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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Crisci Associates, Nov. 10, 2014
* Tom Wolf Wins Governor’s Race, Senate, House GOP Gain Seats, Session Next Week

CNN (8:03) and NBC News (8:07) projected Tom Wolf the winner of the Governor’s race in Pennsylvania just minutes after the polls closed at 8:00 p.m.  The Department of State election results webpage shows Wolf at 54.8 percent and Corbett at 45.1 percent.

* What Tom Wolf Said He Would Do On Environmental Issues

In May, then candidate Tom Wolf gave the Pennsylvania Environmental Council answers to questions on important environmental issues. Among them, he was asked what he would do during the first 100 days in office.  He said--

* PEC Urges DEP To Create A More Robust Oil & Gas Well Inspection Program

In comments on DEP’s proposed Oil and Gas Program Enforcement Policy, the PA Environmental Council Friday called on DEP to create a more robust compliance inspection program for oil and gas wells which it says the Department does not now have.

* DEP Citizens Advisory Council To Begin Discussion Of Report To New Governor Nov. 18

DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council will begin a discussion of its recommendations to Governor-Elect Tom Wolf for improving DEP operations and programs at its November 18 meeting. 

* Add Us To Your Google+ Circle

PA Environment Digest now has a Google+ Circle called Green Works In PA.  Just go to your Google+ page and search for, the email for the Digest Editor David Hess,  and let us join your Circle.

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule

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

* Senate Leadership Files Lawsuit Over Gov. Corbett Veto Of Fiscal Code Bill

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Wednesday Senate Republican and Democratic Leadership filed a lawsuit on election day against Gov. Corbett for his veto of provisions in the Fiscal Code bill in July which, among other items, vetoed $5 million in Senate and House funding for Harrisburg Parking expenses.

* Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA Tree Plantings, Film Screening In November

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA is sponsoring tree plantings in Dauphin and Lancaster counties and a special film screening of Water Blues, Green Solutions at the Midtown Cinema in Harrisburg, according to Kate Austin, PA Grassroots Field Specialist, CBF-PA.  Here are the details—

* Delaware Estuary Science & Environmental Summit Jan. 25-28 In New Jersey

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary will host its annual Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit on January 25-28 in Cape May, New Jersey, with the theme of Balancing Progress and Protection.

* Growing Greener Coalition Funding, Grants Workshop Nov. 21 In Pittsburgh

The PA Growing Greener Coalition and its partners will host a one-day Grants and Funding Workshop November 21 from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. at the Regional Learning Alliance, 850 Cranberry Woods Dr., Cranberry Township, in Butler County.

* Where In The Watershed Walk #9, Brodhead Watershed Assn. Nov. 16

Attend the Brodhead Watershed Association and the Pocono Heritage Land Trust’s monthly “Where in the Watershed” Walks to little known places throughout the Brodhead Creek Watershed in Monroe County.

* October Catalyst Newsletter Now Available From Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition

The October edition of The Catalyst newsletter is now available from the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition in Butler County featuring articles on--

* October Water Policy News Now Available From Water Resources Education Network

The October issue of Water Policy News is now available from the PA League of Women Voters’ Water Resources Education Network featuring articles on--

* Penn State Extension: Nov. 3 Watershed Winds Newsletter

The November 3 Watershed Winds newsletter is now available from Penn State Extension featuring articles on--

* Former Camp Hill Borough Manager Charged With Illegal Sewage Dumping

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane Wednesday announced charges against former Camp Hill Borough Manager Gary Kline for allegedly allowing millions of gallons of untreated sewage to be discharged into the Conodoquinet Creek and the Yellow Breeches Creek.

* PRC Hard To Recycle Events Keep Thousands Of Pounds Of Waste From Landfills

The PA Resources Council would like to thank all of our sponsors, partner organizations, volunteers, and contractors for making the 2014 Hard to Recycle Collections the most successful  in the program's 10+ year history!

