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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
November 14, 2005
(11/11/2005)
PDF Version - PA Environment Digest 11/14/05
* Ten Voting Days Left Before Christmas!
The House and Senate are now scheduled to be in voting session 10 days between now and their Christmas/New Year break.
* On the Senate/House Agenda
The House and Senate return to session on November 14 and here’s what’s on the agenda so far.
* House Committee to Hear From DEP on Energy Policy
The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, chaired by Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) and Rep. Bud George (D-Clearfield), will hold the third of its Energy Policy information meetings on November 16.
* Environmental Issues Forum Features Kittatinny Ridge, Bird Area Projects
The Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee’s next Environmental Issues Forum will be held on November 14.
* PUC Chairman Urges Consumers Eligible for LIHEAP to Apply Now
Public Utility Commission Chairman Wendell F. Holland this week joined Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Dominion Peoples, Equitable Gas, Steelers great Franco Harris and area social service agencies to mark opening day on November 7 to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
* PUC Proposes Rules for Connecting Small Renewable Energy Generators to Grid
The Public Utility Commission this week proposed rules governing how small alternative electric generators – who use technologies such as solar panels or fuel cells – connect to the electric distribution system and requirements for net metering.
* Candidates Wanted for Green Advantage Construction Training in Delaware Valley
The Delaware Valley Green Building Council is seeking qualified faculty for its National Green Advantage Commercial Training Program. Applications are due November 18.
* Green Building Market Will Reach $10-$20 Billion Over Next 5 Years
A new report released at the U.S. Green Building Council conference this week by McGraw-Hill Construction said the environmentally responsible "green building" market will reach $10-$20 billion over the next five years.
* DOE Offers Free Energy Assessments, New Website to Promote Energy Savings
The U.S. Department of Energy is promoting a new Industrial Energy Saving Teams program that offers free energy assessments for qualified businesses and a new website with energy saving tips.
* EPA Grant to Help Reduce Diesel Emissions at Port of Philadelphia
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week announced a series of grants designed to reduce emissions from diesel engines used in a variety of applications as part of the National Clean Diesel Program.
* Watershed News Features Info on Grants, Training, Smart Growth Tools
The latest issue of EPA’s Watershed News provides more than a dozen stories on new grant and training opportunities, information on new watershed tools and much more.
* EPA Watershed Academy Stormwater Phase II Webcast November 16
EPA's Watershed Academy sponsors free monthly webcasts to provide training and information for watershed practitioners around the globe.
* 2006 Keystone Coldwater Conference Set for February 24 & 25
Anyone interested in protecting and restoring watersheds, improving stream access and learning about solutions and problems in Pennsylvania’s waterways are encouraged to attend the 2006 Keystone Coldwater Conference in State College.
* West Branch Susquehanna River TMDL Kick Off Meeting November 15
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission will host a meeting to kick off the development of a proposed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report for the impaired reaches of the West Branch of the Susquehanna in Cambria, Clearfield, Centre, Clinton, and Lycoming counties.
* New Water Resources Education Network Newsletter Now Online
The new issue of the Water Resource Education Network newsletter is now available online from the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters.
* Drinking Water Plant Operator Training Set, Online Training Available Anytime
The Pennsylvania Section of the American Water Works Association is sponsoring a series of specialized training sessions on December 12, 13 and 14 for drinking water plant operators.
* Put Radon Testing On Your Fall “To Do” List
With the weather turning chilly, it’s time for the list of fall chores. And right up there along with installing the storm windows and getting the heating system checked, should be testing the radon levels inside your home.
* “El medio ambiente y su salud” -- Asma
El asma es una enfermedad respiratoria crónica que puede afectar la calidad de vida de millones de estadounidenses. A pesar de que no hay cura para esta enfermedad todavía, el asma puede ser controlada a través de tratamiento médico y el manejo de los factores que provocan ataques de asma.
* November Environmental Education Newsletter Now Available Online
The November issue of the EE Connections newsletter from the Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education is now available online.
* Applications For Ralph W. Abele College Scholarships Due April 5
High school seniors have until April 5 to submit applications for a Ralph W. Abele Conservation Scholarship of up to $1,000.
* Feature - Blacklick Creek Assn. Still Going Strong, 13 Watershed Projects and Counting
It’s tough to start a watershed association, just ask Bob Eppley of the Blacklick Creek Watershed Association in Cambria and Indiana counties. But, the rewards are worth it.
* Quick Clips
Here’s a selection of NewsClips on environmental topics from around the state.
* Watershed NewsClips
Read a selection of NewsClips on watershed topics from around Pennsylvania.
* Regulations
No new regulations were published this week.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection proposed changes to two policies related to considering local comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances in making permit and funding decisions.
* Calendar of Events
Upcoming conferences, meetings, workshops, plus links to other online calendars. Go To: PA Environment Digest Calendar Page
* Helpful Links
Here are some helpful links to environmental information from a variety of sources.
* Stories Invited
Send your stories about environmental issues, programs and positive actions to PA Environment Digest - DHess@crisciassociates.com or go to www.PaEnvironmentDigest.com .

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