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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Crisci Associates, Aug. 22, 2016 Issue #634
(8/22/2016)
* White House Honors Centre County Elementary Students, Pittsburgh H.S. Student

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Council on Environmental Quality Tuesday recognized 18 teachers and 63 students from across the country for their outstanding contributions to environmental education and stewardship at a special White House ceremony.

* Joint Committee Unanimously Directs Final Publication Of DEP Marcellus Drilling Regs

The Joint Senate/House Committee on Documents Thursday voted unanimously to direct the Legislative Reference Bureau to publish DEP’s final Chapter 78a unconventional (Marcellus Shale) drilling regulations in the PA Bulletin.

* DEP To Hold 10 Webinars On Final Chapter 78 Marcellus Shale Drilling Regulations

The Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled a series of 10 webinars starting August 22 and ending on September 1 for stakeholders involved in the permitting and operation of Marcellus Shale gas wells under the new final Chapter 78 drilling regulations.

* Op-Ed: Time For Shale Industry To Take Lead In Environmental Performance

By Susan LeGros, Center For Sustainable Shale Development, Pittsburgh

* Final 2015 PA Climate Change Action Plan With Dozens Of Recommendations Available

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the August 20 PA Bulletin the final 2015 PA Climate Change Action Plan Update and Comment/Response Document is now available on DEP’s  Climate Change webpage.

* DEP Releases 2014 Air Emissions Inventory For Marcellus Shale Gas Operations

According to the Department of Environmental Protection’s latest inventory of air emissions for the unconventional (Marcellus Shale) natural gas operation industry released Wednesday, several categories of contaminants have increased.

* DEP: 14 Counties Nonattainment Areas For New Ozone Standard, August Meetings Set

The Department of Environmental Protection is proposing 14 counties be designated as nonattainment areas for the new federal ozone standard of 70 parts per billion and has scheduled 3 public meetings to solicit public input on the designations.  (formal notice)

* DEP’s McDonnell Outlines Priorities On PEC Environmental Focus TV Program Aug. 21

The environmental priorities facing Pennsylvania and state regulators are the subject of discussion in August’s edition of “Environmental Focus,” the PA Environmental Council’s monthly environmental affairs television program.

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* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Gov’s Schedule

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

* August Environmental Synopsis Newsletter Available From Joint Conservation Committee

The August edition of the Environmental Synopsis newsletter is now available from the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee featuring articles on--

* Oct. 24 Environmental Issues Forum On Updated State Wildlife Action Plan

The next Environmental Issues Forum of the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee will be held on October 24 and will feature an update on Pennsylvania’s Wildlife Action Plan by the Fish and Boat and Game Commissions.

* Straight Talk: Fear Of The Known, Lower Susquehanna Water Quality, Bass Impacts

By John Arway, Executive Director, Fish & Boat Commission

* Monongahela River Town Summit Sept. 14 At California University Of PA

The Monongahela River Town Program will hold a Mon River Town Summit on September 14 with the theme, Unlocking The Opportunities: The Economic Benefits of River-Related Recreation Beyond Tourism.

* PA Environmental Council Introduces New Podcast Series: Pennsylvania Legacies

As part of the PA Environmental Council’s continuing efforts to increase environmental and conservation stewardship across the Commonwealth, PEC is pleased to present our first podcast series (the term “PEC-Cast” has even been suggested).

* Fish Commission, DEP Award $200K In Exelon Watershed Improvement Grants

The Fish and Boat Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday announced $200,000 in grants to address habitat improvement and sediment reduction projects in York and Lancaster counties.

* Gov. Wolf Releases Over $25 Million In Capital Funding To Repair Unsafe Dams

Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday announced $25.7 million in funding for the repair of five high-hazard, unsafe dams, and the design of two others, managed by the Fish and Boat Commission.

* Susquehanna River Basin Commission Meeting September 8

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission will hold a meeting September 8 to at The Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY. 9:00. (formal notice)

* CBF-PA Hosts Heroes On The Water Kayaking, Fly Fishing Event Aug. 27 Wrightsville

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA will host a Heroes on the Water kayaking and fly fishing event August 27 to celebrate veterans and the beauty of the Susquehanna River at Shank’s Mare Outfitters in Wrightsville, York County starting at 1:00 p.m.

