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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
January 25, 2010
(1/25/2010)
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* Registration Now Open For 2010 Great American Cleanup Of PA
PA CleanWays and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful announced registration is now open for the 2010 Great American Cleanup of PA.

* Senate Majority Leader Warns Of New State Budget Deficit
In a podcast released this week, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware) warn if state revenues do not improve, the state could face a $400- $500 million budget deficit at the end of this fiscal year. If that's the case, the state will face a new round of very difficult budget cuts.

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* On the Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

Here's the latest session schedule, Senate and House Calendars and Committee schedules--

* House Sponsored Meeting On Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling Draws 200+

More than 200 people attended a contentious debate this week between representatives of the natural gas industry, who argued Pennsylvania does not need a severance tax and maintained their activities will not harm water supplies, and environmentalists who called for a moratorium on drilling in the state's Marcellus Shale region until studies are done.

* Senate Committee Hears Testimony On Housing Impacts Of Marcellus Shale Drilling

The emerging natural gas industry is Northcentral Pennsylvania is bringing jobs and revenue to the area but it is also having an impact on many related issues, including the housing.

* House Hearing Explores Competitive Advantages Of Public Power Agency

Representatives of industry, consumers and the Public Utility Commission testified this week before the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee about the competitive advantages of establishing public power agency to combat escalating electric prices.

* Marcellus Shale Drilling Wastewater Topic Of Senate Environmental Committee Hearing
The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will hear from a variety of witnesses on January 27 at its hearing on Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling wastewater issues.

* Environmental Synopsis Features Green Building Standards, PA Energy Efficiency Ranking
The first issue of the Environmental Synopsis newsletter published this year by the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee features a discussion of green building standards.

* Homegrown Energy May Be One Key To Cleaning Up Chesapeake Bay

* Environmental Muster Planned To Build Marcellus Shale Coalition January 30
PennFuture is organizing an environmental muster in State College on January 30 to help build support for a coalition promoting the natural gas severance tax and other issues related to Marcellus Shale drilling.

* Spotlight- Forest Fragmentation A Concern In Marcellus Shale, Natural Gas Well Development
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary John Quigley told the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee recently he was concerned thousands of new natural gas wells and thousands of miles of access roads and related collection pipelines could have a major impact on Pennsylvania's State Forests.

* 72,000 Feet Of Stream Bank Fencing Installed On Northeast Farms
In 2009, DEP's Northeast Regional staff worked with the Chesapeake Bay Program to design and help implement six projects that protected more than 7,200 feet of stream bank in four counties.

* Applications for Trout In Classroom Grants For PA Trout Unlimited Chapters Due
The PA Council of Trout Unlimited will be accepting applications for its Trout In The Classroom Program through February 26

* Chesapeake Bay Foundation Offers Summer Student, Teacher Education Programs
For more than 40 years, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation has worked to increase awareness of the tremendous problems facing the nation’s largest estuary.

* Philadelphia Student Video Contest Seeks To Bag Poo-lution
More than 389,000 dogs live in Philadelphia according to a formula used by the American Veterinary Medical Association, and while most owners pick up after their pets, not all of them do.

* 2010 PROP Recycling Film Festival Entries Invited
The 3rd Annual PROP Recycling Festival is now inviting entries to its film competition for Best Video. This year the Festival has been scheduled as a stand-alone event on the first day of the 2010 PROP Recycling Conference.

* USA Gypsum Releases New Barn Dry Product Derived From Recycling Drywall
USA Gypsum, Reinholds, Pa, has released a new barn dry product. GripX1, is a non slip agent used for stables, walkways and animal pens that can become slippery when wet.

* One Day Composting Conference Set For February 10 In Philadelphia
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society are sponsoring "Compost Matters," a one-day conference on the status of composting in the Delaware Valley.

