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Pa Environment Digest June 3, 2013

Pa Environment Digest June 3, 2013

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A weekly newsletter on environmental issues facing Pennsylvania, including Marcellus Shale natural gas.
A weekly newsletter on environmental issues facing Pennsylvania, including Marcellus Shale natural gas.

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PA Environment Digest
An Update On Environmental Issues In PA
Edited By: David E. Hess, Crisci Associates
Winner 2009PAEE Business PartnerOf The Year Award
Harrisburg, Pa June 3, 2013House Republican Budget Restores Conservation District, Heritage Parks Funding
The state budget proposed by House Republicans Wednesday restored $3.8 million in funding for conservation districts, adds $2 million for the Heritage Parks Program, restores $400,000 in funding for Sewage Facilities Planning Grants and provides a $4.4 million increase to the Department of Environmental Protectionpersonnel lineitems.The budget also cuts Commonwealth Financing Authority funding by $2.7 million and makes a42.7 percent decrease to funding for the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control andConservation Committee. None of the business tax cuts proposed by Gov. Corbett are included in the proposal.
Differences with FY 2012-13
(Governor’s proposal)
Environmental Protection
General Fund - $129.2 million, 3.5 percent increase - $4.4 million (Governor's $127.6 million)Conservation Districts - $2.8 million restoredSewage Facilities Planning Grants - $400,000
Conservation and Natural Resources
General Fund - $54.9 million, 4.2 percent increase - $2.2 million (Governor's $52.7 million)Heritage Parks Grants - $2 million restored
General Fund - $123.1 million, 4.9 percent decrease - $6.3 million (Governor's $117.8 million)Animal Health Commission costs transferred to Race Horse Fund - $4.3 millionGeneral Government Operations - cut $3.1 millionConservation Districts - $1 million restoredIn announcing the proposal Wednesday, House Appropriations Committee Majority Chair BillAdolph (R-Delaware) introducedHouse Bill 1437, the House Republican budget proposal for FiscalYear 2013-14. The proposal spends $28.3 billion, which is a $578 million or 2.1 percent increase over the current fiscal year.The Governor proposed a budget of $28.4 billion General Fund budget, but included some$175 million in projected savings through pension reform. The current FY 2012-13 budget is $27.7 billion.The budget contained in House Bill 1437 was based on current law and does not factor in any policy proposals currently being considered by the legislature. It does not include pension reform proposal, any revenue from liquor privatization or the pending transportation funding proposals.
Click Herefor the House Republican budget spreadsheet.Click Herefor a highlights  presentation on the proposal.
Senate Democrats
On June 3 at 10:00 a.m. Senate Democrats have announced their own press conference todiscuss their own budget proposal in the Senate Democratic Caucus meeting room off the Senate Floor.
“We are extremely appreciative of Chairman Adolph, Speaker Smith, and Majority Leader Turzai for their support and their leadership” said Robert Maiden, PA Association of CountyConservation Districts Executive Director. “Districts work hard every day to conserve natural resourcesthroughout this commonwealth. A win for the districts is a win for the environment and the economy.Thank you to the House Republican membership for believing in the work of the districts and investingin our future”The House Republican budget, filed asHouse Bill 1437(Adolph-R-Delaware), includes$2,856,000 through the state Department of Environmental Protection and $1,019,000 through theDepartment of Agriculture for the conservation districts’ efforts. These funding levels were part of thecurrent year’s state general fund budget.PACD, along with the state’s 66 conservation districts, has been advocating for months for fullfunding of these line items. The bill will now move on for consideration by the AppropriationsCommittee and the House.For more information, visit thePACD website.
House Republicans Trim Governor’s Budget PlanHouse Republicans Float $28.3 Billion BudgetHouse Offers Plan To Boost PA SpendingState Budget Talks To Heat Up In HarrisburgPA’s Corporate Welfare AddictionOp-Ed: Celebrating 20 Years Of Parks, Open Space & HistoryEditorial: Impose A Severance Tax On DrillingGroup Urges PA To Increase Transportation FundingPension Overhaul Plan Stands Idle
York County Homeschool Wins 30th Pennsylvania Envirothon
The 30th annualPennsylvania State Envirothonchampions, scoring 550.67 points of a possible 600, arefrom the York County Homeschool located in York County. The York County team earned the honor to represent Pennsylvania at the North American Envirothon.Rounding out the top 10 winners, with scores are:Second Place – MMI Preparatory School, Luzerne County, with a score of 550.33;Third Place – Penncrest High School, Delaware County, with a score of 543;Fourth Place – Palmyra Area High School, Lebanon County, with a score of 498.67;Fifth Place – Carmichaels Area High School, GreeneCounty, with a score of 494.67;Sixth Place – Sugar Valley Rural Charter School, Clinton County, with a score of 472;
Seventh Place – United Jr. Sr. High School, Indiana County, with a score of 470.67;Eighth Place – Oley Valley High School, Berks County, with a score of 454.33; Ninth Place Redbank Valley High School, Clarion County, with a score of 453.33;Tenth Place – Parkland High School, Lehigh County, with a score of 452.67.The PA Envirothon awarded scholarships to the first, second, and third place teams. Thescholarships were sponsored by Pennsylvania’s County Conservation Districts and PA Envirothon.Each of the top ten teams received a plaque and other prizes.Top 10 Oral Component winners, with scores include:First Place – General McLane High School, Erie County, with a score of 97.33;Second Place – Palmyra Area High School, Lebanon County, with a score of 96.67;Third Place – York Homeschool, York County, with a score of 96.67;Fourth Place – MMI Preparatory School, Luzerne County, with a score of 92.33;Fifth Place – Penncrest High School, Delaware County, with a score of 92;Sixth Place – Carmichaels Area High School, Greene County, with a score of 90.67;Seventh Place – Cumberland Valley High School, Cumberland County, with a score of 89.67;Eighth Place – Oley Valley High School, Berks County, with a score of 89.33; Ninth Place Central Columbia High School, Columbia County, with a score of 88.67;Tenth Place – Warren Area High School, Warren County, with a score of 88.33.The PA Envirothon was held at Juniata College on May 21 and 22. High school students from61 Pennsylvania counties participated in this year’s event.At the Envirothon, five-member teams participate in a series of field-oriented tests that focus onfive topic areas – soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and environmental issues.The 2013 current environmental issue focused on Grazing and Pastureland Management. Theteams also prepare and deliver oral presentations to panels of judges who evaluate each team on its problem-solving capabilities, oral presentation skills and recommendations to help solve the specificenvironmental challenge, which relates to the current environmental issue.Teams participating represent the best and the brightest of the thousands of high school teenswho have competed in county Envirothon competitions sponsored by conservation districts across thestate.At the state level, the Envirothon is sponsored by Pennsylvania’s sixty-six conservation districts,the State Conservation Commission, and the PA Association of Conservation Districts. The program ismanaged by a board of directors representing those sponsors.Technical expertise is provided by the following agency partners: Department of EnvironmentalProtection, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Game Commission, Fish and BoatCommission, and the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service.Sponsors of the 2013 Envirothon are PPL Corporation, Marcellus Shale Coalition, Shell OilCo., Air Products Foundation, Bayer HealthCare, North American Envirothon, Department of Environmental Protection Office Environmental Education, PA Association of Conservation Districts,and State Conservation Commission.The Hershey Company, Dwight Lewis Lumber, Lewis Lumber Products, PPL, and Cargill are“corporate station sponsors.”The 2013 PA Envirothon champions will represent the Commonwealth at the 26th NorthAmerican Envirothoncompetition planned for August 4–10 at Montana State University, Bozeman,

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