Wolf Administration Continues Efforts to Address PFAS Contamination

first_img August 22, 2019 Wolf Administration Continues Efforts to Address PFAS Contamination Press Release,  Public Health Horsham, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Representative Todd Stephens and Representative Meghan Schroeder to announce new funding to help address PFAS contamination in Horsham, Warminster, Warrington, and Warwick townships.“Republican or Democrat, senator or representative, every elected official understands that clean drinking water is a critical issue,” Gov. Wolf said. “We all want Pennsylvanians to live the happiest, healthiest lives possible and today I am proud to be here to help lessen a burden for these communities that residents did not cause.”In addition, the governor renewed his call for the United States Environmental Protection Agency to establish an enforceable, nationwide drinking water standard for PFAS under the Safe Drinking Water Act.“The federal government played a big role in causing these issues and they should be stepping up in a much bigger way,” Gov. Wolf said. “We need the White House and Congress to get serious about addressing this issue.”Flanked by state and local leadership, the governor announced a $3.8 million grant to support water treatment efforts in Horsham, Warminster, Warrington, and Warwick townships. This new funding will help bolster the funding awarded over the past few years to help Warminster and Warrington address contamination, and to install the carbon filters in Horsham.“Horsham residents shouldn’t have to bear the costs of removing the federal government’s contamination from our drinking water,” said State Representative Todd Stephens. “Working together with Governor Wolf, we’ve been able to provide funds to eliminate the unfair surcharges Horsham residents have been paying to ensure their water is safe to drink.”“For years, our residents in Warminster have absorbed the cost of purchasing clean water due to the federal government’s inability to clean up its own mess. With this state funding, we will finally be able to alleviate the surcharge for this water from our ratepayers. As Warwick Township deals with similar contamination issues, we will work to ensure that this funding will assist them with needed infrastructure improvements,” said State Representative Meghan Schroeder.Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances – PFAS – are man-made chemicals resistant to heat, water and oil, and persist in the environment and the human body. PFAS are not found naturally in the environment. They have been used to make cookware, carpets, clothing, fabrics for furniture, paper packaging for food, and other materials that are resistant to water, grease, or stains. They are also used in firefighting foams and in a number of industrial processes.In September 2018, Governor Wolf announced the establishment of a multi-agency PFAS Action Team and other executive actions to address growing national concerns surrounding PFAS. The PFAS Action Team places Pennsylvania at the forefront of states taking proactive action to address PFAS and other water contaminants.“I would like to thank the local officials for the steps they’ve taken to address the PFAS contamination in Horsham, Warminster, Warrington, and Warwick townships,” said Gov. Wolf. “We’re here in Horsham today, but we know PFAS was likely used at other airports, military bases, and manufacturing facilities, and I am committed to identifying those locations and supporting any necessary cleanup so today’s residents don’t have to bear a costly burden of the past.”In June, the Department of Environmental Protection began a statewide sampling plan to identify PFAS-impacted drinking water. Preliminary results from the sampling will be released in the fall. Additionally, the Department of Health has hired a state toxicologist, and the Department of Environmental Protection is finalizing a contract for specialized toxicology services to move forward with setting a state limit for PFAS in drinking water to establish a cleanup plan that will result in every Pennsylvanian having water free from PFAS contamination.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

This sprawling rural homestead is retreat from city life

first_img3 Rose Lane, Laceys Creek.A central hallway with decorative lighting and VJ walls passes a formal lounge and dining room with antique chandeliers, polished concrete flooring, plantation shutters and a fireplace. Nearby, a country-style kitchen features timber benchtops and cabinetry, numerous preparation areas, a butler’s pantry and high-quality appliances, including a double oven.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Bi-fold doors open the cooking space out to a covered deck with timber balustrade, leafy views and hanging lamps. 3 Rose Lane, Laceys Creek.THIS sprawling rural homestead is retreat from city life.The six-bedroom home at 3 Rose Lane, Laceys Creek is listed for sale though an expressions of interest campaign closing October 23, through Ray White Samford.The home is surrounded by more than 44ha of farmland surrounded by creeks and gullies. A covered veranda wraps around the house, while traditional windows attract natural light and countryside vistas into almost every room.Accessible via a driveway bordered by trees, the single-storey residence creates a memorable first impression with its expansive veranda and double-door entry. 3 Rose Lane, Laceys Creek.Polished timber flooring flows from the kitchen into a connecting media room. It shares a side hallway with an office and the main bedroom, which has a fireplace, walk-in wardrobe and an elegant ensuite with a double vanity and claw foot bath with forest views through leadlight windows. The five other bedrooms, positioned at the rear of the house, share a bathroom with a Victorian-style double vanity. A large laundry with ample storage space is nearby.Outside, the wraparound veranda overlooks a pergola and has various stairways down to the property. A 15m pool is near the house and features a partially-covered timber pavilion. Additional entertainment space is available in a barn, which has two covered patios, a kitchenette, bathroom and loft bunkhouse.A three-bay shed, chook house, old dairy shed and vegetable garden complement prosperous farmland capable of running 30 head of cattle, thanks to water tanks, bore water and a dam. Listing agent Angela Galvin said this was a wonderful country residence with exceptional farming capabilities and endless tranquillity. “This homestead is a beautiful rural getaway only one hour from Brisbane,” Ms Galvin said.last_img read more

