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PAEnvironmentDigest

AnUpdateOnEnvironmentalIssuesInPA
EditedBy:DavidE.Hess,CrisciAssociates

Winner2009PAEEBusinessPartnerOfTheYearAward

Harrisburg,PaJanuary5,2015

Analysis:FundingDeficitForBasicPAEnvironmentalProgramsIsNow$2.4Billion

PennsylvaniasGeneralFundbudgetmightbe$2billionindebt,buttheCommonwealthsbasic
environmentalprogramshavea$2.4billiondeficitaccruedoverthelast12yearsthankstocuts
anddiversionofenvironmentalfundingtobalancethestatebudgetortofundprogramsthatwere
notfundedontheirown.
Overthelast12years,DEPsauthorizedcomplementhasbeenreducedbyabout548
positionssinceFY200203or17percent.DCNRhasnotsufferedasmuchbecausecutsin
GeneralFundmoneyhasbeenmadeupbyincomefromupfrontpaymentsandroyaltiesfrom
MarcellusShalegasdevelopmentonStateForestland.
ButalawsuitnowinCommonwealthCourthaschallengedthesediversionsfrom
DCNRsOilandGasFundasunconstitutionalandillegal.Adecisionontheissueisexpectedat
anytimewhichcouldfurthercomplicatefundingissuesforDCNRandthestatebudget.
Ontheplussideoftheledgerinrecentyears,DEPandDCNRhavereceivedan
additional$30millionayearasaresultofthetransportationfundingpackagefortheDirtand
GravelRoadProgram,the$45millioninadditionalfundingforStateParkandForest
infrastructureinvestmentsintheEnhancePennsWoodsinitiativeandadditionalfunding
providedbytheAct13drillingimpactfees.
DEPalsoreceivedthefirstsignificantincreaseinGeneralFundmoniesintheFY
201415budgetinthelast12yearsabout$12.4millionwhilethenumberofauthorized
complementcontinuedtofall.
Thisyearsbudgetalsoincludedthe$10millionincontinuedfundingfortheResource
EnhancementandProtection(REAP)farmconservationtaxcreditprogramforthefourthyearin
arow.
WithanewGovernorbeingsworninonJanuary20andGov.Wolfsettoofferhisfirst
budgetinMarch,nowisthetimetostopallthecutsanddiversionsthathurtbasicenvironmental
protectionprogramsandstemthebleedingofDEPstaffpositionsthathasoccurredeveryyear
forthelast12years.
Itisalsotimeforadditionalresourcestobeinvestedinenvironmentalrestoration
programswatershedimprovement,abandonedminedrainageabatementandotherprograms
thatmakeareal,measurabledifferenceinenvironmentalquality.
Nearly20,000milesofPennsylvaniasstreamsarepollutedtothepointtheydonotmeet
federalCleanWaterActstandards.
Agoodstartwouldbetouseamajorportionofrevenuefromanynewnaturalgas
severancetaxtosupportrestorationefforts,includingourcommitmentstocleanupourrivers

andstreamsacrossthestateandintheChesapeakeBayWatershed.
Thefactis,PennsylvaniahasalegalobligationunderthefederalCleanWaterActto
cleanupourourrivers,streamsandlakestomeetminimumwaterqualitystandardsandwehave
theexperienceandtheawardwinningprograms,liketheoriginalGrowingGreener,todojust
that.
Nowisthetimeforamorethoroughdebateontheseissuesandtoshowthekindof
leadershipPennsylvaniahashadinthepasttodealwithourmostpressingneedcleanwater.
ItemizedListOfCuts/Diversions
Here'sanitemizedlistofthecutsanddiversionsofenvironmentalfundingoverthelast
12years
$635millioninAct339grantsintendedtosupportwastewaterplantoperationsoverthelast
nineyearswereeliminatedtobalancethebudget($52millionorsoeachyear)
$143milliondivertedfromtheDCNROilandGasFundtobalancetheFY200809budget
$79millioncutfromtheDEPandDCNRGeneralFundbudgetduringFY200910
$60milliondivertedfromtheDCNROilandGasFundtobalancetheFY200910budget
$100millionin2002fromtheUndergroundStorageTankcleanupinsurancefundtobalance
thebudget(althoughthisisslowlybeingrepaidover10years)
$52.7milliononetimediversionfromtheKeystoneRecreation,ParksandConservation
Fundin2006tobalancethebudget
$50millionin2007and2008fromtheEnvironmentalStewardshipFund,whichsupportsmine
reclamationandwatershedrestoration,tofundtheHazardousSitesCleanupProgrambecause
therewasnoagreementonhowtofundthatprogram
$285.7millioninFY200708,200809,200910,201011,201112,201213,201314,
201415fromtheEnvironmentalStewardshipFundtopaydebtserviceontheGrowingGreener
IIbondissueandtakingfundingawayfromrestorationprojectseachyearforthenext25years
reflectingapatternofonlyenvironmentalprogramsbeingrequiredtoaddresstheirownbond
debtservice
$15millionfromtheRecyclingFundintobalancetheFY200809budget
$18.4millionputintobudgetaryreservein200809fromtheDepartmentofEnvironmental
ProtectionandDepartmentofConservationandNaturalResources
$5millionreductioninResourceEnhancementandProtection(REAP)farmconservationtax
creditprograminFY200910
$102.8millioncutfromtheDEPandDCNRGeneralFundbudgetinFY201011budget
$180milliondivertedfromtheDCNROilandGasFundtoGeneralFundinproposedFY
201011budget
$5.5millionreductioninResourceEnhancementandProtection(REAP)farmconservation
taxcreditsinFY201011
$5millioninadditionalcutstotheagenciestobalancetheFY201011budget
$3.9millioninacrosstheboardcutstohelpfillgapscausedbyreducedfederalMedicaid
appropriations$2.4millionfromDEP,$1.5millionfromDCNR
$669,000fromtheSafeWaterlineiteminDEP'sbudget
$102.8millioncutcontinuedfromtheFY201011DEPandDCNRGeneralFundbudgetin
FY201112budget
$8.3millionMidyearbudgetfreezecutsadditionalresourcesforenvironmentalprograms:
Agriculture:$2.6millionDCNR:$1.5millionandDEP:$4.2million

FY201213budgeteliminates$11.8millioninGeneralFundmoniesfromDEP,and$2.5
millionfromDCNR
FY201213budgetcontinuesthe$102.8millioncutmadebyGov.RendellbeginninginFY
201011
FY201213budgetfortheStateSystemofHigherEducationzeroesoutfundingagainforthe
PACenterforEnvironmentalEducation($368,000)andMcKeeverEnvironmentalCenter
($213,000)
FY201314budgetcontinuesthe$102.8millioncutmadebyGov.RendellbeginninginFY
201011
FY201314budgetfortheStateSystemofHigherEducationzeroesoutfundingagainforthe
PACenterforEnvironmentalEducation($368,000)andMcKeeverEnvironmentalCenter
($213,000)
FY201314budgetdiverts$106.5millionfromtheOilandGasFundtosupportDCNR
operations
FY201415budgetdiverts$73millionfromtheOilandGasFundtosupportDCNR
operations.[Whilestillfundingenvironmentalprograms,thistransfertakesfundsawayfrom
supportinglongterminvestmentsintheenvironmenttofundingdaytodayoperations.Italso
raisesaconcernoverwhetheritissustainablewithoutforcingadditionalleasingofstateforest
landsfornaturalgasdrilling.]
FY201415budgetdivertsanother$95millioninroyaltiesandpaymentsfromtheOiland
GasFundtobalancethestatebudget
FY201415budgetdiverts$20millionfromStateForestTimberoperationstobalancethe
statebudget
FY201415budgetdiverts$6.2millionfromtheAlternativeFuelsIncentiveGrantFundto
balancethestatebudget
FY201415budgetcontinuesthe$102.8millioncutmadebyGov.RendellbeginninginFY
201011
FY201415budgetfortheStateSystemofHigherEducationzeroesoutfundingagainforthe
PACenterforEnvironmentalEducation($368,000)andMcKeeverEnvironmentalCenter
($213,000)and
FY201415budgetcuts$500,000forDelawareRiverBasinCommission.
NewsClips:
StateRevenuesContinueLateYearUptick
Gov.ElectWolfFacesBigChallenges
GOPDrawsLinesAsWolfFocusesOnHugeDeficit
SomeLawmakersFloatBusinessTaxHikesToCloseBudgetGap
OpEd:StateHasAnObligationToEnactSeveranceTax
PoliticsPA:SeveranceTaxShouldBeWolfsTopPriority
OpEd:TimeForTomWolfToEndBlameGameAndGovern
OpEd:DealingWithPAsBudgetDeficitHasConsequences
Editorial:WolfMustArticulatePositiveVisionForPA
PAGasolineTaxesToRiseAfterBigDropInPrice
PennDOTNotSureIfMotoristsFeesWillRise
LinksToOtherYearendStories:
GeneralAssemblyEndsLegislativeSessionWithFewPositiveEnvironmentalBills

WhatCanWeExpectForTheEnvironmentNextLegislativeSession?
117StoriesAboutHundredsOfPAEnvironmentalStewardsHonoredIn2014

DEPReport:40%OfStreamsShowAdverseImpactsOfUndergroundCoalMining

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection
Tuesdayreleasedthefourthinaseriesof
ongoingreportsdetailingtheeffectsofsurface
subsidencerelatedtoundergroundbituminous
coalmininginPennsylvaniacoveringthe
periodbetween20082013.
Thereportaddressestheeffectsof
undergroundmininginArmstrong,Beaver,
Cambria,Clearfield,Elk,Greene,Indiana,
Jefferson,SomersetandWashingtoncounties.
Fortypercentofthestreams
underminedbydeepcoalmining(39of96miles)sufferedflowlossorpoolingthathadan
adverseimpactsonaquaticlife,pHandconductivityinthestreams.
Eightofthe55streamsegmentsidentifiedasbeingaffectedinthe20032008reporthave
yettorecoverfromtheimpactsofmining.
Therewere855reportedimpactstowatersuppliesfromlongwallmining:393were
foundtobefromlongwallmining,384fromroomandpillardeepmining,54frominactivedeep
minesand24frompillarrecoverymining.
Inonethirdofthecases,theminingcompanywasnotfoundliableforthewaterlossor
contamination.
Despitean18percentdropinthenumberofacresundermined,thenumberofwater
supplyreportedeffectshasincreasedbyapproximately25percent(855from683).
Ittookanaverageof220daystoresolvewaterloss/watercontaminationissueseither
throughpermanentreplacementwatersupplies,repairofthewaterwelloragreementsfor
compensationwithlandowners.
Atotalof201waterloss/watercontaminationcaseswerenotresolvedbytheendofthe
20082013reportingperiod.
Therewere389casesofreporteddamagetosurfacestructuresofwhich238were
determinedtobecausedbymining:315fromlongwallmining,48fromroomandpillar,19
frominactivedeepminesand7frompillarrecoverymining.
Ittookanaverageof169daystoresolvecasesofsurfacestructuredamage.
Thereportalsoincludedsectionsonimpactstowetlandsandgroundwater.
Thisreportprovidesvitalinformationaboutthesignificanceofbituminousminingon
Pennsylvaniaslandscape,DEPDeputySecretaryforActiveandAbandonedMineOperations
JohnStefankosaid.Wewillusethisinformationtoevaluatetheeffectivenessofourmining
programandconsiderwaystoenhancetheprograminthefuture.
Thereport,mandatedbyAct54,detailstheamountofstructures,watersuppliesand
streamsunderminedduringafiveyearassessmentperiod.Italsoprovidesanoverviewofthe
typeofeffectstosurfacestructuresandsurfacefeatures,aswellasinformationonhowlongit
tooktoresolvethoseissues.ThreepreviousAct54reportscovered1993through2008.

