphia pay?

First, Philadelphia saved its taxpayers $640,000 on the original deal with the Paolino company back in 1986 because Paolino was never paid for hauling the waste away on the Khian Sea. Thus the city profited richly by sending the waste to Haiti.

Second, Philadelphia had a $130 million budget surplus last year, so the city is flush.

Third, the agreement between the New York Waste Trade Commission and Eastern Environmental expires May 31, 1998. After that, the company has no further obligation to help retrieve Philadelphia’s waste from Haiti. Philadelphia needs to commit $200,000 soon.

Thus there is a clear window of opportunity for the people of Philadelphia to do the right thing, to expunge an act of international environmental injustice. Haiti is the poorest country in the hemisphere, with a GDP [gross domestic product] in 1990 of about $2.4 billion and average per capita income of $380. The city of Philadelphia has a budget of $2.6 billion, and per-capita income is $2510, according to the STATISTICAL ABSTRACT OF THE U.S. In comparison to Haiti, Philadelphia is fabulously wealthy.

Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell simply says the city is too poor to pay $200,000 to retrieve its waste from Haiti. The PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER has editorialized, saying the city should pay the $200,000, which represents only 0.008% of the city’s annual budget.[5]

To help Haiti get rid of Philadelphia’s toxic ash, phone Mayor Ed Rendell: (215) 686-1776, or (215) 686-2181. Or write the mayor at City Hall, Room 215, Broad and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19107. And check out the web site for Project Return To Sender: http://www.essential.org/action/return/ .

–Peter Montague (National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981/AFL-CIO)

[1] Elizabeth Olson, West Hinders Inquiry on Dumping as Rights Issue, NEW YORK TIMES April 5, 1998, pg. 10. See also, Is Trafficking and Dumping Toxic Waste a Human Rights Issue? UDHR50 NEWS Vol. 2, No. 5 (April 15, 1998). UDHR50 NEWS is published on the internet by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis, Minnesota (IATP@igc.apc.org).

[2] Interview with Jim Puckett, Basel Action Network, Seattle, Washington, CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER April 6, 1998, pgs. 12-16.

[3] Bette Hileman, Treaty Grows Less Contentious, C&EN [CHEMICAL & ENGINEERING NEWS] April 6, 1998, pgs. 29-30.

[4] Andrew C. Revkin, New York Tries to Clean Up Ash Heap in the Caribbean, NEW YORK TIMES January 15, 1998, pg. unknown. James Ridgeway and Gaelle Drevel, Dumping on Haiti, VILLAGE VOICE [New York City] Vol. 43, No. 3 (January 20, 1998), pgs. 44-46.

[5] A slow burn [editorial], PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER April 6, 1998, pg. A14.

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(IPS) WASHINGTON — Some 4,000 tons of toxic waste, dumped on a beach in Haiti 10 years ago finally may be cleaned up and returned to the United States, say environmental groups.

The cargo ship, Khian Sea, dumped its cargo of toxic incinerator ash from Philadelphia on a beach adjacent to Sedren dock in the Haitian port city of Gonaives. Now York City’s Waste Commission has initiated a project to return the waste and clean the area but Philadelphia city officials have refused to participate arguing that they are under no legal obligation.

Philadelphia, which ironically derives from the Greek words for “brotherly love,” does have a moral obligation to clean up the site, insist environmental organizations here and in Haiti.

“New York City has been decent enough to try to resolve this scandal,” said Kenny Bruno, a campaigner with the international environmental group Greenpeace. “Philadelphia, unfortunately has only shown total disregard for the Haitian people for the past 10 years by refusing to take responsibility for its own toxic waste.”

Worst case of U.S. waste dumping besides Mexico

The dumping in 1988 was the first known case of off-loading U.S. waste in the Third World, outside Mexico, says Bruno. “While Haiti has experienced the most severe forms of repression and political turmoil, the people have never given up on returning this waste to its sender.”

