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House GOP Budget Proposal Based On Liquor Privatization, Fund Transfers

June 24, 2014

The House Appropriations Committee Tuesday amended and reported out House Bill 2328 (Adolph-R-Delaware) which creates a $29.1 billion General Fund budget that relies on $380 million from the passage of more»

EPA Orders 85 PA Municipalities To Improve Stormwater Management

June 24, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday announced it has sent orders to 85 municipalities in northcentral and northeast Pennsylvania requiring improvements to their programs for managing stormwater. more»

PA Energy Development Authority Funding Workshops in Northcentral PA July 14-17

June 24, 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 northcentral Pennsylvania.The wor more»

House Votes To Suspend Tax Credit Programs, But Not Film Production, EITC

June 24, 2014

The House voted Monday to amend House Bill 2188 (Cutler-R-Lancaster) to suspend certain tax credit programs for two years as part of this year’s budget dance. more»

DEP Offers Online Refresher Training Program for X-Ray Equipment Operators

June 23, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced it has partnered with a professor of health physics from Bloomsburg University to develop refresher training materials for operators of X-ray equipment who conduct low-risk procedures such as general radiography and dental X-rays.“Contin more»

House Environmental Committee Adds Conventional Well Bill To June 25 Agenda

June 23, 2014

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee late Monday, the Committee added House Bill 2350 (Causer-R-Cameron) setting different environmental and operational standards for conventional oil more»

Penn State IT helps University foals start off on the right hoof

June 23, 2014

Penn State's equine science team uses microchips, social media and live-streaming video technologies throughout the life cycle of the University's horses and during the department’s various events.

Bill Setting New Conventional Well Standards Set For Action June 25 By Senate Environmental Committee

June 23, 2014

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee has now scheduled a meeting for June 25 to consider Senate Bill 1378 (Scarnati-R- Jefferson) that would set different environmental standards for more»

Habitat loss, not poison, better explains grassland bird decline

June 23, 2014

Contrary to recent well-publicized research, habitat loss, not insecticide use, continues to be the best explanation for the declines in grassland bird populations in the U.S. since the 1980s, according to a new study by ecologists.

DCNR Files Court Appeal On Request For State Parks, Forest Drilling Information

June 20, 2014

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Thursday appealed to Commonwealth Court a decision by the PA Office of Open Records directing his administration to turn over information on his plan to raise $75 million through the additional leasing of mineral rights in state parks and fore more»

Timber frame structure part of Pasto Museum silent auction at Ag Progress Days

June 20, 2014

A unique timber frame structure, built onsite during Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 12-14, will be included in the Pasto Agricultural Museum's annual silent auction.

Urban agriculture the focus of June 27 webinar

June 20, 2014

Urban agriculture -- including its economics, successes and challenges -- will be the topic of a free Web-based seminar being offered at 2 p.m. June 27. The 90-minute webinar is sponsored by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development.

Gov. Corbett Gives Pension, Liquor Ultimatum, Does Not Rule Out Severance Tax

June 20, 2014

Gov. Corbett this week made a “request” that the Senate and House do meaningful pension reform and liquor reform first before he will talk about what to do with the state budget or enacting revenue measures like a natural gas severance tax.  But he didn’t rule out enactment of a severance tax. “I am willing to be here.  The Lt. Governor is willing to be here.  No bluster, no threats. more»

Patriot-News: Budget Secretary Warns New Taxes May Be Required To Balance Budget

June 20, 2014

Expanding on Gov. Corbett’s budget statements this week, the Patriot-News reported Friday Budget Secretary Charles Zogby said Gov. more»

River Sweep Volunteers Needed For June 21 Cleanup In Western PA

June 20, 2014

Volunteers are needed for the 24th Annual River Sweep this June 21, from 8 a.m. to noon to help clean up stream and riverbanks in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland Counties. more»

DEP CAC Told PA Must Reduce Nitrogen By Over 10 Million Pounds By 2017

June 20, 2014

Andy Zemba, Director of DEP’s Interstate Waters Office, told the DEP Citizens Advisory Council Tuesday Pennsylvania must reduce its nitrogen load going into our rivers and streams by over 10 million pounds, our sediment load by nearly 212 million pounds and our phosphorus pollution by 141,000 pounds if we are to more»