Accordingtothereport,therewere46undergroundcoalminesactiveduringthe
reportingperiodbeneath31,343acresofland,an18percentdeclineintheamountofland
underminedduringthepreviousfiveyearassessmentperiod.
Intotal,therewereapproximately1,250differenteffects,orincidentsreportedtoDEP
duringthismostrecentfiveyearperiodbyitsstaff,coalcompaniesorlandowners.
OtherFindings
Otherfindingsofthereportinclude:
Sincethelastassessment,DEPhasbeenabletoidentifymorethandoubletheamountof
preminingwetlandacreageduetoimprovedtechniques
Continuedstudyiswarrantedtoassesswetlandmitigationsites,ifrequired,tomakesurethat
thesitesachieveproposedfunctionality.
Totalbiologicalscores,ameasureoftheinsectlife,showimprovementovertimeatsites
impactedbyflowloss.
Gatecutmitigation,amethodoflevelingoutlandthathasexperiencedsubsidence,has
emergedasasuccessfultooltorestorestreamstotheirpreminingcondition.
Atechnicalguidancedocument,titledSurfaceWaterProtectionUndergroundBituminous
CoalMiningOperations,whichwasputinplacein2007,hasimprovedthewayDEPquantifies
andinterpretsimpactstosurfacewaters.
DEPhasincreasedtheamountandtypeofdatarequiredtomakepermitdecisionsrelatedto
miningactivities
Datamanagementandstoragemustbeenhancedandstandardizedinordertoefficiently
enforcetherequirementsofAct54anditsimplementingregulations.
ThereportwaspreparedbytheUniversityofPittsburghsDepartmentsofBiological
Sciences,GeologyandPlanetaryScience,CivilandEnvironmentalEngineering.TheUniversity
wasselectedtoconductthestudybecauseitemploysfacultyandresearchstaffwiththeexpertise
toreviewallaspectsoftheeffectsofminingrelatedsubsidence.
RepresentativesfromtheuniversitywillpresenttheirfindingstoDEPsCitizens
AdvisoryCouncilduringanupcomingmeeting.Themeetingispublic,andadatewillbeposted
toDEPsonlinecalendarinthenearfuture.
Act54waspassedin1994andrequiresDEPtoassesstheimpactsofunderground
bituminouscoalminingonsurfacefeatures.Itexpandedthelistofstructuresforwhichmine
operatorswereliableandhelddeepmineoperatorslegallyresponsibleforminingrelated
impactstowatersuppliesforthefirsttimeinPennsylvaniashistory.
Thereportillustratesthesubsidencepotentialforactivemines.Abandonedminesalso
poseadanger,soitisimportantforthoseowningpropertyaboveabandonedundergroundmines
toinsurethemselvesandtheirbelongingsagainstsubsidencerelateddamage.
DEPoffersMineSubsidenceInsurancetoresidentsowningpropertyaboveabandoned
mines.Minesubsidenceinsuranceisasaffordableasever,costingabout26centsadaytoinsure
homes,businessesandotherstructures.
Currently,thereare58,146MSIpoliciesthatcoverapproximately$10.34billionin
property.
ThereportispostedonDEPsAct54webpagealongwithpreviousreports.
NewsClips:
7,000FewerAcresInPASitAtopDeepCoalMines
PennsylvaniaCoalComesOfAge

CoalIndustryTrainsForZeroAccidentMine
RosebudTakesOverFormerAmfireMinesInPA
StatesLookToTweakEPACleanPowerPlan
OpEd:PAShouldEmbraceNewEnergyEconomy
Editorial:GovernmentFundedEnergyDealsPayingOff
FitzgeraldToutsPittsburghsDevelopment,CleanerAir,Economy

TroutUnlimitedRaisesConcernsAboutShaleDrillingHurtingLakeErie

TroutUnlimitedisfeaturingtheLakeEriewatershedinanewreporthighlightingoutstanding
publicfishingandhuntingareasintheCentralAppalachianregionthatareatriskfromshalegas
drillingrelatedactivities.
Theorganizations10SpecialPlacesreportfocusesonareasthatarerichinfish,game
andnaturalbeauty,andthathaveforgenerationsprovidedabundantopportunitiesforhunters
andanglers.Itcoversthreatstothespecificregionsandoffersrecommendationsforthebest
approachessportsmenandwomencanusetoprotecttheseareasfrompotentialrisks.
TheLakeEriewatershedistheninthofthe10SpecialPlacestobeannounced.Trout
Unlimitedwillannounceanewplaceweeklythisfall,releasingthefullreportinDecember.
Weneedtoproceedcautiously,saidJerryDarkes,aflyfishingguidewhooperates
AnglingConsultingServicesinStrongsville,Ohio.Itdoesnthavetobearacetopull
everythingoutasfastaswecangetitout.
Thesteelheadfisheryhasdevelopedtoapointwhereitreallyisveryimportanttothe
economicsofnotonlynortheastOhio,butnorthwestPennsylvania.
LakeErieanditstributariesinOhio,PennsylvaniaandNewYorkarehometolarge
commercialandrecreationalfisheries.Anestimated450,000peoplefishtheOhiowatersofLake
Erieannually,targetingspeciesincludingsteelhead,trout,walleye,bassandperch,and
contributing$680milliontothestateseconomy.
ArecentsurveyofsteelheadanglersinErieCounty,Pa.,foundthattheyspentnearly
$9.5millionontriprelatedexpendituresinasingleyear.
TheLakeEriewatershedisauniqueplaceandananglersparadise,saidKatyDunlap,
EasternWaterProjectDirectorforTroutUnlimited.Itisimperativethatanyshalegasrelated
developmentincludingUticaShalegasdrilling,waterwithdrawalsforhydraulicfracturingand
wastewatermanagementisdoneinawaythatavoidsorminimizesimpactstothese
ecologicallyandeconomicallyvaluablefisheries.
TroutUnlimitedpromotesresponsibleenergydevelopmentand,incollaborationwith
others,seekstoensurethatallreasonableeffortsaremadetoavoidormitigatetheimpactssuch
developmentmayhaveonimportantcoldwaterresources,suchasLakeErieanditswatershed.
MostoftheLakeEriewatershedthatoverliestheUticashalegasformationisfoundin
Ohio,wherealawadoptedin2012allowscompaniestowithdrawanaverageof2.5million
gallonsofwaterperdayoutofthelakeoverthreemonths,withoutapermit.
Thelawalsoallowsupto1milliongallonsperdaytobepulledfromstreamsthatfeed
LakeErie.Suchwithdrawalscouldadverselyimpactstreamflowsandsteelheadfishing,andalso
couldincreasetheriskofinvasivespeciesintroductions.
WhileUticashalegasdrillingisjustgettingunderwayinOhio,thestatehasbeen
receivingwastewaterfromdrillingoperationsinPennsylvania,anddisposingofthewaterin

deepinjectionwells.
TroutUnlimitedisurginganglersandhunterstocallonthestateandthegasindustryto:
developrulestomanagewaterwithdrawalstoprotectstreams,wetlandsandotherbodiesof
waterinthewatershedensurethatcomprehensiveinvasivespeciescontrolprogramsarein
placeandtoalsostudythecumulativeimpactsofshalegaswastewaterdisposalinunderground
injectionwellsinOhio.
Thereportandrelatedcontentareavailableonline.

DEPFinalizesPolicyOnOil&GasSpillReporting,Cleanup

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionfinalizedoneoftwoenforcementandinvestigative
policiesrelatedtooilandgasandotherspillreportingandcleanup,accordingtoanotice
publishedintheJanuary3PABulletin.
ThepolicyDEPID:2600500001PolicyforCoordinatingImmediateResponsesand
FinalRemediationofSpillsandReleasessummarizeshowtheDepartmentoverseesimmediate
responsesandfinalremediationofspillsandreleasesofregulatedsubstancesontosoils.
Thepurposeofthepolicyistofacilitatetheconsistentinvestigationofandtheresponse
tospillsandtocoordinateimmediateresponseneedswithfinalremediationendpoints.
TheotherguidancedealingwithaproposednewOilandGasProgramenforcement
policyhasnotyetbeenfinalized.
AcopyofthepolicywillbemadeavailableonDEPswebsite.Formoreinformation,
contactRandyRoushbycalling7177871566orsendemailto:raroush@pa.gov.

