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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 the 2018 meeting schedules for its advisory committees and boards.

January 4-- DEP hearing on RACT 2 Air Quality Plan for NRG Energy Center in Dauphin County. DEP Southcentral Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg. 10:00.  The deadline to pre-register is December 28. To register to speak contact Thomas Hanlon at 717-705-4862. (formal notice with additional details PA Bulletin, page 7349).

January 6-- Delaware Highlands Conservancy. Eagle Day. Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, Hawley, Pike County.

January 10-- House Consumer Affairs Committee holds an informational meeting on House Bill 107 (Godshall-R-Montgomery) providing for the recovery of natural gas distribution system extension costs (sponsor summary).  Room B-31 Main Capitol. 10:00.

January 10-- DEP Technical Advisory Committee on Diesel-Powered Equipment (Coal Mining) meeting.  DEP New Stanton Office, 131 Broadview Road, New Stanton. 10:00, DEP Contact: Peggy Scheloske, 724-404-3143, mscheloske@pa.gov.

January 10-- DEP hearing on RACT 2 Air Quality Plan for Lehigh Cement Company in Berks County.  DEP Southcentral Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg. 10:00.  Deadline to pre-register is January 3. To register to speak contact Thomas Hanlon at 717-705-4862. (formal notice with additional details PA Bulletin, page 7351).

January 11-- DEP Mining & Reclamation Advisory Board meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 10:00.  DEP Contact: Daniel Snowden, 717-787-5103, dsnowden@pa.gov.

January 11-- DEP Coal & Clay Mine Subsidence Insurance Fund Board meeting.  12th Floor Conference Room, Rachel Carson Building. 10:00. DEP Contact: Lawrence Ruane, 717-783-9590, lruane@pa.gov.

January 11-- DCNR, PA Recreation & Park Society Grant Application Webinar. 10:00 to 11:30.

January 11-12-- Morris Arboretum. 29th Annual Landscape Design Symposium. Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell.

January 16-- 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, ledinger@pa.gov.

January 16-- DEP Citizens Advisory Council meeting.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building.  10:00.  Contact: Executive Director Lee Ann Murray, 717-787-8171, leemurray@pa.gov

January 17-- DEP Coastal Zone Advisory Committee meeting.  10th Floor Conference Room, Rachel Carson Building. 9:30. DEP Contact: Stacey Box, 717-772-5622, sbox@pa.gov.

January 20-- Pocono Heritage Land Trust. Cross Country Skiing Adventure, Brodhead Creek Heritage Center at ForEvergreen Nature Preserve, 1539 Cherry Land Rd., East Stroudsburg, Monroe County. Noon.

January 22-- NEW. Environmental Issues Forum, Joint Conservation Committee, Pumped Storage Hyrdo.  Room 8E-A East Wing. Noon.

January 22-- PA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Planning Steering Committee meets.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 1:00.

January 23-- Delaware River Basin Commission. Hearing on proposed fracking ban in Delaware WatershedLadore Camp, Retreat and Conference Center’s Performing Arts and Recreation Center (PARC) Pavilion, 287 Owego Turnpike, Waymart, Wayne County. 1:00 to 4:30.  Click Here to register to attend.

January 23-- Delaware River Basin Commission. Hearing on proposed fracking ban in Delaware WatershedLadore Camp, Retreat and Conference Center’s Performing Arts and Recreation Center (PARC) Pavilion, 287 Owego Turnpike, Waymart, Wayne County. 6:00 to 9:30.  Click Here to register to attend.

January 24-- House Appropriations Committee holds a hearing on special funds related to the Department of Community and Economic Development. Location, Time To Be Announced.  Click Here for more.

January 24-- DEP Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee meeting. 12th Floor Conference Room, Rachel Carson Building. 10:00.  DEP Contact: Nancy Herb, 717-783-9269, nherb@pa.gov.

January 24-- Dept. of Labor & Industry Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council meeting.  Room E-100, First Floor, Department of Labor of Industry Building, 651 Boas Street in Harrisburg. 10:00.  Contact: Cindy Holtry, Department of Labor and Industry, 717-783-4560.  (formal notice)

January 25-- House Appropriations Committee hearing on Special Funds Used By DEP and DCNR. Location, Time To Be Announced.  Committee hearings are typically webcast through the House Republican Caucus website.  Click Here for more.