Spurred by environmental contamination and reports of adverse health effects resulting from the toxic waste, Greenpeace, the Boston-based Haiti Communications Project, the Haiti Collective for the Protection of the Environment and Alternative Development (COHPEDA) and other Haitian based groups have been calling for the return of the toxic ash for the past decade.

Now, according to these organizations, there is “light at the end of the tunnel.” The New York City Waste Commission negotiated an agreement last June with the New Jersey-based Eastern Environmental Services (EES) — a waste transportation company whose director was part of the corporation that originally contracted the Khian Sea to dispose of Philadelphia’s ash.

In order to receive a license, through the Commission, to haul New York City’s trash, EES must provide landfill space for the toxic ash, plus $100,000 toward excavating and shipping the ash to the United States. EES’s director, Louis Paolino, was an owner of Joseph Paolino and Sons — one of the companies responsible for the export of the materials to Haiti. The other two companies responsible for shipping the waste to Haiti were the Amalgamated Shipping and Coastal Carrier.

Local officials supposedly allowed the dumping because they thought it would be used as fertilizer

When asked what motivated the New York City Commission to become involved in Philadelphia’s waste controversy, Chad Vignola, the deputy commissioner, declared: “If a company applying for a license hasn’t paid their taxes or has committed some environmental violation — we will not grant it a license until these matters are taken care of. The issue with EES falls under these same conditions.”

“The Commission deserves a lot of credit for trying to do the right thing,” said Bruno.

Yet, even though Vignola says EES must follow through with the agreement in order to retain their trash hauling license, environmentalists are worried.

Bruno cautions that the agreement for the return of Philadelphia’s ash expires at the end of May, 1998. He also says that this recent negotiation only provides for about half of the necessary funds to effectively clean up the dump site and ship the waste back to the United States.

Greenpeace and the Haiti Communications Project (HCI) have been pressuring Philadelphia Mayor Edward Rendell, as well as the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development to provide cooperation and financial assistance to complete the project before the window of opportunity closes.

It has been an uphill battle, however, as State department officials say they cannot become involved because no laws were broken when the waste was dumped. Philadelphia officials continue to show no sign that they will provide support.

“We have organized letter writing campaigns to various officials to get the waste sent back to the United States and even sent some 250 small envelopes of the ash to Philadelphia’s mayor and the EPA,” Ehrl Lafontant, president of HCI, a Haitian rights organization told IPS. “But it seems like we may have to legally protest this case of environmental racism and injustice by the United States in order to get the waste shipped back.”

The Khian Sea spent two years traveling the world in search of a site for its toxic cargo before dumping the waste in Haiti. Local officials in Gonaives supposedly allowed the dumping because they thought that the waste would be used as fertilizer.

The two owners of Coastal Carrier, the company that owned the ship, were charged with perjury and ocean dumping by U.S. federal prosecutors in 1993, but were only convicted of perjury. No criminal charges have ever been brought against the Khian Sea’s captain nor the city of Philadelphia.

Despite orders by the Haitian government to reload the ash and leave, the Khian Sea left without reloading the ash. Days later, the Haitian Prime Minister banned all waste imports into Haiti.

Some of the ash dumped there still sits on the beach near the Sedren wharf in the port of Gonaives. A larger portion of the ash was moved to an unlined, uncovered concrete bunker 4 kilometers away, says Bruno. Toxic substances, including lead, cadmium, and carcinogenic dioxins and benzene, within the ash have contaminated the soil.

People and cattle living near a site built to accommodate the toxic waste, in the town of Lapierre, have since died, according to COHPEDA, a Haitian environmental group. Pointing to the waste site as the probable cause of the deaths, the ecology group says there had been no medical follow-up in the area, nor autopsies on the animals to pinpoint the exact cause of their death.

Haitian environmental officials told IPS that several workers who were hired in 1988 to transport the toxic materials from the dock to its final resting site in Lapierre had since died. The workers, who had no masks, gloves or boots, reportedly suffered from skin lesions and vision problems.

Officials have also indicated that some of the toxic substances at the site may have leaked through the protective layers of the landfill.

