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Issue#617Harrisburg,PAApril25,2016

IRRCVotesToOKFinalDEPDrillingRegs.,ButHouse&SenateWillHaveTheirSay

The
IndependentRegulatoryReviewCommission
voted3to2toapproveDEPsfinal
Chapter78
(conventional)and78a(unconventional,Marcellus
Shale)drillingregulations
atitsmeetingThursdayafter
7hoursofhearingfromDEPandthoseopposingand
supportingtherulemaking.
TheIRRCfirstvoted3to2againstamotionby
CommissionersJohnMiznerandRussellFaberto
disapprovetheregulationsthatgavethesereasonsfor
disapproval
DEPdidnotprovideenoughinformationonthecostimpactoftheregulationonconventional
welldrilling
DEPhasnotmeetitsburdentoshowtheconventionalregulationchangesareneeded
TheRegulatoryReviewActrequiresagenciestoshowflexibilityinconsideringimpactson
smallbusinessandthefinalregulationsdidnot
DEPdidnotadequatelyconsultwithitsadvisorycommitteesonthisregulationand
DEPdidnotdoenoughtodevelopaconsensusontheregulationwithindustry.
IRRCCommissionersGeorgeBedwick,MurrayUfbergandDennisWatsonvotedto
approvethedrillingregulations.
Sen.GeneYaw(RLycoming),MajorityChairoftheSenateEnvironmentalResources
andEnergyCommittee,
issuedastatementFriday
callingforactiononaHouse/Senate
disapprovalresolutiononDEPsfinaldrillingregulations.
ASenate/Houseconcurrentresolutiondisapprovingwouldhavetobereportedoutofone
oftheSenateorHouseEnvironmentalCommitteeswithin14daysofreceivingtheIRRCorder
ontheDEPdrillingregulations.
TheSenateandHousewouldhave30calendardaysor10votingsessiondays,whichever
islonger,fromthedatetheresolutionisreportedoutofCommitteetopasstheconcurrent
resolutiondisapprovingtheregulationandpresentittotheGovernorforhisaction.
TheGovernorcanthensignorvetotheresolution.Hisvetoissubjecttobeing
overriddenbyboththeSenateandHousebytwothirdsvote.

OnApril12,
bothCommitteesvotedtodisapprovetheregulations
,largelyalongparty
lines.
RepresentativesoftheconventionaloilandgasdrillerschallengedDEPsdrillingrulesin
CommonwealthCourt
andtheirchallengewasdenied
becausetheissuewasnotyetripe.An
appealofthatdecision
wasdeniedonWednesday
bythePASupremeCourtandallowedthe
IRRCmeetingtocontinue.
Reaction
DEPSecretaryJohnQuigley
issuedthisstatementafterthevoteIampleasedthat
IRRCmovedtheseimportantregulatoryupdatesclosertothefinishline.TheChapter78and
78Aregulationshavebeenwrittenwithanunprecedentedamountofpublicparticipation,
includingfromtheconventionalandunconventionaldrillingindustries.
Thisfinalregulatorypackagewillimproveprotectionofwaterresources,addpublic
resourcesconsiderations,protectpublichealthandsafety,addresslandownerconcerns,enhance
transparency,andimprovedatamanagement.
Amongthechangestothecurrentregulations:
Improvedprotectionsofpublicresources:Operatorsmustprovidenoticeifdrillingwouldbe
nearschoolpropertyandplaygrounds,parks,forests,andotherpublicresources.
Strengthenedwatersupplyrestorationstandards:Ifoilandgasdevelopmentdegradesawater
supply,theoperatormustrestoreorreplacethesupplywithonethatmeetsSafeDrinkingWater
Actstandardsorisasgoodaspredrillingconditionsifthewatersupplywasbetterthanthe
DrinkingWaterActstandards.
Electronicfiling:Inordertomoreefficientlytrackwelldevelopmentandoperations,andto
providebetterpublicaccesstodrillingdata,operatorswillberequiredtosubmitelectronicforms
ratherthanpaper.
Thesechangesaretheresultoftensofthousandsofcommentsfromindustryand
Pennsylvaniaresidents,andourexperiencewiththeindustry.Theyrepresentabalancedand
incrementalapproach,saidQuigley.
The
PAEnvironmentalCouncil
Thursdayhailedthe
IndependentRegulatoryReview
Commissionsapproval
offinalregulationstoenactlongoverdueenvironmentalprotectionand
performancestandardsatoilandgaswellsites.PECPresidentDavittWoodwellissuedthe
followingstatement:
WearepleasedtheIndependentRegulatoryReviewCommissionhasconfirmedwhat
weandthepublichavebeensayingforthepastseveralyearstheseregulationsarereasonable
andnecessaryfortheprotectionofpublichealthandtheenvironment.Itslongpasttimefor
Pennsylvania,afteranunprecedentedandprolongedengagementprocess,toputtheserulesinto
practice.
TheGeneralAssemblyshouldhonortheveryregulationsandstandardstheycalledfor
fouryearsago,andrecognizedbyIRRCtodayasinthepublicinterestsaidWoodwell.The
DepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionhastakenunprecedentedeffortstoengagethepublic,
industry,andotherstakeholdersindevelopingandpresentingtheserules,whichsetthe
commitmentnecessaryforourstate,andforindustry,totrulysaywearefollowingleading
practices.Itisnottheendofthedialoguebyanymeanscontinuousimprovementshould
alwaysbeourgoalbutitisalongoverduestepinmeetingourobligationtoallowforsafe
resourcedevelopment,whilealsoprotectingthepeopleandenvironmentofPennsylvania.
Therulemaking,initiatedmorethanfouryearsagoafterpassageofAct13of2012bythe

GeneralAssemblyandGovernor,involvedtwoseparatepubliccommentperiods,12public
hearings,anddozensofmeetingswithstakeholdersbytheDepartmentofEnvironmental
Protection.ApprovalbyIRRCrepresentsoneofthekeyfinalstepsinPennsylvaniascomplex
regulatoryprocess.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
PA
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The
EnvironmentalDefenseFund
praisedtheIRRCaction
RequiringPennsylvaniasoilandgasindustrytomeethigherstandardsisanobrainer,
saidAndrewWilliams,SeniorStateRegulatoryandLegislativeAffairsManager.Everyday,
communityimpactsareaninherentriskassociatedwiththeintensityofthisindustrialactivity.
Propersafeguardsthatprotectthepeopleandtheplacesnearthisdevelopmentfrompotentialair
andwaterpollutionarevital.
TheChapter78regulatorypackageisakeyelementofAct13,thestatesoilandgaslaw
whichwentintoeffectin2012buthadnoneoftheseimportantprotectionsincluded:
Improvedwatersupplyrestorationstandards
Publicresourceprotections
Moreoversightofwastemanagementatwellsitesand
Strongerenvironmentalassessmentsforhydraulicallyfracturedwellsites.
FailuretoapproveChapter78wouldhavefurtherdelayedthealmostfouryeartime
periodsincePennsylvanialegislatorsvotedAct13intolaw.
WecommendtheCommissionfortakingthisimportantstep,Williamssaid.Welook
forwardtoworkingwiththeWolfadministrationtoputotherimportantcontrolsinplaceto
protectthehealthandwellbeingofKeystoneresidentsandtheenvironmentfromtheimpactsof
oilandgasdevelopment.
Formoreinformation,visitEDFs
NaturalGas
webpage.
NewsClips:
DrillingRegsMoveForwardAfter7HourMeeting,MoreConflictLooms
CommissionOKsEnvironmentalRulesForDrilling
RegulatoryReviewersApproveMajorUpdateToDrillingRules
PennsylvaniaOilProducersChallengeDrillingRegulations
DrillingRegulationsCouldSparkNewPoliticalSlugfest
OpEd:PAsFossilFueledLegislatureShouldSupportDrillingRegs
OpEd:SupportUpdatesToDEPsOilAndGasRegulations
RelatedStories:
DEPPleasedWithIRRCApprovalOfFinalDrillingRegulations
PAEnvironmentalCouncilApplaudsIRRCApprovalOfFinalDEPDrillingRegs
EnvironmentalDefenseFund:NewDrillingRegsWillSafeguardPACommunities
PASupremeCourtDeniesChallengeToLowerCourtDecisionOnDEPsDrillingRegs
CommonwealthCourtDeniesChallengeToDEPsDrillingRegulation
Senate,HouseEnvironmentalCommitteesDisapproveDEPDrillingRegs
COGENTCallsCommitteeActionToDisapproveDEPDrillingRegsATravesty
4EnvironmentalGroupsUrgeIRRCToApproveDEPDrillingRegsThursday

Sen.YawCallsForSenate/HouseDisapprovalResolutionOnDEPDrillingRegulations


Sen.GeneYaw(RLycoming),MajorityChairoftheSenate
EnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommittee,issuedthisstatement
Fridayonthe
approvalofDEPsdrillingregulations
bytheIndependent
RegulatoryReviewCommissionThursday
Irecognizethatstrongregulationsareneededtoallowforsafe
developmentofournaturalresources.However,theobjectionsraised
bybothstandingcommitteesandtwoIRRCCommissionerstothis
rulemakingarewarrantedgiventhefactthattheDepartmenthas
circumventedstatelawsandaSupremeCourtopinioninaneffortto
justifyexpandedprovisionsoftherulemakingthattheyarenot
authorizedtoenact.
Thisadministrationhastoutedthedevelopmentanduseof
naturalgas,butthenproposesindustrycripplingseverancetaxesandfarreachingregulations.
TheDepartmenthasnotworkedcollaborativelywiththeGeneralAssemblytoaddressthevalid
concernsforthisrulemaking.
Unfortunately,weareatapointwhereadisapprovalresolutionisnecessary,whichI
willsupport.
ASenate/Houseconcurrentresolutiondisapprovingwouldhavetobereportedoutofone
oftheSenateorHouseEnvironmentalCommitteeswithin14daysofreceivingtheIRRCorder
ontheDEPdrillingregulations.
TheSenateandHousewouldhave30calendardaysor10votingsessiondays,whichever
islonger,fromthedatetheresolutionisreportedoutofCommitteetopasstheconcurrent
resolutiondisapprovingtheregulationandpresentittotheGovernorforhisaction.
TheGovernorcanthensignorvetotheresolution.Hisvetoissubjecttobeing
overriddenbyboththeSenateandHousebytwothirdsvote.
OnApril12,
bothCommitteesvotedtodisapprovetheregulations
,largelyalongparty
lines.
Atthatsamemeeting,theSenateEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommittee
reportedout
SenateBill1011
(HutchinsonRVenango)thatwouldkillDEPsfinaldrilling
regulationscoveringconventionaloilandgaswellsandstartingtherulemakingprocessover.
ThebillisnowontheSenateCalendarawaitingafinalvote.
TheSenatereturnstovotingsessiononMay9andwillbeinvotingsessiononthese
days:May9,10,11,16,17,18andJune6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,
30.
TheHousereturnstovotingsessiononMay2andwillbeinvotingsessiononthese
days:May2,3,4,16,17,18,23,24,25andJune6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,
27,28,29,30.
FormoreinformationonDEPsdrillingregulations,visitthe
OilandGasRulemaking
webpage.
NewsClips:
DrillingRegsMoveForwardAfter7HourMeeting,MoreConflictLooms
CommissionOKsEnvironmentalRulesForDrilling
RegulatoryReviewersApproveMajorUpdateToDrillingRules
PennsylvaniaOilProducersChallengeDrillingRegulations

DrillingRegulationsCouldSparkNewPoliticalSlugfest
OpEd:PAsFossilFueledLegislatureShouldSupportDrillingRegs
OpEd:SupportUpdatesToDEPsOilAndGasRegulations
RelatedStories:
IRRCVotesToApproveFinalDEPDrillingRegs,ButHouse&SenateWillHaveTheirSay
DEPPleasedWithIRRCApprovalOfFinalDrillingRegulations
PAEnvironmentalCouncilApplaudsIRRCApprovalOfFinalDEPDrillingRegs
EnvironmentalDefenseFund:NewDrillingRegsWillSafeguardPACommunities
PASupremeCourtDeniesChallengeToLowerCourtDecisionOnDEPsDrillingRegs
CommonwealthCourtDeniesChallengeToDEPsDrillingRegulation
Senate,HouseEnvironmentalCommitteesDisapproveDEPDrillingRegs
COGENTCallsCommitteeActionToDisapproveDEPDrillingRegsATravesty
4EnvironmentalGroupsUrgeIRRCToApproveDEPDrillingRegsThursday

PASupremeCourtDeniesAppealChallengingDEPDrillingRegs

ThePASupremeCourtWednesdaydeniedtheappealof
FridaysCommonwealthCourtdecisiondenyingarequest
byconventionaloilandgasdrillerstoinvalidateDEPs
Chapter78(conventional)andChapter78a(unconventional)
drillingregulations
becausetheyviolatedtheprovisionsofa
2014amendmenttotheFiscalCode
.
ThisactionbythePASupremeCourtclearstheway
fortheregulatoryreviewprocesstocontinueandforthe
IndependentRegulatoryReviewCommission
toconsiderthe
regulationsonApril21
.
AcopyofthePASupremeCourtsdenial
isavailableonline
.
Inhiswrittenopinion
,CommonwealthCourtJudgeColinsFridaysaidontheissueof
violatingtheFiscalCode,AllthreeRespondents[DEP,EnvironmentalQualityBoardandthe
IRRC]arguethatregardlessofwhetherPIPPs[
PAIndependentPetroleumProducers
Association
]assertionsareaccurateorlegallymeritorious,noreliefcanbegrantedtoPIPPin
thisactionbecauseitsclaimsarenotripe.TheCourtagrees.
Acopyoftheappealnotice
isavailableonline
.
RelatedStories:
CommonwealthCourtDeniesChallengeToDEPsDrillingRegulations
4EnvironmentalGroupsUrgeIRRCToApproveDEPDrillingRegsThursday
Senate,HouseEnvironmentalCommitteesDisapproveDEPsDrillingRegulations
COGENTCallsCommitteeActionToDisapproveDEPDrillingRegsATravesty
IRRCToConsiderFinalDEPDrillingRegsApril21,MeetingToBeStreamedLive
DEP:ConventionalWellsHad3TimesTheViolationsOfUnconventionalWellsIn2014
Analysis:MythConventionalOilandGasDrillingIsBenign

WinnersOfGovernorsAwardForEnvironmentalExcellenceHonoredTuesday

TheSecretariesofthedepartmentsof

EnvironmentalProtectionandConservationandNaturalResourcesjoinedthe
PAEnvironmental
Council
Tuesdayinhonoringthe13recipientsofthe
GovernorsAwardsforEnvironmental
Excellence
atadinnerinHarrisburg.
ThisyearshonoreesrepresentingallareasofPennsylvaniadepictthebestinusing
innovation,collaboration,andpublicservicetoprotecttheCommonwealthsenvironment.The
awardsprovidestatewiderecognitiontobusinessesandorganizationsinvolvedinacrosssection
ofenvironmentalinitiativesinstormwatermanagement,landconservation,energyefficiency,
andmuchmore.

OnbehalfofGovernorWolf,Idliketocongratulateallofthiseveningsaward
recipientsandthankyouallforyourgreatwork,saidDEPSecretaryJohnQuigley.Aspecial
thankyoutoPECfortheircontinuing,valuedpartnership.
Tonightsawardeesrunthegamutofenvironmentalexcellence,headded.The13
exemplaryprojectsand17organizationssupportDEPsmissionofprotectingPennsylvanias
land,air,water,andpublichealth.Werehonoringaninspiringbreadthofgroupsgovernmental
entitiesandcommunities,nonprofits,privatebusinesses,universities,countyconservation
districts,schools,clubs,civicpartnerships,andhospitals.ArealcrosssectionofPennsylvania.
ClickHere
foracopyofhiscompleteremarks.
Forherpart,DCNRSecretaryCindyAdamsDunncongratulatedthewinnersand
announcedthestatesOutdoorRecreationPlanwonanationalrecognition,notingthePlansetsa
newgoalforheragencytoputatrailwithin15minutesofeveryPennsylvanian.
ThisgoalechoesDr.MauriceGoddard,thefirstSecretaryoftheDepartmentof
EnvironmentalResources,whenhesaidhewouldputaStateParkwithin25minutesofevery
stateresident,agoalheachieved.
Thewinnersofthisyearsawardare(listedbycounty)
AlleghenyCounty
AlleghenyLandTrustCommunityAwakeningofDeadMansHollow:
The
Allegheny
LandTrust
engagedresidents,municipalities,businesses,andnonprofitstocompletea
comprehensivelandmanagementplanforthehistoric450acrepropertyatDeadMansHollow,
thelargestprivatelyprotectedconservationareainthecounty.
BoroughofEtnaEtnaGreenStreetscapePhase1:
EtnasGreenStreetscapeprojecthas
installed12newtrees,2,300cubicfeetofundergroundstorage,2,900squarefeetofpervious
pavers,anddownspoutconnectionsallofwhicharestormwatermanagementbestpracticesthat
improvelocalwaterquality.
PittsburghsGreenBuildingAlliancePittsburgh2030District:
The
GreenBuilding
Alliances
Pittsburgh2030Districtisavoluntary,locallydriveninitiativefocusedon
highperformancebuildingstobalanceeconomicprosperityandenvironmentalconcerns.
Click
Here
formoredetails.
DauphinCounty
ChesapeakeBayFoundationPARiparianForestedBufferStewardship:
The
ChesapeakeBayFoundations
RiparianForestedBufferprojectprovidedtensofthousandsof
treestolandownerstofosterthecreationofriparianbuffers,whichwillimprovethewater
qualityoftheSusquehannaWatershed.
PhoenixContactServices,Inc.PhoenixContactEmployee/VisitorElectricVehicle
ChargingStations
:
PhoenixContact
dedicatedeightparkingspacestoelectricvehiclecharging
stations.Thosestationsareavailable,forfree,toemployeesandtothepublictochargeelectric

andhybridvehicles,whichreducefossilfuelusage.
DelawareCounty
PAResourcesCouncil&EasternDelawareCountyStormwaterCollaborativeDarby
CobbsStormwaterInitiative:GettingtotheNewNormal:
The
PAResourcesCouncil
andthe
EasternDelawareStormwaterCollaborative
partneredtoeducatetheresidentsoftheDarbyand
Cobbscreekswatershedsonraingardensandthebestpracticesforstormwatermanagement.
FranklinCounty
PennsylvaniaStateUniversityDepartmentofAnimalScience&FranklinCounty
Conservation2015NorthAmericanManureExpo:
The
NorthAmericanManureExpo
at
Chambersburgattractedlivestockproducersandmanurehandlersfromthestate,midAtlantic
region,andbeyondtomeetwithnationalexpertsonmanurenutrientissues.
LycomingCounty
JerseyShoreAreaHighSchoolJerseyShoreOutdoorClub:
Thevolunteersofthe
Jersey
ShoreAreaHighSchool
OutdoorClubremovedadamagedfloodculvertonatributaryofPine
Creek,cleaneduptheTombFlatsPicnicandCampgroundarea,andrestored28milesthe
TiadaghtonHikingTrail.
MontgomeryCounty
SBMSiteServices(incollaborationwithJonesLangeLaSalle&SustainableWaste
Solutions)FoodWasteCompostingProgramReengineering:
SBMSiteServices
reengineeredwastecompostingprogramsattwolocationsinordertokeep70.76tonsoffood
wasteoutoflandfills.
MontourCounty
GeisingerMedicalCenterJanetWeisChildrensHospitalSolarPanelProject:
Aspart
ofitscommitmenttoasustainablefuture,Geisingerinstalled144solarpanelsontheroofofthe
JanetWeisChildrensHospital
toserveasaneducationaltoolontheenvironmentalbenefitsof
solarenergywhilecreatingacleanerenvironment.
PhiladelphiaCounty
SoutheasternPennsylvaniaTransportationAuthorityGriscomWaysideEnergy
StorageSystem:

SEPTAsGriscomWaysideEnergyStorageSystem
,locatedonSEPTAsmost
heavilytraveledroute,theMarketFrankfordLine,recycledatrainsbrakingenergytoreduce
electricityconsumptionandtogeneraterevenue.
WayneCounty
SustainableEnergyEducationandDevelopmentSupport(SEEDS)ofNortheasternPA
SEEDsFreeEnergyAssessmentProgram(5thSeason):
SEEDSProgramhasofferedfree,
customizedenergyassessmentsofahomesenergyefficienciestotheresidentsofWayneand
Pikecountiessince2010.Todate,SEEDShasassessed200buildingsandhasprovidedsummer
jobsformorethan15areahighschoolstudents.
MultipleCounties
SouthwesternPennsylvaniaCommissionRegionalTrafficSignalProgramCycle2:
The
SouthwesternPennsylvaniaCommissions
RegionalTrafficSignalProgramassisted28
municipalitiesinsevencountieswithoptimizingtrafficlightsat207intersectionsintheregion,
demonstratingacosteffectivewaytoreducefuelconsumptionandemissionswhileimproving
thesafetyoftheregionsroadways.
ThedinnerwasheldattheHarrisburgHiltonwithWGALChannel8NewsAnchor
JanelleStelsonastheProgramEmcee.
ClickHere
towatchtheWGALstoryabouttheevent.

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RelatedStories:
Remarks:MakeAChoiceForChange,ToInnovate,ForSustainability
ChesapeakeBayFoundationPAReceivesGovernorsAwardForEnvironmentalExcellence

GovernorsAwards:MakeAChoiceForChange,ToInnovate,ForSustainability

ByJohnQuigley
,Secretary,DepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection

Theseremarksweredeliveredatthe
awardsceremonyTuesday
for
recipientsoftheGovernorsAwardforEnvironmentalExcellencehosted
bythe
PAEnvironmentalCouncil
.
Theremarkstouchonthechoicesmadeonenvironmentalissues
leadinguptotodayandthechoicesaheadonclimatechange,Clean
PowerClimatePlan,meetingChesapeakeBaycleanupcommitmentsand
thestatebudget.
Thetextoftheremarksfollows

Thankyoufortheinvitationtobewithyouthisevening.
OnbehalfofGovernorWolf,Idliketocongratulateallofthiseveningsaward
recipientsandthankyouallforyourgreatwork.
AspecialthankyoutoPECfortheircontinuing,valuedpartnership.
Wererecognizingprojectsdemonstrating:EnergyefficiencyEducationaloutreach
habitatrestorationlandconservationStormwaterremediationElectricandhybridvehiclesand
masstransitAirandwaterpollutionremediationwastereductionsolarenergy.
Prettycoolstuff!
Theseprojectsandthewomenandmenandtheorganizationswhomadethempossible
alsodemonstratecitizenshipofthehighestorder,andthepowerofpartnerships.
Perhapsmoreimportantly,theyalso,individuallyandcollectively,reflectsomething
more.Theyembodyandeloquentlyexpressachoice.Achoiceforchange.Achoicetoinnovate.
Achoicetoenvisionabrighter,healthier,andmoreprosperousfuture.Theessentialchoicewe
allmustmakeforsustainability.
Idliketoreflectthiseveningontheideaofchoices.
ThepoetRalphWaldoEmersonwrote:Godofferstoeveryminditschoicebetween
truthandrepose.
InourCommonwealthtoday,wefacethatchoiceonmanyfronts.Betweenthenecessary
truthoffindingasustainablepathforward,oratourperilthereposeofthestatusquo.And
thechoicesbetweentruthandreposewillaffectusalltoday,andgenerationsofPennsylvanians
yettocome.
Illstartwithanobviousexample.
Tonightsawardeesrunthegamutofenvironmentalexcellence.The13exemplary
projectsand17organizationssupportDEPsmissionofprotectingPennsylvaniasland,air,
water,andpublichealth.

