Conservation

Settlement of PennFuture appeal signals improvements to Pennsylvania stormwater management

November 26, 2014

(Harrisburg – November 20, 2014) – PennFuture and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Wednesday filed a Stipulation of Settlement outlining improvements to Pennsylvania's municipal stormwater permitting system.
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DEP to Hold Webinar to Discuss the Implementation of Act 162

November 25, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that it will hold a webinar at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, to discuss the implementation of Act 162.
On Oct. 23, 2014, Governor Tom ...

DEP to Extend Public Comment Period for Plan Approval on Proposed Easton Compressor Station

November 25, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today it has extended the public comment period for the air quality plan approval on the proposed Easton Compressor Station by two weeks. DEP ...

DEP, Engineers' Society Announce Call for Presentations for Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference

November 24, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania today announced a call for presentations for the next Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference ...

Lehigh County Community Found With Extremely High Radon Levels

November 21, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is urging 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 ...

DEP Awards Nearly $3 Million for Two Abandoned Mine Reclamation Projects in Armstrong and Clearfield Counties

November 19, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it has awarded contracts totaling $2,952,000 for the Mudlick Abandoned Mine Reclamation Project in Redbank Township, Armstrong County and ...

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission threatens to cut through the Allegheny Front

November 26, 2014

(Pittsburgh, Pa.) — Conservation groups are raising alarms about the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's (PTC) plans to abandon the Allegheny Tunnel in Somerset County in favor of making a large open cut through the top of Allegheny Mountain, which would destroy valuable wildlife habitat and threaten two watersheds. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is currently considering plan more»

DEP Awards Contract to Wayne County Company to Extinguish Coal Refuse Fire in Lackawanna County

November 14, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) today announced it has awarded Leeward Construction, Inc., of Honesdale a $498,400 contract to excavate and quench a coal refuse bank fire in the ...

Lake Erie International Coastal Cleanup Improves 41.5 Miles of Shoreline

November 12, 2014

The numbers are in for the September Lake Erie International Coastal Cleanup. On Saturday, Sept. 20, volunteers picked up 5,168 pounds of trash along 41.5 miles of Lake Erie shoreline and waterways within ...

5 Simple Things that Governor Tom Wolf can do for Pennsylvania’s Environment

November 26, 2014

In the last four years, Governor Corbett and the Pennsylvania House and Senate have made repeated attacks on environmental protection and sought to maximize the profits of the gas, oil and coal industries at the expense of Pennsylvania's health and safety. more»

RACT Final Rulemaking Will Impose More Stringent Requirements to Protect Air Quality

November 5, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it has revised its Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) final rulemaking to impose more stringent requirements than originally ...

DEP Announces Stormwater Management Design Training in Harrisburg

October 29, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites county and city planners, engineers, developers, redevelopment authorities and community leaders to attend a training session about stormwater ...

DEP Fines Wilkinsburg-Penn Joint Water Authority for Failure to Maintain Minimum Disinfection of Drinking Water

October 23, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has imposed one of the largest civil penalties in the last 20 years for violations of Safe Drinking Water regulations in the southwest region of the state.

Governor Corbett Announces $12.5 Million Awarded in Energy Development Authority Grants

October 22, 2014

 Governor Tom Corbett today announced nearly $12.5 million in Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) grants to 28 local governments, schools and  businesses for alternative and clean ...

Pitt study: Air pollution linked to autism in southwestern Pennsylvania

November 26, 2014

New research shows correlation between exposures to toxic air pollutants and autism spectrum disorders

(Pittsburgh — October 22, 2014) — Preliminary results from a groundbreaking study from the University of Pittsburgh show a significant correlation between exposure to toxic air pollutants during pregnancy and a child’s early years of life and the development of autism spectrum diso more»

65 Pennsylvania Sporting Groups Back EPA Carbon Pollution Limits

November 26, 2014

"As stewards for future generations, it is our obligation to conserve land and water resources."

October 21, 2014 — Groups representing millions of hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts are speaking out in support of climate action, releasing a letter in support of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. more»

DEP Fines Regency Marcellus Gas Gathering LLC More Than $300,000 for Pipeline Construction Violations in Three Counties

October 20, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it has fined Regency Marcellus Gas Gathering LLC of San Antonio, Texas, $306,570 for multiple violations of the Clean Streams Law, Dam ...

DEP to Host Public Meeting, Hearing on Falls Township Waste Facility

October 20, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public meeting and hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 10, regarding the proposed Elcon Recycling Services liquid hazardous waste treatment facility ...

