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DEP Approves Permit For Knoebel Hog Farm In Columbia County

March 5, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday announced it has approved a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) permit application submitted by Joel Knoebel for his existing hog operation in Cleveland Township, Columbia County.“The department has carefully reviewed this application and determined that it meets all the applicable more»

PennDOT, DEP Invite Volunteers To Join Great American Cleanup Of PA

March 5, 2014

PennDOT and the Department of Environmental Protection are seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania effort that runs through May 31.The statewide cleanup is an annual effort sponsored by PennDOT, DEP, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and other partners through which interested individual more»

Communities Report Prolonged Success In Reducing Cigarette Butt Litter

March 5, 2014

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful reports an average 48 percent reduction of cigarette litter nationwide in the communities implementing Keep America Beautiful’s Cigarette Litter Prevention Program during 2013.“We realized significant reductions in cigarette litter at our CLPP program sites,” said Shannon Reit more»

Mid-Atlantic Aquatic Invasive Species Panel Offers Grants

March 5, 2014

The Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species is now accepting applications for a limited number of small grants to increase public understanding of and compliance with the prevention and control of aquatic invasive species.  Proposals are due April 4.  Click Here to download details and priorities for funding.

Dennis Guise Retires From State Service

March 4, 2014

Dennis Guise, former Chief Counsel and Executive Director of the Fish and Boat Commission retired from his most recent position as Chief Coun more»

Historic And Museum Commission Announces New Historic Markers

March 4, 2014

The World War II Stuart Tank, Father of the American Navy John Barry, world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra Conductor Leopold Stokowski and Fred McFeely Rogers, creator and host of long-running PBS program “Mr. more»

Redland Mine Drainage Treatment Project Moves Forward In Allegheny County

March 4, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday announced work is expected to begin the week of March 17 on the second phase of a project to treat water discharge from the Indianola mine pool and improve the water quality of Little Deer Creek in Indiana Township, Allegheny County.DEP’s Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, together with the Clean Streams F more»

Shale 101 - Small Business Supply Chain Opportunities April 2 In Chester

March 4, 2014

The PA Small Business Development Centers will host a Shale 101-Small Business Supply Chain Opportunities Workshop on April 2 at Widener University SBDC, 1350 Edgmont Ave., Suite 1300 in Chester, Delaware County starting at 9:00 a.m. more»

March Issue Of Fish & Boat Commission’s Currents Newsletter Now Available

March 4, 2014

The March issue of the Fish and Boat Commission’s Currents newsletter is now available.  Click Here to read a copy.

Shale Development Bringing Three New Gas Utility Projects to Ohio

March 4, 2014

Currently, there are plans to construct at least three new natural gas-fired power plants in Ohio, owing to the state’s newfound bounty of natural gas from the Utica Shale.  While it is no secret that shale development is bringing prosperity to eastern Ohio — with an influx of billions of dollars in investment and creating tens of thousands of high-paying jobs — utilities are also recognizing t more»

EPA: Going Green Will Save Lancaster In Controlling Stormwater

March 4, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday released a report that found green infrastructure can be a cost effective solution to controlling stormwater while providing numerous economic benefits. more»

Penn State-led project aimed at reducing greenhouse gases from livestock

March 4, 2014

As greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture rise worldwide, a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is leading a new international project aimed at helping to reduce such emissions from livestock production. more»

Penn State-led project aimed at reducing greenhouse gases from livestock

March 4, 2014

As greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture rise worldwide, a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is leading a new international project aimed at helping to reduce such emissions from livestock production. more»

PA Environmental Council Opposed To Bill Removing Protection For Endangered Species

March 4, 2014

The PA Environmental Council Tuesday sent a letter to every member of the House expressing its opposition to House Bill 1576 (Pyle-R-Armstrong) that is now on the voting schedule for next week. more»

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Urges Action To Oppose Endangered Species Bill

March 4, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA sent an action alert out to its members urging them to oppose House Bill 1576 (Pyle-R-Armstrong) saying it would significantly reduce protection for endangered species. more»

Alternative Fuels, Vehicles, Technology Workshop In Williamsport March 26

March 4, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection and the Eastern PA Alliance for Clean Transportation invite stakeholders, including public and private fleet managers, local municipalities, schools, universities, non-profit entities, government agencies and other interested parties, to an alternative fuels, vehicles and technology workshop on March 2 more»

Winners Of PRC Lens On Litter Contest Photo Contest, Accepting Entries For 2014

March 4, 2014

The PA Resources Council announced this week Cathy Bittinger won first place in the adult category for the 2013 Lens on Litter Photo Contest and Kelsey Schreck won first place in the student category.The Lens On Litter  Contest is designed to help heighten awareness about litter and its threats to public health, safet more»

March Issue Of e-PRC Is Now Available From PA Resources Council

March 4, 2014

The March issue of e-PRC is now available from the PA Resources Council. PRC is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year.  Click Here to read a copy.

