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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.

NEW means new from last week. [Agenda Not Posted] means not posted within 2 weeks of the advisory committee meeting.  Go to the online Calendar webpage for updates.

Note: DEP published its 2017 schedule of advisory committee and board meeting in the December 17 PA Bulletin, page 7896.

Note: This is budget season.  House and Senate committees can add and cancel meetings with little notice.

June 11-14-- American Water Works Association ACE17 Annual Conference & Exposition.  Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia.

June 12--  NEW. House Appropriations Committee meets to consider House Bill 913 (Everett-R-Lycoming) providing for the adoption of stormwater fees by incorporated towns, House Bill 914 (Everett-R- Lycoming) providing for the adoption of stormwater fees by boroughs, House Bill 915 (Everett-R-Lycoming) providing for the adoption of stormwater fees by first class townships, House Bill 916 (Everett-R-Lycoming) providing for the adoption of stormwater fees by Cities of the Third Class. Room 140.  Off the Floor.

June 12-- House State Government Committee holds a hearing on entities regulated by the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to investigate concerns of regulatory overreach by the Commission.  Susquehanna University, Stretansky Hall, 514 University Ave, Selinsgrove. 9:30.

June 12-- NEW. House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee meets to consider House Bill 1494 (Rapp-R-Forest) authorizing the state to enter into a cooperative agreement with federal agencies for the purpose of selling timber on federal land.  Room G-50 Irvis Building. 12:30.

June 12-- DEP hearing on Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Chapter 102 and 105 permits. Tunkhannock Middle School Auditorium, Tunkhannock Middle School, 200 Franklin Avenue, Tunkhannock, Wyoming County, 6-9 p.m.; To register contact: Colleen Connolly, Northeast Regional Office, (570) 826-2035,  coconolly@pa.gov

June 12-- DEP hearing on Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Chapter 102 and 105 permits. Max Smith Auditorium, Lancaster Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd, Lancaster, Lancaster County, 6-9 p.m.; To register contact: Megan Lehman, Northcentral Regional Office, (570) 327-3659, meglehman@pa.gov.

June 13-- Joint Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee holds a hearing reviewing the Act 101 Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act Programs.  Room 8E-B East Wing. 9:00. Click Here to watch the hearing live online.  (Click Here for more background.)

June 13-- NEW. House Labor and Industry Committee meets to consider House Bill 1469 (Heffley-R-Carbon) authorize municipalities to use third-party agencies to enforce the Uniform Construction Code (sponsor summary).   Room G-50 Irvis Building.  Off the Floor.

June 13-- NEW. Senate Labor and Industry Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 663 (Laughlin-R-Erie) authorize municipalities to use third-party agencies to enforce the Uniform Construction Code (sponsor summary). Rules Room. Off the Floor.

June 13-- DEP Listening Session On Proposed Uses Of Volkswagen Settlement Fund To Reduce Air Pollution. DEP Southeast Regional Office, 2 East Main St., Norristown.  10:00 to Noon.

June 13-- DEP hearing on Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Chapter 102 and 105 permits. Bloomsburg High School Auditorium, Bloomsburg High School, 1200 Railroad St, Bloomsburg, Columbia County, 6-9 p.m; To register contact: Megan Lehman, Northcentral Regional Office, (570) 327-3659, meglehman@pa.gov.

June 14-- House Local Government Committee meets to consider House Bill 927 (Rader-R- Monroe) mandating curbside leaf pick up programs (sponsor summary).  Room 205 Ryan Building. 9:30.

June 14-- NEW. Senate State Government Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 610 (Killion-R-Delaware) to designate quartz as the official state mineral (sponsor summary). Room 461.  9:30.

June 14-- Delaware River Basin Commission business meeting on its draft budget for FY 2018 and water withdrawal requests. Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, Bucks County. 10:30.  (formal notice)

June 14-- DEP hearing on Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Chapter 102 and 105 permits. Lutz Hall, Lebanon Valley College, 101 College Ave, Annville, Lebanon County, 6-9 p.m.; To register contact: Megan Lehman, Northcentral Regional Office, (570) 327-3659, meglehman@pa.gov.

