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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
September 17, 2007
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* Rep. George to Introduce Bill to Save PA Senior Environment Corps
Rep. Bud George (D-Clearfield) this week announced he will introduce legislation to continue funding for the PA Senior Environment Corps through the end of the fiscal year to avert a total shutdown of the program in December.
* On the Senate/House Agenda/Bills Introduced
The House and Senate have scheduled the following Committee meetings and hearings as well as published their voting Calendars —
* Senators Mary Jo White, Tomlinson to Introduce Alternative Energy Investment Act
Senators Mary Jo White (R-Venango) and Robert Tomlinson (R-Bucks) this week announced their intent to introduce the “Alternative Energy Investment Act” when the Special Session on Energy convenes next week.
* Senators Pileggi, White Propose Solution to Hazardous Sites Cleanup Funding
Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware) and Sen. Mary Jo White (R-Venango) this week circulated draft legislation that would provide both a short-term and longer-term solution to funding the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Program.
* Deer Population Growth, Development Caused Dramatic Increase in Lyme Disease
The Department of Health this week told the House Health and Human Services Committee the incidence of Lyme disease, carried by deer ticks, has increased dramatically as a result of the growth in the deer population and development encroaching into forested areas of the state.
* House Consumer Affairs Committee Holds Hearing on PA Infrastructure
The House Consumer Affairs Committee this week held a hearing on issues related to the condition of Pennsylvania’s energy, water, wastewater and telephone infrastructure
* Online Training - EPA Sponsors Webcast on Wetlands: Condition, Loss and Restoration
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Watershed Academy will hold a free webcast for watershed practitioners on September 26.
* Litter Summit Attendees Learn About New Tools to Combat Litter- Video Blog
This week attendees at the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s 4th Annual Litter Summit learned about new tools to combat litter and beautiful their communities. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen McGinty also congratulated the group and its partners for getting out nearly 140,000 volunteers for the Great PA Cleanup!
* Keep PA Beautiful, PA Horticultural Society Present Community Greening Awards
The Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Alliance and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society recognized the first of 31 winners of the Community Greening Award that honors community gardeners in public spaces across the Commonwealth.
* Lens on Litter Photography Contest Deadline October 31
The Pennsylvania Resources Council is inviting photographers to help identify the worst example of litter in their communities through the Lens on Litter photo contest.
* Volunteers Remove More than 700 Tires from Susquehanna River
DEP's Northeast Regional Office, the Wyoming County Conservation District and the northeast office of Pennsylvania Environmental Council organized a major tire clean up September 8 in the Susquehanna River in Mehoopany Township. Wyoming County.
* PROP Announces 2007 Waste Watchers Award Winners
The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, and the Keystone Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America recently announced the winners of this year's Waste Watcher Awards given annually to those outstanding recycling, composting, waste reduction, and reuse programs in Pennsylvania.
* Three PA Businesses, Groups Among Those Honored for Energy Savings
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week recognized the winners of the 2007 Energy Star Award for Small Businesses and Congregations, including three in Pennsylvania.
* Chesapeake Bay Commission Report Raises Cautions About Ethanol Impacts
The Chesapeake Bay Commission this week issued a new report raising cautions about the impacts ethanol production will have on water quality and forests in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
* Presenters Wanted for 2008 Schuylkill Watershed Congress
The Schuylkill Watershed Congress organizers invite you to share your knowledge with a presentation or poster session at the March 1-2, 2008 Congress.
* PA Resources Council Holds Fall Environmental Workshop Series
The Pennsylvania Resources Council will host a series of workshop this fall on several topics: installing your own rain barrels, backyard composting, consequences of climate change and worm composting.
* DEP Says Preserving Great Lakes Water Resources Key to Region
Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary Cathleen Curran Myers said this week that with millions of people relying on the Great Lakes for energy, recreation, agriculture and commerce, preserving its water resources is important to northwest Pennsylvania's economy and quality of life.
* More Than $1 Million Awarded to Protect, Enhance PA’s Coastal Zones
The Department of Environmental Protection this week awarded more than $1 million in grant funding for 37 projects designed to improve and maintain Pennsylvania’s coastal zones.
* DCNR Protects Streamside Land, Expands Pine Creek Trail
The deed for 176 acres of prime land along Pine Creek and forestland in Lycoming County is being transferred from the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The land will be added to the Tiadaghton State Forest.
* PennDOT Expands BicyclePA Program to Nine Designated Routes
Pennsylvania’s countryside will soon be alive with color and PennDOT is encouraging bicycling enthusiasts and weekend riders to explore Pennsylvania’s fall foliage with a ride on any one of Pennsylvania’s nine BicyclePA routes.
* National Hunting and Fishing Day at State Capitol Set for September 18
Representatives of the Game Commission and the Fish and Boat Commission, along with several respected statewide sportsmen's organizations, will host a National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration on September 18, in the East Wing Rotunda of the State Capitol in Harrisburg.
* Unified Sportsmen Lawsuit Seeks Increase in Deer on Public Lands
The Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania petitioned Commonwealth Court last week to put a halt to all antlerless deer hunting on State Game Lands and State Forest Lands. The request for injunctive relief demands the Game Commission scientifically document and substantiate the need to further reduce deer herds on public lands.
* Agriculture Now Accepting Healthy Farms, Healthy Schools Grant Applications
The Department of Agriculture announced it is now accepting applications for the Healthy Farms and Healthy Schools Grant Program.
* PA Chamber Sponsors Regional Waste, Storage Tank, Clean Air Conferences
The PA Chamber of Business and Industry is sponsoring a series of four regional environmental conferences on issues related to residual waste, storage tanks and clean air issues.
* Outdoor Lighting Workshop for Municipal Planners October 30
The Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council and the Department of Environmental Protection will hold a workshop titled, "Outdoor Lighting: Planning Issues for Municipalities" at 7 p.m., October 30 in West Chester.
* Reminder: Energize PA Poster Contest Entries Due September 21
Teachers and students are invited to submit entries to the “Energize PA” poster contest that encourages students to learn more about alternative energy. The contest is sponsored by the PA Waste Industries Association.
* Spotlight - CARDONE Industries Wins Governor’s Environmental Award, So Can You!
Philadelphia-based manufacturer CARDONE Industries won a 2007 Governor Award for Environmental Excellence for its commitment to reducing emissions, saving energy and ensuring public safety by creating a better "on-the-road" home for its delivery specialists.
* Opinion - Wind Power Development on Public Lands – It Isn’t Worth It
By the Pennsylvania Biological Survey
* Feature - Miller Run - A Stream On The Rebound
by Robert Whittaker, Watershed Specialist, Huntingdon Conservation District
* 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 a proposed regulation setting volatile organic compound limits on certain consumer products.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Public Utility Commission all published policy changes this week. Here’s the rundown…
* Calendar of Upcoming 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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