The Khian Sea controversy and other similar reports of exporting waste from industrialized countries to developing countries have led negotiations for an international treaty, called the Basel Convention, which would ban this type of waste export to developing countries. The United States, which has dumped hazardous wastes in South Africa, Bangladesh, and India that still remain, has not yet ratified the treaty.



10/7/1999: EPA Cites Philadelphia Airport for Hazardous Waste

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cited the Philadelphia International Airport for violating federal hazardous waste regulations.
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Philadelphia activists rally & risk arrest to tell the EPA no more MTR

posted by joshua kahn russell in Global Finance on March 1st, 2010 (3 Comments)

Philly EPA Considering 16 New Mining Permits

This morning activists in Philadelphia descended upon their Regional EPA branch to put an end to Mountaintop Removal mining (MTR). Decisions made here in Philly have devastating consequences for Appalachian communities and our country as a whole.

{etc. – from article at beginning of post}

In recent months, the EPA has wavered in their position on mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR); in particular with the recent approval of the high profile Hobet 45 Mine permit. Philadelphia’s EPA has oversight of MTR permits for Virginia and West Virginia, which includes the Hobet 45 Mine. Philadelphia’s Region 3 EPA is considering 16 upcoming MTR permits and is responsible for the enforcement of the Clean Water Protection Act at existing MTR sites, which makes it a critical agent in ending the mining practice.

Every day, across Appalachia, the coal industry literally blows the tops off of historic mountains, impoverishing communities, poisoning drinking water, clear-cutting entire forests, wiping out the natural habitats of countless animals, and sacrificing the heritage and the health of families across the region. The EPA estimates that more than a million acres of American mountains across Appalachia have already been lost to MTR, and yet they allow it to continue.




Pennsylvania Superfund Sites

[ All Sites | District of Columbia | Delaware | Federal Facilities | Maryland | Pennsylvania | Virginia | West Virginia ]

