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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
September 13, 2004
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* Variety Highlights Environmental News
Contents - On the Hill
* Senate Environmental Committee Hears About Recycling Waste Coal
Ten witnesses provided the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee with information this week on the current state of waste coal recycling and ideas for how to provide incentives for using more of the estimated 2.4 billion tons available in Pennsylvania.
* Water Infrastructure Subject of House Environmental Meeting
On September 28 the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will hold an informational meeting for its members on the issue of the Commonwealth’s water and wastewater infrastructure needs.
* Environmental Synopsis Highlights New State Park Initiatives
Pennsylvania’s newest State Park – Erie Bluffs and the Musto Environmental Education Center in Luzerne County – are highlighted in the latest Environmental Synopsis published by the Joint Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee.
* Heenan of Steel Recycling Institute Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
The National Recycling Coalition has given their Recycler of the Year-Lifetime Achievement Award to William Heenan, president of the Pittsburgh-based Steel Recycling Institute. Heenan is also Co-Chairman of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful that is dedicated to promoting anti-litter and beautification education and outreach programs.
* Recycling Training
Online Training Program for Recycling Goes Live!
* Retired Air Credits
Hershey Foods, Bay Foundation Retire Air Emission Credits
* Mercury Emissions Petition
EQB to Hear Petition to Regulate Mercury Emissions October 19
* Bay States More Than Half-Way to New Wetlands Goals
In the Chesapeake 2000 agreement, the Chesapeake Bay Program partners committed that by 2010, they would try to: "achieve a net resource gain by restoring 25,000 acres of tidal and non-tidal wetlands" and "achieve a no-net loss of existing wetlands acreage and function in the signatories' regulatory programs."
* Over 70 Communities Attend Pittsburgh Brownfields Workshop
Over 70 communities participated in the brownfields grant workshop sponsored by EPA Region III and the Department of Environmental Protection in Pittsburgh on August 24.
* EPA Grants to Assess and Cleanup Petroleum Contaminated Sites
Under the federal Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act communities can apply for grants to assess and cleanup brownfield sites contaminated by petroleum products.
* Grants to Nonprofits
Green Knights Give $18,000 to Nonprofit Groups
* Monitoring Matters Highlights Abandoned Mine Drainage Issues This Month
The August issue of Monitoring Matter put out by the Keystone Watershed Monitoring Network highlights the origins, cures and new developments surrounding the monitoring and treatment of discharges from abandoned coal mines.
* EPA Environmental Management Handbook for Wastewater Organizations
EPA has developed the first Environmental Management System (EMS) handbook for water and wastewater operations to help utilities better manage their facilities.
* Educational Improvement Tax Credit Exhausted Funding for This Year
Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program reached its funding limit this week, highlighting the EITC's popular success. The state will now place companies that applied to the program after the $26.7 million scholarship funding cap was reached on a waiting list.
* Pennsylvania’s Connection to the Federal Wilderness Act
The federal Wilderness Act celebrated its 40th anniversary on September 3rd, but most people don’t know one of its architects was from Pennsylvania.
* Dam Removal
Citizen Handbook on Dam Removal Environmental Benefits
* Water Data
POWR Requests Statewide Watershed Data Proposals
* Watershed Academy
Free Streamside Cleanup Training Academies to be Held
* Taking Positive Action - Watershed Minutes
Listen to Watershed Minutes too see and hear learn how 14 different groups around Pennsylvania made a difference in their watershed by taking positive action.
* Taking Positive Action - Shrewsbury Wins Award
Shrewsbury, York County Wins 2004 EPA Source Water Protection Award
* Watershed NewsClips
A collection of NewsClips on watershed issues from across the state-
* Regulations
The latest on proposed and final regulations-
* Technical Guidance & Permits
DEP proposed this revised technical guidance this week--
* Calendar of Events
Upcoming conferences, meetings and events, plus links to other calendars-
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