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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
October 24, 2022 Issue #953
* 69 New Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

Here are 69 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.   Are You Telling Your Story?

* Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership Plants Its 5-Millionth Tree In Franklin County Park; Thousands Of Volunteers Were Critical To Reaching This Milestone

On October 19, national, state, and local partners gathered at a Franklin County park this morning, to celebrate the planting of the 5-millionth tree in an ambitious, collaborative, and challenging effort to plant 10 million of them in Pennsylvania’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

* Federal Office Of Surface Mining Recognizes DEP Anthracite Outdoor Adventure - Bear Valley Mine Reclamation Project In Northumberland County With National Award

On October 18, the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement announced the winners of its 2022 Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Awards.

* City & State PA Recognize The 2022 Pennsylvania Nonprofit Power 100 Leaders, Including 7 Conservation Leaders

City & State PA this week recognized their list of leaders on the 2022 Pennsylvania Nonprofit Power 100.

* Nominations Now Being Accepted For 2023 Governor’s Award For Environmental Excellence

The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting nominations for the 2023 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.  The deadline for nominations is December 21.

* Celebrating 10 Years Of Volunteer Impact - Greening The Lower Susquehanna

By Kristen Koch, Penn State Agriculture & Environment Center

* Penn State Master Watershed Steward Volunteers Lead Stream Assessment In Allegheny County

Have you noticed a ping pong ball or rubber duck floating along a stream in one of Allegheny County's parks recently? No need to worry. The items likely are not trash, but part of a three-year stream assessment by Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward volunteers.

* East Lampeter Twp. First Municipality To Partner With Lancaster Revolving Water Fund On Pay-For-Performance Contract To Improve Water Quality, Soil Carbon Sequestration

By Conservation Innovation Fund

* WeConservePA Visits Award-Winning Headwaters Restoration Project By Wissahickon Trails In Montgomery County

WeConservePA’s Advocacy Manager Brad Barkdoll attended a site visit to tour an award winning headwaters restoration project by Wissahickon Trails along the Wissahickon Creek.

* Welcome The Inaugural Class Of 35 High School Keep PA Beautiful Young Ambassadors

On October 22, Keep PA Beautiful introduced the inaugural class of 35 Young Ambassadors of Pennsylvania, high school students in grades 10 to 12 who will act as community stewards to inspire, engage and empower other young Pennsylvanias to keep their communities clean and beautiful.

* NO SPECIAL PROTECTION: The Exceptional Value Loyalsock Creek In Lycoming County Is Dammed And Damned

Video Dispatch From The Loyalsock: Water Withdrawal Point Construction October 13, 2022, another muddy sediment plume.

* Susquehanna River Basin Commission Has No Exclusion Zones For Water Withdrawals From Any Streams, Including EV Or HQ Streams Subject To Water Quality Antidegradation Rules

When considering natural gas industry or other water withdrawal requests, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission has no exclusion zones for water withdrawals from any streams in the basin, including Exceptional Value and High Quality streams where water quality is protected by antidegradation rules, according to Andrew Gavin, Deputy Executive Director.

* DEP/SRBC Permit Notices -- Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities

The following DEP and Susquehanna River Basin Commission notices were published in the October 22 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities.  Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments. 

* TribLive Editorial: State Fines Should Be Higher Than Tax Cuts To Penalize Environmental Leaks

This editorial was first published on on October 19, 2022--

* Republican Herald Editorial: State Lawmakers Should Adopt Rules That Preclude State Taxpayers From Subsidizing Pollution From Oil & Gas Industry

This editorial was first published in the Republican Herald on October 19, 2022--

* Penn State's Jenn Baka Receives National Science Foundation Grant For A 5-Year Study Of The Shell Ethane Plant's Environmental And Human Impacts In Beaver County

By Francisco Tutella, Penn State News

* Southwestern PA Grassroots Town Halls Hosts Oct. 24 Virtual Program On Eyes On Shell Ethane Plant Campaign In Beaver County

Join Southwestern Pennsylvania Grassroots Town Halls for their next virtual resident-led Air Quality Town Hall on October 24 at 6:00 p.m.