* Aug. 15 Watershed Winds Newsletter Available From Penn State Extension

The August 15 Watershed Winds newsletter is now available from Penn State Extension featuring stories on--

* Hundreds Of Volunteers Help Remove Over 3 Tons Of Trash From Delaware River

Funded through the support of the PA Environmental Council’s Community Illegal Dumpsite Program, the National Park Service, Kittatinny Canoes, and local partners hosted hundreds of volunteers for the “On and Under the Delaware River Clean-Up” last month.

* Applications Due Dec. 16 For DEP Environmental Education Grants, Workshops Set

The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for its 2017 round of Environmental Education Grants. DEP is also holding a series of 4 workshops to help those interested in applying for the grants.

* Recyclebank Offers 10 Tips To Make Going Back To School EcoCool

Recyclebank, the incentives-based recycling company, Thursday offered these 10 tips to make going back to school EcoCool--

* New Partnership Places Recycling Containers At 3 Locations In Clearfield County

The Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority, in partnership with Advanced Disposal, is placing recycling bins at three locations in Clearfield County.  The recycling bins will be placed at the following addresses:

* Keep PA Beautiful, Behr Paints, Home Depot Award 2016 Fresh Paint Days Grants

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, Behr Paints and Home Depot Thursday announced the eight grant recipients of their 2016 Fresh Paint Days Pennsylvania Grants

* DEP Assesses $1M Penalty Against Montgomery County Company For Air Violations

The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday announced it has assessed a $1 million penalty against Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc. for air quality violations at its facility in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County.

* Zika Virus Mosquito Type At Pest Levels In 13 Counties, No Virus Found

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday released results of surveillance for Aedes mosquitoes, which have been found to be vectors of the Zika virus.

* West Nile Virus Mosquito Spraying Set For York County Aug. 22, Bucks Aug. 29

The York County West Nile Program will be conducting an ultra-low volume (ULV) mosquito control operation to reduce high populations of mosquitoes capable of transmitting West Nile Virus on August 22 in parts of Manchester Township.

* August 18 DEP News Now Available

The August 18 DEP News is now available from the Department of Environmental Protection featuring stories on--

* Dallas State Correctional Institution To Reduce Energy Use $1.7M Over 5 Years

Gov. Tom Wolf Friday announced the Department of Corrections has implemented a new energy savings pilot program that will reduce utility costs at State Correctional Institution Dallas in Luzerne County by more than $1.7 million over five years.

* Philadelphia Water Tackles Climate Change, Named Sustain PHL Climate Hero

Philadelphia Water Thursday was named a “Climate Hero” by the first-ever SustainPHL, a citywide sustainability celebration hosted by the great people behind Green Philly Blog.

* Covanta Named One Of Top 200 Carbon Clean Companies Worldwide

Covanta, a world leader in sustainable waste and energy solutions, has been ranked number 55 on the Carbon Clean 200, a list of the top 200 publicly traded companies worldwide based on their share of clean energy revenue.

* Roundtable On NWF Changing Tides Along The Eastern Seaboard Aug. 31 Philadelphia

A roundtable discussion of the National Wildlife Federation report Changing Tides Along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard will be held on August 31 at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge At Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd. in Philadelphia from 2:30 to 3:30.

* DEP Publishes Proposed Laboratory Accreditation Fee Increases For Comment

The Environmental Quality Board published notice in the August 20 PA Bulletin (page 5088) of proposed regulations for comment updating Environmental Laboratory Accreditation requirements and setting new permit fees. 

* PA Bulletin: Governor’s Office Publishes Updated Catalog Of Nonregulatory Documents

The Governor’s Office published an updated agency by agency Catalog of Nonregulatory Documents for each agency-- primarily technical guidance, Secretary’s letters and similar documents on implementing programs, -- in the August 20 PA Bulletin starting on page 5185.

* $160,000 In PECO Green Region Grants Awarded

It’s easy being green for 20 local municipalities and nonprofits thanks to nearly $160,000 in grant funding from PECO Green Region, the company’s municipal open space and environmental grant program.

* DCNR Survey Seeking Feedback From ATV Enthusiasts Across PA

In a bid to better gauge ATV use across Pennsylvania and plan for future riding opportunities in the state, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Tuesday said it is seeking participation of riders and owners in an online survey.

