January 2, 2015

Jan. 5 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The Jan. 5 PA Environment Digest is now available.  Click Here To Print Entire Digest. 

Analysis: Funding Deficit For Basic PA Environmental Programs Is Now $2.4 Billion
Pennsylvania’s General Fund budget might be $2 billion in debt, but the Commonwealth’s basic environmental programs have a $2.4 billion deficit accrued over the last 12 years thanks to cuts and diversion of environmental funding to balance the state budget or to fund programs that were not funded on their own. 

DEP Report: 40% Of Streams Show Adverse Impacts Of Underground Coal Mining
The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday released the fourth in a series of ongoing reports detailing the effects of surface subsidence related to underground bituminous coal mining in Pennsylvania covering the period between 2008-2013. 

DEP Finalizes Policy On Oil & Gas Spill Reporting, Cleanup
The Department of Environmental Protection finalized one of two enforcement and investigative policies related to oil and gas and other spill reporting and cleanup, according to a notice published in the January 3 PA Bulletin

Sen. Scarnati Plans To Reintroduce Marcellus Shale Health Advisory Panel Bill
Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) is circulating a co-sponsor memo on legislation he plans to reintroduce creating a Marcellus Shale Health Advisory Panel he said “similar to” Senate Bill 555 of last session. 

EPA OKs DEP 2014 Water Quality Report, Status Of Lower Susquehanna, Monongahela
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Pennsylvania’s 2014 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report, the Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday. 

Advisory: Chesapeake Bay Foundation To Release Report On Bay Health January 5
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation will release the 2014 State of the Bay report on January 5 at a 10:30 a.m. press conference at CBF headquarters in Annapolis.