Sen.ScarnatiPlansToReintroduceMarcellusShaleHealthAdvisoryPanelBill

Sen.JoeScarnati(RJefferson)iscirculatingacosponsormemoonlegislationheplansto
reintroducecreatingaMarcellusShaleHealthAdvisoryPanelhesaidsimilartoSenateBill
555oflastsession.
Thepanelwouldbetaskedwiththoroughlyinvestigatingandstudyingadvancementsin
science,technologyandpublichealthdatainordertoprovidePennsylvaniaelectedofficials,
regulatorsandthegeneralpublicwithinformation,analysisandrecommendationsregardingthe
safe,efficientandenvironmentallyresponsibleextractionanduseofunconventionalnaturalgas
reservesintheCommonwealth.
TherehasbeenmuchdiscussionregardingthepotentialeffectsofMarcellusShale
drillingonpublichealthandsafety,saidSen.Scarnati.Thecreationofanadvisorypanel
composedofexpertsfromawiderangeoffieldsincludingdoctors,scientists,academicsand
industryleaderswillprovidePennsylvaniawithacriticalassetinaddressinganycurrentor
futureimpactsarisingfromthedevelopmentoftheMarcellusShale.
ThecreationofapermanenthealthadvisorypanelwasasuggestionoftheGovernor's
MarcellusShaleAdvisoryCommission.
ThepanelwouldconsistofninemembersincludingtheSecretariesofHealthand
EnvironmentalProtection,aswellasindividualstobeappointedbytheGovernor,PresidentPro
TemporeoftheSenate,SpeakeroftheHouse,andtheHouseandSenateMinorityLeaders.
NewsClips:
AfterNYBan,PARenewsFocusOnFrackingHealthImpacts

ObamaOfficial:FrackingBansAreWrongWayToGo
WhiteHousePlansNewOil&GasMethaneRegulations
ReportClearsCoalWasteOfAffectingInmatesHealth

Gov.ElectWolfAddsToDEPTransitionAgencyReviewTeam

Gov.ElectWolfMondayaddedfournewmemberstohisAgencyReviewTeamforDEP:David
Masur,PennEnvironment,JoshMcNeil,PALeagueofConservationVoters,CharlieSchliebs,
ManagingDirector,StonePierCapitalAdvisors,LPandDeniseBrinley,FormerDEPDeputy
SecretaryforEnvironmentalCleanupandBrownfields.ClickHereforthecomplete
agencybyagencyTeammembers.

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Senate/HouseAgenda/SessionSchedule

HerearetheSenateandHouseCalendarsandCommitteemeetingsshowingbillsofinterestas

wellasalistofnewenvironmentalbillsintroduced

BillCalendars

House(January6):<>ClickHereforfullHouseBillCalendar.

Senate(January6):<>ClickHereforfullSenateBillCalendar.

CommitteeMeetingAgendasThisWeek

House:<>ClickHereforfullHouseCommitteeSchedule.

Senate:<>ClickHereforfullSenateCommitteeSchedule.

SessionSchedule

HereisthelatestvotingsessionschedulefortheSenateandHouse

Senate

January6(GeneralAssemblyreconvenes),20,21,26,27,28
February2,3,4,23,24,25
March2,3,4
April13,14,15,20,21,22
May4,5,6,11,12,13
June1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17,18,22,23,24,25,26,29,30

House

January6(GeneralAssemblyreconvenes),20,21,26,27,28
February2,3,4,9,10,11,23,24,25
March2,3,4,30,31
April1,13,14,15,20,21,22
May4,5,6,11,12,13
June1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17,18,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30

NewsFromTheCapitol

Senate,HouseOpenNewLegislativeSessionJanuary6

SenateandHousemembersreturntosessiononJanuary6toswearinnewmembersandto
formallybeginthe201516legislativesession.

Gov.ElectWolfandLt.Gov.ElectStackwillsworninonJanuary20,whichisthefirst
realsessionvotingdayonthelegislativescheduleatthispoint.

Whilethemainorderofthedaywillbeparties,theSenateandHouseareexpectedto

nameCommitteeChairsandpossiblymembers,althoughthatmaytakelonger.

January6willalsobethefirstdaybillsareintroducedandreceivenumbers,although
membershavebeencirculatingcosponsormemosfortheirlegislationsincethebeginningof
December.

ItwillbeinterestingtoseewhichbillsreceivethecovetedSenateBill1andHouseBill1
numbersbecausetheymanytimessignalthoseissuesthatareapriorityforthenewsession.If
pasthistoryisanyguide,beingfirstdoesntalwaysmeanthebillgetstotheGovernorsdesk.

Attheopeningofthe201314session,SenateBill1(RaffertyRMontgomery)proposed
atransportationimprovementfundingpackageandnevergottotheGovernorsdesk.HouseBill
1060(PyleRArmstrong)wassignedintolawin2013asthefundingpackage.

Interestingly,therewasnoHouseBill1inthe201314session.
NewsClips:
GOPPrepsForTomWolfWithMeFirstAttitude
SomeLawmakersFloatBusinessTaxHikesToCloseBudgetGap
Editorial:ResolutionsForOurLawmakers
Editorial:LegislatureIsEthicsCesspool
HowMuchDoStateLawmakersGetPaid?

DecemberStateRevenues$161.7MillionMoreThanAnticipated

Pennsylvaniacollected$2.7billioninGeneralFundrevenueinDecember,whichwas$161.7
million,or6.3percent,morethananticipated,SecretaryofRevenueDanielMeuserreported
Friday.
FiscalyeartodateGeneralFundcollectionstotal$13.3billion,whichis$270.7million,
or2.1percent,aboveestimate.
Salestaxreceiptstotaled$804.2millionforDecember,$10.3millionaboveestimate.
Yeartodatesalestaxcollectionstotal$4.8billion,whichis$59.7million,or1.3percent,more
thananticipated.
PersonalincometaxrevenueinDecemberwas$1billion,$25.3millionaboveestimate.
ThisbringsyeartodatePITcollectionsto$5.2billion,whichis$14.5million,or0.3percent,
aboveestimate
Decembercorporationtaxrevenueof$564.2millionwas$77.5millionaboveestimate.
Yeartodatecorporationtaxcollectionstotal$1.4billion,whichis$163.5million,or12.9
percent,aboveestimate.
Inheritancetaxrevenueforthemonthwas$72.1million,$7.4millionbelowestimate,
bringingtheyeartodatetotalto$521.7million,whichis$82.9million,or18.9percent,above
estimate.
Realtytransfertaxrevenuewas$40.4millionforDecember,$6.1millionaboveestimate,
bringingthefiscalyeartotalto$216million,whichis$21.1million,or8.9percent,lessthan
anticipated.
OtherGeneralFundtaxrevenue,includingcigarette,maltbeverage,liquorandtable
gamestaxes,totaled$146.6millionforthemonth,$12millionaboveestimateandbringingthe
yeartodatetotalto$741.8million,whichis$9.5million,or1.3percent,aboveestimate.
Nontaxrevenuetotaled$63.2millionforthemonth,$38millionaboveestimate,
bringingtheyeartodatetotalto$376.8million,whichis$38.3million,or9.2percent,below

estimate.
InadditiontotheGeneralFundcollections,theMotorLicenseFundreceived$170.1
millionforthemonth,$12.4millionbelowestimate.Fiscalyeartodatecollectionsforthefund
whichincludethecommonlyknowngasanddieseltaxes,aswellasotherlicense,fineandfee
revenuestotal$1.2billion,whichis$1.4million,or0.1percent,aboveestimate.
NewsClips:
StateRevenuesContinueLateYearUptick
Gov.ElectWolfFacesBigChallenges
GOPDrawsLinesAsWolfFocusesOnHugeDeficit
SomeLawmakersFloatBusinessTaxHikesToCloseBudgetGap
OpEd:StateHasAnObligationToEnactSeveranceTax
PoliticsPA:SeveranceTaxShouldBeWolfsTopPriority
OpEd:TimeForTomWolfToEndBlameGameAndGovern
OpEd:DealingWithPAsBudgetDeficitHasConsequences
Editorial:WolfMustArticulatePositiveVisionForPA
PAGasolineTaxesToRiseAfterBigDropInPrice
PennDOTNotSureIfMotoristsFeesWillRise

DecemberEnvironmentalSynopsisNowAvailableFromJointConservationCommittee

TheDecemberissueoftheEnvironmentalSynopsisnewsletterisnowavailablefromtheJoint
LegislativeAirandWaterPollutionControlandConservationCommitteefeaturingarticleson
RollingCoalBlackCloudsFromDieselEngines
RankingTheWalkabilityOfPhiladelphiaandPittsburgh
Audubon:ClimateChangeToImpactBirdPopulation
GlobalShiftToMassTransitCouldSave$100Trillion
MethaneEmissionsFromOilAndGasOperationsDropping
SummaryOfNov.20TourOfPennWasteRecyclingFacility
SignUpforyourowncopybysendinganemailto:mnerozzi@jcc.legis.state.pa.us.

NewsFromAroundTheState

EPAOKsDEP2014WaterQualityReport,StatusOfLowerSusquehanna,Monongahela

TheU.S.EnvironmentalProtectionAgencyhasapprovedPennsylvanias2014IntegratedWater
QualityMonitoringandAssessmentReport,theDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection
announcedMonday.
RequiredeverytwoyearsbythefederalCleanWaterAct,thereportdescribesthewater
qualityofthestatesmanystreams,rivers,lakesandwaterways.Thereporttakesmorethan
8,700staffhourstocompleteandincludesalistofwaterwaysthatareimpaired.
Asofthisreport,83,438milesofstreamsandriversareassessedforaquaticlifeusewith
67,556mileslistedasattainingthatwateruse,whichmeansthereare15,882milesofstreams
withimpairedwaterqualityinPennsylvania.
Oftheimpairedmiles,9,031requiredevelopmentofaTotalMaximumDailyLoad
(TMDL)toreducepollutantinputsand6,851haveanapprovedTMDL.Anadditional72miles