June 14-- PA Environmental Council Environmental Partnership Awards Dinner.  Crystal Tea Room, 100 East Penn Square, Philadelphia.  5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

June 15-- DEP Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee meeting.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building, Harrisburg. 9:15.  DEP Contact: Kirit Dalal, kdalal@pa.gov or 717-772-3436. (formal notice)

-- Draft Final Repeal Of Low-RVP Gasoline In Western PA Regulation

-- Ambient Air Quality Update for 2016

-- 2017 Annual Network Plan

-- Volkswagen Settlement Update

-- Report on State Implementation Plan Revisions

-- Click Here for available handouts

June 15-- DEP Listening Session On Proposed Uses Of Volkswagen Settlement Fund To Reduce Air Pollution. DEP Northeast Regional Office, 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre.  10:00 to Noon.

June 15-- NEW. DEP Webinar On Draft Plan To Reduce Phosphorus In Lake Erie. 10:00.

June 16-- Susquehanna River Basin Commission business meeting.  Lake Raystown Resort, River Birch Ballroom, 3101 Chipmunk Crossing, Entriken, Huntingdon County.  9:00.  (formal notice and agenda)  (Click Here for more.)

June 17-- NEW. Neighborhood Gardens Trust Community Gardens Day.  Philadelphia.

June 17-- NEW. Food Guy Adventures, Sustainable Pittsburgh A Taste Of Sustainability: Cultural District Restaurant Tour.  Pittsburgh.

June 17-18-- Intro To Backpacking In Tracy Ridge Wilderness Allegheny National Forest.  Warren County.

June 17-23-- Registration Open. 2017 Delaware River Sojourn.

June 18-23-- Registration Open. Rivers Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp. Messiah College, Grantham, Cumberland County.

June 19-- NEW. House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee holds an informational meeting to discuss the use of micro grids to provide reliable energy distribution, especially during disaster emergencies.  Room 205 Ryan Building. 10:00.

June 19-22-- Jennings Environmental Education Center Experiencing Your Environment Through Conservation Youth Camp - Grades 10 to 12. Butler County.

June 20-- NEW. House State Government Committee holds a hearing on state regulations: potential solutions to improving oversight and relieving regulatory burdens.  Room G-50 Irvis Building. 9:00.

June 20-- Agenda Posted. Environmental Quality Board meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 9:00. DEP Contact: Laura Edinger, Environmental Quality Board, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101, 717-772-3277, edinger@pa.gov.

-- Final Regulation increasing Radiological Health and Radon Program fees by $2.1 million;

-- 3 Year Fee Report For Chapter 105 Dam Safety and Encroachments Program- Projected $5.9 million deficit, not asking for fee increase at this time.  DEP notes: “staffing resources are not sufficient to address all current [Water Obstruction & Encroachments] program responsibilities;”  and

-- 3 Year Fee Report For Water and Wastewater Operators’ Certification Program- Fees are adequate at this time.

-- Final regulation amending the Class A Streams Designations for streams in Berks, Blair, Bradford, Carbon, Centre, Columbia, Cumberland, Forest, Huntingdon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Potter, Schuylkill, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Venango, Wayne, Westmoreland and Wyoming counties.

-- Click Here for available handouts

June 20-- Agenda Posted. DEP Citizens Advisory Council meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 10:00. DEP Contact: Lee Ann Murray, Citizens Advisory Council, P. O. Box 8459, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8459, 717-705-2693, LeeMurray@pa.govClick Here to register to attend the meeting online via WebEx.

-- Presentation on proposed Volkswagen Settlement

-- Presentation on proposed changes to the radiological health regulations

-- Report by DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell

-- Legislative and budget update from Sarah Clark, Director of Legislative Affairs for DEP.

-- Click Here for a copy of DEP’s written monthly report to Council.

-- Click Here for available handouts

June 21-- DEP State Board for Certification of Water and Wastewater Operators meeting.  10th Floor Conference Room, Rachel Carson Building. 10:00.  DEP Contact: Cheri Sansoni, 717-772-5158, csansoni@pa.gov.

June 21-22-- Registration Open. PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference. Best Western Plus Genetti Hotel and Conference Center, Wilkes-Barre.  Click Here for more information.

