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November 1, 2004
(10/29/2004)
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* World Stops for the Election
Our little world, Harrisburg, all but stopped working this week with everyone from Senators, House members, the Governor, even “Meathead” (Rob Reiner), “Rhoda” (Valerie Harper) and Carole King out on the campaign trail in the final run up to election day. Remember, vote early on Tuesday! Then hold on!
* Slow Going on Environmental Issues in Harrisburg
Beyond the four Caucuses getting together with the Administration for a very preliminary discussion of their respective drafts of Advance Energy Portfolio legislation, not much was happening on the Hill on environmental issues.
* Advanced Technology Helps Existing Electric Motors Cut Energy Use
Intelligent Energy Corporation (IEC), headquartered in Albrightsville with manufacturing facilities in Wilkes-Barre, has designed, developed, produced and is marketing the GeoWattSaver.
* PECO Operates Largest Assistance Program to Help Low-Income Families
As the winter heating season approaches, many thousands of local households will be eligible to receive help with energy bills from PECO Energy under the most comprehensive and generous low-income assistance program in Pennsylvania.
* ENERGY STAR Helps Heat Homes More Efficiently
With ENERGY STAR, homeowners can save up to 20 percent on annual energy costs by making energy-efficient improvements to their heating and cooling systems.
* Small Businesses Save Energy, Cut Costs
Workshops Help Small Business Owners Reduce Energy Costs
* Hydrogen in Spotlight
PSU Puts Focus on Hydrogen Energy
* Waste Coal to Energy
DOE Spotlights PA Waste Coal Project in Schuylkill County
* Audubon Announces Underwriting for Environmental School Programs
Looking for a unique blend of adventure and hands-on learning for students in kindergarten through 12th, here is a free opportunity.
* PA Center for Environmental Education Offers Resources for Everyone
The Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education offers a variety of resources to educators, home schoolers, students and adults to help them take advantage of the many environmental education resources now available in Pennsylvania.
* Students Building EE Center
Students Building Environmental Education Center
* Dominion Offers $60,000 In Community Impact Awards
In its fourth annual Community Impact Awards competition, Dominion is seeking local projects that have promoted the economic or social revitalization of communities. A total of $60,000 in grants provided from the Dominion Foundation will be awarded.
* Public Meetings on TMDLs Set in Clearfield, Schuylkill Counties
The Department will hold a public meeting to discuss and accept comments on a proposed TMDL for the North Branch Upper Morgan Run Watershed in Clearfield County. The meeting will be held on November 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Clearfield County Multiservice Center, Daisy Street, Clearfield. For more information contact John Mital, Moshannon District Mining Office, 814-342-8200, jmital@state.pa.us .
* Stormwater Manual
DEP Sets Regional Focus Groups on Draft Stormwater Manual
* Fish Commission Stocking, Photo Contest
Learn about the upcoming winter trout stocking schedule, photo contest deadline.
* DEP Certifies Over 19,000 Emission Reduction Credits Available in Registry
DEP this week published a notice certifying the availability of over 19,639 tons of emission reduction credits companies can use to comply with new source review requirements or to trade or sell to other companies to offset the impact of new emission sources.
* Chester Superfund Site Now Being Redeveloped
U.S. EPA Region 3 staff joined officials from the Department of Environmental Protection, the City of Chester, Pa., and others on Oct. 21 to commemorate the renovated and expanded Barry Bridge Park (a portion of which was once the Wade Superfund Site).
* Bucks County Corporation Recognized for Reducing Waste
The U.S. EPA Region 3 Waste and Chemicals Management Program recognized Materials Sciences Corporation (MSC), for being the first business in the Morrisville, Pa. area to enroll in the voluntary national partnership for environmental priorities.
* PEC Appoints New Directors: Northern Allegheny, French Creek Projects
Alison McKechie was appointed this week as the new Director of the Northern Allegheny Project by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC).
* Op-Ed: Flood-warning system threatened - Ask Congress to fund it By Paul O. Swartz
During every significant rainfall event since fall 2002, flood and emergency management officials in the Susquehanna basin have been on alert because of repeated above-normal stream flows.
* Help Wanted
DEP Seeking Economist to Fill Position
* Taking Positive Action - “Sustainability through Education” Is Theme of PRC’s Awards Dinner
“Sustainability Through Education: Celebrating 65 Years of Success” is the theme of the Pennsylvania Resources Council’s (PRC) annual fundraising and awards dinner. The event, which will honor leaders in sustainability, will be held November 9 at the Sheraton Society Hill on Dock Street in Philadelphia.
* Watershed NewsClips
Find out what's making news on watershed issues.
* Regulations
The latest on proposed and final regulations.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
Nothing new published by the Department of Environmental Protection this week.
* Calendar of Events
Upcoming conferences, meetings, workshops, plus links to other calendars-
* Helpful Links
Links to more environmental information on the web-
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