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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
May 3, 2010
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* House Passes Renewal Of Recycling Fee, Goes To Governor

The House gave final approval to House Bill 961 (Buxton-D-Dauphin) which extends the $2/ton Recycling Fee through 2020 sending the bill to the Governor for his consideration.

* PA League Of Women Voters To Release Marcellus Shale Impact Study May 3

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* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee meetings showing bills of interest as well as a list of new environmental bills introduced--

* On The Governor's Desk

The following bill was sent to the Governor's desk--

* Senate/House Bills Moving

The following bills of interest saw action this week in the House (the Senate was not in session)--

* Governor's Race

Corbett Unveils Energy Plan For Pennsylvania

* Transportation Committee Chair Visits Marcellus Shale Drilling Site

* Gov. Rendell Opens Special Session On Transportation Funding May 4

* Participate In Western PA Conservancy's World Environment Day Events

As the North American host city for World Environment Day, Pittsburgh is in the midst of six weeks of special activities that began on Earth Day, April 22, and continue through until World Environment Day on June 5.

* EPA Launches Online Map Tracking Enforcement Actions In Chesapeake Bay Watershed

* Rain Doesn't Dampen Sewickley Creek Cleanup, Earth Day Celebration

Nearly 80 volunteers worked through rain showers and traversed slippery hillsides to clean several miles of roadway, stream banks and an illegal dump site to help celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania 2010.

* EPA Announces Funding To Help Urban Communities Protect Their Waters

* Alliance For Chesapeake Bay Sponsoring Local Action Video Showcase

* Public Meeting To Help Shape The Future Of The Little Mahoning Creek Watershed May 19

One of the healthiest waterways in Western Pennsylvania, Little Mahoning Creek is a cherished natural resource. It provides significant recreational, economic and ecological benefits to the community and surrounding region. 

* PA Izaak Walton League Urges Passage Of Gas Severance Tax, Drilling Bills

Pennsylvania members of the Izaak Walton League of America have joined in the call for a severance tax and additional controls on Marcellus Shale and other oil and gas development in the Commonwealth to protect and preserve the state’s waters and lands.

* Marcellus Shale Industry Coalition Statement On Proposed Drilling Moratoriums

Marcellus Shale Coalition executive director and president Kathryn Klaber this week issued a statement on a proposed bill to ban any additional leasing of Pa.-taxpayer owned forests for natural gas development:

* DEP Orders Cabot To Remove Well Pad Pit In Dimock, Susquehanna County

* Range Resources Reports Double-Digit Production Growth, Lower Costs In Marcellus Play

* DCNR Seeks Input On Forest Assessment, Strategy By May 21

* PA American Water Works Association Annual Conference May 11-13 In Lancaster

* Ralph W. Abele College Scholarship Applications Due May 7

High school seniors and current college students have until May 7 to submit applications for a Ralph W. Abele Conservation Scholarships.

* EPA Awards Drexel University Environmental Innovation Grant

* Harrisburg University Hosts Regional Student Conference On Alternative Energy May 8

* Duquesne University Selected As One of Nation’s Top Green Colleges

* Insurance Department Approves Green Discounts For Homeowners

* FARM START Dinners Celebrate A Season of Bounty Across PA In May

* iConserve PA Website Focusing On Trees and Forests In 2010

* DCNR Seeking Volunteers To Plant Trees At LeTort Park In Carlisle May 8

* State Parks To Offer Series Of Outdoor Adventure Day Trips

* Wild Resource Festival At Presque Isle Connects Visitors With Outdoor Wonders May 1

* May 10 South Mountain Lecture To Focus On Managing Healthy Forests

* Presque Isle Habitat Documentary Receives Award

* Habitat Work Underway On State Game Lands

* Opportunities To Bid On DEP Projects In Allegheny, McKean Counties

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of opportunities to bid on plugging abandoned wells in McKean County and plugging a well in Allegheny County.

* Feature- Springtime Alert: Do Not Disturb Young Wildlife

* Opinion- Is It Better To Burn Or Bury Waste?

By John G. Waffenschmidt, Covanta Energy

* Opinion- Today's Landfills Are A Lot More Than Dumps

By Tim O'Donnell, President, Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association

* Grants & Awards

This section gives you a heads up on upcoming deadlines for awards and grants and other recognition programs. NEW means new from last week.

* Quick Clips

Here's a selection of NewClips on environmental topics from around the state--

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips

* Watershed NewsClips

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits


* Calendar Of Events

Upcoming legislative meetings, conferences, workshops, plus links to other online calendars. Meetings are in Harrisburg unless otherwise noted.  NEW means new from last week.  Go to the online Calendar webpage.

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