Werehonoringaninspiringbreadthofgroupsgovernmentalentitiesandcommunities,
nonprofits,privatebusinesses,universities,countyconservationdistricts,schools,clubs,civic
partnerships,andhospitals.ArealcrosssectionofPennsylvania.
ClimateChange
Wereconductinghistoryslargestuncontrolledchemistryexperimentandhavechanged
andcontinuetochangethechemicalcompositionofouratmosphere.Wevecorruptedwith
carbonwhatCarlSaganfamouslydescribedasourthinblueline,disruptingourfragileglobes
climate.
Asaresult,thePennsylvaniaweknowtodayisbeingfundamentallyalteredbythe
impactsofclimatedisruption.ScientistsfromPennStateUniversityhavefoundthatwarmingis
acceleratingifwedonotchooseanothercourseandcontinueincarbonreposeby2050,
Pennsylvaniawillbe5.4Fwarmerthanitwasintheyear2000.
By2050,PhiladelphiasclimatewillbesimilartocurrentdayRichmond,Virginia,and
PittsburghwillbesimilartocurrentdayWashington,DC.
Rightnow,Philadelphiaaverageslessthan1dayayearwhentemperaturesexceed100
degrees.Butby2100,unlesswechoosetochangecourse,evenErieinnorthwestPennsylvania
couldseeasmanyas16daysayearwithtemperaturesabove100degrees.InErie!
Youallknowthattheresglobalscientificconsensusthatwemustlimitglobal
temperaturerisetonomorethan2degreesCelsiusabovepreindustriallevelstoavoid
catastrophicimpacts.Andtherearemanywhosaythat2degreesCelsiusisactuallytoomuch
warming,andthattheworstimpactswillcomewithafarlowerriseinaveragetemperatures.
Pennsylvania,
accordingtoPennStatescientists
,isonpaceifwefailtochoosea
differentpathforanincreaseinaveragetemperatureof3degreesCelsiusby2050just34
yearsfromnow.
Thechoiceswehavemadehavebroughtsignificantandalarminglyfastchangesand
disruptionstoourstatesclimate,inwaysthatwillaffectkeysectorsoftheeconomy,ourhealth,
andourqualityoflife.Andevenoursafety.
Rememberthatthisyear,wevealreadyhadtornadoesinLancasterandBradford
counties.InFebruarythewarmestmonthintermsofaboveaveragetemperatureinrecorded
history.
Climatedisruptionisanexistentialthreat.Andwemustmakeachoice.Achoicefor
sustainable,lowandultimatelyzerocarbonenergy,forenergyefficiencyandforthetensof
thousandsofjobsthatwillaccompanythem.
EPACleanPowerClimatePlan
Andthefirststeptowardthatsustainablefuture,wefaceachoiceinthe
CleanPower
Plan
.
UndertheCleanPowerPlan,Pennsylvaniaisrequiredtoreduceourcarbonemissionsby
33percentby2030.Webelievethegoalsoftheplanareambitiousbutachievable.Letslookat
themathtoexplainwhy.
In2007,Pennsylvaniassourcesthataresubjecttotherulewereemitting134million
tonsofCO2.By2014,duetotheGreatRecession,changesintheelectricitymarketsincluding
fuelswitchingfortocheapnaturalgas,andcompliancewithotherenvironmentalregulation,
Pennsylvaniasemissionshaddecreasedto107milliontonsofC02areductionof20percent
from2007levels.
Pennsylvaniawillenterthecomplianceperiodin2022withatargetof106milliontons

ofCO2onlyamilliontonslessthanwereemittingtoday.Then,overthenexteightyears,by
2030,thestatewillhavetoreduceemissionsto91milliontons.
So,between2007and2014,CO2emissionsinPAfell27milliontons.Between2022
and2030,theywillneedtofallanother15.6milliontons.
TheCPPwillrequirecoordinatedandconcertedeffort,includingfocusonrenewables
andenergyefficiency,butthegoalsoftheCPPcancertainlybeachievedbyPennsylvania.
WecanmakethatchoiceandPennsylvanianswantusto.
Lastyear,DEPconductedanunprecedented14citylisteningtourtoaskPennsylvanians
abouttheenergychoicesweneedtomake.After14stopsacrosstheCommonwealthand60days
ofpubliccomment,hereswhatwefound:
Morethan2,000citizens,generators,businesses,tradegroups,legislators,andnonprofit
organizationsfiledwrittencommentsortestifiedatour14publiclisteningsessions.
Morethan80percentofcommenterssaidtheywantedPennsylvaniastatetoexpandclean
energy.
Morethan90percentexpressedsupportfortheDEP'sdevelopmentofa
PennsylvaniaspecificStatePlan,and
Almost70percentsaidtheywantedPennsylvaniatosubmititsPlanontime.
Interestingly,lessthanhalfofPennsylvania'sgenerationcapacityaskedustodelay
submission.Indeed,twoofPennsylvania'slargestgeneratorsspecificallyaskedDEPtosubmita
StatePlaninSeptember,2016.
TheplainfactsofthematterarethattheCleanPowerPlanpresentsahugeopportunity
forstatestoacceleratethedevelopmentoftheireconomieswhileprotectingtheclimate.The
smartstatesaregoingtodemonstratethat.
Andthenaysayersaregoingtobeinapositionwheretheyregoingtohavetoraceto
catchuptotheeconomicprogressenjoyedbyleadingstates.
WillPennsylvaniabeamongthesmartstatestheeconomicandenvironmentalwinners?
ThatsachoiceandGovernorWolfintendsforPennsylvaniatobeamongthewinners.
ButwhetherornotwehaveaCleanPowerPlan,thenewenergyrealityfacing
Pennsylvaniaisthis:weneedtogettoalowandultimatelyzerocarbonenergyfuture.
Weregoingtoseeretirementsofcoalplantsandcontinuedstrengthandgrowthinthe
gassector,continuedcostdeclinesandcontinuedgrowthintherenewableenergysector.
Andthecheapesttonofcarbontokeepoutoftheatmospherewillcontinuetobetheone
wedontcreatethroughefficiency.
Willwechoosereposeandthestatusquo,orwillwechoosetolead?Leadinthe
developmentofadvancedtechnologytocapturecarbonfromcoalandultimatelynaturalgas
plants,securingindigenousresourceuseforthelongterm?
Leadincreatingacleaner,healthier,andmorevibrantfuture?GovernorWolfchoosesto
lead.
Whatisperhapsthesecondbiggestchallengeafterclimatedisruptiontopreserving
Pennsylvaniasnaturalheritagecomesfromourstatustodayasthenations2ndlargestproducer
ofnaturalgas.
Overthenextfewyears,anunprecedentedwaveofnaturalgasinfrastructure
developmentwilltoucheveryPennsylvaniacounty,affectscoresofcommunities,andmany
morelandowners.ItscumulativeimpactsifwerenotcarefulwillimpactPennsylvanias
naturalresources,sensitivehabitats,andwaterqualityforalongtimetocome.

GovernorWolfwantstouseasmuchofPennsylvaniasnaturalgasandcoproductsas
possibleinPennsylvaniatogeneratelowercarbonelectricity,tocreatemanufacturing
opportunities,tospurcombinedheatandpowersystems,enablemicrogrids,andtosupportthe
deploymentofmuchmorerenewableenergy.
Naturalgasfiredgenerationhasbeenrecognizedastheperfectcomplementtorenewable
energy,asgasfiredfacilitiescanrespondtodemandandvariablerenewablegenerationquickly.
So,shalegaspresentstheCommonwealthwithanimmenseopportunityifwechooseit
tostrengthenoureconomyandprotectourclimate,aslongasmethaneemissionsare
minimizedsomethingelsetheGovernorisleadingthenationindoing.
Buttheseopportunitiesdonotcomewithoutcosts.Pennsylvanianeedstogetaheadof
theimpactsofthisbuildout,andavoidthemistakesofourpast.GeorgeSantayanafamously
wrotethathewhofailstorememberthepastiscondemnedtorepeatit.
Ourstateshistoryispunctuatedbywavesofnaturalresourceextraction,fromDrakes
firstoilwellinTitusvillein1859,tothetimberingoverofmillionsofacresintheNorthernTier
tofueltheearlydaysoftheIndustrialRevolution,totheriseofKingCoal.
Ineachcase,thosewavesofdevelopmentleftenduringenvironmentalandeconomic
scarsmanyofwhichcontinuetoblightthelandscape,foulourwaterways,andharm
communities.
Inthefaceoftheoncomingwaveofinfrastructuredevelopment,wemustchooseabetter,
smartercourseandwehaveanopportunitytodothatinawaythathelpstoovercomethe
currentstrandingofgasandthecurrentlowpriceregimethatplaguestheindustry.
GovernorWolfs
PipelineInfrastructureTaskForce
hasoutlinedthemanydimensionsof
thatsmarterchoice.Itsworkwillbeasuccessifwechoosetoimplementitandpromote
sustainedcollaborationofstakeholdersacrossstateandlocalgovernments,andincommunities,
andincompanyboardrooms,toworktowardtheresponsibledevelopmentofpipeline
infrastructureintheCommonwealth.
DrillingRegulations
Wealsofaceachoiceabouthowallthatgasisproduced.
Overthelast5years,DEPhasworkedtocraftcommonsenseadditionalprotectionsfor
publichealthandnaturalresourcesbasedonthefactsonthegroundandourexperiencewith
naturalgasproductionconventionalandunconventionalalike.
Therulemakingwas
subjecttoanunprecedentedlevelofpublicinput,including20
advisoryboardmeetings,2publiccommentperiods,135daysofpubliccomment,12public
hearings,andalmost28,000publiccomments.
Andnowtheindustryand
someintheGeneralAssembly
wouldstopthoseenhancements
toenvironmentalsafeguardsandsendusbacknotonlytosquareone,butallthewaybackto
2001thelasttimedrillingregulationswereupdated.
Again,wefaceachoiceonewithprofoundimplicationsforpublichealth,safety,and
theenvironment.GovernorWolfhaschosenthepathoftruth.
ChesapeakeBayCleanup
Pennsylvaniaslocalwaterqualityisnotmakingthegrade,and
werefarbehindonour
legalresponsibilities
tohelprestoretheChesapeakeBay.
After30yearsofcollaboratingandeducating,andafter$4billioninFederalandstate
subsidies,phosphorousisdownonly25percent,nitrogenisdown6percent,andsedimenthas
beenreducedabout15percent.

Wefaceachoiceofcontinuingonthesamepathtoinadequateprogress,ortotrya
differentapproach.Reposeiseasy.Truthishard.
StateBudget
Andfinally,thereisthestatebudgetperhapsthemostbasicchoiceofallwhenitcomes
toinvestinginasustainablefuture.
Pennsylvaniafacesa$2.3billionstructuraldeficitthatGovernorWolfisdoing
everythinghecantoaddressinaresponsibleway.Thatstructuraldeficitistheresultofyearsof
reposechoosingonetimefixesoversustainable,recurringrevenues.
Imherethiseveningrepresentinganagencythathasbeenseverelydegradedbecauseof
thosechoices.
Afteryearsofrelentlessbudgetcuts
,DEPhasover670fewerstaffthanitdideightyears
ago.Over440ofthosepositionsperformedthebasicagencyfunctionsofinspectionsand
processingpermits.Ourregulatoryresponsibilitieshaventdiminishedindeed,weveseena20
percentincreaseinworkloadinthelastdecade.
LastJanuary,afewdaysafterItookoffice,IvisitedourBureauofAirQualitystaffon
the15thfloorintheRachelCarsonbuilding.Ifoundover40emptycubicles,andonthechairs
formerlyoccupiedbyhardworkingcivilservants,Ifoundstacksofpapertwoandthreefeet
high.
Inrecentaudits,theU.S.EnvironmentalProtectionAgencyhascitedDEPforsevere
understaffinginourcoalmineinspection,airqualitymonitoring,safedrinkingwater,and
stormwaterprograms.
Wevebeenunabletomaintainthecertificationofourmobilelaboratories,andourmain
laboratorywhichhasseenitsstaffinglevelcutfrom101in2007to57today,wasrecently
describedbyapeerreviewreportfromtheAssociationofPublicHealthLaboratoriesasata
breakingpoint,puttingatriskthelaboratoryscapabilitytomeetprogramandpartnerneeds.
Asaresult,DEPsabilitytoprotectpublichealthandtheenvironment,andtoperform
basicfunctionslikeinspections,testing,andevaluatingpermitapplicationsinatimelyfashion,
havebeenstressedtothelimit.Inoursouthcentraloffice,4permitwriterscurrentlyfacea
mountainofover200permitapplications.
Choosingfurthercutswilljeopardizethecitizensweserveandtheenvironmentthatwe
areobligatedtoprotectandharmthestateseconomy.
DEPsstaffinglevelisnottheonlyissueweface.DEPsInformationTechnologybudget
in2004was$23million,andatthattimetheagencyreceivedanAgradefromtheOfficeof
Administration,whichratedusthenasamongthemostcapableagenciesinstategovernment
fromanITperspective.
Today,weareatthebottomoftheclass,ratingatbestaD.Merelyadjustedfor
inflationsince2004,ourITbudgetshouldbe$29milliontoday.
Unfortunately,itstandsat$16million43percentlessinnominaltermsthan11years
ago.Andthatsnotbecausepersonalcomputershavebecomecheaper.Thisrepresentsa
cumulative$83milliondivestmentintheagencysITcapacityovertheperiod.
Makenomistakethatwasachoice.
Oneoftheresultsofthatchoiceisthatagencystaffareusingantiquatedtoolstopermit
andmonitorindustriesequippedwith21stCenturytechnology.
ToprocesstheairqualitypermitapplicationfortheproposedShellcrackerplant,wehad
towiretogether6desktopcomputersjusttodothenecessarycalculationsandthenrunthose

calculationsovernight,becausethatwashowlongittookthoseoldprocessorstodothe
computations.
DEPstillsendsinspectorsintothefieldwithclipboardsandcarbonlessforms.Wedont
havewifi.Ittakesforevertoloadwebpagesonregionalofficecomputers.Andwearenotnearly
astransparentasweshouldbeintodaysinformationage.
OurChoices
Alloftheseconditions,too,aretheresultofchoices.
Forourpart,herearethechoicesthatunderGovernorWolfsleadership,weintendto
make,andtoworktowardsatDEP.Wechooseto:
Enactenhancedprotectionsforoilandgasdevelopment.
Toimplementnationleadingpermitsandregulationstominimizemethaneemissionsfromoil
andgasdevelopmentincreasingindustryefficiencyandcombattingclimatedisruption.
Toplanforthefuturewewillbeupdatingthelongoverduestatewaterplanbeginningthis
year,anddoingmorerobustworkonclimatechange,adaptation,andresilience.
Toequiptheagencywithmobiletechnologyand21stcenturysystems,andinnovate,using
GIS,remotesensing,robotics,andothertechnologies.
Tobuildongroundbreakingscientificanalysislikeourstudyofsmallmouthbassinthe
SusquehannaRiver,andadvancethatworkin2016.
Tobuildonsystemslikeournationleadingwellintegrityreportingsystem.Ithasalready
enabledoperatorstoavoidriskandprotectpublichealthandtheenvironmentbysignificantly
increasingtheirwellpluggingactivities.
Toexpandourvolumeofdatadrivenworktoenablemoresurgicalrulemakingaimedat
specificproblemsthatwecanmorereadilyidentify.
Todramaticallyexpandourairqualitymonitoringnetworktoobtainmoredataabout
Pennsylvaniasairqualityneeds.
Toexpandtheuseoftechnologyandlookforwaystopartnerwithcitizenscientiststo
continuouslyandubiquitouslymonitorPennsylvaniasairandwaterquality.
TotargetresourceslikewaterqualityBMPinstallationformaximumimpact,andcreatea
cultureofcomplianceforoursharedresponsibilitytoprotectlocalwaterqualityinPennsylvania.
Tomaximizetransparency,buildingoninnovationswevealreadymadelikeoureComment
tooltoenhancepublicparticipationinandtransparencyofregulatoryprocess,
Toprovidevastlyimprovedaccesstodataandinformation
Toengagewithcitizensespeciallythemostvulnerableinmoreeffectiveways.
Toinnovateinthedeliveryofenvironmentaleducationtoachievebroaderimpacts
TogetDEPoffpaperinthenext3years.ThatworkisalreadyunderwaywitheGrants,
eBidding,ePermitting,ePayments,andmobiletechnologypilots.
ThesearethekindsofchoicesweatDEParemakinginserviceofourmissionof
protectingPennsylvaniasair,land,water,andpublichealthfortodaysPennsylvanians,andfor
generationsofPennsylvaniansyettocome.
Andinserviceoftheworkthatallofyouheretonighthaveembracedinsuchexciting
andexemplarywaystheworkofbuildingasustainablefutureforPennsylvania.
So,weallhavethechoicebetweenreposeortruth.Someofthechoiceswefaceas
citizensarepersonal.Othersarepolitical.Manyaresocietal.
Allofyouinthebodyofworkwecelebratetonighthavemadethechoicefortruthfor
sustainability.

Youvechosentolead,andtoservebyyourexample.Youvechosentruthoverrepose.
Thankyouforchoosingtruth.
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EarthDay:10SimpleThingsYouCanDoToImprovePennsylvaniasEnvironment

April22markedthe46thanniversaryofEarthDay.Tocelebrate,hereare10simplethings
everyPennsylvaniancandototoprotecttheenvironmentandyourhealth
PlantATree.
Eachtreeplantednotonlyaddsbeauty,butalsocontributestosolvingthe
globalclimatechangeproblembyeliminating200poundsofcarbondioxideeachyear,reduces
energyuseforairconditioningandheatingandincreasespropertyvaluesinneighborhoods.
LearnMore:PennStateExtension:
BackyardTrees
,
Windbreaks&ShadeTrees

TreeVitalize
PA
PAHorticulturalSociety
PlantOneMillionTrees
webpage.
ReplaceYourVehicleGasCap.
Ifthegascaponyourcarortruckisloose,youlose4.5
gallonsofgasolinetoevaporationeveryyear.Ifyourgascapismorethanfiveyearsold,replace
it.
InstallLEDOrCompactFluorescentBulbs.
IfeveryhouseholdinPennsylvaniareplaced
one100wattoldstyleincandescentlightbulbwitha27wattcompactfluorescentlightbulb,we
couldsave800millionkilowatthoursofelectricityandupto$44millionayear.Thiswould
eliminatetheneedforabout250megawattsofpowergenerationandreducegreenhousegas
emissionsby631,750tonsofcarbondioxide.
LEDbulbsuseevenlessenergy
thanincandescent
bulbsandlast25timeslonger.LearnMore:DEPs
SavingEnergy
webpageformoreideasor
contactyourlocalelectricutilityfortheavailabilityofincentivesforreplacinglightbulbsorfor
otherenergysavingsprograms.
DoARadonTestAtHome
.Highlevelsofradonhavebeendetectedinall67Pennsylvania
counties.RadonisthesecondleadingcauseoflungcancerintheUnitedStates.Doityourself,
shorttermcharcoalcanistertestsareavailableatmosthardwareandhomeimprovementstores.
LearnMore:
DEPsRadon
webpageformoreinformation.
Compost.
Didyouknow20percentoftheyardandotherwasteyouproducecouldbe
composted?LearnMore:PennStateExtension
BackyardComposting
orthePAResources

Council
Composting
webpage.
AuditEnergyConsumption.
Doanenergyefficiencyauditofyourhomeorsmallbusiness
tofindouthowyoucancutyouroperatingandenvironmentalcosts.LearnMore:the
Home
EnergySaver
calculator,PennStateExtensions
EnergyUseandEfficiency
webpage,PennTAP
PollutionPreventionandEnergyEfficiencyServices
forbusinesses,
PAEnvironmental
ManagementAssistanceProgram
,orcontactyourlocalelectricutilityfortheavailabilityoffree
orreducedcostsauditservicesandenergysavingincentivesforresidentialandbusinessusers.
BudgetWaterUse.
Developa"waterbudget"foryourhome,businessorcommunityto
understandhowwaterisbeingused.Planslikethishelpassurethatwatersuppliesareavailable
andtheprotectionofaquaticlife.LearnMore:PennStateExtension:
SavingWaterInThe
Home
webpage.
RecycleOil.
Ifyouareadoityourselfoilchanger,doyourselfandtheenvironmentafavor:
Recycleusedoil.Justonequartofoilcancontaminateupto250,000gallonsofwaterorcause
anoilslickalmost2acresinsize.LearnMoreAboutRecycling:DEPs
WasteOilProgram
webpage.
BuyRecycled.
Closetherecyclingloopbyaskingforandbuyingproductsthataremadefrom
recycledwasteproducts.
HelpYourWatershed.
Anylandownercantakestepstoreducewaterpollutioncomingfrom
theirproperty.Andeveryonecanhelptheirlocalwatershedgrouprestoreandprotectwater
qualityinyourwatershed.LearnMore:PennStateExtension:
ReducingWaterPollution
webpageandparticipateinthe
GreatAmericanCleanupofPA
.Tofindyourlocalwatershed
group,visitthePAOrganizationforWatershedsandRivers
WatershedGroupDirectory
orcall
your
localcountyconservationdistrict
forthegroupnearestyou.
NonprofitGroupsToHelpYou
Herearejustafewoftheenvironmentalgroupsthatwillhelpyouprotectandrestorethe
environmentandkeepyouuptodateonenvironmentalissuesaffectingeveryonein
Pennsylvania.
Learnaboutenvironmentallegislation,regulationsandissuesinPennsylvaniafromthe
PAEnvironmentalCouncil
website,visitthe
PECBlog
,follow
PEConTwitter
or
LikePECon
Facebook
.
ClickHere
toreceiveregularupdatesfromPEC.
FormoreonChesapeakeBayrelatedissuesinPennsylvania,visitthe
CBFPA
webpage.
ClickHere
tosignupforPennsylvaniaupdates(bottomofleftcolumn).
ClickHere
foracopy
ofCBFPAsmostrecentnewsletter.
The
PAAssociationofConservationDistricts
isyourgatewaytogoodinformationon
environmentalissuesandsolutionsinvolvingfarming,forestryandlanddevelopment.
Formoreinformationonwatershedandwaterqualityprotection,restorationand
research,visitthe
StroudWaterResearchCenter
website,
LikethemonFacebook
,
Followon
Twitter
,includetheminyour
CircleonGoogle+
andvisittheir
YouTubeChannel
.
LearnmoreaboutwaterqualityrestorationintheDelawareWatershedbyvisitingthe
AcademyofNaturalSciencesatDrexelUniversity
andtheWilliamPennFoundation
Delaware
RiverWatershedInitiative
webpage.
The
EasternCoalitionforAbandonedMineReclamation
,the
WesternCoalitionfor
AbandonedMineReclamation
,
FoundationforPAWatersheds
and
StreamRestoration,Inc
.are
outstandingresourcesforabandonedminereclamationissues.
Forinformationonprogramstocleanupandbeautifulyourcommunity,visitthe
Keep

PennsylvaniaBeautiful
website.
ClickHere
tosignupforregularupdatesfromKPB,
Likethem
onFacebook
,
FollowonTwitter
,
DiscoverthemonPinterest
andvisittheir
YouTubeChannel
.
Formoreinformationonrecycling,composting,antilittering,watershedprotection,
energyconservation,visitthe
PAResourcesCouncil
website.
ClickHere
tosignupforregular
updates,follow
PRConTwitter
or
LikethemonFacebook
.
ClickHere
forPRCsEvents
Calendar.
Professionalrecyclersinterestedincertificationandotherprofessionaldevelopment
programscanvisitthe
ProfessionalRecyclersofPA
website.
ClickHere
tosignupforregular
updatesfromPROP.
FindoutmoreaboutPennsylvaniasStateParksandForestsandhowyoucanhelp,visit
the
PAParks&ForestsFoundation
website.
ClickHere
tosignupforregularupdatesfromthe
Foundation,
LikethemonFacebook
or
FollowthemonTwitter
.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiatives,specialevents,workshopsandgrant
opportunitiesforlocalrecreationprogramsbyvisitingthe
PARecreationandParkSociety
webpage.
ClickHere
tosignupforregularupdatesfromtheSocietyand
LikeonFacebook
.
LearnmoreaboutconservingspecialareasandaquaticresourcesinPennsylvaniaby
visitingthe
PAChapterofTheNatureConservancy
website.
ClickHere
tosignupforupdates
fromTNC,
LikethemonFacebook
,
FollowthemonTwitter
and
JointhemonInstagram
.
Moreinformationonlandconservation,watershedprotectionandcommunitygardening
inWesternPA,visitthe
WesternPAConservancy
website.
ClickHere
tosignupforregular
updatesfromtheConservancy,
LikethemonFacebook
,
FollowthemonTwitter
,addthemto
your
CircleonGoogle+
,jointhemon
Instagram
,visitthe
ConservancysYouTubeChannel
or
addthemtoyour
networkonLinkedin
.
Findoutmoreaboutlandconservationandlocallandtruststhroughthe
PALandTrust
Association
website.
ClickHere
tosignupforregularupdatesfromPLTA.
Learnmoreabouthowyoucanhelpsecuremorefundingforenvironmentalprograms
throughthe
PAGrowingGreenerCoalition
website.
ClickHere
tosignupforregularupdates.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiatives,workshopsandotherspecialeventsfor
environmentalprotectionprofessionals,visitthe
PAAssociationofEnvironmentalProfessionals
website.
ClickHere
tosignupforregularupdatesonPAEPactivitiesor
Likethemon
Facebook
.
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EarthDay:BringConstructivePassionBackToTheEnvironmentalMovement

TheseremarksweredeliveredThursdayatthe10th
AnnualConferenceof
TheSocietyofWomen
EnvironmentalProfessionalsCapitalChapter
atCentral
PennCollegeConferenceCenternearHarrisburgby
DavidE.HesswhoservedasSecretaryofthe
DepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionforGovernors
TomRidgeandMarkSchweiker.
Theremarkstouchonthechallengesfacedbythe
environmentalmovementinthe46yearssincethefirst
EarthDay.
Thetextoftheremarksfollow
Thisyearwecelebratethe46thanniversaryofEarthDayandinthose46yearsmuchhas
changed.
Since1970wehaveinstitutionalizedtheenvironmentalrevolution,butnowwehaveto
defendandexpandit.
In1970Iwasahighschoolseniorwhoresearchedenvironmentalissuesbygoingtothe
library,usingthecardcatalogandsearchingthroughstacksofpapermagazinesandnewspapers
orbywatchingthedaily30minutesofnetworknewsonTVorbyreadingthe2daily
newspapersdeliveredtoourdoor.
Irecyclednewspapers,bottlesandcansonceamonthatalocalKMartparkinglot.
Ireportedacontractorforburningconstructiondebrisinviolationofstatelawbytaking
pictureswithmyKodakcamera,takingthefilmtoadrugstore,waitingaweektogetthe
picturesbacksoIcouldsendthemintothenDER.
Yep,muchhaschanged.
Bytheway,thepictureshelpedmegetasummerinternjobwithDERduringmy4years
atShippensburg.LittledidIrealizethenIwouldbecomeSecretaryamere30yearslater.
Pennsylvanianslike
RachelCarson
,forwhomwenamedtheDEP/DCNRheadquarters
building,
BassA.Beck
,
RuthPatrick
,
RalphAbele
,
MauriceGoddard
,
RosalieEdge
,
Joseph
Rothrock
,
MiraLloydDock
,
JosephRodale
,
GiffordPinchot
,
FranklinKury
,
SamMorris
,and
contemporarieslike
EleanorWinsor
,
CarenGlotfelty
,
MargaretDunn
,
BernSweeney
,
Carol
Collier
andmanyotherspavedthewayforustobeheretoday.
[
ClickHere
tolearnmoreabout
PAsConservationHeritage.]
Ifyoudontknowwhothesepeopleare,dowhatmyDad,anencyclopediasalesmanfor
25years,alwayssaidlookitup!
Wegotridofthebigchunksfloatingintheair.Thebigchunksfloatinginourwater.
TheynolongerdredgetheSusquehannaRiverforcoalfinestoburninpowerplantsliketheydid
whenIwasgrowingupinLancasterandswimmingintheriver.
Wevereclaimedthousandsofacresofabandonedminelands.Wepreservedthousands
ofacresoffarmland,landforrecreationandopenspaceandotherlandsjustbecauseweneeded
toprotectdisappearingspeciesofanimalsandplants.
Werecycleatthecurboratdropoffcentersnow,notatKMart.Wecleanedup
hazardouswastesites.Weputbrownfieldsbackintoproductiveuse.Wefundednewwastewater
anddrinkingwatersystems.