June 22-- DEP Listening Session On Proposed Uses Of Volkswagen Settlement Fund To Reduce Air Pollution. DEP Northwest Regional Office, 230 Chestnut St., Meadville.  10:00 to Noon.

June 22-- DEP Hearings On A Proposed State Air Quality Implementation Plan Amendment for RACT II controls on nitrogen oxide and volatile organic compound emissions for 4 facilities: Blommer Chocolate Company in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County-- hearing starts at 9:00 a.m.; Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp in Upper Gwynedd Township, Montgomery County-- hearing starts at 11:00 a.m.; Braskem America, Inc. in Marcus Hook Borough, Delaware County-- hearing starts at 1:00 p.m.;  Exelon Generation, Falls Township, Bucks County-- hearing starts at 3:00 p.m.. DEP Southeast Regional Office, 2 East Main Street, Norristown. To pre-register to speak at the the hearing contact: Virginia Cain, DEP environmental Community Relations Specialist, 484-250-5808.   DEP Program Contact: James Beach, DEP Southeast Regional Office, 484-250-5920. (formal notice, PA Bulletin beginning on page 2939)

June 23-- DEP Listening Session On Proposed Uses Of Volkswagen Settlement Fund To Reduce Air Pollution. DEP Southwest Regional Office, 400 Waterfront Dr., Pittsburgh.  10:00 to Noon.

June 24-- PA Resources Council Hard-To-Recycle Collection Event. Quaker Valley High School, Leetsdale, Allegheny County.

June 24-- Brodhead Watershed Association Get Outdoors Poconos Mount Nebo Hike.  Monroe County.

June 26-- NEW. House State Government Committee holds a hearing on the Susquehanna River Basin Commission and concerns about regulatory overreach.. Shrewsbury Borough Municipal Building, 35 West Railroad Ave., Shrewsbury, York County. 9:00.

June 28-- DEP Cleanup Standards Scientific Advisory Board meeting.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 9:00.  DEP Contact: Troy Conrad at 717-783-9480 or send email to: tconrad@pa.gov(formal notice)

June 28-- NEW. PennVEST, DEP Public Meeting On Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Programs 2017 Intended Use Plans.  2nd Floor Auditorium, Rachel Carson Building. 1:30.  (formal notice)

June 29-- DEP Water, Wastewater Resilience Planning Workshop. DEP’s Southcentral Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

July 5-- DEP Hearing On RACT II Air Pollution Controls For Wood-Mode, Inc. in Middlecreek Township, Snyder County. DEP Northcentral Regional Office, 208 West Third Street Williamsport. 10:00.

July 5-- DEP Hearing On RACT II Air Pollution Controls For Resilite Sports Products, Inc. in Northumberland County. DEP Northcentral Regional Office, 208 West Third Street in Williamsport. 10:00.

July 11-- DEP Climate Change Advisory Committee meeting.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 10:00. DEP Contact: Mark Brojakowski, mbrojakows@pa.gov or 717-772-3429.  (formal notice)

July 12-- DEP Technical Advisory Committee on Diesel-Powered Underground Mining Equipment. DEP New Stanton Office, 131 Broadview Road, New Stanton. 10:00.  DEP Contact Peggy Scheloske, mscheloske@pa.gov or 724-404-3143.

July 12-- NEW. DEP Hearing On RACT II Air Quality Control Plans For First Quality Tissue, LLC in Castanea Township, Clinton County. DEP Northcentral Regional Office, 208 West Third Street, Suite 101 in Williamsport. 10:00. (Click Here for more.)

July 12-- NEW. DEP Hearing On Air Quality Plan Approval For Natural Gas-Fired Beech Hollow Power Plant In Washington County. Fort Cherry Jr./Sr. High School Auditorium at 110 Fort Cherry Road, McDonald.  Meeting- 6:00 p.m., Hearing- 7:00 p.m. (formal notice, PA Bulletin page 3242)  (Click Here for more.)

July 12-- SRBC, DEP Water Loss Management Training For Drinking Water Systems: Metering and Billing Operations.  SRBC, 4423 N. Front Street, Harrisburg.  8:30 to 3:30.

