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November 16, 2020 Issue #855
* DEP Orders Energy Transfer Partners To Keep Natural Gas Out Of Unstable Sections Of Revolution Pipeline That Exploded In 2018

On November 12, the Department of Environmental Protection issued an order to prevent ETC Northeast Pipeline, LLC (ETC) from putting natural gas in unstable sections of the Revolution Pipeline located in Butler, Beaver, Allegheny and Washington counties.

* Pittsburgh Mayor Supports ‘Marshall Plan’ For Transition From Fossil Fuels To Greener Energy In Appalachia

On November 12, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto joined mayors from across Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia to call for federal support for a green transition to climate-friendly industrial growth across the upper Appalachian region and the Ohio River Valley, an initiative they are calling the “Marshall Plan for Middle America.”

* Senate Republicans To Consider Bill Rolling Back Environmental Protection Requirements For Conventional Oil & Gas Drilling Nov. 16

The Senate Rules Committee is scheduled to meet November 16 to consider Senate Bill 790 (Scarnati-R-Jefferson) that would significantly reduce requirements for protecting the environment from conventional oil and gas drilling.

* House Environmental Committee Meets Nov. 17 On Bill Redefining Water Pollution, Letting Companies Decide When They Report Spills

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to hold a meeting November 17 on Senate Bill 619 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) making fundamental changes to the definition of water pollution under the state Clean Streams Law effectively making most spills and discharges to rivers and streams no longer pollution.

* EQB Meets Nov. 17 On Stream Redesignations, Mining Water Supply Replacement Regulations

The Environmental Quality Board is scheduled to hold a virtual meeting November 17 on final regulations making stream resignations and setting updated water supply replacement requirements for surface coal mining operations.

* Joint Meeting Of DEP Citizens Advisory Council, Environmental Justice Advisory Board Nov. 17

DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council and the Environmental Justice Advisory Board will hold a joint virtual meeting on November 17 starting at 12:30 p.m.

* DEP Works Thru Pandemic: 623 More Permits, 1,935 More Inspections Since Last Week

From March 16 to November 10 Department of Environmental Protection employees have been teleworking and using COVID-19 mitigation measures to continue to fulfill its mission.  DEP staff have--

* PA Resources Council: 3 Ways To Celebrate America Recycles Day Nov. 15

On November 15, individuals across the United States will celebrate America Recycles Day, which annually recognizes the impact of recycling on the nation’s economy and environment.

* PA Resources Council Reports Success For 2020 Recycling Programs On Eve Of America Recycles Day Nov. 15

As the nation prepares to celebrate America Recycles Day November 15, the PA Resources Council reported significant recycling program success in 2020 despite numerous logistical challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

* Keep PA Beautiful Provides Recycling Education Grants To Local Affiliates To Celebrate America Recycles Day, Nov. 15

On November 12, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, with the support of the Richard King Mellon Foundation, provided grants to five local affiliates to increase awareness about proper waste disposal and recycling services available in their counties.

* Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority Honors 38 Businesses, Schools, Organizations As Green Partners

The Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority recently honored 38 of the area’s best green businesses, schools and organizations.

* Keep PA Beautiful: Still Time To Participate In Pick Up Pennsylvania!

There are still two weeks left to participate in the annual Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Pick Up Pennsylvania statewide initiative that supports the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup!

* PA Chapter American Planning Assn. Recognizes Brandywine Conservancy's John Theilacker

On November 10, the PA Chapter of the American Planning Association recognized the Brandywine Conservancy’s John Theilacker, AICP Certified Planner, won the APA’s esteemed “Award for a Leader — Professional Planner.”

* DCNR Good Natured Blog: PA Outdoor Corps Crew Member Mel Oliver -- Connecting To My Purpose & Healing

By Mel Oliver, Crew Member, Philadelphia 10-Month PA Outdoor Corps Crew

* Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Canoe Creek State Park Volunteer Trail Crew

Canoe Creek State Park [Blair County] is fortunate to have a small, dedicated group of volunteers who faithfully meet weekly to maintain the trails.

* DCNR Conservation & Natural Resources Advisory Council Meets Nov. 18 On Shale Gas Drilling Update, Final ATV Policy

The DCNR Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council is scheduled to hold a virtual meeting on November 18 starting at 10:00 a.m.

* PA Forestry Assn. Recognizes Rebecca Trigger & Mark Foley With 2020 PA Tree Farm Of The Year Award; Robb Piper Tree Farm Inspector Of The Year

Rebecca Trigger and her son Mark Foley of Keystone Woodland and Field in Greene County were recognized with the PA Forestry Association 2020 PA Tree Farm of the Year Award during the virtual PFA Annual Symposium.

* PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Legislative Leadership Elections, Re-Fighting The Election

While politicians and lawyers fight over the outcome of the Presidential race in Pennsylvania, the Senate and House focused on holding leadership elections for the new 2021-22 legislative session last week.

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule [Updated]/Bills Introduced

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--

* USDA Forest Service Now Accepting Applications For Grants Supporting Innovation In Wood Products, Wood Energy

The USDA Forest Service announced it is now accepting applications for approximately $10 million in funding through the Wood Innovations Grant and the Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovation Grant.

* Bay Journal: Climate Change Expected To Make Chesapeake Bay Cleanup 10% Harder

By Karl Blankenship, Chesapeake Bay Journal

* Chesapeake Bay Foundation Fall Pennsylvania Newsletter Now Available

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Fall Pennsylvania newsletter is now available featuring articles on--

* Volunteers Needed To Plant 1,000 Trees In Riparian Buffer At Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Monroe County

The Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited is looking for volunteers to help plant 1,000 trees and install 200 tree shelters in a riparian buffer at the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge near Stroudsburg, Monroe County on November 22.

