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Quick actions prevented chemical spill from impacting water supply in Philadelphia suburbs

BRISTOL, Pa. - Quick actions from those in charge of a water treatment facility near a chemical spill along the Delaware River prevented the harmful toxins from entering the plant. Health officials in Bucks County said Sunday that between 8,100 and 12,000 gallons of a water-based latex-finishing solution spilled into the river late Friday because of a burst pipe at the Trinseo Altuglas chemical facility in Bristol Township.The midnight spill happened at low tide less than half a mile upstream from the AQUA Pennsylvania water treatment facility. AQUA President Mark Lucca said by the time he heard about the spill the plant had already been shutdown thanks in part to early warning sensors that helped them decide to shut off water intake from the river. "The first thing people are asking us is ‘is my water safe to drink?’ It absolutely is safe to drink, how do we know? Because it never got into the plant" Lucca said. RELATED COVERAGEAQUA's local water reserves were fairly high, so Bristol's water supply was never threatened.

And even if it was, AQUA says it would have been able to call on more supply from company resources in nearby Delaware and Montgomery counties. "We have a lot of resources within Southeastern Pennsylvania to move water from one area to another, which is what got us through all the plant was shut down," AQUA Vice President Todd Duerr said.AQUA says it waited until shortly after the next high tide to reopen the facility to ensure clean water from upstream flushed the potentially chemical-tainted water down the Delaware River. The plant normally operates 24-hours a day, but their operations are currently cut in half. Mayor Jim Kenney announced Tuesday that Philadelphia's tap water is safe to consume and use

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Bank failures, bailouts divide Congress on next steps
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“Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Concerned Over Use of Force Against Protesters”
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka expressed concerns over law enforcement officers who resorted to the use of tear gas, water cannons and wooden rods as a crowd control mechanism to disperse protesters over the past few days.Issuing a statement, the HRCSL noted that every citizen is entitled to the freedom of Assembly and expression and that this right has been exercised by different individuals and groups in the country. The statement further read that the Commission has initiated inquiries and investigation procedures to ascertain whether the crowd control procedures adopted by law enforcement officers are in line with constitutional provisions, international human rights obligations of Sri Lanka and basic principles of respecting human dignity. Public Security Minister Tiran Alles is expected to appear before the Commission tomorrow for an inquiry over the violent crackdown by the Police on March 7 and 8 when dispersing protests held near the Universities of Colombo and Kelaniya.The Commission is optimistic that the discussion with the Minister would help adopt a mechanism to prevent the violations of fundamental human rights in future and recommend guidelines in compliance with human rights for the control of crowds during protests.The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka expressed concerns over law enforcement officers who resorted to the use of tear gas, water cannons and wooden rods as a crowd control mechanism to disperse protesters over the past few days.Issuing a statement, the HRCSL noted that every citizen is entitled to the freedom of Assembly and expression and that this right has been exercised by different individuals and groups in the country. The statement further read that the Commission has
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