The General Assembly formally adjourned the 2013-14 legislative session November 12 and ended a legislative year with few positive environmental bills signed into law. All bills not reaching the Governor’s desk start over on January 6 when the new General Assembly convenes. more»
On Wednesday the Department of Environmental Protection submitted its formal comments on EPA’s proposed Section 111(d) clean power greenhouse gas emission reduction regulations saying while it recognizes the authority for EPA to reduce carbon emissions, EPA’s proposed r more»
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is conducting its next business meeting December 5 at 9:00 a.m., Miller Senate Office Building, President’s Conference Room East, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. more»
On November 20, Acting DEP Secretary Dana Aunkst joined federal, state and local officials in Gettysburg, Adams County, at the annual meeting and 10th anniversary of the Potomac Partnership, a unique public-private partnership formed to sa more»
Staff from DEP’s Southcentral Regional Office Waterways and Wetlands Program conducted a successful stormwater management training on November 13 in Harrisburg, Dauphin County as part of an on-going outreach initiative among the regulated community.Participants learned about how to focus on post-construction stormwater management in the initial site planning of a development. more»
When Gov. Tom Corbett learned of the large toxic cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) bloom that disrupted the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of Ohio’s citizens, he expressed confidence his state was proactively planning to mitigate any potential human health impacts from toxic cyanobacteria blooms. more»
Pennsylvania has a new genus and species of fossil discovered by DCNR Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey. Before this discovery, the oldest known fossil of this infra order-- Stenopodidea, known as barber pole shrimp-- was thought to be 99 million years old. more»
The PA League of Women Voters Water Resources Education Network is now accepting applications for its Watershed Education Opportunity Grants of from $100 to $300. The deadline for applications is December 30. Click Here for all the details.
The Thanksgiving holiday is a time for families, friends and loved ones to take important and well-deserved time away from our busy schedules for reflection on our blessings and to help others in need. more»
Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, has been appointed by Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati to serve as a member of the tri-state Chesapeake Bay Commission.“I am pleased to appoint Sen. more»
Gov-elect Tom Wolf unveiled the members of his Budget Deficit and Fiscal Stabilization Task Force Tuesday. The group is assigned to deal with the state’s budget deficit and will be Chaired by Mary Soderberg. Josh Shapiro will serve as Vice-Chair. Click Here for a full membership list.
When a new season opens Monday for Pennsylvania deer hunters, new hunting grounds will be available to them as well if they take advantage of additional state forest road access in 18 of the 20 state forest districts.“When hunters seeking white-tailed deer head for the hardwoods for the opening of the state’s traditional season, they will fi more»
The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday announced it has extended the public comment period for the air quality plan approval on the proposed Easton Compressor Station in Northampton County by two weeks. DEP will accept written comments until 4 p.m. on December 8.The plan approval application was submitted in January of 2014 by Columbia Gas Transmission Corp. more»
Changes to Senate Republican Leadership senior staff will take place with the beginning of the 2015-16 legislative session, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre), Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) and Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia). Drew Crompton was named General Counsel of the Caucus and will continue as Chief of Staff for Sen. more»
As the Public Utility Commission marks the 12th year of its “Prepare Now” initiative, today it issued responses from several electric and natural gas companies that replied to the Commission’s October 24 letter urging utilities to reach out and educate consumers this winter.The more»
The November edition of Environmental Synopsis is now available from the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution and Conservation Committee featuring articles on---- PA National Leader In Rails-To-Trails-- New EPA Mercury Emission Standard-- Water Consumption Falls Ac more»
The state’s Public-Private Transportation Partnership Office is inviting the private sector to submit their qualifications to compete for the opportunity to develop clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations at public transit agencies around the state that would also be available for use by the public.“Natural gas is a valuable resource tha more»
The last in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 30, will feature an ice cream social and collections of antique cookie cutters and vintage aprons.
The Department of Environmental Protection and the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania Monday announced a call for presentations for the next Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference to be held May 13-15, 2015, at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center in Erie. Presentation proposals are due by December 12. more»
This is the time of year when we gather to feast on roasted turkey, stuffing and other fixings. For many, it will be the first time they will prepare a holiday dinner, while for others, it will be the latest of many memorable occasions. But those memories should not revolve around foodborne illness, according to a Penn State expert.
In conjunction with America Recycles Day on November 15, Sunbury-based Weis Markets and its 18,000 associates pledged to reduce the company’s greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by the year 2020. more»
The PA Environmental Council is now accepting applications for two positions— a Land & Water Trails Specialist and a Controller.The Land & Water Trails Specialist position is a full time exempt position that supports PEC’s statewide trail efforts with a particular focus on two programs: 1) Power of 32+ regional trail network, an effort to facilitate completion o more»
A recent letter to the editor from Len Schoettker is riddled with misinformation and claims that simply run contrary to the facts. Eagle readers and my neighbors in Butler County deserve accurate information, not rhetoric designed to divide this community and instill fear.
Huddle with the Faculty every home football Saturday morning and get food for thought before heading off to the game. Admission is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the Nittany Parking Deck. Free breakfast refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m.; the presentation begins at 9 a.m. in The Nittany Lion Inn.
As Gov.-elect Tom Wolf continues to announce his transition team, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA calls on him to ensure that his new administration makes clean water a priority and commits the needed resources to work to implement Pennsylvaniamore»
The Department of Environmental Protection Friday urged residents in the Center Valley area of Lehigh County to have their homes tested for radon. This comes after recent tests by the department and a DEP-certified laboratory revealed that several homes in that area have record high levels. more»
Senate Minority Leader Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) issued this statement about the possibility of a lame-duck legislative session in January--“The suggestion by the incoming Senate majority leader that the General Assembly engage in a lame-duck session in January – to take advantage of Gov. more»