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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
September 18, 2006
(9/15/2006)
PDF Version - PA Environment Digest 9/18/06
* House Agriculture to Hold Information Meeting on Conservation Tax Credit Bill
The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee will hold an informational meeting September 19 on House Bill 2878 (Stern-R-Blair, Hershey-R-Chester, Daley-D-Washington) that would create the Resource Enhancement and Protection Tax Credit Program.
* On the Senate/House Agenda
Several committee meetings are scheduled for next week, here’s the rundown…
* Committee Told DEP Mercury Rule Imposes Twice the Cost, No Added Benefits
The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee was told this week the proposed Department of Environmental Protection mercury emissions reduction rule would more than double the ultimate cost of reducing mercury emissions over other mercury reduction plans with no added environmental or health benefits.
* State Treasurer Launches $90 Million Keystone Green Investment Strategy
State Treasurer Robert P. Casey, Jr. this week announced a new investment strategy for the Commonwealth that will promote greater public and private investments in clean technologies, such as alternative and renewable energy sources, and provide superior returns for taxpayers.
* Lake Erie-Allegheny Earth Force to Host Alternative Energy Educator Workshop
The Lake Erie-Allegheny Earth Force and the Department of Environmental Protection will hold a free educator workshop-- Introducing Alternative Energy-- on October 27 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center in Erie.
* Sustainable Living Festival/Conference Set For Berks County
On September 22-23 the Kempton Community Center in Berks County will host the Second Annual Sustainable Living Festival and Conference.
* DEP Awards $740,000 In Environmental Education Grants
The Department of Environmental Protection this week announced 129 grants totaling $738,965 to create and develop projects that enhance environmental education in Pennsylvania.
* Volunteers Turn Abandoned Mine Land Into Community Flower Garden
Over the last nine months more than 30 volunteers have transformed mine-scarred land, an abandoned bridge abutment and an invasive weedy hillside into an industrial art project honoring the largest anthracite mining disaster in Avondale in Northeastern Pa.
* Saint Vincent College Hosts Acid Mine Drainage Workshop for Teachers
Saint Vincent College Environmental Education Center is hosting a workshop entitled, “Watersheds and the Abandoned Mine Drainage” for elementary, secondary and environmental educators on October 11 from 9:00 - 4:00.
* PA Lake Management Society Conference, 2006 Photo Contest in October
The Pennsylvania Lake Management Society will hold its 17th Annual Lake and Watershed Management Conference on October 25- 26 at the Days Inn, State College.
* Ohio River Celebration Attracts 900 So Far, Grants Added for Watershed Groups
Over 900 people have registered so far for the 5th Annual Ohio River Watershed Celebration that gets underway on September 21.
* Watershed Alliance of York Sponsors 4th Watershed Weekend September 23 & 24
Reminder that the 4th Annual Watershed Weekend sponsored by the Watershed Alliance of York is coming up on September 23 & 24.
* Villanova Green Roof Technology Seminar and BMP Tour October 6
Villanova University is hosting a Green Roof Technology Seminar and Best Management Practices Tour on October 6 at the University.
* Brandywine Creek Clean Up Scheduled, Tree Planting in Laurels Reserve
“Friends of the Brandywine” are sponsoring a first annual river clean up to be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 7. The Brandywine Conservancy is also sponsoring a tree planting in the Laurels Reserve October 14.
* Forum to Focus on Guide to the Natural Communities of the Delaware Estuary
The speaker for the next Rachel Carson Forum on September 21 will be Krista Nelson, the Watershed Restoration Coordinator for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.
* PA Rural Water Assn. Offers Billing, Financial Services
The Pennsylvania Rural Water Association announced the launch of PRWA Financial Services this week to provide financing, billing and collection services, and line insurance.
* Industrial-Strength Opportunities to Reduce Energy Costs Topic of Workshop
The Department of Environmental Protection is sponsoring two upcoming workshops in Southeastern Pennsylvania in support of the Department of Energy's Save Energy Now initiative.
* Duquesne Light Settlement Means $6 Million for Green Electricity, Energy Efficiency
Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future this week announced that it and 16 other parties had reached a settlement with Pittsburgh-based Duquesne Light Company that will, for the first time in this region, provide $6 million over four years for renewable energy development and conservation programs.
* Steady Reduction in Power Plant Emissions Continue With Cap & Trade Program
A new report catalogues how power plants and other large facilities in the East cut ozone-forming emissions another 11 percent between 2004 and 2005 under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s cap and trade program, with the reductiona since 1990 totaling 72 percent.
* EPA Administrator to Lead Cooperative Conservation Listening Session in Pottstown
On September 18 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson will lead a cooperative conservation listening session at the Montgomery County Community College in Pottstown, Pa.
* Benefits of Smart Growth Shown in 40 Communities Throughout U.S.
From cities to suburbs to small towns to rural communities, environmentally sensitive development is improving quality of life, according to the new publication, “This Is Smart Growth,” released this week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and 30 other organizations.
* DEP Soliciting Proposals for Federal Coastal Zone Land Acquisition Grants
The Department of Environmental Protection is soliciting proposals under the Coastal and Estuarine Land Acquisition Conservation Program. Proposals are due October 16.
* Northeast Environmental Partners Awards Dinner October 18
The Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Partners will hold their Sixteenth Annual Environmental Awards dinner on October 18 featuring Transportation Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E., as this year’s Keynote Speaker.
* See & Hear - Water Environmental Federation Sponsors 2 Free TMDL Development Webcasts
The Water Environment Federation will host two free webcasts September 21 and 28 on the process for developing Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plans for regulated and non-regulated entities.
* Environmental Heritage - Penn State University Library Hosts Mira Lloyd Dock Slide Collection Online
Mira Lloyd Dock (1853-1945), the first woman appointed to the State Forest Commission, used nearly 500 glass lantern slides to illustrate her lectures at the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy and at speaking engagements in the early 1900s.
* Environmental Heritage - State Historical Marker Dedicated for Edmund Bacon, Philadelphia City Planner
Gov. Rendell this week unveiled a state historical marker to honor Edmund N. Bacon, Philadelphia's city planning director for more than 20 years.
* Feature - Paddlers Congregate on Lake Erie’s Shoreline During the Final PA River Sojourn Event of 2006
By Justin Shellenberger, Watershed Weekly
* 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 - EQB Meets on California Car, IRRC Comments on NOx Rule
The Environmental Quality Board meets September 19 to consider final adoption of the California vehicle emission standards, among other rules and the Independent Regulatory. Review Commissions comments on New Source Review rule.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of new General NPDES Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, and a change in the guidelines for the Small Business Advantage Grant Program.
* 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
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