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Crisci Associates, Oct. 24, 2016 Issue #643
* Senate Hearing: More Resources Needed To Meet Water Pollution Cleanup Obligations

There was unanimous agreement Tuesday at a joint hearing by the Senate Environmental and Agriculture Committees that more resources are needed to meet Pennsylvania’s water pollution cleanup commitment to the Chesapeake Bay and throughout the state and that there are no magic bullets to meet those obligations.

* CBF-PA Says Implementation Is Key To Success Of PA’s Clean Water Efforts

Harry Campbell, executive director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA issued this statement after his testimony before a joint hearing of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy, and Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees Tuesday--.

* Heenan Award: Lancaster Authority Uses Recycled Glass To Help Save Chesapeake Bay

The PA Recycling Markets Center, Inc. Thursday announced the Northern Lancaster County Authority of Denver, PA has received the 2016 William M. Heenan, Jr. Recycling Markets Development Award for its commitment to creation of new markets for recycled color-mixed glass.

* Senate Approves Resolution That Could Lead To Roll Back Of PA Environmental Laws

The Senate Tuesday voted 27 to 21, and without any debate, to approve Senate Resolution 385 (Brooks-R- Crawford) directing the Joint State Government Commission to identify environmental laws and regulations more stringent than federal law. The Commission has 18 months to do the listing.

* Op-Ed: Gas Drillers Need To Work With Our Communities, Not Against Them

By Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny)

* Op-Ed: Litigation Necessary Last Resort To Protect Job Creators, Marcellus Shale Coalition

By David Spigelmyer, President, Marcellus Shale Coalition

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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--

* Joint Budget Committee Reports On Cost Of Implementing Lyme Disease Program

The Joint Legislative Budget and Finance Committee Wednesday issued a report estimating the costs of implementing a Lyme and tick-borne disease surveillance, education, prevention and treatment program in Pennsylvania (Act 2014-83).

* House Bill Would Create Yet Another Reviewer Of Regulations: Office Of The Repealer

Republican House member Kristin Hill from York County introduced House Bill 2408 Tuesday that would create yet another reviewer of all state agency regulations and statutes and make recommendations for their repeal if they “defy common sense.”

* Oct. 24 Environmental Issues Forum On Updated State Wildlife Action Plan

The October 24 Environmental Issues Forum hosted by the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee will feature an update on Pennsylvania’s Wildlife Action Plan by the Fish and Boat and Game Commissions.

* DEP Begins Reclamation Of Abandoned Coal Mine Highwall In Jefferson County

To reclaim a poorly revegetated former mine site, the Department of Environmental Protection Knox District Mining Office Thursday announced it has awarded a Government Financed Construction Contract to P. and N. Coal Company, Inc., of. Punxsutawney, Jefferson County.

* High School Students Plant Rain Gardens In East Stroudsburg, Monroe County

With help from local students, the Brodhead Watershed Association recently coordinated the planting of several new rain gardens in East Stroudsburg in Monroe County.

* 4-Part Green Stormwater Infrastructure Webinar Series Starts Oct. 27

The Delaware Valley Green Building Council and the Philadelphia Sustainable Business Network will host a 4-part Green Stormwater Infrastructure webinar series starting October 27.  The webinars will be held--

* Volunteer Training For Pipeline Construction Monitors Nov. 19 In Danville

The PA Council of Trout Unlimited and the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper will hold a training session for volunteers interested in monitoring water quality in areas impacted by natural gas pipeline development on November 19 in Danville, Montour County.

* PA Trout Unlimited Coldwater Conservation Corps Training Nov. 12, Ohiopyle State Park

The PA Council of Trout Unlimited will hold a macroinvertebrate sampling training program for volunteers in the PATU Coldwater Conservation Corps on November 12 at Ohiopyle State Park, 124 Main Street, Ohiopyle, Fayette County.

* Apply Now For Teacher, Student Education Programs By Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is now accepting applications for its Spring 2017 education programs for teachers and students.  The deadline for applications is December 2.

* Fall BayBound Newsletter From The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA Now Available

The Fall edition of the BayBound newsletter from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA is now available featuring articles on--

* PennVEST OKs $75.6 Million Investment In 9 Water Infrastructure Projects

Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday announced the investment of $75.6 million for nine drinking water and wastewater projects across eight counties through the PA Infrastructure Investment Authority.

* DEP Holds Nov. 2 Hearing On Renewal Of Scranton Sewer Authority Permit

The Department of Environmental Protection Thursday announced it will host a public hearing regarding the renewal of a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit application for the Scranton Sewer Authority on November 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Scranton City Hall, at 340 N Washington Avenue.

* PennDOT Fined $26,066 By EPA To Settle Underground Storage Tank Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday announced PennDOT will pay a $26,066 penalty for underground storage tank violations in Brownsville, Fayette County, and Franklin, Venango County where facilities stored diesel fuel.

* One Death, Significant Flood Damage Reported In Northcentral PA Counties

Gov. Tom Wolf and PA Emergency Management Agency Director Richard D. Flinn Jr. reassured residents of Central PA that the Commonwealth would ensure counties and municipalities have the resources they need.

* Gov. Wolf: Oct. 22 Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Find A Drop Off Near You

Gov. Tom Wolf Friday announced that on October 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pennsylvanians can prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

* Keep PA Beautiful: How Will You Celebrate America Recycles Day Nov. 15?