Site Name EPA ID NPL Status City County Zip
2314 N. American Street PAD048613368 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19123
70th and Kingsessing Trailer PAD987332848 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19142
A-1 Auto Body Tire Dump PAD987334679 Non Erie Erie 16501
Abandoned Chemical Trailer PAD982363939 Non North Versailles Allegheny 15137
Action Manufacturing Company PAD987366515 Non Atglen Chester 19310
A.I.W. Frank/Mid-County Mustang PAD004351003 Final Exton Chester 19341
Aladdin Plating PAD075993378 Deleted Clarks Summit Lackawanna 18411
Alderfer Landfill PAD981939051 Non Franconia Twp Montgomery 18924
Allentown Mercury Spill PASFN0305569 Non Allentown Lehigh 18102
Ambler Asbestos Piles PAD000436436 Deleted Ambler Montgomery 19002
Amchem Products, Inc PAD002348324 Non Ambler Montgomery 19002
American Insulator Company PAD075274431 Non New Freedom York 17349
American Street Tannery PAD981939267 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19147
AMP, Inc PAD041421223 Deleted Glen Rock York 17327
Andela aka Warwick Twp Real Estate PA0000585901 Non Warwick Twp Bucks 18929
Ashland Chemical Co. PAD043394683 Non Easton Northampton 18042
Ashland Chemical Company PAD980552251 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19148
Austin Ave. Radiation Site PAD987341716 Deleted Lansdowne Delaware 19050
AVCO Lycoming PAD003053709 Final Williamsport Lycoming 17701
Bahn Warehouse/Strawberry Alley PAD987277977 Non Mechanicsburg Cumberland 17055
Baker Brothers Scrap Yard PAD987389624 Non Lewisburg Union 17837
Baldwin Defiance PAD987285079 Non Darby Borough Delaware 19036
Bally Groundwater PAD061105128 Final Bally Berks 19503
Barefoot Disposal PAD981040611 Non Hollidaysburgh Blair 16648
Bay Products PA0002298107 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19136
Belfield Avenue PAD982364036 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19144
Belfield Paint PA0000694513 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19144
Bell Landfill PAD980705107 Final Wyalusing Bradford 18853
Bendix Flight Systems PAD003047974 Final South Montrose Susquehanna 18843
Berkley Products Co. Dump PAD980538649 Deleted Denver Lancaster 17517
Berks Landfill PAD000651810 Final Sinking Springs Berks 19608
Berks Sand Pit PAD980691794 Final Longswamp TWP Berks 19539
Blosenski Landfill PAD980539985 Final West Caln TWP Chester 19376
Boarhead Farms PAD047726161 Final Bridgeton TWP Bucks 18972
Bollinger Steel Plant PAD987279346 Non Ambride Beaver 15003
BoRit Asbestos Site PAD981034887 Final Ambler Montggomery 19002
Boyertown Farms PASFN0305457 Non Gilbertsville Montgomery 19525
Boyle Galvanizing PA0000569244 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19125
Breslube-Penn, Inc. PAD089667695 Final Coraopolis Allegheny 15108
Brodhead Creek PAD980691760 Deleted Stroudsburg Monroe 18360
Brown’s Battery Breaking PAD980831812 Final Hamburg Berks 19526
Bruin Lagoon PAD980712855 Deleted Bruin Butler 16022
Buckeye Pipeline Emergency Response–Nestle Purina Alpo Plant PAN000306205 Non Allentown Lehigh 18104
Butler Mine Tunnel PAD980508451 Final Pittston TWP Luzerne 18640
Butyric Acid Drum PAD987379203 Non Strattonville Clarion 16258
Butz Landfill PAD981034705 Final Jackson TWP Monroe 18360
C & D Recycling PAD021449244 Final Freeland Luzerne 18224
Centre County Kepone PAD000436261 Final State College Centre 16801
C G Wood PAD981113558 Non Jamestown Mercer 16134
Chain Bike Corp PAD053061909 Non Allentown Lehigh 18103
Chem-Fab Corp PAD002323848 Final Doylestown Bucks 18901
Cochranville Tire Fire PAD982367831 Non West Oxford Twp Chester 19330
Coleman Company PAD987390523 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19140
Collegeville Radium PASFN0305467 Non Collegeville Montgomery 19426
Columbia Gas Transmission Non
Columbia Plating PAD981741176 Non Columbia Lancaster 17512