Wegavefarmersandwatershedgroupsthetoolstheyneededthroughtheoriginal
GrowingGreenerProgramtocleanuptheirfarmsandthestreamsthatranbytheirhouses.
DEPhadfundingtocreateaCitizenVolunteerWaterQualityMonitoringProgramin
1996thatgrewtohave
11,000participantsby2002
.Afterthatfundingfortheprogramcut
dramatically.Imagine,11,000volunteerswhocaredabouttheirwatershedsthrownaway.
Companiesbegantounderstandthatgoinggreendidntmeandoingsomethingextrait
meantsavingstothebottomlineinenergy,waterandothercosts.
Weeducatedeachnewyearscropof7thgradersinstewardship,recyclingandpromoted
anenvironmentalethic.
Weheldpeople,groupsandbusinessesupasexamplesforotherstofollowinmonthly
GreenWorksForPennsylvania
cableTVprograms,newspaperinsertsandinonlinevideosand
featureslike
Watersheds.tv
thatreachedhundredsofthousandsofpeople.
Thelaststatewide
GreenWorksGazette
newspaperinsertwedidattheendof2002
resultedin18,000mailinrequeststoDEPformoreinformationabouthowtosaveenergy,
water,howtorestorewatershedsthatwentunansweredin2003withthenewadministration.
Neverinthehistoryofenvironmentaleducationprogramstargetingthegeneralpublic
hadtherebeensuchahugeresponse.
Inthe21monthsIwasprivilegedtobeSecretaryofDEP,Ihadtheopportunitytotravel
toall67countiesinPennsylvaniatwoandahalftimes.
Isawpeoplewhotookprideinthefacttheycleanedupalocalstreamthatfor125years
hadbeenpollutedbyacidminedrainage.Nowtheycantaketheirgrandkidsfishing.
Someofthesevisitswereveryemotional.Peoplehadtearsintheireyestalkingabout
everythingtheyvedonetocleanupTHEIRwatershed.
Theseweretearsofjoyatbeingabletoaccomplishsomethingtheyneverthoughtwas
remotelypossible.
Hasallthispositiveemotionandlocalleadershipdisappeared?No.
Everyyearinmynewsletter
PAEnvironmentDigest
Ipulltogetherthestoriesfrom
thepastyearwhereindividuals,groupsandbusinesseswererecognizedfortheirenvironmental
accomplishments.
InJanuarythatlistofpositivestories
topped1,000articles
.
Todaysenvironmentalandconservationheroshavenotgoneaway,theyjustdontget
recognizedintodays140charactersorlessmedia.
Somehowinthemid2000s,itbecamefashionabletobackawayfrompromoting
examplesofhowindividuals,groupsandbusinessjustlikeyouandmecanreallymakea
differenceinrestoring,conservingandprotectingtheenvironment.
Environmentaleducationwascutback.Awardprogramsabandoned.
Suddenlyitwasalrightandacceptabletocutenvironmentalfundingforwatershed
projects,landconservationandotherprogramsthatsupportedlocalgroupswhotookthe
initiativetomakeadifference.
Itwasalrighttospend$60millionayearintaxpayermoneytosupportthemaking
movieslike
ZackandMiriMakeAPorno
inPennsylvania.
Infact,over$2.4billioninenvironmentalfundinghasbeencutordivertedtoother
programssince2002.ThebudgetsignedintolawinDecember
wasthe13thinarow
thatcut
environmentalfunding.
But,inthefaceofthesecuts,dedicatedindividuals,groupsandbusinesseshave

persevered.Theycontinuetheirwork.Theyhavenevergivenup.
Insteadtheyrespondedbybeingevenmorecreativeindevelopinglocalpartnerships,
sharingresourcesandasaresultarestillveryeffective.
ToreversethistrendweneedtoregaintheconstructivepassionofRachelCarson,Ralph
Abele,MauriceGoddard,RosalieEdgeandRuthPatrick.
WehavetodeciderightnowthatitISNTalrightifenvironmentalfundingandstaffare
cutforthe14thyearinarowbecausewerefacingtoughtimes.
Timesweretoughwhen
20peoplediedinDonora
,Pennsylvaniabecauseofairpollution.
Timesweretoughwhenthe
GlenAldenmineflooded
theSusquehannaRiverwithacid
dischargekillinghundredsofthousandsoffishforthelengthofthelowerSusquehanna.
Timesweretoughwhenyoucould
almostwalkacrossPresqueIsleBay
becausethealgae
bloomsweresothick.
TimesweretoughwhenPennsylvaniasentirefirstgrowthforestswereclearcutandoil
wellsweredrilledevery100feet.
Timesweretoughwhenthousandsofwomenandchildrenevacuatedwithin10milesof
the
ThreeMileIslandnuclearaccident
.
TimesweretoughwhenDEPstafffoundaBiblewithanotetolovedonesfromoneof
thepassengersonFlight93.
TimesweretoughwhenDEPstaffandmanystate,localandfederalpartners,engineered
the
rescueofnineQuecreekminers
.
Donttellmetimesaretoughnowwhenyouspend$60millionayearonmovies.
ProtectingtheenvironmentisNOTanextra.
WehavetodecideRIGHTNOWthatitISNTalrightifmoreprogramsdesignedtohelp
peoplerestoretheirownwatershedsorpermanentlyprotectlandintheirowncommunitiesare
leftbeggingformoney.
WehavetodecideRIGHTNOWthatdecisionmakersshouldNOTbeleftoffthehook
forcontinuingthehistoricrollbackofenvironmentalprogramsoverthelast13yearsorignoring
mandateslikecleaningupourriversandstreams.
Wehavetoharnesstheconstructiveemotionwehadinthepastandthatthousandsof
peoplehavenowandfocusthatemotiononagainmakingadifferencefortheenvironment.
Andthatmeansmakingapoliticaldifference.
Weneedtoharnessandfocusthesevoicestotelldecisionmakerswhattheyhavedoneto
environmentalprogramsoverthe13yearsissimplywrong.
Wehavesufferedmorethanourshareofcuts.
Youcannolongerhidebehindthewalloftimesaretough.
Peoplechosethentodotherightthing,thetoughthingandwehavetoencourage,no
demandthattheydoitagain.
Letsbringbackconstructivepassionandreallymakeadifference.
Butwecanonlydothattogether.
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WesternPAEarthDayCelebrationsMarkAdvances
PhillyPrisonersGetTheirHandsDirtyForEarthDay
EarthDay:ThinkAboutHowAWaterUtilityCanHelpOurPlanet
CelebrateEarthDayWithJoAnnaConnellInErie
ChambersburgStudentsSortTreesForAHealthEnvironment
Video:DCNR,VolunteersRecognizeEarthDay,ArborDayAllYearLong

LookBackAtEarthDay2002:

April26,2002DEPUpdate
.

(Photo:Circa2002,KettleCreekWatershed,PotterCounty,placingafashinebundleofwillow
branchestohelpstabilizethestreambank.)

LetsRememberThePeople,EnvironmentalProgramsHurtByDEPFundingCuts

EarthDayisagoodtimeforreflection,andPAEnvironmentDigestthoughtitwouldbeagood
timetoreflectonthekindsofprograms,initiativesandservicesfundingcutshaveeliminatedin
thelast13years.
Bothpoliticalpartiesneedtotaketheresponsibilityfor13yearsofrollingback
environmentalprotectionprograms.
Herearejustafewoftheprogramseliminatedorsignificantlyscaledbackbyfunding
cuts

RememberWhenTheGeneralAssemblyFunded4,125AcresOfMineReclamation/YearNot
1,368?

RememberWhenTheGeneralAssemblyUsedToFundAn11,000ParticipantCitizen
VolunteerWaterQualityMonitoringProgram?

RememberWhenTheGeneralAssemblyUsedToFund$50Million/YearInWatershed
RestorationGrants,Not$27MOrLess?

RememberWhenTheGeneralAssemblyUsedToFundPollutionPreventionProgramsSaving
BillionsOfGallonsOfWater&Btus?

RememberWhenTheGeneralAssemblyUsedToFundAComprehensiveDEPPublic
ParticipationProgram?

RememberWhenTheGeneralAssemblyUsedToFundADEPChiefInformationOfficerTo
UpgradeITOperations?

RememberWhenTheGeneralAssemblyUsedToFundCreativeEnvironmentalEducation
Efforts?

RememberWhenTheGeneralAssemblyUsedToFundDEPSoItHadTheStaffToBuild
PartnershipsToReduce,EliminatePollution?

RememberWhenTheGeneralAssemblyCreatedThePACenterForEnvironmental
EducationInLawAndDidntFundIt?

RememberWhenTheGeneralAssemblyUsedToFundDEPAtLevelsAllowing
WorldClassInnovation?
LookBackAtEarthDay2002:

April26,2002DEPUpdate
.
RelatedStories:
Remarks:MakeAChoiceForChange,ToInnovate,ForSustainability

EarthDay2016:BringConstructivePassionBackToTheEnvironmentalMovement
Analysis:SenatePanelIgnoresObvious:DeepCutsInDEPBudgetReducesService
Philly.com:DEPsQuigley:BudgetCutsLeaveDEPIllEquippedToMonitorPipelines
Analysis:FinalBudgetRollsBackEnvironmentalFundingFor13thYearInARow
PAFacesLosingControlOfEnvironmentalProgramsDueToDEPFunding,StaffCuts
DEPToProposePermitFeeIncreasesForAtLeast6ProgramsIn2016
BudgetHearing:DEPDoesNotHaveEnoughStaffToMeetNeedsInAnyOfItsPrograms
BudgetHearing:DEP:StateCantCutItsWayToABetterEnvironment
2ndSenateBudgetHearing:DEP:12SpecialFundsWillHaveFundingShortfallsBy2018
WolfShrinksDEPsStaffBy200Positions,EvenThoughDEPHasMoreMoney
CBFPALackOfFundingForFarmersDefeatsEffortToMeetCleanWaterCommitment
DEPTellsHouseCommitteesChesapeakeBayProgramFacesInadequateResources,Data
WhatsInGov.WolfsNewBudgetForTheEnvironment?NotMuch

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Senate/HouseAgenda/SessionSchedule/GovsSchedule/BillsIntroduced

HerearetheSenateandHouseCalendarsandCommitteemeetingsshowingbillsofinterestas

wellasalistofnewenvironmentalbillsintroduced

BillCalendars

House(May2):
HouseBill1737
(MaherRAllegheny)furtherprovidingforthecollectionof
unusedandunwantedprescriptionandoverthecounterdrugs(
sponsorsummary
)

House
Resolution60
(EmrickRNorthampton)directingtheLegislativeBudgetandFinance
Committeetoconductacomprehensivereviewofthestatesprogramtoregulatethebeneficial
useofsewagesludge

SenateBill307
(YudichakDLuzerne)providingforanindependent
counselfortheEnvironmentalQualityBoard
SenateBill811
(HughesDPhiladelphia)FY
201516CapitalBudgetbill
SenateBill1071
(BrowneRLehigh),theagreedtopension
reformbill
SenateBill1073
(BrowneRLehigh)agreedto$30.8billionGeneralFundbudget
bill.

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forfullHouseBillCalendar.

Senate(May9):

SenateBill289
(FontanaDAllegheny)fundingtoassisthomeownerswith
deterioratingprivatesewerlaterals(
sponsorsummary
)
SenateBill1041
(SchwankDBerks)
amendingAct101toauthorizealllocalgovernmentstochargearecyclingservicefee(
sponsor
summary
)
SenateBill1011
(HutchinsonRVenango)killingDEPsfinaldrillingregulations
coveringconventionaloilandgaswellsandstartingtherulemakingprocessover
SenateBill
1168
(EichelbergerRBlair)authorizingtheFishandBoatCommissiontoadoptfeeschargedby
theagencyratherthanhavethemsetbytheGeneralAssembly(
sponsorsummary
)
SenateBill
1166
(StefanoRFayette)authorizingtheGameCommissiontoadoptfeeschargedbythe
agencyratherthanhavethemsetbytheGeneralAssembly(
sponsorsummary
)
SenateBill1195
(WhiteRIndiana)tofurtherdelayaPennsylvaniaplanformeetingEPAsCleanPowerClimate
PlanrulebychangingtheGeneralAssemblysreviewdatesunder
Act175of2014

HouseBill
1325
(MustioRAllegheny)allowingtownshipsofthesecondclasstochargestormwater
managementfees,
HouseBill1394
(MustioRAllegheny)authorizingboroughstocharge
stormwatermanagementfees,
HouseBill1661
(MustioRAllegheny)authorizingfirstclass
townshipstochargeastormwatermanagementfee
HouseBill1712
(R.BrownRMonroe)
establishingaPrivateDamFinancialAssuranceProgram(
HouseFiscalNote
andsummary).
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forfullSenateBillCalendar.

CommitteeMeetingAgendasThisWeek

NOTE:
TheSenateandHouseareonabreakfortheApril26Primaryelection.

House:
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forfullHouseCommitteeSchedule.

Senate:
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forfullSenateCommitteeSchedule.

BillsPendingInKeyCommittees

HerearelinkstokeyStandingCommitteesintheHouseandSenateandthebillspendingin
each

House
Appropriations
Education
EnvironmentalResourcesandEnergy
ConsumerAffairs
GamingOversight
HumanServices
Judiciary
LiquorControl
Transportation
LinksforallotherStandingHouseCommittees

Senate
Appropriations
EnvironmentalResourcesandEnergy
ConsumerProtectionandProfessionalLicensure
Community,EconomicandRecreationalDevelopment
Education
Judiciary
LawandJustice
PublicHealthandWelfare
Transportation
LinksforallotherStandingSenateCommittees

BillsIntroduced

Thefollowingbillsofinterestwereintroducedthisweek

TaskForceOnLead:

SenateBill16
(YudichakDLuzerne)establishingaTaskForceOnLead
(
sponsorsummary
).

StateParkPublicPrivatePartnership:

HouseBill2013
(EllisRButler)establishinga
PublicPrivateStateParkPartnershipBoardtopromoteadditionalrecreationalactivitiesinState
Parks(
sponsorsummary
).

SessionSchedule

HereisthelatestvotingsessionschedulefortheSenateandHouse

Senate
May9,10,11,16,17,18
June6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30

House
May2,3,4,16,17,18,23,24,25

June6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30

GovernorsSchedule

Gov.TomWolf'sworkcalendarwillbepostedeachFridayandhispublicschedulefortheday
willbepostedeachmorning.
ClickHere
toviewGov.WolfsWeeklyCalendarandPublic
Appearances.

BillsOnGovernor'sDesk

ThefollowingbillsweregivenfinalapprovalbytheSenateandHouseandarenowonthe
Governor'sdeskforaction

NewFiscalCode:

HouseBill1589
(CauserRCameron)amendingtheFiscalCodewithsome
oftheitemsGov.Wolfvetoedin
HouseBill1327
(PeiferRPike)passedtheSenate37to11.
ThebillwasthenpassedbytheHouse149to46.A
HouseFiscalNote
andsummaryis
available.Gov.WolfwillallowthebilltobecomelawwithouthissignatureonApril24.
ThebillincludesprovisionstoauthorizeatransferfromthePARacehorseDevelopment
Fund,a$15millionreductioninfundingfortheEnvironmentalStewardship(GrowingGreener)
Fund,takes$12millionfromCFAsHighPerformanceBuildingsProgramandtransfersitto
fundanewprogramtoexpandaccesstonaturalgasinfrastructure,earmarksexistingDCNR
fundingfortheoperationofWashingtonCrossingHistoricalParkanddirectsfundingtosewer
anddrinkingwaterprojectsforspecificlegislators,butNOTtheprovisionsdelayingthe
developmentofaPennsylvaniaplantomeettheCleanPowerClimatePlanruleorkillingDEPs
finalconventionaloilandgasdrillingregulations.

NewsFromTheCapitol

Gov.WolfToLetFiscalCodeBillBecomeLawWithoutHisSignature

Gov.TomWolfannouncedlateFridayhewillletthenewestFiscalCodebill
HouseBill1589
(CauserRCameron)becomelawSundaywithouthissignatureclosingthebookontheFY
201516stateGeneralFundbudget.
Overthepastseveraldays,IhaveworkedwithRepublicansandDemocratsinthe
legislaturetofinalizethe20152016budget.Iwillletthefiscalcodebecomelawwithoutmy
signature,andIlookforwardtoworkingwiththelegislatureinthecomingweekstoaddressour
challengesandmeettheneedsofdistressedschooldistrictssothattheywillremainsolvent,
saidGov.Wolf.
Asweenter20162017,Ilookforwardtocomingtogethertoreachalongtermsolution
tofixourdeficitandtofundeducationatalllevels.Iremainadamantthatwemusttake
additionalstepstorestorethecutsfromthepreviousadministration.
Westillhavealongwaytogotorestorethecutstoeducationatalllevels,PreK
throughhighereducation.
IameagertogettoworkimmediatelywithRepublicanandDemocraticleadersto
discussaresponsible20162017budgetthatisbalanced,fixesthedeficit,continuestomake

importantinvestmentsineducationandpreventsPennsylvaniafromgoingoverafiscalcliffthat
willhaveseriousimplicationsforourlongtermfuture.
ThebillincludesprovisionstoauthorizeatransferfromthePARacehorseDevelopment
Fund,a$15millionreductioninfundingfortheEnvironmentalStewardship(GrowingGreener)
Fund,takes$12millionfromCFAsHighPerformanceBuildingsProgramandtransfersitto
fundanewprogramtoexpandaccesstonaturalgasinfrastructure,earmarksexistingDCNR
fundingfortheoperationofWashingtonCrossingHistoricalParkanddirectsfundingtosewer
anddrinkingwaterprojectsforspecificlegislators.
ThebilldoesNOTcontaintheprovisionsdelayingthedevelopmentofaPennsylvania
plantomeettheCleanPowerClimatePlanruleorkillingDEPsfinalconventionaloilandgas
drillingregulations.
A
HouseFiscalNote
andsummaryofthebillisavailable.
NewsClips:
AP:WolfLetsBudgetBillBecomeLawWithoutHisSignature
10MonthsOverdue,201516FiscalCodeBillBecomesLaw
RelatedStories:
$12MillionNaturalGasInfrastructureExpansionProgramOKdWithFiscalCode
HouseTakesFirstvoteOnFY201617BudgetWeekOfMay2

$12MillionNaturalGasInfrastructureExpansionProgramOKdWithFiscalCode

Anewstateprogramexpandingaccesstonaturalgasinfrastructurefor
schools,hospitals,businessesandotherentitieswasapproved
aspart
oftheFiscalCode
,accordingSen.GeneYaw(RLycoming),Majority
ChairoftheSenateEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommittee.
WithGov.Wolfchoosingnottosignthestate'sFiscalCode,
thusallowingittobecomelaw,thelegislationestablishesthe"Natural
GasInfrastructureDevelopmentFund"andtransfers$12millionfrom
the
HighPerformanceGreenBuildingProgram
toprovidegrantsto
fundprojectswhichexpandaccesstonaturalgasinfrastructure.
Grantstoeligibleentitieswouldbeissuedthroughthe
CommonwealthFinancingAuthority
.
"ThislegislationwillprovidePennsylvaniahospitals,
businesses,economicdevelopmentorganizations,municipalities,
counties,andschooldistrictswithafundingopportunitytoexpandnaturalgasinfrastructure,
providinganalternativetotheircurrentheatingsource,andpotentiallyloweroverallcosts,"Sen.
Yawsaid."Improvingtheaccessibilityandavailabilityofnaturalgasservicethroughoutour
regionwouldalsogivemoreresidentstheopportunitytobenefitfromthislowcost,more
environmentallyfriendlyfuel."
Accordingtothenewlaw,theCFAmayprovideagrantofupto50percentoftheoverall
costoftheprojector$1millionmaximum.Guidelineswillbedevelopedforsubmitting
applications,andprojectsthatresultinexpandedgasservicetoadjoiningresidentialand
nonresidentialpropertieswillbegivenpriority.
Overthepasttwolegislativesessions,Sen.Yawhaschampionedlegislationseekingto
expandgasservicetounservedandunderservedareasofhisSenatorialDistrict.
SenateBill739

(201314)and
SenateBill215
(201516),knownasthePennsylvaniaNaturalGasExpansionand
DevelopmentInitiative,soughttoalsofacilitatetheexpansion,distributionanduseof
Pennsylvaniaproducednaturalgas.
"Thereiswidespreadinterestinseeinglocallyproducednaturalgasusedlocallyto
benefitourareabusinesses,schoolsandothers,"Sen.Yawadded."Iampleasedthatmy
legislativeproposalbecamepartoftheFiscalCode."
NewsClips:
AP:WolfLetsBudgetBillBecomeLawWithoutHisSignature
10MonthsOverdue,201516FiscalCodeBillBecomesLaw
RelatedStory:
Gov.WolfToLetFiscalCodeBillBecomeLawWithoutHisSignature

