At best, the FY 2014-15 state budget is still a work in progress. The Senate and House both passed a General Fund budget-- House Bill 2328 (Adolph-R-Delaware)-- to beat the June 30 budget deadline, but instead of signing the bill right away, Gov. more»
The fiscal code bill that passed both chambers included a one-time influx of $95 million in revenue from reopening state forests and, for the first time ever, opening up state parks for new unconventional natural gas leasing.
Yesterday the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to undermine the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan – a reasonable and common-sense proposal to protect future generations from the worst impacts of global warming.
At a 3:00 press conference Wednesday, Gov. Corbett said all options are on the table-- including vetoing the budget passed by the General Assembly in House Bill 2328 (Adolph-R-Delaware)-- to get meaningful action on pension reform by the House and Senate. more»
The PA Environmental Council Wednesday wrote to U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey urging him to discontinue efforts to eliminate the federal Transportation Alternatives Program which helps fund trail development projects in Pennsylvania and other states. more»
The PA Environmental Council Wednesday sent a letter to each member of the House urging them to eliminate language in the Fiscal Code bill-- House Bill 278 (Baker-R-Tioga)-- that would set different operational and environmental standards for regulating more»
Penn State announced today (July 2) that Richard Roush will be the new dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, pending approval by the University Board of Trustees at its July 11 meeting. His appointment is effective Oct. 1, 2014.
As part of Exelon’s commitment to keeping the public informed of its performance in the areas of economic, environmental and social sustainability, the company Tuesday announced it has released its 2013 corporate sustainability report.“We’re proud of the progress we’ve made toward our sustainability goals and remain dedica more»
The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday announced it has successfully completed a $5,614,964 abandoned mine reclamation project in Houtzdale Borough, Clearfield County, which stabilized the ground beneath 154 homes to protect them from the threat of mine subsidence.“This critically important project that required two years to complete eases the concerns homeowners had expressed about more»
The July issue of the Western PA Conservancy’s Water, Land Life newsletter is now available and features a story on a new interactive web-based tool on all WPC projects, partners creating community gardens and much more. Click Here to read your copy.
Fine-scale climate model projections suggest the possibility that population centers in cool, highland regions of East Africa could be more vulnerable to malaria than previously thought, while population centers in hot, lowland areas could be less vulnerable, according to a team of researchers. more»
The House Rules Committee late Tuesday night amended House Bill 278 (Baker-R-Tioga) by taking out provisions relating to the Bank Shares Tax (which helped balance the budget), City Revitalization, extra funding for the Allentown school district and Improvement Zones and the Philly cigaret more»
Here's the schedule for the Senate and House this Fall-- House September 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 October 6, 7, 8, 14, 15 November 12 Senate September 15, 16, 22, 23, 24 October 6, 7, 8, 14, 15 November 12
On July 15 the Environmental Quality Board is scheduled to consider proposed land reclamation guarantee and final medical waste regulations and hear a science update on chloride and sulfate toxicity testing in surface waters. more»
The agenda for the July 15 DEP Citizens Advisory Council meeting will feature presentations on DCNR’s new endangered species permit review tool and Gov. Corbett’s Executive Order authorizing non-impact drilling on State Park and Forest Land. more»
A free resource describing numerous no-cost or low-cost health care options available to Pennsylvania residents has been updated and published by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health and Penn State Extension.
The 3rd annual Convergence at the Confluence Conference will be held in Pittsburgh August 11 at Duquesne University’s Power Center in downtown Pittsburgh. The Conference Confluence is focused on water quality monitoring in the Upper Ohio River Basin. more»
A special double issue of the PA League of Women Voters Water Resources Education Network Water Policy News is now available and features a story about how Biglerville is tackling threats to clean water in Adams County. more»
The summer edition of Penn’s Stewards, the PA Parks and Forests Foundation newsletter is now available and features an article on how to plan your next family reunion in a State Park. Click Here to read this issue.
An international team of researchers has discovered honey bee colonies in Newfoundland, Canada, that are free of the invasive parasites that affect honey bees elsewhere in the world. The populations offer a unique opportunity to investigate honey bee health, both with and without interfering interactions from parasites.
The Senate Appropriations Committee late Monday made 66 pages of additions to House Bill 278 (Baker-R-Tioga), the Fiscal Code bill that follows to implement provisions in the General Fund budget. more»
The Senate and House Republicans Monday approved, by party-line votes, a $29 billion General Fund budget with no tax increases, but which is based on $246.5 million in transfers from special funds, $95 million in additional “non-impact” natural gas leasing in State Parks and Forests, $20 million in DCNR timber sales and $75 million from a Philadelphia casino license that may or may not happen.This more»
When it comes to the Marcellus Shale and natural gas, there is a lot of discussion about the production figures coming out of the Commonwealth. But what does all this production mean to Pennsylvania and the United States?
The Department of Environmental Protection invites non-profit corporations, schools, colleges and universities, and local governments, public corporations, for-profit businesses and authorities to attend one of three PA Energy Development Authority funding workshops in western Pennsylvania. more»
As the heat and humidity settles in over Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Monday reminded consumers to conserve energy with #WaysToStayCool.Consumers can view the Summer Heat Wave fact sheet on the PUC website. more»
PPL Electric Utilities said Monday it has asked the Public Utility Commission to approve the replacement of its electric meters with new meters that will improve service to customers.“Our electric meters are approaching the end of their useful life and we want to be proactive in replacing them,” said Robert M. Geneczko, vice president-Customer Services. more»
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is very concerned that the General Assembly is pulling an end run of its own rules by including language fundamentally changing the regulation of oil and gas operations via the Fiscal Code, which accompanies the state budget. This language has not yet been considered by either the full Senate or House. more»
Malaria parasites alter the chemical odor signal of their hosts to attract mosquitos and better spread their offspring, according to researchers, who believe this scent change could be used as a diagnostic tool.
The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced it has awarded a $789,995 contract for the Beauty Camp Far West abandoned mine reclamation project in Burnside and Snow Shoe townships, Centre County, and a $105,583 contract for the Owens Cemetery project in Clearfield Borough, Clearfield County.“These two projects are excellent examples of how DEP’s aggressive mine reclamation program i more»
The Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s Green Lodging Partnership has grown to include 12 local lodgings in New York and Pennsylvania that have asked their guests to join them in the long-term protection of our quality of life. more»