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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
October 28, 2019 Issue #800
* Bay Journal: Op-Ed: PA Legislators Need To Put The Money Where The Boots Are - On Farms -- To Improve Water Quality

Bill Chain, Agriculture Program Manager, Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA

* New Initiative Strengthens Environmental Education In 3 Lancaster County Schools

On October 24, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA unveiled a new program designed for educational and conservation partners to connect students and teachers in Lancaster County to fun and meaningful learning opportunities outdoors.

* Senate Appropriations To Consider Keystone Tree Fund Bill Oct. 28; PA Needs At Least $324 Million This Year

The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to meet on October 28 to consider House Bill 374 (Everett-R-Lycoming) to establish the Keystone Tree Fund.  The bill allows driver and vehicle license owners to add $3.00 to those fees to support DCNR riparian buffer and tree planting programs starting in July 2020.

* Briefing: Trick Or Treat? Environmental Policies Promoted By Today’s Republicans

Here’s a quick summary of the environmental bills moved recently by today’s Republicans.  Just looking at the short descriptions of each bill gives you a good picture of the environmental policies promoted by today’s Republicans*--

* Senate Passes Bill To Legalize Road Dumping Of Conventional Drilling Wastewater 26-23 Without Debate

On October 21, the Senate passed Senate Bill 790 (Scarnati-R- Jefferson) by a vote of 26 to 23 which sets environmental protection standards for conventional (not Shale gas) oil and gas well drilling and legalizes the road dumping of drilling wastewater from conventional wells.

* New Trout Unlimited Report Documents Repeated Pollution Events During Mariner East 2 Pipeline Construction In PA, Central Appalachia

By David Kinney, Trout Unlimited Eastern Policy Director

* PA Conservative Energy Forum Urges Senate Republican Policy Committee To Embrace Clean & Renewable Energy

On October 22, the Senate Republican Policy Committee held a workshop on conservative approaches to renewable energy featuring the PA Conservative Energy Forum which urged Republicans to take ownership of clean and renewable energy development.

* Republicans On Senate Environmental Committee Report Out Bills Slowing Down DEP Permit Reviews, Narrowing Public Appeals Of DEP Permits

Republicans on the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee took action to report several bills out of Committee that will slow down DEP’s permit review process and narrow the grounds of public appeals of DEP permits to the Environmental Hearing Board.

* Senate Committee Unanimously Approves Resolution Urging Reauthorization Of Federal Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund

On October 22, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee unanimously reported out Senate Resolution 191 (Yudichak-D-Luzerne, Yaw-R-Lycoming) urging Congress to reauthorize the federal Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fee which is the primary source of funding for Pennsylvania’s abandoned mine reclamation program (sponsor summary).

* Senate Environmental Committee OKs Bills Responding To PFAS Contamination

On October 23, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee unanimously reported out bills to restrict some uses of PFAS chemicals from firefighting foams and using local funds to clean up PFAS contamination.  The bills include--

* Senate Passes Bill To Limit Public’s Right To Know Why A Regulation Is Being Proposed

On October 22, the Senate voted  27 to 22 to pass  Senate Bill 398 (Gordner-R- Columbia) which would amend the Regulatory Review Act to prohibit agencies from publishing a statement letting the public know why they are proposing new or amended regulations when they are asking the public for comments.

* State GreenGov Council To Begin Analysis Of State Agency Green Practices

On October 22, the Wolf Administration announced the interagency GreenGov Council will begin its analysis of state agencies’ energy saving and sustainability strategies, taking steps towards fulfilling the climate change goals laid out in Gov. Wolf’s executive order.

* Nominations Now Being Accepted For 2020 River Of The Year

The PA Organization For Watersheds and Rivers is now accepting nominations for the 2020 River of the Year Award.  The deadline for submissions is November 15.

* DCNR Schedules Recreation & Conservation Grant Application Workshops In November

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is offering free, in-person grant workshops at six locations across Pennsylvania during November for the preparation of 2020 Community Conservation Partnership Grant applications.

* DCNR: Impressive Fall Colors Will Persist This Week!

On October 24, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources issued its fifth Fall Foliage Report with regional comments on factors influencing foliage changes.

* PA Forestry Assn. Honors Mel & Marc Lewis With 2019 Rothrock Conservationist of The Year Award

Mel and Marc Lewis of Hillsgrove, Sullivan County were recipients of the 2019 Joseph T. Rothrock Conservationist of the Year Award presented at the Pennsylvania Forestry Association’s Annual Symposium at the Toftrees Resort in State College on September 27.

* In Memoriam: Walter N. Peechatka

Long-time public servant and conservation leader Walter N. Peechatka passed away on Saturday, October 19. 

* Senate/House Bills Moving Last Week

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

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule

Here are the Senate and House Calendars for the next voting session day and Committees scheduling action on bills of interest as well as a list of new environmental bills introduced--

* House Environmental Committee OKs Bill Allowing Longer Shale Gas Drilling Laterals

On October 22, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee unanimously amended and reported out Senate Bill 694 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) allowing for the accounting of natural gas production across longer Shale gas laterals.

