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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Crisci Associates, Sept. 7, 2015
(9/7/2015)
* Chesapeake Bay Commission Gets Milestone Update Sept. 10, What Will PA Do?

The Chesapeake Bay Commission will hear a midpoint assessment of the progress states are making toward meeting their 2017 Chesapeake Bay cleanup milestones at its next meeting on September 10-11 in Alexandria, Virginia.

* CBF-PA: Polluted Runoff Fee Can Help Fund Solutions To Local Flooding, Pollution

By Harry Campbell, PA Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

* DEP To Hold 14 Listening Sessions On Developing PA’s Clean Power Climate Plan

The Department of Environmental Protection Thursday announced 14 listening sessions and a 2-month comment period on the federal Clean Power Plan to hear from Pennsylvanians about the plan to cut carbon pollution.

* DEP: Carbon Emissions Continue To Decline In PA

The Department of Environmental Protection posted a new fact sheet on carbon emissions in Pennsylvania highlighting the fact that Pennsylvania is achieving emissions reductions through regulatory requirements and holistic decision making efforts, and those efforts have resulted in considerable emissions reductions in recent years.

* DEP Citizens Advisory Council To Hear Update On PNDI Review Tool Sept. 15

On September 15 DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council will hear an update from DCNR on the improvements it plans to the PA Natural Diversity Inventory Environmental Review Tool.

* Budget Impasse-- Day 69: No Progress, Senate Returning A Week Early, Maybe

Gov. Wolf tried a new tactic this week-- smaller meetings with fewer key players, but the results were the same-- no progress on the budget.

* Op-Ed: How A Principled Severance Tax Can Break Budget Stalemate

By Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) and Steve Stroman

* PA Environment Digest Google+ Circle, Blogs, Twitter Feeds

PA Environment Digest now has a Google+ Circle called Green Works In PA.  Let us join your Circle.

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule [Updated] /Gov’s Schedule/ 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--

* House Consumer Affairs Committee Hears Update On Act 129 Energy Efficiency Program

The House Consumer Affairs Committee Tuesday held a hearing on the Act 129 Energy Efficiency Program requiring electric utilities to decrease their peak and overall electric demand.

* House Hearing On PUC Rules Limiting Benefits Of Manure Digester Electric Systems

The House Consumer Affairs Committee Wednesday held a hearing on House Bill 1349 (Zimmerman-R-Lancaster) the sponsor said would remove the limits imposed by the Public Utility Commission on the size and benefit of manure digesters generating electricity on farms (sponsor summary).

* CBF-PA Supports HB 1349 Lifting Limits On Energy Produced By Manure Digesters

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA announced Friday it supports House Bill 1349 (Zimmerman-R-Lancaster) which would eliminate limits on how much energy can be generated and sold from the anaerobic processing of animal waste.

* Sept. 21 Environmental Issues Forum: Growing Greener Coalition Funding Guide

The next Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee Environmental Issues Forum will be held on September 21 featuring a presentation on the Growing Greener Coalition’s Finding The Green! project funding guide.

* DEP OKs Johnstown Sanitary Sewer Overflow Abatement Plan

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday approved a Sanitary Sewer Overflow  Abatement Plan for the City of Johnstown, to relieve the overload conditions that are the main cause of sanitary sewer overflows in heavy rains.

* Susquehanna River Basin Commission Meets Sept. 10

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is conducting its quarterly business meeting September 10 at 9:00 a.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Binghamton, Grand Riverside Room, 225 Water St., Binghamton, N.Y. 13901. The meeting is open to the public.

* Lehigh County Farmer Recognized For Commitment To Water Quality In Delaware

Joel Loch, a four-generation dairy farmer in Weisenberg Township, Lehigh County, Tuesday was recognized for receiving a 2015 Clean Water Farm award from the PA Association of Conservation Districts in July.

* Enter The PA Grassland Evaluation Student Contest Set For Oct. 1 In State College

The 11th Annual Grassland Evaluation Student Contest will take place at Penn State’ Ag Progress Days Site near State College on October 1 and it’s not too late to register your student teams.  Entries are due September 22.

* Volunteers Needed For Bay-Friendly Landscaping Project In Yellow Breeches Watershed

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Runoff Busters team is looking for homeowners / renters in the Yellow Breeches Watershed in Adams, Cumberland and York counties who want to help protect the Bay by welcoming their team and landscape professional into their yards.

* PA TU Coldwater Conservation Corps Training Sept. 12 In Emporium

PA Trout Unlimited and the Aquatic Resource Monitoring of Dickinson College are offering Coldwater Conservation Corps training September 12 in Emporium, Forest County.

