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Crisci Associates, Oct. 5, 2015, Issue #588
* DEP Cancels Oct. 7 Air Quality Advisory Committee Meeting Due To Budget Impasse

Late Friday afternoon, the Department of Environmental Protection canceled the October 7 meeting of the Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee “due to the budget impasse.”

* Gov. Wolf Imposes Hiring Freeze, Travel, Purchasing Limits

Late Thursday, in response to the continued budget impasse, Gov. Wolf imposed a hiring freeze on state agencies, with the only exceptions being those positions providing direct care to patients, residents and clients; those directly engaged in law enforcement, public safety and corrections; or revenue-generating and revenue-collecting positions.

* PEMA: Citizens Urged To Watch For Flooding, Strong Winds This Weekend

Weather forecasts are calling for rain and strong winds this weekend, and state officials are urging citizens to watch for possible flooding over the next several days, although the full impact of Hurricane Joaquin is now not likely to hit Pennsylvania.

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* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule [Updated] /Gov’s Schedule/ 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--

* Bills On Governor's Desk

The following bills were given final approval by the Senate and House and are now on the Governor's desk for action--

* Senate/House Bills Moving

The following bills of interest saw action this week in the House and Senate--

* Bill Encouraging Reuse Of Treated Mine Water For Fracking Sent To Governor

Senate Bill 875 (Bartolotta-R-Fayette) encouraging the reusing of abandoned mine water for drilling operations was given final approval by the Senate Tuesday and now goes to Gov. Wolf for his action.

* PUC Welcomes Andrew Place To The Commission

The Public Utility Commission Wednesday welcomed Andrew Place, of Greene County, to the Commission and thanked the Pennsylvania Senate for its support of his nomination.

* Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Awards $275,000 In 9 Grants

On September 17 the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund awarded $275,000 for 9 projects designed to help control stormwater runoff, abandoned mine drainage, agricultural pollution and land preservation.  The grants include:

* Groups In Bradford County Recognized As Chesapeake Bay Forest Champions

At its tenth annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum, the organization, with support from the U.S. Forest Service, recognized four Chesapeake Forest Champions: a non-profit protecting urban trees, a partnership promoting Pennsylvania forest buffers, a landowner duo managing a stewardship-certified forest and a leader in sustainable forest management.

* DCNR Introduces New Watershed Education Program

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks has opened a new Watershed Education (WE) Program website to give educators and students in grades 6 through 12 new tools to investigation their local watersheds.

* Oct. 28 Selling Stormwater Management Webcast, Panel Discussion

The Westmoreland County Conservation District and 3 Rivers Wet Weather are hosting a Selling Stormwater Management Webcast and Panel Discussion on October 28 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

* Call For Proposals, Student Posters: 2016 Keystone Goldwater Conference

The 2016 Keystone Coldwater Conference organizers are now accepting presentation and student proposals for this special event.  It will be held February 26-27 at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College.

* DEP Invites Comments On Water Quality Assessment, Listing Methodology

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the October 3 PA Bulletin of the opportunity to comment on the draft 2015 Water Quality Assessment and Listing Methodology used to meet Sections 303(d) and 305(b) federal Clean Water Act requirements. 

* American Water Releases Corporate Responsibility Report

American Water Company, Inc., including PA American Water, announced Monday it has issued its third biennial corporate responsibility report, covering performance in 2013 and 2014.

* Sept. 28 Watershed Winds Newsletter Now Available From Penn State Extension

The September 28 edition of the Watershed Winds newsletter is now available from Penn State Extension featuring stories on--

* Oct. 2 Riverwatch Report From Delaware Riverkeeper Network Now Available

The October 2 Riverwatch Report from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network is now available featuring stories on--

* DEP’s Richard Beam Wins National Abandoned Mine Land Assn. Teaching Award

Richard Beam of the Department of Environmental Protection was recently honored by the federal Office of Surface Mining with the 2015 Dave Bucknam Outstanding Instructor Award.

* October 1 DEP News Now Available

The October 1 edition of DEP News is now available from the Department of Environmental Protection featuring articles on--

* Submit Applications For DEP Environmental Education Grants Beginning Oct. 5

The Department of Environmental Protection will begin accepting applications for Environmental Education Grants on October 5.   The deadline for applications is December 18.  (formal notice)

* Learn How To Apply For Green Ribbon School Program In Oct. 7 Webinar

Join the Department of Education’s Science Advisor Dave Bauman as he presents a webinar on the U.S. Green Ribbon School Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn about this year’s application, important due dates and how your school can be involved.

