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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
June 6, 2011
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* D-Day Arrives For State Budget, 15 Voting Days Left Until June 30

With only 15 voting days scheduled between now and the June 30 deadline for a new state budget, the real work of getting agreement on budget items between the Senate, House and Gov. Corbett begins in earnest.

* Drilling Wastewater Has All But Stopped Going To Treatment Plants Not Meeting Standards

* Did You Know You Can Search 7 Years Of Digests On Any Topic?

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

* Rep. Harper Hosts Town Meeting On Value Of Open Space, Growing Greener

Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) this week brought together advocates for Pennsylvania’s environment and open space initiatives for a town hall meeting at Penllyn Woods to discuss the future of funding for the state’s environmental programs.

* Sen. Pileggi Proposes Marcellus Tax For Senior Property Tax Relief, Supports Impact Fee

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware) this week announced he would be introducing a "reasonable and competitive" tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas production to fund a new program to give property tax relief to senior citizens.

* House Environmental Committee To Consider Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Bills

* DEP Recommends Higher Penalties, Better Buffers, Drilling Wastewater Manifests

* Health Dept. Recommends Assessment Of Environmental Data From Marcellus Shale Drilling

* Lt. Governor Leads Marcellus Shale Commission Members On Tour

* Delaware Riverkeeper Supports New York Lawsuit Calling For Drilling EIS

* Indiana County, 4 More Groups Join Renew Growing Greener Coalition

The Renew Growing Greener Coalition applauded the Indiana County Board of Commissioners this week for passing a resolution calling for the renewal of Growing Greener, the state’s primary source of funding to help local communities preserve open space and farmland, protect water quality, provide parks and recreation, and clean up abandoned mines. 

* Philadelphia Water Department, DEP OK Green City, Clean Waters Initiative

* PA American Water Announces 2011 Environmental Grant Awards

* Discovery Watersheds - Are All Places Ready For A Watershed Management Approach?

* DEP Challenges EPA's Approach To Chesapeake Bay Stormwater Regulation

* Watershed Webinar - Lessons From The Land Webinar Hits The Road For Summer Features

* Report Shows Delaware Estuary Is Economic Engine For Tri-state Region

* DEP Announces $2.5 Million Penalty In Ivy Industrial Park Water Contamination Case

* PEC Seeks Design Firm For Shaler Rain Garden Demonstration Project

The PA Environmental Council is seeking a firm to design and construct a Shaler Rain Garden Demonstration project in Glenshaw, Allegheny County.  Click Here for a copy of the RFP.  Proposals are due July 7.

* WPC Seeks Public Input On Draft Watershed Plan For Lower Mahoning Creek

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy held a public meeting in May to present their draft watershed conservation plan for the Lower Mahoning Creek in Armstrong, Indiana and Jefferson County communities.

* Volunteer Work Days Set In June By Friends Of The Wissahickon

The Friends of the Wissahickon are organizing Volunteer Work Days in Wissahickon Valley Park on June 11 and 18 on the white trail near Kitchen’s Lane. This is a trail re-route project, part of the Sustainable Trails Initiative.

* DEP: NPDES Mining Permit Reviews By EPA Provide No Environmental Benefit

* Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event June 18 In Armstrong County


* Outdoor Classroom Workshop For Educators June 29 In Blair County

* June Issue Of PCEE Environmental Ed Connections Newsletter Now Available

* PRC, SW Air Quality Partnership Announce Let's Clear The Air Poster Contest Winners

Hundreds of creative, colorful posters were received from school students throughout southwestern PA for "Let's Clear the Air," a poster contest with an emphasis on public awareness and education about air quality and alternative transportation.

* PPL Completes 2011 Solicitation For Solar Renewable Energy Credits

* - Check Out The New See The Light Energy Saving Video From The Coolidges's new episode in the Coolidge Family low carbon lifestyle series features Sam Coolidges doing what he does best, being passionate about saving energy, planting smartly and living locally.   Click Here for the latest video.

* Carnegie Mellon Launches Greenlighting Business Startup Assistance Initiative

* Pennsylvania Outdoor Recreation Plan Recognized As Nation's Best

* Your Vote Needed To Plant Trees In PA, Odwalla's Plant-A-Tree Is Back

Odwalla’s Plant a Tree campaign is back, and Pennsylvania needs your help to get free trees for Pennsylvania's State Parks.

* Statewide Giant Hogweed Eradication Program To Continue This Summer

* Game Commission Seeks Comments On Public-Private Landowner Habitat Incentive Program

* Volunteers Needed To Remove Invasive Species At Presque Isle

* DVRPC, PEC Hold Regional Trail Network Summit June 23 In Philadelphia

* DCNR: Two Caves In Forbes State Forest Reopen To Exploring

* Edward Yim Joins Babst Calland

* Grants & Awards

* Quick Clips

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips

Here are NewsClips on topics related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling---

* 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.

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