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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
August 22, 2005
(8/19/2005)
PDF Version - PA Environment Digest 8/22/05
* Focus on Anti-Litter Efforts, Nutrient Credit Trading and More
Some weeks stories in the Digest just seem to come together in groups.
* On the Hill - Joint Committee’s Environmental Synopsis Available Online
The July issue of Environmental Synopsis published by the Joint Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee is now available online.
* Water Credit Trading Moves Forward with Reverse Auction on Conestoga
Farmers in the Conestoga River Watershed, Lancaster County, are using the new NutrientNet tool to bid for nutrient reduction cost-share dollars based on how much the projects will reduce nutrient loadings to the river.
* New Nutrient Limits Placed on Lancaster City Treatment Plant
Lancaster became one of the first sewage treatment plants in the Susquehanna River Watershed to have new limits for nitrogen and phosphorus placed on its discharge to help Pennsylvania meet its commitments under the Chesapeake Bay 2000 Agreement and to implement the Bay Tributary Strategy.
* Environmental Student/Teacher Education Grant Applications Being Accepted
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is now accepting applications for its Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training Program (B-Wet) through October 24.
* Applications Due for Agricultural, Rural Youth Grant Program
The Department of Agriculture announced this week it is accepting applications for its Agricultural and Rural Youth Grant Program through October 31.
* Chesapeake Bay Program Aims to Enhance Urban Tree Canopy
Urban trees and their canopy intercept rainfall, absorb and store water, reduce runoff, protect soil, filter pollutants, improve and cool air, and enhance quality of life for residents.
* F&M Policy Workshop Set for September on Legacy Sediments
Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster is hosting a Bonchek Policy Workshop on September 12 and 13 to discuss the policy implications of legacy sediments as a source of pollution and high sediment yields in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
* PA Senior Environment Corp Documentary Nominated for Emmy Award
The 30-minute film “Knee Deep” documentary featuring members of the Center in the Park Senior Environment Corps of Germantown has been nominated for an Emmy Award by the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
* White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation Set for August 29-31
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will join its federal partners in co-hosting the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation on August 29-31 in St. Louis, Missouri.
* Pittsburgh Considers Legislation to Establish a Clean Pittsburgh Commission
Pittsburgh City Council members proposed legislation calling for the establishment of a Clean Pittsburgh Commission this week. The Commission will serve as an overarching resource for conducting grassroots activities like clean-ups, community gardens, litter prevention and other beautification and education efforts.
* Time to Find Litterbugs! Lens on Litter Contest Entries Due October 31
You can win $1,000 for a photo of the worst example of litter in your community through the Lens on Litter contest sponsored by the Pennsylvania Resources Council.
* Anti-Litter Resource Directory, Blueprint for Action Now Available
Two updated publications from the Pennsylvania Resources Council will help communities develop litter control strategies—the Litter Resource Directory and Blueprint for Action, Litter Control in Your Community.
* Streamside Cleanup Training Academy Details Available
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission announced the details of its upcoming Streamside Cleanup Training Academy workshops in September and October.
* PA Rural Water Association Hosts Professional Management Training Conference
The Professional Office” is the theme of this year’s Pennsylvania Rural Water Association Conference on September 14 & 15 in Lancaster.
* Green Building Tour, Workshop Coming Up in Central Pennsylvania
Join members of the Green Building Association of Central Pennsylvania in a tour of the Pennsylvania House Finance Agency’s new green building and attend the latest “Getting to Green” workshop.
* Environmental Compliance Conferences Coming in October, November
The PA Chamber of Business and Industry is sponsoring three regional Environmental Compliance Conferences to provide businesses with the latest information on waste, water and air quality issues.
* New Report Shows Credit Trading Program Reducing Air Pollution in Eastern U.S.
Total ozone season nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from power plants and other large combustion sources declined 30 percent between 2003 and 2004 and are 50 percent lower than in 2000 in the Northeastern United States, according to a new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
* Why I Love My Pennsylvania State Park Contest for Kids by Jane Kirkland
Jane Kirkland, naturalist and author of the award-winning Take A Walk Book series, is sponsoring the first annual, "Why I Love My Pennsylvania State Park" contest, open to children ages 8 to 12 who live in the state.
* What’s the Buzz Around Penn State? The Great Insect Fair
Where else can you handle incredibly large and colorful insects, race them or sample them on a tasty tortilla? Only at “Wings Around the World”, the theme of this year’s Great Insect Fair at Penn State.
* Penn State's Nuclear Research Reactor Celebrates 50 Years
Fifty years ago, Penn State's Breazeale Reactor was issued the first U.S. Atomic Energy Commission license for a reactor - license R-2. On August 15, exactly 50 years after achieving initial criticality, Penn State celebrated the golden anniversary of a reactor that has provided education, research and service for faculty, students, industry and the public with a full day of celebration.
* Ross J. Huhn - Longest Serving Fish & Boat Commissioner Passes
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission this week announced the passing of Commissioner Ross J. Huhn of Saltsburg, Westmoreland County. He was 79.
* Opinion - Regulating Mercury in Pennsylvania, By Senator Ray Musto
In mid-May, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) acknowledged that it was recommending to the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) the development and adoption of regulations to control the emissions of mercury from coal-fired power plants. The department’s regulations would include not only electric generating units but also other sources of mercury; a method for assessing mercury “hotspots”; the development of clean coal technologies and an approach that considers the capacity and reliability of our electric grid infrastructure.
* Quick Clips
Here's a sampling of NewsClps from around the state on environmental issues-
* Watershed NewsClips
NewsClips from around Pennsylvania on watershed topics-
* Regulations: EQB OKs Development of PA-Only Mercury Limits
The Environmental Quality Board this week approved a motion to allow the Department of Environmental Protection to move ahead with developing a Pennsylvania-only rule limiting mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.
* Regulations II
The Environmental Quality Board, Fish and Boat Commission, Independent Regulatory Review Commission and State Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists published notices a several other regulatory actions this week.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of draft changes to technical guidance in the radon and water resources programs.
* Calendar of Events
Upcoming conferences, meetings, workshops, plus links to other online calendars. Go To: PA Environment Digest Calendar Page
* Stories Invited
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