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Women Forest Landowners Educational Retreat Sept. 25-28 In Lycoming County

July 17, 2014

Women across the mid-Atlantic region who own, care for, or are interested in learning more about forestland are invited to apply to att more»

DEP Told To Release Natural Gas Study Background Documents, Data Records

July 17, 2014

The PA Office of Open Records Wednesday directed the Department of Environmental Protection to release background documents and data records the agency has as part of its comprehensive study of radioactivity in natural gas production more»

Secretary Abruzzo: I’ll Continue To Advocate For An Increase In DEP’s Budget

July 17, 2014

DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo told the DEP Citizens Advisory Council Tuesday he was very grateful for the $11.5 million increase in DEP’s FY 2014-15 budget this year and said he would continue to advocate for an increa more»

Wildlife Foundation Awards $2.4 Million In Delaware River Grants

July 17, 2014

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Wednesday announced $2.4 million in grants as part of the first round of $7 million in funding to improve waters that contribute to the overall health of the Delaware River. more»

EQB Adopts Medical Waste Rule, Hears Update On Chloride, Sulfate Standard Setting

July 17, 2014

On Tuesday the Environmental Quality Board adopted final regulations comprehensively updating the medical and chemotherapeutic waste regulations, proposed regulations establishing the Land Reclamation Finance Guarantee and Bioenergy Crop Bonding Programs and he more»

Clean Natural Gas Powers Our Economy

July 16, 2014

With domestic natural gas productionat an all-time high” – driven by the Marcellus Shale – this clean-burning, homegrown fuel is creating broad-based benefits for us all. more»

Student Stories: Global misconceptions -- Ag. Ed. major's eyes opened in Kenya

July 16, 2014

After spending three months in Africa, Jenna Moser was disturbed by the way Kenyans viewed agriculture, believing that it consists only of farming and that it is a "poor man's job."

Penn State researchers receive grant to study adult literacy skills in U.S.

July 16, 2014

Esther Prins, associate professor of education and co-director of the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy and the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, and her research colleagues were the recipients of one of seven commissioned papers from American Institutes for Research/National Center for Education Statistics grant program.

DEP: Fiscal Code Provision On Conventional Wells Delays Drilling Regs 2-3 Months

July 15, 2014

DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo told the DEP Citizens Advisory Council Tuesday, the provision in the Fiscal Code bill passed by the General Assembly as part of the budget requiring DEP to have separate environmental requ more»

Grants Awarded For Sinnemahoning Creek Projects By Fish & Boat Commission

July 15, 2014

The Fish and Boat Commission Tuesday announced $500,000 in grants to develop and implement projects that benefit fishing, boating, and aquatic resources in and around Sinnemahoning Creek in Cameron, Elk, Potter and McKean counties.The funding is available through a 2007 settlement agreement with Norfolk Southern as restitution for e more»

Groups Call For Investigation Of Dept. Of Health On Fracking Complaints

July 15, 2014

Several environmental groups Tuesday called for a full investigation into actions by the state Department of Health around natural gas drilling complaints. The request is on the heels of the revelation that the health department circulated a list of "buzzwords" to the department's employees with the admonition that calls with drilling-related complaints not be returned. more»

Just The Facts: Pa.’s Shale Regulations Ensure Health, Safety

July 15, 2014

Over the weekend, the Associated Press published a story with the headline “Expert: Pa. didn’t address fracking health impacts.” The “expert” at the center of this story is Dr. more»

Teacher Training Project WET Workshop Aug. 1 At Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve

July 14, 2014

The Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve in Westmoreland County will host a Project WET teacher training workshop on August 1.  Click Here for all the details.

Historic Pike County Bridge Offered For Sale, Reuse By PennDOT

July 14, 2014

The Departments of General Services and Transportation are seeking buyers interested in purchasing and preserving the histo more»

Fish & Boat Commission Offers Discounted License For Labor Day Youth Fishing Day

July 14, 2014

The Fish and Boat Commission Monday announced it will host a second Mentored Youth Fishing Day on Labor Day, September 1, on 17 Panfish Enhancement lakes. more»

Ned Smith Center For Nature & Art Opens Amphitheater July 25, Annual Festival July 26

July 14, 2014

The Ned Smith Center for Nature & Art in Millersburg, Dauphin County, will hold a grand opening for the DeSoto Amphitheater on July 25 starting at 6:00 p.m. and its annual Festival on July 26.

DEP Awards $1.66 Million To Clean Streams Foundation For Abandoned Mine Drainage

July 14, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced it has awarded a $1.66 million grant to the Clean Streams Foundation, Inc. (CSF) to maintain acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment facilities in Butler, Cambria, Clarion and Venango counties. more»

Dog Lovers Have Until July 31 To Vote For Philadelphia’s Water Spokesdog

July 14, 2014

Dog lovers have until National Mutt Day on July 31 to vote for Philly Water’s Best Friend.  The dogs with the most votes will compete in two pageants next fall.The winning duo will soon represent the Philadelphia Water Department in Juniata, Lower Moyamensing and beyond. more»

Monthly Shale Webinar Looks at Shale Industry Workforce and Training

Economic activity in the Marcellus Shale footprint has seen a change in the past decade with shale development taking place. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L & I) works to track this activity and releases monthly Marcellus Shale Fast Facts. There has also been a need for workforce training with the shale industry entering the picture. (more...)

