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Crisci Associates, May 16, 2016 Issue #620
* House Could Vote On Resolution To Kill DEP’s Drilling Regulations At Any Time

House Concurrent Regulatory Review Resolution #1 to kill DEP’s final conventional (Chapter 78) and unconventional (Chapter 78a) drilling regulations remains on the House Calendar and could be voted on at any time when the House comes back to session starting May 16.

* Op-Ed: Protect Public From Environmental Hazards Of Drilling, Adopt DEP Regulations

By Suzanne Almeida, Executive Director, League Of Women Voters Of PA

* PA Trout Unlimited: Tell Your Legislators NOW To Let DEP Drilling Regs Move Forward

PA Council of Trout Unlimited is urging members of the public who care about clean water and the environment to contact their state House and state Senate member to support DEP’s Chapter 78 and 78a drilling regulations and vote against efforts to kill them.

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* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/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--

* Senate/House Bills Moving

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

* Growing Greener Coalition Thanks Senate For May Clean Water Counts Resolution

The PA Growing Greener Coalition thanked members of the Senate for designating the month of May as Clean Water Counts Month by passing  Senate Resolution 359 (McIlhinney-R-Bucks, Alloway-R-Adams).

* Senate Passes Yaw Resolution Designating June 5-11 Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week

The Senate Monday unanimously approved Senate Resolution 352 designating the week of June 5 through June 11 Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week.  The resolution was sponsored by Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and a member of the interstate Chesapeake Bay Commission.

* CBF-PA Applauds PA Legislators For Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week Resolutions

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA Tuesday applauded both chambers of the Pennsylvania legislature for unanimously approving resolutions designating the week of June 5-11 as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week.

* Chesapeake Bay Journal: Despite Progress, States To Fall Short Of Bay Cleanup Targets

Karl Blankenship, Editor of the Chesapeake Bay Journal, recently did a comprehensive article examining the issues related to the Chesapeake Bay Program’s midpoint assessment and whether states are meeting their sediment and nutrient reduction targets.

* DEP, Conservation Districts Work On Farm Inspections In Chesapeake Bay Watershed

In a briefing to the State Conservation Commission Tuesday, Department of Environmental Protection officials discussed details of the collaboration between DEP and county conservation districts to conduct farm inspections in the Chesapeake Bay watershed as part of the recently announced “Bay Reboot” strategy.

* CBF Op-Ed: Farm Bureau Can Choose To Be A Sore Loser Or Part Of The Solution

By William C. Baker, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

* Students Paddle For Prizes, Fun At CBF-PA’s First Canoe Classic May 15

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA’s Pennsylvania Student Leadership Council will host its first Canoe Classic for local high school students, on May 15, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Susquehanna Outfitters in Wormleysburg, near Harrisburg.

* Latest Chesapeake Bay Journal News Now Available

The May 9 Chesapeake Bay Journal news is now available featuring articles on--

* Study: Water Quality Monitoring Inadequate To Detect Drilling Impacts In Susquehanna

A study released in February by the Northeast-Midwest Institute and the U.S. Geological Survey found that, even after 8 years of intense shale gas development in the Susquehanna River Basin, current water quality monitoring is inadequate for detecting potential surface water or groundwater quality impacts of shale gas development activities in the basin.

* DEP Participates In Luzerne County Save The River Earth Day Celebration

"Save the River by Recycling and not Polluting the Air"  was the theme of a Department of Environmental Protection booth at Earth Day Celebration 2016 at RiverFront Park in Kingston, Luzerne County on April 22. 

* Tree Planting In Weiser State Forest Underscores Abandoned Mine Reclamation Efforts

Volunteers, including PA Environmental Council staff and DCNR Bureau of Forestry personnel kicked off a large tree-planting operation throughout Weiser State Forest [Columbia County] on April 30.

* USGS Study Of Juniata River Shows No Impacts From Drilling, Acceptable Water Quality

The results of a 26-month water quality study released Tuesday on the headwater streams of the Juniata River watershed in Western Blair County found no impacts from natural gas drilling and acceptable water quality.

