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Senate Environmental Committee Meets Nov. 19 On Stream Cleaning, HHW, Violations Bills

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to meet on November 19 to consider legislation on stream cleaning, household hazardous waste and notifying municipalities of waste violations.

The bills include--

-- Senate Bill 679 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) directs the Environmental Quality Board to develop regulations that authorize counties to adopt a program for “stream cleaning” and maintenance and the removal of obstructions and flood-related hazards from our local waterways (sponsor summary).

DEP has taken a series of steps over the last several years to improve the emergency permit process used to clear streams of flood debris hazards, educate landowners and municipalities on the requirements, held an open house in Williamsport and other counties and published an easy to understand guide on the whole process.

-- Senate Bill 766 (Leach-D-Montgomery) increases the matching grants available for household hazardous waste collection events rom $100,000 to $250,000 per county per fiscal year (sponsor summary).

-- House Bill 476 (Mako-R-Northampton) requires municipalities be notified of state and federal waste law violations (House Fiscal Note & Summary).

The meeting will be held in Room 461 starting at 9:30.  Click Here to watch the meeting live.

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) serves as Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Committee and can be contacted by calling 717-787-3280 or sending email to: gyaw@pasen.gov.   Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by calling 717-787-7105 or sending email to: yudichak@pasenate.com.

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[Posted: November 15, 2019]


11/18/2019

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