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Crisci Associates, October 3, 2016 Issue #640
* Updated: PA Supreme Court Decision Blocks Disclosure Of Fracking Chemicals

The PA Supreme Court Wednesday issued a decision following up on its 2013 Robinson decision on provisions in the Act 13 drilling law saying--

* Conventional Drillers Attempt To Delay Publication Of Final DEP Marcellus Drilling Regs

The PA Independent Oil and Gas Association, representing conventional well operators, Friday delivered a letter to the Joint House Senate Committee on Documents objecting to the publication of DEP’s final Chapter 78a Marcellus Shale drilling regulations, now scheduled for the October 8 PA Bulletin.

* Senators, PA Growing Greener Coalition Announce Growing Greener III Legislation

Sen. Tom Killion (R-Delaware) and the PA Growing Greener Coalition Wednesday announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation-- Senate Bill 1374-- to create a Growing Greener III Program and provide $315 million in annual investments to protect the state’s water, land and other natural resources.

* CBF-PA Urges Funding Be Identified To Make Growing Greener III Plan Meaningful

Harry Campbell, executive director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Pennsylvania, issued this statement Wednesday after Sen. Tom Killion (R-Delaware) introduced Growing Greener III legislation that would provide $315 million a year for environmental conservation, recreation, and preservation projects in the Commonwealth.

* Analysis: Stage Set To Roll Back Decades-Old Environmental Protection Measures

Normally, Senate and House members try to do good things before they go before the voters, but this year seems to be an exception with respect to setting environmental policy with some members.

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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--

* Preparedness Committees Set Nov. 16 Hearing On Pipeline Emergency Response

The House and Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committees are scheduled to hold a joint hearing November 16 to review emergency preparedness and response measures for natural gas and petroleum pipeline infrastructure.

* Sept. Environmental Synopsis Newsletter Available From Joint Conservation Committee

The September edition of the Environmental Synopsis newsletter is now available from the Joint Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee featuring articles on--

* Greene, Luzerne County Reclamation Projects Recognized By Office Of Surface Mining

The federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Monday recognized state and tribal abandoned mine land programs and mine operators who have innovated and performed notable reclamation of surface coal mines.

* DEP’s Eric Cavazza Receives National Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Award

Eric Cavazza, DEP's Director of the Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation this week received the Stan Barnard Memorial Award, the highest honor of the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs (NAAMLP).

* Eastern PA Coalition For Abandoned Mine Restoration Hosts 2 AmeriCorps Members

The Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation based in Ashley, Luzerne County, is again hosting two AmeriCorps members—- Rachel Grube and Abigail Keefe— to work on a variety of issues related to mine reclamation.

* Op-Ed: Federal RECLAIM Act Can Help In Reshaping Northeast PA’s Economy

The RECLAIM Act, currently before Congress, is an opportunity to create both immediate and permanent jobs in communities facing severe economic hardship due to the loss of coal mining jobs and lagging local economies.

* Coldwater Heritage Partnership Now Accepting Applications For 2017 Grants

The Coldwater Heritage Partnership Wednesday announced it is now accepting applications for its two Coldwater Conservation Grant Programs to help protect and conserve the health of Pennsylvania’s coldwater ecosystems.  Applications are due December 16.

* Conservation District Farm Inspections Can Help Get PA Back On Track To Clean Water

According to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA, efforts in Pennsylvania to reduce pollution from agriculture received a welcome boost when conservation districts in 28 counties agreed to inspect local farms as prescribed by the Commonwealth’s clean water strategy.

* Exelon Gives Lancaster, York Counties $225K Each For Farm Conservation Measures

Ad Crable on reported Friday Exelon Generation will provide Lancaster and York conservation districts each with $225,000 annually to help pay for on-farm conservation measures to help cleanup the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

* PASA Farmer-To-Farmer Event: Productive Riparian Buffers Oct. 15, York County

The PA Association of Sustainable Agriculture will host a farmer-to-farmer education event on Productive Riparian Buffers on October 15 at the Happy Hollow Farm, 2486 Orwig Road in Stewartstown, York County 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

* Berks County Conservation District To Help Landowners Protect Streams

The Berks County Conservation District was recently awarded $2,500 to work with landowners to prevent pollution in local streams, lakes, and rivers.

