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October 30, 2006
(10/27/2006)
PDF Version - PA Environment Digest 10/30/06
* Legislation Extending the Recycling Fee Through 2012 Goes to Governor’s Desk
House Bill 1902 (Rubley-R-Chester) that would extend the $2 per ton fee on municipal waste to support the state’s recycling and waste planning programs through 2012 was given final action this week and sent to the Governor for his action.
* Halloween Special – Season of the Bat
Learn the real story behind bats and their benefits in this special “Season of the Bat” webpage by the GreenTreks Network.
* Video Blog - Ed Wytovich Talks About Watershed Restoration, Partnership
Ed Wytovich is a middle school science teacher from Schuylkill County who has been active in watershed restoration, particularly projects involving abandoned mine discharges.
* Senate/House Bills Moving/Bills Introduced
Bills extending the recycling fee and requiring a review of regulations for their impacts on small business moved to the Governor’s desk this week. Other environmental bills were also moving, so here’s the rundown…
* New Joint Committee Synopsis Focuses on Sewage Task Force Activities
The October Environmental Synopsis published by the Joint Air and Water Pollution and Conservation Committee provides an update on activities by the Sewage Task Force and on roadside aesthetics.
* EPA Recognizes Land Conservancy of Adams County for Drinking Water Protection
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented an award to the Land Conservancy of Adams County for its efforts to protect drinking water sources for more than 12,000 residents in the Gettysburg area.
* Green Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Stormwater Demo Project Opening
A “green ribbon” cutting was held this week to celebrate the Upper Darby Township’s Second Ward Park Stormwater Demonstration Projects opening in Delaware County.
* Smith Middle School Students To Evaluate Muddy Run’s Health
Smith Middle School students in Lancaster County will soon be knee deep in a local creek as they pitch in to help the environment as part of Solanco's annual STREAM project.
* Rural Dumping Summit Set for COALS Partners November 29
Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Council and other COALS partners are hosting a COALS Summit on November 29 at the Luzerne County Community College Educational Conference Center.
* Clinton County CleanScapes Reschedules Cleanup to November 4
Clinton County CleanScapes, PA CleanWays and other partners have rescheduled its cleanup of Sinnemahoning Creek in Sproul State Forest for November 4.
* Chesapeake Bay Citizens Advisory Committee Seeks Youth Representatives
The Citizens Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Executive Council is seeking motivated young residents from Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania with a strong interest in providing perspectives on restoring/preserving the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries to fill vacancies in their Young Delegates program.
* EASI Database Joins List of Those Included in PA Watersheds Data System
After months of work, adding nearly 600 sites, and uploading over 408,000 records, PA Organization of Watersheds and Rivers is excited to announce that a copy of the Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement (EASI) database has been included in the PA Watersheds Data System.
* Philadelphia Global Water Initiative Kick-Off Conference November 13
The University of Pennsylvania, Aqua America, Pennoni Associates and the Philadelphia Water Department are sponsoring a one-day Global Water Initiative Conference on November 13 in support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals project.
* $74 Million in Drinking Water, Wastewater Cleanup Grants Announced
The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority this week announced $74 million in grants and low-interest loans for 19 clean water projects in 13 counties.
* PPL Electric Utilities Receives Forestry Award
PPL received the Pennsylvania Urban and Community Forestry Council’s annual Community Forestry Industry Award October 20.
* Public Invited to Meetings on Southern Alleghenies Greenway Plan
The Southern Alleghenies Regional Greenways Committee invites the public to attend three more meetings to review the final draft of the Southern Alleghenies Greenways and Open Space Network Plan in November.
* Joseph T. Rothrock Award Presented to DCNR Forester Alex Day
Alex Day, Penn Nursery’s Forest Nursery Operations Manager for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, received the Pennsylvania Forestry Association’s Dr. Joseph Trimble Rothrock Conservationist of the Year Award at the association's 120th Annual Meeting.
* Companies Come Clean On Environmental Violations Under EPA Self-Audit Policy
Five Pennsylvania companies and organizations that voluntarily disclosed and corrected environmental violations had penalties waived by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, the result of an EPA policy that has been successful in getting companies to make good-faith efforts in self-policing their own environmental compliance.
* Winners of Governor’s Biofuels Leadership Award Announced
Gov. Rendell this week announced 14 Pennsylvania business and community leaders have been presented with Governor’s Biofuels Leadership Awards.
* DCNR Carbon Management Advisory Group Reviews Policy Options
The Pennsylvania Carbon Management Advisory Group formed by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources met this week to review proposed policies and initiatives designed to respond to concerns about global climate change.
* Voluntary Programs Cut Emissions and Save Consumers Billions
In 2005, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 12 voluntary climate protection programs prevented 63 million metric tons of carbon equivalent emissions - up from 57 million in 2004, according to a report released this week.
* Five Ways to Protect Children From Lead Poisoning
There's an old saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." When it comes to lead poisoning, prevention makes sense.
* Beverage Association Joins National Recycling Partnership
The American Beverage Association announced this week it has become a founding member in the National Recycling Partnership created to reinvigorate recycling in America.
* Help Wanted: ALLARM at Dickinson Seeks New Director
Dickinson College is seeking candidates for the position of Director of its Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring Program.
* See & Hear - Webcast on Integrating Drinking Water Into Watershed Protection Nov. 29
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Watershed Academy is hosting a free webcast on November 29 entitled, “Integrating Drinking Water Into Watershed Protection.”
* Feature - This Grocery Store Does More than Whet the Appetite
The smells are enticing — the aroma of ripe tomatoes and shiny apples mingling with freshly baked breads and cakes... Even though you just ate, your stomach is already growling....
* Quick Clips
Here’s a selection of NewsClips on environmental topics from around the state…
* Watershed NewsClips
Read a sampling of NewsClips on watershed topics from around Pennsylvania.
* Regulations
The Environmental Quality Board met on October 17 and approved several rulemakings and petitions in addition to the final mercury emission reductions from power plants. The EQB also published notice of its acceptance of a rulemaking petition to study Shermans Creek. Here’s the rundown…
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published a notice opening a public comment period on changes to the state Coastal Zone Management Program.
* Calendar of Events
Upcoming conferences, meetings, workshops, plus links to other online calendars. Meetings are in Harrisburg unless otherwise noted. Go To: PA Environment Digest Calendar Page
* Stories Invited - Supporting Member PA Outdoor Writers Association
Send your stories about environmental issues, programs and positive actions to PA Environment Digest - DHess@crisciassociates.com or go to www.PaEnvironmentDigest.com .

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