Commodore Semiconductor Group PAD093730174 Final Norristown Montgomery 19403
Concept Science Explosion PASFN0305433 Non Hanover Twp Lehigh 18103
Congo Road Boron PASFN0305500 Non Congo Montgomery 19505
Craig Farm Drum PAD980508527 Final Parker Armstrong 16049
Crater Resources PAD980419097 Final King of Prussia Montgomery 19406
Crawford Station HSCA PAD987270188 Non Middletown Dauphin 17057
Creek Road Sand Blasting aka River Bend PASFN0305402 Non Hartsville Bucks 18974
Crossley Farm PAD981740061 Final Hereford TWP Berks 18056
Croydon TCE PAD981035009 Final Croydon&Bristol Bucks 19020
Cryochem PAD002360444 Final Boyertown Berks 19512
Dallas Cleaners Site PAN000306173 Non Dallas Luzerne 18612
Deardorff Drive/Ridge Road HSCA PAD981939937 Non Etters York 17319
Defense Supply Center Philadelphia PA09715900005 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19101
Delta Quarries PAD981038052 Final Antis & Logan TWP Blair 16602
Dewart Farms PASFN0305473 Non Watsontown Northumberland 17777
Donegal TWP Midnight Drum Dump PAD981738982 Non Donegal TWP Butler 16025
Dorney Road Landfill PAD980508832 Final Mertztown Berks 19539
Douglassville Disposal PAD002384865 Final Douglassville Berks 19518
Drake Chemical PAD003058047 Final Lock Haven Clinton 17745
Dublin TCE PAD981740004 Final Dublin Bucks 18917
Duncanville Tanker PAD981736325 Non Duncanville Blair 16635
Dupont Explosives PAD981939325 Non Bradford McKean 16701
Durham Township Solvent Spill PAD981738925 Non Rieglesville Bucks 18077
E-Z Chemical PAD987271194 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19123
Eager Beaver Lumber PAD004375192 Non Townville Crawford 16360
East Mount Zion PAD980690549 Final Springettsbury York 17402
East Norriton PCE PAN000306145 Non East Norriton Montgomery 19404
East Tenth Street PAD987323458 Proposed Marcus Hook Delaware 19061
East Coast Trailer Sales PA0000634659 Non Bensalem Bucks 19020
Eastern Diversified Metals PAD980830533 Final Hometown Schuylkill 18252
Eddystone Ave. Trailer PAD987269941 Non Eddystone Delaware 19094
Elizabethtown Landfill PAD980539712 Final Elizabethtown Lancaster
Elrama School PAD981034994 Non Union Twp Washington 15332
Enterprise Avenue PAD980552913 Deleted Philadelphia Philadelphia 19153
Fairview Water Co. PAD987392271 Non Mt. Pocono Boro. Monroe 18344
Falkenstein Electroplating PAD002268944 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19133
Fischer & Porter PAD002345817 Final Warminster Bucks 18974
Foote Mineral PAD077087989 Final Frazer Chester 19355
Former Mohr Orchards PAN000306624 Non Schnecksville Lehigh 18078
Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation/Church Road TCE PAD003031788 Proposed Mountaintop Luzerne 18707
Franklin Slag Pile PASFN0305549 Proposed Philadelphia Philadelphia 19134
Franklin Smelting PAD002280725 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19134
General Electric – Hammermill PAD981114820 Non Lawrence Park TWP Erie 16511
Glenside Mercury Spill PA0001401520 Non Glenside Montgomery 19038
Grant Chemical PA0001017144 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19135
Hamburg – Pine Creek (PDF) (3 pp, 30.8K, About PDF) PAN000306001 Non Albany Berks 19529
Hamburg – Pleasant Hills Trailer Park PAN000305911 Non Hamburg Berks 19526
Hamburg – Port Clinton Avenue PAN000305872 None Hamburg Berks 19526
Hamburg Lead – Kaercher Creek PAN000305723 Non Hamburg Berks 19526
Hamburg Lead – Railcut PAN000305725 Non Hamburg Berks 19526
Hamburg Playground PAD987332541 Non Hamburg Berks 19526
Havertown PCP PAD002338010 Final Haverford TWP Delaware 19041
Hebelka Auto Salvage Yard PAD980829329 Deleted Upper Macungie TWP Lehigh 18062
Heisman Field PA0002377828 Non Titusville Crawford 16354
Heleva Landfill PAD980537716 Final Coplay Lehigh 18037
Hellertown Manufacturing PAD002390748 Final Hellertown Northampton 18055
Henderson Road PAD009862939 Final Upper Merion Twp Montgomery 19406