Student Stories: Animal Science major saves dogs in Florida

March 4, 2014

Penn State senior Kasie Hatfield has always loved animals, so she jumped at the opportunity to return to her home state of Florida last year and help rehabilitate sick, injured and aggressive dogs.

Registration Now Open For PA Groundwater Symposium May 7

March 3, 2014

In celebration of National Drinking Water Week, Penn State Extension’s Master Well Owner Network, the Department of Environmental Protection and the PA Ground Water Association along with numerous other sponsors are organizing the 2014 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symp more»

February State Revenue $34.6 Million Less Than Anticipated, $75.5M Below For Year

March 3, 2014

Pennsylvania collected $1.6 billion in General Fund revenue in February, which was $34.6 million, or 2.1 percent, less than anticipated, Secretary of Revenue Daniel Meuser reported Monday. Fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $16.3 billion, which is $75.5 million, or 0.5 percent, below estimate.

New Trustee Matching Scholarship to benefit Animal Science majors

March 3, 2014

Penn State students majoring in Animal Science will receive first preference for a new scholarship endowed by an alumnus of the College of Agricultural Sciences. Duane Norman, of Fulton, Md., created the H. Duane and Roslyn W. Norman Trustee Scholarship to support undergraduates in the college who have demonstrated financial need.

State Offices Delay Opening

March 3, 2014

State agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction in Harrisburg will open 2 hours later due to winter weather. DEP Norristown Regional Office will open at 10:30 due to winter weather.

MSC president discusses shale development with W.Va. State Journal

March 1, 2014

David J. Spigelmyer is president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition. He spoke with The State Journal about the present and future potential of developing Marcellus Shale.

THE STATE JOURNAL: What is the short- and long-term outlook for development of the Marcellus Shale? more»

Sen. Holly Mitchell’s Puzzling New Position on Fracking

March 1, 2014

State Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) did something on Thursday that was extraordinary even by the standards of Sacramento politics. more»

CIPA: L.A. City Council Actions Target All Oil Production, Not Just Fracking

February 28, 2014

CIPA Disappointed in Los Angeles City Council Action on Domestic Oil and Gas Operations

Action Targets ALL Oil Production, Not just Hydraulic Fracturing more»

Philadelphia Water Student Street Art Contest For Clean Water Entries Due March 7

February 28, 2014

The students in kindergarten through high school now have until March 7 to enter the Philadelphia Water Department Green City, Clean Waters Art Contest. more»

Keep PA Beautiful Congratulates Westmoreland Cleanways On Opening Recycling Center

February 28, 2014

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful congratulates their local affiliate, Westmoreland Cleanways, on the opening of a permanent drive-through Recycling Center on February 3.  The center is open for residents and businesses to recycle material such as electronics, tires, and Freon appliances. more»

What They’re Saying: Shale is “Creating Hope and Opportunity”

February 28, 2014

The economic, environmental and national security benefits tied to tightly-regulated shale development continue to cascade across our nation. more»

New York State Bets Big on Natural Gas

February 28, 2014

The state of New York recently released its draft 2014 energy plan, which calls for the increased use of natural gas despite an almost six year moratorium on shale gas development within the state.  According to more»

PA Lake Management Society Conference Set For March 19-20

February 28, 2014

The PA Lake Management Society will hold its annual conference on March 19-20 at the Ramada Inn & Conference Center in State College. This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Ann Rhoads, the former Director of Botany at the Morris Arboretum near Philadelphia. more»

Online tutorial illustrates shale-gas drilling equipment and practices

February 28, 2014

You've seen the strange-looking trucks on the road these past few years. Maybe you've watched truck after truck head to a new shale-gas drill site in your area. But just what do they do with all that equipment? A new online presentation from Penn State Extension answers that question.

DEP Publishes Final Policy On Public Participation In Permit Application Reviews

February 28, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the March 1 PA Bulletin of the final technical guidance and a comment/response document for the Policy on Public Participation in the Permit Application Review Process. more»

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