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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
August 13, 2012
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* Keep PA Beautiful, Keep America Beautiful Kick Off Recycle-Bowl Competition

Keep PA Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful are again teaming up with Nestle Waters North America to announce the launch of the second annual Recycle-Bowl youth recycling competition. 

* New DCNR Mobile Website Connects On-the-Go Users With The Outdoors

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ newly launched mobile website makes it easier for users of smartphones and tablet devices to connect with Pennsylvania’s natural world while on-the-go.

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule

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

* Rep. George: DEP Uninterested In Stronger Injection Well Protections

Rep. Camille George (D-Clearfield), Minority Chair of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, Tuesday said his attempt to work with the Department of Environmental Protection on deep injection well policy has been stifled by the department’s top administrator.

* Public Availability Session On De-listing Presque Isle Bay As Area Of Concern Aug. 28

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public availability session in Erie to solicit comments on the Stage 3 Remedial Action Plan and delisting of Presque Isle Bay as a Great Lakes Area of Concern.

* SRBC Holds Hearing August 23 On Water Withdrawal Requests

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission will conduct a public hearing on August 23 to accept public comments on water withdrawal and consumptive use project applications. 

* DEP Invites Comments On Watershed TMDLs In Columbia And Union Counties

The Department of Environmental Protection published a notice inviting comments on proposed Total Maximum Daily Load Plans for Deerlick Run Watershed in Columbia County and Turtle Creek Watershed in Union County (PA Bulletin page 5292).

* PEC: Registration Now Open For Sept. 18-19 Stormwater Conference

The PA Environmental Council is happy to announce registration is now open for our conference “Stormwater- Green Solutions beyond Gray Pipes: A Conference on Policy, Financing and Technology” on September 18 and 19 in Harrisburg.

* Sept. 19 DEP DEP@Home Webinar To Focus On Water Wellness

Join experts from the Department of Environmental Protection and Penn State Extension's Master Well Owner Network on September 19 for an informative webinar about keeping your on-lot septic and private water systems problem-free. Learn how to avoid malfunction, prevent contamination, conserve water and reduce waste flow.

* Audubon PA, Ruffed Grouse Society Set Marcellus Shale Listening Sessions

Are you a hunter, angler, hiker, or other outdoors-person living in South-central or Southeast Pennsylvania?  Do you have something to say to Marcellus shale gas drilling companies about their operations in the state?

* DEP Sets Aug. 28 Hearing On Susquehanna County Compressor Station

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting and hearing on Tuesday, August 28, to discuss Williams Energy’s proposed Air Quality plan approval to construct the Central compressor station in Bridgewater and Brooklyn townships, Susquehanna County.

* PHFA: Grants Available To Address Housing Impacts Of Marcellus Shale

The PA Housing Finance Agency has issued a Request for Proposals for projects to improve the availability and affordability of housing in the Marcellus Shale region of the state.  The deadline for responses is November 2.

* DEP Fines EXCO Resources $47,500 For Operating Unpermitted Transfer Stations

The Department of Environmental Protection announced Tuesday it fined EXCO Resources (PA) LLC of Warrendale, Allegheny County, $47,500 for operating unpermitted residual waste transfer stations in Lycoming and Sullivan counties in 2011 and earlier this year, which violated the state’s Solid Waste Management Act.

* Register Now For Pennsylvania's Energy Future 2.0 September 5-6

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council will host Pennsylvania's Energy Future 2.0: Getting From Here To There on September 5-6 in Pittsburgh to explore issues related to developing the Commonwealth's energy resources.

* Lt. Gov. Cawley Touts Rebirth Of Bloomsburg Fair Following 2011 Floods

Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley Thursday toured the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds in Columbia County to review repairs made after the extensive damage caused by Tropical Storm Lee last September.

* Friends Of The Wissahickon Sees Improvement In Litter At Devil's Pool

The Friends of the Wissahickon is seeing improvement in the amount of litter at Devil's Pool this summer. FOW has been working with the Student Conservation Association in its continuing effort to keep the area  clean and educate park visitors on safe and appropriate use of the park.

* FirstEnergy Accepting Applications From Educators For STEM Grants

FirstEnergy Corp. is offering education grants of up to $500 for creative classroom projects planned for the 2012-2013 school year.  The deadline for applications is September 17.

* PUC: Most Electric, Natural Gas Customers Satisfied With Service

The majority of electric and natural gas customers were satisfied with the way customer service representatives handled their calls in 2011, according to an annual report released Wednesday by the Public Utility Commission.

* Potassium Iodide Tablets Available Starting Aug. 9 Around Nuclear Plants

The Department of Health is again providing free potassium iodide, or KI, tablets starting on  August 9 to help Pennsylvanians be prepared for public health emergencies involving nuclear facilities.

* Free Radon Test Kits Available In 9 Counties Thru American Lung Association

Free home radon test kits are available to residents of nine counties in northeast and north-central Pennsylvania, thanks to a $75,000 grant from the Department of Environmental Protection to the American Lung Association.

* PA State Transportation Commission Approves Revised 12-Year Plan

The State Transportation Commission Thursday approved an update to Pennsylvania's 12-Year Transportation Program which anticipates $41.6 billion being available over the next 12 years for improvements to roads, bridges, transit systems, airports and railroads.

* DCNR Bureau of Forestry Announces Funding For Rural Firefighters

More than $540,000 in grants will be awarded to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard J. Allan announced Monday.

* PA Wilds Hosts 2nd Regional Conference On Sustainable Tourism Nov. 8-9

A regional conference on sustainable tourism development will be held November 8-9 in the Pennsylvania Wilds, and organizers are encouraging communities in the region to send teams to the two-day event to help advance local projects in their areas.

* Sustainable Lands Bus Tours Set In Lebanon, Luzerne, Montgomery Counties

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and local partners are sponsoring several bus tours will take place in various Pennsylvania communities to highlight the importance of sustainable land management and habitat protection.

* August 25 Bald Eagle Migration Day At Hawk Mountain

Visit Hawk Mountain Sanctuary on “Bald Eagle Migration Day” August 25 and see a live Bald Eagle up close and personal during a noon-time presentation by Carbon County Environmental Center.

* Spotlight-- Wildlife Conservation Partnership Celebrates 75 Years

By Joe Kosack, Wildlife Conservation Education Specialist, Game Commission

* DCNR Invites Bids On Projects In Centre, Sullivan Counties

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources published a notice inviting bids on projects on Centre and Sullivan counties.

* Help Wanted: Chester Conservation District Ag Resource Conservationist

The Chester County Conservation District is seeking applicants for an Agricultural Resource conservationist position.  Applications will be accepted through August 24.  Click Here for more information.

* NOTICE: DEP Moving Internet Servers August 18-19

The Department of Environmental Protection issued an advisory this week saying it will be moving its Internet servers the weekend of August 18-19.  Some service disruption should be anticipated.

* 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 Clips

Here's a selection of NewClips on environmental topics from around the state--

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips

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

* Flooding/Watershed NewsClips

Here are NewsClips on watershed topics from around the state--

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

The Public Utility Commission formally published final Default Service Regulations (PA Bulletin page 5185).

* 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

Send your stories, photos and links to videos about your project, environmental issues or programs for publication in the PA Environment Digest to:  DHess@CrisciAssociates.com.

* Supporting Member PA Outdoor Writers Assn./PA Trout Unlimited

PA Environment Digest is a supporting member of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association, Pennsylvania Council Trout Unlimited and the Doc Fritchey Chapter Trout Unlimited.

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