Henshell Corporation PAD987283520 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19132
Hilltop Residential Lab PASFN0305565 Non Upper Darby Delaware 19082
Histand’s Supply PAD069027027 Non Wycombe Bucks 18980
Hranica Landfill PAD980508618 Deleted Buffalo TWP Butler 16055
Hunter Farm Drum PAD987332533 Non Bakerstown Allegheny 15007
Hunterstown Road PAD980830897 Final Gettysburg Adams 17325
Hutchinson Mine PCB PAD982364275 Non Hutchinson Westmoreland 15640
Industrial Lane PAD980508493 Final Easton Northampton 18042
Jacks Creek/Sitkin Smelting PAD980829493 Final Lewistown Mifflin 17044
Jackson Ceramix Inc. PAD001222025 Final Falls Creek Jefferson 15840
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge Non Philadelphia Philadelphia
Johnson Bronze Co. PAD981036171 Non New Castle Lawrence 16103
Joyce National Powder PAD101274686 Non Eldred McKean 16731
Kelly Drive Sulfuric Acid Spill PAN000305641 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19131
Kennett Square Junkyard PAD980692776 None Kennett Square Chester 19348
Kevak Property PAD981740129 Non Glen Lyon Luzerne 18617
Keyser Avenue Borehole PAD981036049 Removed Scranton Lackawanna 18508
Keystone Sanitation Landfill PAD054142781 Final Hanover York 17331
Kimberton Site PAD980691703 Final Kimberton Chester 19442
Komak/Ontario Street PAD982364416 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19140
Lackawanna Refuse PAD980508667 Deleted Old Forge Lackawanna 18504
Lansdowne Radiation Site PAD980830921 Deleted Lansdowne Delaware 19050
Layton Landfill PAD981044845 Non Perry Twp. Fayette 15482
Lehigh Electric and Engineering Co. PAD980712731 Deleted Old Forge Lackawanna 18518
Lehman MTBE PA0000057471 Non Lehman Luzerne 18627
Letterkenny Army Depot PDO Area PA2210090054 Final Chambersburg Franklin 17201
Letterkenny Army Depot SE Area PA6213820503 Final Chambersburg Franklin 17201
Lindane Dump PAD980712798 Final Harrison TWP Allegheny 15065
Logan Section Contamination Site PASFN0305530 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19120
Lord-Shope Landfill PAD980508931 Final Girard Erie 16417
Lower Darby Creek Area PASFN0305521 Final Darby TWP Delaware and Philadelphia 19023
MW Manufacturing PAD980691372 Final Valley TWP Montour 17821
Malitovsky Drum Company PAD980831408 Non Pittsburgh Allegheny 15201
Malvern TCE PAD014353445 Final Malvern Chester 19355
Marcus-Paulsen PA0001411552 Non Denbo Washington 15429
Marjol Operation PAD003041910 Non Throop Lackawanna 18512
Mayburg Tar Pit PAD980832612 Non Mayburg Forest 16347
McAdoo Associates PAD980712616 Deleted McAdoo Schuylkill 18237
Merit Products PAD987322534 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19132
Metal Bank PAD046557096 Final Philadelphia Philadelphia 19135
Metcoa PAD080719446 Non Pulaski TWP Lawrence 16143
Metro Container Corp PAD044545895 Non Trainer Delaware 19013
Metropolitan Mirror & Glass PAD982366957 Deleted Frackville Schuylkill 17931
Middletown Air Field PAD980538763 Deleted Middletown Dauphin 17057
Mill Creek Dump PAD980231690 Final Erie Erie 16505
Modern Sanitation PAD980539068 Final York York 17404
Monroe Street PAD982367625 Non York York 17404
Moosic PA0002008506 Non Avoca Luzerne 18641
Moyers Landfill PAD980508766 Final Collegeville Montgomery 19426
Municipal/Industrial Disposal Corp PAD982366353 Non Elizabeth Twp Allegheny 15037
National Vulcanized Fiber PAD107214116 Non Kennett Square Chester 19348
Naval Air Development Center PA6170024545 Final Warminster Bucks 18974
Navy Ships Parts Control Center PA3170022104 Final Mechanicsburg Cumberland 17055
Nickel Plate Road PAD982367369 Non Cochranton Crawford 16314
North Penn Area 1 PAD096834494 Final Souderton Montgomery 18964
North Penn Area 2 PAD002342475 Final Hatfield Montgomery 19440
North Penn Area 5 PAD980692693 Final Colmar Montgomery 18915
North Penn Area 6 PAD980926976 Final Lansdale Montgomery 19446
North Penn Area 7 PAD002498632 Final Lansdale Montgomery 19446
