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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
September 13, 2010
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* EPA Announces Public Meetings On Chesapeake Bay Watershed TMDL Strategy

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to hold 18 public meetings this fall to discuss the draft Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) – a strict “pollution diet” to restore local waters and the Chesapeake Bay.

* CBF's Matthew Ehrhart Named Outstanding Alumnus By Penn State College Of Ag Sciences

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored Matthew J. Ehrhart of Brickerville with a 2010 Outstanding Alumni Award. The award recognizes alumni for their achievements and provides opportunities for recipients to interact with the college's faculty, students and other alumni.

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* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule

* House Consumer Committee Hears Testimony On Regulation Of Gas Pipelines

* House Environmental Committee Meets To Consider Drilling, Hazardous Waste Bills

* Rendell Sets His Priorities For Using Natural Gas Production Severance Tax

After making campaign-style appearances at stops in Western and Eastern Pennsylvania to promote the adoption of the Marcellus Shale natural gas production tax, Gov. Rendell told the Philadelphia Inquirer he was not confident legislators would meet the October 1 deadline to pass the tax.

* Game Commission Board Approves Marcellus Shale Tax Resolution

* DEP Investigating Source Of Methane Bubbles In Susquehanna River

* Duquesne Professors Conduct Marcellus Shale Environmental Study

* DEP Releases Preliminary Marcellus Shale Production Data

* PA Clean Water Campaign Marcellus Shale Citizen Action Day September 21

* Marcellus Shale Coalition Launches Online Marcellus Jobs Headquarters

* Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Seminar On Sept. 21

* South Mountain Speakers Series Highlights Forests, Land Use In Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Learn about the unique role that the South Mountain landscape plays in the Chesapeake Bay watershed during the next South Mountain Speakers Series on September 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Harrisburg Area Community College's Wildwood Conference Center in Harrisburg.  

* TreeVitalize Riparian Forest Buffer Workshops Set For September 11, 22

* Adams County Marsh/Rock Creek Water Resources Management Plan Meeting Sept. 21

* DEP Awards Coastal Zone Management Grants

Organizations that work to protect and preserve Pennsylvania's coastal zones along Lake Erie and the Delaware Estuary will benefit from $1.4 million in Coastal Zone Management Grants that were announced this week by Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger.

* Save The Date: PA Floodplain Managers Annual Conference October 25-26

* EPA Challenges Colleges To Recycle At Football Games

* PA Professional Recyclers Host Organics Roundtable October 19

* Municipal Waste Roundtables Set For October 12, 14

* Clean Technology Resource Center Now Available For PA Small Businesses

* Nature Abounds Opens Office In Clearfield

* DCNR Designates Wild Plant Sanctuaries In Four Counties

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources this week announced the dedication of properties in Chester, Montgomery, Washington and Westmoreland counties as Wild Plant Sanctuaries.

* Appalachian Audubon Society Native Plant Sale September 18 Near Harrisburg


* Fall Issue Of Western PA Conservancy Conserve Newsletter Now Online

The new issue of Conserve, the Western PA Conservancy newsletter is now online and full of interesting articles on watershed conservation, land preservation, environmental education and other activities by WPC and its members.

* DEP Now Accepting Applications For Alternative Fuels Electric Vehicle Grants

* Dominion Employees Putting Energy To Work For The Environment In Projects

As part of their annual "Putting Our Energy to Work For the Environment" project, employees of Dominion energy completed 12 projects in their service territory, including one in Pennsylvania.

* PPL Electric September 23 Lighting Programs Webinar

* Demand-Response Programs Offer Ways Businesses Can Manage Electricity Use

* DEP Acts To Repeal Unlawful Mercury Rule Covering Coal-Fired Power Plants

* Opportunity To Bid On DEP Water Restoration Project In Clearfield County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of an opportunity to bid on a water restoration project in Clearfield County.

* Opinion- A Fiscal Conservative's Approach To The Natural Gas Severance Tax

By Rep. Garth D. Everett

* 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

* 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.

* Office Space Available, 204 State St., Harrisburg

Office space is available from Crisci Associates at 204 State St. in Harrisburg, just down the street from the Capitol steps.  Contact Tony Crisci at 717-234-1716 for more information.

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