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General Assembly Ends Legislative Session With Few Positive Environmental Bills

November 26, 2014

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»

DEP Submits Comments On EPA’s Proposed Greenhouse Gas Regulation

November 26, 2014

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»

SRBC Meets Dec. 5 To Consider Drilling Water Withdrawal Rule Changes

November 26, 2014

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»

DEP Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Potomac River Partnership

November 26, 2014

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»

Successful Stormwater Management Training Held In Harrisburg

November 26, 2014

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»

National Coastal Ocean Science Center Helps PA Prepare For Lake Erie Blooms

November 26, 2014

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»

Williamsport Drinking Water Treatment Plant Earns President’s Award

November 26, 2014

The City of Williamsport recently received the “President’s Award” from the Partnership for Safe Water, an alliance to improve the quality of water delivered to consumers. more»

Nov. 26 DEP News Now Available

November 26, 2014

The November 26 edition of DEP News is now available from the Department of Environmental Protection featuring articles on---- DEP Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Potomac River Partnership-- DEP Awards Cont more»

New Fossil Discovered By DCNR's Geologic Survey Staff

November 26, 2014

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»

Nov. 26 DCNR Resource Newsletter Now Available

November 26, 2014

The November 26 issue of the Resource newsletter is now available from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources featuring articles on---- DCNR Unveils Conservation Plan For PA’s Threatened Hemlock-- more»

Apply Now For WREN Watershed Education Opportunity Grants

November 26, 2014

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.

Sen. Yaw Appointed To Chesapeake Bay Commission

November 25, 2014

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 Wolf Names Budget Task Force Members

November 25, 2014

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.

DCNR State Forest Districts Opening Additional Roads To Hunters

November 25, 2014

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»

DEP Holds Dec. 17 Webinar On Implementing New Buffer Legislation

November 25, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday announced it will more»

DEP Extends Comment Period For Northampton County Compressor Station Air Permit

November 25, 2014

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»

Senate Republican Leaders Announce Changes In Leadership Staff

November 24, 2014

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»

PUC: Electric, Natural Gas Utilities To Help Consumers Prepare Now This Winter

November 24, 2014

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»

November Environmental Synopsis Now Available From Joint Conservation Committee

November 24, 2014

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»

PennDOT Invites Private Industry To Submit Qualifications For CNG Fueling Stations

November 24, 2014

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»

Call For Presentations For Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference In Erie

November 24, 2014

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»

Weis Markets Pledges To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 20 Percent By 2020

November 21, 2014

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»

Help Wanted: PEC Land & Water Trails Specialist, Controller

November 21, 2014

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»

CBF-PA Calls On Gov.-Elect Wolf To Appoint Clean Water Commission In First 100 Days

November 21, 2014

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 Pennsylvania more»

Lehigh County Community Found With Very High Radon Levels, DEP Urges Testing

November 21, 2014

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»

Sen. Costa: January Legislative Session Inappropriate, Unprecedented, Inexcusable

November 21, 2014

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»

DEP CAC Transition Report Pt. 1, Advisory Committee Recommendations Now Available

November 21, 2014

DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council Tuesday adopted Part 1 of an expected two part Transition Report to the incoming Wolf Administration as well as a set of recommendations for improving DEP Advisory Committee interactions. more»

Help Wanted: DEP California District Mining Office Environmental Group Manager

November 21, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection is looking for an eligible candidate to fill a vacancy for Environmental Group Manager in the California District Mining Office, Washington County.  This vacancy will be filled using the list for Licensed Professional Geologist. more»

Corman Does Not Rule Out January Session Before Corbett’s Term Ends

November 21, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) told an interviewer for WHP-TV, as reported by PennLive.com, he is not ruling out a lame-duck January legislative session while Gov. Corbett is still in office to move important legislation. In the same interview, Sen. more»

DRBC Will Subject PennEast Pipeline To Review And Docket

November 21, 2014

Responding to multiple requests by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, supported by hundreds of letters from individuals, the Delaware River Basin Commission has determined the PennEast Pipeline Project will be subject to DRBC jurisdiction and must obtain a docket before it can proceed.In a letter sent to Ma more»

Report: PA Solar Power Growing By 49 Percent A Year

November 21, 2014

Solar power is growing so fast in Pennsylvania that goals once considered ambitious are now seen as readily achievable, according to a new report by the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center.“We can get to 15 percent solar in Pennsylvania if we just keep our foot on the accelerator,” said Elowyn Corby, PennEnvironment’s Clean E more»

IConservePA.org Video: Pennsylvania’s Conservation Landscapes

November 21, 2014

IConservePA.org Thursday released a new video on Pennsylvania’s Conservation Landscapes, regions working together to conserve natural resources and promote local recreation and conservation opportunities. more»

Pennsylvania’s State Tree Is In Danger, You Can Help

November 21, 2014

The state tree is fighting for its life, and Pennsylvanians are asked to help identify initial focus areas in the state in most need of attention, reports IConservePA.org.The non-native, invasive hemlock woolly adelgid is literally sucking the life out of the eastern hemlock, which, in more»

More Berks County Townships, Communities Quarantined Because Of Spotted Lanternfly

November 21, 2014

More Berks County townships and communities are quarantined in the fight to stop the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive insect new to the United States that was found in the area earlier this fall.The more»

PennFuture Appeal Settlement Improves DEP Stormwater Management Program

November 20, 2014

PennFuture and the Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday filed a Stipulation of Settlement outlining improvements to Pennsylvania's municipal stormwater permitting system. Stormwater from rain and snow events is a significant cause of water pollution in our streams and rivers. more»

Wolf Transition State Budget Briefing

November 19, 2014

The Wolf Transition Wednesday issued a state budget briefing called “Pennsylvania In Peril: A Financial Crisis” by Budget Task Force Chairs Mary Soderberg and Josh Shapiro. more»

House Republicans Issue End Of 2013-14 Session Report

November 19, 2014

House Republicans Wednesday issued a special end of session report summarizing-- in 37 pages-- all of their legislative accomplishments, both in cooperation with the Senate and just in the House.   Click Here to read a copy.

EPA Names 2014 Green Power Leaders, 2 From Pennsylvania

November 19, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday announced its annual Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizing 19 Green Power Partners and four suppliers across the country for achievements in advancing the nation’s renewable energy market and reducing greenhouse gas emissions fueling climate change. more»

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