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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
May 14, 2012
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* Gov. Ridge To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From PA Environmental Council

Tom Ridge, the 43rd governor of Pennsylvania and first-ever Secretary of Homeland Security, will be honored for his achievements as a champion of the environment by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

* Environmental Accomplishments Of The Ridge-Schweiker Administrations

In recognition of the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Gov. Tom Ridge by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council the following is a list of accomplishments of Gov. Ridge and Gov. Mark Schweiker compiled by PA Environment Digest.

* Senate OKs FY 2012-13 Budget In Bipartisan Vote, Keystone Fund Partially Restored

* Details On The Senate-Passed FY 2012-13 General Fund Budget

Senate Republicans released a General Fund spreadsheet this Tuesday showing the changes they made to the Governor's budget request.  Overall Senate Republicans initial budget package totals $27.65 billion, more than the Governor's $27.14 billion. 

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee meetings showing bills of interest as well as a list of new environmental bills introduced--

* Senate/House Bills Moving

The following bills of interest saw action this week in the House and Senate--

* Storage Tank Cleanup Program Extension Approved By Senate Committee


* House Passes Turn Around, Don't Drown Bill

* New Bill Would Fund High Hazard Dam Reconstruction From Oil And Gas Fund

* Stonycreek River Of The Year, Celebrate At Special Events In May, June

* Schuylkill Action Network Recognizes Students For Protecting Drinking Water

* Foundation for PA Watersheds Awards $185,000 In Grants

On April 24 the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds’ Board of Advisors reviewed spring grant proposals; 16 grants were awarded totaling $185,000. The projects totaled more than $1.37 million in construction costs resulting in a leverage of seven dollars for every one dollar FPW invested.

* PennVEST, DEP Announce 2nd Nutrient Credit Trading Auction June 13

* Capital RC&D Sponsors Farm Soil Analysis & Management Workshop June 21

* DEP Awards More Than $2.5 Million In Mine Reclamation Contracts

* DEP Invites Water Quality Information On 12 Streams As Part Of Standards Review

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice a notice in the May 12 PA Bulletin inviting water quality information on 12 streams in Armstrong, Berks, Clinton, Lycoming, Monroe, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Warren, Wyoming and York counties.  Click Here for more details on how you can submit technical information.

* PUC Finalizes Provisions For Collection, Disbursement Of Drilling Impact Fee

* NRDC: Fracking Wastewater Disposal In PA Fails To Protect Environment, Health

* Sen. Casey Meets With Top Federal Pipeline Safety Official

* PA American To Supply Water To Replace Contaminated Wells In Montgomery County

* PUC Seeks Comments On Distribution System Improvement Charge Implementation

* National Public Works Week Declaration Kicks Off With Events In Allegheny County

* DEP Fines Lackawanna County Laboratory $20,000

* West Nile Virus-Carrying Mosquito Is Pennsylvania’s Earliest Find

* Paddle Without Pollution Plans Special Cleanup On Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers

* Great Outdoors Week Set For May 11-20 In Western PA

* Join REI And Friends Of The Wissahickon For National Trails Day, June 2

* Penn State Extension Hosts Tree Ordinance Workshop July 19 In Morgantown

* Hopewell Big Woods Educators' Workshop June 14 In Pottstown

* Educators, Homeschoolers, Youth Group, Scout Leaders Invited To July 18 Workshop

* DCNR Celebrates Schools’ Greenways Plan, Renovated Park In Philadelphia

* PUC Announces Stakeholder Group On Energy Efficiency, Conservation Programs

* One Of Earth's Greenest Buildings Opens In Pittsburgh On May 23

* Philadelphia Housing Authority Unveils First LEED-Certified Development

* Leading Climate Index Ranks Covanta Energy As Top Energy Company, 11th Overall

* DCNR Announces Lumber Heritage Mini-Grant Awards

* Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Honor DCNR's Deputy Press Secretary

A newspaper column focusing on the joys of teaching a daughter to fish earned state writing honors for DCNR Deputy Press Secretary Terry Brady.

* Help Wanted: PA Trout Unlimited Education, Outreach Intern

* Help Wanted: PA Sustainable Forestry Program Manager

* Opportunity To Bid On Clarion County Mine Reclamation Project

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

* Grants & Awards

* Budget/Quick Clips

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips

* Flooding/Watershed NewsClips

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

No new regulations were published this week. Pennsylvania Bulletin - May 12, 2012

* 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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