HouseTakesFirstVoteOnFY201617BudgetWeekOfMay2

Rep.WilliamAdolph(RDelaware),MajorityChairoftheHouseAppropriationsCommittee,
notifiedmembersofhisCommittee
Wednesday,thefirstvoteontheFY201617willtakeplace
whentheHousereturnstovotingsessiontheweekofMay2.
Amendmentstothebudgetvehicle
HouseBill1999
aredueintheOfficeoftheChief
Clerkby2:00p.m.onApril25.
A
HouseFiscalNote
andsummaryisavailableforthebill,butthatmeansverylittleat
thispoint.
NewsClips:
Report:StatesShouldPutDrillingMoneyInTrustInsteadOfUsingIt
GreeneCountyUsesAct13ImpactFeesToRepairCourthousePorch
ArmstrongCountyGivesImpactFeeGrantsToNonprofits
AP:WolfLetsBudgetBillBecomeLawWithoutHisSignature
10MonthsOverdue,201516FiscalCodeBillBecomesLaw
StateBudgetSeasonToStart
WolfSignsBills,FiscalCodeBillNotAmongThem
PAHasNationsHighestMotorFuelTaxes
RelatedStory:
Gov.WolfToLetFiscalCodeBillBecomeLawWithoutHisSignature

NewsFromAroundTheState

ChesapeakeBayFoundationPAReceivesGovernorsEnvironmentalExcellenceAward

The
ChesapeakeBayFoundationin
Pennsylvania
hasreceivedtheprestigious
GovernorsAwardforEnvironmental
Excellenceforhelpinglandownersplant
thousandsoftrees,reducepollutionofrivers
andstreams,andimprovewaterqualityinthe
Commonwealth.
CBFwasrecognizedatthe

EnvironmentalExcellencecelebrationinHarrisburgforitseffortstoplantforestedbuffersinthe
Commonwealth.
Protectingandrestoringtheroughly86,000milesofriversandstreamsinPennsylvania
requirescommitment,saidHarryCampbell,executivedirectorofCBFinPennsylvania.Since
1997,ourrestorationstaffhasworkedwiththousandsoflandownersoncleanwater.Tobe
recognizedforoureffortsisagreathonor.
(Photo:AshleySpotts,CBFPARestorationSpecialistDavittWoodwell,Presidentand
CEOofPECKristenHoke,CBFPARestorationSpecialistJohnQuigley,DEPSecretary
ClairRyan,CBFPAWatershedRestorationProgramManagerCindyAdamsDunn,DCNR
Secretary.)
Accordingtothe
PAEnvironmentalCouncil
,hostoftheevent,theGovernorsAwards
forEnvironmentalExcellencearethehigheststatewidehonorbestowedtobusinessesand
organizationsinvolvedinacrosssectionofenvironmentalinitiativesfromcleaningup
watersheds,savingenergy,eliminatingpollution,reducingwaste,andmore.
TheEnvironmentalExcellenceAwardrecognizedCBFforusingArborDayFoundation
treesandsuppliesfundedbypartners,includingDEP,GrowingGreenergrant,andMellon
Foundation.
PECcommendedCBFspollutionreductioneffortsandforproviding,tensofthousands
oftreestolandownerstofosterthecreationofriparianbuffers,whichwillimprovethewater
qualityoftheSusquehannaWatershed.
In2015,CBFgaveaway12,280treesto148landownersin14countiesinPennsylvania.
Plantingstreamsideforestsisoneoftheeasiestandmostcosteffectivecleanwater
practicesknown,Campbellcontinued.Theyprovidefloodcontrol,coolwaterforbrooktrout,
wildlifehabitat,andevenimprovetheairwebreathe.
Treesabsorbandfilteragriculturalandurban/suburbanrunoffofnitrogen,phosphorus
andsediment,beforeitreachesPennsylvaniawaterways.
CBFwasoneof17organizationsand14projectsfromacrosstheKeystoneStateto
receiveEnvironmentalExcellenceawards.
Laterthismonth,CBFinPennsylvaniawillagainberecognizedforitseffortstoplant
buffers,whenitreceivestheGoodStewardAwardfromtheArborDayFoundations2016
NationalAwardsCompetition.
FormoreonChesapeakeBayrelatedissuesinPennsylvania,visitthe
CBFPA
webpage.
ClickHere
tosignupforPennsylvaniaupdates(bottomofleftcolumn).
ClickHere
foracopy
ofCBFPAsmostrecentnewsletter.
NewsClips:
DespiteProgress,ChesapeakeBayCleanupLags,EspeciallyInPA
EasternYorkStudentsLearnHandsOnInCanoesByCBFPA
ScrantonMayChargeRainTax,FormStormwaterAuthority
EarthDay46YearsOn,HowFarWeveCome,HowFarToGo
Editorial:ScrantonsStormwaterOpportunity
RelatedStories:
WinnersOfGovernorsAwardForEnvironmentalExcellenceHonoredTuesday
Remarks:MakeAChoiceForChange,ToInnovate,ForSustainability

SRBC:NaturalGasIndustryUsed13.4BillionGallonsOfWater,MostFrom4Counties


The
SusquehannaRiverBasinCommission
Mondayreleaseda
newreportonconsumptivewater
use
bythenaturalgasindustrywhichshowedfromJuly2008toDecember2013theindustry
usedatotalof13.4billiongallonsofwaterfromsurface,groundandothersourcesaveraging
about6.7milliongallonsperday.
Atotalof2,249requestsforconsumptivewaterusewithdrawalswereapprovedbythe
Commissionfornaturalgasdrillingrelatedwithdrawalswith4countiesaccountingfor80
percentofthewithdrawalapprovalsBradford,Susquehanna,TiogaandLycoming.
Thiscomparestotheaveragedailyuseofabout8.6milliongallonsby
manufacturingrelatedindustriesinthewatershedand6.2milliongallonsperdayby
entertainmentandrecreationalwaterusers(amusementparks,golfcoursesandskiareas).
Electricpowergenerators,includingnuclearpowerplants,constitutethelargest
consumptivewaterusewithintheSusquehannaRiverBasinat86.2milliongallonsperday.
Theprimaryobjectivesofthereportareto1)summarizetheregulatoryresponsestaken
bytheCommissiontoaddressthisnewandpreviouslyunfamiliarwateruseactivity2)identify
thewaterusecharacteristicsoftheindustryoperatingwithintheBasinand3)assesshowthe
Commissionsprogramsareinfluencingnaturalgasindustrywateruse.
Theprimaryconcernrelatedtowaterneedsforhydraulicfracturinghasnotbeen
conflictbetweentheindustryandotherhumanwaterneeds,butratherforimpactstotheBasins
aquaticecosystems,statesAndrewDehoff,P.E.,ExecutiveDirectoroftheCommission.The
Commissionundertookincrementalpolicyandregulatoryadaptationstosuccessfullyaddressthe
potentialforconflictbetweentheindustryandthelocalaquaticecosystemsfortheprotectionof
sensitivehabitatsandtheBasinsfinitewaterresources.
Ofthetotalof13.4billiongallons,9.76billiongallonswerefromsurfacewatersources,
1.97billiongallonswereindirectlywithdrawnprimarilyfrompublicwatersupplysystems,998
milliongallonsweregroundwaterwithdrawalsand637milliongallonswerefromthecaptureof
topholewaterandprecipitationfallingondrillingpadsitesincludedinconsumptiveusereports
filedbytheindustry.
Ofthe13.4billiongallonsofwaterused,865milliongallonscamefromdirect
withdrawalsfromabandonedcoalminedischarges(34),useofwastewatertreatmentplant
dischargewater(3),orfromotherwatersoflesserquality(13).
20watershedsaccountedforover97percentofthe9.76billiongallonsofsurfacewater
withdrawals.Thetop5waterwithdrawalpointswerethemainstemoftheSusquehannaRiver,
WestBranchSusquehannaRiver,WyalusingCreek,TunkhannockCreekandPineCreek,which
accountfortwothirdsofthesurfacewaterwithdrawals.
Ofthe998milliongallonsofgroundwaterwithdrawalsapproved,774milliongallons
camefrompublicwatersystemsorthirdpartywaterpurveyors.
Therewere3,995unconventionalgaswellsdrilledand2,860frackedfrom2005to2013
inthewatershed.DEPissuedatotalof9,843unconventionalwellpermitsinthewatershed.
Thelongtermaveragewaterconsumptionforeachwellfracturedduringthereporting
periodwas4.3milliongallons.
SRBCalsonotedinthereport
UpdatedRegulations:
TheCommissionupdatedits
regulatoryrequirements
forevaluating
naturalgasrelatedwaterwithdrawalrequestsfourtimesin2008,2009,2010and2011and
adoptedconsumptiveusewaterfeestoensuretheappropriatemanagementcontrolswerein

place
LowFlowProtection:
A
LowFlowProtectionPolicy
wasadoptedinDecember2012to
requirepassbyflowprotectionmeasures
AquaticResourceSurveys:
TheCommissionconductsaquaticresourcesurveysin
connectionwithwaterwithdrawalrequestsinexceptionalvaluewatersheds,wherethreatenedor
endangeredspeciesarepresentorlikelytobe,whenthestreamisinaheadwatersettingorwhen
assessmentdataisnotavailable
CumulativeImpactAnalysis:
Waterwithdrawalanalysisincludescumulativeimpact
analysesrelatedtomultiplewaterwithdrawalsinawatershed
WaterQualityMonitoring:
In2010theCommissionestablisheda
RemoteWaterQuality
MonitoringNetwork
toproviderealtime,continuouswaterqualitymonitoringinheadwater
streamsforpotentialimpactsfromdrillingoperations.
Conclusions
Thereportincludedtheseconclusions
WaterResourcesAdequate:
Generally,thequantityoftheBasinswaterresourcesare
sufficientinmagnitudetoaccommodatethewaterdemandsoftheindustryconcurrentlywith
otherwateruserscurrentlyoperatingwithintheBasin
ConcernsAboutImpactsAreAddressed:
Concernsrelatedtotheimpactstowatersources
arefocusedonthetimingandlocationofthewithdrawalsandareadequatelyaddressedbythe
lowflowprotectionmeasuresandotherprotectiveoperatingconditionsand
NoDiscernibleWaterQualityImpacts:
Todate,theCommissionsmonitoringprograms
havenotdetecteddiscernibleimpactsonthequalityoftheBasinswaterresourcesasaresultof
naturalgasdevelopment,butcontinuedvigilanceiswarranted.
AdditionalActions
TheCommissionoutlinedafurthersetofactionsitwilltakeonnaturalgasindustrywater
withdrawals
RequireMoreSustainableWaterSystems:
Throughfutureregulatorypractices,encourage
morerobustandsophisticatedindustrywidewaterdeliverysystemsanchoredinlarger,more
sustainableanduninterruptiblewaterfeaturesoftheBasin.
MoreWaterQualityMonitoring:
Enhancewaterqualitymonitoringandassessment
methodstoassistourmemberjurisdictionswithensuringpreservationofthequalityofthe
Basinswaterresources.
UseTechnologyToImproveStaffEffectiveness:
Expandtheuseoftechnologytoenable
Commissionstafftoworkmoreeffectivelyandtransparentlyandtobemoreresponsiveto
inquiriesfromthegeneralpublicandtheregulatedcommunity.
EncourageMoreUseOfWatersOfLesserQuality:
Facilitategreateruseoflesserquality
waterswithintheBasintoreducetherelianceonhigherqualitystreamsandrivers.
EncourageMoreProducedFluidsReuse:
Continuetoencouragetheincorporationof
producedfluidsintotheindustryswaterdeliverysystemtodecreasetheneedforfuturedisposal
oftheseuidsandtoreducetherelianceonfreshwaterresourcesforfuturehydraulicfracturing
activities.
AcopyoftheSRBCreport
isavailableonline
.
Formoreinformationonregulations,policiesandreportsassociatedwithdrilling
activity,visitSRBCs
NaturalGasShalesandNaturalGasWellDevelopment
webpage.
NewsClips:

SRBCReport:DrillingDidntStrainWaterSupplyInSusquehannaBasin
DecisionOnDiseasedSusquehannaBassDelayed
ScrantonMayChargeRainTax,FormStormwaterAuthority
Editorial:ScrantonsStormwaterOpportunity
InterfaithGroupsCelebrateGiftOfWaterBySusquehanna

2016PAAbandonedMineReclamationConferenceJune2223AtIUP

The2016
PAAbandonedMineReclamationConference
willbeheldfromJune22to23atthe
IndianaUniversityofPA
KovalchickConferenceCenter
inIndiana,PA.Thethemeofthis
yearsConferenceisEconomicsandtheEnvironment.FromtheConferenceannouncement
Nolongercanwejusttakeintoconsiderationthenumberofstreammilesarebeing
restored,thenumberofabandonedminelandacresbeingreclaimed,thenumbersoftreesplanted
onaminesiteoralongaripariancorridorinourminingimpactedwatersheds.
Thosenumbersthatwereporttovariousfundersandgovernmentagenciesdonttellthe
wholestory.Weneedtostarttellingthewholestory
Thebiggerpictureinvolveseconomics,communityrevitalization,redevelopment
opportunities,creatingjobs,recreationalopportunitiesgainedthroughfishing,hiking,kayaking
andonthewaterevents,justtonameafew.
Ideaslikedesignandconstructionofmixeduseindustrialandbusinessparksonformer
minelandsbringsbackthoselandsintoproductiveuseandgeneratingtaxesagainforthelocal
governments.
Localgovernmentsinvestthattaxmoneybackintothecommunityviaimprovedroads
andinfrastructure.
Thepropercreationoftrailsandoffroadrecreationalvehicleparksreducefishery
impactsandcurtailpollutioninputbyemployingbestmanagementpractices.
Evenbolderplanslikeharnessingminewatertogeneratehydroelectricpowerorrecovery
andsalesofmetaloxidestofundcontinualoperation,maintenanceandeventualreplacement
(OM&R)oftreatmentsystems.
Ourpartnersat
ARIPPA
currentlycleanupmountainsofwastecoalpiles,burnthecoal
androcktogenerateelectricity,andlaythealkalinerichashbackintopitsinsuchawaythatit
sealsoffsurfacewaterinfiltrationintothemines.
Withfundingdwindlingduetorougheconomictimes,wehavetobecreativeand
promoteprojectsthattietoeconomicgrowthandotherbenefitsthataredifficulttomeasure
Howdoalloftheseexamplesofeconomicrecoveryofourcoalfieldcommunitiestruly
benefitourenvironment?Letsputourheadstogetherandfigureitout!Thenwecantellthe
wholestoryofouraccomplishments
BringingBackFieldTours
Thisyearwelistenedtotheoverwhelmingsuggestionsbylastyearsattendeeswhowere
beggingustobringbacktheabandonedmineland(AML)reclamationandminedrainage
(AMD)remediationtours.
InordertodothatwehadtomovetheconferenceawayfromStateCollege,because,
well,wehaveseenalltheAMLimpactstherearetoseeinthatimmediatearea.
Manyaspectsofthetour(s)weareplanningwillhighlightthosebenefitsmentioned
aboveandgiveourattendeesafirsthandlookatwhatmayhavebeenconsideredintangiblein

thepast.
ThesurroundingwatershedsofIndianaCountyoutsideofIndianaUniversityof
Pennsylvania,havelotsofsuccessstoriestooffer.WehavededicatedtheentiredayJune22nd
totouringthesitesandthentheeveningtonetworkingandacommunitydinnerthatnight.
20+ProfessionalPresentations
ForJune23rd,weareworkingonaseriesofpresentationsthatwillbegintotouchonthe
needtohighlight,withagreatersenseofaccomplishment,thevalueofdollarsthatareleveraged
bythenumerousprojectsbeingcompletedinourwatershedsacrossstateandnotjustonaproject
byprojectbasis.
Therewillbesciencetooforthoseofuswhocraveit,butwecansometimeslosesightof
theeconomicimportanceandrevitalizationofourcommunitiesthatwe,ascitizens,volunteers,
andpartnerswithingovernmentaretryingtoachieve.
Theenvironmentandeconomicsdogohandinhand.Theyarecomplementarytoone
anotherinourlineofwork.Theyaretwovitalcomponentsofimprovingthequalityoflifefor
ourCommonwealthscoalfieldcommunities.
Joinusthisyearasweaskourpresentersandtourguidestoshowmethemoney!so
thatwecancontinuetoconvinceourfunderstogiveusthemoney!
Moneyspentonenvironmentalprojectsupliftsandbuildsthecapacitywithinourmining
impactedcommunitiestoachievegreenerlandscapesandcleanwater!
Formoreinformation,visitthe
PAAbandonedMineReclamationConference
website.

AprilCatalystNewsletterAvailableFromSlipperyRockWatershedCoalition

The
AprileditionofTheCatalyst
newsletterisnowavailablefromthe
SlipperyRockWatershedCoalition
inButlerCountyfeaturingarticles
on
SRWCsCliffDenholmUniversityOfPittsburgh
ProfessorforaDay
SRWCsStreamBankStabilizationFeaturedInReclamation
Matters

PAAbandonedMineReclamationConferenceJune2223
TheKidsCatalystSpringIntoAWordSearch!
JohnLikesReceives2016RiverHeroesAward

ClickHere
tosignupforyourowncopy.
TheCatalystnewsletterisdistributedtoover1,100individuals
inoveradozencountriesincluding:Brazil,Peru,SouthKorea,Mexico,England,Wales,
Venezuela,SouthAfrica,NewZealand,AustraliaandGermany.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiatives,upcomingeventsandvolunteer
opportunities,visitthe
SlipperyRockWatershedCoalition
website.

GrantsAvailableForSinnemahoningCreek,Cameron,Elk,McKeanAndPotterCounties

TheFishandBoatCommissionTuesdayannounceditisnowacceptingapplicationsforthe
SinnemahoningCreekWatershedRestorationGrantProgram
inCameron,Elk,McKeanand
Pottercounties.

ThedeadlineforapplicationsisJune17.
Thisfundingisavailablethrougha2007settlementagreementwithNorfolkSouthernas
restitutionforenvironmentaldamagesfromaJune30,2006,trainderailmentinruralNorwich
Township,McKeanCounty.TheaccidentspilledsodiumhydroxideintoBigFillRun,
SinnemahoningPortageCreekandtheDriftwoodBranchoftheSinnemahoningCreek.
Underthesettlement,NorfolkSouthernagreedtopaytheCommonwealth$7.35million
asrestitutionforenvironmentaldamages.ThePFBCreceived$3.675millionofthesettlement
andmustusethefundstodevelopandimplementprojectsthatbenefitfishing,boatingand
aquaticresourcesinCameron,Elk,McKeanorPottercounties.
ThePFBCsprimaryemphasiswillbeonprojectsintheSinnemahoningCreek
WatershedupstreamoftheconfluencewiththeFirstForkofSinnemahoningCreekhowever,
projectslocatedelsewherewithintheaforementionedcountieswillbeconsidered.
Projectseligibleforfundinginthisroundwillbelimitedtothefollowing:fishhabitat
protectionandenhancementrestorationofaquatichabitatconnectivitythroughtheremovalof
barrierstofishpassageriparianbufferplantingsoftreesandshrubsimprovementstoexisting
cooperativetroutnurseryfacilitiesenhancementorrestorationofpopulationsofspecified
aquaticSpeciesofGreatestConservationNeedabandonedminereclamationorremediationof
acidminedrainagethatwillbenefitfishandotheraquaticlifeandtheacquisitionand
developmentofpropertiesforpublicfishingandboatingaccess.
Furtherdescriptionofthesetypesofeligibleprojectsandinstructionsforapplyingcanbe
foundwithinthegrantapplicationpackageavailable
ontheagencyswebsite
.
Awardingoffundsforanyselectedprojectswillbecontingentuponavailabilityoffunds.
Currently,thebalanceoffundsremainingintheprogramaccountisapproximately$1.4million.
Forthisround,thePFBCwilllimitthecumulativetotalofallexternalgrantawardsto
$400,000andwillconsiderindividualgrantawardsintherangeof$10,000to$200,000.
Applicantsmustsecurematchingfundsequaltoatleast25percentofthetotalproject
costsinordertosupplementPFBCfundsandassistinimplementingtheirproposedprojects.
Thisminimummatchthresholdisequaltoonethirdofthegrantamounttheapplicantis
requestingfromthePFBC.
Note:Therehavebeensomechangestotheapplicationpackagesincethelastroundof
awardsin2014.ThePFBCanticipatesfinalselectionandpublicannouncementofgrantawards
bytheendofJuly2016.
Formoreinformation,visittheFish&BoatCommissions
SinnemahoningCreek
WatershedRestorationGrantProgram
webpageorcontactFisheriesBiologistJeffSchmidby
calling8143595242orsendemailto:
jschmid@pa.gov
.

StroudWaterResearchCenter:CrayfishMayHelpRestoreDirtyStreams

Whilemacroinvertebratesareatastyfoodsourceforcrayfish,
a
newstudyreveals
asurprisingfinding:Whencrayfishwere
presentininstreamexperimentalenclosures,macroinvertebrate
densitywashigher,notlower,accordingtothe
StroudWater
ResearchCenter
,ChesterCounty.
StroudWaterResearchCentersleadfluvial
geomorphologistMelindaDaniels,Ph.D.,andLindseyAlbertson,

Ph.D.,apostdoctoralresearcherandecologyprofessorfromMontanaStateUniversity,
conductedthestudyinValleyCreek.
ThecreekisanurbanizedanddegradedtributaryoftheSchuylkillRiverinKingof
PrussiaaPhiladelphiasuburb.
Thescientistsplacedwiremeshenclosures,somewithcrayfishinsideandsomewithout,
inthecreek.Attheconclusionofthe2weekexperiment,populationsofmacroinvertebratessuch
ascaddisflies,whichcanindicatebetterwaterquality,werehigherinthecrayfishenclosures
despitebeingafoodsourceforcrayfish.
Thecrayfishenclosuresalsofeaturedreducedsettlingoffinesedimentpollutiononthe
surfaceofthestreambed.Asthecrayfishdisturbedtherockandgravelbottomwiththeirclaws,
theyagitatedandincreasedsuspensionoffinesediments,presumablyallowingmoresediments
toflowdownstream.
Weweresurprised,Albertsonadmitted.Wethoughtthecrayfishwouldeatthe
macroinvertebratesandreducetheirpopulations,butwefoundtheopposite.Macroinvertebrate
densitywashigherinthecrayfishenclosures.Soevenifthecrayfishwereeatingsomeofthe
macroinvertebrates,wethinkthatallofthefinesedimentthathadbeensuspendedandwashed
awaycreatedamoremacroinvertebratefriendlyhabitat.
Mantmacroinvertebratesdontliketoliveinstreamswithhighsedimentloads.Itsa
typeofpollutionthatdegradesfreshwaterstreamsandcanbetracedtolandusechangeslike
agricultureanddevelopment.
Danielssaid,Crayfishshowthepotentialtoalleviatesomeoftheproblemsseenin
impairedstreams.Everyorganismhasitspartinanecosystem,andwerestilllearningwhatthe
individualrolesare.
Thestudy,
EffectsofInvasiveCrayfishonFineSedimentAccumulation,Gravel
Movement,andMacroinvertebrateCommunities
,waspublishedFreshwaterScience.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
StroudWater
ResearchCenter
website,
LikethemonFacebook
,
FollowonTwitter
,includetheminyour
CircleonGoogle+
andvisittheir
YouTubeChannel
.

$23.4MillionInvestmentInWaterInfrastructureAnnouncedByGov.Wolf

Gov.TomWolfWednesdayannouncedthe
investmentof$23.4million
forsevendrinking
water,wastewaterandnonpointsourceprojectsacrosssixcountiesthroughthe
PAInfrastructure
InvestmentAuthority
.
ThelowinterestloansandgrantsawardedbythePennVESTBoardofDirectorsat
todaysmeetingwillhelpbothlargeandsmallcommunitiesacrosstheCommonwealthimprove
theirdrinkingwaterandeliminatethecontaminationoftheirnearbystreamsandrivers,said
Gov.Wolf.Thismuchneededassistancewillmaketheseeffortsaffordableforthethousandsof
peopleaffectedbytheseprojectsandwillhavealastingeffectonimprovingPennsylvanias
publichealthandwaterquality.
Ofthe$23.4million,$17.7millionisallocatedforlowinterestloansand$5.7millionis
awardedthroughgrants.
Thefundingcomesfromacombinationofstatefundsapprovedbyvoters,federalgrants
toPennVESTfromtheU.S.EnvironmentalProtectionAgencyandrecycledloanrepayments
frompreviousPennVESTfundingawards.Fundsfortheprojectsaredisbursedafterbillsfor

workarepaidandreceiptsaresubmittedtoPennVEST.
Alistofprojectsfunded
isavailableonline
.