Three-level luxury home with city views and ‘New York feel’ for sale

first_imgThe large kitchen area at 15 Wellington Road, Red Hill.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The Taylors are looking for a home they can lock up and leave because of their busy work schedules.Mrs Taylor said she had “the best neighbours” and described the street as quiet.“The property is so close to town, I can walk to the city in 25 minutes,” she said.“It has the best city views.” 15 Wellington Road, Red Hill.With the spacious bedroom being her favourite part of the home, Mrs Taylor said the city backdrop from three levels was spectacular.“You can see Riverfire and the fireworks when the Ekka is on,” she said.Standout features of the home include a fully tiled saltwater swimming pool, secure intercom entry, and a formal sitting area with an adjoining study. Enjoy glimpses of the city at 15 Wellington Road, Red Hill.Now that their children have left the nest, Mrs Taylor said they were looking to downsize after 18 years at the home.She said her great grandparents owned the first house on Mareeba Rd, Ashgrove, and their family had always lived in the Ashgrove and Red Hill areas.“Our whole family has never lived very far away,” she said.“The kids have all moved out now and we have stayed an extra two years after the last child left.” 15 Wellington Road, Red Hill.Mrs Taylor said the home was the perfect place for family gatherings.“Every year Christmas is held at our place,” she said.“It’s a great family home, especially for children to grow up in — it’s so close to local primary and high schools.” 15 Wellington Road, Red Hill.Michele and Michael Taylor’s three-level home has a contemporary New York feel to it.The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home, 15 Wellington Rd, Red Hill, has been the perfect place for their three children to grow up in.last_img read more

Dynagas LNG Partners posts Q2 loss

first_imgClean Energy (Image courtesy of Dynagas LNG Partners)Dynagas LNG Partners, a limited partnership formed by the Greek shipowner Dynagas, on Tuesday reported a second-quarter loss of $5.2 million, after reporting a profit in the same quarter a year before.The company posted loss per common unit of $0.19 for the three months ended June 30.Adjusted earnings per share and EBITDA were at $0.07 and $22.9 million, respectfully.Dynagas quarterly voyage revenues stood at $32 million as compared to $42.6 million in the second quarter of 2016.“We have previously communicated that this quarter would be affected by scheduled class surveys and related dry dockings for three of our six vessels which would result in cost items and would also qualify as off-hire under the relevant contracts,” said Chief Executive Tony Lauritzen.“We are satisfied that the class surveys, including dry dockings, were completed in a quick and efficient manner with an average of approximately 15 days per vessel from arrival to departure at the shipyard. The vessels are on a 5-year special survey cycle, therefore we expect the next special class survey and related dry docking to occur in about 5 years,” said Lauritzen.last_img read more

Bureau Veritas to Class CMA CGM’s LNG Fuelled Mammoths

first_imgFrance-based classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) has been awarded the responsibility for classification of CMA CGM’s new 22,000 TEU containerships. The classification society informed that the decision for the nine ships to be fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG) has been carefully considered and Bureau Veritas has been closely involved in feasibility studies, working with the owner, builders and technology providers.“This is a breakthrough order for gas fuelled shipping – both in scale and in the use of a membrane containment system. Bureau Veritas has been supporting the project throughout, providing assistance to ensure the requirements for the safe use of LNG are addressed,” Philippe Donche-Gay, President, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, said.The new ships will have a bunker capacity close to 18,000 cubic metres (cbm) and this represents a significantly higher volume than has been required in the LNG fuelled ship market. Bureau Veritas has investigated the feasibility of the design together with shipbuilding group China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and French marine engineering company Gaztransport et Technigaz SA (GTT).GTT has been chosen for the design of cryogenic tanks for the nine containerships.“As CMA CGM have said, they will be the first shipping company in the world to equip giant containerships with LNG propulsion, pursuing a strong commitment to the protection of the environment and to ocean conservation. For us this is an exciting project to be involved in and our teams in China, supported by expertise in Paris, are looking forward to working on these innovative new ships,” Jean-François Segretain, Bureau Veritas Marine Technical Director, said.The deliveries of the nine vessels will take place between the end of 2019 and the end of 2020.last_img read more

