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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
June 7, 2010
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* Pittsburgh Hosts World Environment Day June 5, Follow Events Online

Pittsburgh plays host June 5 to the United Nations Environment Programme North American World Environment Day 2010 activities which this year have the theme “Biodiversity: Connecting with Nature.”

* May State Revenue Collections Down $124.9 Million, $1.2 Billion For Year

Pennsylvania collected $1.8 billion in General Fund revenue in May, which was $124.9 million, or 6.5 percent, less than anticipated, Secretary of Revenue C. Daniel Hassell reported today. Fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $24.6 billion, which is $1.2 billion, or 4.8 percent, below estimate.

* Natural Gas Severance Tax Delay Costs PA Millions For Environment, Infrastructure

By not having a natural gas severance tax, Pennsylvania has lost more than $54 million since last October that could have funded vital state services including education and health care, as well as drilling-related environmental and local costs, according to the PA Budget and Policy Center.

* DEP Plans Investigation Into Marcellus Shale Well Blowout In Clearfield County

* Did You Know You Can Search Nearly 6 Years Of Digests On Any Topic?

Did you know you can search nearly 6 years of back issues of the PA Environment Digest on dozens of topics, by county and on any key word you choose. Just click on the search page.

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule

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

* Senate Environmental Committee Meets On Clean Water Fund Bill, Erosion, Drilling Regs.

* House Environmental Committee Meets On Bill To Extend Alternative Energy Standards

* June 21 Environmental Issues Forum Features Green Roof Presentation


* American Rivers: Upper Delaware #1 Endangered River In U.S. Due To Drilling

The Upper Delaware River, the drinking water source for 17 million people across New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania is at risk from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, a threat that landed the Upper Delaware in the number one spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2010 edition, according to the American Rivers group.

* Monongahela River Named #8 Endangered River In U.S. From Drilling, Mining

The drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people is at risk from pollution created by natural gas extraction in the Monongahela River Basin. This threat landed the Monongahela in the number nine spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2010 edition, produced by American Rivers.

* Chesapeake Bay Commission Calls For Action On Biofuels, Wastewater Nutrient Reductions

* Penn State: Nutrient Management Research to Benefit Chesapeake Bay

* EPA Orders Manheim Farm To Cease Unpermitted Waste Discharges

* DEP Invites Comments On Proposed TMDL Watershed Plans

The Department of Environmental Protection published notices inviting comments on seven Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) watershed plans (Pa Bulletin, page 3019 to 3021).  They include:

* Delaware Releases Aim To Improve Habitat In Upper Delaware

* Fish & Boat Commission Seeks Nominees For 3 Awards Programs

* Volunteers Needed For June 19 Western PA River Sweep

* PA Water Works Assn. Sponsors Backflow Prevention Inspector Training June 14-17

* June PA Center For Environmental Education Newsletter Now Online

The June issue of the EE Connections newsletter from the PA Center for Environmental Education is now available online. This month's newsletter highlights these stories:

* Butler County Middle School Becomes Park for a Day For Winning Earth Day 40 Challenge

* Children's Museum Of Pittsburgh Hosts U.N. Young Environmental Artists Competition

Sylvia Gong, an eighth grader at Hopkins Junior High School in Fremont, Calif., received the top North American prize in the United Nations Environment Programme's 19th annual International Children's Painting Competition. Her painting addresses the theme, "Biodiversity – Connecting with Nature."

* Volunteers Needed To Restore Piece of Central PA History On June 5, Other Work Days

* DCNR Invests in Schuylkill River Trail To Promote Outdoor Activity

* Lackawaxen River Sojourn Highlights PA Rivers Month Activities


* Fish & Boat Commission Adds The Fishing Hole To Website

* Fort Indiantown Gap Open For Guided Tours Of Rare Regal Fritillary Butterfly Habitat

Guided tours will give visitors a chance to see the only population of Regal Fritillary butterflies in Pennsylvania beginning at 10 a.m. on July 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10 at Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville, Lebanon County.

* DCNR Offers Lehigh Valley Sustainable Lands Bus Tour June 22

* 2010-11 Hunting/Furtaker Licenses To Go On Sale June 14

* 10,000 Friends Of PA Honors Smart Growth Projects

* USA Gypsum Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary Of Drywall Recycling

* PECO Takes The LEED In Green Building Certification

* PA Sunshine Program Pays Out 1,000th Rebate After Only First Year

* Sustainable Energy Fund Awards Over $150,000 In Scholarship Money For Conference

* PUC OKs Clean Power Markets For Energy Credits Program, Updates Manual

* West Shore Chamber Members Save Up To $20 Million On Electric Costs

* Help Wanted: Trout Unlimited Marcellus Shale Field Organizer

* Opinion- Campaign Finance Reform, Forest Conservation, Natural Gas Tax Converge In Perfect Storm

By Rep. David Levdansky

* 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

On June 15 the Environmental Quality Board will consider final regulations on hazardous waste exclusions, control of VOCs from large appliance and metal furniture surface coating operations, water and wastewater operator certification (which includes a project decrease in fee income from $1.1 million to $938,128 annually) and proposed rulemaking revising noncoal mining permit fees which will increase fees from about $25,000 annually to $2.5 million annually.

* 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.

* Stories Invited

Send your stories, photos and videos about your project, environmental issues or programs for publication in the PA Environment Digest to:

* Supporting Member PA Outdoor Writers Assn./PA Trout Unlimited

PA Environment Digest is a supporting member of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers AssociationPennsylvania Council Trout Unlimited and the Doc Fritchey Chapter Trout Unlimited.

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