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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
July 10, 2006
(7/7/2006)
PDF Version - PA Environment Digest 7/10/06
* Watershed Groups Should Report Flood-Damaged Projects to County EMA Officials
Watershed groups are reminded that damage to watershed restoration projects caused by the recent flooding should be reported to county emergency management agencies so they can be included in damage assessments forwarded to state and federal emergency management agencies.
* Bills On the Governor’s Desk
Several bills were signed into law by the Governor Friday, but several remain on his desk awaiting action. Here’s the rundown….
* EXIT Signs Trigger Radiation Monitors, Leak Tritium into Landfills
Unsuspecting demolition contractors and building owners disposing of self-illuminating EXIT signs containing tritium are responsible for triggering radiation alarms at landfills and causing tritium to get into landfill leachate.
* $600 Million to Be Spent At Keystone Generating to Reduce Air Pollution, Mercury
The owners of the 1,700-megawatt, Keystone Generating Station have approved the investment of approximately $600 million for the installation of state-of-the-art flue gas desulfurization systems, or scrubbers, at the facility.
* Reliant Energy Invests $250 Million to Reduce Air Pollution, Mercury at Cheswick
Reliant Energy announced plans this week to install a state-of-the-art flue gas desulfurization system at its 580-megawatt, Cheswick Generating Station in Springdale, PA south of Pittsburgh.
* U.S. Releases of Mercury Decline Significantly
Domestic releases and uses of mercury have decreased significantly over the last 25 years, according to the “EPA’s Roadmap for Mercury” report released this week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
* Rendell Calls for Improved Preparedness Surrounding Nuclear Power Plants
Gov. Rendell called this week for support of legislation introduced in the Senate and House that would increase the funds available to Pennsylvania for disaster preparedness and planning programs for nuclear power plants.
* PA Electric Power Generation Conference Set for September
The Electric Power Generation Association will host the 2006 Power Generation Conference in Hershey on September 7 & 8.
* American Water’s Environmental Grants Fund 3 PA Watershed Projects
Pennsylvania American Water announced the awarding of three grants to watershed projects under its American Water Environmental Grant Program this week.
* EPA Watershed Assessment and Protection Grant Apps Due August 15
Applications for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Assessment and Watershed Protection Program Grants are due August 15.
* Delaware Estuary Watershed Grant Applications Due July 17
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in cooperation with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, announced a Request for Proposals for approximately $800,000 in new funds under the 2006 Delaware Estuary Watershed Grants Program.
* EPA Watershed Funding Webpage Puts Funding Opportunities in One Place
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has opened a new Watershed Funding webpage designed to provide a “one-stop-shop” for watershed project and organization funding.
* New Nutrient Management Regulations to Improve Water Quality
Phosphorus in manure will be regulated for the first time, along with nitrogen, under new final regulations adopted by the State Conservation Commissions.
* PENNVEST Sets Deadlines for Drinking Water, Sewage Applications
The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority announced application deadlines for drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and other assistance for the remainder of 2006 and into 2007--
* Pennsylvania Celebrates Lake Awareness Month in July
The Pennsylvania Lake Management Society, a citizens’ group formed to promote understanding and management of lakes and reservoirs and their watersheds, invites Pennsylvanians to celebrate Lake Awareness Month in July.
* Upper Susquehanna Conference to be Held September 23
The Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies, Bucknell University and Geisinger Medical Center are sponsoring the Upper Susquehanna “From the Branches to the Confluence” Conference in Lewsburg on September 23.
* Last Call for American Water Works Assn. Summer Workshop Series
Summer training workshops sponsored by the PA American Water Works Association are filling up fast, so be sure to reserve your slots.
* Green Building Alliance Promotes Workshops in Pittsburgh Region
The Green Building Alliance is promoting several upcoming workshops in the Pittsburgh Region covering the important topics of entering the green building market, commissioning green building projects and advanced energy efficiency.
* DEP Sets Public Hearing on Changes to Lancaster Ozone Control Plan
On August 8 the Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing in Lancaster on proposed changes to requirements to control ground-level ozone pollution in Lancaster County. DEP proposes to reclassify Lancaster as an ozone attainment area.
* 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 (July 8 PaB 3601).
* Boating Fatalities at Near Record Pace
The Fish and Boat Commission this week reports there have been 18 recreational boating fatalities to date in Pennsylvania in 2006.
* DCNR Awards $23 Million for Recreation and Conservation Projects
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources this week awarded more than $23 million in conservation and recreation projects designed to help revitalize communities and protect natural resources.
* DCNR Accepting Nominations for Trails Advisory Board
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is accepting nominations for members to the PA Recreational Trails Advisory Board through August 18.
* See & Hear - Webcast Features Discussion of Watershed-Based NPDES Permitting
On July 19 the EPA Watershed Academy will host another in its series of free webcasts, this time featuring a discussion of watershed-based NPDES permitting.
* Opinion - Watersheds - Communities Connected by Water, By Senator Rob Wonderling
For those of us who love the great outdoors, every day is Earth Day. Every day gives us an opportunity to be responsible stewards of all of the natural blessings that have been provided to us.
* Quick Clips
Here’s a selection of NewsClips on environmental topics from around the state.
* Watershed NewsClips
Read a sampling of NewsClips on watershed topics from around Pennsylvania.
* Regulations
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission published a series of proposed rule changes and the Independent Regulatory Review Commission approved several regulations. Find details here.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
No new guidance documents were published this week.
* Calendar of Events
Upcoming conferences, meetings, workshops, plus links to other online calendars. Meetings are in Harrisburg unless otherwise noted. Go To: PA Environment Digest Calendar Page
* 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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