areundercomplianceagreementsandexpectedtoimprovewithinareasonableamountoftime.
Thetwolargestproblemsareagricultureandabandonedminedrainage.Thelargest
stressorsaresiltationandmetals.
However,otherproblemsshouldnotbeminimizedbecauseinlocalareastheymay
impactarelativelylargepercentageofwaters.Forexample,urbanrunoff/stormsewersisa
minorprobleminruralareasbutmajorinmetropolitanregions.
Sincethelastreportin2012,atotalof333milesofpreviouslyimpairedflowingwaters
and853lakeacreswererestored.Inaddition,thefishconsumptionadvisorieswereremoved
from11,592lakeacres.
Thisyeartherearetwomajorlistingchanges.TheMonongahelaRiver,whichwas
impairedforpotablewateruse,wasremovedfromtheimpairmentlistbecausetheinstream
levelofsulfatesnowmeetsPennsylvaniaswaterqualitystandards.
ThelowermainstemoftheSusquehannaRiverwillbeaddedtothefishconsumption
impairmentlistforchannelcatfishlargerthan20inchesduetopolychlorinatedbiphenyls
(PCBs).Therecommendedconsumptionrateisnomorethanonemealpermonth.
Initsletterapprovingthereport,EPAcommendedDEPsongoingstudyofthe
SusquehannaRiverandtributaries.ItalsorecognizedDEPsrecenteffortstobringtogethera
panelofexpertsfromFishandBoatCommission,SusquehannaRiverBasinCommission,U.S.
GeologicalSurvey,U.S.FishandWildlifeService,EPAandmembersoftheSusquehannaRiver
HeartlandCoalitionforEnvironmentalStudies.
Thisdiversegrouphasbeenworkingtogethertogatherandevaluatedatarelatedtothe
SusquehannaRiveranditstributariesfortheCausalAnalysis/DiagnosisDecisionInformation
System(CADDIS).TheCADDISpanelistaskedwithdeterminingtheattainmentstatusofthe
LowerSusquehannaandJuniatariversforthe2016IntegratedWaterQualityMonitoringand
Assessment.
DEPwillcontinueandexpanditsintensestudiesoftheriverandtributariesthrough
2015.
Acopyofthecomplete2014IntegratedWaterQualityReportisavailableonline.
Formoreinformation,visitDEPs2014IntegratedWaterQualityReportwebpageand
forcopiesofallTMDLs,visitDEPsTMDLwebpage.
NewsClips:
FedsApprovePAsWaterQualityReport
StateMayBeReadyToRuleIfSusquehannaIsSickThisSummer
5ThingsYouNeedToKnowAboutSusquehannaPollution
PCBContaminationAdvisoryForSusquehannaRiver
ContaminationLeadsToMoreScrutinyOfSusquehannaRiver
WaterQualityReport:MonongahelaNoLongerDegradedBySulfates
MonongahelaRiverTakenOffPAImpairedList
FederalLegislationExpandsWhiteClayCreekDesignation
AlternativeToWaterForFrackingCouldEaseEnvironmentalIssues
EnergySpotlight:MelissaPagen,DrillingWastewaterManager
WashingtonCountyFamilysWaterWellsRuinedByMining
CommunitiesRelyOnSaltBrineToTreatStreetsBeforeSnow
LatestFromTheChesapeakeBayJournal

Advisory:ChesapeakeBayFoundationToReleaseReportOnBayHealthJanuary5

TheChesapeakeBayFoundationwillreleasethe2014StateoftheBayreportonJanuary5ata
10:30a.m.pressconferenceatCBFheadquartersinAnnapolis.
ThebiennialStateoftheBayReportisacomprehensivemeasureoftheBay'shealth,
evaluatingthefollowingindicators:oysters,shad,crabs,stripedbass(rockfish),underwater
grasses,wetlands,forestedbuffers,resourcelands,toxics,waterclarity,dissolvedoxygen,and
phosphorusandnitrogenpollution.
CBFscientistscompileandexaminethebestavailablehistoricalanduptodate
informationforeachindicatorandassignitanindexscore,between1and100.Takentogether,
theseindicatorsofferanassessmentofBayhealth.
CBFwillalsodiscussprioritiesfor2015.InPennsylvania,CBFsprioritiesinclude:
EnsuringPennsylvaniasDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection,CountyConservation
Districts,andlocalpartnersworktoassurerobustoutreachandeducation,technicalandfinancial
assistance,andcompliancewithstatewaterqualitylawsandregulationsbyfarmersinthe
Commonwealth.Itisestimatedthatasubstantialpercentageoffarmsstillarelackingrequired
pollutionpreventionandreductionplansandhavelongwaitsforassistance.
Promotingneweffortstoacceleratetheplantingofforestbuffersandothercorepollution
reducingpractices.InPennsylvaniaforestedstreambufferswereestablishedatarateofsixacres
perdayfrom2009to2013,butmustincreasetoarateoffiftyacresperdaythrough2017to
meetthegoaltheCommonwealthset.
UpdatingPennsylvaniasPhosphorusIndextoreduceoverapplicationofphosphorus
fertilizeronfarmfieldsthatcanpollutestreamsandtheBay.
NewsClips:
FedsApprovePAsWaterQualityReport
StateMayBeReadyToRuleIfSusquehannaIsSickThisSummer
5ThingsYouNeedToKnowAboutSusquehannaPollution
PCBContaminationAdvisoryForSusquehannaRiver
ContaminationLeadsToMoreScrutinyOfSusquehannaRiver
WaterQualityReport:MonongahelaNoLongerDegradedBySulfates
MonongahelaRiverTakenOffPAImpairedList
FederalLegislationExpandsWhiteClayCreekDesignation
AlternativeToWaterForFrackingCouldEaseEnvironmentalIssues
EnergySpotlight:MelissaPagen,DrillingWastewaterManager
WashingtonCountyFamilysWaterWellsRuinedByMining
CommunitiesRelyOnSaltBrineToTreatStreetsBeforeSnow
LatestFromTheChesapeakeBayJournal

DEPAwardsGrantToClintonCountyToInstallFarmConservationPractices

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionTuesdayannouncedithasawardeda$315,000
granttotheClintonCountyConservationDistrictsoitcanassistlocalfarmersinthe
developmentofagriculturalbestmanagementpractices(BMPs)topreventfuturepollutioninthe
AntesCreekWatershed.
Thedepartmentispleasedtoprovidethisfundingtotheconservationdistricttoassist

withthedevelopmentorimprovementofagriculturalplans,engineeringevaluations,andthe
implementationofBMPsinthishighriskwatershedtopreventfuturesurfaceandgroundwater
pollution,NorthcentralRegionalDirectorMarcusKohlsaid.Wealsobelievethisfundingis
importanttopreventthelongtermdegradationofthiswatershedasatributarytotheChesapeake
Bay.
Landusewithinthewatershedismostlyagricultureandthewatershedisathighriskfor
pollutionincidentsduetoalargenumberofsinkholesinthearea,especiallythosenearorwithin
farmfields,andinadequatemanurestorageforlocalfarmersduringhighriskperiods.
OnesuchincidentoccurredinMarch,wheremanurewasappliedonpartially
snowcoveredgroundoveranunidentifiedsinkhole.Heavysnowmelttransportedapplied
manureintotheregionalgroundwatertable.About12localresidentscontactedDEPbecause
theirwellwaterappearedandsmelledlikemanure.
Thedepartmentrespondedtothesecomplaints,andassistedtheresidentsbyproviding
potablewateruntilthegroundwatercleared,whichoccurredseveralweekslater.
TheClintonCountyCommissionerslaterrequestedthedepartmentconductanevaluation
ofallagriculturaloperationswithinthewesternhalfoftheNippenoseValleytolocateopen
sinkholes,identifyhighriskpractices,andidentifybestmanagementpracticesthatcouldbe
implementedbylocalfarmerstopreventafuturepollutionincident.
ApreliminarywatershedassessmentcompletedbyDEPsWaterwaysandWetlands
programstaffhasidentifiedofnumberofadditionalBMPsthatcouldpreventfuturepollutionin
thewatershed,includingmanurestoragefacilities,roofguttersystems,fencing,milkhouse
waste,agriculturalerosionandsedimentationplans,andupdatedmanuremanagementplans.
DEPawardedthegranttotheconservationdistrictbasedonanimmediateneedforthe
worktobecompletedassoonaspossibleandthedistrictshistoryandexperiencewiththistype
ofwork.
Formoreinformationcall5703273636.

2015PAFarmShowSetForJanuary10To17

The99thannualPennsylvaniaFarmShowwillbeheldattheFarmShowComplexinHarrisburg
fromJanuary10to17.
Amongthe10,000exhibitsand300commercialexhibitsareboothsforthedepartments
ofEnvironmentalProtectionandConservationandNaturalResourcesaswellastheFishand
BoatandGameCommissionsshowcasingavarietyofconservation,energyconservationand
othertopics.

ReportClearsCoalWasteOfAffectingInmatesHealthInFayetteCounty

AfterconcludingacomprehensivereviewofconditionsattheStateCorrectionalInstitutionat
Fayette,theDepartmentofCorrectionshasfoundnocredibleevidenceofanyunsafe
environmentalconditionsatthefacilityorofanyabnormalitieswithregardtothesafetyand
healthofinmatesattheprison.
"Weworkhardtoensurethesafetyandwelfareofourinmates,"CorrectionsSecretary
JohnWetzelsaid."Whenconcernswereraised,weinitiatedenvironmentaltestsandmedical
reviewstoexaminetheconditionsattheprison.TheDepartmentfoundnoevidenceofany

unsafeenvironmentalconditionsoranyrelatedmedicalissues."
TheDepartmentwasmadeawareofreportsallegingthatunsafelevelsofcoalwastein
thevicinityofSCIFayettewereconnectedtopurportedmedicalproblemsforinmatesatthe
facility.
Departmentofficialsreviewedwatersupplytestsandanalyses,inmatemedicalrecords,
ratesofcancerandcancerrelateddeathsamonginmatesattheprisonandtheuseofpulmonary
andgastrointestinalmedications.
"Ourreviewfoundnoscientificdatatosupportclaimsofanyunsafeenvironmental
conditionsoranyrelatedmedicalissuestoexistatSCIFayette,"Wetzelsaid.
Acopyofthereviewisavailableonline.
NewsClip:ReportClearsCoalWasteOfAffectingInmatesHealth

PRC:LearnToMakeNonToxicPersonalCare,CleaningProductsAtWorkshops

ThePAResourcesCouncilwillsponsoraseriesoffourworkshopsinWesternPAtoteach
attendeeshowtomakenontoxicpersonalcareandcleaningproducts.Theworkshopswillbe
held
January24:RossTownshipCommunityCenterfrom10:00to11:30a.m.
February7:YagelCommunityCenter,Churchill,from10:30a.m.toNoon.
February21:BradfordWoodsBoroughOffice,from1to2:30p.m.
February24:GreenTreeBoroughBuilding,from6:30to8p.m.
Thisworkshopisdesignedtoheightenawarenessandencourageactionaroundtheissue
ofcarcinogensandtoxinsthatwecomeintocontactwithdailyinourenvironmentthroughthe
productsweuseandthefoodweeat.
Theworkshopalsofocusesontheconsequencesofthesetoxinsonourhealthandhow
wecanavoidexposure.
Theprogramprovidesthepublicwithpracticalsolutionssuchasrecipesandmaterialsfor
makinggreencleaningandpersonalcareproducts.Participantswillmakeproductsduringthe
workshopaswell.
Inanefforttoreduceonesexposuretotoxinsandtoreducetheamountoftoxinsinour
environment,allworkshopparticipantswillreceiveanontoxicgreencleaningkit.
Thecostoftheworkshopis$25perpersonor$30percouple.
Formoreinformationandtoregister,visittheHealthyBody,HealthHomeWorkshops
webpageorcall4127737156withquestions.