* DEP Reminds Pool Owners To Handle Waste Water Responsibly

In an effort to help protect stream health and aquatic life, the Department of Environmental Protection would like to remind private and public pool owners, as well as pool management companies, how to properly close their swimming pools for the season.

* Fall Bucknell University River Reporter Newsletter Now Available

The Fall edition of the Bucknell River Reporter is now available from the Bucknell University Center For Sustainability and the Environment featuring articles on--

* Agriculture Accepting Proposals On Nutrient Reduction, Preservation, Other Issues

With a number of challenges confronting the agriculture industry – ranging from invasive pests and water quality improvement obligations to global macroeconomic forces and access to human and financial capital – the Department of Agriculture announced Monday said it is now accepting research funding proposals for projects that seek to better understand these issues.  (formal notice)

* Sept. 26 Watershed Winds Newsletter Now Available From Penn State Extension

The September 26 edition of the Watershed Winds newsletter is now available from Penn State Extension featuring articles on--

* DEP Hearing Nov. 2 On Scranton Wastewater Treatment Plant Permit Renewal

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a hearing November 2 on the renewal of the NPDES permit for the Scranton Sewer Authority wastewater treatment plant at Cedar Ave. & Breck Street. (formal notice, PA Bulletin, page 6182)

* Pennsylvania Water Utility Asset Management Summit Nov. 15 In State College

The PA Chapter American Water Works Association, PA Water Environment Association and the PA Municipal Authorities Association are holding a Joint PA Water Utility Asset Management Summit on November 15 at The Penn Stater in State College.

* Susquehanna River Basin Commission Proposes Consumptive Use Mitigation Regs, Policy

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission has released a proposed rulemaking to amend its regulations, which includes the release of a consumptive water use mitigation policy.

* Pennsylvania Envirothon Receives $50,000 Grant From Shell

The Pennsylvania Envirothon Monday announced Shell has provided a $50,000 grant to the Envirothon and its educational initiatives, which work to improve student performance, encourage diversity, and benefit our nation’s future competitiveness.

* Keep PA Beautiful Awards 25 Groups In 21 Counties Community Improvement Grants

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful awarded 25 grants of up to $1,000 for community improvement projects in three focus areas of Prevent It, Clean It, or Keep It to tax-exempt groups across Pennsylvania.

* PRC Holds Hard-To-Recycle, Chemical Collection Events In Allegheny, Beaver Counties

The PA Resources Council and its partners will hold the last 2 collection events of the season on October 1— Hard-To-Recycle event in Allegheny County and on October 8— a Household Chemical Collection event in Beaver County.

* EPA Awards $820,000 Brownfields Grant To Philadelphia For Assessment, Cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday announced an $820,000 brownfields grant to support the assessment and cleanup of abandoned industrial and commercial properties in Philadelphia.

* DEP: Next Phase Of Lock Haven Court Hazardous Site Remediation In Clinton County

The Department of Environmental Protection Thursday announced the next phase of the Lock Haven Court remediation being done with funding from the state’s Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act fund will begin in October.

* EPA Accepting Applications For Grants To Reduce Diesel Emissions From School Buses

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday announced it is accepting applications for approximately $7 million in rebates to public school bus fleet owners to help them replace or retrofit older school buses.  Applications are due November 1.

* GASP: 1/3 Of Major Air Pollution Sources In Southwest PA Don’t Have Current Permits

After a review of all major sources of air pollution in Southwestern PA, the Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) has determined that approximately 30 percent of the facilities are running with either an expired Title V Operating Permit or having never been issued one at all, according to the most recent information made available to us.

* Natural Gas Power Plants Reviewed By DEP Could Replace All Coal-Fired Plants In PA

The Department of Environmental Protection is considering or approved 43 applications for natural gas-fired power plants* since January 2014 totaling 17,140 megawatts of electric generation capacity. 

* Oil & Gas Industry Focuses On Need For Pipelines, Infrastructure To Support Production

Leaders from the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania, the PA Independent Oil & Gas Association and PA Manufacturers Association Wednesday discussed the urgent need to expand the capacity of the Commonwealth’s pipeline system to allow producers to transport more natural gas and natural gas liquids to end-users.