* Northcentral PA Conservancy: Sept. 16-17 Streambank Work Days, Coaster Ed Program

The Northcentral PA Conservancy and the Tioga County Conservation District invites landowners to a two-day series of Work Days on September 16-17 at the Canoe Camp Creek near the Wal-Mart at Mansfield, PA.

* DEP Surveillance Program Shows Most Stores Complying With Lead Ban Act

DEP’s Bureau of Safe Drinking Water recently completed its annual Lead Ban Surveillance Program to educate the plumbing supply industry about the requirements of the Lead Ban Act.

* Brodhead Watershed Assn. Growing Green Membership Celebration Oct. 2

Brodhead Watershed Association will honor two Monroe County organizations for “Growing Green” at its annual Membership Celebration, to be held 6 to 9 p.m. October 2, at Northampton Community College in Tannersville, PA.

* 3rd Annual Delaware River Watershed Forum Oct. 5-6

The 3rd Annual Delaware River Watershed Forum will be held October 5-6 at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE.

* Interested In Following Delaware Watershed Restoration Issues? Check This Out

If you’re interested in following Delaware River Watershed restoration issues, subscribe to the Delaware River Watershed Weekly, a weekly online compilation of stories, news articles and posted geared toward Delaware River water, wildlife and recreation issues.  The site is organized by the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed.

* PA Floodplain Managers Association Annual Meeting Sept. 16-17 In Harrisburg

The PA Association of Floodplain Managers will hold its annual meeting in Harrisburg on September 16-17 which will feature DEP Secretary John Quigley as the keynote speaker.

* Keep PA Beautiful Encourages Colleges, Universities To Participate In RecycleMania

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is encouraging colleges and universities in Pennsylvania to participate in the RecycleMania competition sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, The Alcoa Foundation and the Coca-Cola Company.

* International Coastal Cleanup: Kiski River Cleanup Sept. 26-27 Volunteers Needed

The Roaring Run Watershed Association and Kiski Watershed Association are looking for volunteers for their Kiski River cleanup event on September 26-27 at the Avonmore Bridge on Route 156 in Westmoreland County as part of the 2015 International Coastal Cleanup.

* Clinton County CleanScapes Bald Eagle Creek Cleanup Sept. 12

Volunteers wanted for the Clinton County CleanScapes Bald Eagle Creek Cleanup on September 12 in Bald Eagle Township, Clinton County as part of the Keep PA Beautiful International Coastal Cleanup.

* 1st Annual Pittsburgh Wild & Scenic Film Festival Oct. 29

Allegheny Cleanways and the PA Resources Council are partnering to host the 1st Annual Pittsburgh Wild & Scenic Film Festival on October 29.

* September e-PRC Newsletter Now Available From the PA Resources Council

The September edition of the e-PRC newsletter is now available from the PA Resources Council featuring articles on--

* PROP: Become A Certified Recycling Professional

The nationally recognized PA Recycling Professional Certification Program has developed its program to provide all interested parties with a cost-effective method to become nationally certified as a Recycling Professional.

* PA Resources Council Hosts 9 Backyard Composting Workshops In Allegheny County

The PA Resources Council will host 9 backyard composting workshops in Allegheny County to teach participants how to turn kitchen scraps, leaves, garden and yard debris into homemade compost.

* Western PA Business Leaders: EPA Ozone Rule Will Be Devastating To PA Economy

The National Black Chamber of Commerce, the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Wednesday welcomed Pennsylvania community and business leaders to a public symposium discussing the potential employment and economic impacts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed ground-level ozone rule.

* EPA Hearing On Oil & Gas Methane Proposal In Pittsburgh Sept. 29

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a hearing on its proposed methane emissions reduction rule for oil and gas operations on September 29 at the William S. Moorhead Federal building, 1000 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh.

* EQB To Consider Explosive, Radioactive Materials Remining Regs Sept. 15

On September 15 the Environmental Quality Board will consider regulations related to explosives, radioactive materials and coal remining requirements, including--

* September 3 DEP News Is Now Available

The September 3 edition of DEP News is now available from the Department of Environmental Protection featuring articles on--

* PUC OKs Eliminating Limits For UGI Gas, Electric Customer Assistance Programs

The Public Utility Commission Thursday approved the petition of UGI Utilities Inc. - Gas Division (UGI Gas), UGI Penn Natural Gas Inc. (UGI PNG), UGI Central Penn Gas Inc. (UGI CPG) and UGI Utilities Inc. - Electric Division (UGI Electric) (collectively, UGI) to eliminate enrollment limits on Customer Assistance Programs in their Universal Service and Energy Conservation Plan.

