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Crisci Associates, Oct. 20, 2014
(10/20/2014)
* Following Senate Approval, House Sends Anti-Stream Buffer Bill To Governor

By a vote of 118 to 79, the House Wednesday gave final approval to House Bill 1565 (Hahn-R-Northampton) that environmental groups say weakens DEP requirements for stream buffers in Special Protection Watersheds.  In September, the House passed an earlier version of the bill by the vote of 119 to 79.  The bill now goes to the Governor for his action.

* Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA Calls On Gov. Corbett To Veto Anti-Stream Buffer Bill

Harry Campbell, Pennsylvania Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued the following statement in response to the General Assembly’s passage of  House Bill 1565 (Hahn-R-Northampton) Wednesday.

* PA Environmental Council Urges Governor To Veto Anti-Stream Buffer Bill

The PA Environmental Council sent this letter to Gov. Corbett Thursday urging him to veto House Bill 1565 (Hahn-R-Northampton) that many environmental groups say weakens DEP requirements for stream buffers in Special Protection Watersheds. The text of the letter follows—

* Senate Sends Bill Authorizing 1-House Veto Of PA Climate Plan To Governor

The Senate Wednesday voted 31 to 17 to send House Bill 2354 (Snyder-D-Fayette), which authorizes a one-House of the General Assembly to veto any greenhouse gas emission reduction plan required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to the Governor for his action.

* PEC Urges Governor To Veto Bill Allowing General Assembly To Block PA Climate Plans

The PA Environmental Council sent this letter to Gov. Corbett Thursday urging him to veto House Bill 2354 (Snyder-D-Fayette), which authorizes a one-House of the General Assembly to veto any greenhouse gas emission reduction plan required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The text of the letter follows—

* The Environment Lost In Last 2 Days Of Session, Now Itís Up To Gov. Corbett

The House has one more voting day left this year on Monday, but, for all intents and purposes, action on environmental legislation is finished for this year.  And there will be no lame duck session after election day November 4, as of now.

* Hereís How To Contact Gov. Corbett To Urge Him To Veto Anti-Buffer, Climate Plan Bill

Click Here if you want to contact Gov. Corbett and urge him to veto House Bill 1565 (Hahn-R-Northampton) eliminating the current requirement for stream buffers in High Quality and Exceptional Value streams and House Bill 2354 (Snyder-D-Fayette), which authorizes a one-House of the General Assembly to veto any greenhouse gas emission reduction plan required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule (Updated)/Bills Introduced

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee meetings showing bills of interest as well as a list of new environmental bills introduced--

* Bills On Governor's Desk

The following bills were given final approval by the Senate and House and are now on the Governor's desk for action--

* Senate/House Bills Moving

The following bills of interest saw action this week in the House and Senate--

* Bill Sent To Governor To Improve PA Geospatial Information System Data

The House gave final approval Wednesday to Senate Bill 771 (Gordner-R-Columbia) designed to improve coordination of geospatial information systems (GIS) sending it to Gov. Corbett for his action.

* Kristen Wolf Named New DEP Chesapeake Bay Program Coordinator

The Department of Environmental Protection Thursday announced Kristen Wolf has been named as its new Chesapeake Bay Program Coordinator to oversee the state’s progress and efforts toward improving the quality of Pennsylvania waters that flow into the Chesapeake Bay.

* Centre County Watershed Summit Nov. 3 In State College

The Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center and the Centre County Conservation District are hosting a Centre County Watershed Summit on November 3 from 8:30 to 7:00 at the Nittany Lion Inn, State College.

* Abandoned Mine Posts: Donít Drown Your Mine Drainage Treatment System

The October 17 issue of Abandoned Mine Posts featured this article on designing passive mine drainage treatment systems by Joe Schueck, formerly with DEP’s Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation.  The article was edited by Anne Daymut, Western PA Coalition For Abandoned Mine Reclamation Watershed Coordinator.

* Friends Of The Wissahickon Host 90th Anniversary Gala Oct. 25 At Valley Green Inn

Friends of the Wissahickon’s signature 90th anniversary celebration will take place on October 25 at its fall gala at the Valley Green Inn in Philadelphia.

