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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
December 4, 2006
(12/1/2006)
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* Chester Results Switch House to Democrats, Priorities for 2007 Outlined
The much watched seat of former Republican House member E.Z. Taylor in Chester County is now apparently in the hands of Democratic candidate Barbara McIlvaine Smith by 23 votes, giving not only that district to the Democrats, but the House as well.
* Video Blog - Partnership Key to MaryD Mine Reclamation Project
Representatives of more than 20 partners gathered to celebrate the start of a multi-purpose mine reclamation project in MaryD, Schuylkill County this week.
* On the Governor’s Desk
Gov. Rendell took final action on all the bills remaining on his desk this week, including the veto of his 13th bill this session. Here’s the rundown . . .
* Senate, House to Resume Review of Controversial Mercury Rule Next Year
As required by the Regulatory Review Act, the Senate and House will pick up their review of the Department of Environmental Protection’s final rule to reduce mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants the fourth week in January.
* November Environmental Synopsis Newsletter Now Online
The November issue of Environmental Synopsis published by the Joint Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee is now available online.
* Partners Celebrate MaryD Multi-Purpose Mine Reclamation Project
Representatives of more than 20 partners gathered to celebrate the start of a multi-purpose mine reclamation project in MaryD, Schuylkill County.
* Quaker Run Stream Restoration Completed by Wildlife for Everyone Foundation
Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation and local partners announced the completion of a stream restoration project at the Quaker Run abandoned mine site.
* DEP Awards $27 Million in Watershed, Mine Reclamation Grants
The Department of Environmental Protection this week announced the award of $27 million to help finance 153 projects to clean up streams and rivers, address serious environmental problems at abandoned mine sites and revitalize communities across the state.
* Congress Still Has A Chance to Fund Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program
Members of the PA AML Coalition say Congress still has time to reauthorize the fees necessary to finance the federal Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund before it adjourns for the year.
* Reminder: Watershed Mini Grants from Dominion, WPC Due December 15
Dominion and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Freshwater Conservation Program is now accepting applications for the 2006-2007 Watershed Mini Grant Program.
* Reminder: Coldwater Heritage Partnership Grant Applications Due Dec. 15
The Coldwater Heritage Partnership announced it is now accepting applications for the next round of Coldwater Conservation Grants Program to protect and conserve the health of Pennsylvania’s coldwater ecosystems.
* Stormwater Conference Set for February 15-16 in State College
Stormwater professionals, developers, municipal officials, conservation professionals and watershed stakeholders are invited to a statewide Stormwater Conference on February 15-16 in State College.
* Royal Green Corp Becomes Greener By Reducing Waste
Royal Green Corp., Berks County, has eliminated 11,000 tons of residual waste and saved $150,000 in costs by installing a new system to recover previously waste metals from its operations.
* Shades of Green Award Nominations Now Being Accepted Through January 31
The Shades of Green Leadership Awards are designed to highlight the efforts of persons in Western Pennsylvania who have contributed to the region’s environmental transformation through green leadership within the built environment.
* Green$ense 2007 Smart Way to Build Profits Conference Set for March 15
Are you looking for ways to differentiate your properties in the marketplace? Learn how by attending the Green$ense 2007 Conference March 15 in Pittsburgh.
* Nominations Sought for Karl Mason Award from PAEP
The Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals is accepting nominations for the Karl Mason Award.
* Rachel Carson to Be Celebrated at PA Environmental Professionals Conference
The theme of the 2007 Annual Conference of the PA Association of Environmental Professionals will be “The Legacy of Rachel Carson and the State of the Environment in Pennsylvania.”
* Duquesne Light 16.2% Rate Increase Includes Energy Dev. Authority Contribution
The Public Utility Commission this week approved an agreement with Duquesne Light Co. to increase its electric rates by 16.2 percent and require the electric power distributor to contribute $1.5 million per year to the PA Energy Development Authority for renewable energy projects through 2010.
* PUC Releases Autumn Edition of the Keystone Connection Report
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission this week released the autumn edition of the Keystone Connection report.
* State Planning Board Unveils Report and Recommendations on Infrastructure
The State Planning Board this week released its Report and Recommendations on legislative and executive actions that will help the Commonwealth address the goals of reinvesting in cities and towns, fostering growth and competitiveness of both urban and rural economies, and improving the quality of life in all of Pennsylvania’s diverse communities.
* Opinion - New Tools Needed to Keep Our Farms Green and Our Streams Clean
By Matthew Ehrhart Chesapeake Bay Foundation
* 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 Environmental Quality Board published proposed regulations for comment that would amend Chapters 109 and 110 to require public water supply agencies and hydropower facilities to report the amount of water they withdraw to support the development of the State Water Plan. The IRRC also took other actions, here’s the rundown….
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published several final policy statements this week covering replacement water supplies, small flow treatment system and continuous air quality monitoring.
* 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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