PAHousingAuthorityOpensCommentsOnHousingProgramFundedByDrillingFees

ThePAHousingFinanceAgencyTuesdayannounceditisinvitingpubliccommentonitsplan
foroverseeingtheannualallocationofmoneyfromthePAHousingAffordabilityand
RehabilitationEnhancementFund.(formalnotice)
ThePHAREfundwasestablishedbyAct105of2010(the"PHAREAct")toprovidethe
mechanismbywhichcertainallocatedstateorfederalfunds,aswellasfundsfromotheroutside
sources,wouldbeusedtoassistwiththecreation,rehabilitationandsupportofaffordable
housingthroughouttheCommonwealth.
ThePHAREActdidnotallocateanyfundingforhousinginitiatives.ButtheMarcellus

Shaleimpactfeelegislation,Act13of2012(the"ImpactFeeAct"),specificallyallocatescertain
amountsfromtheimpactfeesonnaturalgasdrillingcompaniesintothePHAREfund.
"PHAREfundingishelpingtoaddresshousingshortagesinMarcellusShalecountiesof
thestate,"saidBrianA.HudsonSr.,PHFAexecutivedirectorandCEO."We'reinvitingpublic
commentonourPHAREplanbecausewewanttomakesureinvestmentsofthisfundingare
properlyguidedbylocalperspectivesabouthousingchallengesandthebestsolutions."
Since2012,thePHAREfundhasdistributed$26millionsupporting104localhousing
proposalsin32counties.Thatcapitalhasbeenusedtoleverageadditionalfundingof$165
milliontobeinvestedinnewhousingconstructionandtherehabilitationofexistinghousing.
TherequestforpubliccommentswillalsobepublishedinthePABulletin.Thecomment
periodwillendonMarch1,2015.
Commentsaboutthe2015PHAREdraftplanshouldbesenttoBryceMaretzkiatPHFA
eitherbymailat:POBox8029,Harrisburg,PA171058029orbyemailto:
bmaretzki@phfa.org.
Formoreinformationandacopyofthedraftplan,visitthePHAREwebpage.
NewsClips:
GOPDrawsLinesAsWolfFocusesOnHugeDeficit
SomeLawmakersFloatBusinessTaxHikesToCloseBudgetGap
OpEd:StateHasAnObligationToEnactSeveranceTax
PoliticsPA:SeveranceTaxShouldBeWolfsTopPriority
OpEd:TimeForTomWolfToEndBlameGameAndGovern
Editorial:WolfMustArticulatePositiveVisionForPA
PAGasolineTaxesToRiseAfterBigDropInPrice
PennDOTNotSureIfMotoristsFeesWillRise

PUCToHostPAStatewideSustainableEnergyBoardMeetingJan.15

ThePASustainableEnergyBoard,inconjunctionwiththePublicUtilityCommission,willhold
itsannualmeetingat11a.m.,January15inHearingRoom1oftheCommonwealthKeystone
Building,Harrisburg.
ThemeetingwillprovideupdatesfromtheregionalSustainableEnergyFunds(SEFs)
andisbeingheldtoupdateCommonwealthagenciesandotherinterestedgroupsonthefunds'
activities.
Someoftheprojectsbeingdiscussedatthemeetingwillincludethefollowing:
TheMetropolitanEdisonCo.(MetEd)andPennsylvaniaElectricCo.(Penelec)Sustainable
EnergyFundwillhighlightitsmappingprojectthatwascompletedlastyearandshowsfunding
allocationssinceinceptionofthefunds.
TheWestPennPowerCo.SustainableEnergyFundwillprovideanoverviewofprograms
andprojectswhichithelpedtocofund.ThePennSEFbondfinanceprogram,arecently
launchedprogramwiththePATreasuryDepartment,willbediscussedindetail.
TheSustainableEnergyFund,operatinginthePPLElectricUtilitiesInc.serviceterritory,
willhighlightanLEDlightingprojectattheHarrisburgInternationalAirport.
TheSustainableDevelopmentFund,operatinginthePECOserviceterritory,willpresent
informationonanewfinancingmodelwherethirdpartyprovidersarefinancedinsteadofthe
buildingownerorborrower.

RepresentativesfromtheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection,theOfficeof
ConsumerAdvocate,theDepartmentofCommunityandEconomicDevelopment,andthePA
EnvironmentalCouncilhavebeeninvitedtoattend.
ThePASEBwasoriginallyestablishedbytheCommissionin1999toprovideoversight,
guidanceandtechnicalassistancetotheregionalsustainableenergyboardsthatfundprojects
suchaswindfarms,solarpowersystems,smartthermostatprogramsandtheconstructionof
buildingsusingenergyefficienttechnologies.
OnAug.7,2003,theCommissionissuedanorderfurtherdefiningtheroleofthe
PASEB.ThatorderchargedthePASEBwithholdinganannualmeetingenhancing
communicationsamongthefourfundsandstateagenciesandestablishingbylawsanda"best
businesspractices"model.
Intheeventofinclementweather,theeventwillbeheldJanuary29atthesamelocation
andtime.
NewsClips:
StateGetsAggressiveOnCreditsForPassiveEnergy
7,000FewerAcresInPASitAtopDeepCoalMines
PennsylvaniaCoalComesOfAge
CoalIndustryTrainsForZeroAccidentMine
RosebudTakesOverFormerAmfireMinesInPA
ReportClearsCoalWasteOfAffectingInmatesHealth
StatesLookToTweakEPACleanPowerPlan
OpEd:PAShouldEmbraceNewEnergyEconomy
Editorial:GovernmentFundedEnergyDealsPayingOff
FitzgeraldToutsPittsburghsDevelopment,CleanerAir,Economy

ComprehensivePAConservationHeritageBibliographyReleased

ThePennsylvania
ConservationHeritage
Projectreleasedanannotated
bibliographyandsupporting
documentsofPennsylvanias
conservationhistoryand
leadersearlierthismonth
throughtheirPennsylvania
ConservationHeritagewebsite.
Thebibliographiesprovideacomprehensivereferenceofprintedmaterialsdirectly
relatingtotheCommonwealth'sconservationlegacy.Theinitialbiographiesinclude:Maurice
Goddard,JosephRothrock,MiraLloydDock,GiffordPinchotandRachelCarson.
AnothersectionofthewebsitefeaturesPAConservationHeroes:RalphAbele,John
JamesAudubon,LucyBakewell,AlexanderBoyd,RalphBrock,MarionBrooks,ArthurDavis,
SamuelDixon,RosalieEdge,FrancesMortonFroelicher,RalphHarrison,JosephKalbfus,
FranklinKuryandJ.HoraceMcFarland.
TheannotatedbibliographieswerefundedthroughagrantfromthePAAssociationof
EnvironmentalProfessionals.ResearchwascompletedbyMarcyLarsonundertheguidanceof

ProfessorBrianBlackatPennStateAltoona.
Thebibliographyandsupportingdocumentsarepartofalargerefforttoreconnect
Pennsylvanianstotheirrichconservationhistory.
PennsylvaniasConservationHeritage:TellingtheStoryisastatewideinitiativewiththe
missionofdocumentingandinterpretingthecommonwealth'srichanddiverseconservationand
environmentalhistorythroughoralinterviews,aseriesofdocumentaries,publicprograms,and
articles.
TheworkthusfarhasbeensupportedthroughthegenerosityoftheDepartmentof
ConservationandNaturalResources,theHeinzEndowment,thePAAssociationof
EnvironmentalProfessionalsandtheFoundationforPennsylvaniaWatersheds.Adiversearray
ofpartnersnonprofits,agenciesandindividualsserveassteeringcommitteefortheproject.
Formoreinformation,visitthePennsylvaniaConservationHeritagewebsite.

RelatedConservationHistoryLinks:
DEP:PennsylvaniasEnvironmentalHeritage
PHMC:PennsylvaniansAndTheEnvironment
EchoesThroughPennsWoodsDocumentary/EducatorsGuide

OpEd:TheCommonManCanHaveAnUncommonImpactOnProtectingThe
Environment

ByJohnArway,ExecutiveDirectoroftheFishandBoat
Commission

Thecommonmanisusuallyregardedastheaveragemanorasmore
appropriatelydefinedhereasoneofthecommonpeople.Theterm
usuallyappliestothelargerportionofoursociety,thecommons,
whoaretypicallyconcernedaboutpersonalorfamilyissuesand
donthavethetimetoworryaboutotherthingsthatdontconcern
theireverydaylives.
Inmytrainingasanexpertwitness,Ilearnedthatanexpertisapersonwhohasspecial
knowledgeorskillsaboutaparticularsubjectbeyondthatoftheaverageperson.Iwasactually
summonedtocourtonedayinacaseinvolvingthetaintingoffishbyoilthatwasdischarged
fromanoilrefineryintotheAlleghenyRiver.
MytestimonywasnottousemyeducationortrainingasafisheriesbiologistsinceIwas
askedtotestifyaboutmyexperienceasananglerand,inthiscase,consumeroffish.Thefederal
judgeinthecasequestionedmyexperiencewiththeculinaryarts,buttheattorneywho
subpoenaedmeconvincedhimthatIhadpreparedandeatenenoughfishinmylifetimethathe
couldtrustmyjudgmentaboutthissubject.
So,Iappearedincourt,wassworntotellthetruthandproceededtoanswerquestions
aboutmyexperiencesofeatingfishdownstreamofdischargesthatcontainedoil.
ThisstoryactuallybeganmanyyearsbeforemycourtappearancewhenIdecidedto
catchafewtroutbelowabrinedischargefromanoilwellthatwewerestudyinginthe
AlleghenyNationalForest.
MystaffandIhadsampledthedischargeanddeterminedthatitcontainedpetroleum

