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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
January 28, 2008
(1/25/2008)
PDF Version - PA Environment Digest 1/28/08
* Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show Recognizes Conservation Achievement in Awards
Three Pennsylvania conservationists received Youth Mentor, Humanitarian and Conservation Achievement Awards from the 2008 Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show which runs from February 2-10 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.
* Feb. 2 the World Turns to Punxsutawney for Winter Prognostication
The eyes of the world will once again turn to Punxsutawney, Pa during the early dawn hours of February 2 as the Prognosticator of Prognosticators-- Punxsutawney Phil-- makes his annual prediction about the fate of winter.
* On the Senate/House Agenda/Bills Introduced

* House Environmental Committee Meets on Sludge, In-Lieu of Tax Payments, HSCA Reporting
The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will meet Tuesday to consider legislation requiring testing of sewage sludge, providing in-lieu of tax payments to municipalities for State Park lands and additional reporting of expenditures from the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund. The bills include:
* Joint Conservation Committee Environmental Synopsis Newsletter Now Online
The January issue of the Environmental Synopsis newsletter published by the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee is now available online.
* PEC Climate Change Roadmap Featured In Focus the Nation Climate Events
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council will make presentations about the Climate Change Roadmap for Pennsylvania at seven programs about global warming on January 30 to February 13 as part of Focus the Nation, a national grassroots effort to raise awareness about climate change by using universities, colleges, and high schools as locales for awareness-raising events.
* Conservation Commission Closes Successful REAP Tax Credit Application Period
After receiving $1 million a day in applications during the first 10 days for the Resource Enhancement and Protection Act (REAP) farm conservation tax credit program, the State Conservation Commission said it would close the application period on February 8.
* Lower Susquehanna Center for Land and Water Holds First Planning Session
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has joined forces with other interested conservation partners to establish a center in the Lower Susquehanna region that will help local groups and communities deal with land and water issues.
* Drinking Water, Wastewater and Other Infrastructure Grants and Loans Awarded
Two sets of water infrastructure loans and grants and sewage facility enforcements grants were announced this week by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority and the Department of Environmental Protection.
* $1.2 Million in Wild Resource Conservation Grants Announced
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources this week awarded $1.2 million in the Wild Resource Conservation Program grants to help protect native plants, fish and animals.
* Ecological Society of America's Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meets on April 19-20
The Ecological Society of America's Mid-Atlantic Chapter will hold its annual meeting on April 19-20 at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre.
* Largest Private Land Purchase Added to a Pittsburgh Park in Decades
The Allegheny Land Trust announced the purchase this week of an 11.3-acre parcel from a private owner to be added to the Duquesne Heights side of the 228-acre Grand View Scenic Byway Park, bringing the total park acreage up to 239 acres.
* EPA Awards Sustainability Design Grants to College Projects, 5 in PA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week awarded fifty-eight university teams $580,000 in People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Sustainability Design Competition grants, including grants to five colleges in Pennsylvania.
* Applications Due for Annual Litter Hawk Youth Award Program
PA CleanWays is now accepting applications for its annual Litter Hawk Youth Award Program open to students from 10 to 18.
* DEP Now Accepting Applications for Recycling Development Grants
The Department of Environmental Protection this week announced it would now be accepting applications from counties, municipalities and authorities for Section 902 recycling development grants through June 20.
* Reminder: Nominations Being Accepted for the 2008 Karl Mason Award
The Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals are now accepting nominations for the 2008 Karl Mason Award. Nominations are due March 31.
* 2008 Annual Environmental Regulations & Technologies Conference April 1-2
The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry will hold its annual Environmental Regulations & Technologies Conference at the Eden Resort Inn & Suites in Lancaster on April 1-2.
* PPL Seeks to Let Customers Buy Additional Renewable Energy Credits
PPL Electric Utilities this week filed a proposal with the Public Utility Commission that would give residential and small business customers the opportunity to support the continued development of clean, renewable sources of electricity over an above the renewable energy required by the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards.
* Cambria County Steel Producer Cut Energy, Waste Costs by $1.3 Million
Cambria County-based steel producer Gautier Steel Ltd saved money and improved the environment by using energy more efficiently and reducing waste.
* Save Energy, Money: Fan System Assessment Tool Workshop February 28
Manufacturers and other businesses are invited to attend the February 28 Fan System Assessment Tool Workshop to learn how you can make your facilities more energy efficient.
* Kings Gap Environmental Issues Conference to Focus on Renewable Energy
The DCNR, Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, will sponsor the 19th annual environmental issues conference, "Going Greener: Renewable Energy Realities" on March 12 at Shippensburg University.
* Gov. Rendell Outlines Major Accomplishments in New Performance Report
In preparation for his February 5 Budget Address, Gov. Rendell this week said Pennsylvanians who want to know how their tax dollars are being used can find answers in the first Governor’s Report on State Performance.
* Ned Smith Center Presents “A Sense of Wonder” Based on the Life of Rachel Carson
The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art is sponsoring a special live presentation of “A Sense of Wonder,” a play based on the life of Rachel Carson on March 8 at the C. Ted Lick Wildwood Conference Center at the Harrisburg Area Community College Campus in Harrisburg.
* Transition: G.R. “Randy” Klinefelter of Ephrata, Pa
In December, the Chesapeake Bay lost a friend, trustee, and one-of-a-kind supporter of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation—G.R. “Randy” Klinefelter of Ephrata, Pa.
* Spotlight - Floodplain Restoration Program to Help Golf Courses “Go Green”
Golf courses have the potential to become more “green” – on their greens and in everything they do -- if they use an interactive, online “Green Toolbox” that is being developed by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and LandStudies, Inc., based in Lititz, Pa.
* Opinion - A Sensible Plan on Alternative Energy and Bio-Fuels
By Senator Mary Jo White
* Grants & Awards
This section gives you a heads up on upcoming deadlines for grants and financial assistance as well as nominations for awards and other recognition programs. NEW means from last week—
* 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 were published this week. Pennsylvania Bulletin – January 26, 2008
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published draft guidance for reporting radiological contaminants in drinking water systems.
* Calendar of Upcoming Events
Upcoming conferences, meetings, workshops, plus links to other online calendars. Meetings are in Harrisburg unless otherwise noted. NEW indicates new from last week. 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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