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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Crisci Associates, August 4, 2014
(8/4/2014)
* DCNR To Open 15 Day Comment Period On Loyalsock State Forest Drilling Plan

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti Wednesday announced the department will seek public comment once a draft Surface Development Management Agreement has been negotiated to protect the natural and recreational resources of a 25,000-acre tract known as the Clarence Moore lands in the Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County.

* More Details Released On DCNR Non-Surface Disturbance Natural Gas Leasing

On Wednesday, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources released more details on how it plans to go about leasing additional State Forest and State Park lands for “non-surface disturbance” natural gas development.

* Save The Date: PEC Hosts Pennsylvania Environmental Policy Conference Sept. 17

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council will be hosting a one day policy conference on September 17 in Harrisburg featuring dialog on key environmental issues in the Commonwealth.

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* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule(Updated)/Bills Introduced

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee meetings showing bills of interest as well as a list of new environmental bills introduced--

* House GOP: See You In September For Pensions, Philly School Cigarette Tax

Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson) and House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) Thursday cancelled voting session set for August 4, 5 and 6 in the House saying public pension reform and a bill dealing primarily with the Philadelphia school district will be voted in September.

* Senate Republican Leaders Explore Options For Challenging Line Item Vetoes

Senate Republican leaders this week began exploring their options for challenging the line item vetoes of legislative initiatives in the Fiscal Code bill they say may violate the state’s constitution.

* July State Revenue Hits $2.2 Billion, More Than The $1.9 Billion In 2013

Pennsylvania collected $2.2 billion in General Fund revenue in July, the first month of the 2014-15 fiscal year, Secretary of Revenue Daniel Meuser reported Friday.

* July Environmental Synopsis Now Available From Joint Conservation Committee

The July edition of the Environmental Synopsis newsletter is now available from the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee.

* Fish Commission Asks EPA Help Identifying Factors In Poor Susquehanna River Health

The Executive Director of the Fish and Boat Commission Monday called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help identify the factors contributing to the poor health of the Susquehanna River and begin taking steps to improve the river’s condition “before it becomes too late to repair the damage.”

* Call For Abstracts: Susquehanna River Symposium Nov. 21-22

Bucknell University will host the 9th Susquehanna River Symposium on November 21-22 at the Elaine Langone Center in Lewisburg, Union County. 

* Chesapeake Bay Foundation Provides Summer Update On Watershed Cleanup Efforts

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA Summer Update newsletter is now available featuring a report on how Pennsylvania is doing in meeting its water pollution cleanup milestones and an update from Harry Campbell, PA Office Director, on a new initiative to educate and engage local officials in Pennsylvania in the watershed cleanup effort.  Click Here to read this edition.

* August Chesapeake Currents Is Now Available From Chesapeake Bay Program

The August Chesapeake Currents newsletter is now available from the Chesapeake Bay Program.

* Check Out The Latest Articles In The Chesapeake Bay Journal

Bookmark the Chesapeake Bay Journal to keep up-to-date on the latest from the Chesapeake Bay cleanup program.

* REAP Farm Conservation Tax Credit Program Begins Accepting Apps August 4

The Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Farm Conservation Tax Credit Program will begin accepting applications for completed projects on August 4 and for both proposed and completed projects August 25.

* Brodhead Watershed Assn Annual River Ramble Aug. 10 In Monroe County

The Brodhead Watershed Association in Monroe County invites everyone to join them for the annual River Ramble on August 10 from 1-4 p.m., at the ForEvergreen Nature Preserve in Analomink. There will be entertaining activities for the whole family.

* July Catalyst Newsletter Available From Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition

The July edition of The Catalyst newsletter is now available from the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition which features an article on the 16th Annual PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference in June.  The Slippery Rock Creek Watershed is in portions of Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, Mercer and Venango counties.

* KPB’s Litter Free School Zone To Kick Off For New School Year

The Keep PA Beautiful Litter Free School Zone Program is designed to encourage students to keep their school grounds litter-free and to raise public awareness regarding litter via a Litter Free School Zone sign to be displayed outside the school.

* Centre County Arts Fest Recycling Sees Substantial Increase In 2014

Approximately 4,000 pounds of recyclables were collected during the four-day Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, a tenfold increase over 2013, in Centre County.

* Keep PA Beautiful July Beautiful Resources Newsletter Now Available

The July issue of Keep PA Beautiful’s Beautiful Resources newsletter is now available.  Articles highlight the upcoming KPB report on recommendations to reduce illegal dumping to be released in September, details on the upcoming Litter Free School Zone Program for this year and much more.  Click Here to read this edition.

* Gov. Corbett, Ohio, West Virginia Officials Rally Against EPA Climate Rule

Gov. Corbett Wednesday rallied on behalf of working families in Pennsylvania’s energy sector. Joined at the Rally to Support American Energy in Pittsburgh by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, Gov. Corbett criticized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent proposed rule for power plant emissions reduction, which could result in significant job loss in Pennsylvania.

