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The Nature Conservancy Environmental Action For The Future Program Involves PA Students

July 7, 2014

Students from the Walter Biddle Saul High School in Philadelphia are part of The Nature Conservancy’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) Program are heading out for a great summer adventure to nature preserves in 2 more»

PA Parks And Forests Foundation Announces Partnership With PSECU

July 7, 2014

July is Park and Recreation Month, and what better way to celebrate our state parks and forests than to become a member of the PA Parks and Forests Foundation. more»

Help Wanted: Headwaters RC&D Council Program Specialist

July 7, 2014

The Headwater Resource Conservation and Development Council is seeking candidates for a Program Specialist position for its DuBois office. The deadline to apply is July 25.  Click Here for details.

DEP: Rebates Still Available For Alternative Fuel Vehicles

July 4, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the July 5 PA Bulletin that rebates are still available under the Alternative Fuel Vehicles Rebate Program. more»

DCNR Holds Aug. 5 Hearing On Wild Resource Conservation Program Applications

July 4, 2014

The DCNR Wild Resource Conservation Program will hold a hearing on funding applications on August 5 in the 6th Floor Conference Room, Rachel Carson Building, Harrisburg starting at 10:00. more»

Ag Progress Days caters to research 'tour'-ists

July 3, 2014

If you have an interest in research related to agriculture and natural resources, organizers of Penn State's Ag Progress Days have a deal for you. Come to the event, Aug. 12-14, board a bus and you'll be transported into the field, where you can learn about topics such as crop production, woodlot management, wildlife habitat, biofuel feedstocks and water quality.

Lonie becomes Penn State's 'advocate-in-chief' for ag education

July 3, 2014

It would be difficult to find anyone with more enthusiasm for agriculture than Jean Lonie. more»

Scorecard On Budget: Senate, House Left Town, Corbett Still Wants Pension Reform

July 3, 2014

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»

House Amends, Returns Fiscal Code Bill To Senate For Concurrence, Adjourns

July 2, 2014

After amending House Bill 278 (Baker-R-Tioga), the Fiscal Code bill designed to implement parts of the state budget, the House voted 121 to 78 to send the measure back to the Senate. more»

Gov. Corbett: All Options On The Table, Including Vetoing The Budget, To Get Action On Pension Issue

July 2, 2014

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»

PEC Urges Toomey Not To Eliminate Federal Transportation Alternatives Program

July 2, 2014

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»

PA Environmental Council Urges House To Eliminate Ill-Advised Conventional Well Language In Fiscal Code

July 2, 2014

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»

Roush named new dean of College of Agricultural Sciences

July 2, 2014

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.

Game Commission: PA’s Bald Eagles Continue Their Climb

July 2, 2014

At its midway point, there’s already reason to believe 2014 just might go down as the “more»

Exelon Issues 2013 Sustainability Report

July 2, 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»

$5.6 Million Mine Reclamation Project Completed In Clearfield County

July 2, 2014

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»

Western PA Conservancy July Water, Land, Life Newsletter Now Available

July 2, 2014

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 predict malaria at local levels

July 2, 2014

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»

House Rules Committee Amends Fiscal Code Bill, Will Force Senate To Return

July 2, 2014

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»

Fall Schedule For Senate, House

July 1, 2014

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

Senate Just Left Town, Will Not Return Until September

July 1, 2014

The Senate tonight recessed and announced it will not return to Harrisburg until Monday, September 15. The House is still in session, but in Republican and Democratic Caucuses. more»

EQB To Consider Medical Waste, Land Reclamation Guarantees, Chloride Toxicity July 15

July 1, 2014

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»

DEP, Police Search For Missing Nuclear Gauge In Pittsburgh

July 1, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection and police in Pittsburgh and Mount Lebanon Tuesday said they are searching for a missing porta more»

Fiscal Code Bill Passed By Senate After A Tie Vote

July 1, 2014

The Senate Tuesday passed the Fiscal Code bill-- House Bill 278 (Baker-R-Tioga)-- that follows to implement provisions in the General Fund budget. more»

DEP Citizens Advisory Council: Endangered Species Review, Non-Impact Drilling July 15

July 1, 2014

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»

Resource guide to health care options available to PA residents

July 1, 2014

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.

Convergence At The Confluence Of 3 Rivers August 11 In Pittsburgh

July 1, 2014

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»

Water Resources Education Network Water Policy News Now Available

July 1, 2014

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»

PA Parks And Forests Foundation Summer Newsletter Now Available

July 1, 2014

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.

Parasite-free honey bees enable study of bee health

July 1, 2014

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.

Student Stories: Majorettes captain looks to veterinary career

July 1, 2014

Working with animals can be as unpredictable as being captain of the Penn State Majorettes, according to Shahkila Daniels.

The Other Shoe Is Dropping-- The Fiscal Code Bill Makes Major Changes

June 30, 2014

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»

Senate, House Republicans Approve $29 Billion Budget Relying Heavily On More Drilling

June 30, 2014

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»

Western PA Energy Development Authority Funding Workshops July 17, 23, 24

June 30, 2014

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»

PUC Offers Tips To Help Beat The Heat With #WaysToStayCool

June 30, 2014

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 Utilities Proposes To Update Electric Meters

June 30, 2014

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»

PEC Opposes End Run of Legislative Process for Conventional Oil and Gas Well Regulation

June 30, 2014

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 parasite manipulates host's scent

June 30, 2014

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.

DEP Mine Reclamation Contracts in Centre, Clearfield Counties Totaling Nearly $900,000

June 30, 2014

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»

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