July 13-- DEP Small Water Systems Technical Assistance Center Board meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 9:00.  DEP Contact: Dawn Hissner, dhissner@pa.gov or 717-772-2189.  (formal notice)

July 13-- NEW. DEP Hearing On RACT II Air Quality Control Plans For Fairless Energy, LLC, Falls Township, Bucks County, The Boeing Company in Ridley Township, Delaware County, Sunoco Partners Marketing & Terminal, LP, Marcus Hook Borough, Delaware County,  Global Advanced Metals USA, Inc. in Douglass Township Montgomery County.  DEP Southeast Regional Office, 2 East Main Street, Norristown, Montgomery County starting at 9:00 a.m. for Fairless Energy, LLC, 11:00 a.m. Sunoco Partners Marketing & Terminal, LP,  1:30 p.m. for The Boeing Company, 3:30 p.m. for Global Advanced Metals.  DEP Southeast Regional Office, 2 East Main Street, Norristown, Montgomery County. (Click Here for more.)

July 14-- Penn State Extension Community Tree Management Workshop. Milford Township Building, 2100 Krammes Road,  Quakertown, Bucks County. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

July 15-- NEW. Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event. Westmoreland CleanWays Recycling Center, 113 Innovative Lane in Latrobe. 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

July 15-- Penn State Extension Community Tree Management Workshop. Penn State University Lehigh Valley Campus, 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley, Lehigh County. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

July 15-- NEW. Food Guy Adventures, Sustainable Pittsburgh A Taste Of Sustainability: Cultural District Restaurant Tour.  Pittsburgh.

July 22-- PA Resources Council. Household Chemical Collection Event. Consol Energy Park, Washington County.

July 26-- DEP Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee meeting.  12th Floor Conference Room, Rachel Carson Building.  10:00.  DEP Contact: Nancy Herb, nherb@pa.gov or 717-783-9269.

July 29-- PA Resources Council Hard-To-Recycle Collection Event. La Roche College, McCandless, Allegheny County.

August 1-- DEP Environmental Justice Advisory Board meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 8:30.  DEP Contact: Carl Jones, caejone@pa.gov or 484-250-5818.

 August 9-- DEP Water Resources Advisory Committee meeting.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building.  9:00.  DEP Contact Diane Wilson, 717-787-3730 or diawilson@pa.gov.

August 12-- PA Resources Council Hard-To-Recycle Collection Event. Century III Mall, West Mifflin, Allegheny County.

August 12-- NEW. Food Guy Adventures, Sustainable Pittsburgh A Taste Of Sustainability: Cultural District Restaurant Tour.  Pittsburgh.

August 16-- SRBC, DEP Water Loss Management Training For Drinking Water Systems: Fundamentals of Leakage and Pressure Management.  SRBC, 4423 N. Front Street, Harrisburg.  8:30 to 3:30.

August 17-- CANCELED. Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building.  10:00.  DEP Contact: Todd Wallace 717-783-9438 or send email to: twallace@pa.gov. (formal notice)

August 17-- PA Grade Crude Development Advisory Council meeting.  Location TBD.  1:00.

August 19-- PA Resources Council. Household Chemical Collection Event. Boyce Park, Allegheny County.

August 23-- Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building.  10:00.  DEP Contact: Todd Wallace 717-783-9438 or send email to: twallace@pa.gov.   (formal notice)

September 13-- DEP Laboratory Accreditation Advisory Committee meeting.  Room 206, Bureau of Laboratories Building, 2575 Interstate Drive, Harrisburg. 9:00.  DEP Contact: Aaren Alger, aaalger@pa.gov or 717-346-7200.  (formal notice)

September 13-- PA Section of the American Water Works Association. Small Water System Rates & Finance Workshop. PA American Water, 2736 Ellwood Road in New Castle, Lawrence County.  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

September 16-- PA Resources Council. Household Chemical Collection Event. South Park, Allegheny County.

September 21-- DEP Recycling Fund Advisory Committee/Solid Waste Advisory Committee joint meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 10:00.  DEP Contact: Laura Henry, lahenry@pa.gov or 717-772-5713.

