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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
May 9, 2022 Issue #929
* 47 New Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

Here are 47 new stories in the PA Environment Digest about individuals, groups, local governments, farmers, businesses, watershed groups and many more working all across Pennsylvania to restore and protect the environment and show others the beauty that surrounds us.

* This Week’s Examples Of Going The WRONG WAY On Environmental, Energy Issues

While PA Environment Digest’s priority is to highlight positive examples of environmental and energy leadership, 2022 is an election year which demands accountability to voters.

* All Articles & NewsClips In This Week’s Digest By Topic

PA Environment Digest Is Putting The Best Links To Environment & Energy Articles and NewsClips Here.   Is Your Story Being Told?

* Conventional Oil & Gas Drillers Dispose Of Drill Cuttings By ‘Dusting’ - Blowing Them On The Ground, And In The Air Around Drill Sites

From 2016 to 2021, DEP approved 752 plans for the permanent disposal of drill cuttings at oil and gas well drilling sites through the decades-old practice of “dusting”-- forcefully blowing drill cuttings on the ground around their drilling sites, according to DEP’s response to a Right To Know request.

* Post-Gazette: DEP Evaluating Whether To Resubmit Oil & Gas Methane Rule To EQB To Address Concerns About A Separate Conventional Oil & Gas Rule

On May 6, Laura Legere of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the Department of Environmental Protection is re-evaluating the final regulation to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations over a 2016 law requiring separate regulations for conventional oil and gas operations.

* Republican Senators Introduce Bill To Deregulate Oil & Gas Industry, Coal-Fired Power Plants, Open State Forests To Drilling, Withdrawn From RGGI

On May 5, Republican Senators Doug Mastriano (R-Adams) and Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango) introduced Senate Bill 1219 they said “to stabilize energy costs for Pennsylvanians, protect against market volatility in the long term, and utilize Pennsylvania’s unique natural resources to finally cement the Commonwealth as a premier energy powerhouse.”

* DEP Citizens Advisory Council Meets May 18 To Hear Presentation On DEP’s Expanded Conventional Abandoned Well Plugging Program

DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council is scheduled to meet May 18 to hear a presentation on DEP’s expanded conventional abandoned well plugging program funded by the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

* CBF Blog: Acid Mine Drainage - The Legacy Of Coal Mining A Key Source Of Harm To Pennsylvania's Headwaters

By B.J. Small, Chesapeake Bay Foundation - PA

* Bay Journal: EPA Ramps Up Clean Water Inspections After PA's Plan Fails To Meet Chesapeake Bay Water Pollution Reduction Goals

By Karl Blankenship, Chesapeake Bay Journal

* EPA Announces $40 Million From Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding For Chesapeake Bay Restoration; PA Receives $5.59 Million+

On May 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the award of $40 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) for actions to help restore the Chesapeake Bay and advance efforts to promote environmental justice and counter climate change.

* USDA Announces Additional $22.5 Million In Chesapeake Bay Restoration Funding

On May 6, Chesapeake Bay cleanup advocates welcomed the announcement by U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Robert Bonnie that USDA plans to direct an additional $22.5 million this year to helping farmers in the watershed adopt conservation practices that improve water quality in the Bay and its tributaries.

* April State Revenues Highest Ever Collected - $1.8 Billion Higher Than Estimates; Never Been A Better Time To Invest In Local Conservation Projects

On May 2, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Pennsylvania collected $6.5 billion in General Fund revenue in April, which was $1.8 billion, or 38.7 percent, over estimate, and the most tax revenue ever collected in a single month.

* DCNR: Never Been A Better Time To Invest In State Park, Forest Infrastructure Improvements, Local Conservation Projects

On May 3, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn visited Moraine State Park in Butler County to tour the park and to call attention to the park’s infrastructure need, also highlighting how pandemic recovery funds could be used to address outdated facilities and public safety preparedness across the state.

* Lisa Daniels Now Serving As DEP’s Acting Deputy For Water Programs Overseeing Chesapeake Bay, Other Water-Related Initiatives

Lisa Daniels has been named Acting Deputy for Water Programs at the Department of Environmental Protection. 

* DCNR, Agriculture Join Chesapeake Bay Commission Members At Planting In Lancaster County To Highlight Role Of Stream Buffers; Learn How To Buffer Your Stream

On May 4, Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding joined members of the Chesapeake Bay Commission to plant a streamside forest buffer in Lancaster to improve the water quality of Landis Run, and eventually the Chesapeake Bay.

* [Postponed] CBF, Stone Independent School Plant Over 2,000 Trees In Lancaster, York Counties

[Postponed - Watch For New Date]  On May 7 there was supposed to be big doings for planting trees in Lancaster and York counties, and for a private Lancaster school and the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership making it happen, but it was postponed due to heavy rain.

* Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper: Public Encouraged To Be Mindful Of Water Withdrawals On Smaller Streams

By John Zaktansky, Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper

* Pike Conservation District: Wetlands Conservation; Environmental Resources For New Homeowners; Intern Wanted

The latest Pike County Conservation District newsletter includes an overview of wetlands conservation, an announcement of a new Environmental Resources for New Homeowners webpage and an Intern Help Wanted notice.

* DEP Holds May 25 Virtual Public Conference Meeting On LCT Energy Rustic Ridge #1 Underground Coal Mining Permit, Westmoreland County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a May 25 virtual informal public conference on a proposed expansion of LCT Energy Rustic Ridge #1 underground coal mine in Donegal Township, Westmoreland County from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

* Environmental Quality Board Meets May 18 On Vanadium Standard, Coal Refuse Disposal Regulations

The Environmental Quality Board is scheduled to meet May 18 on a proposed Land Recycling Program regulation on vanadium and a final regulation on coal refuse disposal.

* Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority Collects 44,000 Pounds Of Household Hazardous Waste; 2 Miles Of Fluorescent Tubes

On April 29 and 30, the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority collected approximately 44,000 pounds of hazardous material and nearly two miles of fluorescent tubes during a  Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event.

* PA Resources Council Launches Hard-To-Recycle Collection Events In Allegheny County June 4

The Pennsylvania Resources Council will launch its 2022 Hard-To-Recycle Collection Events campaign in Allegheny County by hosting an event at Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, Frazer Township, on June 4, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

* Still Time To Participate In Keep PA Beautiful’s Pick Up Pennsylvania Litter Cleanup, Beautification Initiative

Residents who register with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Pick Up Pennsylvania Program before May 31 will receive free bags, gloves and safety vests, as supplies last, to help with their community improvement events.

* ClearWater Conservancy: 451 Volunteers Clear 12,541 Pounds Of Trash During 26th Annual Watershed Cleanup Day In Centre County

The ClearWater Conservancy celebrated Earth Day weekend on April 23 alongside 451 community volunteers at its 26th Annual Watershed Cleanup Day.

* EPA, DOE Announce Winners Of 2022 ENERGY STAR Awards, Including 6 In PA

On May 5, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy announced the winners of the 2022 ENERGY STAR Awards.

* Bay Journal: Sheep And Solar Panels: Using Solar Energy Sites For Pastureland

By Ad Crable, Chesapeake Bay Journal

* Center For Private Forests At Penn State Renamed To Honor Founder Jim Finley

Penn State and its College of Agricultural Sciences have renamed the Center for Private Forests at Penn State in honor of its founder, the late James C. (Jim) Finley, an outstanding academic scholar and teacher whose pioneering work at the interface of people and forests reached hundreds of thousands of people.

* Allegheny College, East Stroudsburg University Join Forces To Take On Tickborne Diseases Through Local Tick Mitigation Study; Free Tick Testing

As the state with the highest number of Lyme disease cases in the nation, Sen. Michele Brooks (R-Crawford) has been committed to making inroads as Pennsylvania combats a surging tick population and works to increase awareness of testing, diagnosis and treatment of tickborne diseases.

* May 6 Take Five Fridays With Pam From PA Parks & Forests Foundation

The May 6 Take Five Fridays With Pam is now available from the PA Parks & Forests Foundation.

* PA Environmental Council In Case You Missed It In April

The PA Environmental Council’s In Case You Missed It In April features articles on--

* Help Wanted: Forest Heritage Discovery Center Assistant Manager

The PA Forestry Association’s Forest Heritage Discovery Center located in the Caledonia State Park near Fayetteville, Franklin County is seeking to contract for the services of a part-time assistant to staff and help manage the Discovery Center.

* Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

Opportunities to learn more about environmental and energy issues affecting Pennsylvania for students and adults--

* Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition: AML Conference June 22-23; NW PA GIS Conference, Oct. 27-28; Synchronous Firefly Season

The latest newsletter from the Butler County-based Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition includes announcements of the Statewide Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference in June, the Northwest PA GIS Conference in October and background on the Synchronous Firefly Season.

* Penn State Extension To Host National Energy & Sustainability Extension Conference May 15-18 Focusing On Green Infrastructure, Solar Land Use, Water Quality, Climate Initiatives

Extension natural resources, energy and sustainability professionals from around the country will converge on Penn State's University Park campus May 15-18 for the joint 2022 National Extension Energy Summit and National Sustainability Summit.

