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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
September 12, 2005
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* Take Time to Checkout How You Can Save on Home/Business Heating Costs
With Fall here and winter’s colder weather not far behind, now is the time to think about what you can do to reduce the cost of heating and energy use in your home or business.
* On the Hill - Senate, House Committees Hold Meetings on Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy
The Senate and House Environmental Resources and Energy Committees have scheduled meetings to hear an overview and comments on the Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy proposed by the Department of Environmental Protection.
* House Sets Informational Meetings on Forest Management Plan, Green Buildings
The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will hold informational meetings on high performance green buildings and Pennsylvania’s State Forest Management Plan.
* House Policy Committee Gathers Information on Motor Fuel Price Hikes
The House Republican Policy Committee heard from a variety of witnesses this week on the causes and steps to deal with the spike in motor fuel prices cased by Hurricane Katrina.
* Rep. George Asks Gov. Rendell for Special Session on Energy
Rep. George (D-Clearfield), Democratic chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, this week called on Gov. Rendell to convene a special legislative session on Pennsylvania's energy needs.
* Other News - Soy Energy, Inc. Becomes Part of Agriculture’s PA Preferred Program
Soy Energy, Inc. of New Oxford, Adams County, that turns soybeans into soy oil used in a diesel biofuel, this week joined the Department of Agriculture’s PA Preferred Program
* PA Professional Geologists' Symposium to Address Diminishing Resources
The Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists will present a symposium in Carlisle on October 31 and November 1 to address energy, water and land resources and the availability and production needs of Pennsylvania's earth resources for the next decade.
* Juniata Watershed Survey Shows Streams in Good Health, But Problems Remain
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission just completed a survey of 101 sites in the Juniata River Watershed and found streams to be generally in “good health.” At the same time, sample results showed three-quarters of the sites have a least one parameter above a level of concern.
* Federal Bills Would Improve Accountability in Chesapeake Bay Cleanup
A five-bill package of legislation introduced in Congress that would require the EPA and the Chesapeake Bay states to establish a cleanup timeline, complete with specific annual nutrient and sediment reduction goals—along with estimated annual costs—has been introduced by senators from the Bay region, including Pennsylvania's U.S. Senator Rick Santorum.
* PA Agricultural Producers Can Shape Federal Farm Bill Conservation Practices
Pennsylvania agricultural producers will have an opportunity to share their perspective of what changes should take place in the 2007 Farm Bill—as well as which conservation-related practices should be funded by the state—at 11 listening sessions scheduled across the state.
* Life on the Delaware Documentary Distributed Nationally on PBS Stations
Life on the Delaware,” a documentary about the Delaware River from its headwaters to the Delaware Estuary, has been accepted by American Public Television for distribution and airing by all Public Broadcasting Stations in the United States.
* 3 Regional Stormwater & Wetlands Policy Workshops Set
Engineering, construction and landscape architect associations are sponsoring a series of three regional Stormwater and Wetlands Policy Workshops in October to review the latest techniques and policies in those programs.
* Sewage Facilities and Land Use Focus of October Conference
A statewide conference entitled “Sewage Facilities and Land Use: Collaborating for a Sustainable Future” will be held on October 24 in Harrisburg.
* Pennsylvania Hosts Land Recycling Conference September 28-29
The Department of Environmental Protection announced a “Pennsylvania’s Brownfields 2005 – Putting the Deal Together” Conference for September 28-29 in Harrisburg.
* 30+ Tons of Debris Removed Through Greenways Cleanup Program
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources this week announced that more than 30 tons of trash and scrap metals was removed during just four cleanups as part of the Greenways Cleanup Program.
* PROP to Hold Workshops on Using Compost for Erosion & Sediment Control
The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania Certification Training Program is offering three workshops across the state to demonstrate how to use compost for erosion, sediment and stormwater controls.
* 2005 Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Summit October 4 & 5
The 2005 Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Summit will be held on October 4 and 5 and offer participants the opportunity to learn about local, state and regional anti-litter, beautification and enforcement projects from around the state.
* Look to PENNSERVE Grants to Fund Local Volunteer Programs
Looking to fund volunteer efforts to fulfill community needs in the environment, education, homeland security and public safety? PENNSERVE has a number of grant programs available.
* Grant Deadlines Coming Fast for DCNR, PennVEST, DEP, Fish & Boat
Deadlines for no less than seven grant programs are coming up the end of September and the beginning of October. Check the Events Calendar for deadlines, but here’s a quick rundown—
* Radon Outreach and Education Grant Awarded to DEP
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it has again this year helped fund the radon outreach and education program of the Department of Environmental Protection.
* DEP Publishes Updated List of Available Emission Reduction Credits
The Department of Environmental Protection this week published a notice of availability of emission reduction credits, by company, in the state’s Emission Credit Registry and a summary of recent transactions (September 10 PaB 5043).
* Take Me Fishing Programs Offered by Fish & Boat Commission
There may be no more beautiful season in Pennsylvania than Fall and no better way to enjoy the Commonwealth’s autumnal beauty than time spent fishing with your family.
* Game Commission Seeks Information on Barn Owl Sightings
Game Commission officials this week said they are seeking information on barn owl sightings in the Southeast and Southcentral parts of Pennsylvania.
* Northeast Environmental Partners Annual Award Dinner October 20
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Northeast Environmental Partners annual award and dinner program will be held on October 20 in Wilkes-Barre.
* Feature - Design for Flight 93 Memorial Selected From 1,000 Entries
This week the Flight 93 National Memorial partner organizations selected a design for the memorial to the 40 men and women who perished when Flight 93 crashed into a reclaimed strip mine in Somerset County. The design is entitled, “Crescent of Embrace.”
* Quick Clips
Here's a sampling of NewsClips from around the state on environmental topics.
* Watershed NewsClips
NewsClips from around the state on watershed topics.
* Regulations
Several notices about Delaware River Basin Commission, Fish and Boat Commission and Independent Regulatory Review Commission actions on regulations were published this week.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published notice this week of a draft change to the Continuous Source Monitoring Manual and the Department of Public Welfare pushed its 2006 LIHEAP energy assistance plan.
* Calendar of Events
Upcoming conferences, meetings, workshops, plus links to other online calendars. Go To: PA Environment Digest Calendar Page
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