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March 24, 2017

March 27 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The March 27 PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

Department of Environmental Protection Thursday announced 21 organizations across the Commonwealth will receive the prestigious 2017 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for 16 projects that represent the very best in innovation, collaboration, and public service in environmental stewardship.

The PA Association of Environmental Professionals Tuesday announced Eric H. Buncher, Manager of Planning Services for the Allegheny County Airport Authority, is the winner of the Karl Mason Award and the PA Senior Environment Corps managed by Nature Abounds is the winner of the Walter Lyon Award.

StateImpact reported Friday a U.S. Federal District Court Thursday threw out a lawsuit by a group of Wayne County landowners who said the Delaware River Basin Commission lacks the authority to review and approve natural gas facilities on land owned by the group.  The ruling ends one legal threat to a de-facto moratorium by DRBC on shale gas development in the basin that has stood since 2010.

The Trump administration’s proposed 21 percent cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture could cause significant harm to Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry and rural communities, according to state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding.

The National Heritage Areas in Pennsylvania Thursday announced they  strongly oppose the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget.

Mark your 2017 calendar now for dates to drop off a wide variety of materials-- ranging from computers and household chemicals to usable building materials and unwanted medications – at upcoming collection events sponsored by the PA Resources Council and its partners.

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday ordered Nulife Glass NY (Nulife) to remove all 17 million pounds of stored CRT materials from all five warehouses it uses in Pennsylvania within a year.

Philadelphia Schools Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite, Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, Councilman Bobby Henon, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., the Philadelphia Energy Authority, and representatives of labor met at Lankenau High School Monday to announce the launch of an energy efficiency pilot program.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn Thursday joined Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino and Student Conservation Association representatives in announcing applicants are being sought to expand the highly successful PA Outdoor Corps to work in state parks and state forests across the state.

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Pennsylvania Unemployment Rate Declines To 5 Percent In February

The Department of Labor & Industry Friday reported Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point from January to 5.0 percent.
The Commonwealth's rate remained above that of the United States, which decreased one-tenth of a percentage point in February to 4.7 percent.
Over the year, the Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by four-tenths of a percentage point.
The Associated Press Friday reported a 5-year revision in employment data now means Pennsylvania’s jobless rate is at a 7-year, post-recession low and payrolls are at record highs.  The AP also reported February employment hit a record high while the number of individuals unemployed drop to the lowest level since 2008.
L&I reported Pennsylvania's civilian labor force was down 6,000 over the month to 6,434,000. Resident employment increased by 7,000 while the unemployment count declined by 12,000. February was the sixth consecutive month that posted both an increase in employment and a decrease in unemployment.
Pennsylvania's nonfarm jobs count rose 12,500 to a record high of 5,941,600 in February. Seven of the eleven supersectors added jobs from January, led by education & health services (+9,600). The largest drop was in professional & business services (-6,100), which fell from a record high in January.
Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 1.3 percent (+74,000) while nationally jobs were up 1.7 percent. Seven supersectors added jobs from last February. The largest increase over the past 12 months was in education & health services (+41,500), while the largest decline was in manufacturing (-4,500).
AP: PA Jobless Rate Hits 7-Year Low As Payrolls Rise

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