* Governor Announces $2.25 Million To Improve Flood Protection In Jefferson County

Gov. Tom Corbett Thursday announced the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded more than $2.25 million to HRI, Inc. of State College to rehabilitate a 50-year-old levee structure on Little Toby Creek to support flood protection in Brockway, Jefferson County.

* Penn State: Free Homeownerís Guide To Stormwater Workshop Oct. 25 In State College

The Agriculture and Environment Center at Penn State will host a free community workshop on October 25 on the Homeowner’s Guide To Stormwater at the Centre Foundation, 1377 Ringmaster Dr., State College from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

* DEP Fines Lawrence County Company For Storage Tank Violations After Explosion

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday announced it has fined Reed Oil Company $62,470 for 21 violations of the Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act.

* PA Resources Council 75th Anniversary Dinner Celebration Nov. 13

The PA Resources Council is hosting a 75th Anniversary Dinner Celebration on November 13 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, 6825 Norwitch Dr., Philadelphia.  The theme of the celebration is “Driven To Protect The Environment Of Pennsylvania.”

* Still Time To Sign Up, Organize An International Coastal Cleanup In PA

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful reminded Pennsylvanians this week there is still time to sign up and organize a cleanup to be part of the International Coastal Cleanup which runs through October 31st.

* Corbett Announces Grants To Revitalize Pittsburgh Brownfield

Gov. Tom Corbett Wednesday announced a $5 million Economic Growth Initiative grant and a $5 million Transportation Economic Development Fund grant to assist in the redevelopment and revitalization of the Almono-Hazelwood site in Pittsburgh.

* Call For Presentations For 2015 PA Brownfields Conference

A call for presentations is available now through December 12 for the 2015 Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference to be held May 13-15 in Erie.

* DEP Dec. 10 Meeting/Hearing On Proposed Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility In Bucks

The Department of Environmental Protection published a notice of a December 10 public information meeting and public hearing on a Phase I Commercial Hazardous Waste Storage and Treatment Facility Siting Application submitted by Elcon Recycling Services to be located at 100 Dean Sievers Place, Morrisville,  Falls Township, Bucks County.  (formal notice PA Bulletin page 6715)

* Public Meeting/Hearing On Proposed Easton Compressor Station Nov. 10

The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday announced it will hold an informal meeting, followed by a public hearing, on November 10, to discuss an air quality plan approval submitted by Columbia Gas Transmission Corp. to make modifications to its existing Easton Compressor Station in Northampton County.

* SRBC Hearing Nov. 6 On Drilling Water Withdrawn Regs, Withdrawal Requests

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is scheduled to hold a hearings on proposed changes to regulations on water withdrawals by unconventional oil and gas well drillers (at 1:30) and water withdrawal requests (at 2:30) on November 6 in Harrisburg.  (formal notice) (Federal Register Notice)

* DEP Unveils New Online Well Completion Report, Webinars Oct. 21

As part of the Department of Environmental Protection’s continued efforts to improve consistency and increase transparency, the department has developed an online Well Completion Report that was made available to operators through GreenPort Friday.

* Philadelphia Tests Response To Simulated Crude Oil Train Derailment

On Friday, the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management held a functional exercise at the Philadelphia Fire Academy, which simulated an accidental train derailment with overturned tanker cars containing crude oil.

* Oct. 16 DEP News Now Available

The October 16 issue of DEP News is now available from the Department of Environmental Protection featuring articles on--

* PUC To Consumers: Prepare Now For Winter Energy Costs, Workshop Oct. 23

The Public Utility Commission Thursday launched its annual campaign reminding consumers to “Prepare Now” for winter energy costs.

* Sustainable Energy Fund Financing For Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Projects

The Sustainable Energy Fund invites not-for-profit and governmental entities in Pennsylvania to apply for a loans at two percent interest to complete energy efficiency or renewable energy projects.  The deadline for applications is January 29.