January 25-- DEP Water Resources Advisory Committee meeting.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 9:30. DEP Contact: Diane Wilson, 717-787-3730, diawilson@pa.gov.

January 25-- Delaware River Basin Commission. Hearing on proposed fracking ban in Delaware Watershed. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Airport, 4509 Island Ave., Philadelphia. 1:00 to 4:30.  Click Here to register to attend.

January 25-- Delaware River Basin Commission. Hearing on proposed fracking ban in Delaware Watershed. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Airport, 4509 Island Ave., Philadelphia. 6:00 to 9:30.  Click Here to register to attend.

January 25-26-- Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification Level I Training.  Lancaster.

January 31-- NEW. DEP Hearing On Air Quality Permit At Sunoco Marcus Hook Facility Delaware County. Marcus Hook Community Center, 7 W. Delaware Ave, Marcus Hook. 6:00 to 8:00.

January 31-- Pocono Heritage Land Trust. Full Moon Night Hike, Jonas Mountain Nature Preserve, 506 Watercrest Dr. Monroe County. 6:00 p.m.

February 6-- Governor’s Budget Address.

February 6-- DEP Climate Change Advisory Committee meeting.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building.  10:00.  DEP Contact: Mark Brojakowski, 717-772-3429 or send email to: mbrojakows@pa.gov.

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

February 8-- DEP Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee meeting.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 9:15. DEP Contact: Kirit Dalal, 717-772-3436, kdalal@pa.gov.

February 8-- DEP State Board for Certification of Water & Wastewater Systems Operators meeting. 10th Floor Conference Room, Rachel Carson Building. 10:00.  DEP Contact: Edgar Chescattie, 717-772-2814, echescattie@pa.gov.

February 8-- NEW. DEP Hearing [If Requested] On RACT II Air Quality Plan For Jeraco Enterprises, Inc. Milton Plant, Northumberland County. DEP Northcentral Regional Office, 208 West Third Street, Suite 101, Williamsport. 10:00.

February 11--Pocono Heritage Land Trust. Winter Snowshoe Adventure, Brodhead Creek Heritage Center at ForEvergreen Nature Preserve, 1539 Cherry Lane Rd., East Stroudsburg, Monroe County. Noon.

February 13-- DEP Environmental Justice Advisory Board meeting. 14th Floor Conference Room, Rachel Carson Building. 8:30.  DEP Contact: John Brakeall, 717-783-9731, jbrakeall@pa.gov.

February 13-- Dept. of Labor & Industry Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council meeting.  Room E-100, First Floor, Department of Labor of Industry Building, 651 Boas Street in Harrisburg. 10:00.  Contact: Cindy Holtry, Department of Labor and Industry, 717-783-4560.  (formal notice)

February 14-- DEP Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board meeting.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 10:00.  DEP Contact: Todd Wallace, 717-783-9438, twallace@pa.gov.

February 14-- DEP State Board for Certification of Sewage Enforcement Officers meeting. Conference Room 11B, Rachel Carson Building. 10:00. DEP Contact: Kristen Szwajkowski, 717-772-2186, kszwajkows@pa.gov.

February 22-- DEP Agricultural Advisory Board meeting. DEP Southcentral Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg.  9:00. DEP Contact: Jay Braund, 717-772-5636, jbraund@pa.gov.

February 23-24-- Registration Open. Keystone Coldwater Conference. State College. (Note: PA Environment Digest is a Conference sponsor.)

March 2-- Harrisburg University Center for Environment, Energy and Economy. Hosts The Fracking Debate Author Daniel Raimi In Discussion Program.  Harrisburg University, 326 Market St, Harrisburg. 11:30 to 1:00. 

March 6-- DEP Storage Tank Advisory Committee meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 10:00.  DEP Contact: Dawn Heimbach, 717-772-5556, daheimbach@pa.gov.