hydrocarbons(oil)andotherassortedchemicalscommonlyassociatedwiththedischargeof
brine(saltywater)fromoilandgaswells.
Atthetime,thesewastewaterswerebeingdischargedvirtuallyuntreated,exceptforone
smallstepofoil/waterseparation,intoourstreamsandrivers.Wewerealsoconcernedthatthe
materialswewerefindinginthewatermaybeaffectingthefishandpossiblythepeoplewho
chosetoeatthem.Accordingly,wedecidedtosamplefishtissue,whichconfirmedwhatthe
localanglersalreadyknew.
Thefishinthestreambelowthesedischargescontainedhighlevelsofthesamealiphatic
andaromaticpetroleumhydrocarbonsthatwereinthewater.Weusedthisevidenceto
eventuallygetthepollutertopleadguiltytosummarychargesoflitteringsincethelocaldistrict
attorneywasntinterestedinpursuingmoreappropriatepollutionchargesandeventuallyworked
withthePennsylvaniaDepartmentofEnvironmentalResources(nowPennsylvaniaDepartment
ofEnvironmentalProtection)torestrictthedischargeofuntreatedbrinetostreamsandrivers.
So,howdoesanexpertsuddenlybecomealaywitnessinfederalcourt?Well,Idecided
toconductapersonalexperimentonmyownoneday.Iwenttothesamestream,belowthesame
dischargeandcaughtafewofthewildBrownTroutatthatlocation.Itookthembacktocamp,
filletedthem,cookedthemanddidapersonaltastetest.
Idiscoveredthattheydidindeedsmelllikeoilwhentheywerecooking(probablythe
aromatichydrocarbonsvolatilizing)andtastedlikeoilwhenItriedeatingthem(mostlikelythe
aliphatichydrocarbonsleftbehindaftercooking).
Well,thejudgebecamesointerestedinmylaytestimonythatheallowedmetotalk
aboutallofmyotherworkasanexpert.Thedefenseattorneyrepresentingtheoilrefinerywasso
upsetthatheobjectedandaccusedmeofbeingastealthexpert.
Needlesstosay,thejudgeruledagainsttherefinery,whichwasthenrequiredtoconstruct
redundantoil/waterseparatorssothatifonefailed,theywouldhavebackuptreatmenttoprevent
thecontinueddischargeofoilintotheAlleghenyRiver.
Ibelievethatweareallspecialistsinsomethingsandarecommonmenwhenitcomesto
others.JustasIfunctionedasbothalayandexpertwitnessonthewitnessstandthatdayin
federalcourt,youcanalsoperformthosedualroleswhenitcomestohelpingusmakedecisions
aboutconservationandrecreationinPennsylvania.
Iwouldsaywithsomedegreeofcertaintythatbyvirtueofyoureadingthisarticle,you
aresufficientlyinterestedinfishingandboatingissuesandaretheuncommonman.
Basedonrecentestimates,wehaveover1.1millionanglersinourCommonwealth,and
over850,000ofusboughtfishinglicenseslastyear.Wehaveover3milliontotalboaters,and
over400,000ofusregisteredourboatslastyear.
However,weonlyhaveabout16,000subscriberstothismagazineandfurthermoreas
showninTable1(ClickHeretoview),weonlyhaveabout366,000membersofconservation
andsportsmenorganizationsinourCommonwealth.
ConsideringthatI,andmanyofyou,belongtomultiplegroups,Ibelievethatthis
probablyoverestimatesthetotalmembershipintheseorganizations.
Sincewehaveover12millionpeopleinourCommonwealth,Isubmitthatweare
collectivelytheuncommonmenbybeingpartoftheorganizedminority.
However,wearetypicallytheoneswhospeakoutwheneveravoiceisneededtoeducate
ourLegislatureabouttheimportanceofrarespeciesandwildtrout,debatetheideaofraising(or
howaboutlowering)thecostofafishinglicenseortroutstamp,makeadecisionaboutusingbait

orfliesonawildorevenstockedtroutwater,determinehowmanyorwhereboataccessesare
neededonaparticularwaterandmanyotherissues.
Giventhenumbersofusinvolvedasprofessionalcareeremployeesoraspartofan
organizedvolunteergroup,Icanunequivocallysaythatwearetheuncommonmen.
Ineedyourhelptoreachouttothecommonmenwhoarenotrepresentedinthese
discussionstheoneswhoaretoobusywithotherdemandsfortheirtime.Weneedtheirhelpto
protect,conserveandenhanceouraquaticresourcesandimprovefishingandboatingrecreation
inPennsylvania.
WeallhavethosecommonfriendslikeGeorge,Butch,Dick,Dan,Keith,Ronny,Jimmy
andBigEdatmycamp.Wesitaroundthecampfireorkitchentableandtalkabouthowwecan
dobetterbutreturnhometonormallifeandneverseemtohavethetimetofollowthrough.
Mychallengetoyouistoreachouttoyourfriendsandcolleagueswhoarealsocommon
menandconvincethemtojointheranksoftheuncommon,sinceweneedhelpifour
sportsmensvoicewillstayrelevantinthediscussionsthatwilldeterminethefateof
conservationandrecreationinPennsylvania.

(ThisStraightTalkcolumnbyJohnArwayisreprintedwithpermissionfromthe
January/February2015issueofPAAngler&BoaterMagazine.)

PACelebratesWinterTrailsDayWithGetOutdoorsPAEventsJan.10

OutdoorrecreationareasacrossPennsylvaniawillbehostingspecialeventsandactivities
January10aspartofGetOutdoorsPA'scelebrationofWinterTrailsDay,Departmentof
ConservationandNaturalResourcesSecretaryEllenFerrettisaidMonday.
"Winterisnotimetohibernatewhenthereisplentytodooutside,"Ferrettisaid."Get
OutdoorsPAkeepstheactivitiesgoingallyear,andthenationalWinterTrailscelebrationisthe
perfectexcusetostepoutsideandparticipateinaguidedrecreationprogramhostedbyourGet
OutdoorsPApartners."
Severallocationsarehostinghiking,snowshoeing,crosscountryskiingandwildlife
watchingeventsonJanuary10.NumerousotherGetOutdoorsPAwintereventsarescheduled
throughoutJanuary,includingFirstDayHikesscheduledJanuary1at22stateparksin
cooperationwiththeNationalAssociationofStateParkDirectors.
WinterTrailsDayisanattempttointerestpeopleintryingsnowsportsparticularly
snowshoeingandcrosscountryskiingthroughguidedeventsanddemonstrationsacrossthe
country.
GetOutdoorsPAisapartnershipofstateagenciesandlocalcommunityorganizations
andrecreationdepartmentswhohavecommittedtoprovidingoutdoorrecreationlearningevents
forthecitizenstheyserve.
Hundredsofeventsareofferedyearroundtohelppromoteinterestinhiking,biking,
targetshooting,fishing,hunting,paddling,bird/wildlifewatching,wildernesssurvival,
backpacking,snowshoeing,crosscountryskiing,camping,rockclimbing,geocaching,nature
photographyandorienteering.
Foralistingofallevents,visittheGetOutdoorsPAwebsiteorvisittheDCNRCalendar
ofEventswebpage.

AppalachianTrailMuseumSeeksHallOfFameInductees

MarcusSchneckreportedonPennLiveFriday,theAppalachianTrailMuseuminYorkCountyis
seekinginducteesfortheAppalachianTrailHallofFame.SuccessfulnomineesfortheClassof
2015willberecognizedfortheirsignificantcontributionstoestablishingandmaintainingthe
AppalachianTrail.ThedeadlinefornominationsisFebruary28.ClickHeretonominatea
persononline.ClickHeretodownloadanominationform.
NewsClip:AppalachianTrailSeeksHallOfFameInductees

JanuaryWater,Land,LifeNewsletterAvailableFromWesternPAConservancy

TheDecemberissueofWater,Land,LifenewsletterisnowavailablefromtheWesternPA
Conservancyfeaturingarticleson
ConservancyProtectsLandAlongFrenchCreekInCrawfordCounty
OurSharedLegacy:TheKunzs
NewFieldNotesPodcast:GroundedInLocalHistory
WarmUpWithAWrightDesignedThrow
ClickHeretolearnhowtoreceiveyourowncopy.

WestmorelandLandTrustAcquires22AcreParcelInMurrysville

TheWestmorelandLandTrustrecentlyacquiredapieceofpropertyinMurrysvillethat,forthe
firsttime,willallownatureenthusiaststomoveunrestrictedonfootorbikebetweenDuffand
PleasantValleyparks.
ThenonprofitlandtrustworkedwiththeMunicipalityofMurrysvilleandtheprivate
propertyownertonegotiatetheacquisitionofthislong,narrow,22acreparcelthatcreatesa
continuousgreencorridorlinkingthetwoexistingnaturalareas.
Weareextremelypleasedtobeabletoacquirethispropertybecauseitallowsustojoin
thesetwolargeandpopularoutdoorrecreationareastogether,saidCharlesDuritsa,
WestmorelandLandTrustchair.Thisoneparcelconnectsalmost500acresofnaturalarea.
TheWestmorelandLandTrustalsorecentlyacquiredanadditional75acresthatwillbe
addedtoDuffPark,increasingitssizeto237acres.DuffParkisanextraordinarynaturalarea
thathasbeendesignatedasaPennsylvaniaWildPlantSanctuary.
ItalsoishomeofoneofPennsylvaniasfewremainingdeciduousoldgrowthforests
areas(withtreesofestimatedageof215to240years).
ManyvisitDuffParktoenjoyitsforestandnativewildflowers,walkingtrails,andscenic
viewsoverlookingTurtleCreek.
PleasantValleyParkcontains260acresofwoods,openfields,hillsandvalleys,crossed
withanetworkofhiking/mountainbikingtrails.
TheWestmorelandLandTrustaccomplishedthislatestlandacquisitionwithgrantfunds
fromtheDepartmentofConservationandNaturalResources,theMunicipalityofMurrysville,
andaprivatedonationmadeonbehalfoftheMurrysvilleTrailAlliance.Theparcelwillbe
turnedovertotheMunicipalityofMurrysvilletoaddtoitsparksystemlaterthisyear.
Inadditiontothisnew22acregreenwaylink,thefiveyearoldWestmorelandLand
Trusthasacquiredanadditional184acresinWestmorelandCounty,including:

the59acreOttoandMagdaleneAckermannNaturePreserveinArdara,NorthHuntingdon
Township,
22acresinMurrysvilleadjacenttotheLillianKellmanNatureReserveandnowknownasthe
PeterandVictoriaSkenaNatureReserve,
21acresinRostraverTownshipalongtheYoughioghenyRiver,
3.5acresintheCityofGreensburgnearCabinHillDrive,
4acresinLigonierTownshipalongRoute30(conservedinpartnershipwiththeWestern
PennsylvaniaConservancyandtheLoyalhannaWatershedAssociation),
9acresinMurrysvilleadjacenttoDuffPark,
16.5acresinMurrysvilleadjacenttoDuffPark(apropertyformerlyknownastheNorbitrol
PlanofLots),and
49acresinMurrysvilleadjacenttoDuffParkandaccessiblefromRoundTopRoad.
Preservingmorethan200acresinourfirstfiveyearsofexistenceisasignificant
accomplishment,saidCharlesDuritsa,chairoftheorganizationthatwasformedin2007to
preservelandofspecialvalueinWestmorelandCounty.

