Officials are warning residents that mosquito season is not over and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has said this year marks the highest level statewide for West Nile virus activity in the mosquito population since 2000.
Officials announced Thursday that TD Bank has pledged $1.125 million for the program over three years starting in 2019 that will allow the city to plant trees strategically in streets with few trees and organize large-scale tree plantings in parks. The money will be in addition to $7 million in funding for TreePhilly from city and state sources, as well as private foundations. So the program will have about $8.2 million to spend the next three years.
The release created a sheen on the creek and crews were sent to contain the spill from a 12″ pipeline that Sunoco plans to use, at least for the short term, as it constructs the Mariner East 2 pipeline for natural gas tapped from the Marcellus Shale.
Currently, there are no federal standards for the compound. In fact, the EPA under the Trump administration officials sought to block the release in June of a federal study showing the same class of chemicals that contaminated water supplies near military bases and other areas would cause a "public relations nightmare."
Minutes after news broke Saturday night of John McCain's passing, it was all most people were talking about, noting his heroic five years of torture and imprisonment, and 35 years of public service as a testament to his patriotism - something both Democrats and Republicans finally seemed to agree on. Those sentiments also pored out on social media.
Gov. Murphy intends to veto a bill today that would have imposed a 5-cent fee on each carryout bag given out to shoppers at many retail and food outlets. The bill drew the ire of environmental groups, who said it fell short of a full ban on the bags.
Though there has only been one confirmed case of West Nile virus this year, it is tracking to be potentially worse than other years. Why? As of Aug. 1, West Nile has been found in 51 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties over the past six years.
A panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third District agreed with a lower court that the Adorers of the Blood of Christ had failed to make their religious objections known during the federal process that ultimately approved construction of the pipeline. In other words: It's too late now.