AcademyOfNaturalSciences:WhatsInOurWaterMay3InPhiladelphia

TheAcademyofNaturalSciences
ofDrexelUniversitywill
hosta
discussion
withDebraMcCarty,thenewCommissionerofthe
PhiladelphiaWaterDepartment
,aboutPhiladelphia'sdrinkingwateron
May3.
WehearstoriesofthewatercrisisinFlint,Michigan,andwonderifthere
areconcernswithourdrinkingwater.Therevelationofdangerous(and
apparentlyavoidable)levelsofleadinFlint'sdrinkingwatertouchesall
aspectsofpublicwatersupply,raisingquestionsaboutaging
infrastructure,sourcewaterquality,systemmanagement,and
environmentaljustice.
WeknowaboutthestateSafeDrinkingWaterActandsourcewaterprotectionprograms,
butwewanttoknowmoreaboutwhatisbeingdonehereinPhiladelphiaandthesurrounding
regiontoensurethatourwatersupplyissafe.
Getanswersfromtheexperts.DebraMcCarty,thenewCommissionerofthePhiladelphia
WaterDepartment,willbetheguestspeaker.
Shewillbefollowedbyapanelofexperts,including:
JerryFagliano,MPH,PhD,ChairoftheDepartmentofEnvironmentalandOccupational
Health,DrexelUniversity'sDornsifeSchoolofPublicHealthand
LynnThorp,NationalCampaignsDirector,CleanWaterAction.
Theeventwillrunfrom6:308:30p.m.andwillbeheldattheAcademyofNatural
Sciencesat1900BenjaminFranklinparkway,Philadelphia.
Theprogramisfreeandopentothepublic,butregistrationisrequired.
ClickHere
to
register.
Formoreinformationaboutthisevent,visittheAcademys
WhatsInOurWater?
Webpage.
Moreinformationabouttheprograms,initiativesandotherupcomingeventsisavailable
fromthe
TheAcademyofNaturalSciences
ofDrexelUniversitywebsite.
ClickHere
tosignup
fortheAcademyseNews.
NewsClips:
EarthDay:ThinkAboutHowAWaterUtilityCanHelpOurPlanet
OpEd:FocusShouldBeOnLeadPaint,NotLeadPipes
HBGCouncilDismayedOverCompetitionForVolunteerSeatOnWaterBoard

3PASchoolsRecognizedAsGreenRibbonSchoolsByU.S.Dept.OfEducation

PASecretaryofEducationPedroA.Rivera
Fridaycongratulated
ParkForestElementary
School
inStateCollege,
SlipperyRock
University
,andthe
SchoolDistrictof
Jenkintown
inMontgomeryCountyforbeing

named
GreenRibbonSchools
bytheU.S.DepartmentofEducation.
ClickHere
forareportdescribingwhytheseschoolsandinstitutionswereselected.
PennsylvaniasGreenRibbonSchoolsrepresenttheCommonwealthscommitmentto
providingstudentswithaneducationthatcanpresentnewpathwaysinfieldslikeSTEMand
agriculturethatleadtoworkinhighpriorityoccupations,saidRivera.Meanwhile,thestates
environmentbenefitsastheseschoolsworktoreducetheirenvironmentalimpact.Iapplaudthese
schoolsfortheireffortstoimprovetheeconomyandpreservetheenvironmentthroughtheir
conscientiousandinnovativeefforts.
TheawardswereannouncedinWashington,D.C.byU.S.EducationSecretaryJohnKing
andChristyGoldfuss,themanagingdirectoroftheWhiteHouseCouncilonEnvironmental
Quality.Acrossthecountry,47schools,15districts,and11postsecondaryinstitutionswere
honoredfortheirinnovativeenvironmentalefforts.
TheGreenRibbonSchoolsprogramrecognizesschools,districtsandinstitutionsof
highereducationbasedontheireffortstoreduceenvironmentalimpactandcoststoimprove
healthandwellnessofschools,studentsandstaffandtoprovideenvironmentaleducation,
includingSTEM,civicsandgreencareerpathways.
FormoreinformationonhowyourschoolcanbecomeaGreenRibbonSchool,visitthe
PAGreen&HealthySchools
website.
Moreinformationonfederalprogramcanbefoundonthe
GreenRibbonSchools
webpage.
NewsClips:
Crable:LancasterNaturalistsInspireOthers
Hooked:LocalStudentsAreLearning,LovingToRaiseTrout
EasternYorkStudentsLearnHandsOnInCanoesByCBFPA
ChambersburgStudentsSortTreesForAHealthEnvironment
CarnegieScienceCenterExpandingExhibitCapacity
CarnegieScienceCenterRaisingFundsForBigExpansion

CentreCountyHonors55GreenBusinesses,SchoolsAndOrganizations

The
CentreCountyRecycling&RefuseAuthority
,alongwiththe
CentreRegionCouncilof
Governments
andthe
BoroughofStateCollege
heldanawardsluncheonThursdaytohonor55
oftheareasbestgreenbusinesses,schoolsandorganizations.
Over100areabusinessowners,teachers,schooladministratorsandemployeeswere
presentattheawardsluncheon,heldincoordinationwithEarthDay,toreceiverecognitionfor
theireffortsbothinrecyclingandsustainability.
CCRRAsRecyclingCoordinator,JoanneShaferaddressedthecrowdandspokeofour
fivespecialEmeraldAwardWinners:TheCocaColaCompany,
WeisMarkets
,
KBOffset
Printing,Inc.
,
HabitatforHumanityReStore
and
Harrison'sWineGrill&Catering
.
ClickHere
forlistofall55honorees.
Foradditionalinformationonthisawardsluncheon,pleasecontactAmySchirfat
8142387005,orsendemailto:
aschirf@centrecountyrecycles.org
.

EQBOKsProposedFeeIncreasesForRadioactiveMaterials,RadonLicensing

The
EnvironmentalQualityBoard
Tuesdayapprovedproposedfeeincreasesforradon
certificationanda50percentincreaseinfeesforthelicensingandinspectionofradioactive
materialsforpubliccomment.
TheBoardalsoheardareportonthereviewoflaboratoryaccreditationfees
recommendingtheybeincreasedbybetween2030percenttomakeupforfundingshortfalls.
Thesefeeissuesarejustsomeof

6ormorefeeincreasepackages
DEPwillbeproposing
thisyeartomakeupforfundingshortfalls.
AlsoapprovedbytheBoardwasafinalregulationmakingchangestotheLandRecycling
Programandaproposedregulationmakingstreamdesignationchangesfor4streamsinBerks,
Chester,Monroe,NorthamptonandSusquehannacounties.
Copiesoftheregulationsandsupportingdocumentsareavailableonthe
Environmental
QualityBoard
webpage.
Formoreinformation,contact
LauraEdingerbycalling7177723277orsendemailto:
edinger@pa.gov
.

EPASaferChoiceLabelForCleaningProductsLaunchedAtWeisMarket

InpreparationforEarthDayonApril22andincelebrationofthespring
weather,theU.S.EnvironmentalProtectionAgencyTuesdaylaunched
its
SaferChoice
springcleaningcampaignatthe
WeisSupermarket
in
Conshohocken,MontgomeryCounty,toencourageconsumerstobuy
homecareproductsthatwillhelpprotectpublichealthandthe
environment.
(Photo:AnnaCucchiara,ConshohockenStoreManager,Patti
Olenick,SustainabilityManagerforWeisMarketsandEPARegional
AdministratorShawnGarvin.)
EPAhasdevelopeditsnewSaferChoicelabelsothatitwillbeeasier
forshopperstochoosecleaningandhomecareproductsthataresafer
forfamilies,pets,communitiesandtheenvironment,saidEPAMidAtlanticRegional
AdministratorShawnM.Garvin.OurSaferChoiceprogramempowersconsumerstoprotect
theirhealthandminimizetheimpactontheenvironmentthrougheverydaypurchasing
decisions.
TheSaferChoicelabelisonhundredsofcleaningandhomecareproductsformost
everyindoorandoutdoorcleaningtaskallpurposecleaners,kitchenandbathcleansers,carpet
andfabricshampoos,laundrydetergents,carandboatcareproducts,deckandsidingwashes,
andmanymore.
TheSaferChoiceProgramhasmorethan500partnercompaniesandmorethan2,000
productscurrentlyqualifytocarrytheSaferChoicelabel.
ProductsthatcarrythislabelhavebeencarefullyevaluatedbyEPAscientiststoensure
theycontainingredientsthataresaferforhumanhealthandtheenvironment.EPAchoseto
promoteitsSaferChoicecampaigninspringwhenfamilieseverywhereareengagedincleaning
activities,butthelabelappliestoproductsthatareusedthroughouttheyear.
Duringtheannouncement,EPArecognizedWeisMarketsforbeingakeypartnerwith
EPAinpromotingsustainablematerialsmanagement.
AlongwithmakingastrongcommitmenttoSaferChoice,
WeisMarkets
hasbeenoneof

theoriginal
FoodRecoveryChallenge
partnerssincetheinceptionoftheprogramin2012.
Formoreinformationontheprogram,visitEPAs
SaferChoice
webpage.

GIANTFoodStoresBagsToBenchesProgramDonates25BenchesToKeepPABeautiful

InrecognitionofEarthDay,
GIANTFoodStores
BagsToBenchesProgram
donated25benchesmade
fromrecycledplasticbagsand$2,500to
Keep
PennsylvaniaBeautiful
toassistwithlocal
beautificationefforts.
AspartoftheGreatAmericanCleanupofPAnow
underway,the25bencheswillbeplacedinparksand
pocketparks,communitygardensandformervacant
lotsaspartofalargercommunityimprovement
strategybylocalorganizationsacrossPennsylvania,VirginiaandMaryland.
GIANTiscommittedtobeingaresponsibleretaileranddoingwhatwecantoreduce
wasteandbeabetterneighbortoMotherEarth365daysayear,saidTomLenkevich,GIANT
president.Weencouragecustomerstorecycletheirplasticgrocerybagsandthinkofotherways
theycangogreennotonlyonEarthDay,buteveryday.
KeepPennsylvaniaBeautifulempowersPennsylvanianstomaketheircommunities
cleanandbeautiful.Hundredsofthousandsofvolunteersannuallyparticipateinourprograms,
suchastheGreatAmericanCleanupofPAworking,toimprovetheircommunities.KPBis
gratefultopartnerwiththeGIANTandMartinsBagstoBenchesProgramtofurtherbenefit
theselocalcommunitybeautificationefforts,saidShannonReiter,PresidentofKeep
PennsylvaniaBeautiful.
ThePennsylvaniacommunitiesreceivingbenchesinclude
BerksCountyCityofReadingParks3
DauphinCountyHarrisburgPublicWorks3
LancasterCountyLititzRunWatershedAlliance1
LancasterCountyTerreHillBorough1
LancasterCountySolidWasteManagementAuthority1
LehighCounty,AllentownParksDepartment3
PhiladelphiaWestPhiladelphia,PPRHorticultureCenter1
PhiladelphiaUrbanFarmsandGardensNorthPhiladelphia3
YorkCountyParks&Recreation4
Since1997GIANThelpeddonateover1,500recycledcontentbenches,removing15
millionbagsfromtheenvironmentthroughitsBagstoBenchesProgram.
ClickHere
tosignupnowforthe2016GreatAmericanCleanupofPA
orcallMichelle
Dunnat877.772.3673ext.113.TheCleanuprunsthroughMay31.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
Keep
PennsylvaniaBeautiful
website.
ClickHere
tosignupforregularupdatesfromKPB,
Likethem
onFacebook
,
FollowonTwitter
,
DiscoverthemonPinterest
andvisittheir
YouTubeChannel
.
Alsovisitthe
IllegalDumpFreePA
websiteformoreideasonhowtocleanup
communitiesandkeepthemcleanandKPBsnew
ElectronicsWaste
website.

SaintVincentCollegeNamedChampionOfNationalRecycleManiaCompetition

SaintVincentCollege
inLatrobe,WestmorelandCounty,was
namedthechampionofthe2016
RecycleMania
competition
witharecyclingrateof3.40lbs./capita.
SaintVincentCollegecontributedto79millionpounds
ofrecycleandcompostrecoverednationallyintherecycling
competition
RecycleManiaisthenationspremierwastereduction
andrecyclingcompetitionamongcollegesanduniversities,
managedbyKeepAmericaBeautiful.
SaintVincentwasfirstamongcollegesanduniversitiesinthePresidentsAthletic
Conference.
Wefocusedourreportingeffortsonpaperandcomingledmetal,glassandplastics,
explainedBethBollinger,chemistrylabmanagerandinstructor.Duringthesetwomonths,the
wastestreamwasasusualandnoextrememeasuresweretakentoincreaserecyclingduringthe
competitionperiod.Inaddition,thecampushasrecentlybegunacompostingprojectwhere
preconsumerfoodwastefromthecampusfoodservice,ParkhurstDining,iscollected,
compostedandwillbeusedthroughoutcampus.Organics,orcompost,isacategorythatwe
dontcurrentlyparticipatein,sowiththisaddition,ournumberscanonlyincreasenextyear.
Therecyclingeffortsofthecollegehavethevalueof16metrictonsofcarbondioxide.
Thisisalsotheequivalentoftakingthreecarsofftheroadortheenergyconsumptionofone
household.
The2016tournamentfeatured350schoolsparticipatingfrom48states,theDistrictof
ColumbiaandCanada,withanenrollmentof4.4millionstudents.TheAmericancontingentof
schoolsrepresentsnearlyoneinfourU.S.collegestudents.
Competingcollegesanduniversitiesarerankedaccordingtohowmuchrecycling,trash
andfoodwastetheycollectovertwomonths.
BetweentheFebruary7kickoffandthefinalrecyclingweighinonApril2,participating
schoolsrecycledorcomposted79.3millionpoundsofrecyclablesandorganicmaterials,
preventingthereleaseof122,000metrictonsofcarbondioxideequivalent(MTCO2E)intothe
atmosphere,whichisequivalenttopreventingannualemissionsfrom24,000cars.
Completeresultsforall13categoriescanbefoundatthe
RecycleMania
website,
includingabreakoutthatshowshowschoolsperformedbyathleticconference,institutionsize,
stateandothergroupings.Thenationalwinnersofeachcategoryarerecognizedwithanaward
madefromrecycledmaterials.
Researchshowspeoplearemorelikelytorecyclewhentheyseeitaspartoftheculture
aroundthem,saidBrendaPulley,seniorvicepresident/recycling,KeepAmericaBeautiful.
RecycleManiaprovidesuswithanopportunitytoheightenawarenessabouttheimportanceof
recyclingamongcollegestudents,andhelpmakerecyclingparticipationacorecomponentofthe
collegeexperience.Ourhopeisthattheserecyclingbehaviorsstickwiththemthroughouttheir
life,creatinganewgenerationofcommunitystewards.
ThecompetitionismadepossiblewiththesponsorshipsupportofAlcoaFoundation,The
CocaColaCompany,CyclePointfromSourceAmericaandRubbermaidCommercialProducts.
Sincethecompetitionlaunchedin2001,millionsofstudentsfrom760collegesand

universitieshaverecycledandcompostedmorethan820millionpoundsofmaterialduringthe
tournamenttimeframe.
Together,tournamentparticipantshavepreventedthereleaseofnearly2.3millionmetric
tonsofcarbondioxideequivalent,whichiscomparabletoremoving524,600passengervehicles
fromtheroadforoneyear.
TheRecycleManiaprogramisgovernedbyanonprofit501(c)(3)organizationcalled
RecycleMania,Inc.madeupofaboardofdirectorswhoarerecyclingandsustainability
managersfromparticipatinguniversities.
RecycleManiapartneredwiththeU.S.EPAs
WasteWiseProgram
,
Collegeand
UniversityRecyclingCoalition
,
KeepAmericaBeautiful
,
FoodRecoveryNetwork
,
National
WildlifeFederation
and
PurposefulNetworks
.
Formoreinformation,visitthe
RecycleMania
website.
NewsClips:
ScrantonRecyclingCenterAcceptingElectronicsThruApril
Editorial:KeystoneLandfillSewerLineCaseRequiresInvestigation
PhillyPrisonersGetTheirHandsDirtyForEarthDay
RidYourHomeOfUnusedDrugsOnApril30

PhiladelphiaPrisonSystemReceivesAccoladesFromEPAForFoodRecovery

TheU.S.EnvironmentalProtectionAgencyThursdayrecognizedtheCityofPhiladelphiaforits
innovativefoodrecoveryachievementsatthe
PhiladelphiaPrisonSystem
thatinclude
composting1.35tonsofwastedfoodeachdayandsavingthecity$31,000eachyearinlandfill
fees.
Thecitywasamongmorethan800governments,businessesandorganizations
nationwidethatparticipatedinthe2015EPAs
FoodRecoveryChallenge
.Theseentities
divertedfoodwastefromenteringlandfillsorincineratorsthroughavarietyofinnovative
actions.
ThePhiladelphiaPrisonSystemsetsatremendousexampleonusinginnovationto
reducefoodwaste,saidEPAMidAtlanticRegionalAdministratorShawnM.Garvin.
BusinessesandcommunitiesacrossAmericaaretakingpositivestepstoaddressthefoodwaste
challenge,andtheyresavingmoney,helpingtheenvironment,andfeedinghungrypeopleinthe
process.
Thecityreceivedspecialrecognitionforitsachievementsnationallyundertheinnovation
category.
Alongwiththecomposting,thePrisonSystemsfoodrecoveryprogramprovidesinmates
withhandsonjobtraininginhorticultureandurbangardeningonsiteattheOrchardProgram
locatedonpropertybehindPhiladelphiaIndustrialCorrectionsCenteronStateStreet.
Nationwide,FoodRecoveryChallengeparticipantsdivertednearly606,000tonsof
wastedfoodfromenteringlandfillsorincineratorsin2014,nearly88,600tonsofwhichwere
donatedtopeopleinneed.
Formoreinformation,visitEPAs
FoodRecoveryChallenge
webpage.
NewsClip:
PhillyPrisonersGetTheirHandsDirtyForEarthDay

PAResourcesCouncilNowAcceptingTVsAtCollectionEventsForAFee

The
PAResourcesCouncil
Thursdayannounceditwill
nowacceptTVsatitsremainingHardtoRecycle
CollectionsEventsasaresultofa
changeinDEP
policy
toallowgroupstochargefeesforrecycling
thoseitems.
"We'veworkedwithlegislators,regulatorsand
recyclerstofindthissolution,butweallunderstand
thatthisisaninterimsolutionatbest,"saidPRC
WesternRegionalDirectorJustinStockdale.
"WeareeagertoworkwithDEPmovingforwardtofindamorepermanentsolution,"he
said."Inthemeantime,thegoodnewsisthatresidentscanonceagaindropoffTVsatPRC's
HardtoRecyclecollectionevents.Weencourageindividualstomaketheirvoicesheardby
contactinglegislatorstoaskforapermanent,freeandconvenientsolutiontotheissueofTV
recyclinginPennsylvania."
ClickHere
tofindasampleemailmessagetosendyourstatesenator,representativeand
governor.
ToreadtheentirePRCannouncement,
ClickHere
.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
PAResources
Council
website.
ClickHere
tosignupforregularupdates,follow
PRConTwitter
or
Likethem
onFacebook
.
ClickHere
forPRCsEventsCalendar.
KeepPABeautifulhasanew
ElectronicsWaste
websitethatshowswhereelectronics
wasterecyclingisavailablethroughoutPennsylvania.
NewsClips:
ScrantonRecyclingCenterAcceptingElectronicsThruApril
Editorial:KeystoneLandfillSewerLineCaseRequiresInvestigation
PhillyPrisonersGetTheirHandsDirtyForEarthDay
RidYourHomeOfUnusedDrugsOnApril30
RelatedStories:
Hearing:ElectronicsManufacturersNeedToPayForEWasteActuallyCollected
KeepPABeautifulTestifiesAboutRampantIllegalDumpingOfElectronics
Analysis:ElectronicsRecyclingEffortShrinkingInPA,TheLawNeedsToBeFixed
2014DEPReportToGeneralAssemblyDocumentedProblemsWithEWasteRecycling

SusquehannaGreenway:LookingForEarthDayActivities,HelpWithTheseCleanups

The
SusquehannaGreenwayPartnership
islookingforvolunteersto
helpwiththesecleanups
throughouttheSusquehannaRiverWatershed
BlackHoleCreekCleanup,Montgomery
:April23.9a.m.12p.m.ContactBecky
Sanguedolce:
beckyatriverside@aol.com

RiverfrontCleanup,Wormleysburg
:April23.9a.m.12p.m.ContactBillWeigle:
woweigle@aol.com

PennsCreekCleanup,Millmont
:April24.1p.m.4:30p.m.ContactRobertLayton:
laytonrw@hotmail.com

StarruccaCreekCleanup,Melrose:
April2324.9a.m.4p.m.ContactDanaRockwell:
danarockwell@hotmail.com

SusquehannaRiverCleanupProject,Danville
:May7.9a.m.2p.m.Pickingupfrom
DanvilleareatoSunbury.
Registeronline
and
DowntownClearfieldBeautificationDay
:May14.10a.m2p.m.ContactLorettaWagner:
discoverclearfield@gmail.com
.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandotherupcomingevents,visitthe
SusquehannaGreenwayPartnership
website.
Signupnowforthe
2016GreatAmericanCleanupofPA
andsetupyourowncleanup
andbeautificationeventthroughMay31.

SolidWasteAdvisoryCommitteeMeetsApril27OnEWaste,RecyclingIssues

DEPs
SolidWasteAdvisoryCommittee
isscheduledtomeetonApril27andontheagendaisa
discussionofthecollapseoftheelectronicswasterecyclingprograminPennsylvania.
AlsoontheagendaistheissueofCRTTVandmonitormanagementspecificallyandthe
facttherearenow15millionpoundsofCRTswaitingtoberecycledinwarehousesinErie.
DEPwillalsodiscusstheClimateChangeActionPlanandhearapresentationby
MicheleNestor,Chairof
PARecyclingMarketsDevelopmentCenter
BoardontheAct101
RecyclingLawPast,PresentandFuture.
Themeetingwillbeheldin
Room105RachelCarsonBuildingstartingat10:00.
Formoreinformation,visit
DEPs
SolidWasteAdvisoryCommittee
webpageorcontact
KeithAshley,BureauofWasteManagement,bycalling7177872553orsendingemailto:
riashley@pa.gov
.
NewsClips:
VolunteersCleanUpNorthBelleVernonPark
GirlScoutsToCleanUpGreenStreetParkInHanoverTwp
BradfordAreaGroupsHelpEnvironmentByCleaningUpLocally
Editorial:PutOnSomeGlovesAndCleanup,Outdoors

PEMAEncouragesCitizensToHaveSevereWeatherPreparednessPlan

PeopleinPennsylvaniaareencouragedtotakeadvantageofopportunitiestolearnhowto
prepareforemergenciesduringSevereWeatherAwarenessWeekApril2529.
"Awarenessweeksgiveusallanopportunitytotakeastepbackfromourbusylivesand
thinkabouthowwecantakesimplestepstodaytoprepareforapossibleemergencyinthe
future,"saidRichardD.FlinnJr.,directorofthe
PAEmergencyManagementAgency
.
Flinnsaidcitizensshouldbeawareofthetypesofsevereweatherthey'vevulnerabletoin
theircommunities.
Forexample,somepartsofthestatearemorelikelytoseeflashfloodingthanothers.No
matterwhatyoumayfaceinyourcommunity,Flinnsaideveryoneshouldhavedisastersupplies
onhandathome,including:
Flashlightsandextrabatteries
Portable,batteryoperatedradioandextrabatteries
Firstaidkitandmanual

Bottledwaterandnonperishablefood
Manualcanopener
Essentialmedicines/prescriptionsand
Cash,creditcardsandimportantlegaldocuments.
Flinnalsorecommendedthatfamiliesdevelopanemergencycommunicationplaninthe
eventthatfamilymembersareseparatedfromoneanotherduringsevereweatherareal
possibilityduringthedaywhenadultsareatworkandchildrenareatschoolandhaveaplan
forgettingbacktogether.
Freeemergencypreparednessinformation,includingtemplatesforfamilyemergency
plansandchecklistsforemergencykitsupplies,isavailableat
www.ReadyPA.org
.
Follow@ReadyPAonTwitterandlikeReadyPAonthe
BeReadyPAFacebook
pagefor
moreemergencypreparednessinformation.ThefreeReadyPAappisalsoavailableforboth
AppleandAndroiddevices.
Formoreinformation,visitthe
PAEmergencyManagementAgency
website.