* PUC Approves Distribution System Improvement Charge For PECO Gas

The Public Utility Commission Thursday approved PECO Energy Company’s plan to implement a distribution system improvement charge (DSIC) for its gas operations.

* PUC Approves PPL Smart Electric Meter Plan

The Public Utility Commission Thursday approved the Smart Meter Technology Procurement and Installation Plan submitted by PPL Electric Utilities Corporation.

* PA Environmental Council: In Case You Missed It In August

The PA Environmental Council just published its In Case You Missed It for August, featuring stories on--

* 10,000 Friends Extends Deadline For Commonwealth Awards Nominations

10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania has extended its deadline for nominations for the 2015 Commonwealth Awards Program until September 28.

* PA Chapter American Planning Assn. Annual Conference Oct. 18-20 In Pittsburgh

The PA Chapter of the American Planning Association will hold its 2015 Annual Conference in Pittsburgh October 18-20.

* PA Highlands Coalition Municipal Land Conservation Tools Webinar Sept. 25

The PA Highlands Coalition will host a webinar on September 25 starting at 10:30 a.m. on Creative Solutions for Land Conservation in Pennsylvania featuring Stephanie Armpriester of Lancaster Farmland Trust and Brian Harris, Township Manager for Bushkill Township.

* PEMA Urges Citizens To Use Free Smartphone App To Prepare For Emergencies

Pennsylvanians can use free tools available from the ReadyPA app to take simple steps to make sure they’re ready for any type of incident. September is National Preparedness Month, a nationwide month-long effort to encourage households, businesses, and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.

* Updated DEP Schedule For Mosquito Spraying

The Department of Environmental Protection and West Nile Programs across the state announced mosquito spray dates in the coming week.  They include--

* Schuylkill River Trail Named Nation’s Best Urban Trail

DEP Secretary John Quigley joined other state and local officials on September 2 to celebrate the Schuylkill River Trail being named USA TODAY’s Best Urban Trail.

* Brodhead Watershed Assn Autumn Hike To Bowers Run/Fall Creek Sept. 20

The Brodhead Watershed Association invites you to put aside the long, hot summer for a refreshing autumn exploration of the beautiful, wild headwaters of McMichaels Creek in Monroe County.

* Appalachian Trail Conservancy Prepares For Influx Of Hikers Inspired By Movie

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy Wednesday announced it is completing planning for the expected increase of section and thru-hikers that may be inspired by the upcoming film, A Walk in the Woods.

* Friends Of Wissahickon To Host Scott Weidensaul Sept. 24

Friends of the Wissahickon is hosting a Valley Talk on September 24 with nationally-renowned naturalist and writer Scott Weidensaul, who will give a talk about migratory birds and the importance of preserving their habitat in the Delaware Valley.

* DCNR, Partners: Local Parks, Recreation Are Good For You, Good For All

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the PA Park and Recreation Society are inviting Pennsylvanians to find some healthy fun at a park or recreation program close to them through a new website, brand and outreach effort.

* Senate Bill Would Increase Penalties For Killing Bald, Golden Eagles

Sen. Lisa M. Boscola (D-Lehigh) has introduced Senate Bill 979 to increase the state fine as penalty for killing a bald or golden eagle.

* Game Commission: Why Should I Pay More For My Hunting License?

Quit your job.  Pack up all your worldly possessions and ship them off to Hawaii. Make a home for yourself there.  And then, and only then, will you be able to purchase a resident hunting license that costs less than Pennsylvania's.

* Alexandra Chiaruttini To Be New DEP Chief Counsel

Environmental attorney Alexandra Chiaruttini has been named Chief Counsel at the Department of Environmental Protection, according to the Stock and Leader website.   She replaces Richard Morrison who was named Chief Counsel in March following the departure of Dennis Whitaker.  Her official first day will be October 13.

* Senate, House Make Appointments To DEP Citizens Advisory Council

On August 27, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) appointed James Welty, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Marcellus Shale Coalition to DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council.  His term expires in January 2017.

* In Memoriam: Robert Ging, Environmental Attorney

Robert P. Ging, Jr., an environmental attorney, passed away in Pittsburgh on August 31.  Going, an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing, moved to Confluence, PA to live out his dream of being a modern day mountain man.

* Public Participation Opportunities/Calendar Of Events

This section lists House and Senate Committee meetings, DEP and other public hearings and meetings and other interesting environmental events.

* 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.

* Environmental News Clips - All Topics

Here are NewsClips from around the state on all environmental topics, including General Environment, Budget, Marcellus Shale, Watershed Protection and much more--

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

On September 15 the Environmental Quality Board will consider regulations related to explosives, radioactive materials and coal remining requirements, including--

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