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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
December 29, 2008
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* Environmental Groups Opposed To DEP Rollback Of Clean Water Protections
The PA Campaign For Clean Water this week expressed serious concerns about a Department of Environmental Protection proposal to rollback clean water protections by dropping individual erosion and sedimentation and stormwater permit reviews for new developments and substituting a permit-by-rule proposal.
* Opinion - Why Is Environmental Funding Cut First During A Budget Crisis?
By Paul King, Interim President,Pennsylvania Environmental Council
* Holiday News - Happy Holidays From Everyone At Crisci Associates!

* Put Your Holiday Gift Money To Use And Help Conservation, Protect PA's Environment
If you're looking for a way to put your holiday gift money to good use and help conserve our natural resources, cleanup abandoned mine discharges, improve recreation facilities and restore wildlife habitat, we have a few suggestions.
* On the Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule
There is little activity in the Senate and House due to the ending of the legislative session and the holidays.
* ClearWater Conservancy, Partners Wrap Up Successful Stream Buffer Planting Season
With the help of many volunteers, partners and donations,ClearWater Conservancy was able to restore 1.7 miles of riparian buffers in 2008 that will create healthy streams in Centre County. And volunteers are needed for the 2009 program.

* CBF Offers First-Ever Tool To Assess Nitrogen Footprint, Fund Will Sell Nitrogen Credits
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation this week unveiled the first online nitrogen calculator designed to educate watershed residents about their contribution to the nitrogen pollution damaging local rivers, streams and the Chesapeake Bay.

* Elk County Illegal Dumpsite Cleaned Up By Dedicated Volunteers
On November 20, five dedicated volunteers and a Ridgway Township crew braved frigid temperatures and snowy weather conditions to eradicate an illegal dumpsite along Meadowbrook Road in Ridgway Township, Elk County.

* More Than 11 Million Tons Of Waste Removed From Lawrence County Site
The Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are wrapping up the removal of more than 11 million pounds of material at Remacor Inc. in Taylor Township, Lawrence County that posed a potential health and safety hazard to local residents.

* Deadline Extended For DEP Illegal Dump Cleanup Grant Applications
The Department of Environmental Protection this week extended the deadline to apply for Illegal Dump Cleanup grants to January 27.

* Attorney General Charges Former Poultry Plant Owner With Environmental Crimes
The owner of a former Berks County kosher poultry plant and the pretreatment plant operator have been charged by agents from Attorney General Tom Corbett's Environmental Crimes Section with discharging industrial waste including poultry blood, feathers, hearts and gizzards into a Schuylkill River tributary.

* PUC Extends Comment Period For Wholesale Electric Markets Hearing
The Public Utility Commission this week extended the deadline to submit reply comments pursuant to the December 18, en banc hearing on the current and future wholesale electricity markets has been extended to January 9, 2009 (from December 29).

* PA Assn. Of Environmental Educators 2009 Conference, Award Nominations Due
The PA Association of Environmental Educators will hold its 2009 conference from March 19-22 at the Resort and Conference Center in Entriken, Pa.

* Tidal Delaware Water Trail Maps Now Available Online
Learn more about the Tidal Delaware Water Trail in Philadelphia through new online maps and a website which identify access points, safety considerations, points of interest and amenities along the 56-mile stretch of tidal river from Trenton to Marcus Hook.

* Feature - New National Wildlife Refuge Protects Nature, Rural Life In Monroe County
With the help of The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week established the nation’s newest national wildlife refuge in Pennsylvania’s Cherry Valley, just a half-mile from I-80 and a morning’s drive from crowded Manhattan.

* Feature - Three PA Projects Among 40 Receiving National Audubon Together Green Grants

* 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 - December 27, 2008

* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources published notice of a replacement gas lease on State Forest lands with NCL Appalachian Partners. The new lease is available online. The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of new policies for water supply replacement and mercury air quality monitoring, details below.
* Calendar Of 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
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