* White Clay Creek: A Pennsylvania Stream Responds To Reforestation

By Lamonte Garber, Stroud Water Research Center

* Pittsburgh Water Authority Reminds Residents To Keep Leaves, Yard Waste, Deicing Salt Other Pollutants Out Of Storm Drains

On November 9, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is reminding residents to keep yard waste, de-icing salt, and other pollutants out of storm drains.

* DEP Invites Comments On Stream Evaluation Reports In Carbon, Delaware Counties

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the November 14 PA Bulletin inviting comments on stream evaluation reports for streams in Carbon and Delaware counties.

* Gov. Wolf: New Apprenticeships In Water Treatment, Abatement, Industrial Manufacturing Available

On November 10, Gov. Tom Wolf announced new apprenticeship programs in Southcentral and Southeastern Pennsylvania in water treatment, abatement, and industrial manufacturing and mechatronics.

* DEP Survey Invites Opinions On How To Attract A More Diverse Range Of First-Time Grant Applicants

The Department of Environmental Protection has many grant programs that provide funds to community organizations, schools, businesses, farms, and local governments for projects to improve the environment where they live or around the state.

* Reminder: 2021 Delaware Estuary Science & Environmental Summit Call For Presentation Proposals

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary has issued a call for presentation proposals for the virtual 2021 Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit to be held March 1-3.  The deadline for submissions is November 16.

* DEP Issues $266,987 Penalty Against Luzerne County Man For Violations At Waste Tire Site

On November 10, the Department of Environmental Protection announced it has issued a $266,987 civil penalty against a Luzerne County man for ongoing violations related to unlawful management of thousands of waste tires at his property in Duryea Borough.

* DEP Sets Dec. 10 Virtual Hearing If Needed On RACT II Air Quality Plan For INDSPEC Chemical, Butler County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the November 14 PA Bulletin announcing a December 10 virtual hearing if needed on the RACT II Air Quality Plan for INDSPEC Chemical facility in Petrolia Borough, Butler County starting at 1:00 p.m.  (PA Bulletin page 6435)

* PJM And Members Prepared To Serve Winter Electricity Demand; Summer COVID Demand Peaked At 144,000 MW

On November 9, the PJM Interconnection announced its members are ready to meet the forecasted demand for electricity this winter for 13 states and the District of Columbia.

* PA Energy Development Authority Meets Nov. 30 On Grant Applications

The PA Energy Development Authority is scheduled to hold a virtual meeting on November 30 to review grant applications. (formal notice)

* PUC Invites Comments On Proposed Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Energy-Efficiency Technical Manual

The Public Utility Commission published notice in the November 14 PA Bulletin inviting comments on a proposed 2021 update to the Technical Reference Manual for Energy-Efficiency and Demand Side Management Rules for PA’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards.

* Reminder: PennTAP Hosts Southwest PA Energy Efficiency Roundtable Webinar Nov. 19 On Combined Heat & Power For Commercial Buildings

The Penn State PA Technical Assistance Program will host a November 19 Webinar by the Southwestern PA Energy Efficiency Roundtable Combined Heat and Power for Commercial Buildings from 11:00 a.m. to Noon.

* Talen Energy To Eliminate Use Of Coal In PA, Other Electric Generation Facilities By 2025

On November 10, Talen Energy Corp. announced it has committed to a strategic repositioning of its power generation fleet that will eliminate the use of coal at all Talen wholly-owned facilities.

* FirstEnergy Pledges To Achieve Carbon Neutrality In Electric Distribution Companies By 2050

On November 9, FirstEnergy Corp announced a pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The company also set an interim goal for a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gases within the company's direct operational control by 2030, based on 2019 levels.

* Nature Conservancy PA Let’s Talk About Climate Online Event Dec. 9

The Nature Conservancy-PA will host a Let’s Talk About Climate online event on December 9 from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

* Penn State Extension: Introduction To Forests, Carbon Sequestration & Markets Webinars Nov. 24, Dec. 15

Penn State Extension will hold Introduction to Forests, Carbon Sequestration and Markets webinars on November 24 and December 15 from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

* Controlled Plant & Noxious Weed Committee Adds 6 Plants To Control List

On October 22, the Department of Agriculture's Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Committee voted to add to six plants to the noxious weed list. (formal notice)

* Heritage Conservancy Facilitates Preservation Of Two Farms, A Riverbank In Bucks County

The support of this community has enabled Heritage Conservancy to continue to move its mission forward and to create a positive impact for all who live here.

* PA Forestry Assn. Highlights First Discovering PA’s Forest Heritage Video; Working Forests Video

The PA Forestry Association, in cooperation with the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, is proud to bring you the first video in the Discovering PA’s Forest Heritage series.

* Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, Middle Susquehanna Active Transportation Committee Offer New Bike Safety Decal

The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, on behalf of the Middle Susquehanna Active Transportation Committee, announce the release of a new Bike Safety Decal to help promote bicycle safety in our Pennsylvania towns and communities.

* Nov. 13 Take Five Fridays With Pam, PA Parks & Forests Foundation

The November 13 Take Five Fridays With Pam is now available from the PA Parks and Forests Foundation--

* Friends Of Allegheny Wilderness: Weigh In On Future Plans For Washington Park, Warren County

The Friends of Allegheny Wilderness are asking the public to weigh in on plans for developing Washington Park by the City of Warren Parks and Recreation Commission.

* Bay Journal: eDNA Reveals What’s Swimming In The Water

By Ad Crable, Chesapeake Bay Journal

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