* PA League Of Women Voters, University Of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health Host 2022 Shale Gas & Public Health Conference Online Nov. 15-16

The 10th Annual Shale and Public Health Conference hosted by the PA League of Women Voters and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health will take place online November 15-16 from Noon to 4:00 p.m. each day.

* Republican Herald Editorial: Dangerous Course For Oil & Gas Well Emissions, Obstructionists Should Get Out Of The Way

This editorial first appeared in the Republican Herald October 17, 2022--

* PennVEST Invests $236 Million In 23 Water Infrastructure Projects In 15 Counties

On October 19, the PA Infrastructure Investment Authority announced the investment of $236 million in 23 drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and nonpoint pollution reduction projects in 15 counties.

* CFA Accepting ARPA-Funded H2O Applications For Water Supply, Wastewater, Stormwater Projects

The Commonwealth Financing Authority is now accepting applications for the federal American Rescue Plan funded H20 Program to support water supply, wastewater and stormwater projects.  The deadline for applications is December 21.

* DEP: Drought Watch Remains In Effect For 20 Counties, Lifted For 16 Counties

On October 17, the Department of Environmental Protection announced after a meeting of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force that drought watch has been lifted for 16 counties and remains for 20 counties. Residents in those counties are asked to continue their voluntary water conservation.

* Net-Zero Manufacturing Initiative, Venango County Trails Project Among Appalachian Regional Commission Grants To Support Coal-Impacted Communities In PA

On October 17, the federal Appalachian Regional Commission announced the award of more than $6.9 million in grants to projects in Pennsylvania's coal-impacted communities to support economic development projects.

* Bucknell University Dedicates 1.76 MW Solar Energy Facility In Union County

By Michael Taromina, The Bucknellian

* DEP Sets Nov. 30 Virtual Hearing On Interim Response To Keim Street DCE Hazardous Site Cleanup In Montgomery County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the October 22 PA Bulletin of Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act Interim Response related to 1,1-dichloroethene (1,1-DCE) contamination at the Keim Street Site in Lower Pottsgrove Twp., Montgomery County.  (PA Bulletin, page 6606)

* DEP Reinstates Sales Of Electronic Devices By 3 Manufacturers Now In Compliance With PA’s Electronic Waste Recycling Law

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the October 22 PA Bulletin that it is allowing the sale of electronic devices from Visual Land Inc., Contixo and Linsay Digital because they are now in compliance with the state’s electronics waste recycling Covered Device Recycling Act. (PA Bulletin, page 6623)

* State, Local Officials Celebrate Acquisition Of Kiski Junction Bridge, 14 Miles Of Rail Corridor In Armstrong County With Help Of Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding; Fall Grant Round Still Open

On October 21, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary for Planning Larry Shifflet joined Armstrong Trails and other officials to celebrate the acquisition of Kiski Junction Bridge and 14 miles of rail corridor in Armstrong County.

* DCNR Issues 4th Weekly Fall Foliage Report Showing Fall Colors All Across Pennsylvania

On October 20, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources issued its fourth Weekly Fall Foliage Report showing fall colors all across Pennsylvania.

* Oct. 21 Take Five Fridays With Pam From PA Parks & Forests Foundation

The October 21 Take Five Fridays With Pam is now available from the PA Parks & Forests Foundation--

* Nearly 70 Runners Compete In Cameron County Sinnemahone Trail Run, Final Competition In Triple Crown

Nearly 70 competitors enjoyed the perfect conditions for the October 15 Sinnemahone Trail Run through Elk State Forest in Cameron County.  The day also marked the final leg of the Sinnemahone Triple Crown

* Minnich Family Partners With Lebanon Valley Conservancy To Preserve 16-Acre Farm

On September 28, the Lebanon Valley Conservancy preserved a 16-acre farm in Union Township, Lebanon County, owned by Albert Minnich. The farm, located next to Swatara State Park and a large campground, has been in Albert's family for 100 years.

