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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
March 12, 2012
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* DEP Secretary: Budget Does Something Very Important- No Staff Layoffs

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer underwent nearly three hours of questions about his agency's 2012-13 proposed budget from members of the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday. Most of the questions were the same as those from the Senate budget hearing.

* PEC: More Unprecedented Cuts To Environmental Program Funding Proposed

* Growing Greener Coalition: Proposed Budget Cuts Cast Cloud Over Agriculture Week

* PA Environmental Defense Foundation Sues Over Use Of Drilling Revenues

* Environmental Quality Board Publishes Proposed Increase In Mining Fees For Comment

The Environmental Quality Board published notice of proposed changes in coal mining permit fees for public comment in the March 10 PA Bulletin which would generate an additional $400,000 annually for the program.

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule

* Senate/House Bills Moving

* Senate Passes Bill On Quieting Mineral Resource Rights

* Bipartisan Bill To Prevent Summer Gasoline Shortages In Pittsburgh Passes Senate

* Farmland Preservation Reform Bill Aimed At Sustaining Farm Communities

* Lyme Disease Bill Reported From Senate Committee

* Legislation To Consolidate Government Research Agencies Approved By Senate Committee

* Susquehanna River Basin Commission Meets On Low Flow Policy, Water Allocations

* Penn State: Marcellus Development Affecting County-Level Dairy Production

* Marcellus Coalition Launches Main Street Initiative

* Penn State Provides Training In Shale Development Best Practices

* Philadelphia Water Department Would-Be Spokesdogs Begging For Votes

* Wissahickon Watershed March Walk, Geology Programs March 17, 25

* PA Section-American Water Works Assn Offers Advanced Incident Command System Courses

The PA Section of the American Water Works Association is offering intermediate and advanced incident command system training and certification courses April 17 and 18 in State College.  Click Here for details.  Check the PA-AWWA website for more training opportunities.

* DEP Reminds Water Suppliers Of Reporting Requirement

The Department of Environmental Protection reminded public water suppliers of the need to submit annual water use reports under 25 Pa Code Chapter 110. Click Here for details.

* Insurance Department: Consider Buying Flood Insurance Now

* DEP Accepting Applications for Act 101 Recycling Implementation, Planning Grants

* April 28 Set As Give And Take Day In Monroe County

* DEP Awards Small Business Advantage Grants to 31 Small Businesses

* Fort Indiantown Gap Begins Prescribed Burns for Wildfire Prevention

* Bowman's Hill Land Ethics Award To Natural Lands Trust, Wissahickon's Bob Adams

* State Parks Generate $1 Billion in Local Economic Activity, Support Jobs

* Grants Available To Preserve, Promote Southcentral PA Natural, Cultural Assets

* Game Commission Delivers Annual Report Noting It's Been 13 Years Since A License Increase

* Woolrich Named Official Outfitter For Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

* Exelon Nuclear Reaffirms High Level Of Safety, Protection At Peach Bottom

* Opportunity To Bid On Mine Reclamation Project In Luzerne County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of an opportunity to bid on a mine reclamation project in Luzerne County.

* PennFuture Appoints George Jugovic President, CEO

* Help Wanted: Manada Conservancy Looks For Student Interns

The Manada Conservancy Land Trust In Dauphin County is seeking students to fill several student intern positions: Land Trust and Outreach and Education interns.  Click Here for the details.

* Help Wanted: Brandywine Valley Assn Seeking Environmental Education Intern

The Brandywine Valley Association is seeking applications for an environmental education internship to assit with running a summer nature camp program in the West Chester area.  Click Here for details.

* 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.

* Budget/Quick NewsClips

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips

* Flooding/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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