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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Jan. 10, 2011
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* Rendell Awards Smallest-Ever Round Of Growing Greener Grants

Gov. Rendell this week announced the awarding of $14.1 million in grants for 87 projects in 36 counties-- $8.13 million from Growing Greener Funds, $4.17 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and $1.8 million from forfeited bonds from mining companies.

* Running Out of Funding, Growing Greener Must be Renewed

The Renew Growing Greener Coalition released this statement in response to the smallest-ever round of Growing Greener grant awards--

* Opinion- The Future of Growing Greener

By Andy McAllister, Western Coalition For Abandoned Mine Reclamation

* Gov. Rendell Highlights Administration Environmental, Energy Accomplishments

In a series of end-of-term interviews this week, Gov. Rendell highlighted his Administration's environmental and energy accomplishments from 2003-2010. They included--

* DCNR Highlights Accomplishments In 2010

This week the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources issued its report on accomplishments during 2010. The report starts with a message from DCNR Secretary John Quigley:

* PA Tax Revenues Run Slightly Ahead For The Year

* Take Advantage Of All The Information Services From Crisci Associates

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule

* Rep. Hutchinson Takes Reins Of House Environmental Committee

Rep. Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango), who will take over as Majority Chair of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, this week said, "It's an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Venango and Butler counties.  I'm humbled by the trust they have placed in me to represent their interests in Harrisburg."

* Rep. George: Jobs, Protecting Water Supplies Among Top Priorities

Rep. Camille "Bud" George (D-Clearfield), Minority Chair of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, said he looks forward to working with Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson) and other members from across the aisle to continue Pennsylvania's economic recovery.

* Rep. Godshall Now Majority Chair Of House Consumer Affairs

Rep. Robert Godshall (R-Montgomery) will take over as Majority Chair of the House Consumer Affairs Committee this session.  This is Rep. Godshall previously served as Republican Chair of the Committee.

* Senate Republicans Name Committee Chairs, Few Surprises

* Sen. Vogel Named Majority Chair Of Senate Agriculture Committee

Sen. Elder Vogel Jr. (R-Beaver) is the new Majority Chair of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, succeeding Sen. Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster) who became Chair of the Senate Finance Committee.

* Sen. Baker Says Safe Development Of Marcellus Shale Priority

Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) this week said among here priorities for the new legislative session will be dealing with the economic benefits and environmental consequences of Marcellus Shale natural gas development.

* First Environmental Issues Forum Features Goddard Legacy Project January 24

The January 24 Environmental Issues Forum will feature a presentation on the Goddard Legacy Project.  The Forum is sponsored by the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee.

* DEP Secretary Applauds Safe, Fatality-Free Deep Mines In 2010

For the first time in the state's long history of mineral extraction, Pennsylvania's mines were free of fatalities last year—an achievement that Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger praised saying mines can be safe when there is an across-the-board commitment to safety.

* Report By DEP Shows Underground Mining Impacts Property, Water

* Poll Finds 63 Percent Of PA Voters Support Tax On Marcellus Shale Drilling

A new poll of Pennsylvania voters this week found 63 percent support a tax on natural gas drilling with 56 percent of Republicans polled supporting a tax, according to a Tribune Review newspaper/ Susquehanna Polling & Research poll.

* Citizens Advisory Councils Issue Report On Marcellus Development In Northcentral PA

* Western PA Conservancy Position Paper On Marcellus Shale, Landowner Guide Available

* January 25 Energy Symposium And Marcellus Shale Summit In Harrisburg

* Penn State Environmental Law Review Hosts Marcellus Shale Program February 10

* DEP Fines Talisman Energy $24,608 For Bradford County Diesel Fuel Spill

* Chief Oil & Gas Subsidiary Pays $34,000 Fine For Illegal Waste Discharge

* Members Appointed, Reappointed To Chesapeake Bay Commission

* DEP Designates Critical Water Planning Areas To Protect Water Resources

* DEP Re-issues Fish Advisories It Just Issued Before Christmas

* Let's Tackle Recycling Campaign Continues At Steelers Playoff Game January 15

Following an extremely successful kick off in December, “Let’s Tackle Recycling” will continue in Heinz Field parking lots on Saturday, January 15, when the Pittsburgh Steelers host an NFL divisional playoff game.

* State Police Trash Hauler Enforcement Puts 113 Trucks, 22 Drivers Out Of Service

* Would-Be Spokesdogs Begging For Your Vote In Philadelphia

* 2011 PA Association Of Environmental Educators Conference March 17-19

Registration is now open for the 2011 PA Association of Environmental Educators Conference on March 17-19 in Ligonier.  For registration information, scholarship form and sponsorship information, visit the PAEE website.

* January Issue Of Environmental Ed Connections Available From PCEE

* Farm Show Visitors Invited To PUC PA Power Switch Display

* PPL Electric Opens 2011 Time-of-Use Options for Enrollment

* EPA Settlement To Reduce Air Pollution From PA Prisons

* EPA Files Clean Air Act Complaint Against Homer City Power Plant

* DEP Releases Report On Particulate Matter Emissions From Coal-Fired Power Plants

* Peach Bottom Power Plant Receives International Habitat Conservation Award

* DEP: Radon Action Month Calls Attention To Health Hazard

* DCNR Sets Workshops For Community Conservation Partnership Grants

* PA Environmental Council Releases Allegheny County Riverfronts Report

* Delaware River Waterfront Corp. Announces Next Projects

* Susquehanna Greenway Photo Entries Due January 15

January 15 is the deadline for submitting entries to the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership's 1st Annual "Treasured Towns and Landscapes" Photo Contest.

* Penn State: State Parks Draw $818 Million in Sales, Support 10,000 Jobs

* PennDOT Awards $24.7 Million For Smart Transportation Projects

* Game Commission Seeks Comments On Bald Eagle Plan

The Game Commission is seeking public input on a draft bald eagle management plan, which can be reviewed on the agency's website.

* Time Running Out For State Fly Tying Contest Entries Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show

* Nature Abounds Seeks Mid-Atlantic Board Member

* Help Wanted: PA Conservation Districts Seeking Full Time Executive Director

* Help Wanted: ClearWater Conservancy Seeks Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator

* 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

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