* Comments Invited On Rover Pipeline Project, Compressor Station In Washington County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the October 1 PA Bulletin proposing State Water Quality Certification for the 10.4 mile,36-inch  Rover Pipeline and Compressor Station Project in Washington County.  (PA Bulletin, page 6186)

* DEP Proposes Water Quality Approval, Emsworth Lock & Dam 12-MW Hydro Facility

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the October 1 PA Bulletin proposing conditional State Water Quality Certification for a 12-megawatt hydroelectric facility at the Emsworth Lock and Dam in Allegheny County. (PA Bulletin, page 6183)

* Comments Invited On Montgomery Lock & Dam 42-MW Hydroelectric Facility

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the October 1 PA Bulletin proposing conditional State Water Quality Certification for a 42-megawatt hydroelectric facility at the Montgomery Lock and Dam in Beaver County. (PA Bulletin, page 6184)

* September 29 DEP News Now Available

The September 29 edition of DEP News is now available from the Department of Environmental Protection featuring stories on--

* Learn Whether You Qualify For Heating Bill Assistance At Upcoming PUC Events

The Public Utility Commission Tuesday announced it will kick off its statewide annual PA “Be Utility Wise” events in October and November.

* Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power, West Penn Power Offer Home Energy Audits

FirstEnergy Corp.'s Pennsylvania utilities— Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power— offer a Home Energy Audit Program that can provide incentives and additional savings on energy efficiency home improvements.

* Penn State: Lowering The Heat Makes New Materials Possible While Saving Energy

A new technology developed by Penn State researchers, called cold sintering process (CSP), opens a window on the ability to combine incompatible materials, such as ceramics and plastics, into new, useful compound materials, and to lower the energy cost of many types of manufacturing.

* PA Environmental Council Examines DEP’s 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Update

By Lindsay Baxter, Energy & Climate Program Manager, PA Environmental Council

* PECO Recognized With Delaware Valley Green Building Council Groundbreaker Award

PECO was recognized as one of three project winners of the 2016 Delaware Valley Green Building Council Groundbreaker Award for the company’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification initiatives for its Philadelphia headquarters and multiple service buildings throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.

* Additional State Forest Roads Opening For Hunting Seasons, Other Outdoor Activities

Hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts heading into Pennsylvania’s state-owned woodlands this autumn will find additional roads open in 18 of the 20 state forest districts, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced today.

* DCNR Issues 2nd Fall Foliage Report Showing Peak Weeks For Color

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Thursday posted its second Fall foliage report showing expected dates when the best forest colors can be found.

* French Creek State Park Portion Of Big Woods Trail In Berks County Dedicated

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn Friday joined State Parks officials and others in dedicating the French Creek State Park phase of the Big Woods Trail on grounds of the park near the Berks-Chester county line.

* DCNR, Fish Commission Reopen Sections Of Penn Creek In Mifflin County To Fishing

Officials with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Fish and Boat Commission Friday announced they have lifted the no-fishing restrictions that were placed on two sections of Penns Creek in Bald Eagle State Forest last month.

* Sept. 28 Resource Newsletter Now Available From DCNR

The September 28 edition of the Resource newsletter is now available from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources featuring articles on-

* Wildlands Conservancy October Education, Restoration, Other Events

he Wildlands Conservancy in the Lehigh Valley Tuesday published its summary of special events coming up in October featuring stories on--

* Save the Loyalsock Coalition Hosts Educational Hikes Oct. 2 In Lycoming County

The Save the Loyalsock Coalition will host several educational hikes on October 2 along the Old Loggers Path in the Loyalsock State Forest in Canton, Lycoming County for hikers of all skill levels beginning at 10:00 a.m.

* Brodhead Watershed Assn Get Outdoors Poconos Hike Oct. 15 At Lake Wallenpaupack

The Brodhead Watershed Association will host a Get Outdoors Poconos hike on October 15 to explore the Shuman Point Natural Area on Lake Wallenpaupack near Hawley in Pike County.

* Native Plant Garden Recognized For Reducing Erosion At Letort Park In Cumberland

The Carlisle Garden Club received the 2016 Miriam Crawfoot Memorial Conservation Award from the Letort Regional Authority in Cumberland County for designing and creating the Letort Trailhead Garden to reduce erosion near LeTort Spring Run.

* Help Wanted: DEP Air Quality Engineering Trainee Harrisburg, Meadville

The Department of Environmental Protection is currently recruiting to fill multiple vacancies for Air Quality Engineering Trainee in the Meadville and Harrisburg regional offices.

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

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the October 1 PA Bulletin of an opportunity to bid on a mine reclamation project in Lawrence 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 - October 1, 2016

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