When U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey visited the Times’ offices last Friday, he identified Iran’s nuclear weapons program as the top international issue facing America.
Bridesburg's grant from the EPA; a Fishtown scam, and more news in brief this week.
The seed for the creation of Earth Day was planted when Rachel Carson’s bestseller “Silent Spring” was published in 1962. It made the need to protect the environment and public health part of the national conversation. Earth Day and the birth of the modern environmental movement were based on an idea from Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson. The devastating environmental damage of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969 had a profound impact on him. He wanted to start a national political movement to protect the earth from the ravages of air and water pollution.
In this week’s Think Beer…Drink Beer, columnist Tim Patton looks at ways to help urban gardeners grow hops, an essential ingredient in many popular brews.
High levels of lead have been found in the soil around the old Anzon plant in Fishtown. EPA and government officials say some precautions could be helpful.
At a new plant in Bridesburg, a sophisticated process is getting rid of mountains of appliances that have outlived their usefulness. Even better, say company reps, the process is good news for the environment.