* 3 Rivers Wet Weather: Better Backyards For Health Streams May 15 In Pittsburgh

3 Rivers Wet Weather and the North Area Environmental Council will host a Better Backyards for Healthy Streams Workshop on May 15 starting at 2:00 in the Ross Community Center, 1000 Ross Municipal Drive in Pittsburgh.

* Allegheny County Municipal Stormwater Planning & MS4 Water Quality Workshops Set

3 Rivers Wet Weather has scheduled a series of workshops on topics to help municipalities with wet weather planning and meeting their MS4 regulatory requirements for water quality.  The workshops are scheduled for--

* Youghiogheny River Symposium June 24-25 At Penn State-Fayette In Uniontown

Join the Chestnut Ridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited and its partners, Mountain Watershed Association and the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper, Ohiopyle State Park and the Fayette County Conservation District for the 2nd Youghiogheny River Symposium on June 24-25.

* May Catalyst Newsletter Now Available From Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition

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

* Coldwater Heritage Partnership Grant Aids Little Lehigh Buffer Project

On April 9, approximately 40 volunteers from the Little Lehigh Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Boy Scout Troop 131 and several community members completed Phase 1 of the chapter’s 2016 riparian buffer restoration project on Little Lehigh Creek.

* Philadelphia Celebrates 5 Years Of Green City, Clean Waters

Philadelphia Water Commissioner Debra A. McCarty joined students and members of the West Philadelphia Coalition for Neighborhood Schools at Henry C. Lea Elementary Tuesday to celebrate five years of Green City, Clean Waters.

* Delaware River Watershed Remains A Top Priority For Trout Unlimited

By Katy Dunlap, Trout Unlimited Eastern Water Project Director

* Delaware River Basin Commission Proposes Restructuring Of Water Withdrawal Fees

The Delaware River Basin Commission Monday announced a proposal to make several changes to its project review fee structure and to adjust its water supply charges annually for inflation.

* May 9 Watershed Winds Newsletter Now Available From Penn State Extension

The May 9 edition of the Watershed Winds newsletter is now available from Penn State Extension featuring articles on--

* Countdown Is On To Start Of DEP Mobile Inspections, Electronic Permitting

Since January 2015, the Department of Environmental Protection has embarked on a wide-ranging, Secretary-prioritized, internal modernization effort that will include improved business processes, a transition to new geolocation-based mobile solutions, paperless workflows, archive digitization, internal data-driven analytical research efforts, and greater data transparency.

* Environmental Quality Board To Consider Another DEP Fee Increase May 17

The May 17 Environmental Quality Board meeting agenda includes another proposed regulation increasing fees, this one is for the laboratory accreditation program that would raise about $170,000 more per year.

* DEP Citizens Advisory Council To Hear Report On Impact Of Budget Cuts May 17

DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council will hear a report at its May 17 meeting on the impact of DEP budget cuts on the Bureau of Laboratories operations which have a critical role to play in determining compliance with all air, water, waste, mining and other state environmental protection programs.

* June 20 Meeting, Hearing On Changes To Air Permit For Lackawanna Gas Power Plant

The Department of Environmental Protection Friday announced it will host a public meeting and hearing on revisions to an air quality plan approval for Lackawanna Energy Center, LLC on June 20 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Valley View High School, in Archbald

* Airborne Manganese Levels In Glasgow, Beaver County Warrant Further Investigation

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday announced airborne manganese concentrations in Glasgow Borough in Beaver County warrant further investigation. The results of a short-term (eight-month) monitoring project revealed manganese levels exceeding federal health-based long-term screening guidelines.

* DEP Notice Of Enforcement Policy For 500 PPM Heating Oil Sulfur Limit

The Department of Environmental Protection published a notice in the May 14 PA Bulletin outlining a transition policy for enforcement of the July 1 deadline for selling heating oil that meets a 500 parts per million sulfur content standard (25 Pa. Code Section 123.22). 