NewAirQualityFeeProposalToIncludeGreenhouseGasEmissions,IfEPARuleUpheld

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection
publishedanotice
intheApril23PABulletin
announcingthenextupdatetoitsAirQualityProgramfeeswillincludefeesongreenhousegas
emissions,includingcarbondioxide,ifEPAs
CleanPowerClimatePlan
isupheldincourt.
ThenoticealsoclarifiedthatitsexistingAirQualityfeesdonotapplytocarbondioxide,
hydrofluorocarbons,methane,nitrousoxide,perfluorocarbonsandsulfurhexafluoride.
DEPsaidthisclarificationwasneededbecauseEPACleanPowerPlanregulates
greenhousegasemissionsunderSection111ofthefederalCleanAirActasaregulated
pollutant.RegulatedpollutantswouldbesubjecttotheAirQualityProgramfees.
ClickHere
toreadtheentirenotice.
NewsClips:
PACitiesHaveSomeOfWorstAirPollutionInTheCountry
WesternPAAirIsGettingCleaner,RoomForImprovement
CentralPAMetroAreaRemainsAmongNationsWorst
Report:LehighValleyAirStillBad,ButImproving
ErieCountyFlunksOzonePollutionReportCard
YorkAirRanksAmongWorstInCountry
Crable:LancastersSootPollutionWorstEastOfUtah
NortheastAirQualityImprovingStudySays
RelatedStory:
DEPToProposePermitFeeIncreasesForAtLeast6ProgramsIn2016

PPLElectricCustomersSaving$250Million/YearByReducingEnergyUse

PPLElectricUtilities
customersaresavingmorethanaquarterofabilliondollarsperyearon
theirelectricbillsbyusingthecompany'senergyefficiencyprogramsdesignedtohelpthemuse
energywisely.
Atthesametime,residentsandbusinesseshavecuttheirelectricityusagebymorethan
twobillionkilowatthoursperyeartheequivalentoftaking327,000carsofftheroad.

"Savingenergyisgoodforthepocketbookandfortheplanet,"saidPeteCleff,manager
ofthecompany'senergyefficiencyprograms."Andourcustomerswillsaveevenmoreinyears
tocome."
TakingadvantageofPPLElectricUtilities'largevarietyofenergyefficiencyprograms,
customershaveinstalledenergyefficientlights,insulatedandweatherizedtheirhomesand
businesses,receivedinhomeenergyaudits,recycledoldrefrigerators,andputinenergyefficient
equipmentlikeHVAC,refrigeration,waterheatersandappliances.
Since2010,PPLElectricUtilitiescustomershave:
Recycledmorethan86,000appliances
Installed13.8millioncompactfluorescentandLEDlightbulbs
Receivedmorethan$192millionincashincentivessuchasrebates
Also,about41,000lowincomecustomersreceivedenergyefficiencyequipmentand
services.
Alltold,hundredsofthousandsofPPL'scustomershaveparticipatedinoneormoreof
PPL'senergyefficiencyprograms,includinghomes,businesses,commercialandindustrial
customers,andgovernmentandeducationalinstitutions.
Therewillbeevenmoresavingsinyearstocome.Inthenextphase,whichstartsinJune
andrunsthroughMay2021,PPL'senergyefficiencyprogramsareprojectedtosavecustomers
anadditional1.6billionkilowatthoursperyear.
Moreinformationabouttheseprograms,whichareinsupportof
PennsylvaniaAct129
requiringelectriccompaniestohelpcustomersreduceenergyuse,willbecommunicatedto
customerssoon.
Formoreinformation,visitPPLs
SaveEnergy&More
webpage.
NewsClips:
PPLCompletes$350MPoconosTransmissionProject
PenelecElectricalWorkerProgramFinishesFirstYear
ConstructionBeginsOn$780MSouthHuntingdonPowerPlant
ConsolClosesResearch&DevelopmentCenterInSouthPark
Editorial:DigAHoleForU.S.Coal
Editorial:DontWasteYourEnergy
NuclearWasteStorageExpansionApprovedAtBerwick
TalenEnergyAppealsPermitDenialForSpentNuclearFuelStorageExpansion
Editorial:NuclearWasteNoLocalIssue
NRC:PeachBottomNuclearPlantMustUpgradeSafetyEquipment
NewFilmOnTMIAccidentHosts70sPartyInMiddletown
U.S.SenateOKsBillToPromoteVarietyOfEnergySources

PECOAnnouncesSolarStakeholderCollaborative

PECO
FridayannounceditiscreatinganewSolarStakeholderCollaborativetoadvancelocal
solarenergywithinvitedparticipationfromcustomeradvocates,publicofficials,competitive
electricsuppliers,solarsupporters,andotherinterestedpartners.
Wehaveaproventrackrecordofenvironmentalleadership,saidCraigAdams,PECO
presidentandCEO.Wealsohaveaverysuccessfulhistoryofworkingwithcollaborativeslike
thistoprovideadvancedenergyservices,choicesandprogramsforourcustomers.

PreviousworkhasresultedinsuccessfulpilotprogramsincludingPECOWind,PECO
SmartTimePricingandPECOSmartEnergyChoiceeachsupportingPennsylvanias
competitiveenergymarketandpromotingthedevelopmentofelectricitygeneratedfromclean
resourcesandnewpricingoptions.
TheCollaborativewillworktogethertoadvancethesolarenergymarketinPennsylvania.
Thisannouncementisthelatestinaseriesofsuccessfulenvironmentalinitiativesfor
PECO.
TheCompanyannouncedLEEDcertificationofitsPhiladelphiaheadquarters.Twelve
PECObuildingsarenowLEEDcertified,totalingnearly1.5millionsquarefeetofbuilding
space,80percentoftheCompanystotalsquarefootageandmorethan30percentofallLEED
ExistingBuildingOperationsandMaintenance(EBOM)certifiedbuildingsthroughout
Pennsylvania.
PECOSmartIdeas
,thecompanyssuccessfulsuiteofenergyefficiencyprogramsfor
residentialandbusinesscustomers,launchedin2009.Theprogramshavehelpedcustomers
reduceenergyconsumptionbynearly7percent,resultinginasavingsofmorethan2billion
kilowatthoursofelectricityandmorethan$500millioninannualenergycosts,inadditionto
morethan$200millioninrebatesandincentives.
PECOsenvironmentallyfriendlygreenfleetcontinuestogrowandcurrentlyincludes
approximately800hybrid,naturalgas,flexfuelandbiodieselvehicles.Thesevehicleshave
reducedgreenhousegas(GHG)emissionsbymorethan1,098metrictonsannually.The
companyalsoissupportingtheEdisonElectricInstitutesemployeepluginelectricvehicle
engagementinitiative.
The
PECOEnergizingEducationProgram
,apartnershipwithTheFranklinInstituteand
TheNationalEnergyEducationDevelopmentProject,teachesstudentstheimportanceofenergy
efficiencyandconservationthroughhandsonactivities.Morethan25,000studentshave
participatedinthisprogram.
PECOGreenRegion
environmentalgrantsprovidefundingforopenspacepreservation,
parkimprovementprojects,recreationresourcesandconservation.Since2004,PECOhas
awardednearly$1.4millionformorethan180projectsacrosssoutheasternPennsylvania.
PECOoffersgreenratesforcustomerswhoareinterestedinaddingsolarandother
sourcesofgenerationtotheirhomesandbusinesses.
PECOalsopurchasesabout12.5MWofsolargeneratedelectricityeachyear,inaddition
toourotherwindandrenewableenergypurchases.
EnvironmentalcommitmentalsoisapriorityacrosstheExelonfamilyofcompanies.
PECOssistercompany,
Constellation
,isthethirdlargestcommercialdeveloperinthestate
developingmorethan72commercial,industrialandgovernmentalcustomersolarinstallations,
totalingmorethan200MWofcapacity.
AndPECOsparentcompany,
Exelon
,alsohasdevelopedmorethan250MWofutility
solarprojects,inadditiontoitsportfolioof47windprojectstotalingnearly1,500MW.
Formoreinformation,visitthe
PECO
website.
NewsClips:
PECOCreatesSolarCollaborative
WilkesBarreStudentsToInstall12SolarPanels
SEPTAToAdd25ElectricBusesNextYear

PUCAdoptsNewRequirementsForNaturalGasSupplierDisclosureStatements

ThePublicUtilityCommissionThursdayfinalizedregulationchangesthatwillprovide
customerswhoshopfortheirnaturalgassupplywithgreater,uniformdetailontheirdisclosure
statementsandmoretimelyinformationoncontractrenewalandchangeintermsnotices.
TheCommissionvoted50toapproveregulationsthatrequirenaturalgassuppliers
(NGSs)todisplaykeycontractualtermsandconditionsmoreclearlyforcustomersonboth
fixedandvariablerateproducts,providehistoricalpricingdataontheirproductsand
prominentlymarkcustomernoticespriortocontractexpirationorchangesinterms.
Thechangesaredesignedtoprovideadditionalinformationandgreaterprotectionsfor
residentialandsmallbusinesscustomerschoosingacompetitivesupplierfortheirnaturalgas
service.
Customerswhowishtocompareoptionsandpricingfornaturalgasservicecanvisitthe
PUCsnewlyredesignedshoppingwebsite,
www.PAGasSwitch.com
.
Thenewregulationsinclude:
Morecontractualinformationonconditionsofpricevariability,includingwhetherthereare
limitsonvariability
Aclearstatementofthepriceperunitforthefirstbillingcycleofnaturalgasgeneration
Customeraccesstohistoricalpricinginformation
Separatemailingsforeitherfixeddurationcontractsthatareexpiring,oranychangestoterms
ofservice
AseparateNGScontractsummaryalongwiththefulldisclosurestatementtoensureNGSs
highlightkeytermsandconditionsinauniform,consistentmanner
NewrequirementsforcontractInitialNoticesandcustomerOptionsNoticepriortothe
expirationofacontractorchangeinterms
Arenewedemphasisonhighlightingchangesinpricingoranytermsandconditions
includingafixedratebecomingamonthtomonthratethatincludesa30daynoticeofanyprice
changeand
ProminentmarkingonfrontoftheOptionsNoticeenvelopeclearlystatingthatitcontains
importantinformationregardingtheexpirationorchangesintermsofacustomerselectric
supplycontract.
TheregulationsmustbereviewedbytheIndependentRegulatoryReviewCommission,
AttorneyGeneralsOffice,SenateConsumerProtectionandProfessionalLicensureCommittee
andHouseConsumerAffairsCommitteebeforegoingintoeffect.
Formoreinformation,visitthePUC
NaturalGas
webpage.

OpEd:MarcellusShaleCoalition:NaturalGasEnhancesOurEnvironment

The
MarcellusShaleCoalition
distributedthefollowingopedpiecefor
EarthDaywrittenbyDavidSpigelmyer,PresidentofMSC.

WhileEarthDayisrecognizedonceayear,weallhaveanobligationto
ensurethatweretakingdailystepsaimedatprotectingandenhancing
ourenvironment.Afterall,asthesayinggoes,
Wedontinherittheearthfromourancestors,weborrowitfromour

children.
EarthDayprovidesanimportantopportunitytotakestockinthemeaningful
environmentalprogressthatournationandthecommonwealthcontinuetomakeespeciallyas
itrelatesairquality.
ThankstoAmericasabundantnaturalgassupplies,theUnitedStateshascutitscarbon
emissionsmorethananyotherdevelopednationintheworld.Andthankslargelytoexpanded
naturalgasproductionanduse,U.S.CO2emissionsareata25yearlow.
EvenPresidentObamarecognizesthebenefitsofnaturalgasdevelopment.Weshould
strengthenourpositionasthe[worlds]topnaturalgasproducer,PresidentObamahassaid,
becauseitnotonlycanprovidesafe,cheappower,butitcanalsohelpreduceourcarbon
emissions.
Indeedournationstopenvironmentalregulator,EPAadministratorGinaMcCarthy,has
madeitclearthatnaturalgasisanimportantpartofourworktocurbclimatechange.
Naturalgasisacriticalpartnerforenablingthesteadyandincrementalgrowthof
intermittentenergyformslikewindandsolarthatrequiresreliablebaseloadpowerasabackup.
Infact,arecentHarvardBusinessSchoolstudydescribedshaleandrenewablesas
complementarygiventhatnaturalgasistheonlyfuelthatcancosteffectivelydeliver
largescalecarbonemissionsreductionsoverthenext20years.
Whatsmore,inadditiontoimprovingourenvironment,wearesafelyproducingmore
naturalgasdomesticallyinordertomeetourgrowingenergydemands,whichisalsomaking
Americamoreenergysecure.
ThereislittledoubtthattheU.S.hassomeoftheworldsmostrigorousenvironmental
regulations.StateslikePennsylvaniaareleadingthewaywithsupportfromtheenergyindustry
tomakecertaintherearecommonsense,workableregulationsinplacetoprotectandenhance
ourenvironment.
Bydiscouragingthisdomesticenergyproductionweencourageenergyimportsfrom
regionsoftheworldthatdonthavesimilarenvironmentalsafeguards.Thisleadsnotonlyto
moreglobalenvironmentalimpacts,butmorerelianceonothernationstomeetAmericas
growingenergydemands.
Withcleanburningnaturalgas,wehaveagenerationalopportunitytoensureenergy
security.Bestofall,however,withthedevelopmentofnaturalgasourenvironmentisimproving
onadailybasis.
ThisbroadlysharedsuccessshouldbecelebratednotjustonEarthDay,butevery
singledayoftheyear.

SustainableEnergyFundAnnouncesJuly2527StudentEnergyCampSeries

The
SustainableEnergyFund
Mondayremindedstudentsandteachersofaseriesofa
preconferenceseriesof
EnergyCamps
willleadinto
Energypath2016
,thelargestsustainable
energyconferenceinPennsylvania.
Eachcamp,heldJuly25through27onPennStateUniversitysmaincampusinState
College,isdesignedtoprovideattendeeswiththehighestlevelofinsightfromleadingindustry
professionalsandthoughtleaders.
Whethersomeoneisinterestedinanintroductiontosustainableenergyorwantstolearn
moreaboutspecifictypesoftechnology,ourEnergyCampshavealottooffer,saidJohn

Costlow,presidentandCEOofSustainableEnergyFund.AsweheadintoEnergypath2016,
thesearegreatopportunitiesforattendeestoimmersethemselvesinthelatestsustainableenergy
technologiesandtrends.
Inadditiontoanintroductiontosustainableenergy,industryexpertswillleadaseriesof
modalityfocusedcampprograms,whichinclude:
Wind:
Campattendeeswilllearnbasicandadvancedconceptsaswellasassistinconstructing
atemporarywindturbineoncampus.
Solar:
Inthishandsoncampattendeeswillleavewithanindepthunderstandingofhowsolar
PVunitsfunctionanderecta3kWsolararray.
Biomass:
This3daytechnicalsessionwillprovideparticipantswithatheoreticaland
interactiveintroductiontobiomassandbiofuelsincludingconductingbiomassgasificationand
creationofbiofuelinthelab.
PassiveHouseStrategies:
Thelecturebasedcampwillcoverpassivehousedesignprinciples
usedtoattainaquantifiableandrigorouslevelofenergyefficiencywithinaspecificquantifiable
comfortlevel.ThiscourseisapprovedforAIAandBPIcontinuingeducationcredits.
MicroHydro:
AttendeeswilllearnaboutMicrohydroelectricity,anunderutilizedtechnology
thathasthepotentialtodeliversubstantialenergywithasmallpowersystemandminimal
environmentalimpacts.
FuelCell/EnergyStorage:
This3daycampwillprovideparticipantswithanunderstanding
ofFuelCellTechnologyandEnergyStorageSystemsaswellashowtheyintegratetogetherto
makesustainablesystems.
Energypath2016runsfromJuly28throughJuly29andwillfeaturerenowned
futurologistJackUldrichastheEnergypathDinnerkeynotespeaker.
StudentScienceFair
InadditiontoEnergyCamps,Energypathalsoincludespaneldiscussions,presentations
anda
sciencefairformiddleandhighschoolstudents
.
EnergySproutCompetition
Theconferencealsofeaturesacompetitionforinnovativeproductsandbusinessmodels,
EnergySprout
.Thecompetitionwillawardatopgrantof$100,000toabusinessorindividual.
ProposalsaredueMay3.
Formoreinformationandhowtoregister,visittheSEFs
EnergyCamps
webpage.
Conferenceinformationisavailableatthe
Energypath2016
website.
NewsClips:
PECOCreatesSolarCollaborative
WilkesBarreStudentsToInstall12SolarPanels
SEPTAToAdd25ElectricBusesNextYear

WestmorelandCountyConservationDistrictStudentEnvirothonApril25

OnApril25,75studentsfromsevenWestmorelandCountyhighschoolswillcompeteatTwin
LakesParkinGreensburgtoseewhichteamhasthemostknowledgeofthenaturalworld.The
winningteamwillgoontocompeteinthestatecompetition.
Thisexcitingacademicevent,knownastheEnvirothon,hasbeenhostedbythe
WestmorelandCountyConservationDistrict
since1986.
Teamsof9ththrough12thgradestudentscompeteinoutdoorsettingsthattesttheir

knowledgeofthenaturalworld.
Duringthehandsoncompetition,studentsmaybeaskedtoidentifyabirdcall,measurea
tree,orfeelhandfulsofsoiltoidentifythetype.
Theywillworkasateamtoanswerquestionsoffactandusetheircriticalthinkingskills
tofindsolutionstorealitybasedchallenges,suchashowtobalanceuseandconservationofour
naturalresources.
Topicsinthecompetitionincludeforestry,soilandlanduse,aquaticecology,wildlife,
andthisyearscurrentenvironmentalissue:invasivespecies.
The75studentsscheduledtoparticipateinthisyearscompetitionrepresentBurrellHigh
School,FranklinRegionalSeniorHighSchool,GreaterLatrobeSeniorHighSchool,Mount
PleasantAreaJuniorSeniorHighSchool,NorwinHighSchool,SouthmorelandHighSchool,
andYoughSeniorHighSchool.
ThewinningWestmorelandCountyteamwillgoontocompeteinthe
PennsylvaniaState
Envirothon
atSusquehannaUniversityinSelinsgroveandCampMt.LutherinMifflinburgon
May24and25.
ThisyearsWestmorelandCountyEnvirothonreceivedfundingsupportfromthe
PennsylvaniaEnvirothon,Inc
.,
ApexEnergy,LLC
,andSmithfield.
AnumberofcooperatingagenciesalsoassisttheWestmorelandConservationDistrictin
hostingtheevent,including:theGameCommission,FishandBoatCommission,theDepartment
ofConservationandNaturalResourcesBureauofForestry,DepartmentofEnvironmental
Protection,WestmorelandCountyBureauofParksandRecreation,andtheUSDANatural
ResourcesConservationService.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiatives,trainingandotherspecialevents,visitthe
WestmorelandCountyConservationDistrict
website.
ClickHere
tosignupfortheDistricts
newsletter(bottomofrightcolumnonhomepage).
ForinformationontheStateEnvirothon,visitthe
PAEnvirothon
website.
ClickHere
to
signupforthePAEnvirothonnewsletter(bottomofthepage).
NewsClips:
Crable:LancasterNaturalistsInspireOthers
Hooked:LocalStudentsAreLearning,LovingToRaiseTrout
EasternYorkStudentsLearnHandsOnInCanoesByCBFPA
ChambersburgStudentsSortTreesForAHealthEnvironment
CarnegieScienceCenterExpandingExhibitCapacity
CarnegieScienceCenterRaisingFundsForBigExpansion

PAWildsTeam:11ReceivePAWildsChampionAwards

Elevenresidents,businessowners,andorganizationsfromacrossthe
PennsylvaniaWilds
region
willberecognizedwithawardslaterthismonthfortheircontributionshelpinggrowtheregions
natureandheritagetourismindustry.
ThePAWildsChampionAwardsaregivenoutannuallyaspartofthePAWilds
ConservationLandscapemovement,agroundbreakingpartnershipthatbeganin2003togrow
theregionsoutdoorsindustryinawaythatcreatesjobs,diversifieslocaleconomies,inspires
stewardshipandimprovesqualityoflife.
ClickHere
foralistofall11awardwinnersandtheiraccomplishments.

ThisyearsPAWildsChampionshailfromallcornersoftheregionandtheirawards
reflectvaluespromotedthroughthelandscapework:partnerships,creativity,stewardship,giving
back,creatingnewopportunitiesandlocalleadership.
ThepeopleandcommunitiesacrossthePennsylvaniaWildscontributeinmanywaysto
thisexcitingConservationLandscapeInitiative,saidJimWeaver,ChairofthePAWilds
PlanningTeam,whichorganizestheawards.Byidentifyingandcelebratingthewonderfulwork
thatisbeingdoneacrosstheregionthePAWildsTeamhopestoinspireotherstocatchand
harnesstheenthusiasmthatistheessenceofourruralcommunities.
April28AwardsDinner
Theawardeeswillberecognizedatthe
PAWildsAnnualDinner&AwardsBanquet
April28attheRedFerninSt.Marys,ElkCounty.
SpecialguestsatthisyearsdinnerwillincludeCindyDunn,SecretaryoftheDepartment
ofConservation&NaturalResourcesDennisDavin,SecretaryoftheDept.ofCommunity&
EconomicDevelopmentandPennDOTDeputySecretaryTobyFauver.
ThisyearsthemeisCelebratingOurPublicLands,andwillincludeakeynoteby
MarciMowery,Presidentofthe
PAParks&ForestFoundation
.
WestPennPowerSustainable
EnergyFund
isthisyearsdinnersponsor.Networkingwillbeginat4p.m.,programstarts
promptlyat5p.m.
ThePennsylvaniaWilds,oneofthestates11officialtourismregions,coversabouta
quarteroftheCommonwealthandincludesthecountiesofWarren,McKean,Potter,Tioga,
Lycoming,Clinton,Cameron,Elk,Forest,Clarion,Jefferson,Clearfieldandthenorthernpartof
Centrecounty.
Theregionisknownforitsmorethan2millionacresofpublicland,andalsoboaststwo
NationalWild&ScenicRivers,someofthedarkestskiesinthecountryandthelargestwildelk
herdintheNortheast.Visitorsspendanestimated$1.7billionintheregioneachyear,according
tothemostrecentstatistics.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandotherupcomingevents,visitthe
PennsylvaniaWilds
website.

PAOrganizationForWatersheds&Rivers2016RiverSojournSchedule

The
PAOrganizationForWatershedsandRivers
Friday
madeavailableits
2016scheduleofriversojourns
across
thestate.
Riversojournsareguidedpaddlingtrips,
sponsoredbyPOWRwithfundingsupportthroughthe
DepartmentofConservationofNaturalResourcesandthe
AmericanCanoeAssociation.
SojournseasontypicallyrunsfromMaythrough
September,andyoucanchoosewhethertopaddlejust
onedayorthewholetrip.
Formoreinformation,visitthePOWR
RiverSojourns
webpage.
Moreinformationisavailableonotherprograms,initiativesandupcomingeventsby
visitingthe
PAOrganizationForWatershedsandRivers
.
ClickHere
tosignupforregular
updatesfromPOWR(leftsideofthepage).


