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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
April 18, 2005
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* Environmental Bond Ballot Question Wins Approval
The Senate and House this week gave final approval to a $625 million environmental bond issue question to be put to voters on May 17 (House Bill 2). Gov. Rendell signed the bill within an hour of its passing.
* On the Senate and House Agenda for Action
The Senate will be in voting session April 18, but the House will not. But both have bills and issues on the agenda.
* Legislative Action in the Senate and House This Week
In addition to the environmental spending bond issue question passing, the Senate and House took action on other bills and resolutions. Here’s a quick rundown--
* Joint Conservation Committee Hears Keep PA Beautiful Message
The Joint Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee heard from DEP Secretary Kathleen McGinty, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Executive Director Julia Marano and Blaine Bohnam of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society about the Great PA Cleanup! and other anti-littering and beautification initiatives as part of a special Earth Day Environmental Issues Forum.
* Join Companies that Saved $1 Billion and the Environment - Earth Day 2005
Last week PA Environment Digest highlighted Earth Day at home, on the farm and at school, this week we are pleased to put the spotlight on things businesses can do to save energy, reduce waste and cut water use to improve the environment and your bottom line in a special publication –Green Makes $ense – Save Money, Be Green.
* Solving Business Problems Using Less Polluting, Green Technology
Problem: your furniture company is outgrowing its 70,000 square foot manufacturing facility and there’s no where to expand.
* P2E2 Site Assessments – The Benefits to Business, By Stephen N. Zeller, Brinjac Engineering
Energy costs for industries typically constitute from 10 to 25 percent or more of the total annual operating costs for a small business and or industry. Finding opportunities to cut those costs can have a big impact on a company’s bottom line.
* Executive Briefing - Energy Management Creates Shareholder Value
Companies have been engaging in energy-efficiency strategies for years as a means to control costs. Increasingly, a body of evidence suggests that companies that take a systematic and strategic approach to energy management can enjoy a broad array of tangible and intangible benefits of interest to investors.
* How to Promote Innovation in Environmental Protection Programs
The Environmental Protection Agency this week released a 23-page guide for environmental protection program managers on the expanding variety of innovative strategies and practices available to public environmental agencies.
* Pennsylvania Colleges & Universities Increase Wind Energy Commitment
The Pennsylvania Consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Policy (PCIEP), in partnership with leading wind energy marketer Community Energy, Inc. (CEI), announced this week that nine member colleges and universities are increasing their commitment to Pennsylvania-based wind energy.
* PECO, Aqua America, GlaxoSmithKline Make Wind Power Commitments
PECO Energy President Denis O’Brien and DEP Secretary Kathleen McGinty announced this week an agreement to purchase 2,582 megawatt-hours (MWh) of wind power per year for three years.This purchase ensures that wind power supplies 10 percent of the energy needs for the company’s headquarters in Philadelphia.
* Penn State Student Leave Behinds Turn Into “Trash to Treasure” Sale
The philosophy of rescue and re-use that led to the creation of the Penn State-Centre County United Way Trash to Treasure Sale four years ago is now the driving force behind a second event -- the Holmes Hall Salvage Sale.
* Allegheny County Workshop to Help Reduce Diesel School Bus Emissions
The Allegheny County Health Department and the Department of Environmental Protection are sponsoring a free workshop on May 10 to help school districts and transit companies reduce exhaust emissions from diesel-powered school buses. The deadline for registration is April 18.
* Grants to Educate Youth on Potential of Careers in the Environment
The Environmental Protection Agency announced it is now accepting Youth and the Environment Training and Employment Program grant proposals.
* EPA/DEP Set Final TMDL at Lake Wallenpaupack, Christiana Watersheds
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, working with the Department of Environmental Protection, has established final Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) plans to improve the water quality of Lake Wallenpaupack in Pike and Wayne counties and Christiana River Watershed in Chester County, PA, Delaware and Maryland.
* Conservation Plan for Yellow Breeches Complete
The Yellow Breeches Watershed Association (YBWA) has announced the completion of the Yellow Breeches Creek Watershed Assessment and Rivers Conservation Plan.
* WPC Project Seeks Help with Seasonal Pools Registry
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is inviting individuals and interested groups to become part of a seasonal pools registry and research project funded by a State Wildlife Grant.
* Call for Presenters – October PA Lake Management Society Conference
The Pennsylvania Lake Management Society will hold its 16th annual conference on October 18 & 19 in State College.
* State Forester Warns of Spring Wildfire Danger as Trout Season Opens
The opening of the traditional trout season April 16, amid a prolonged stretch of sunny, dry and windy days, has prompted Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry officials to urge woodland visitors to guard against wildfire dangers.
* Wild Resource Conservation Grant Workshop and Festival
The Wild Resource Conservation Program is working on two major activities: the Wild Resource Festival scheduled for June 4 at Bald Eagle State Park and the Grant Application Process, which has a June 30 submission deadline.
* Penn State Creates New Environment and Natural Resources Institute
In a move aimed at strengthening cooperation and collaboration between agricultural and environmental research, education and outreach, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has created a new Environment and Natural Resources Institute.
* Private Well Owners Invited to Workshop Program
Owners of wells, springs and other private water systems in Pennsylvania can get information on maintaining a safe water supply by viewing a satellite videoconference, 7-8:30 p.m. on May 3.
* PRWA Cross Connection Control & Backflow Prevention Conference May 19-20
Pennsylvania Rural Water Association will hold a Keystone Cross Connection Control & Backflow Prevention Conference on May 19-20 at the Ramada Inn & Conference Center in State College.
* DEP Seeks Firm to Conduct Tracer Studies, Assess Chlorine Contact Times
The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking proposals from consulting engineers interested in performing tracer studies at approximately 106 surface water treatment plants.
* Taking Positive Action - Game Commission Gives PPL Wildlife Award
The Pennsylvania Game Commission presented PPL Corporation with the commission’s Working Together for Wildlife Award this week.
* Taking Positive Action - Pennsylvania Teacher Among Winners of IMCC Awards
The Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC) has announced recipients of its seventh annual Minerals Education Awards. Jennifer Bilott, a 7th Grade Science Teacher at the West Hempfield Middle School in Irwin, Westmoreland County, won the Educator Awareness category for 2005.
* Quick Clips
A sampling of NewsClips on environmental issues around the state.
* Watershed NewsClips
NewsClips on watershed issues from around Pennsylvania.
* Regulations
The Department of Environmental Protection published a corrective notice on Chapter 121.1 Air Resource regulations and the April 19 Environmental Quality Board meeting agenda is available.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published a draft change to the Toxics Management Strategy, an extension of the General NPDES permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and notice of changes in certified radon service providers list.
* Calendar of Events
Upcoming meetings, conferences, workshops, plus links to other online calendars. Go To: PA Environment Digest Calendar Page
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