* U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Award $3.5 Million In Grants To Restore, Protect Habitats In Chesapeake Bay Watershed; 4 In PA Totaling $1.48 Million

On October 20, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced 12 grants totaling $3.5 million to support wildlife habitat, climate change resilience, community conservation partnerships, and equitable access to nature in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

* Citizen Science Parasite Hunters Needed: Penn State Researcher Asking Deer Hunters For Help In Biting Flies Research Effort

By Penn State News

* Help Wanted: PA Federation Of Sportsmen & Conservationists Fundraising/Outreach Coordinator

The PA Federation Of Sportsmen & Conservationists, a nonprofit hunting, trapping, fishing and conservation advocacy organization, and the PA Wildlife Federation (PWF), the educational arm of the PFSC, is seeking qualified applicants for a Marketing, Fundraising, Outreach Coordinator.

* Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

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

* WeConservePA: Help To Apply For DCNR Fall Grants, Redevelopment Assistance Capital Funding And More

Help on how to apply for DCNR Fall Grant Round and Redevelopment Assistance Capital Funding is available in a series of video programs and other workshops highlighted by WeConservePA.

* DCNR Blog: New Resources Available For Forest Landowners And Managers For Climate Change Resilience

More than 70 percent of the woodlands in Pennsylvania are owned by private landowners.

* Think Outside Presents Oct. 25 Let’s Talk About Climate Change Student Panel Discussion With DCNR Secretary Dunn

On October 25, DCNR’s Think Outside initiative will host a virtual panel discussion on Let’s Talk About Climate Change from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

* Penn State Oct. 24 EarthTalks Highlights Agricultural Integration And Solar Facilities - Agrivoltaics In Context

Solar energy’s role in transitioning to a carbon-free electric grid is continuing to grow, potentially accounting for 40% of the United State’s electricity supply by 2035.

* News From PA House & Senate

Warning!  October 24, 25, 26 are the last voting days of this legislative session for the House and Senate.  Hold onto your butts! (And Your Tax Money!)

* Senate Confirms Three PUC Commissioners Bringing 5-Member Panel Up To Full Strength For First Time In More Than 18 Months

On October 19, the Public Utility Commission welcomed the return of Commissioner John F. Coleman Jr. and the arrival of Commissioners Stephen M. DeFrank and Kathryn L. Zerfuss to the PUC.

* Senate Committee Reported Out Bill To Deny Counties Drilling Impact Fee Revenue If Only 99% Of The Land In Their County Available For Shale Gas Leasing; Other Bills

On October 18, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee reported out several bills, including legislation to deny counties Act 13 drilling impact fee revenue, if only 99% of the land in their county is available for shale gas drilling.

* House Committee Meets Oct. 24 To Consider Gas Royalty, Diesel Engines In Coal Mines Bills

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to meet October 24 to consider legislation on oil and natural gas royalty transparency and regulation of diesel engines in underground coal mines.

* Senate Committee To Hold Oct. 27 Hearing On The Role Of LNG In U.S. Energy Security On World Stage

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing October 27 in Philadelphia “to examine the role of LNG (liquified natural gas) in strengthening American energy security on the world stage.”

* The Feds

Articles and NewsClips about federal actions impacting Pennsylvania--

* Coalition For The Delaware River Watershed Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Federal Clean Water Act

On October 19, member of Congress Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia) joined with environmental advocates and the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed (CDRW) at Bartram’s Garden to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the federal Clean Water Act.

* Public Participation Opportunities/Calendar Of Events

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* Grants & Awards

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* PA Bulletin Public Notices

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the October 22 PA Bulletin--

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