Commonwealth Sues Major Oil Companies To Recover MTBE Damage, Cleanup Costs

June 19, 2014

Attorneys representing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania filed separate lawsuits in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Thursday, seeking relief for the widespread pollution and more»

Keep PA Beautiful: Winners Of Great American Cleanup Of PA Video Contest

June 19, 2014

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Thursday announced a video by Clean and Green Harrisburg with Tri County Community Action in Dauphin County is the winner of the 2014 Great American Cleanup of PA Video Contest.The video captured residents of all ages cleaning up a section of their neighborhood. more»

Behring assumes presidency of international agriculture association

June 19, 2014

Deanna Behring, director of international programs in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has begun a one-year term as president of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development, an organization of U.S. and internationally based members who have devoted their careers to global agricultural development and hunger alleviation.

TreeVitalize Watershed Grants Available In Southeast PA For Watershed Tree Plantings

June 19, 2014

The PA Horticultural Society announced Thursday it will begin accepting applications for Southeast TreeVitalize Watershed Grants to encourage tree plantings in stream corridors and watersheds in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelp more»

Student Stories: Forest Science major helps with forest fire, carbon research

June 19, 2014

Penn State student Celine Colbert spent last summer in the West assisting with research that may help to prevent severe wildfires.

Senate, House Adjourn Until Monday, Skipping Scheduled Thursday Session Day

June 18, 2014

Both the Senate and House adjourned today until Monday, skipping a scheduled Thursday voting session.  No doubt they'll be working on the state budget.

Help Wanted: Professional Recyclers Of PA Seeks Executive Director

June 18, 2014

The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania, currently headquartered in Harrisburg, seeks a creative, service-oriented individual to lead our 501(c)(3) organization. more»

DEP Climate Change Advisory Committee To Consider Work Schedule June 24

June 18, 2014

DEP’s Climate Change Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet on June 24 and will review a proposed schedule for developing the next Climate Change Impact Assessment report and the 2015 Climate Change Action Plan. more»

PennVEST, DEP: Results Of Nutrient Credit Trading Auction, Next Auction Sept. 10

June 18, 2014

The PA Infrastructure Investment Authority and the Department of Environmental Protection, along with financial information services company Markit, announced Wednesday they have held the second “forward” auction in 2014 for the sale and purchase of nutr more»

DEP Fines Carrizo Marcellus LLC $192,044 For Well Control Incident, Spill

June 18, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday announced it has fined Carrizo Marcellus LLC of Houston, Texas, $192,044 for a well control incident and a production water spill at gas well pads in Washington Township, Wyoming County, in March and April 2013.“These were serious incidents that resulted in environmental degradation and the evacuation of citizens from their homes,” DEP Director more»

Legislative Audit Advisory Commission Report Finds $153 Million Reserve In 2013

June 18, 2014

The bicameral, bipartisan Legislative Audit Advisory Commission chaired by Rep. more»

Senate Environmental Committee Hearing June 27 On EPA Carbon Reduction Reg.

June 18, 2014

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas reduction requirements for existing power plants on June 27 and its potential impacts on energy generation in Pennsylvania. more»

DEP To Webcast Oil & Gas Advisory Board Meeting Live June 26

June 18, 2014

DEP’s Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board is scheduled to meet on June 26 to consider a summary of comments on the Chapter 78 drilling regulation changes and a conceptual overview of new, draft changes for a new regulation package covering well drilling standards, operations, pl more»

Penn State Extension Offers Tips For Healthier Ponds In June 25 Webinar

June 18, 2014

The Penn State Water Resources Extension team will provide a live, one hour webinar from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. more»

Penn State: 2014 Groundwater Symposium Presentations Posted

June 18, 2014

Groundwater professionals from across Pennsylvania gathered on May 7 at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College for the 2014 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium. more»

Governor’s Office Responds To Post-Gazette Article On Allegheny Forest Insect Plan

June 18, 2014

Patrick Henderson, Deputy Chief of Staff for Gov. Corbett, responded to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette June 14 alleging a conspiracy to open the Allegheny National Forest to more logging by using provisions in the new federal Farm Bill. more»

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