Russia’s Novatek could almost triple Vysotsk LNG capacity

first_imgRussia’s Novatek, the operator and developer of two giant Arctic LNG export projects, may significantly increase output at its medium-scale liquefied natural gas export plant in Russia’s Baltic Sea port of Vysotsk.To remind, Novatek launched full-scale production at the Cryogas-Vysotsk project, jointly owned with Gazprombank, in April this year.The project’s initial design capacity is 660,000 tons of LNG per year, and its infrastructure includes a 42,000 cubic meters LNG storage tank and an offloading berth designed to handle LNG carriers with a capacity of up to 30,000 cubic meters.“We are considering the possibility of adding 1.1 million tons on top of the 660,000 tons, totaling 1.7 million tons,” Novatek’s finance chief Mark Gyetvay told LNG World News on Monday at the sidelines of the Flame conference in Amsterdam.In the first month of operations, Novatek sold about 71,000 tons or about 32 shipments of LNG of which 16 were delivered by trucks and 16 were delivered to vessels, according to Gyetvay.The project is essentially targeting bunker fuel markets in the Baltic region such as Scandinavia and northern Poland.Finland’s Gasum currently offtakes about 50 percent of the volume while the other 50 percent is handled by Novatek Gas and Power Asia, a unit of Novatek.“This project is important for Novatek,” Gyetvay said adding that it gives the company the first opportunity to respond to IMO’s stricter rules on bunker fuels.The potential of expanding the LNG project will largely depend on how successful the first year of operations would be as well as “how the market evolves as we go closer to the 2020 period of changing emissions,” he said.The Vysotsk expansion project would partly serve the planned mid-scale LNG transshipment terminal in Germany’s port of Rostock Novatek is developing with Belgium’s Fluxys.The Rostock project is currently in the design phase and Gyetvay expects this facility to be launched in “early 2020s” to correspond with the expansion of the Vysotsk project.Novatek is pushing the gas pedal with LNG fueling projects and the company is currently also building LNG truck fueling stations in Russia, specifically in the Chelyabinsk region, Gytevay said.“We are working with mining companies to convert diesel trucks to go on natural gas,” he said. By Mirza Duranlast_img read more

Antique cops to intensify drive vs ‘loose firearms’

first_imgEscobar added that of the 182firearms, 119 were surrendered loose firearms or had no licenses while thelicenses of 63 others had already expired.  Escobar said last year’s campaignreduced the index crime incidents in the province, citing 40 cases of murder,compared to 45 cases in 2018; and 19 theft cases, as against 31 cases in 2018.(With a report from PNA/PN) As part of their intensified campaign,Escobar said every police station in the 18 towns of the province would berequired to have a weekly accomplishment report on surrendered firearms. Lieutenant Colonel Norby Escobar, Deputy Director for Operations of the Antique Police Provincial Office, said the operation of the “Bahay Silangan” or rehabilitation center for “drug offenders” in the province will begin this month. PNA/ANNABEL CONSUELO PETINGLAY With the revitalized campaign, policeofficers will again visit the homes of gun-owners who have expired gunlicenses, otherwise they will be penalized, he added. “Owners of firearms with expiredlicenses are encouraged to deposit it first at the police stations, pending therelease of their license renewal,” he said. SAN JOSE, Antique – The provincialpolice office here said it will boost its campaign against loose firearms thisyear. Lieutenant Colonel Norby Escobar,Deputy Director for Operations of the Antique Provincial Police Office, said atotal of 182 firearms were surrendered to various municipal police stations inthe province due to their campaign last year.  “If the gun-owners will not surrendertheir firearms, then the police will be forced to apply for a search warrant,”he added.  last_img read more