Legislative #FAIL: PA House and Senate side with special interests as both chambers fail to protect their constituents and the environment

November 26, 2014

(Harrisburg — October 15, 2014) — This week, the Pennsylvania legislature passed two bills that will
harm the water and air of Pennsylvanians. more»

Governor Corbett Announces $2.25 Million to Improve Flood Protection in Jefferson County

October 15, 2014

Governor Tom Corbett announced today that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded more than $2.25 million to HRI, Inc. of State College to rehabilitate a 50-year-old levee structure ...

Susquehanna Greenway Partnership Awards $50,000 in Mini-Grants

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Susquehanna Greenway Signage and Interpretation  is the theme of a new mini-grant program offered by the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SGP). more»

DEP Announces New Chesapeake Bay Program Coordinator

October 14, 2014

 The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently hired Kristen Wolf as its new Chesapeake Bay Program Coordinator to oversee the state’s progress and efforts toward improving the ...

DEP to Hold Meeting and Public Hearing on Proposed Easton Compressor Station

October 14, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today it will hold an informal meeting, followed by a public hearing, on Monday, Nov. 10, to discuss an air quality plan approval submitted by ...

DEP Fines Lawrence County Company for Storage Tank Violations

October 13, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it has fined Reed Oil Company $62,470 for 21 violations of the Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act.
On Aug. 19, 2013 an above ground ...

Clean Water Proposal to Benefit PA Waters, Wildlife

November 26, 2014

This statement was released by the National Wildlife Federation on behalf of the NWF, PennFuture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Fly Fishers Paradise, and the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited.

DEP to Hold Public Hearing on Permit Application for Manure Storage Facilities

October 7, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 22, to accept comments on a Water Quality Management (WQM) permit application for manure storage facilities ...

DEP to Hold Public Meeting and Hearing to Discuss Cleanup of Berks County Battery Casing Site

October 6, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public meeting and hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 21, to outline its plan to clean up lead-contaminated battery casings and soil at a residential ...

DEP Seeks $4.5 Million Penalty from EQT Production Company for Major Pollution Incident in Tioga County

October 6, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that it has filed a complaint with the state Environmental Hearing Board requesting a $4.5 million civil penalty from EQT Production Company ...

DEP Announces Free Brownfields Redevelopment Seminar in Wilkes-Barre

October 5, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites municipal, township and borough leaders, county and city planners, redevelopment authorities, community leaders, and economic and industrial development ...

Lewisburg Designated Susquehanna Greenway River Town

8 weeks 22 hours ago
Zach Pyle presents the River Town designation award to Sam Pearson, Lewisburg Neighborhoods Corporation; Mayor Judy Wagner; Linda Sterling, Lewisburg Downtown Partnership. Image provided.

Over the past few months, community leaders from various Lewisburg organizations, businesses, and Bucknell University have worked with the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SGP) to be designated as a Susquehanna Greenway River Town. more»

Save the Loyalsock Coalition Responds to DCNR Announcement of 15-Day Public Comment Period

November 26, 2014

Calls for More Meaningful Public Process and Greater Protections for Clarence Moore Lands more»

Many voices in support of EPA's Clean Power Plan on day one of two-day public hearing in Pittsburgh

November 26, 2014

(Pittsburgh — July 31, 2014) — During a public hearing today in Pittsburgh and at a press conference and rally, elected officials, health experts, labor leaders, industry leaders, and environmental advocates highlighted the public health benefits of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon pollution standard for existing power plants as they urged Pennsylvanians to pledge support f more»

Pennsylvania Auditor General issues stern critique of Department of Environmental Protection's handling of natural gas industry

November 26, 2014

Benefits of shale gas drilling “cannot come at the expense of the public's trust, health and wellbeing.” more»

Environmental organizations call for investigation into Pennsylvania Department of Health actions around fracking complaints

November 26, 2014

Legitimate public concerns with natural gas drilling activity “cannot be discounted or dismissed outright” more»

PennFuture praises new law to address storm water

November 26, 2014

Bill will provide storm water authorities a new tool to encourage voluntary efforts to reduce storm water

(Harrisburg — July 10, 2014) — PennFuture today praised the Pennsylvania General Assembly and Governor Tom Corbett for the passage of Senator Ted Erickson's Senate Bill 1255 that provides new options for local governments to address the widespread problem of storm water runoff. more»

PennFuture urges legislature to reject irresponsible budget that will damage public lands

November 26, 2014

Shortsighted management of both the budget and public lands jeopardizes extraordinary assets for future generations; state parks face acute danger of accelerated drilling more»

