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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Dec. 20, 2010
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* Dimock Residents To Share $4.1 Million In DEP Settlement With Cabot Oil

* Rendell, General Assembly Will Leave Gov.-Elect Tom Corbett With $4.5 Billion Deficit

Gov. Rendell this week said FY 2010-11 should end June 30 with a $63 million shortfall caused, he said, by the General Assembly's failure to enact a Marcellus Shale natural gas severance tax.  Senate Democrats, however, said incoming Gov.-Elect Tom Corbett and the next General Assembly will face a $4.5 billion budget deficit.

* Poll: Public Wants Cuts Before Raising Taxes To Deal With Budget

A new poll released this week by Quinnipiac University found the pubic supports cutting services before raising taxes 56 to 30 percent and 60 percent believe the state budget problem is very serious while another 33 percent call it somewhat serious.
            The option of selling the state liquor stores was the most popular option for raising more revenue. 54 percent supported selling the stores, 17 percent favored leasing the Turnpike, 14 percent were for laying off state workers and 7 percent though raising taxes was a good idea.

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule

* December Environmental Synopsis Features Extreme Recycling, Environmental Forum Set

* U.S.D.A. Seeks Applicants For Conservation Innovation Grants

* NRCS Funding For Conservation-Minded Producers Available

* PA American Water Accepting College Scholarship Applications

* Drought Watches Lifted For 21 Counties, Water Levels Return To Normal

* DEP Issues Updated Fish Consumption Advisories For 2011

* Storage Tank Insurance Fee To Remain The Same In 2011

* Appalachian Trail Conservancy Awarded $100,000 For South Mountain Partnership

* The Nature Conservancy: Real vs Fake: Which Is The Greenest Christmas Tree?

More than half of American families now choose fake Christmas trees over natural, a trend that could have serious consequences for our environment.

* PROP Encourages Residents To Green Up Their Holiday

The Staff of the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth’s state recycling association, has just one wish for Christmas – that all of their neighbors across the state go green.

* Keep America Beautiful Presents PennDOT With Partner Award

* Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Honored By Keep America Beautiful

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful received Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award at the President’s Circle Award Luncheon, during Keep America Beautiful’s 57th annual National Conference in Orlando, Fla. 

* PA Resources Council: New Tailgating Ritual At Steelers Games-- Recycling

Tailgating at Steelers football games is a tradition for thousands of fans and part of that ritual is drinking plenty of beverages - and that leaves plenty of empty cans and bottles.

* Save The Date: 2011 PA Recycling Industries Congress February 15

* Covanta Energy Extends Program To Safely Destroy Prescription Drugs

* 17,294 Homes Without Heat, PUC Urges Customers To Call Now To Restore Service

* DEP Announces $560,000 Small Business Energy Efficiency Grants

* Aimco's Philadelphia Apartment Buildings Launch Green Energy Systems

* PUC Releases Autumn Edition Of The Keystone Connection Report

* Winter eConserve Newsletter From Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Now Available

* Wildlife For Everyone Foundation Newsletter Touts Accomplishments

* Audubon PA November Newsletter Now Available

* PA Camo Coalition To Provide Service For Hunters, Anglers, Outdoor Enthusiasts

* Opportunity To Bid On DEP Reclamation Projects In Centre, Jefferson, Washington Counties

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of the opportunity to bid on a mine reclamation project in Centre County, a mine reclamation project in Jefferson County and a reclamation project in Washington County.

* Opinion- Protecting Our Environment Should Concern Us All

by Sen. Richard Alloway II

* 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.

* Stories Invited

* 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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