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is encouraging all Pennsylvanians to get involved on America Recycles Day, November 15.

* Keep PA Beautiful Urges Adoption Of Local Roads, Parks, Other Areas To Fight Litter

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful invites local residents, organizations, civic groups, and businesses to join programs to adopt local areas, such as municipal roads, communities, parks, neighborhood blocks, greenways, waterways and trails to keep them litter free.

* Groups Petition EPA On Adequacy Of Allegheny County Air Permitting Program

The Clean Air Council, on behalf of itself and PennEnvironment, Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, and Clean Water Action, has petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to find a deficiency in the Allegheny County Health Department’s administration of the Title V air permitting program.

* Philadelphia Enforcing Dramatically Lower Sulfur Standard For Fuel Oil

The City of Philadelphia published notice in the October 22 PA Bulletin of a proposed revision to the State Air Quality Implementation Plan adopting a 15 ppm sulfur standard for commercial fuel oil in Philadelphia. 

* EPA Accepting Nominations For 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday announced it is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for companies or institutions that have developed a new process or product helping to protect public health and the environment.

* Apply For Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Starting Nov. 1

The Department of Human Services will begin accepting applications for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance starting November 1.

* The Hill: Op-Ed: Pennsylvania Shows The Way Toward A Clean Energy Future

By Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

* AG, Consumer Advocate Urge Consumers To Cash Energy Supplier Restitution Checks

Attorney General Bruce R. Beemer and Acting Consumer Advocate Tanya J. McCloskey Monday issued a reminder that the deadline is approaching for eligible consumers to cash restitution checks related to three settlements reached with electric generation suppliers.

* Enter Anti-Graffiti Stewardship Poster Contest For Middle School Students

The PA Parks and Forests Foundation invites all students in grades 6, 7 and 8 in Pennsylvania to participate in the anti-graffiti Stewardship Middle School Poster Contest.  The deadline for entries is January 16.

* Anti-Graffiti Video Contest For High School, College Students Now Accepting Entries

The PA Parks and Forests Foundation invites all students in grades 6, 7 and 8 in Pennsylvania to participate in the anti-graffiti Stewardship Video Contest for high school and college students.  The deadline for entries is January 16.

* Pennsylvania Conservation Heritage Project Launches New Website

The Pennsylvania Conservation Heritage Project launched its new website and invites visitors to explore the new design and features.

* Nominations Now Being Accepted For 2017 PA Trail Of The Year

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Trail of the Year.  The deadline for nominations is November 11.

* WPC: Apply Now For Western PA Canoe Access Development Grants

The Western PA Conservancy is now accepting applications for Western PA Canoe Access Development Grants.  The deadline for applications is November 14.

* Reimagining Our Westmoreland, Nov. 2 Meeting On A New County Comprehensive Plan

The Westmoreland Land Trust and the Loyalhanna Watershed Association will host a special Reimagining Our Westmoreland event on November 2 in Ligonier.

* Wildlands Conservancy Green Gala Nov. 18, Other Programs In November

The Wildlands Conservancy will hold its 35th Annual Green Gala on November 18 at the Desales University Center in Center Valley, Lehigh County.  Other Fall programs include--

* Manada Conservancy Offers Introduction To GeoCaching Nov. 5 In Dauphin County

The Manada Conservancy and East Hanover Township Parks & Recreation will present an introduction to GeoCaching Program November 5 at the East Hanover Township Community Park, 88848 Jonestown Road, Grantville from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.

* PennDOT Accepting Multimodal Transportation Grant Apps, Including Bike Trails

PennDOT Monday announced it is now accepting applications for funding transportation improvement projects under the Multimodal Transportation Fund.  The deadline for applications is December 16.

* Fifth DCNR Foliage Report: Leaves Will Start Peaking All Over Next Week

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Thursday posted its fifth Fall foliage report showing forest colors are expected to peak all over Pennsylvania in the next week, except for in the Southeast.

* Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Volunteer Training Workshop Nov. 1 In Warren

The Allegheny National Forest and The Nature Conservancy-PA will hold a free hemlock woolly adelgid workshop to train volunteers on how to identify and report hemlock woolly adelgid infestations November 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Allegheny National Forest Supervisor's Office at 4 Farm Colony Drive in Warren, according to The Bradford Era.

* Gov. Wolf Names Members Of Advisory Council For Hunting, Fishing And Conservation

Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday announced he had chosen twenty individuals to serve on his Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation. The Governor appointed former House member Dan Surra to serve as Council Chair.

* Fish & Boat Commission October Currents Newsletter Now Available

The October issue of the Currents newsletter from the Fish & Boat Commission is now available featuring stories on--

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

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the October 22 PA Bulletin of an opportunity to bid on a mine reclamation project in Cambria County.

* Help Wanted: Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Corridor Trail & Stewardship Manager

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time Trail and Stewardship Manager position based in Easton, Northampton County.  The person filling this position will work throughout Bucks, Carbon, Lehigh, Luzerne and Northampton counties. The deadline for applications is October 28.  Click Here for the full job description.  Click Here to apply.

* 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 City of Philadelphia published notice in the October 22 PA Bulletin of a proposed revision to the State Air Quality Implementation Plan proposing a 15 ppm sulfur standard for commercial fuel oil.  Comments are due November 22.   DEP has a statewide standard of 500 ppm of sulfur.

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