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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
November 15, 2004
(11/15/2004)
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* Green Ribbon Commission Meets
The Green Ribbon Commission will meet for the second time Tuesday to hear from other stakeholders on environmental funding initiatives. Meanwhile the House Environmental Committee set action on Advanced Energy Portfolio legislation for Tuesday, following the Senate action this week.
* Bipartisan Green Ribbon Commission to Hear From Other Stakeholders
The Green Ribbon Commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday to hear from other stakeholders with an interest in environmental spending proposals. The Commission heard from Rendell Administration officials at its first meeting October13.
* House Marks America Recycles Day – November 15
The House this week unanimously passed House Resolution 906 (Argall-R-Schuylkill) designating November 15 as America Recycles Day in Pennsylvania. The text of the resolution follows—
* Senate Environmental Committee Moves Advanced Energy Standards, Other Bills
The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee amended and reported out without discussion Senate Bill 1030 (Erickson-R- Delaware) setting an Advanced Energy Portfolio Standard requiring electric suppliers in Pennsylvania to have a percentage of their power generated from renewable sources.
* House Environmental Committee Sets Meeting on Advanced Portfolio Standards
The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday to consider House Bill 2250 (Ross-R-Chester) that establishes an advanced energy portfolio standard. A significant amendment to the bill is expected.
* In Other Legislative Action…
Here's a quick rundown on environmental bills moving in the Senate and House
* Watershed Alliance Volunteers Clean up Furnace Run, Segloch Run Area
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC), PPL Corporation and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) this week joined in partnership with the Furnace Run/Segloch Run Watershed Alliance to clean up the Furnace Run/Segloch Run confluence area.
* WREN Offers Water Resources Education Grants
The Pennsylvania League of Women Voters Water Resources Education Network (WREN) is now accepting applications for the 2005 round of water resources grants.
* Delaware Estuary Program Mini-Grants are Back, Apply Soon!
The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary announced the availability of grants of up to $5,000 for projects within the Delaware Estuary. Projects funded through this mini-grant process should focus on habitat restoration, enhancement and protection, improving water quality and watershed education.
* DEP Seeks Comments on Two TMDLs in Lycoming, Clearfield Counties
The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking comments on two TMDLs (Total Maximum Daily Load) plans:
* Trading Handbook Helps Water Quality Managers Achieve Cleaner Watersheds
Water quality trading has gained attention as an effective market-based approach for state and local governments to achieve cleaner water. Because the concept of water trading is new and not commonly practiced, water quality managers may want to know if trading will work in their local watershed.
* Air Products’ Hydrogen Fueling Technology Now in Operation
Air Products' hydrogen fueling technology was an integral part of a Shell Hydrogen project this week that officially opened North America's first-ever hydrogen filling station at an existing retail gasoline site in Washington, D.C.
* Utility Choice Website Exceeds 25 Million Hits, Look for Green Energy Choices
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today announced that www.utilitychoice.org has reached 25 million hits, as the Utility Choice campaign continues to educate Pennsylvania consumers about how to shop for local telephone, natural gas and electric service.
* Pennsylvania Begins Energy Assistance for 2004-05 Winter Heating Season
The Department of Public Welfare Secretary this week began accepting applications for Pennsylvania's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program for the 2004-05 winter heating season.
* Farmers in 17 Counties Eligible for 'CHEMSWEEP' Pesticide Disposal Program
The Department of Agriculture announced this week that farmers in 17 counties were eligible to participate in the 2005 "CHEMSWEEP" Program, which provides agribusinesses and commercial enterprises as well as citizens with a means to dispose properly of canceled, suspended or unwanted pesticide products.
* 2,500 Farms Preserved this Year by Counties, Commonwealth
Gov. Rendell and the Department of Agriculture this week announced it took action to preserve the 2500th farm under Pennsylvania's Farmland Preservation Program.
* PAEE Cancels Annual Environmental Education Conference
Jay Gregg, President of the Pennsylvania Alliance for Environmental Education, this week announced its 2004 annual Conference set for November 11-14 is cancelled.
* PEC Seeks Two Professionals for Senior Management Positions
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is seeking individuals to fill two senior management positions:
* Canaan Valley Institute Seeks Watershed Resource Economist
Canaan Valley Institute (CVI) is seeking applicants for a watershed resource economist to be based in its Clearfield, PA office. This position will provide assistance to local watershed and community-based initiatives within CVI's service area including facilitation and problem identification; aiding local groups with solution development, delivering educational programs; and implementation strategies for watershed restoration and conservation that sustain both natural resources and economic growth.
* DEP Seeking Bidder for Aerial Photo, Mapping Work
DEP’s Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation issued a Request for Proposals this week (Bid Number: OSM PA(MAP-05) 101.3 and 102.3) to retain two firms to provide aerial photography, surveying, mapping reproduction and other technical services, as required, for the proper development of plans for the reclamation of abandoned mine lands, abatement of water pollution, prevention of surface subsidence and flood protection projects.
* Taking Positive Action
Here are more examples ofpositive action to protect the environment-- Auto salvage industry recovers mercury, healthier indoor air for kids, students and individuals recognized for their activities, and the Bucks County Conservation District is looking for a few good awardees!
* Watershed NewsClips
Learn what others are doing to protect their watersheds...
* Regulations
Find out the latest on proposed and final regulations.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
No new guidance was published by the Department of Environmental Protection this week.
* Calendar of Events
Here's a select list of upcoming events, plus links to other calendars...
* Contributions Invited
Send your stories about environmental issues, programs and positive actions to PA Environment Digest - DHess@crisciassociates.com .

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