* PennFuture, Stay Positive Clairton Host Air Quality Expo May 15

PennFuture and Stay Positive Clairton are hosting an Air Quality Expo May 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Community Economic Development Corporation Center located at 282 St. Clair Avenue in Clairton, Allegheny County.

* EDF: EPA Finalizes Oil And Gas Methane Emission Limits

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday finalized clean air standards limiting emissions of methane from new and heavily modified sources in the oil and gas industry.

* PEC TV: Methane Emissions Environmental Focus Program Now Online

Methane emissions, the main component of natural gas and a highly potent greenhouse gas — and their consequences for Pennsylvania in the natural gas age is the topic of April’s “Environmental Focus” now available online.

* DEP Proposes Issuing Water Quality Certification For PennEast Pipeline

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the May 14 PA Bulletin proposing to issue federal Clean Water Act certification for the PennEast Pipeline running through Bucks, Carbon and Luzerne counties (PA Bulletin, page 2450).   DEP is accepting public comments on the proposed certification until June 13.

* DEP Oil & Gas Staff Participate In Sustainable Energy Workshop In Mongolia

Two members of the Department of Environmental Protection’s Oil and Gas program joined other executives from Pennsylvania’s Department of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce at a sustainable energy development workshop in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on May 4-6.

* Keep PA Beautiful Applauds Pennsylvania Winners Of 2016 RecycleMania

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Wednesday congratulated the Pennsylvania winners of the 2016 RecycleMania competition-- Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia was the Grand Champion with a recycling rate of 48.9 percent and the Per Capita Classic winner was Bucknell University in Lewisburg who recycled 26.5 pounds per capita.

* Register Now For PROP’s Recycling & Organics Conference July 27-29 In Harrisburg

Register now for the  Professional Recyclers of PA 26th Annual Recycling and Organics Conference to place July 27– 29 at the Best Western Premier in Harrisburg.

* Centre County Now Selling Compost From State College To Benefit Education Fund

The Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority is currently selling State College Borough compost at its facility located at 253 Transfer Road in Bellefonte.

* Gov. Wolf Announces Zika Virus Surveillance Plan, Risks Very Low In PA

Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday announced his administration’s plan to bolster surveillance, mitigation, and response efforts for Zika virus to better protect all residents in the Commonwealth.

* Benefits Of Waste-To-Energy vs. Landfills Needs To Be Recognized In PA Climate Plan

Covanta Energy’s recent comments on DEP’s draft Climate Action Plan Update highlighted the need for the Plan to recognize the benefits of energy-from-waste facilities in reducing climate-changing emissions from the disposal of waste as countries around the world have done.

* Advisory Committee To Consider Final DEP Climate Plan Update May 17

DEP’s Climate Change Advisory Committee will review the final version of the update to DEP’s Climate Action Plan at its meeting on May 17.

* PA League Of Women Voters Sustainable Energy & Jobs Symposium May 19 Pittsburgh

The League Of Women Voters of PA will host the THRIVE: Sustainable Energy, Jobs & Economic Development Symposium on May 19 at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh.

* Award Winner: Pittsburgh Green Building Alliance

The Green Building Alliance in Pittsburgh is one of 5 winners of the 2016 Dominion, PA Environmental Council Western PA Environmental Awards

* State Treasurer Relaunches KeystoneHELP Home Energy Efficiency Loan Program

The Pennsylvania Treasury, in partnership with leading national clean energy finance company Renew Financial and the Energy Programs Consortium Thursday announced the relaunch of the award-winning Keystone Home Energy Loan Program (KeystoneHELP)

* Penn State To Lead University Coalition For Clean Fossil Energy Research

Penn State will lead a University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (UCFER) that will advance basic and applied research for clean energy in support of the U.S. Department of Energy mission.

* EPA Awards 18 Brownfields Environmental Job Training Grants, 3 In PA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday announced the selection of 18 grantees for approximately $3.5 million in Brownfields Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants.