* Bipartisan Bills Introduced To Establish Local Solar Energy Subscriber Program

On October 22, Sen Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Rep. Lori Mizgorski (R-Allegheny) introduced legislation in the House and Senate to establish the PA Local Solar Program to support localized renewable energy projects.

* Agenda Added: House Environmental Committee To Hold Oct. 28 Hearing On Pennsylvania CO2 And Climate

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing October 28 on the broad topic of “Pennsylvania CO2 and climate.”

* House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing Nov. 1 On Climate Change/RGGI In Delaware County

The House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a hearing November 1 on climate change and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative at the Haverford Township Administration Building, 1014 Darby Road in Havertown, Delaware County starting at 10:00 a.m.

* Op-Ed: Let's Get Reauthorization Of The Federal Abandoned Mine Land Fund Done, Get PA's Congressional Delegation On Board

By Andy McAllister, Western PA Coalition For Abandoned Mine Reclamation

* Pittsburgh Mayor Responds To Trump On Energy/Climate: PA Has TWICE As Many Workers Employed By Clean Energy Than By Fossil Fuels

On October 23, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s remarks about energy production and the Paris Climate Agreement: 

* AG Shapiro, 22 Other AGs Oppose EPA’s Proposed Rule To Limit States’ Clean Water Act Oversight Of Pipelines, Other Projects

On October 22, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and 22 other Attorneys General filed formal legal comments opposing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule that would unlawfully curtail state authority under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act.

* EPA Approves Pennsylvania’s Drinking Water And Clean Water Infrastructure Intended Use Funding Plans

On October 22, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it has approved and helped fund Pennsylvania’s plans for nearly $200 million in water infrastructure projects that includes $40.7 million for drinking water infrastructure and $159 million for wastewater treatment infrastructure.

* EPA: Wyoming Valley Communities Have Flexibility In Implementing Their MS4 Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program

On October 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it has worked with Department of Environmental Protection to ensure local communities have flexibility in planning and implementing local solutions to address stormwater runoff in Pennsylvania.

* EPA Offering Compliance Assistance To Community Water Treatment Facilities In Region 3, Including PA

On October 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Atlantic Region announced it is offering free compliance assistance to smaller water and wastewater treatment facilities in five states and the District of Columbia to help improve water quality protection throughout the mid-Atlantic, including Pennsylvania.

* EPA Accepting Applications For Brownfields Assessment, Cleanup Loans, Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now accepting applications for Brownfields Multipurpose Assessment and Cleanup Loans And Grants.  The deadline for applications is December 3.  

* EPA Awards $300,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant To Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority

On October 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $300,000 Brownfields Assessment grant to Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. The grant will support revitalization for priority Brownfields sites across the City, including those that may be in Opportunity Zones.

* EPA Selects Auberle For $200,000 Grant To Support Brownfields-Related Job Training In Southwest PA

On October 25, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded a $200,000 Brownfields grant to the nonprofit organization Auberle based in McKeesport, Allegheny County.

* DCNR Secretary Helps Northeastern School District Kickoff Streamside Buffer Planting In York County

On October 24, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn joined Northeastern School District officials and a host of partners for the kickoff of a streamside forest buffer planting at the Shallow Brook Intermediate School in York County to improve the water quality of Hartman Run, and eventually the Chesapeake Bay.

* Penn State Extension: Landscape & Green Infrastructure Analysis & Planning Workshop Dec. 12 In Lancaster

Penn State Extension will host a Landscape and Green Infrastructure Analysis and Planning Workshop on December 12 in Lancaster where participants will learn about using trees for Green Infrastructure Planning and how to create land cover maps using satellite imagery – turning images into useful data

* DEP Awards $430,000 In Delaware Estuary Coastal Zone Grants

On October 22, the Department of Environmental Protection awarded more than $430,000 in grants for 11 projects to protect and restore the state’s eastern coastal zone along the Delaware Estuary.

* DEP Awards More Than $264,000 In Lake Erie Coastal Zone Grants

On October 22, the Department of Environmental Protection awarded more than $264,000 in grants to protect and restore the Lake Erie Coastal Zone.

* NOAA Holds Nov. 12 Meeting In Delaware County On Evaluating DEP’s Coastal Resources Management Program

On November 12, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will hold a public meeting to receive comments as part of its performance evaluation of DEP’s Coastal Resources Management Program(formal notice)

* Call For Student Participants! Westminster College 2019 Student Symposium On The Environment Dec. 5

Westminster College and the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition have issued a call for student participants for the 2019 Student Symposium On The Environment to be held on December 5 at Westminster College in Wilmington, Lawrence County.

* October Catalyst Newsletter Now Available From Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition

The October Catalyst newsletter is now available from Butler County-based Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition featuring articles on--

* DEP To Hold Nov. 18 Meeting/Hearing On Easton Road PFOA/PFOS Hazardous Site Cleanup Plan In Bucks County

On October 22, the Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting and hearing on November 18, 2019, to provide an update on its investigation of the Easton Road PFOA/PFOS Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act Site and to receive comments on its proposed response action of whole-house filtration systems in Doylestown Township, Bucks County.