March 6-- DEP Board of Coal Mine Safety meeting. DEP Cambria Office, 286 Industrial Park Road, Ebensburg.  10:00.  DEP Contact: Peggy Scheloske, 724-404-3143, mscheloske@pa.gov

March 6-- Dept. of Labor & Industry Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council meeting.  Room E-100, First Floor, Department of Labor of Industry Building, 651 Boas Street in Harrisburg. 10:00.  Contact: Cindy Holtry, Department of Labor and Industry, 717-783-4560.  (formal notice)

March 8-- DEP Solid Waste Advisory Committee meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building.  10:00. DEP Contact: Laura Henry, 717-772-5713, lahenry@pa.gov.

March 12-13-- PA Association of Environmental Educators. 2018 Annual Conference.  State College, Centre County.

March 20-- Dept. of Labor & Industry Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council meeting.  Room E-100, First Floor, Department of Labor of Industry Building, 651 Boas Street in Harrisburg. 10:00.  Contact: Cindy Holtry, Department of Labor and Industry, 717-783-4560.  (formal notice)

March 22-- DEP Radiation Protection Advisory Committee meeting.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 9:00. DEP Contact: Joseph Melnic, 717-783-9730, jmelnic@pa.gov.

March 29-- DEP Small Water Systems Technical Assistance Center Board meeting.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 9:00. DEP Contact: Dawn Hissner, 717-772-2189, dhissner@pa.gov.

April 3-- Dept. of Labor & Industry Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council meeting.  Room E-100, First Floor, Department of Labor of Industry Building, 651 Boas Street in Harrisburg. 10:00.  Contact: Cindy Holtry, Department of Labor and Industry, 717-783-4560.  (formal notice)

April 4-- DEP Cleanup Standards Scientific Advisory Board meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 9:00.  DEP Contact: Mike Maddigan, 717-772-3609, mmaddigan@pa.gov.

April 10-- DEP Mine Families First Response & Communications Advisory Council meeting. DEP New Stanton Office, 131 Broadview Road, New Stanton. 10:00.  DEP Contact: Peggy Scheloske, 724-404-3143, mscheloske@pa.gov.

April 10-- Center for Watershed Protection. 2018 National Watershed & Stormwater Conference.  Maryland and Virginia In-person and online.

April 12-- DEP Laboratory Accreditation Advisory Committee meeting. DEP Bureau of Laboratories building, 2575 Interstate Drive, Harrisburg. 9:00.  DEP Contact: Aaren Alger, 717-346-7200, aaalger@pa.gov.

April 17-- Dept. of Labor & Industry Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council meeting.  Room E-100, First Floor, Department of Labor of Industry Building, 651 Boas Street in Harrisburg. 10:00.  Contact: Cindy Holtry, Department of Labor and Industry, 717-783-4560.  (formal notice)

April 17-19-- National Forum On Low-Zero Energy Buildings. Wyndam Grand Hotel, Pittsburgh.

April 24-- DEP Sewage Advisory Committee meeting. DEP Southcentral Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg. 10:30.  DEP Contact: Janice Vollero, 717-772-5157, jvollero@pa.gov.

May 2-4-- PA Association Of Environmental Professional. Annual Conference. State College.

May 8-- 2018 PA Groundwater Symposium. Ramada Inn in State College, Centre County.

May 22-23-- NEW. Choose Clean Water Coalition. 9th Annual Clean Water Conference.  Lancaster Marriott.

July 25-27-- NEW. Registration Open. Professional Recyclers of PA. 28th Annual Recycling & Organics Conference.  Best Western Premier Hotel, Harrisburg.

September 22-- Joint meeting of DEP Recycling Fund Advisory Committee and Solid Waste Advisory Committee. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 10:00. DEP Contact: Laura Henry, 717-772-5713, lahenry@pa.gov.

September 28-- DEP Low-Level Waste Advisory Committee meeting Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 10:00.  DEP Contact: Rich Janati, 717-787-2147, rjanati@pa.gov.

October 17-21-- Passive House Western PA. North American Passive House Network 2018 Conference. David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh.

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

August 2017 DEP Regulatory Agenda - PA Bulletin, Page 4922

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 (July 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

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