* May 12 DEP News Now Available

The May 12 edition of DEP News is now available from the Department of Environmental Protection featuring articles on--

* Still Time To Apply: Goddard Leadership Legacy Institute Student Summer Program

The Goddard Leadership Legacy Institute is accepting applications for its summer residential program for students ages 13 to 15 through June 10.

* Kettle Creek Watershed Assn. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Event A Success

The Kettle Creek Watershed Association 3-day Project Healing Water Fly Fishing event on May 6-8 for disabled veterans was a success.

* National Geographic Unveils Scenic, Wild Delaware River Geotourism Initiative

Businesses, organizations, elected officials, the National Park Service and community leaders participating recently participated in the Scenic, Wild Delaware River Geotourism initiative and introduced America’s newest and most compelling travel destination: the “Scenic, Wild Delaware River.”

* Kinzua Sky Walk Named 1 Of 10 Most Beautiful Sky Walks In The World

The Kinzua Bridge State Park Sky Walk in McKean County has been named one of the 10 most beautiful sky walks in the world by The Culture Trip website which showcases the best art, culture, food and travel for every country in the world.

* DCNR Posts Open Data Portal Allowing Access To All Published GIS Data

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Friday posted a new Open Data webpage that allows access to all of its published Geographic Information System data-- over 130 datasets related to state parks, state forests, geology, recreational opportunities and more.

* May 13 DCNR Resource Newsletter Now Available

The May 13 edition of the Resource newsletter is now available from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources featuring articles on--

* Gifford Pinchot’s Grey Towers Heritage Assn. Summer Lecture Series Set

Conservation and the Arts is a major focus of the Grey Towers Heritage Association Summer 2016 Lecture Series at Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford, Pike County.

* Grey Towers’ Historic Garden Tour June 4 In Pike County

Come see the historic gardens at Grey Towers National Historic Site, Gov. Gifford Pinchot’s former residence, in Milford, Pike County, in its late spring glory on June 4 at 10 a.m.

* Sen. Alloway Urges Public To Provide Online Feedback To Fish & Boat Commission

Sen. Rich Alloway II (R-Adams) is encouraging local anglers to provide feedback on issues pertaining to the Fish and Boat Commission through the use of a new online public comment webpage.

* Spring Newsletter From PA Council Of Trout Unlimited Now Available

The Spring 2016 newsletter from the PA Council of Trout Unlimited is now available featuring stories on--

* PA Council Of Trout Unlimited Names Tali MacArthur Program Manager

Tali MacArthur has been named Program Director for the Coldwater Heritage Partnership and PA Council of Trout Unlimited with over 10 years’ experience in the environmental conservation and management field.

* Kim Snyder New Manager Of DEP’s Wilkes-Barre Abandoned Mine Reclamation Office

The Department of Environmental Protection Saturday announced the appointment of Kim Snyder as Environmental Program Manager for the Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation’s Wilkes-Barre Office.

* Help Wanted: Trout Unlimited Policy Director For The Mid-Atlantic Region

Trout Unlimited is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Policy Director for the Mid-Atlantic Region to lead efforts to protect coldwater habitats under pressure from energy production and transmission activities based in Harrisburg or the Delaware River Watershed.  Responsibilities include--

* Help Wanted: Manada Conservancy Hiring Part-Time Program Coordinator

The Manada Conservancy in Dauphin County is seeking qualified candidates to fill a part-time Program Coordinator position to assist with the planning and implementation of upcoming events and programs. 

* Intern Wanted: Western PA Conservancy Watershed Conservation Intern In Elk County

The Western PA Conservancy is seeking college students to fill a Watershed Conservation Intern in the Conservancy’s Watershed Conservation Program Office in Ridgway, Elk County.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Click Here for all the details.

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

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the May 14 PA Bulletin of an opportunity to bid on a mine reclamation project in Westmoreland County.

* 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

No new regulations were published this week.  Pennsylvania Bulletin - May 14, 2016

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