* Energy For The Power Of 32 Counties, 4 States, 1 Energy Future Dec. 11 In Pittsburgh

A diverse coalition of industry, environmental, local government and academic institutions is sponsoring the Energy For The Power Of 32 Counties, 4 States, 1 Energy Future interactive discussion in Pittsburgh on December 11.

* Philadelphia Announces Energy Use Reduction Race, Benchmarking Report Results

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter Tuesday announced the start of the Energy Reduction Race, a citywide competition to save energy in Philadelphia’s largest buildings.

* Natural Lands Trust Seeking Nominations For Growing Greener Communities Awards

Natural Lands Trust, the Chester County Association of Township Officials and the Montgomery County Association of Township Officials put out the call for nominations for the Growing Greener Communities Award which honors conservation-minded accomplishments by townships in Chester and Montgomery Counties.

* Pennsylvania First In Nation To Preserve 500,000 Acres Of Prime Farmland

In the biggest milestone yet for the nation’s most successful farmland preservation effort, Gov. Tom Corbett and Agriculture Secretary George Greig Thursday commemorated the preservation of more than a half-million acres of prime Pennsylvania farmland for future development.

* $33 Million In Recreation, Community Revitalization Grants Announced By Corbett

Gov. Tom Corbett and Lt. Governor Jim Cawley Friday announced an investment of $33.1 million for 219 projects across Pennsylvania that will create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources and help revitalize local communities. 

* Susquehanna Greenway Partnership Awards $50,000 In Mini-Grants

Susquehanna Greenway Partnership announced Signage and Interpretation is the theme of a new mini-grant program offered by the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership.

* Penn State: Climate Change Not Responsible For Altering Forest Tree Composition

Change in disturbance regimes -- rather than a change in climate -- is largely responsible for altering the composition of Eastern forests, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

* iConservePA.org: Clock Is Ticking On Fall Colors

We in Pennsylvania like to brag about our trees. At this time of year, we can be downright obnoxious, but consider these facts: nearly 60 percent of Pennsylvania is covered by trees; we have 134 species of trees; and, we have a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation, according to iConservePA.org.

* Delaware Highlands Conservancy 20th Anniversary Celebration Nov. 22

The public is invited to join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for its 20th Anniversary Celebration on November 22 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY. Peace, Love, Land will celebrate the Upper Delaware River region, our local communities, and twenty years of conservation and education.

* Reminder: Nominations Open Until Oct. 24 For 2015 River Of The Year

The PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers Thursday reminded Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations nominations for the 2015 Pennsylvania River of the Year are due October 24.

* Oct. 15 DCNR Resource Newsletter Now Available

The October 15 edition of the Resource newsletter is now available from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources featuring articles on--

* PHMC Calls For Historical Marker Nominations

The PA Historical and Museum Commission invites individuals, public agencies and private organizations to nominate historic properties or locations with statewide or national significance for PHMC's State Historical Marker Program.

* CBF-PA Notes Contributions Of The Late Sen. Mike Waugh To Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

Harry Campbell, Pennsylvania Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Thursday issued the following statement on the passing of former Sen. Mike Waugh--

* PEDA Dec. 10 Webinar On Business Transition Planning, Employee Ownership

The PA Economic Development Association will host a webinar December 10 starting at 9:30 a.m. on Business Retention: Using Transition Planning and Employee Ownership To Keep Local Business Local.  Click Here for details.

* Public Participation Opportunities/Calendar Of Events

This section gives you a continuously updated thumbnail sketch of issues to be considered in upcoming advisory committee meetings where the agendas have been released.  It also gives you a heads-up on House and Senate Committee meetings, conferences and other interesting events.  Meetings are in Harrisburg unless otherwise noted.

* Grants & Awards

This section gives you a heads up on upcoming deadlines for awards and grants and other recognition programs.  NEW means new from last week.

* General Environmental/Budget NewsClips

Here's a selection of NewsClips on environmental topics from around the state--

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips

Here are NewsClips on topics related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling---

* Watershed/Flooding NewsClips

Here are NewsClips on watershed topics from around the state--

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

No new regulations were published this week. Pennsylvania Bulletin - October 18, 2014

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