DEP Issues Air Quality Action Alert For Saturday, July 12

July 11, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Friday issued an Air Quality Action Alert for Saturday, July 12 in the Susquehanna Valley, Southeast PA and the Lehigh Valley. The areas include: Susquehanna Valley-- Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, York; Southeast PA-- Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia; and Lehigh Valley-- Berks, Lehigh, Northampton counties. more»

Webinar to explore link between comprehensive planning, economic development

July 11, 2014

How can you make your comprehensive plan better support economic development? That will be the topic of a Web-based seminar kicking off a summer-fall land-use series offered by Penn State Extension.

Webinar to focus on shale gas industry's workforce

July 11, 2014

A Web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team will look at the shale gas industry's workforce and training.

DEP Accepting Applications For Recycling Performance Grants Thru Sept. 30

July 11, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection announced it is now accepting applications for Recycling Performance Grants covering calendar year 2013 through September 30. more»

Natural Lands Trust Goes Mobile: Launch Of ExploreNLT Smartphone App

July 10, 2014

Natural Lands Trust Thursday announced the launch of its new mobile app, ExploreNLT. more»

Control strategy for Dengue, malaria increases risk of West Nile virus

July 10, 2014

Mosquitoes infected with the bacteria Wolbachia are more likely to become infected with West Nile virus and more likely to transmit the virus to humans, according to a team of researchers.

Cover crops demonstration plot to be featured at Ag Progress Days

July 10, 2014

Cover crops planted in rotation with main crops can help farmers reduce erosion and replenish nutrients into the soil, and cover crops increasingly are being considered for biofuel feedstocks.

Ag Progress Days to feature farm safety, health presentations

July 10, 2014

Visitors to the Farm Safety Demonstration Area at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 12-14, can learn about tractor overturn hazards and how to reduce the risks of tractor overturns.

July 10 Issue Of DEP News Now Available

July 10, 2014

The July 10 DEP News is now available from the Department of Environmental Protection.  Click Here to sign up for your own copy.

Latest DEP Video Highlights Restoration of Bennett Branch/Sinnemahoning Creek

July 10, 2014

The latest in a series of educational videos highlighting the wide-ranging work of DEP staff is now available on the department's YouTube channel.The new video tells the story of the remediation of acid mine draina more»

New Online Drought Emergency Application System Launched By DEP

July 10, 2014

DEP has released the first phase of its new Drought Emergency Application system.  This system focuses on centralizing the drought oversight of the use of water by golf courses, public water suppliers, athletic field owners, commercial or industrial facilities, and citizens.The first phase is those applications related to golf courses. more»

Berks County Water & Sewer Assn. Disaster Planning & Response Conference July 30

July 10, 2014

The Berks County Water and Sewer Association, in partnership with the Center for Excellence in Local Government at Albright College, are pleased to offer a full day seminar on Disaster Planning and Response at the Albright campus in Reading.The seminar will prepare attendees more»

Gov. Corbett Cuts Senate, House Funding $72.2 Million, Reviewing Options On Pensions

July 10, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett said Thursday he has signed the FY 2014-15 state budget and the Fiscal Code bill, but bluelined (cut) $72.2 million in funding going to the Senate and House saying they need to participate in being financially responsible to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania. more»

Committee recommends 2014-15 University budget

July 10, 2014

Penn State’s Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning today (July 10) recommended for approval a $4.6 billion University operating budget for 2014-15.

WSJ: Stabilizing Crude Oil First Makes It Safer To Ship By Rail

July 10, 2014

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday the federal government is considering whether to require companies shipping crude oil by train to first stabilize the oil by removing volatile gases before shipment. more»

Gov. Corbett Budget Announcement Thursday

July 9, 2014

Gov. Corbett said he will have a budget announcement Thursday.

PUC Approves UGI’s Long-Term Natural Gas Infrastructure Improvement Plan

July 9, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Wednesday approved the long-term infrastructure improvement plan (LTIIP) for UGI Utilities, Inc. – Gas Division (UGI).“One of the main criteria that the Commission must use in judging the adequacy of an LTIIP is whether the plan accelerates the replacement of aging infrastructure,” said PUC Chairman Robert F. more»

DEP: Search For Missing Nuclear Gauge Continues In Pittsburgh Region

July 9, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection and police in Pittsburgh and Mount Lebanon said Wednesday they are continuing their investigat more»

Pennsylvania Receives Federal Funding For Local Parks, Outdoor Recreation

July 9, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett Wednesday announced Pennsylvania will receive $1.37 million from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund for local park, outdoor recreation and conservation projects.“These funds will be awarded through DCNR as part of our grant program that helps local communities plan, acquire and develop parks and trails and conserve natural areas,” Corbett said. more»

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