* Allegheny Conservation District, Partners To Host Flood Education Workshop May 9 For Homeowners, Business Owners

The Allegheny County Conservation District and its partners are hosting a May 9 Flood Education Workshop for Homeowners and Business Owners at the Millville Food & Energy Hub, 112 East Sherman Street, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

* Flood Resilience Fest Held In Selinsgrove, Snyder County

Join the Penn State Initiative for Resilient Communities, Bucknell University, and the Selinsgrove Flood Task Force in an open dialogue about flood resilience at the Flood Resilience Fest May 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m at the Isle of Que Boat Ramp, Front Street in Selinsgrove.

* PA Emergency Management Agency, DRBC Virtual Hazard Mitigation Workshop Series

The PA Emergency Management Agency and Delaware River Basin Commission are hosting a series of three virtual Hazard Mitigation Workshops.

* Water Science Institute Hosts May 17 Dam Removal Forum At SRBC’s Harrisburg Conference Center

The Water Science Institute is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Dam Removal Forum to be held May 17 at the Susquehanna River Basin Commission’s Harrisburg Conference Center at 4423 North Front St., Harrisburg from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m..

* Celebrate First Ever Pennsylvania Native Species Day June 17

The PA Invasive Species Council is launching the first Pennsylvania Native Species Day on June 17 to celebrate and protect our native plants, trees, insects and animals.

* Pollinator Partnership Celebrates Pollinator Week June 20 - 26

The Pollinator Partnership will celebrate Pollinator Week June 20 - 26 to raise awareness for pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them.

* PSU Agricultural Sciences Hosts May 18 Webinar On Utility Scale Solar Energy - Considerations And Impacts

The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences will hold a May 18 Collection Connection webinar on Utility Scale Solar Energy - Consideration and Impacts from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

* Penn State Center For Energy Law & Policy Hosts May 10 Online Panel Discussion On Scaling Up Equitable Distributed Energy

The Penn State Center for Energy Law and Policy will sponsor “Scaling Up Equitable Distributed Energy Workshop,” an expert panel of professors, former government representatives and industry leaders to explore potential solutions and legal and technical impediments to achieving scale and equity in the distributed, localized energy space.

* Penn State Energy Days Set For May 25-26 In State College, Online

The Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment will host Penn State Energy Days on May 25 and 26 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center and online.

* WeConservePA May 25 Virtual Roundtable On Environmental Advisory Councils And Environmental Justice

WeConservePA, in partnership with the Diversity Equity Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) Community, will convene a virtual roundtable on May 25 for current Pennsylvania Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) members to examine the topic of environmental justice at a municipal level from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

* University Of Pennsylvania Water Center, DRBC Hosting May 11 Climate Change Planning & Adaption Virtual Panel Discussion

The Water Center at the University of Pennsylvania and the Delaware River Basin Commission are hosting another in its series of Water Exchange Speakers May 11 on Climate Change Planning and Adaption from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

* Clean Water Is Up To You: Become A Water-Miser Gardener

By Brodhead Watershed Association, Monroe County

* Nature At Risk: A Fishy Name For A Fruitful Tree - Shadbush

By Brodhead Watershed Association, Monroe County

* Delaware Highlands Conservancy Photo Contest Open For Entries August 1-31

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is pleased to announce its fifth annual juried photo contest for the Upper Delaware River region, open to professional and amateur photographers.

* WeConservePA June 2 Webinar On Advocating For Local Bird-Friendly Policies

WeConservePA and Bird Town PA will host a webinar June 2 on Advocating For Local Bird-Friendly Policies from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

* News From PA House & Senate

The information you need to follow legislation in the House and Senate- starting with articles and NewsClips from last week--

* Republican ‘Sandbox Permit’ Legislation Would Allow Agencies, Permit Applicants To Permanently Waive And Replace Any Regulatory Requirement With Minimal Public Review

On May 4, Rep. Shelby Labs (R-Bucks) introduced House Bill 2385 establishing a broad, new Regulatory Sandbox Program that allows state agency heads and individual permit applicants to permanently waive and replace any requirement in regulation for any permit to provide “relief from needlessly cumbersome regulations.”

* The Feds

Articles and NewsClips about federal actions impacting Pennsylvania--

* NFWF Seeks Proposals For America The Beautiful Challenge Grants For Ecosystem Restoration

On May 4, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced the 2022 Request for Proposals for the America the Beautiful Challenge, a public-private grant program designed to support locally led, voluntary ecosystem restoration projects.

* Public Participation Opportunities/Calendar Of Events

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* Grants & Awards

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* PA Bulletin

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the latest PA Bulletin--

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* PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference June 22-23

The PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference will be held in-person and virtually June 22-23 at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in State College.  This year's theme-- New Opportunities On The Horizon!  Registration Open!    Read more here.

* Supporting Member PA Organization For Watersheds & Rivers; PA Outdoor Writers Assn.; PA Trout Unlimited

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