What scientists see at Tonawanda Coke worries them. Leaking tanks. Moats containing chemicals. Contaminated equipment. Toxic dust. Runoff from underground tunnels. A month after Tonawanda Coke shut down, federal and state scientists say they have an early grasp of what the community faces. A Cornell University chemist has also shared with The Buffalo News her observations about the risks at the Town of Tonawanda site and to the Niagara River. “It’s an issue for groundwater and for the river,” said Nellie Brown, who consulted with environmental groups about Tonawanda Coke. The threat also extends into the air. Tonawanda Coke Honeywell: We never promised Tonawanda Coke $2 million loan Researchers look for clues to link soil pollution to Tonawanda Coke Tonawanda Coke is walking away from cleanup, prosecutor says Could toxic trouble at Tonawanda Coke get worse after it closes? As Tonawanda Coke plans closure, activists breathe easier “I think … [Read more...] about Experts paint bleak picture of what Tonawanda Coke left behind
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index U.S. Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByChristopher Mele Sept. 21, 2018 The phrase “coal ash” made headlines this week after a dam on a lake at the site of a power plant in Wilmington, N.C., was breached, allowing the hazardous ash into a river that supplies drinking water to much of the southeastern part of the state. The plant that was shut down, owned by Duke Energy, had been a growing concern since last week after heavy rains associated with Hurricane Florence caused a coal ash landfill at the site to erode, spilling ash onto a roadway. What is coal ash? Coal ash is the powdery substance that remains after burning coal. What remains after coal is burned includes fly ash, bottom ash and so-called scrubber sludge, said Lisa Evans, chief counsel to Earthjustice, an environmental law organization. The sludge, which is … [Read more...] about What Is Coal Ash and Why Is It Dangerous?
U.S. Rain is in the forecast for the island of Hawaii where activity from the Kilauea volcano has yet to yield since it started May 3. Since then, the lava has flowed over vast areas of the island, overtaking numerous structures. Homes, a school and an entire bay have been covered or filled with lava since the activity began. Increased activity at the summit of the volcano Friday caused a collapse event. An increase in the amount of lava flowing from Fissure 8 caused an overflow in the channel where it had previously been contained. For the most part, the lava stays in a sort of lava river, but when there’s a blockage or an increase in flow, the lava can sometimes spill over the banks of the river. Not only can the collapse events cause the lava to flow over, it also causes what feel like earthquakes on the island. Those quake events have plagued residents on the island for more than two months now. Each time the caldera, the part of land over the magma pit, falls a bit as … [Read more...] about Hawaii Kilauea Volcano Update: Rain in Forecast, Lava Flows Continue
Hawaii News By JOHN BURNETT Hawaii Tribune-Herald | Monday, July 9, 2018, 12:05 a.m. Share this story Kona coffee cherry grows in the coffee belt. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today file) HILO — While most of East Hawaii is seeing a wetter-than-average year so far, much of West Hawaii is parched. That’s particularly true for the Kona coffee belt — potentially bad news for this year’s coffee crop — according to the June rainfall report released Thursday by hydrologist Kevin Kodama at the National Weather Service’s Honolulu office. ADVERTISING The rain gauge in Kealakekua measured just 1.76 inches for June, less than a third of its normal 6.05 inches, and “its lowest June since 2004,” Kodama wrote. Rainfall there for the year in was 14.34 inches through June, about 55 percent its usual total of 25.93 percent. “The leeward side, especially Kona, was a little surprising — because this time of … [Read more...] about Less rain, more vog a concern to coffee farmers
| PRINT | EMAIL | PERMALINK After the Rain Jessica O’Brien’s monsoon season cocktail By Robin Babb For this issue I got to interview Jessica O’Brien , the cocktail master at Sister Bar. A true artist in the medium of booze, O’Brien makes a new special cocktail every week that she serves on Monday nights from 6pm until it’s all gone. Her drinks are usually ephemeral treats, but I managed to talk her into sharing a recipe for one of her recent weekly specials so you can make the magic happen at home. You’re welcome. “Balance, balance, balance,” O’Brien said when I asked her about the most important part of crafting a good cocktail. “You have to find a balance between your liquor, your sweetness and your acidity. As long as you can get those three down, it’s just playing around after that.” For her, “playing around” usually looks like strolling through the produce aisles at the grocery store and … [Read more...] about Try This at Home: After the Rain