North Penn Area 11 PA0001412311 Non Creamery Montgomery 19474
North Penn Area 12 (Transicoil) PAD057152365 Final Worcester Montgomery 19490
Northeastern Pennsylvania Inland Sub-Area Plan Non
Novak Sanitary Landfill PAD079160842 Final Allentown Lehigh 18104
O’Brien Machinery PAD987379187 Non Downingtown Chester 19335
Occidental Chemical Corp PAD980229298 Final Pottstown Montgomery 19464
Ohio River Park PAD980508816 Final Neville Island Allegheny 15225
Oil Tank Lines Inc. PA0001909522 Non Darby Delaware 19023
Old Barrett Building PAD987277175 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19146
Old City of York Landfill PAD980692420 Final Seven Valleys York 17360
Old Wilmington Road Ground Water Comtamination / Perry Phillips Landfill PAD981938939 Final Sadsburyville Chester 19320
ORFA Manufacturing Co PAD987400561 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19143
Osborne Landfill PAD980712673 Final Grove City Mercer 16127
Pagan Road PAD981033632 Non Summit Twp Erie 16509
Palmerton Zinc Piles PAD002395887 Final Palmerton Carbon 18071
Paoli Rail Yard PAD980692594 Final Paoli Chester 19301
Pathan Chemical PAD067399378 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19125
Peach Alley Parking Lot PAN000305909 Non Hamburg Berks 19526
Penn Foam Corp PAD080874282 Non Raubsville Northampton 18042
Pennsylvania 500 Non Long Pond Monroe 18334
Pennsylvania Dept of Transportation Lab PAD980827851 Non Harrisburg Dauphin 17101
Penrose Drum PAD987279890 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19145
Perkasie TCE PAN000306027 Non Perkasie Bucks 18944
Philadelphia Naval Complex PA4170022418 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19112
Plymouth TWP CO2 Release PASFN0305547 Non Plymouth TWP Montgomery 19428
Pottstown Drum PAD981738818 Non Pottstown Montgomery 19464
Precision National Corp. PAD053676631 Non Clarks-Summit Lackawanna 18411
Presque Isle PAD980508865 Deleted Erie Erie 16501
Price Battery PAN000305679 Final Hamburg Berks 19526
Printed Circuits PAD054717475 Non Bristol Twp Bucks 19007
Publicker Industries PAD981939200 Deleted Philadelphia Philadelphia 19148
Purolite Chemical PAD987277498 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19122
Raymark PAD039017694 Final Hatboro Montgomery 19040
Recticon/Allied Steel PAD002353969 Final Parker Ford Chester 19457
Reeser’s Landfill PAD980829261 Deleted Upper Macungie Twp Lehigh 18062
Resin Disposal PAD063766828 Deleted Jefferson Boro Allegheny 15025
Revere Chemical PAD051395499 Final Revere Bucks 18953
River Bend aka Creek Road Sand Blasting PASFN0305402 Non Hartsville Bucks 18974
River Road Landfill PAD000439083 Deleted Sharpsville Mercer 16146
Robesonia Mercury PA0002122927 Non Robesonia 19551
Rodale Manufacturing PAD981033285 Final Emmaus Lehigh 18049
Rohm and Haas Landfill PAD091637975 Removed Bristol Twp Bucks
Route 522 Bridge PA0002021731 Non Lewistown Mifflin 17044
Route 563 Drum PAD981738867 Non Salford Twp Montgomery 18957
Route 940 Drum Dump PAD981034630 Deleted Tobyhanna Monroe 18350
Royal Dry Cleaners PAD987279817 Non Lansdale Montgomery 19446
RR2 Emlenton Lead PASFN0305448 Non Emlenton Venango 16373
Ryeland Road PAD981033459 Final Heidelberg Berks 19567
Sable Diamonds PAD982364234 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19106
Sabol Farm Drum PA0001096171 Non Girard Erie 16417
Sackville Mills Property PA0000198846 Non Nether Providence Delaware 19086
Saegertown Industrial Area PAD980692487 Final Saegertown Crawford 16433
Safety Light Corporation PAD987295276 Final Bloomsburg Columbia 17815
Salford Quarry PAD980693204 Final Lower Salford TWP Montgomery 19438
Salt Service PAD987387578 Non Ridley Park Delaware 19078
Second Street Electoplating PAD987270964 Non
Shaler/JTC Properties PAD981041064 Non Bruin Twp Butler 16022
Sharon Steel Corp. (Farrell Works Disp Area) PAD001933175 Final Farrell Mercer 16121