* DEP Now Accepting Section 902 Recycling Grant Applications

The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for Section 902 Recycling Implementation Grants.  The deadline for applications is November 20.  (formal notice)

* Keep PA Beautiful: Join Adoption Programs To Keep Communities Trash Free

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful invites local residents, organizations, civic groups, and businesses to commit to keep communities litter free by joining adoption programs.

* Volunteers In Kiski River Cleanup Net 400 Tires In Westmoreland County

Two dozen volunteers collected 400 tires and bags of other metal debris during the Kiski River cleanup event on September 26-27 at the Avonmore Bridge in Westmoreland County organized by the Roaring Run and Kiski Watershed associations.

* Make Your Reservations Now: PA Resources Council Awards Dinner Nov. 12

The PA Resources Council will hold its Annual Awards Dinner on November 12 from 6-9:00 p.m. at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.

* Covanta Acquires 2 Speciality Waste Services Companies In Pennsylvania

Covanta, a world leader in sustainable waste and energy solutions, Wednesday announced its subsidiary, Covanta Environmental Solutions, has acquired Waste Recovery Solutions, Inc. and Chesapeake Waste Solutions, two privately-held environmental services companies located in Pennsylvania.

* EPA Brownfields Workshop Oct. 26 For Local Governments, Nonprofits

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3 Brownfields team invites representatives of local governments and nonprofit organizations to participate in the Brownfields Proposal Guidelines Workshop on October 26 starting at 1:00 p.m.

* DEP Publishes Updated Underground Tank Cathodic Protection Guidance

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the October 3 PA Bulletin of the availability of the new, final technical guidance on Underground Storage Tank Cathodic Protection Systems.

* Post-Gazette: Federal Court Says PA Haze Pollution Control Plan Inadequate

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Wednesday the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the air pollution control plan Pennsylvania submitted in 2010 to meet U.S. Environmental Protection haze pollution control requirements was insufficient.

* EPA Proposes 70 ppm Ozone Pollution Standard, More Counties In PA Affected

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday announced it is proposing to reduce the national ambient air quality standard for ozone pollution from 75 parts per million (ppm) to 70 ppm.  Click Here for the formal announcement.

* DEP Update On Drilling Chemical Release Into Water Supplies In Potter County

The Department of Environmental Protection is issuing a Notice of Violation to JKLM Energy after the chemical release from JKLM’s Reese Hollow 118 well pad on September 18, 2015. The wellpad is located in Sweden Township.

* Groups: EPA Oil, Gas Methane Rule Good First Step, But Must Do More

Scientists, public health officials, and environmentalists as well as representatives of faith, parent and student groups from Pennsylvania and Ohio Tuesday applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry at an EPA hearing on the rule in Pittsburgh.

* FirstEnergy LED Street Lights Workshops Set In October, November

FirstEnergy electric utilities-- Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power-- are hosting four LED Street Light Workshops from October 20 to November 9 for municipal officials interested in learning more about how LED lighting can reduce their costs.

* Keystone Energy Education Program Workshop Oct. 20 In Philadelphia

The Department of Environmental Protection invites middle school teachers, administrators, and building managers to an October 20 training workshop in Philadelphia on the Keystone Energy Education Program (KEEP) to teach and track energy efficiency in school buildings and homes.

* 5th Annual Pittsburgh Solar Tour Oct. 17

PennFuture is marking October as National Solar Tour Month by announcing its fifth annual Pittsburgh Solar Tour to take place from noon to 4 p.m. on October 17.

* Oct. 14 AWEA State Wind Energy Forum For Pennsylvania In Harrisburg

The American Wind Energy Association will host a State Wind Energy Forum for Pennsylvania on October 14 at Penn State University campus in Harrisburg.

* DEP Completes 7 Of 14 Listening Sessions On EPA Clean Power Climate Plan

The Department of Environmental Protection has completed 7 of the 14 listening sessions on the federal Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. DEP Secretary John Quigley has chaired each session.

