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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
May 28, 2007
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* York County Team Wins State Envirothon Competition
The team from Northern High School in York County is the winner of the 24th annual Pennsylvania State Envirothon held May 21-22 at Penn State University in Centre County.
* On the Senate/House Agenda/Bills Introduced
The Senate and Senate return to voting session June 4. Here’s what’s on the agenda this week--
* Senate/House Bills Moving
These Senate and House bills were moving this week….
* House Uses “Winner Takes All” Approach to Passing State Budget
Based on an agreement between House Democratic and Republican Leaders, 240+ individual budget bill amendments were withdrawn this week in favor of voting on one Republican amendment and then the House Democratic version of the Governor's budget in House Bill 1286.
* Energy Efficiency, Hybrid Vehicle Bills Reported From House Committee
The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee reported out legislation on energy efficiency, hybrid vehicles and mercury. The bills include:
* Senate Hears Testimony on Issues Surrounding Coal Bed Methane Wells
The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee this week held a public hearing on the issue of surface and mineral rights ownership surrounding coal bed methane wells now used as a source of energy.
* House Environmental Committee Energy Hearing Set for May 30 in York
The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will hold a public hearing May 30 hearing in York to hear testimony on the Governor’s Energy Independence Initiative and House Bill 1200 (DePasquale-D-York).
* Chemsweep Program Wins 2007 Karl Mason Environmental Award
The Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals announced it awarded the 2007 Karl Mason Award to the Department of Agriculture’s Chemsweep Program. Secretary of Agriculture, Dennis Wolf, accepted the award on behalf of the Program.
* GreenTreks Network’s Natural Heroes Series Receives Regional Emmy
Natural Heroes, the series of independent films focused on people making a difference for the environment, was recognized for outstanding achievement in Public/Current Affairs Programming at the Northern California Emmy Awards held on May 12 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
* 2007 Statewide Conference on Abandoned Mine Reclamation Set for July 20-21
Make plans to attend Pennsylvania’s premier conference on abandoned mine reclamation and acid mine drainage cleanup to be held on State College on July 20-21.
* Save the Date! 6th Annual Ohio River Watershed Celebration September 20
Enjoy interesting speakers, informative displays, hands-on tables with activities for kids at the 2007 Ohio River Watershed Celebration.
* Celebrating Native American Culture Theme of Delaware River Sojourn
The 2007 Delaware River Sojourn, an annual event that combines canoeing, kayaking, camping, educational programs, and more, will be held June 24-30.
* Feature - Restoration Projects Helping Pennypack Creek Thrive
Residents of Philadelphia now have a scenic, thriving oasis right in their own backyards, thanks to years of hard work by partners in both the public and private sectors.
* New Agriculture and Environmental Science and Policy Center Established
In an effort to better address the environmental issues related to agriculture, an Agriculture and Environment Science and Policy Center has been created in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
* New Agreement Protects Additional Watershed Lands in Lackawanna County
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced Lackawanna County and The Nature Conservancy have received the deed for about 5,000 acres of prime watershed and forestland in the county.
* Workshop on Tax Incentives for Preserving Land Set for Palmerton
The Wildlands Conservancy will host another in its series of Tax Incentive Workshops June 6 on the limited-time tax incentives now available to landowners who preserve their property during 2007.
* EPA Seeking Nominations for Community Development and Active Aging Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications for the Excellence in Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging awards. The awards recognize outstanding community planning and strategies that support active aging.
* PA CleanWays Grant From Mellon Foundation Supports Cleanup Initiatives
PA CleanWays, Inc. has recently accepted a generous grant award of $300,000 from the Richard King Mellon Foundation in support of its Statewide Illegal Dump Survey and Cleanup Campaign. The funds will be earmarked for western Pennsylvania.
* PA Roadside Aesthetics Workshop to Launch “Sponsor-A-Landscape” Program
The Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Alliance and PennDOT are sponsoring a one-day Pennsylvania Roadside Aesthetics Workshop on June 28 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center, New Cumberland.
* Penn State Trash to Treasure Sale Set for May 26
Penn State's sixth annual Trash to Treasure sale, a charity event built on the philanthropic goodwill of the student population, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 26, at Beaver Stadium, University Park.
* Stay Out, Stay Alive, DEP Warns of Dangers in Old Mines, Quarries
With warm weather prompting many people to spend more time outdoors, but the Department of Environmental Protection issued a warning to stay out of abandoned mines and quarries as part of its “Stay Out, Stay Alive” Program.
* Citizen Advisory Committees Influence Deer Management Policies
The Game Commission's efforts to heighten public participation in deer management took a big step forward recently when agency biologists considered Citizen Advisory Committee recommendations for deer population changes in four of the state's 22 Wildlife Management Units.
* Doug Scott Speaking in Harrisburg on Protecting Wilderness Areas
Wilderness author and activist Doug Scott will speak at the Dauphin County East Shore Area Library in Harrisburg in support of the Citizens’ Wilderness Proposal for Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest.
* PPG Industries’ Charles E. Bunch to Deliver a Keynote at Air & Waste Conference
The Air & Waste Management Association has added PPG Industries’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Charles E. Bunch to the keynote agenda for its 100th Annual Conference & Exhibition, to be held in Pittsburgh, June 26-29.
* Saint Francis University to Host 2nd Annual Alternative Energy Fair
The 2nd Annual ECare Fair will be held on June 9 and 10 in the Stokes Center at Saint Francis University, Ebensburg, Cambria County.
* National Environmental Education Award Nominations Due June 30
The National Environmental Education Foundation is now accepting nominations for the Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award in honor of an individual who devotes his life to conservation and environmental education.
* It's a Boy....and a Girl and a Girl and a Boy! Falcons That Is
State wildlife officials who banded the young Peregrine falcons that hatched earlier this month in the nest on the Rachel Carson State Building in Harrisburg have determined there are two male and two female birds.
* Feature - Peregrine Falcons Make a Comeback
By Joe Kosack, Wildlife Conservation Education Specialist, Game Commission
* 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
No new regulations published this week.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published interim final guidance on handling confidential information and a proposed General Permit for portable electric generators. The State Conservation Commission published the annual distributions under the Dirt and Gravel Roads Program. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has proposed a land exchange involving 61 acres in Sulllivan County for public comment.
* 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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