* DEP Testifies At EPA Hearing On Greenhouse Gas Reduction Rule

On Thursday, Vince Brisini, DEP Deputy Secretary for Waste, Air, Radiation and Remediation testified on EPA’s proposed rule, offering Pennsylvania’s plan for how cleaner air, lower energy prices and more jobs can be achieved through a responsible plan for emissions reduction that recognizes Pennsylvania’s diverse energy resources.

* PA Earns International Recognition For Strategies To Attract New Energy Investments

Gov. Tom Corbett Monday announced the Foreign Direct Investment Association named Pennsylvania the 2014 FDI Destination of the Future for Energy Intensive Industries for actively implementing strategies to support foreign direct investment in the energy sector.  

* PUC Reminds Consumers Of Electric Choice Standard Offer Program Savings

The Public Utility Commission Monday reminded consumers saving money on electricity can be as simple as enrolling in the Commission’s Electric Choice Standard Offer Program. The program was recognized last week by Gov. Tom Corbett as the year’s “Best Customer Service Innovation” at the 2014 Innovation Expo.

* PPL Electric Proposes Major New Regional Transmission Project

PPL Corporation announced Thursday that its Pennsylvania utility, PPL Electric Utilities Corporation, is proposing to build a major new regional transmission line that would make electric service more reliable and enhance the security of the electric grid while reducing the cost of electricity for consumers.

* Marcellus Shale Coalition Issues Annual Workforce Survey

The Marcellus Shale Coalition Tuesday released the results of its annual workforce survey. The findings – based on 2013 data – were provided by a large majority of MSC member companies, representing nearly 95 percent of Pennsylvania’s shale production.

* More Pennsylvania Counties Report Positive For West Nile Virus

The Department of Environmental Protection reported this week over 100 samples of mosquitoes and dead birds in nearly two dozen counties were positive for West Nile Virus prompting an increase in spraying operations.

* DCNR Announces Public-Private Partnership To Preserve Lighthouse At Presque Isle

Lt. Governor Jim Cawley Monday joined Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti in announcing the department and the newly created Presque Isle Light Station organization have reached an agreement for a public/private effort to renovate and eventually open to the public the historic lighthouse at Presque Isle State Park in Erie.

* Hawk Mountain Highlights The Important Connection Between Conservation, Economy

Lt. Governor Jim Cawley visited Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Berks County Tuesday to announce a $250,000 grant through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources that will revitalize an existing trail connecting the amphitheater with the rest of the property, and making it accessible for people with disabilities.

* DCNR: Groundbreaking For Kinzua Bridge State Park Office/Visitor Center Aug. 21

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti Thursday announced  work will begin in August now that contracts have been awarded for the construction of a new park office/visitor center at Kinzua Bridge State Park, McKean County.

* PA Parks & Forest Foundation President To Cycle 88 Miles In One Day To Raise Funds

Putting her pedals behind her message, PA Parks and Forest Foundation President Marci Mowery is cycling to support the foundation’s work for state parks and forests with a Ohiopyle State Park to Point State Park ride.

* Manada Conservancy Presents Crickets & Katydids Aug. 21 In Hershey

The Manada Conservancy presents a special program for kids and adults on August 21 called Crickets and Katydids with naturalist Steve Rannels who will take participants on a journey into their world.

* Help Wanted: Berks Conservation District Assistant District Executive

The Berks County Conservation District will be accepting applicants for the position of Assistant District Executive starting August 7 through August 29.

* Help Wanted: Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA Staff Scientist

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation Harrisburg office is looking to fill the position of Staff Scientist who will do critical technical analysis, summary, and translation of diverse and complex scientific issues, with a focus on issues related to surface and groundwater quality, into CBF positions on policy, regulation, legislation, and for general advocacy.

* Your 2 Cents: Issues On Advisory Committee Agendas

This section gives you a continuously updated thumbnail sketch of issues to be considered in upcoming advisory committee meetings where the agendas have been released

* Grants & Awards

This section gives you a heads up on upcoming deadlines for awards and grants and other recognition programs.  NEW means new from last week.

* Budget/Quick NewsClips

Here's a selection of NewsClips on environmental topics from around the state--

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips

Here are NewsClips on topics related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling---

* Flooding/Watershed NewsClips

Here are NewsClips on watershed topics from around the state--

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

The DEP Board of Coal Mine Safety published proposed regulations setting standards for surface mining facilities for comment (PA Bulletin, page 5191).

* Calendar Of Events

Upcoming legislative meetings, conferences, workshops, plus links to other online calendars.  Meetings are in Harrisburg unless otherwise noted.  NEW means new from last week.  Go to the online Calendar webpage.

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