* PA Clean Power Climate Plan Comments: Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance

Listening sessions held by the Department of Environmental Protection around the state are gathering comments on EPA’s Clean Power Climate Plan requirements to help Pennsylvania develop a plan for meeting those requirements.   The Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance presented these comments by Art Olson from SmartWatt Energy, Inc. at the September 28 session--

* PA Clean Power Climate Plan Comments: PA Manufacturers’ Association

Listening sessions held by the Department of Environmental Protection around the state are gathering comments on EPA’s Clean Power Climate Plan requirements to help Pennsylvania develop a plan for meeting those requirements.   The Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association presented these comments at the September 15 session--

* PECO Plan Approved By PUC To Make Switching To Natural Gas More Affordable

The Public Utility Commission Thursday approved PECO’s Smart Natural Gas Conversion Plan to expand natural gas service to meet growing customer demand.

* UGI, Columbia Gas, PPL, Duquesne Named Environmental Champions In Utility Survey

UGI Utilities, Inc. was among 36 utility companies nationwide that were named “Environmental Champions” in a recent study by Cogent Reports, a division of Market Strategies International.

* PUC Highlights Utilities Cybersecurity Information Sharing, Collaboration

The Public Utility Commission Thursday united state and federal government agencies, utility companies and law enforcement to highlight National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the collaborative work being done to protect Pennsylvania’s critical infrastructure.

* Nominations Now Being Accepted For Governor’s Local Government Awards

The Governor’s Center for Local Government Services is now accepting nominations for the annual Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence.  Nominations due December 1.

* DCNR, DEP Increasing Efforts To Monitor Seismic Activity In Pennsylvania

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn Tuesday announced the department, in partnership with the Department of Environmental Protection, is increasing earthquake monitoring in the Commonwealth.

* South Mountain Speakers Series To Focus On Craighead Family Legacy Oct. 8

As summer comes to a close, the next lecture in the 2015 South Mountain Speakers Series will focus on the Craighead family, whose children were inspired by their summers spent along the Yellow Breeches and went on to become famous naturalists and authors.

* Brodhead Watershed Assn. Hosts 2 Get Outside Poconos Hikes In October

The Brodhead Watershed Association in Monroe County is hosting two Get Outdoors Poconos hikes: October 17 on Spruce Mountain and October 24 in Pinebrook Park.

* Fish & Boat Board Acts On Trout Waters, Endangered Species, Dam Removal

Trout anglers who want an experience targeting bigger fish will have the opportunity to catch 14”-20” trout in eight Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters, unveiled Tuesday at the quarterly meeting of the Fish and Boat Commission.

* Gov. Wolf, DCNR Announce More State Forest Roads Opening For Hunting Seasons

Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday announced hunters heading into Pennsylvania’s state-owned woodlands this season will find additional roads opened by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in 18 of the 20 state forest districts.

* Nature Conservancy-PA Celebrates Tannersville Bog Day In Monroe County Oct. 18

The Nature Conservancy-PA celebrates the purchase of 116 acres of critical habitat at the Tannersville Cranberry Bog – marking the culmination of a decades-long protection effort of this National Natural Landmark.

* Opportunity To Bid On DEP Mine Reclamation Project In Blair County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the October 3 PA Bulletin of the opportunity to bid on a mine reclamation project in Blair County.

* Marla Meyer Papernick Joins PEC As Communities, Landscapes Program Manager

The PA Environmental Council has hired Marla Meyer Papernick as its Communities and Landscapes Program Manager.

* Help Wanted: Delaware Estuary Partnership Deputy Executive Director

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, a regional environmental nonprofit organization based in Wilmington, Delaware, seeks a full-time Deputy Executive Director to join its senior management team and a Coordinator of Grants.

* Help Wanted: Berks Conservation District Agricultural Resource Conservation Supervisor

The Berks County Conservation District is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Agricultural Resource Conservation Supervisory.  Applications are due October 16.

* Help Wanted: PennFuture Staff Attorney Philadelphia

PennFuture is looking for qualified candidates to fill a staff attorney position in its Philadelphia office.  The application deadline is November 15.

* Public Participation Opportunities/Calendar Of Events

This section lists House and Senate Committee meetings, DEP and other public hearings and meetings and other interesting environmental events.

* 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.

* Environmental NewsClips - All Topics

Here are NewsClips from around the state on all environmental topics, including General Environment, Budget, Marcellus Shale, Watershed Protection and much more--

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

The Environmental Quality Board published notice in the October 3 PA Bulletin (page 5920) of proposed changes to remining regulations.  The deadline for comments is November 2.   A copy of the proposed regulation is posted and comments can be submitted to DEP via its eComment webpage.

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