* PennDOT, National Park Service: New Sullivan’s Bridge For Bike Traffic To Valley Forge

PennDOT Secretary of Transportation Leslie S. Richards Friday joined the National Park Service and federal, state and local officials to open Sullivan’s Bridge – the new, four-span, bicycle and pedestrian trail bridge spanning the Schuylkill River in Valley Forge National Historical Park in Montgomery County.

* Feature: PA Looks Ahead To Brilliant Fall Colors, Looks Back At Forest Conservation

What kind of season lies ahead for those who love to go leaf peeping? While this is always an intriguing question, it's one that often has the answer, “it depends.”

* Feature: Hiker Karen Verchimak Completes Quest To Hike In Every PA State Park

Karen Verchimak liked hiking. And she liked Pennsylvania’s state parks.  So she decided to take a hike in all of them.

* Feature: Be A Geologic Tourist In Pennsylvania

For the geologic tourist, Pennsylvania offers any number of ways to pursue your happiness — trails lined with points of geologic interest, hikes and drives to scenic vistas, waterfalls, rock cities, boulder fields, and other geologic wonders.

* Red Maple Trees Dedicated At Flight 93 Memorial In Somerset County

Trees donated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County were dedicated on Wednesday along the allée—the grounds' encircling walkway lined with trees.

* Brandywine Conservancy Bike The Brandywine Sept. 17 In Chester County

The Brandywine Conservancy will host the inaugural Bike the Brandywine on September 17. Cyclists are invited to explore the scenery, glimpse the history, and discover the lure of the Brandywine Creek on the ride, which benefits the Conservancy’s clean water programs.

* Natural Lands Trust ChesLen Chase For Open Space Oct. 22 In Chester County

Get ready to run for nature at Natural Lands Trust’s 3rd annual ChesLen Chase for Open Space, with 10K, 5K and 2-Mile Fun Run-Walk!  The challenging trail runs include steep hills, a creek crossing, woodlands, and open fields.

* Keystone Trails Assn. Trail Challenge For Lower Susquehanna Sept. 10

Keystone Trails Association will host the 8th annual KTA Trail Challenge (formerly Susquehanna Super Hike and Ultra Trail Run) on September 10.

* McKinley Park Pittsburgh Receives Great Urban Parks Grant

The National Recreation and Park Association and the American Planning Association awarded 5 Great Urban Parks Grants on August 8, including one to the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy for McKinley Park.

* Western PA Conservancy Acquires Scenic Land, Habitat In Somerset County

Land in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands that provides wildlife habitat and scenic views of Laurel Hill State Park in Somerset County is now permanently protected, the Western PA Conservancy announced Tuesday.

* August 17 Resource Newsletter Now Available From DCNR

The August 17 Resource newsletter is now available from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources featuring articles on--

* Philadelphia Fun Fishing Fest On The Schuylkill River Sept. 10

Philadelphia Water, Parks and Recreation and their partners will hold the Philly Fun Fishing Fest on the Schuylkill River on September 10 from 7 a.m. to 11 a. M.

* Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Fall Lecture Series Begins Sept. 3

September 3rd will kick off the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary’s Fall Lecture Series with a free lecture by interim president Dr. Keith Bildstein. His presentation "Understanding Vultures" will provide the perfect ending to the Sanctuary's International Vulture Awareness Day celebrations. 

* Help Wanted: Berks County Conservation District Urban Resource Conservationist

The Berks County Conservation District is seeking qualified individuals to fill an Urban Resource Conservationist position is part of a team responsible for implementing Chapter 102 (Erosion Control), Chapter 105 (Dam Safety and Encroachments) and Chapter 92 (NPDES Stormwater Management) programs.

* Help Wanted: Western PA Conservancy Watershed Conservation AmeriCorps Position

The Western PA Conservancy is seeking qualified candidates for a one-year Watershed Conservation AmeriCorps Service Position based in Indiana, PA.  The deadline for applications is August 29.  Click Here for all the details on this and other WPC positions and internships available.

* Opportunity To Bid On DEP Mine Reclamation Project In Beaver County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the August 20 PA Bulletin of the opportunity to bid on a mine reclamation project in Beaver County.

* 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 NewsClips - 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

The Environmental Quality Board published notice in the August 20 PA Bulletin of proposed regulations updating Environmental Laboratory Accreditation requirements and setting new permit fees.  Comments are due September 19.  Make copies and review a copy of the regulation changes through DEP’s eComment webpage.

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