PublicParticipationOpportunities/CalendarOfEvents

Thissectiongivesyouacontinuouslyupdatedthumbnailsketchofissuestobeconsideredin
upcomingadvisorycommitteemeetingswheretheagendashavebeenreleased.Italsogivesyou
aheadsuponHouseandSenateCommitteemeetings,conferencesandotherinterestingevents.
MeetingsareinHarrisburgunlessotherwisenoted.
NEWmeansnewfromlastweek.[AgendaNotPosted]meansnotpostedwithin2weeks
oftheadvisorycommitteemeeting.GototheonlineCalendarwebpageforupdates.

NOTE:DEPpublishednoticeofthe2015scheduleofmeetingsforadvisorycommitteesand
boardsunderitsjurisdictionintheDecember27PABulletinstartingonpage8057.

January6201516SessionoftheGeneralAssemblyopens.

January6AgendaPosted.DEPClimateChangeAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105
RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.
WorkPlansReadyForRecommendation:ManureDigesters,CombinedHeatandPower,
GeoexchangeHeatingandCooling.
WorkPlanDiscussion:FuelSwitchingandConservation,SemiTruckFreightTransportation,
ReLightPA
Discussion:PriceWaterhouseCooper2014LowCarbonEconomyIndex
<>ClickHereforavailablehandouts

January6DEPhearingonrequestfordelegationofauthoritytoimplementthefederal
hospital,medicalandinfectiouswasteincineratorsplan.ClickHereforacopyoftherequest.
12thFloorConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.1:00.(formalnotice)

January8AgendaPosted.ChesapeakeBayCommissionmeeting.LoewsAnnapolisHotel,
Annapolis,MD.8:30.ClickHereformeetingmaterials.


January12DEPHearingDEPonproposedchangestothestateAirQualityImplementation
PlanrelatedtotheLyonsNonattainmentAreainBerksCountyforlead.Room105Rachel
CarsonBuilding,Harrisburg.10:00.(formalnotice)Acopyoftheproposedrevisionwillbe
postedonDEPsStateImplementationPlanwebpage.

January14AgendaPosted.DEPCoastalZoneAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.10thFloor
ConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.9:30.
FY2015CoastalZoneGrantsUpdate
CoastalMarineSpatialPlanningUpdate
<>ClickHereforavailablehandouts.

January14AgendaPosted.DEPTechnicalAdvisoryCommitteeonDieselPowered
Equipmentmeeting.DEPMiningOffice,131BroadviewRd.,NewStanton.10:00.
TACInterpretationPolicyManual
RhomacMicrotraxxSL448ComponentChange
<>ClickHereforavailablehandouts

January15AgendaPosted.DEPSolidWasteAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105
RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.
UpdateOnManagementOfFillPolicyMaximumContaminantLevels
NewFederalCoalAshRegulations
SettlementAccommodation
WaterRecycling/OilandGasWaste
PAIllegalDumpingReport
UpdateOnEPAsDefinitionOfSolidWaste
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January15NEW.PASustainableEnergyBoardmeeting,inconjunctionwiththePublic
UtilityCommission.HearingRoom1oftheCommonwealthKeystoneBuilding,Harrisburg.
11:00.(ClickHereformoredetails.)

January1620NorthAmericanResidentialEnvironmentalLearningCenterConference.
PoconoEnvironmentalEducationCenter,PikeCounty.

January20GovernorsInaugurationDay.

January20GeneralAssemblyVotingSessionResumes

January21CANCELED.EnvironmentalQualityBoardmeeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.9:00.

January21DEPCitizensAdvisoryCouncilmeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.
10:00.

January22DEPOilandGasTechnicalAdvisoryBoardmeeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.10:00.

January22DEPMiningandReclamationAdvisoryBoardmeeting.12thFloorConference
Room,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

January28DEPSmallBusinessComplianceAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.12thFloor
ConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

January29DEPChesapeakeBayManagementTeammeeting.DEPRegionalOffice,909
ElmertonAve.,Harrisburg.9:30.

February5DEPEnvironmentalJusticeAdvisoryBoardmeeting.DelawareRoom,16thFloor,
RachelCarsonBuilding.8:30.

February11DEPStateBoardForCertificationofWaterandWastewaterSystemOperators
meeting.10thFloorConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

February12DEPAirQualityTechnicalAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105Rachel
CarsonBuilding.9:15.

February17EnvironmentalQualityBoardmeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.
9:00.

February17DEPCitizensAdvisoryCouncilmeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.
10:00.

February18DEPWaterResourcesAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.9:30.

March3GovernorsBudgetAddress.(tentative)

March3DEPStorageTankAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.10:00.

March10DEPBoardofCoalMineSafetymeeting.DEPCambriaOffice,286IndustrialPark
Rd.,Ebensburg.10:00.

March11DEPCertificationProgramAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105Rachel
CarsonBuilding.9:00.

March11DEPLaboratoryAccreditationAdvisoryCommittee.BureauofLaboratories
Building,2575InterstateDr.,Harrisburg.9:30.

March18DEPStateBoardforCertificationofSewageEnforcementOfficersmeeting.Room

11BConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

March19DEPSmallWaterSystemsTechnicalAssistanceCenterBoard.Room105Rachel
CarsonBuilding.9:00.

March24DEPSewageAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.
10:30.

April2DEPRadiationProtectionAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.14thFloorConference
Room,RachelCarsonBuilding.9:00.

April22DEPCleanupStandardsScientificAdvisoryBoardmeeting.Room105Rachel
CarsonBuilding.9:00.

April29DEPMineFamiliesFirstResponseandCommunicationsAdvisoryCouncilmeeting.
DEPMiningOffice,131BroadviewRd.,NewStanton.10:00.

May62015PennsylvaniaGroundwaterSymposium.RamadaInnConferenceCenter,State
College.

May68PAAssociationofEnvironmentalProfessionalsAnnualConference.ToftreesResort,
StateCollege.

May79PALandTrustAssn.PALand&WaterConservationConference.Wyndham,
Gettysburg.

May1315DEPandEngineers'SocietyofWesternPennsylvania2015Pennsylvania
BrownfieldsConference.ErieBayfrontConventionCenter,Erie.

September24DEPRecyclingFundAdvisoryCommittee&SolidWasteAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

October2DEPLowLevelWasteAdvisoryCommittee.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.
10:00.

October28302015PartnershipforSafeWater2015WaterSystemOptimizationConference
hostedbythePennsylvaniaSectionAmericanWaterWorksAssociation.

VisitDEPsPublicParticipationCenterforinformationonhowyoucanBeInformed!andGet
Involved!inDEPregulationandguidancedevelopmentprocess.

DEPRegulationsInProcess
ProposedRegulationsOpenForCommentDEPwebpage
ProposedRegulationsWithClosedCommentPeriodsDEPwebpage
RecentlyFinalizedRegulationsDEPwebpage

DEPRegulatoryUpdateDEPwebpage

DEPTechnicalGuidanceInProcess
DraftTechnicalGuidanceDocumentsDEPwebpage
TechnicalGuidanceCommentDeadlinesDEPwebpage
RecentlyClosedCommentPeriodsForTechnicalGuidanceDEPwebpage
TechnicalGuidanceRecentlyFinalizedDEPwebpage
CopiesofFinalTechnicalGuidanceDEPwebpage

OtherDEPProposalsForPublicReview
OtherProposalsOpenForPublicCommentDEPwebpage
RecentlyClosedCommentPeriodsForOtherProposalsDEPwebpage
OtherProposalsRecentlyFinalizedDEPwebpage

ClickHereforlinkstoDEPsAdvisoryCommitteewebpages.

DEPCalendarofEvents

DCNRCalendarofEvents

Note:TheEnvironmentalEducationWorkshopCalendarisnolongeravailablefromthePA
CenterforEnvironmentalEducationbecausefundingfortheCenterwaseliminatedintheFY
201112statebudget.ThePCEEwebsitewasalsoshutdown,butsomecontentwasmovedto
thePAAssociationofEnvironmentalEducators'website.

SenateCommitteeScheduleHouseCommitteeSchedule

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Grants&Awards

Thissectiongivesyouaheadsuponupcomingdeadlinesforawardsandgrantsandother
recognitionprograms.NEWmeansnewfromlastweek.

January9WPC,DominionWatershedMiniGrants
January29SustainableEnergyFundEnergyEfficiency,RenewableEnergyFinancing
January31DEP,ESWPBestOfBestLandRecyclingProjects
February9PALandTrustAssn.Govt.ConservationLeadershipAwards
February15PAEnvironmentalProfessionalsAssn.CollegeScholarships
February28NEW.AppalachianTrailMuseumHallOfFameNominations
March31DEPHostMunicipalityWasteInspectorReimbursementGrants
April15DEPSmallBusinessAdvantageGrants(oruntilfundsrunout)
June30DEPAlternativeFuelVehicleRebates(oruntilrebatesrunout)


VisittheDEPGrantsandLoanProgramswebpageformoreideasonhowtogetfinancial
assistanceforenvironmentalprojects.