* Gov. Wolf Announces $3.4 Million In Grants To Support 7 Industrial Site Cleanup Projects

On October 23, Gov. Tom Wolf announced $3.4 million in funding to support 7  projects funded by the Industrial Sites Reuse Program to clean up former industrial sites in Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Dauphin, Lehigh, and York counties to prepare them for use as parks, and business and residential properties.

* Dec. 4 DEP Hearing Set [If Needed] On International Metals Reclamation Company RACT II Air Quality Plan, Lawrence County

The Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled a hearing [if needed] on December 4 on the RACT II Air Quality Plan for International Metals Reclamation Company located in Ellwood City, Lawrence County. (Oct. 26 PA Bulletin, page 6400)

* DEP Holds Dec. 17 Hearing [If Needed] On Allegheny & Tsingshan Stainless RACT II Air Quality Plan, Beaver County

The Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled a hearing [if needed] on December 17 for the RACT II Air Quality Plan for Allegheny & Tsingshan Stainless located in Midland Borough, Beaver County. (Oct. 26 PA Bulletin, page 6399)

* Commissioners Welcome Ralph Yanora To Public Utility Commission

On October 23, the Public Utility Commission welcomed Ralph Yanora, from Northeastern Pennsylvania, to the PUC. The Commission thanked Gov. Tom Wolf, who nominated Yanora to serve a five-year term on the PUC, along with the Senate for its support of his nomination.

* Harrisburg Ride & Drive Event Gives Public Hands-On Experience With Electric, Hybrid Vehicles

On October 23, the Drive Electric PA Coalition joined the interagency GreenGov Council to showcase electric and hybrid vehicles that reduce emissions, improve energy efficiency and preserve the environment during a Ride & Drive Event at the Capitol Complex in Harrisburg.

* Penn State Extension Spotted Lanternfly Public Meeting Nov. 19 In Philadelphia

Penn State Extension will hold another in its series of public meetings on the spotted lanternfly at Mt. Airy United Fellowship Church, 701 W. Johnston Street in Philadelphia starting from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

* Take The Survey! Penn State Extension Community & Urban Forestry Seeks Your Opinion

Penn State Extension is dedicated to delivering research-based information and resources to serve you and your community and urban forestry needs. Please help us by giving us your feedback about your interests in topics and educational resources around community and urban forestry.

* PA Park Maintenance Institute Seeking Start-Up Sales & Marketing Campaign Proposals

The PA Park Maintenance Institute is seeking proposals for a start-up sales and marketing campaign.  The deadline for proposals is November 18.

* Wildlands Conservancy Highlights November Activities, Programs

The Lehigh Valley-based Wildlands Conservancy highlights November activities and programs, including--

* M&T Bank Foundation Sponsors Raptors Up Close! At Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

M&T Bank recently awarded Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Berks County a $5,000 grant from the M&T Charitable Foundation to support the world-famous Sanctuary and its premier weekend program, Raptors Up Close!.

* Deer On The Move, Game Commission Urges Motorists To Use Caution

On October 23, the Game Commission advised motorists to slow down and stay alert with deer becoming increasingly active  and daylight-saving time ending soon which will put more vehicles on the road during the hours when deer move most.

* Game Commission To Expand Chronic Wasting Disease Management Area To Most Of Lancaster County

On October 23, the Game Commission announced it would be expanding Chronic Wasting Disease Management Area 4 to cover most of Lancaster County in 2020.

* Game Commission Advises Hunters To Take Precautions Against Mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis

With a rare mosquito-transmitted virus documented in Pennsylvania this year, the Game Commission is encouraging hunters and others who spend time outdoors to take precautions against mosquito bites and report to the agency any dead or strange-acting wild animals they believe to have been infected.

* Help Wanted: PA Parks & Forests Foundation Public Relations & Outreach Coordinator

The PA Parks and Forests Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for a Public Relations and Outreach Coordinator position.  The deadline for applications is November 4.

* Help Wanted: PA Master Naturalist Communications & Development Associate

Pennsylvania Master Naturalist, a volunteer training and service organization in Pennsylvania, is searching for a talented Communications and Development Associate to support its media relations, social media and website communications, and resource development activities to promote and advance a volunteer service-learning program devoted to natural resource conservation in communities throughout Pennsylvania.

* Help Wanted: Trout Unlimited Mid-Atlantic Policy Director

Trout Unlimited is seeking qualified candidates for the position of  Mid-Atlantic Policy Director to advance TU’s mission to conserve, protect, and restore trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds by leading campaigns that engage TU members and other stakeholders as advocates for conservation. 

* Environment & Energy NewsClips

Here are NewsClips from around the state on all environmental topics, including General Environment, Budget, Marcellus Shale, Watershed Protection and much more.

* 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.

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

Here are highlights of actions taken by agencies on environmental regulations, technical guidance and permits.

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