City move to brink of title glory

first_img Edin Dzeko settled any nerves by breaking the deadlock after 64 minutes and followed up with his fifth crucial goal in the last three games. Stevan Jovetic and Yaya Toure – netting City’s 100th league goal of the season with a quite brilliant solo effort – added further strikes in the dying moments to send City two points clear at the top, with just one game to play, in some style. He looked beaten after James Milner picked out Pablo Zabaleta with a clever reverse pass and the Argentinian set up Toure, but the keeper saved with his feet. City continued to create chances but struggled to find the target. Kolarov fizzed in a low cross from the left but neither David Silva nor Dzeko could get a firm touch. Samir Nasri curled a long-range effort over. Villa finally pieced together a decent attacking move after half an hour but 22-year-old striker Jordan Bowery, handed a chance following injury to Gabriel Agbonlahor, could not turn in Andreas Weimann’s deep cross. Weimann scented an opportunity himself as Villa broke following a City corner but he lacked the conviction to beat Zabaleta and his long-range shot was deflected wide. City fans began to get anxious but their side finished the first period back in control as Zabaleta crossed into the danger area for Silva, only for Villa to scramble the ball clear. Milner then whipped in a fine ball for Nasri from the right but the Frenchman volleyed wide. The hosts looked to step up the tempo after the break but Dzeko failed to control a long Toure ball and Villa, well led by captain Ron Vlaar, hacked clear from numerous other attacks. Silva headed back into the area after Villa only half-cleared a corner but Vincent Kompany’s opportunistic overhead kick was aimed straight at Guzan. Guzan dived to his left to punch away a well-struck Kolarov free-kick from 25 yards. City finally picked their way through as the rain pelted down again as Silva fed Zabaleta down the right and his low ball was gratefully tucked in by Dzeko six yards out. Once Villa were breached, they could not prevent further damage. Zabaleta got inside the full-back again to pull the ball back and although Nasri’s initial shot was blocked by Guzan, Dzeko had a simple job to tap in his second. With the tension finally lifted and the crowd at last in full voice, Toure went close to a third with a free-kick deflected narrowly wide. Villa might have set up a tight finale when Weimann’s header six minutes from time crashed against the crossbar and bounced away off the line. Instead substitute Jovetic made the win comfortable by finishing from the edge of the box and Toure broke from his own half to add a fine fourth. Press Association Manchester City struck four second-half goals against a spirited Aston Villa side to put one hand on the Barclays Premier League trophy with a 4-0 win at the Etihad Stadium. With a superior goal difference to Liverpool, City effectively need only a draw from their final game against West Ham on Sunday to claim their second title in three seasons. After Liverpool’s capitulation to Crystal Palace on Monday, City had been expected to cruise home. That they found the going tough on a night of heavy showers was credit to a Villa side who, safe from relegation, supposedly had little to play for. Dzeko’s heroics, in the absence of top scorer Sergio Aguero, further underlined his return to form and confidence this season after recent goals against Crystal Palace and Everton in the run-in. Title nerves and anxiety in the crowd became increasingly obvious throughout a goalless first half. City completely dominated possession but Villa, defending deep and with five across the back, repelled wave after wave of attacks. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan was well protected after dealing with a couple of early shots. The American was first tested when Aleksandar Kolarov fired at him from a tight angle on the left. last_img read more

Federal High Court Emerges Winner of CJN Games in Kogi

first_imgYekini Jimoh in LokojaThe Federal High Court yesterday emerged the overall winner of the 22nd edition of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Games in Kogi State.The Federal High Court topped the medals table released yesterday by organisers of the games, National Sports Association for Judiciary (NASAJ) with 19 medals comprising eight gold, six silver and five bronze medals to emerge the overall winners of the week-long competition. The medals chart signed by Technical Director of Games for NASAJ, Abruku Raymond, reveals that the National Industrial Court came second with eight gold, three silver and two bronze medals beating the host, Kogi State Judiciary which had the highest number of 22 medals to the third position.Kogi Judiciary won seven gold, seven silver and nine bronze medals while the Federal Judicial Service Commission finished fourth with six gold, six silver and nine bronze medals.The final football match in the tournament between National Industrial Court and Appeal Court ended 4-3 on penalty shootout in favour of the National Industrial Court.The 90-minute display of soccer artistry could not produce any goals as both teams traded tackles and tried to outsmart each other but met stiff resistance from the defenders.Speaking at the end of the week-long competition, Kogi Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Aromeh Adoji, described the tournament as excellent and commended the organisers for a good job and the contestants for good sportsmanship.Adoji expressed delight that the tournament turned out successful and expressed satisfaction with the performance of the Kogi State Judiciary contingent adding that the its performance in subsequent editions.He said that the state was able to meet most of its expectations from the competition saying that new talents, no doubt, would have been identified just as the competition boosted the economy of the state while it lasted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Coronavirus: Real Madrid footballers in quarantine leads to La Liga suspension

first_imgSpanish top flight La Liga has been suspended for “at least the next two rounds of matches” as a result of the Real Madrid squad going into quarantine because of coronavirus.It comes after a Real Madrid basketball player, who shares training facilities with the La Liga club, tested positive for the virus.Real are due to play at Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday.The Spanish club has closed the facilities of its sports city.“The recommendation has been made to quarantine both the basketball first team and the football first team, given that the two squads share facilities in Ciudad Real Madrid,” a Real statement said.La Liga said it will “revaluate” the situation following the completion of quarantine “in the affected clubs and other possible situations that may arise”.Real, who are second in La Liga, were due to host Eibar on Friday, and had already cancelled all pre-match media duties. Source: BBClast_img read more