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GeneralEnvironmental/BudgetNewsClips

Here'saselectionofNewsClipsonenvironmentaltopicsfromaroundthestate

PreventATragedy,DangersOfCarbonMonoxidePoisoning
Budget
StateRevenuesContinueLateYearUptick
Gov.ElectWolfFacesBigChallenges
GOPDrawsLinesAsWolfFocusesOnHugeDeficit
SomeLawmakersFloatBusinessTaxHikesToCloseBudgetGap
OpEd:StateHasAnObligationToEnactSeveranceTax
PoliticsPA:SeveranceTaxShouldBeWolfsTopPriority
OpEd:TimeForTomWolfToEndBlameGameAndGovern
OpEd:DealingWithPAsBudgetDeficitHasConsequences
Editorial:WolfMustArticulatePositiveVisionForPA
PAGasolineTaxesToRiseAfterBigDropInPrice
PennDOTNotSureIfMotoristsFeesWillRise
Other
KeystoneLandfillDealsLessAttractiveOverTime
DEPGetsEarlyOppositionToLandfillExpansion
ScrantonCouncilOpposesKeystoneLandfillExpansion
HouseholdsWithoutHeatOnRiseInPA
GasolinePricesContinueToSlide
WhyIsGasoline59CentsCheaperInOhio?
IffyPumpPricesForGasoline
OilPricesCloseMondayAtRecordLow
MissingBiofuelStandardsStallDevelopment
TeslaToExpandCarSales,SuperchargerStationsInPA
StateGetsAggressiveOnCreditsForPassiveEnergy
7,000FewerAcresInPASitAtopDeepCoalMines
PennsylvaniaCoalComesOfAge
CoalIndustryTrainsForZeroAccidentMine
RosebudTakesOverFormerAmfireMinesInPA
ReportClearsCoalWasteOfAffectingInmatesHealth
StatesLookToTweakEPACleanPowerPlan
OpEd:PAShouldEmbraceNewEnergyEconomy
Editorial:GovernmentFundedEnergyDealsPayingOff
FitzgeraldToutsPittsburghsDevelopment,CleanerAir,Economy
Editorial:SustainabilityWillEnhanceRedevelopmentOfLTVSite

OpEd:VanguardShouldUseCloutToMakeShenangoPollutionStop
WestinghouseToGrowUkrainianReactorFuelPresence
MAXEnvironmentalAppeals$11KDEPFine
IUPProfsComplementEachOtherInResearch,ConservationWork
HarrisburgResidentsCanRecycleChristmasTrees
YorkCountyOffersChristmasTreeRecycling
WesternPAConservancyNeedsGardenSponsors
AppalachianTrailSeeksHallOfFameInductees
StateParksPlanFirstDayHikesOnNewYears
Editorial:MakeWayForBicyclesInLancaster
OpEd:CelebratingTheWildernessAct,WorkToExpandItsLegacy
MonarchButterflyConsideredForEndangeredSpeciesListing
ChristmasBirdCountSuccessful
NonprofitMergersUrgedAsBetterWayToServePeople

DEPsNewsClipswebpageClickHere

ThelatestenvironmentalNewsClipsandnewsisavailableatthePAEnvironmentDigestDaily
Blog,TwitterFeedandaddustoyourGoogle+Circle.

MarcellusShaleNewsClips

HereareNewsClipsontopicsrelatedtoMarcellusShalenaturalgasdrilling

SomeLawmakersFloatBusinessTaxHikesToCloseBudgetGap
OpEd:StateHasAnObligationToEnactSeveranceTax
RuralGasGatheringPipelinesKindleSafetyConcerns
UGIPlans$150MGasPipelineToServeShamokinPowerPlant
GroupsAskFERCToReconsiderConstitutionPipeline
AfterNYBan,PARenewsFocusOnFrackingHealthImpacts
GrowingFrackingIndustryNeedsInfrastructure
OnlineTooPredictsNaturalGasProduction,Royalties
ChesapeakeEnergyIncreasesGasLeaseSettlementTo$11M
RoyaltyGroupCautionsAsChesapeakeEnergyOffersSettlement
OpEd:PAShouldEmbraceNewEnergyEconomy
CecilShaleGasDrillerFocusesOnGrowth,Value
StateImpactPA:MostPopularWebStoriesOf2014Part1
StateImpactPA:ChevronBlocksAccessToFirePart2
StateImpactPA:CountdownOfTopEnergyStoriesIn2014Part3
StateImpactPA:MostPopularStoriesIn2014Part4
StateImpactPA:MostPopularStoriesFrom2014Part5
EnergySpotlight:MelissaPagen,DrillingWastewaterManager
GenerationalShift:ShaleGasCreatesOpportunitiesForYoung
Financial/OtherStates
ObamaOfficial:FrackingBansAreWrongWayToGo

WhiteHousePlansNewOil&GasMethaneRegulations
SouthwesternPlanning$625MInMarcellusCapitalSpending
UtilityUsersToBenefitFromNaturalGasPriceDrop
SomeStatesSeeBudgetsAtRiskAsOilPriceFalls
OilJobsSqueezedAsPricesPlummet
GasolinePricesContinueToSlide
U.S.OilPricesFall46Percent,BiggestDropSince2008
WhyIsGasoline59CentsCheaperInOhio?
IffyPumpPricesForGasoline
OilPricesCloseMondayAtRecordLow
U.S.ToAllowExportsOfUltralightOil
MissingBiofuelStandardsStallDevelopment

ThelatestenvironmentalNewsClipsandnewsisavailableatthePAEnvironmentDigestDaily
Blog,TwitterFeedandaddustoyourGoogle+Circle.

Watershed/FloodingNewsClips

HereareNewsClipsonwatershedtopicsfromaroundthestate

FedsApprovePAsWaterQualityReport
StateMayBeReadyToRuleIfSusquehannaIsSickThisSummer
5ThingsYouNeedToKnowAboutSusquehannaPollution
PCBContaminationAdvisoryForSusquehannaRiver
ContaminationLeadsToMoreScrutinyOfSusquehannaRiver
WaterQualityReport:MonongahelaNoLongerDegradedBySulfates
MonongahelaRiverTakenOffPAImpairedList
FederalLegislationExpandsWhiteClayCreekDesignation
AlternativeToWaterForFrackingCouldEaseEnvironmentalIssues
EnergySpotlight:MelissaPagen,DrillingWastewaterManager
WashingtonCountyFamilysWaterWellsRuinedByMining
CommunitiesRelyOnSaltBrineToTreatStreetsBeforeSnow
DisputedLuzerneLeveeFeeReceivesJudgesOK

LatestFromTheChesapeakeBayJournal

ThelatestenvironmentalNewsClipsandnewsisavailableatthePAEnvironmentDigestDaily
Blog,TwitterFeedandaddustoyourGoogle+Circle.

Regulations,TechnicalGuidance&Permits

TheSusquehannaRiverBasinCommissionpublishednoticeofitsfinalrulechangesrelatingto
waterwithdrawalsforMarcellusShaledevelopmentandformalnoticeofactionstakenatits
DecemberCommissionmeeting.

ThePublicUtilityCommissionpublishednoticeofthetentativeimplementationorderforAct
155relatedtofeesforoversightofnaturalgassuppliers,noticeofimplementationofAlternative
EnergyPortfolioStandardsdemandsidemanagementresources,aformalnoticeinitiatingan
investigationofPennsylvaniasretailnaturalgassupplymarket

PennsylvaniaBulletinJanuary3,2015

DEPRegulationsInProcess
ProposedRegulationsOpenForCommentDEPwebpage
ProposedRegulationsWithClosedCommentPeriodsDEPwebpage
RecentlyFinalizedRegulationsDEPwebpage
DEPRegulatoryUpdateDEPwebpage

TechnicalGuidance&Permits

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionpublishednoticeoffinaltechnicalguidanceon
CoordinatingImmediateResponsesandFinalRemediationofReleasesundertheLand
RecyclingProgramandadrafttechnicalguidanceonDesignationCriteriaforRegulatedSmall
MunicipalSeparateStormSewerSystems(MS4).

FINAL:DEPID:2600500001.Title:PolicyforCoordinatingImmediateResponsesandFinal
RemediationofReleasesofRegulatedSubstances.Description:Thispolicysummarizeshowthe
Departmentoverseesimmediateresponsesandfinalremediationofreleasesofregulated
substances.Thepurposeofthepolicyistofacilitatetheconsistentinvestigationofandthe
responsetoreleasesofregulatedsubstancesandtocoordinateimmediateandfinalresponsesin
accordancewiththeLandRecyclingandEnvironmentalRemediationStandardsAct(35P.S.
6026.1016026.908).Contact:RandyRoush,7177871566orsendemailto:
raroush@pa.gov.

DRAFT:DEPID:3850820001.Title:DesignationCriteriaforRegulatedSmallMunicipal
SeparateStormSewerSystems(MS4).Description:Thistechnicalguidanceisforidentifyingthe
criteriathattheDepartmentusesindesignatingregulatedsmallMS4s.Itdescribesinmoredetail
automaticdesignation,designationbytheDepartmentwitharequiredevaluation,designationby
interconnection,designationbypetitionanddesignationof''nontraditionalMS4s.''Thistechnical
guidanceisnecessarytoprovidedocumentationofthedesignationcriteria.Theguidancewill
serveasaclarificationoftheproceduresthattheDepartmentfollowstodesignatearegulated
smallMS4.Byprovidingaguidancedocument,theDepartmentcanworkincooperationwith
thepotentialMS4communitiesand''nontraditional''MS4swhichmaybeintroducedintothe
EnvironmentalProtectionAgencyPhaseIIStormwaterProgram.Theguidancewillalsoserveas
apubliceducationtoolindescribingtheprocessofhowMS4swillbedesignated.
WrittenComments:Interestedpersonsmaysubmitwrittencommentsonthisdraft
technicalguidancedocumentbyFebruary2,2015.Commentssubmittedbyfacsimilewillnotbe
accepted.Comments,includingcommentssubmittedbyemail,mustincludetheoriginator's
nameandaddress.WrittencommentsshouldbesubmittedtoRonaldC.Furlan,PE,
EnvironmentalProgramManager,DepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection,BureauofPointand

NonpointSourceManagement,DivisionofPlanningandPermitting,RachelCarsonStateOffice
Building,P.O.Box8774,Harrisburg,PA171058774,RAEPMS4DSGPOLICY@pa.gov.
Contact:RonaldC.Furlan,7177878184,RAEPMS4DSGPOLICY@pa.gov.

DEPTechnicalGuidanceInProcess
DraftTechnicalGuidanceDocumentsDEPwebpage
TechnicalGuidanceCommentDeadlinesDEPwebpage
RecentlyClosedCommentPeriodsForTechnicalGuidanceDEPwebpage
TechnicalGuidanceRecentlyFinalizedDEPwebpage
CopiesofFinalTechnicalGuidanceDEPwebpage

OtherDEPProposalsForPublicReview
OtherProposalsOpenForPublicCommentDEPwebpage
RecentlyClosedCommentPeriodsForOtherProposalsDEPwebpage
OtherProposalsRecentlyFinalizedDEPwebpage

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