* PA CleanWays, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Join Forces
PA CleanWays and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful announced they have formally joined forces to promote illegal dump cleanups, anti-litter education, and beautification projects to make their work with local partners and volunteers more effective.

* Two Illegal Dump Sites Cleaned Up In Northumberland County
PA CleanWays recently hired a contractor to remove additional waste and tires from two illegal dumpsites that volunteers started cleaning earlier last year in Northumberland County

* PEC Applauds City of Philadelphia Green Building Law
Pennsylvania Environmental Council this week applauded the City of Philadelphia's green building law (Bill 080025), signed by Mayor Michael Nutter.

* Letterkenny Receives Army Environmental Award For Sustainability Project
Five installations, three teams, and one individual will receive Secretary of the Army awards for their environmental and sustainability program achievements during fiscal 2009, including Letterkenny Army Depot in Franklin County.

* EPA Accepting Proposals For Pollution Prevention Grants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now pollution prevention and resource conservation project grant applications until February 4.

* Winter Land Revitalization Newsletter Now Available Online
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3 has just published the winter edition of its Land Revitalization newsletter.

* Mark Your Calendar: April 10 Southeast Environmental Advisory Committee Conference
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council will hold the 13th Annual Southeast Environmental Advisory Committee Conference on April 10 at the Abington Friends School in Jenkintown, Pa.

* Aqua Pennsylvania Dedicates 1.1 Megawatt Solar Farm
The 1.1 megawatt Ingram's Mill Solar Farm was dedciated this week at Aqua Pennsylvania's water treatment plant in East Bradford Township, Chester County.

* State Makes Several Announcements On Alternative Energy Investments
Gov. Rendell made several announcements this week related to the investment of federal stimulus funding and state funding through the Commonwealth Financing Authority in alternative energy and green job training initiatives.

* DEP Accepting Comments On Wind Farm Project Environmental Assessment In Lancaster
The Department of Environmental Protection published notice it is accepting comments on a federal environmental assessment for the Frey Farm Landfill Wind Project being constructed by the Lancaster County   Solid Waste Management Authority. Comments are due February 8.

* Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show February 6-14 In Harrisburg
The 2010 Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show will be held Feburary 6-14 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. The show is the premier outdoor hunting, fishing and associated conservation show in the eastern U.S.

* Delaware River Shad, Bass, Herring Anglers Must Register
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Fish and Boat Commission are reminding anglers that a new federal law requires anglers who target or catch shad, striped bass, and river herring from the Delaware River below Trenton Falls or in the Delaware Estuary to register with the National Saltwater Angler Registry.

* 2010 Land Ethics Symposium Set For February 18 In Langhorne
The Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve will sponsor the 10th Annual Land Ethics Symposium- Creative Appropaches for Ecological Landscaping on February 18 at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel in Langhorne.

* Game Commission To Webcast Board Meetings
The Game Commission this week announced it will be webcasting all its quarterly board meetings, starting with the January 24-26 meeting set for Harrisburg.

* Opportunity To Bid On DEP Project In McKean County
The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of an opportunity to bid on an abandoned well plugging project in McKean County.

* Fish And Boat Commission Names Acting Executive Director
The Fish and Boat Commission this week named Brian Barner as the agency’s acting executive director, effective upon the retirement of Dr. Douglas Austen at the close of business Friday. Commissioners appointed Mr. Barner during a special meeting in Harrisburg.

* Spotlight- CBF: Pennsylvania Stormwater Regulation Needs More Muscle

* Opinion- Marcellus Rush Echoes History Of Recklessness
By Susan Q. Stranahan

* 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

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips
Here's a selection of NewsClips on topics related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling--

* Watershed NewsClips
Read a sampling of NewsClips on watershed topics from around Pennsylvania--

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published a notice of advanced final rulemaking for water and wastewater systems operator certification requirements.
* 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

* Stories Invited

Send your stories about environmental issues, programs and positive actions to PA Environment Digest - DHess@CrisciAssociates.com.

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