NaturalLandsTrustBuysLandToConnectThunTrailToFrenchCreekStatePark

InMarch,the
NaturalLandsTrust
purchasedasmallbutsignificantparceloflandthatwillbe
transferredto
FrenchCreekStatePark
inChesterCounty.
The2.3acresofwoodlandsareacriticallinkneededtoconnectthesoontobecompleted
twomilesectionoftheBigWoodsTrailrunningthroughFrenchCreekStateParktothe
Thun
Trail
(pronouncedtune)sectionoftheSchuylkillRiverTrail.
Thiskeypurchaseprovesthateventwoacresofforestcanmakeabigdifference,said
MollyMorrison,NaturalLandsTrustspresident.Thislandisanimportantlinkinthe
SchuylkillRiverTrailSystem
whichhasthepotentialtoconnectcommunitiesfromPhiladelphia
throughPottsville.
The2.3acrepropertylieswithinaregionknownastheHopewellBigWoodsthe
largestblockofcontiguousforestbetweenNewYorkandWashington,D.C.whichhasbeena
focusofconservationeffortsbyNaturalLandsTrustandmorethan50privateandpublic
partnersoverthepastdecade.
Itsalsoapartofthe
SchuylkillHighlandsConservationLandscape
,anareaatthe
intersectionofthePAHighlandsandtheSchuylkillRiverWatershedthathasbeendesignatedby
theDepartmentofConservationandNaturalResourcesasapriorityforconservation,
recreationalaccess,andcompatibleeconomicdevelopment.
SeventyonepercentofPennsylvaniasforestsareprivatelyowned,whichputsthemat
riskfordevelopment.
ThispropertyisthecriticallinkneededforDCNRtoconnectFrenchCreek,avery
popularstateparkwithalmostamillionvisitorsannually,totheSchuylkillRiverTrail,PA
DCNRSecretaryCindyAdamsDunnsaid.Thetraillinkwillexpandoutdoorrecreation
opportunitiesattheparkandprovideanalternatetransportationrouteforvisitoraccess.
ThislandpurchasemarkstheeighththatNaturalLandsTrusthasfacilitatedforFrench
CreekStateParktodate,theorganizationhasworkedwithDCNRtoadd386acrestothepark.
OnJune30,2015,NaturalLandsTrustpurchasedandtransferreda54acreparcelofland
tothepark,allowingofficialstorerouteaportionofthe140mileHorseshoeTrailfromland
ownedbytheSouthBirdsboroGunClubtolandownedbythepark.
SupportforthisconservationsuccesswasprovidedbytheDepartmentofConservation
andNaturalResourcesandtheVirginiaCretellaMarsFoundation.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandupcomingevents,visitthe
Natural
LandsTrust
webpage.
ClickHere
tosignupforregulatorupdatesfromtheTrust.
NewsClip:
CovetedWestChesterLandBecomesPark

April30TreePlantingOnOldMineSiteInWeiserStateForestColumbiaCounty

The
PAEnvironmentalCouncil
willholdatreeplanting
onanoldminingsiteinthe
WeiserStateForest
in
ColumbiaCountyonApril30.
Thoughtheyareclosednow,decadesoldmine
siteslocatedintheWeiserStateForestnearAristes

remainnearlybarren,andnearbywaterwaysaresotoxicthatnothingcansurviveinthem,
includingfishandinsects.
Treesplantedinstrategicareascancreatehabitatfornativeplantsandanimalsandhelp
restorewaterquality.
ParticipantsshouldmeetattheStateForestOffice,16WeiserLane,inAristesat8:30
a.m.
ClickHere
formoreinformationandtoregister.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandotherspecialevents,visitthe
PA
EnvironmentalCouncil
website,visitthe
PECBlog
,follow
PEConTwitter
or
LikePECon
Facebook
.
ClickHere
toreceiveregularupdatesfromPEC.
NewsClips:
DCNRAsksResidentsToRefrainFromBurning
Warm,DryWeatherSparksWildfiresInState
RainCouldOfferReliefFromSouthwesternPAWildfires
PoconosBrushFiresSpreadWithLittleFlame,LotsOfSmoke
CrewsBattleBrushFiresInMonroeCounty
MidstateWillBeUnderWildfireWatchThisWeek
WildfireDangerIsHigh
DCNRSaysTinderboxConditionsLeadingToSWWildfires
Planting60,000TreesInErieAndCounting
UnitsBattleWildfireAtopLaurelMountain
NatureLoversLearnSecretsOfVernalPool
NewPAMapleKingHasSyrupInHisVeins

PAHorticulturalSocietyTreeTendersToPlant889Trees,OtherEarthDayEventsSet

Volunteerstrainedbythe
PAHorticulturalSociety
willplant889treesinPhiladelphiaand
surroundingcountiesaspartofEarthWeekactivitiesintheregion.Theplantingswillbe
conductedby28TreeTendergroupsinPhiladelphiaand28groupsinthesurroundingcounties.
Theplantingsinthecitywillinclude:
18treesplantedbythenewAPMTreeTendersinNorthPhiladelphia
31treesplantedbythenewChestnutHillTreeTendersgroupand
80treesplantedbyUCGreenTreeTendersandtheUniversityofPennsylvaniainMantuaand
otherWestPhiladelphianeighborhoods.
Theplantingsinthecountieswillinclude:
50treesinHaverfordTownship,DelawareCounty
30treesplantedinUpperDublinTownship,MontgomeryCounty
20treesplantedinAbingtonTownship,MontgomeryCounty..
The
PHSTreeTenders
willpickupthebareroottreesthisweekatthePHSWarehouseat
theNavyYard,andplantthetreesonApril22to24.
ClickHere
foramapofthetreeplanting
locations.
Theseeffortsarepartof
PlantOneMillion
,thecampaigntorestoretheregionstree
canopy.PlantOneMillionreachedthehalfwaymarklastfall,withtheplantingofthe500,000th
treetocommemoratethevisitofPopeFrancistoPhiladelphia.
Thecampaignencompasses13countiesinthreestatesandisledbyPHS,
Philadelphia

Parks&Recreation
,the
TreeVitalizeProgram
oftheDepartmentofConservationandNatural
Resources,theNewJerseyTreeFoundation,andtheDelawareCenterforHorticulture.
OtherEarthDayEvents
PHShastheseotherEarthDayeventsplanned
GetaFreeRainBarrelApril23
:Attendanupcomingworkshoptoreceiveafreerainbarrel!
TwoclassesareavailablethisweekatPHSHeadquarters:April23at11a.m.
EnjoyaPHSMemberPerkApril30
:OnApril30,from10a.m.4p.m.,PHSMembers
areinvitedtovisitMt.CubaCenterfreeofcharge,onPHSMembersAppreciationDay.Thisisa
onedayonlyoffertotourthegorgeousgardensforfree.ClickTakeaClasstoaccessthis
exclusivebenefit!
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandotherupcomingevents,visitthe
PA
HorticulturalSociety
website.
NewsClips:
DCNRAsksResidentsToRefrainFromBurning
Warm,DryWeatherSparksWildfiresInState
RainCouldOfferReliefFromSouthwesternPAWildfires
PoconosBrushFiresSpreadWithLittleFlame,LotsOfSmoke
CrewsBattleBrushFiresInMonroeCounty
MidstateWillBeUnderWildfireWatchThisWeek
WildfireDangerIsHigh
DCNRSaysTinderboxConditionsLeadingToSWWildfires
Planting60,000TreesInErieAndCounting
UnitsBattleWildfireAtopLaurelMountain
NatureLoversLearnSecretsOfVernalPool
NewPAMapleKingHasSyrupInHisVeins

TheKeyToLongTermUrbanTreeSurvivalWorkshopMay1819InAllentown

The
PAUrbanandCommunityForestryCouncil
willholda
KeyToLongTermUrbanTree
SurvivalWorkshop
onMay1819inAllentown.
Communityhealthandlivabilityiscodependentontheserviceandcareofitsforest
canopy.Researchprovidesawealthofinformationonthesocial,health,andecologicalbenefits
thattreesprovide.
What'sUnderground?TheKeytoLongTermUrbanTreeSurvivalisatwoday
conferencepresentinginformationessentialtothecareofcommunitytreesandprovidingan
opportunitytoshareideaswithforesters,arborists,shadetreecommissioners,andothers.
Day1includesavarietyofpresentationsonthecareofcommunitytrees,followedbyan
eveningsocialattheLehighValleyHeritageMuseum.
Day2takesusoutsideforfielddemonstrationsofrootexcavation,charcoalmaking,
biocharapplication,amunicipalyardwasterecyclingprogram,andaportablesawmill.
TakeadvantageofearlybirdregistrationbyMay4.
ClickHere
formoreinformation,thefullworkshopagendaandhowtoregister.
NewsClips:
DCNRAsksResidentsToRefrainFromBurning
Warm,DryWeatherSparksWildfiresInState

RainCouldOfferReliefFromSouthwesternPAWildfires
PoconosBrushFiresSpreadWithLittleFlame,LotsOfSmoke
CrewsBattleBrushFiresInMonroeCounty
MidstateWillBeUnderWildfireWatchThisWeek
WildfireDangerIsHigh
DCNRSaysTinderboxConditionsLeadingToSWWildfires
Planting60,000TreesInErieAndCounting
UnitsBattleWildfireAtopLaurelMountain
NatureLoversLearnSecretsOfVernalPool
NewPAMapleKingHasSyrupInHisVeins

GrowPittsburgh,WesternPAConservancyCommunityGardenGrantsDueMay13

GrowPittsburgh
andthe
WesternPAConservancy
Mondayannouncedthe
2016CommunityGardenSustainabilityFund
willbeacceptingapplications
throughMay13.
Thisfundprovidestheopportunityforexistingcommunityfoodgardensin
AlleghenyCountytocompleteprojectsthatcontributetotheirsustainability.
Anycommunityfocusedfoodgardengroupisencouragedtoapply
including:schools,communityorganizations,churchesandshelters.
Groupscanapplyformaterialssuchasfencing,raisedbeds,compostand
topsoil,signage,rainbarrels,and/ortechnicalassistanceservicesliketilling
orsoiltesting.ThinkBIG!
ClickHere
forallthedetails.Directanyquestionsbyemailto:
rayden@growpittsburgh.org
orcall4123624769ext113.
NewsClip:
NEMasterGardenersGiveGrowingTips

WestmorelandLandTrust:May12CelebrationOfNewAdditionToCedarCreekPark

DroneswithcamerasandTVscreensalongwithradiocontrolledmodelhelicopters,jets,and
giantscaleplaneswillbeflyingat
CedarCreekPark
,RostraverTownship,onMay12to
celebratetheadditionof28moreacresoflandtothispopularWestmorelandCountypark.
ThepublicisinvitedtothisTheSkystheLimitcelebration,whichwillbeheldfrom4
p.m.to7p.m.onthenewproperty,locatedatthetopofCedarCreekGorgeanddirectlynextto
theparksradiocontrolledairfieldonTimmsLane.
InadditiontotheactionpackedairshowconductedbymembersoftheMonValley
RadioControlClub,otheractivitiesincludebalsawoodairplaneflyingcontestsand
naturejournalmakingforkidswildflowerwalksinthebeautifulCedarCreekGorgeanda
raffleforaHubsandronewithFPV($500value).
Popcorn,hotdogs,andotherfunfoodswillbeavailable,andtheeventisfreeandopento
thepublic.
TheSkystheLimitwillbeginwithadeedtransferceremonyandremarksfrom
representativesoftheWestmorelandCountyCommissioners,theDepartmentofConservation
andNaturalResources,thestatelegislature,andotherdignitaries.

TheWestmorelandLandTrustandtheWestmorelandCountyBureauofParksand
Recreationworkedtogethertoacquirethisnewpropertybecauseofitsnoteworthyecological
andrecreationalvalue,explainedChuckDuritsa,chairmanofthe
WestmorelandLandTrust
.
LocatedontopofasteepslopeattheeasternedgeofCedarCreekGorge,thenew
propertyprovidesanimportant,undevelopedbufferforthegorge,whichisaNaturalHabitat
AreaandadesignatedBiodiversityAreaofExceptionalSignificanceknownforitsspectacular
wildflowers.
Thepropertyalsowillprovidemorerecreationopportunitiesforparkvisitors,including
newtrailsand,becauseofitselevation,newscenicoutlooks,aswellasroomforenhancements
totheexistingradiocontrolledmodelairfieldadjacenttoitonthenorth.
CedarCreekParkisthesecondmostfrequentlyusedWestmorelandCountyPark.It
offersprimeaccesstotheYoughioghenyRiverandtheGreatAlleghenyPassagehiking/biking
trail,andfeaturesballandsoccerfields,aboatlaunch,anamphitheaterand19pavilions.The
newacquisitionwillincreasethesizeoftheparkto480acres.
FundingtoacquirethenewpropertywasobtainedbytheWestmorelandLandTrustand
theWestmorelandCountyBureauofParksandRecreationthroughcompetitivegrantsawarded
bytheDepartmentofConservationandNaturalResourcesBureauofRecreationand
Conservationandthe
ColcomFoundation
.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandotherupcomingevents,visitthe
WestmorelandLandTrust
website.

RachelCarsonHomesteadToPresentFreeLectureAtHawkMountainApril30

HawkMountainSanctuary
inBerksCountywillwelcomeJean
Cecilofthe
RachelCarsonHomestead
forafreespringlecture
RachelCarson:ASenseofWonderonApril30at5p.m.inthe
VisitorCentergallery.
ThetalkandslideshowwillhighlightCarsonsmanyconservation
accomplishmentsandincludeavirtualtouroftheNationalHistoric
PlaceinSpringdale,AlleghenyCounty,thatwasherchildhood
home.
RachelCarsonwasaworldrenownedmarinebiologist,
environmentalistactivist,andarguablythemostinfluentialnature
writerofourtime.Noticingchangesintheenvironment,shewas
oneoftheearliestscientiststobeginresearchontheeffectsof
pesticidesonwildlife.
Herworkculminatedinthe1962publicationofthelandmarkbook"SilentSpring,"in
whichshealsoincludeddatafromHawkMountainSanctuarythatdocumentedadeclineinthe
numberofjuvenilebaldeaglesseenonmigration.
AlthoughshewaswidelypersecutedforSilentSpring,thebookledtothecreationofa
presidentialcommissionthatlargelyendorsedherfindingsandthebanningofthepesticideDDT.
HerworkalsohelpedtoshapeagrowingenvironmentalconsciousnessintheUnited
Statesandtodaysheisconsideredthefounderofthemodernenvironmentalmovement.
Registrationisnotrequiredbutrecommendedforthiseventbycalling6107566961.
The2,500acre
HawkMountainSanctuary
istheworldsfirstrefugeforbirdsofpreyand

isopentothepublicyearroundbytrailfeeormembership,whichinturnsupportsthenonprofit
organizationsraptorconservationmissionandlocaltoglobalresearch,training,andeducation
programs.
Tolearnmoreaboutprograms,initiativesandotherupcomingevents,visitthe
Hawk
MountainSanctuary
websiteorcall6107566961.
ClickHere
tosignupforregularupdates
fromtheSanctuary.
Visitthe
RachelCarsonHomestead
websiteformoreinformationononeof
Pennsylvaniasmostfamousenvironmentalresearchersandwriters.
NewsClips:
HarmarBaldEagleNestBuzzingWithActivity
CrawfordCountyBecomingPlaceToSeeSandhillCranes
PresqueIsle:LookButDontStressOwlFamilies
Schneck:CicadaInvasionAboutToSwarmAcrossPA

PhotoofRachelCarsonatNorthLookoutatHawkMountainbyShirleyBriggsandusedwith
permissionoftheLindaLearCenterforArchivesandSpecialCollectionsatConnecticut
College.

PennsylvaniaSocietyToHonorPatrickJ.SolanoWithDistinguishedCitizenAward

The
CitizensVoicereportedThursday
PatrickJ.Solanowillberecognized
bythe
PennsylvaniaSociety
withitsprestigiousDistinguishedCitizenof
theCommonwealthAward.
ClickHere
toreadtheentirearticle.
SolanograduatedfromPittstonTownshipHighSchoolandjoined
theArmyAirCorps,wherehesawcombatin23missions.Basedwiththe
8thU.S.AirForceHeavyBombardmentGroupinEngland,heflew
missionsoverseveralEuropeannations,includingthebombingofBerlinin
late1944.
HewasawardedtheGroupPresidentialCitation,theAirForce
MedalwithtwoOakLeafClusters,andtheEuropeanCombatTheatreMedal.
SolanowasaPittstonTownshipschooldirector.Helaterbecameexecutivedirectorfor
theGeneralStateAuthority,whichafterthe1968constitutionalconventionbecamethe
DepartmentofGeneralServices.SolanobecameDeputySecretaryoftheDepartmentof
EnvironmentalResources,andservedasseniorcounselortoGovernorsTomRidgeandMark
Schweiker.
The
PAEnvironmentalCouncil
presenteditsThomasP.ShelbourneAwardtoSolano.He
alsoreceivedtheUnitedStatesArmyEngineersCommanderAward.
In2013,GovernorTomCorbettnamedthenewenvironmentaleducationfacilityat
FrancesSlocumStatePark,ThePatrickJ.SolanoEnvironmentalEducationCenter.Misericordia
UniversitynamedhimanhonoraryDoctorofHumaneLetters.
Solano,90,residesinHughestownwithhiswifeof61years,theformerMarieNocito.
SocietyPresidentNickDeBenedictisannouncedSolanowillbepresentedthehighaward
April22,atthePennsylvaniaSocietyannualmembershipluncheon,whichthisyearisbeingheld
attheScrantonCulturalCenter.Morethan400guestsareexpectedtoattend.
NewsClip:

PASocietyToHonorPatrickJ.SolanoWithDistinguishedCitizenAward

OpportunityToBidOnDEPMineReclamationProjectInClearfieldCounty

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection
publishednotice
intheApril23PABulletinofan
opportunitytobidonaminereclamationprojectinClearfieldCounty.

PublicParticipationOpportunities/CalendarOfEvents

ThissectionlistsHouseandSenateCommitteemeetings,DEPandotherpublichearingsand
meetingsandotherinterestingenvironmentalevents.
NEW
meansnewfromlastweek.
[AgendaNotPosted]
meansnotpostedwithin2weeks
oftheadvisorycommitteemeeting.Gotothe
onlineCalendar
webpageforupdates.

NOTE:
TheSenateandHouseareonabreakfortheApril26Primaryelection.

April2230

PhiladelphiaScienceFestival
.Philadelphia.

April2224

NEW
.
3rdAnnualHawleyEarthFes
t.PikeCounty.

April23

CentreCountyWatershedCleanupDay
.

April23

FrenchCreekCleanupDay
.MontgomeryCounty.

April23
GreyTowersHeritageAssociation8KRun/Walk
.PikeCounty.

April25

AgendaPosted
.
DEPMiningandReclamationAdvisoryBoard
meeting.Room105
RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.DEPContact:DanielSnowden,BureauofMiningPrograms,
400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177875103,
dsnowden@pa.gov
.
(
formalnotice
)
ProposedIncreasesInPermitReviewFeesMRABRecommendations
CommitteeReportsOnPolicy,Regulations,Legislation&TechnicalGuidance,Reclamation
ProposedTechnicalGuidanceRevisionOnPreApplicationReview
ProfessionalLicensureandPermitReview
RegularProgramUpdates
BondRateGuidelinesUpdate
FederalAMLGrantFundingStatus
2015ReclamationAndReminingIncentivesReport
JulyFieldTrip:Flight93AMDTreatmentFacilityOtherSites

ClickHere
foravailablehandouts.

April25

EnergyAllianceOfGreaterPittsburghAnnualMeeting
.Pittsburgh.

April25

NEW
.
WestmorelandCountyConservationDistrictEnvirothonCompetition
.
Greensburg.

April2526

DelawareHighlandsConservancy

WomenAndTheirWoodsWorkshop
.Milford,
PikeCounty.

April26
PennsylvaniaPrimaryElection.

April27

NEW
.
AgendaPosted
.
DEPSolidWasteAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105
RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.
DEPContact:KeithAshley,BureauofWasteManagement,400
MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177872553,
riashley@pa.gov
.
DEPClimateChangeActionPlan
Act101RecyclingActPast,PresentFuture
CRTGlassManagement&CoveredDevice(EWaste)RecyclingAct
RecapofJointConservationCommitteeHearingonEWasteRecycling

ClickHere
foravailablehandouts.

April27

AgendaPosted
.
DEPSmallBusinessComplianceAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.12th
FloorConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.DEPContact:NancyHerb,Bureauof
AirQuality,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177839269,
nherb@pa.gov
.
SmallBusinessOmbudsmanReport
EnvironmentalManagementAssistanceProgramReport
ProposedRegSettingVOCEmissionStandardsForIndustrialCleaningSolvents
FinalRegSettingMetalPartsSurfaceCoatingStandards
FinalRegForAutomobile,LightDutyTruckCoatingStandards

ClickHere
foravailablehandouts.

April28
CANCELED
.
DEPSmallWaterSystemsTechnicalAssistanceCenterBoard
meeting.TheJune1meetingoftheboardhasbeenrescheduledtoJune23.DEPContact:Dawn
Hissner,DEPBureauofSafeDrinkingWater,7177722189or
dhissner@pa.gov.

(
formal
notice
)

April28
WestmorelandCountyConservationDistrict

StormwaterPublicInputSession
.
AlleghenyTownshipCommunityBuilding,136CommunityBuildingRoad,Leechburg.
6:308:30p.m.

April28

NEW
.
PAWildsAnnualDinner&AwardsBanquet
.St.Marys,ElkCounty.

April29

GetOutdoorsPA

NationalGetOutdoorsDayWebinar
.1:00to2:00p.m.

April30

PAResourcesCouncil

PharmaceuticalCollectionEventsInAlleghenyCounty
.4
Locations.10:00a.m.to2:00p.m.

April30

FoodsOfTheDelawareHighlandsDinner
.Hawley,WayneCounty.

April30

ChesterRidleyCrumWatersheds

StreamsCleanupDay
.ChesterandDelaware
Counties.

April30

WissahickonCreekWatershedCleanup
.Montgomery,PhiladelphiaCounties.

April30

NEW
.
PAEnvironmentalCouncil

OldMiningSiteTreePlantingInWeiserState
Forest
.ColumbiaCounty.

April30

ActivatePhoenixvillePrescribeATrailEvent
.
SchuylkillRiverTrail
,Chester
County.

April30

NEW
.
HawkMountainSanctuary

RachelCarsonHomesteadPresentation
.Berks
County.

May3

CANCELED
.
DEPClimateChangeAdvisoryCommittee
meets.RescheduledforMay
17.DEPContact:MarkBrojakowski,BureauofAirQuality,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA
17101,7177723429,
mbrojakows@pa.gov
.
(
formalnotice
)

May3
NEW
.
AcademyofNaturalSciencesofDrexelUniversity

WhatsInOurWater
Discussion
.Philadelphia.

May4

SusquehannaRiverBasinCommission
holdsahearing.EastHanoverTownship
MunicipalBuilding,8848JonestownRoad,Grantville,DauphinCounty.7:00p.m.SRBC
Contact:JasonOyler,GeneralCounsel,7172380423x1312.
(
formalnotice&agenda
)
ProposedGuidanceForExpiringProjectApprovals
ProposedGuidanceForTerminatingReviewOfProjectApplications
ProposedAmendmentsToRegulatoryProgramFeeSchedule
ComprehensivePlanForTheWaterResourcesOfTheSusquehannaRiverBasin
IndividualWaterWithdrawalRequests

ClickHere
togotoSRBCsPublicParticipationCenterformoredetails.

May4
PAGroundwaterSymposium
.RamadaInnConferenceCenter,StateCollege.

May5
SenateDemocraticPolicyCommitteeholdsaroundtablediscussiononnaturalgas
extractionintheLakeErieWatershed.LocationTBAinErie.10:00.

May6
NEW
.
AgendaPosted
.
DEPCoalandClayMineSubsidenceInsuranceBoard
meeting.
5thFloorConferenceRoomA,RachelCarsonBuilding,Harrisburg.10:00.DEPContact:
LawrenceRuane,DEPBureauofMiningPrograms,Harrisburg,7177839586orsendemailto:
lruane@pa.gov.

(
formalnotice
)
ClaimandRefundPaymentResolution

ClickHere
foravailablehandouts.

May68
KettleCreekWatershedAssociation
Disabled/RecoveringVeteransFlyFishing
Event
.Tioga,PotterandClintoncounties.

May7

PAResourcesCouncil

HouseholdChemicalCollectionEvent
.AlleghenyCounty,
NorthParkSwimmingPool.9:00a.m.to1:00p.m.


May7

ManadaConservancys

AnnualSpringNativePlantSale
.DauphinCounty.

May7

CapitalRegionWater

ConsiderTheSourceLitterCleanup&DrinkingWaterTour
.
Harrisburg.

May7

GiffordPinchotGreyTowersFlyFishingEvent
.Milford,PikeCounty.

May10

WildlifeforEveryone

GovernorTomRidgeWetlandsThruTheCameraLensStudent
Program
.CentreCounty.

May1012

PAAmericanWaterWorksAssociationAnnualConferenc
e.BethlehemSands
HotelandCasino,Bethlehem.

May11

PAParks&ForestsFoundation2016AwardsBanquet
.CampHill,Cumberland
County.

May1113

PAAssociationofEnvironmentalProfessionals
AnnualConference.StateCollege.

May12

NEW
.
WestmorelandLandTrust

CelebratingAdditionToCedarCreekPark
.
WestmorelandCounty.

May1315

PAOutdoorWritersAssociation

SpringConference
.Sayre,BradfordCounty.
Conferencedetailsarecomingtogether.ContactNickSisleybyemailto:
nicksisley@hotmail.com
withanyquestions.

May1315

SusquehannaGreenway
:
SusquehannaRiverSojournSayertoSugarRun
.

May14
PAResourcesCouncil

HardToRecycleCollectionEvent
.FrazerTownship,
AlleghenyCounty.

May14

FoundationforSustainableForests

LovingTheLandThroughWorkingForests
.
Corry,ErieCounty.