PennFuture collects 18 pallets of electronics for recycling in Wilkes-Barre

November 26, 2014

(Wilkes-Barre) — PennFuture staff in downtown Wilkes-Barre recently organized their third multi-building electronic waste pickup in conjunction with Luzerne County’s Recycling Office and coordinator Beth DeNardi. The collection resulted in 18 pallets of used electronic items that will be recycled instead of going to landfills. more»

PennFuture and Sierra Club honor West Chester Mayor Comitta and BLUER

November 26, 2014

Borough of West Chester celebrates "Bike to Work Day" and sustainability

(Philadelphia — June 6, 2014) — This morning PennFuture and the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter recognized borough leadership for its role in making West Chester a bike-friendly community as part of a larger public/private partnership to reduce West Chester's carbon footprint and slow climate change. more»

EPA carbon pollution standard a win for public health and the economy, says PennFuture

November 26, 2014

President Obama has "accepted the moral imperative to act on climate"

(Harrisburg — June 2, 2014) — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed a rule to cut carbon pollution from existing U.S. power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. more»

Public health and environmental advocates to hold telepresser on Pennsylvania health benefits of proposed EPA carbon pollution rule

November 26, 2014

Local public health advocates, environmental groups and religious leaders will host a telephone press conference on June 3 at 11 a.m.to discuss a newly announced Presidential proposal to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants, a significant contributor to climate change. more»

Environmental organizations respond to Gov. Corbett's lifting of executive order prohibiting leasing of public lands for natural gas drilling

November 26, 2014

(Harrisburg – May 23, 2014) – Governor Tom Corbett's decision to lift a three-year-old moratorium to expand leasing of public lands for gas development underscores the short-sighted nature of his stewardship of our natural resources. more»

DEP Awards $944,819 Mine Reclamation Contract in Clearfield County

26 weeks 6 days ago

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it has awarded a $944,819 contract for the Salem Church abandoned mine reclamation project in Boggs and Bradford townships, Clearfield County. more»

Lycoming County Baseline Groundwater Quality Monitoring Program Rollout

27 weeks 6 days ago

The Lycoming County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the rollout of the County's Baseline Groundwater Quality Monitoring Program at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Commissioners Board Room, first floor of the Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St., Williamsport, PA 17701. more»

Giving the Delaware River Watershed the Attention it Deserves

November 26, 2014

TRENTON, NJ — The Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed today applauds Senator Tom Carper for reintroducing the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act, a piece of federal legislation that would give a much-needed boost to preservation and restoration efforts in the Basin and help ensure that its vital resources remain available for future generations. more»

PennFuture: American Lung Association “State of the Air” report speaks to ongoing clean air battle in Pennsylvania - Long list of emissions that must be addressed includes methane

November 26, 2014

(Harrisburg – April 30, 2014) – The American Lung Association (ALA) released today its annual “State of the Air” report and while the U.S. continues to see improvements in air quality thanks to the Clean Air Act, warming temperatures are the likely reason we are still not breathing easy. Forty-seven percent of U.S. more»

Statement from PennFuture CEO Cindy Dunn on just-released DCNR Marcellus monitoring report

November 26, 2014

(Harrisburg — April 16, 2014) — Cindy Dunn, president and chief executive officer of PennFuture, issued the following statement in response to the release today of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' (DCNR) Marcellus monitoring report: more»

Clean Energy Wins Policy Roadmap puts renewables, efficiency front and center in Pennsylvania's energy conversation

November 26, 2014

"It's time for a meaningful conversation on energy," says report's lead author more»

Shenango Coke Works Violates Air Quality Regulations on 330 of the Last 432 Days

November 26, 2014

Residents worried about health effects of plant's pollution team up with environmental organizations to file legal action

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EIP Report: Anadarko Safety Record Unsuitable for Major Natural Gas Development in Pennsylvania's Loyalsock State Forest

November 26, 2014

Not a Steward for Pristine Forest: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Cited for 246 Violations from 2009-2013; Water
Pollution Record Ranks 7th Worst Among 600 Operators in Pennsylvania

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PennFuture: Lifting of leasing moratorium removes protections on Pennsylvania's natural resources

November 26, 2014

True cost to our public lands still unknown

(Harrisburg — February 4, 2014) — The 2014-2015 budget proposed today by Governor Tom Corbett factors in $75 million in drilling revenue to be accrued via the lifting of a moratorium on further leasing of state park and forest lands for gas development. more»

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