Shriver’s Corner PAD980830889 Final Gettysburg Adams 17325
Solly Ave. Midnight Dump Site PAD981738800 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19111
South West Philadelphia Sludge Spill PAD987336989 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19153
SSCD Schoolyard Site PAD981738743 Non Punxsatawney Jefferson 15767
Stanley Kessler PAD014269971 Final King of Prussia Montgomery 19406
Starbrick Area PAD980918510 Non Conewango Twp Warren 16365
State Road PAD002279040 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19135
Stoney Creek PAN000306567 Non Trainer Delaware 19061
Strasburg Landfill PAD000441337 Final Newlin TWP Chester 19320
Strube Inc. PAN000306591 Non Marietta Lancaster 17547
Struble Trail Drums PA0001405166 Non E. Caln. Twp. Chester 19335
Swissvale Auto Surplus Parts PAD980692560 Non Swissvale Allegheny 15218
TMC Asbestos PA0002269660 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19145
Tacony Warehouse PA0210000931 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19135
Taylor Borough Dump PAD980693907 Deleted Taylor Lackawanna 18517
Thompson Street Trailer PAD987268646 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19125
Tobyhanna Army Depot PA5213820892 Final Tobyhanna Monroe 18466
Tonolli Corp PAD073613663 Final Nesquehoning Carbon 18240
Tranguch Gasoline PA0001409671 Non Hazelton Luzerne 18201
Trowbridge Estates Mercury PAD982363160 Non Feasterville Bucks 19020
Tysons Dump PAD980692024 Final Upper Merion TWP Montgomery 19406
UGI Columbia Gas Plant PAD980539126 Final Columbia Lancaster 17512
United Chemical Technologies PA0000382820 Non Bristol Bucks 19007
USA Support Oakdale
formerly: C.E. Kelly Support Facility
PA5210022344 Non Oakdale Allegheny 15071
Valley Forge National Historic Park PA9141733080 Non Valley Forge Chester 19481
Valmont TCE (Former Valmont Industrial Park) PAD982363970 Final West Hazleton Luzerne 18201
Verdict Chemical Site PAN0000305629 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19133
Vermiculite WRG4 PAN000305592 Non Ellwood City Lawrence 16117
Voortman Farm PAD980692719 Deleted Ladark Lehigh 18034
Wach’s Landfill PAD980918767 Non S. Huntingdon Westmoreland 15089
Wade (ABM) PAD980539407 Deleted Chester City Delaware 19013
Walsh Landfill aka Welsh Landfill PAD980829527 Final Honeybrook Chester 19344
Warwick Twp Real Estate aka Andela PA0000585901 Non Warwick Twp Bucks 18929
Watson Johnson Landfill PAD980706824 Final Richlandtown Bucks 18955
West Dauphin Chemical PAN000305598 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19132
Westinghouse Electric (Sharon) PAD005000575 Final Sharon Mercer 16146
Westinghouse Elevator Co. PAD043882281 Final Gettysburg Adams 17325
Westline PAD980692537 Deleted Westline McKean 16751
Whitemarsh Twp. Drum Dump PAD982366841 Non Plymouth Meeting Montgomery 19462
Whitmoyer Labs PAD003005014 Final Myerstown Lebanon 17067
William Dick Lagoons PAD980537773 Final West Caln TWP Chester 19376
Willow Grove Naval Air Station PAD987277837 Final Willow Grove Montgomery 19090
Woodard Property Abandoned Drums PAD987329794 Non Erie Erie 16501
York County Solid Waste and Refuse Authority PAD980830715 Deleted Hopewell TWP York 17363
York Metal Finishing PAN000305638 Non Philadelphia Philadelphia 19133

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And, all of these superfund sites were destroying people’s health for how long before anything was done? That was because the elected leadership of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia were concerned about people’s health and well-being but allowed this to be like this anyway for years and years and years? Yet, this couldn’t be the cause of health problems to the population despite scientific information to the contrary – its all coming from people and their children drinking sugary sodas and smoking cigarettes . . . Yeah, right.

– cricketdiane