* Nov. 15 Electronic Waste Collection Event In Delaware County

The PA Resources Council and its partners will host an electronics recycling collection event in Lansdowne Borough, Delaware County on November 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Click Here for all the details.

* PA Resources Council 75th Anniversary Dinner, Awards Program Nov. 13

The Pennsylvania Resources Council – the Commonwealth’s oldest grassroots non-profit environmental organization – is celebrating its 75th anniversary of protecting Pennsylvania’s environment at its annual dinner being held on November 13 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. 

* November e-PRC Newsletter Now Available From PA Resources Council

The November issue of the e-PRC newsletter is now available from the PA Resources Council featuring articles on--

* KPB’s Shannon Reiter Elected To Keep America Beautiful Board

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s President, Shannon Reiter, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful. 

* DEP Forces Revised Power Plant Air Quality Regulation Thru Advisory Committee

DEP’s Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee Friday voted 11 to 5 to recommend a final  rulemaking to impose more stringent requirements Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) air quality standards on power plants be forwarded to the Environmental Quality Board for consideration, but only allowed members of the Committee two days to review the 24 page proposal and did not include key information used to calculate compliance with the standard.

* Free Potassium Iodide Tablets Available Nov. 20 To Residents Near Nuclear Power Plants

The Department of Health will provide free potassium iodide, or KI, November 20 to Pennsylvanians who currently have tablets with a December 2014 expiration date who live within 10-miles of one of the state’s five nuclear power plants.

* Sunoco To Go Ahead With 2 Pipeline Projects For Natural Gas Liquids, Propane

Sunoco Logistics Thursday announced they will go ahead with a second pipeline-- the Mariner East 2-- to carry natural gas liquids from southwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and West Virginia to the Marcus Hook Refinery near Philadelphia.

* Project Learning Tree GreenSchools Workshop Dec. 2 At Grey Towers

Teachers, students and school support staff and partners in the tri-state region are invited to attend a free workshop on December 2 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, Monroe County. 

* Pittsburgh’s Outdoor Classroom Sets Fall Schedule Of Teacher Education Programs

The Outdoor Classroom environmental education center has updated its Fall schedule of teacher education programs, including Project WILD, Project WET and others, at its Pittsburgh facility.  Click Here for a full schedule of upcoming events.

* DPW Urges Pennsylvanians To Apply For Assistance With Home Heating Bills

The Department of Public Welfare Monday kicked off the start of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application process for the 2014-15 season.

* Natural Lands Trust Pioneers Conservation Easement On Former Superfund Site

Natural Lands Trust announced recently the conservation of Laurel Hill, a 211-acre property in Newlin Township, Chester County.

* ClearWater Conservancy: Tussey Mountain Land Purchase Now Part Of State Forest

ClearWater Conservancy completed the purchase of 281 mountainside acres on Tussey Mountain in Harris and Ferguson Townships and transferred the land to public ownership as part of Rothrock State Forest October 29.

* Delaware Highlands Conservancy Eagle Watch Volunteer Training Dec. 6

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is pleased to announce an Eagle Watch Volunteer Training Day on December 6, from 9:00 a.m.-1 p.m. in Lackawaxen, Pike County.

* Fall Issue Of Keystone Wild! Notes Now Available

The Fall issue of Keystone Wild! Notes is now available from DCNR’s Wild Resource Conservation Program.

* Help Wanted: Berks County Urban Resource Conservationist

The Berks County Conservation District is seeking candidates for an Urban Resource Conservationist position.

* Public Participation Opportunities/Calendar Of Events

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.  It also gives you a heads-up on House and Senate Committee meetings, conferences and other interesting events.  Meetings are in Harrisburg unless otherwise noted.

* 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.

* General Environmental/Budget NewsClips

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

* Marcelllus Shale NewsClips

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

* Watershed/Flooding NewsClips

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

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

The Environmental Quality Board published notice of final regulations related to medical and chemotherapeutic waste. (PA Bulletin page 7021)

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