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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Crisci Associates, Nov. 28, 2016 Issue #648
(11/28/2016)
* Delaware River Basin Commission OKs Drought Watch, Special Drought Mgmt. Permits

At a special meeting Wednesday, the Delaware River Basin Commission issued a special permit for coordinated operation of regional reservoirs, out-of-basin diversions, and Delaware River flow objectives in response to persistent dry conditions.

* Water Released From NY Reservoir For First Time To Deal With Susquehanna Drought

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission Tuesday announced that due to persistent dry conditions in the New York portion of the Susquehanna Basin, local river flows declined — for the first time since the signing of the agreement — to levels that prompted releases of water from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Whitney Point Lake project in Broome County, N.Y.

* PA Environment - The Feds Blog: New Resource To Track Changing Federal Policy

In response to the demand for more information about coming changes in federal environmental policy, PA Environment Digest is building a new blog: PA Environment - The Feds.

* PA Environment Digest Google+ Circle, Blogs, Twitter Feeds

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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--

* New Law Gives Volunteer Fire Fighters, EMS Staff Local Tax Credits For Service

Legislation-- House Bill 1683 (Warner-R-Fayette)-- authorizing local municipalities to enact earned income and property tax liability tax credits for active volunteers of a fire company or emergency medical service company was signed into law on Monday as Act 172 of 2016 and will take effect in 60 days.

* Nov. Environmental Synopsis Newsletter Available From Joint Conservation Committee

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

* DEP: New Interactive Map Makes Stormwater Permitting Easier For Local Governments

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced it has developed a new geospatial information system (GIS) mapping website to help local governments and other entities pursuing permits for municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) to obtain information for their permit applications more easily.

* Sign Up Now: 10 Philadelphia Water Rain Check Residential Stormwater Workshops

The Philadelphia Water Department Rain Check Program is hosting a series of workshops for residents interested in participating in its program to help residents manage stormwater at their homes.  The workshops will be held--

* November Catalyst Newsletter Now Available From Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition

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

* PennVEST Holds Regional Workshops On Applying For Water Infrastructure Funding

The PA Infrastructure Investment Authority will hold regional workshops in Northeast, Southeast and Southcentral Pennsylvania in December and January on how to apply for funding available from the Authority. 

* Comments Invited On Projects Proposed For Funding In January By PennVEST

The PA Infrastructure Investment Authority published notice in the November 26 PA Bulletin seeking public comments on projects it intends to consider funding at the January 25 Authority meeting after a finding of no significant adverse environmental impact. 

* Nominations Now Being Accepted For National Wetlands Awards

The Environmental Law Institute is now accepting nominations for the 2017 National Wetlands Awards to honor individuals who have excelled in wetlands protection, restoration, research or education.  Nominations are due December 21.

* Holidays: Clean Creek Pottery Showcases Reuse Of Metals Recovered From AMD

Looking for a holiday gift that will please the most discriminating taste and help the environment? Consider pottery products from Clean Creek.

* Gov. Wolf: SBA Federal Disaster Assistance OK’d For Centre, Lycoming Counties

Tom Wolf Monday announced the U.S. Small Business Administration approved his request to declare Centre and Lycoming counties a disaster area after severe flooding caused significant damage to homes and businesses on October 21.

* EPA Recognizes Food Recovery Challenge Participants, Ursinus College In PA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday recognized the accomplishments of 13 organizations and businesses participating in EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge.  In Pennsylvania, Ursinus College in Montgomery County was recognized for its efforts.

* DEP Laboratory Accreditation Advisory Committee Meets Dec. 7

The DEP Laboratory Accreditation Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet on December 7 for a discussion of proposed changes to Chapter 252 accreditation regulations.

* DEP Suspends Stage II Vapor Recovery Enforcement For New, Modified Gasoline Stations

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday announced effective November 12 it will no longer enforce the Stage II vapor recovery requirement for new or modified gasoline dispensing equipment.

* Dec. 15 Meeting, Hearing On Shell Ethane Plant Air, Water Permit Changes In Beaver

Department of Environmental Protection will host a public meeting on December 15 regarding both the Department’s intent to issue a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit amendment as well as its intent to authorize a modification to the existing Air Plan Approval for the Shell Chemical Appalachia Petrochemicals Complex located at 300 Frankfort Road in Monaca.

