DEP: Rains, flooding create high level of West Nile in PA’s mosquitos

HARRISBURG — Receding floodwaters and heavy rains across Pennsylvania are creating a perfect storm of conditions, that have contributed to the highest level of West Nile virus activity in the mosquito population since the disease was first introduced in 2000. The disease, which has infected more than 150 people in the past six years, is on track to pose an unusually higher than normal risk this...

Corbin: Pipeline fines to be used for grant program

State Rep. Becky Corbin (R-155) Representative Becky Corbin (R-East Brandywine) Tuesday applauded the Department of Environment Protection (DEP) for developing a grant program with the $12.6-million fine assessed against Sunoco in February for permit violations during construction of Mariner East 2. The grant program, which will open on May 7, will fund projects that reduce or minimize pollution...

Mariner East II pipeline hearing, Wednesday

The path of the proposed Mariner East II pipeline. WEST CHESTER — Area residents will be able to testify about the proposed Mariner East II pipeline during a public hearing put on by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, Wednesday night at West Chester University. Among local various other elected officials, state Sen. Andy Dinniman said Tuesday it was important that local...

So. Coatesville among 8 to get recycling grants

South Coatesville is among eight Chester County municipalities given state funding to support recycling, according to state Senator Andy Dinniman. Dinniman’s office announced the grants, totaling more than $166,000, Monday. Much of the funds — issued on the basis of amount of material recycled — were award to West Whiteland Township, which managed to collect some 9,993.8 tons of material,...

New stormwater rules could cost E. Marlborough more than $500,000

EPA, State DEP sediment containment rules could hit budget hard, officials say By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times New rules for sediment containment could hit local communities in the Christina River basin (pictured above) hard in the coming years. East Marlborough officials said Monday that it could cost the township more than $500,000 over the next five years to meet the requirements. EAST MARLBOROUGH...