May17

EnvironmentalQualityBoard
meeting.DEPContact:LauraEdinger,Environmental
QualityBoard,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177723277,
edinger@pa.gov
.

May17

DEPCitizensAdvisoryCouncil
.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.DEP
Contact:KatieHetheringtonCunfer,CitizensAdvisoryCouncil,P.O.Box8459,Harrisburg,PA
171058459,7177052693,
khethering@pa.gov
.

May17

DEPClimateChangeAdvisoryCommittee
meets.16thFloorConferenceRoom,
RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.DEPContact:MarkBrojakowski,BureauofAirQuality,400
MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177723429,
mbrojakows@pa.gov
.
(
formalnotice
)

May17
SusquehannaRiverBasinCommission
DevelopingAquiferTestingPlans&
GroundwaterWithdrawalApplicationsWorkshop
.CommissionsConferenceCenterlocatedat
4423N.FrontStreet,Harrisburg,PA.DayLong.

May18
DEPConventionalOilandGasAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105Rachel
CarsonBuilding.10:00.DEPContact:KurtKlapkowski,OfficeofOilandGasManagement,
400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177722199,
kklapkowsk@pa.gov
.

May1819

NEW
.
PAUrban&CommunityForestryCouncil

KeyToLongTermUrbanTree
SurvivalWorkshop
.Allentown.

May19

DEPOilandGasTechnicalAdvisoryBoard
meeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.10:00.DEPContact:KurtKlapkowski,OfficeofOilandGasManagement,400
MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177722199,
kklapkowsk@pa.gov
.

May19

FriendsOfTheWissahickon
Lessons
BenefitsOfPark,GardenEcosystems
.
MontgomeryCounty.

May21

PAResourcesCouncil

HouseholdChemicalCollectionEvent
.CambriaCounty,
ConcurrentTechnologiesCorp.ETFFacility,Johnstown.9:00a.m.to1:00p.m.

June1
CANCELED
.
DEPSmallWaterSystemsTechnicalAssistanceCenterBoard
meeting.
MeetingrescheduledtoJune23.DEPContact:DawnHissner,DEPBureauofSafeDrinking
Water,7177722189or
dhissner@pa.gov.

(
formalnotice
)

June3

AppalachianTrailMuseum

HallOfFameBanquet
.
AllenberryResort
,Boiling
Springs,CumberlandCounty.

June35

PAEnvironmentalCouncil

EnvironmentRide
.PhiladelphiatoBethlehembackto
Philadelphia.

June410

18thAnnualSchuylkillRiverSojourn
.

June412

ChesapeakeBayWatershedAwarenessWeek
.

June7

DEPStorageTankAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.
10:00.
DEPContact:CharlesM.Swokel,BureauofEnvironmentalCleanupandBrownfields,
400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177725806or(800)4282657((800)42TANKS)
withintheCommonwealth,
cswokel@pa.gov
.
(
formalnotice
)

June9
DEPAirQualityTechnicalAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.9:15.Contact:NancyHerb,
nherb@pa.gov
.

June1217

SusquehannaGreenway
:
SusquehannaRiverSojournLaceyvilletoShickshinny
.

June14
DEPBoardofCoalMineSafety
meeting.DEPCambriaOffice,286IndustrialPark
Rd.,Ebensburg.10:00.
DEPContact:AllisonGaida,BureauofMineSafety,Departmentof
EnvironmentalProtection,NewStantonOffice,131BroadviewRoad,NewStanton,PA15672,
7244043147,
agaida@pa.gov
.

June16
DEPStateBoardforCertificationofWaterandWastewaterSystemsOperators
meeting.10thFloorConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.DEPContact:Cheri
Sansoni,BureauofSafeDrinkingWater,OperatorCertification,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,
PA17101,7177725158,
csansoni@pa.gov
.

June1719

SusquehannaGreenway
:
SusquehannaRiverSojournShickshinnyToSunbury
.

June18

PAResourcesCouncil
AlleghenyCountyReuseFest.Mt.Lebanon.

June1825

DelawareRiverSojourn
.

June21

EnvironmentalQualityBoard
meeting.DEPContact:LauraEdinger,Environmental
QualityBoard,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177723277,
edinger@pa.gov
.

June21

DEPCitizensAdvisoryCouncil
.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.DEP
Contact:KatieHetheringtonCunfer,CitizensAdvisoryCouncil,P.O.Box8459,Harrisburg,PA
171058459,7177052693,
khethering@pa.gov
.

June2223

NEW
.
2016PAAbandonedMineReclamationConference
.IndianaUniversityof
PA,Indiana.

June23
DEPSmallWaterSystemsTechnicalAssistanceCenterBoard
meeting.Susquehanna
Room,Fish&BoatCommissionBuilding,1601ElmertonAve.,Harrisburg.9:00.DEPContact:
DawnHissner,DEPBureauofSafeDrinkingWater,7177722189or
dhissner@pa.gov.
(
formalnotice
)

June29

StateBoardforCertificationofSewageEnforcementOfficers
meeting.11thFloor
ConferenceRoomB,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.
DEPContact:KristenSzwajkowski,
BureauofPointNonPointSourceManagement,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,
7177722186,
kszwajkows@pa.gov
.

June25
PAResourcesCouncil

HardToRecycleCollectionEvent
.LTBA,AlleghenyCounty.

June30

DEPSolidWasteAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.
10:00.
DEPContact:KeithAshley,BureauofWasteManagement,400MarketStreet,
Harrisburg,PA17101,7177872553,
riashley@pa.gov
.

July9

PAResourcesCouncil

HouseholdChemicalCollectionEvent
.WashingtonCounty,
WashingtonCountyFairgrounds.9:00a.m.to1:00p.m.

July21

AgendaPosted
.
DEPMiningandReclamationAdvisoryBoard
meeting.Cambria
DistrictMiningOffice,286IndustrialparkRoad,Ebensburg.10:00.DEPContact:Daniel
Snowden,BureauofMiningPrograms,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177875103,
dsnowden@pa.gov
.

July2529

TheSustainableEnergyFund

EnergypathRenewableEnergyConference,Student
EnergyCamps,ScienceFair
.PennStaterHotelandConferenceCenter,StateCollege.

August13

PAResourcesCouncil

HouseholdChemicalCollectionEvent
.AlleghenyCounty,
BoyceParkFourSeasonsSkiLodgeparkinglot.9:00a.m.to1:00p.m.

August20
PAResourcesCouncil

HardToRecycleCollectionEvent
.WestMifflin,Allegheny
County.

September1518

DelawareHighlandsConservancy

WomenandTheirWoodsEducational
Retreat
.Milanville,WayneCounty.

September17

PAResourcesCouncil

HouseholdChemicalCollectionEvent
.Allegheny
County,SouthParkWavePoolparkinglot.9:00a.m.to1:00p.m.

September22
DEPRecyclingFundAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.10:00.DEPContact:KeithAshley,BureauofWasteManagement,400MarketStreet,
Harrisburg,PA17101,7177872553,
riashley@pa.gov
.

September22
PennStateExtension
DiveDeeperIIIWaterEducatorSummit
.TheCentral
Hotel&ConferenceCenter,Harrisburg.

October1
PAResourcesCouncil

HardToRecycleCollectionEvent
.RobinsonTownship,
AlleghenyCounty.

October7

DEPLowLevelRadioactiveWasteAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105
RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.DEPContact:RichJanati,BureauofRadiationProtection,400
MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177872147,
rjanati@pa.gov
.

October8

PAResourcesCouncil

HouseholdChemicalCollectionEvent
.BeaverCounty,
BradysRunParkRecyclingCenter.9:00a.m.to1:00p.m.

October2628

PennsylvaniaBrownfieldsConference
.LancasterConventionCenter,
Lancaster.

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Grants&Awards

Thissectiongivesyouaheadsuponupcomingdeadlinesforawardsandgrantsandother

recognitionprograms.
NEW
meansnewfromlastweek.

April25

PECPoconoForest&WatersConservationLandscapeMiniGrants
April26

EPACleanDieselGrants
April30

TreesForTomorrowFranklin,DauphinCumberlandCounties
April30
AbeleCollegeScholarshipApplications
April30

NortheastPAAudubonCollegeScholarship
April30

YorkLancasterCountiesHabitatImprovementGrants
May
CFARenewableEnergyGeothermalAndWindGrants
May

CFAHighPerformanceBuildingGrants
May3

EnergySproutSustainableEnergyDesignCompetition
May10
NRCSRegionalConservationPartnershipGrants
May13

NEW
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GrowPittsburgh,WPCCommunityGardensGrants
May16

EPAPresidentialEnvironmentalEducationInnovationAward
May19

DCNRVolunteerFireCompanyGrants
May19

SchuylkillHighlandsConservationLandscapeMiniGrantProgram
May31

$2KScholarshipsByNationalAssn.OfAbandonedMineLandPrograms
May31

PAWasteWatcherAwardsProgram
May31

DominionFoundationHigherEducation,K12EducationGrants
June3

GreatAmericanCleanupofPAVideoContest
June17
NEW
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SinnemahoningCreekWatershedGrants
June30

SusquehannaGreenwayPartnershipPhotoContest
June30
CFAAct13WatershedRestorationGrants
June30

CFAAct13AbandonedMineDrainageAbatementAndTreatmentGrants
June30

CFAAct13OrphanOrAbandonedWellPluggingGrantProgram
June30
CFAAct13BaselineWaterQualityDataGrantProgram
June30

CFAAct13SewageFacilitiesGrantProgram
June30

CFAAct13FloodMitigationGrantProgram
June30

CFAAct13Greenways,TrailsAndRecreationGrantProgram
June30
SusquehannaGreenwaysPartnershipPhotoContest
June30

EnergypathConferenceStudent/EducatorScholarships
July
CFARenewableEnergyGeothermalAndWindGrants
July

CFAHighPerformanceBuildingGrants
July8

ARIPPAAbandonedMineReclamationGrants
July8

PROPRecyclingFilmFestival
September
CFARenewableEnergyGeothermalAndWindGrants
September

CFAHighPerformanceBuildingGrants
October31
PAResourcesCouncilLensOnLitterPhotoContest
December31

DEPAlternativeFuelsIncentiveGrants

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Environment,Budget,MarcellusShale,WatershedProtectionandmuchmore.

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PASocietyToHonorPatrickJ.SolanoWithDistinguishedCitizenAward
Politics
CandidatesForAttorneyGeneralWeighInOnFracking
Air
PACitiesHaveSomeOfWorstAirPollutionInTheCountry
WesternPAAirIsGettingCleaner,RoomForImprovement
CentralPAMetroAreaRemainsAmongNationsWorst
Report:LehighValleyAirStillBad,ButImproving
ErieCountyFlunksOzonePollutionReportCard
YorkAirRanksAmongWorstInCountry
Crable:LancastersSootPollutionWorstEastOfUtah
NortheastAirQualityImprovingStudySays
Alternative/RenewableEnergy
PECOCreatesSolarCollaborative
WilkesBarreStudentsToInstall12SolarPanels
SEPTAToAdd25ElectricBusesNextYear
Biodiversity/InvasiveSpecies
NatureLoversLearnSecretsOfVernalPool
BlackFlies
Crable:Berks,Chester,Dauphin,Lancaster,YorkSupportBlackFlySpraying
Budget
Report:StatesShouldPutDrillingMoneyInTrustInsteadOfUsingIt
GreeneCountyUsesAct13ImpactFeesToRepairCourthousePorch
ArmstrongCountyGivesImpactFeeGrantsToNonprofits
AP:WolfLetsBudgetBillBecomeLawWithoutHisSignature
10MonthsOverdue,201516FiscalCodeBillBecomesLaw
StateBudgetSeasonToStart
WolfSignsBills,FiscalCodeBillNotAmongThem
PAHasNationsHighestMotorFuelTaxes
BudgetRememberWhen?

RememberWhenTheGeneralAssemblyFunded4,125AcresOfMineReclamation/YearNot
1,368?

RememberWhenTheGeneralAssemblyUsedToFundAn11,000ParticipantCitizen
VolunteerWaterQualityMonitoringProgram?


RememberWhenTheGeneralAssemblyUsedToFund$50Million/YearInWatershed
RestorationGrants,Not$27MOrLess?

RememberWhenTheGeneralAssemblyUsedToFundPollutionPreventionProgramsSaving
BillionsOfGallonsOfWater&Btus?

RememberWhenTheGeneralAssemblyUsedToFundAComprehensiveDEPPublic
ParticipationProgram?

RememberWhenTheGeneralAssemblyUsedToFundADEPChiefInformationOfficerTo
UpgradeITOperations?

RememberWhenTheGeneralAssemblyUsedToFundCreativeEnvironmentalEducation
Efforts?

RememberWhenTheGeneralAssemblyUsedToFundDEPSoItHadTheStaffToBuild
PartnershipsToReduce,EliminatePollution?

RememberWhenTheGeneralAssemblyCreatedThePACenterForEnvironmental
EducationInLawAndDidntFundIt?

RememberWhenTheGeneralAssemblyUsedToFundDEPAtLevelsAllowing
WorldClassInnovation?
ChesapeakeBay
DespiteProgress,ChesapeakeBayCleanupLags,EspeciallyInPA
EasternYorkStudentsLearnHandsOnInCanoesByCBFPA
ScrantonMayChargeRainTax,FormStormwaterAuthority
EarthDay46YearsOn,HowFarWeveCome,HowFarToGo
Editorial:ScrantonsStormwaterOpportunity
Climate
Forbes:NaturalGasCutPAsCO2Emissions30Percent
OnEarthDay,NationsSignOffOnClimatePact
OpEd:ActiveCarbonEmissionReductionMustFollowClimateAgreement
OpEd:FarmersSeeBitterHarvestGrowingOutOfClimateChange
Editorial:DontWasteYourEnergy
Bloomberg:ParisClimatePact:TooLittle,TooLate?
EarthsTemperatureJustShatteredTheThermometer
DelawareRiver
DelawareRiverKeeperApril15RiverWatchVideoReport
DrinkingWater
EarthDay:ThinkAboutHowAWaterUtilityCanHelpOurPlanet
OpEd:FocusShouldBeOnLeadPaint,NotLeadPipes
HBGCouncilDismayedOverCompetitionForVolunteerSeatOnWaterBoard
EarthDay
DCNRSecretaryCindyAdamsDunn:5WaysToCelebrateEarthDay
Outdoors:EarthDayIsATimeToCelebrate
TheEvolutionOfEarthDay
VintagePhotosFromFirstEarthDayIn1970
MeadvilleStudentsDecorateGroceryBagsForEarthDay
Crable:LancasterNaturalistsInspireOthers
WesternPAEarthDayCelebrationsMarkAdvances
PhillyPrisonersGetTheirHandsDirtyForEarthDay

EarthDay:ThinkAboutHowAWaterUtilityCanHelpOurPlanet
CelebrateEarthDayWithJoAnnaConnellInErie
ChambersburgStudentsSortTreesForAHealthEnvironment
Video:DCNR,VolunteersRecognizeEarthDay,ArborDayAllYearLong
EconomicDevelopment
DropInShaleDrillingPutsSomeHotelsOnMarket
AP:AdjustingToLifeAfterNaturalGasBoomInPA
Editorial:StateMissesGasBoom,AbsorbsBust
SouthHuntingdonNaturalGasPowerPlantToCreateJobs
Education
Crable:LancasterNaturalistsInspireOthers
Hooked:LocalStudentsAreLearning,LovingToRaiseTrout
EasternYorkStudentsLearnHandsOnInCanoesByCBFPA
ChambersburgStudentsSortTreesForAHealthEnvironment
CarnegieScienceCenterExpandingExhibitCapacity
CarnegieScienceCenterRaisingFundsForBigExpansion
Energy
ConstructionBeginsOn$780MSouthHuntingdonPowerPlant
ConsolClosesResearch&DevelopmentCenterInSouthPark
Editorial:DigAHoleForU.S.Coal
Editorial:DontWasteYourEnergy
NuclearWasteStorageExpansionApprovedAtBerwick
TalenEnergyAppealsPermitDenialForSpentNuclearFuelStorageExpansion
Editorial:NuclearWasteNoLocalIssue
NRC:PeachBottomNuclearPlantMustUpgradeSafetyEquipment
NewFilmOnTMIAccidentHosts70sPartyInMiddletown
SteamHeatFacilitiesEyedByStateRegulators
PenelecElectricalWorkerProgramFinishesFirstYear
PPLCompletes$350MPoconosTransmissionProject
U.S.SenateOKsBillToPromoteVarietyOfEnergySources
Farming
SavingThePlanetOneCowBurpAtATime
OrganicPracticesWidenPathToGreaterBounty
OpEd:FarmersSeeBitterHarvestGrowingOutOfClimateChange
ControversialPigFacilityApprovedInCumberlandCounty
Forests
DCNRAsksResidentsToRefrainFromBurning
Warm,DryWeatherSparksWildfiresInState
RainCouldOfferReliefFromSouthwesternPAWildfires
PoconosBrushFiresSpreadWithLittleFlame,LotsOfSmoke
CrewsBattleBrushFiresInMonroeCounty
MidstateWillBeUnderWildfireWatchThisWeek
WildfireDangerIsHigh
DCNRSaysTinderboxConditionsLeadingToSWWildfires
Planting60,000TreesInErieAndCounting

UnitsBattleWildfireAtopLaurelMountain
NatureLoversLearnSecretsOfVernalPool
NewPAMapleKingHasSyrupInHisVeins
GreenBuildings/Sustainability
$24MillionInUnspentStateGreenBuildingFundsUntouched
PPGWillPhaseOutLeadFromAllPaintsBy2020
InformationManagement
WolfToSignOpenDataExecutiveOrder
LandUsePlanning
ReadingReceivesNationalCompleteStreetsPolicyRecognition
Litter/IllegalDumping
VolunteersCleanUpNorthBelleVernonPark
GirlScoutsToCleanUpGreenStreetParkInHanoverTwp
BradfordAreaGroupsHelpEnvironmentByCleaningUpLocally
Editorial:PutOnSomeGlovesAndCleanup,Outdoors
Oil&Gas
DrillingRegsMoveForwardAfter7HourMeeting,MoreConflictLooms
CommissionOKsEnvironmentalRulesForDrilling
RegulatoryReviewersApproveMajorUpdateToDrillingRules
PennsylvaniaOilProducersChallengeDrillingRegulations
DrillingRegulationsCouldSparkNewPoliticalSlugfest
OpEd:PAsFossilFueledLegislatureShouldSupportDrillingRegs
OpEd:SupportUpdatesToDEPsOilAndGasRegulations
OpEd:FrackingBanWouldIncreaseCost,Pollution
OpEd:WeCanProduceEnergyAndStillProtectTheEnvironment
Forbes:NaturalGasCutPAsCO2Emissions30Percent
DoesRangeResourcesAvoidRichNeighborhoods?
GasExecApologizesForRemarkAboutAvoidingNeighborhoods
RangeResourcesExecutiveApologizesForSarcasticRemark
Editorial:QuipFromDrillerShowsACommonInequity
SRBCReport:DrillingDidntStrainWaterSupplyInSusquehannaBasin
PetersTwpWeighsLastStepsForPotentialGasDrilling
PennTwpCitizensGroupOpposesDrillingOrdinance
DrillingCoalitionBringsQuiltProjectToDallasApril25
KaneLawsuitDelaysGasRoyaltiesSettlementPayment
ConsolPredicts2EthaneCrackerPlansForWesternPA
InvenergyPurchaseOfJessupParcelsFinalized
InvenergyNaturalGasPowerPlantToBreakGround
ConstructionBeginsOn$780MSouthHuntingdonPowerPlant
SouthHuntingdonNaturalGasPowerPlantToCreateJobs
NoVoteOnProposedNaturalGasPlantInElizabethTwp
DropInShaleDrillingPutsSomeHotelsOnMarket
AP:AdjustingToLifeAfterNaturalGasBoomInPA
Editorial:StateMissesGasBoom,AbsorbsBust
NaturalGasProductionSeenReturningIn18Months

FederalCourtHearsArgumentsOverLNGExports
DrillingCompanySettlesOvertimePaySuitFor$400K
Report:StatesShouldPutDrillingMoneyInTrustInsteadOfUsingIt
CandidatesForAttorneyGeneralWeighInOnFracking
NaturalGasExplosionDamagesForestHillsHome
CheapestSummerGasolinePricesIn12YearsExpected
WhyAreGasolinePricesUp?
PittsburghGasolinePricesUpAnother8Cents
PAHasNationsHighestMotorFuelTaxes
LowerU.S.SupplyToUnderpinOilPriceDespiteFailureOfTalks
Pipelines
PipelineTaskForceWasFrustratingProcessIndustrySays
PennEastPipelineCrewAllegedlyThreatenedInNJ
NYDeniesConstitutionPipelinePermitHaltingConstruction
KinderMorganPullsPlugOnNortheastEnergyDirectPipeline
Recreation
TheCircuitTrailAsCatalystForPhillyAreaDevelopment
5FamilyFriendlyBikeTrailsInNorthwestPhilly
PhillyExpandsBikeshareProgramAfterABoomingFirstYea
r
Editorial:HeyDrivers,GiveBicyclistsABreak!
RegisterForBikeAroundPresqueIsleBay
CovetedWestChesterLandBecomesPark
StateMoneyAidsGoalOfKeepingAlleghenyRiverLocksOpenForLeisure
FreeAdmissionToSteamtownNationalHistoricSiteForWeek
Recycling/Waste
ScrantonRecyclingCenterAcceptingElectronicsThruApril
Editorial:KeystoneLandfillSewerLineCaseRequiresInvestigation
PhillyPrisonersGetTheirHandsDirtyForEarthDay
RidYourHomeOfUnusedDrugsOnApril30
Stormwater
ScrantonMayChargeRainTax,FormStormwaterAuthority
Editorial:ScrantonsStormwaterOpportunity
StormwaterAbatementToRemainKeyToPittsburghDevelopment
SusquehannaRiver
SRBCReport:DrillingDidntStrainWaterSupplyInSusquehannaBasin
DecisionOnDiseasedSusquehannaBassDelayed
ScrantonMayChargeRainTax,FormStormwaterAuthority
Editorial:ScrantonsStormwaterOpportunity
InterfaithGroupsCelebrateGiftOfWaterBySusquehanna
WastewaterFacilities
Editorial:IssueReducesScrantonSewerSaleDealsValue
HBGCouncilDismayedOverCompetitionForVolunteerSeatOnWaterBoard
WatershedProtection
DespiteProgress,ChesapeakeBayCleanupLags,EspeciallyInPA
ChesapeakeBayFoundationUrgesActionOnSusquehanna

DecisionOnDiseasedSusquehannaBassDelayed
InterfaithGroupsCelebrateGiftOfWaterBySusquehanna
EasternYorkStudentsLearnHandsOnInCanoesByCBFPA
EarthDay46YearsOn,HowFarWeveCome,HowFarToGo
DelawareRiverKeeperApril15RiverWatchVideoReport
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WestNileVirus/Mosquito/TickBorneDiseases
FreeLymeDiseasePresentationThursdayInScranton
HealthSecretaryToLeadLymeDiseaseSeminarMay4
Wildlife
DecisionOnDiseasedSusquehannaBassDelayed
AnglersCastLinesForTroutInErieOnOpeningDay
AnglersFloodNEStreams,LakesForTroutSeason
HarmarBaldEagleNestBuzzingWithActivity
PresqueIsle:LookButDontStressOwlFamilies
Schneck:BearCubWandersIntoHomeDepotParkingLot
Schneck:CicadaInvasionAboutToSwarmAcrossPA
CrawfordCountyBecomingPlaceToSeeSandhillCranes
ZikaVirus
BattleAgainstZikaVirusIsOnInLehighValley
HowToProtectYourselfFromZikaVirus
PittResearchersFormInternationalTeamToFightZika
Other
NEMasterGardenersGiveGrowingTips
SimpleGreenBurialsCreateSereneFinalRestingSpots

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Regulations,TechnicalGuidance&Permits

TheEnvironmentalQualityBoard
publishednotice
offinalregulationssettingnewReasonably
AvailableControlTechnologyRequirementsforMajorSourcesofnitrogenoxidesandvolatile
organiccompoundsintheApril23PABulletin.

PennsylvaniaBulletinApril23,2016

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TechnicalGuidance&Permits

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection
publishednotice
intheApril23PABulletinitwill
notproceedwithproposedmodificationstoGeneralPermitBWEWGP8relatedtoTemporary
RoadCrossingsandtheexistingGeneralPermitwillremainineffect.

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