* Comments Invited On Equitrans Pipeline Replacement Project In Armstrong/Indiana Counties

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the November 26 PA Bulletin (page 7481) inviting public comments on its proposed Section 401 Water Quality Certification of a replacement project for the 21 miles of the Equitrans Pipeline in Armstrong and Indiana counties.

* DEP Advisory Committee To Discuss First Details Of Oil & Gas Methane Controls, Ozone Nonattainment Dec. 8

The DEP Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet December 8 to review the first details of DEP’s strategy for controlling methane emissions from oil and gas operations in the form of two new general permits and a revised Category Number 28 permit.

* PAEP Pollution Prevention And Energy Efficiency Roundtable Visits Lutron Center

The PA Association of Environmental Professionals Pollution Prevention and Energy Efficiency (P2E2) Roundtable held its quarterly meeting at the Lutron World Headquarters Experience Center, Coopersburg, Lehigh County.

* November 23 DEP News Now Available

The November 23 edition of DEP News is now available from the Department of Environmental Protection featuring articles on--

* PUC: Why Not Shop For Energy On Black Friday Weekend?

The Public Utility Commission Wednesday offered consumers a “Top Five” list of Black Friday tips for energy savings and shopping:

* PUC Releases Winter Reliability Reports From Natural Gas Distribution Companies

The Public Utility Commission Tuesday released 2016 Winter Reliability Overview reports from the state’s major natural gas distribution companies along with a related Readiness Report from the Energy Association of Pennsylvania.

* U.S. Clean Energy Businesses Commit To Implementation Of Paris Climate Agreement

U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Energy President Lisa Jacobson Saturday offered the following statement on the conclusion of the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change:

* Exelon: Illinois House Takes Action To Support Nuclear Power Plants In Energy Jobs Bill

Exelon Generation and ComEd Tuesday announced significant progress toward achieving a streamlined version of the Future Energy Jobs Bill that will reduce costs and preserves 4,200 jobs at Exelon’s Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear plants and create thousands of new clean energy jobs by advancing renewable energy development and expanding energy efficiency programs.

* U.S. Submits Mid-Century Strategy For Deep Decarbonization To Meet Climate Goals

On November 16 the Obama Administration submitted its Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization to achieve an 80 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

* Wildlands Conservancy Hosts Project WET Educator Workshop Dec. 8 In Lehigh County

The Wildlands Conservancy will host a Project WET Educator Workshop on December 8 at the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, Lehigh County, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

* Schuylkill River Heritage Area: Volunteers Wanted For Schuylkill County Projects

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is seeking volunteers to help with two projects in Schuylkill County— establishing a community garden in Mahanoy City and setting up a Heritage Conservation Corps to, among other projects, expand the Schuylkill River Trail.

* DCNR’s Interactive Webpage Offers Hunters Wealth Of Information

Timed for the November 28, opening of Pennsylvania’s traditional deer season, DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry reminds hunters a revamped, interactive website offering a wealth of maps, statistics and other information is available to make their hunt more enjoyable and rewarding.

* Agriculture Expands Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Area By 25 Municipalities, Adds Northampton County

Department of Agriculture officials Saturday announced the Spotted Lanternfly quarantine has been expanded to 25 additional municipalities and has added a municipality in Northampton County to the quarantine area. (formal notice)

* Bald Eagle Schools’ Forest Mgmt. Project Connects Students, Community In Conservation

Bald Eagle Area School District in Centre County has long recognized the linkage between conservation and education.

* Fall/Winter Newsletter Available From Foundation For Sustainable Forests

The Fall/Winter newsletter from the Foundation for Sustainable Forests is now available featuring articles on--

* Op-Ed: Where Do We Go From Here? Science May Have Rough Go Next 4 Years

By: Gale C. Blackmer, State Geologist, PA Geological Survey

* New Pennsylvania Geology Magazine Now Available From DCNR

The Fall 2016 Pennsylvania Geology Magazine is now available from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources featuring articles on--

* Nov. 23 Resource Newsletter Available From DCNR

The November 23 Resource newsletter is now available from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources featuring stories on--

* Fall 2016 Newsletter Available From PA Trout Unlimited

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

* Help Wanted: Pittsburgh Green Building Alliance 2030 District Internship

The Pittsburgh Green Building Alliance is seeking candidates to fill a Spring 2017 internship for the Pittsburgh 2030 District.  Applications are due December 5.  Click Here for all the details.

* 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 - November 26, 2016

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