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Senate Committee OKs Bills On State Funding For Lateral Water, Sewer Lines

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Monday approved several wastewater infrastructure bills and a bill to change the makeup of the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Board with an amendment to fill a gap in funding for DEP’s Storage Tank Program.

The bills include--

-- Senate Bill 334 (Fontana-D-Allegheny) authorizing a municipality or authority to include private lateral rehabilitation or replacement of sewer lines in PennVEST funding applications - no new funding source identified (sponsor summary) [now in Senate Appropriations Committee];

-- Senate Bill 639 (Fontana-D-Allegheny) authorizing a municipality or authority to include private lateral rehabilitation or replacement of water lines in PennVEST funding applications - no new funding source identified (sponsor summary) [passed by the Senate];

-- Senate Bill 692 (Blake-D-Lackawanna) amends to Sewage Facilities Act to increase what a local agency may charge from $25 to $100 (sponsor summary) [on Senate Calendar]; and

-- House Bill 290 (Metzgar-R-Bedford) providing for legislative appointments to the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Board was amended to include language from Senate Bill 649 (Yudichak-D-Luzerne) filling a gap in funding for DEP’s Storage Tank Program and extending the sunset date for the environmental cleanup programs for storage tanks. [Senate Appropriations Committee will consider Monday, June 26.]  (Click Here for more.)

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) serves as Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Committee and can be contacted by sending email to: gyaw@pasen.gov.   Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by sending email to: yudichak@pasenate.com.

[Posted: June 19, 2017]


6/26/2017

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