September 23-26-- Statewide Greenways & Trails Summit. DoubleTree Hotel in Reading, Berks County.

September 24-26- PA Recreation and Parks Society PA Greenways and Trails Summit.  Reading, Berks County.

October 4-- CANCELED. DEP Low-Level Radioactive Waste Advisory Committee meeting rescheduled to October 10. DEP Contact: Molly Adams, 717-787-2480, moadams@pa.gov..

October 5-- DCNR Snowmobile and ATV Advisory Council meeting. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown, Pike County. 10:00.  DCNR Contact: Jennie Shade, 717-772-9084. (formal notice)

October 5-- PA Section of the American Water Works Association. Small Water System Improving Drinking Water Quality Workshop. Lehigh County Authority, 1053 Spruce Street, Wescosville, Lehigh County.  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

October 7-- PA Resources Council Hard-To-Recycle Collection Event. Settlers Cabin Park, Allegheny County.

October 10-- NEW. DEP Low-Level Radioactive Waste Advisory Committee meeting.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 10:00. DEP Contact: Molly Adams, 717-787-2480, moadams@pa.gov. (formal notice)

October 14-- PA Resources Council. Household Chemical Collection Event. Bradys Run Park, Beaver County.

November 1-- Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building.  10:00.  DEP Contact: Todd Wallace 717-783-9438 or send email to: twallace@pa.gov(formal notice)

November 14-- DEP Environmental Justice Advisory Board meeting. 16th Floor Conference Room, Rachel Carson Building. 8:30.  DEP Contact: Carl Jones, caejone@pa.gov or 484-250-5818.

November 16-- CANCELED. Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building.  10:00. DEP Contact: Todd Wallace 717-783-9438 or send email to: twallace@pa.gov(formal notice)

November 16-- PA Grade Crude Development Advisory Council meeting.  Location TBD.  1:00.

December 5-7-- National Brownfields Conference - Sustainable Communities Start Here.  LEED-certified David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh.

February 7-10-- PA Association For Sustainable Agriculture Annual Conference.  State College.

Visit DEP’s Public Participation Center for public participation opportunities.  Click Here to sign up for DEP News a biweekly newsletter from the Department.

Sign Up For DEP’s eNotice: Did you know DEP can send you email notices of permit applications submitted in your community?  Notice of new technical guidance documents and regulations?  All through its eNotice system.  Click Here to sign up.

Check the PA Environmental Council Bill Tracker for the status and updates on pending state legislation and regulations that affect environmental and conservation efforts in Pennsylvania.

DEP Regulations In Process

Proposed Regulations Open For Comment - DEP webpage

Submit Comments on Proposals Through DEP’s eComment System

Proposed Regulations With Closed Comment Periods - DEP webpage

Recently Finalized Regulations - DEP webpage

DEP Regulatory Update - DEP webpage

February 2017 DEP Regulatory Agenda - PA Bulletin, Page 740

DEP Technical Guidance In Process

Draft Technical Guidance Documents - DEP webpage

Technical Guidance Comment Deadlines - DEP webpage

Submit Comments on Proposals Through DEP’s eComment System

Recently Closed Comment Periods For Technical Guidance - DEP webpage

Technical Guidance Recently Finalized - DEP webpage

Copies of Final Technical Guidance - DEP webpage

DEP Non-Regulatory/Technical Guidance Documents Agenda (Feb. 2017) - DEP webpage

Other DEP Proposals For Public Review

Other Proposals Open For Public Comment - DEP webpage

Submit Comments on Proposals Through DEP’s eComment System

Recently Closed Comment Periods For Other Proposals - DEP webpage

Other Proposals Recently Finalized - DEP webpage

DEP Facebook Page     DEP Twitter Feed         DEP YouTube Channel

Click Here for links to DEP’s Advisory Committee webpages.

DEP Calendar of Events        DCNR Calendar of Events

Note: The Environmental Education Workshop Calendar is no longer available from the PA Center for Environmental Education because funding for the Center was eliminated in the FY 2011-12 state budget.  The PCEE website was also shutdown, but some content was moved to the PA Association of Environmental Educators' website.

Senate Committee Schedule                House Committee Schedule

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