August 14, 2015

August 17 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The August 17 PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday posted the final version of proposed changes to Chapter 78 and 78A conventional and unconventional and drilling regulation changes on the Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board and the Conventional Oil and Gas Advisory Committee webpages.  The final version notes changes from the Advanced Notice of Final Rulemaking published by DEP on April 4 for comment.  A summary of the changes is also provided.

Five of the 18 positions on DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council are now vacant and a sixth position is held by an individual whose term expired in January.  Appointments to the CAC are made by the Senate, House and the Governor.  The DEP Secretary is a 19th member of Council by virtue of his position.
The Senate has three vacancies to fill, one of which has been vacant since 2009, the House has one vacancy and the Governor has one vacancy to fill and must determine whether to reappoint an individual whose term has expired.

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Friday announced it will recognize Kelly Gutshall, landscape architect and owner/president of LandStudies, Inc. in Lititz, Lancaster County, as one of its Watershed Champion award winners.

On August 6, the PA Environmental Council and the Upstream Suburban Philadelphia Cluster partners organized a watersheds tour for William Penn Foundation staff focusing on the Foundation’s Delaware River Watershed Initiative.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful invites schools in Pennsylvania to participate in the Litter Free School Zone Program, a comprehensive program that can complement lessons designed around recycling, litter awareness, and community stewardship.

After more than two years and litigation before two separate courts, the Clearfield County Solid Waste Management Plan is officially final.  Waste Management Inc. dropped its pending appeal of the Department of Environmental Protection’s approval of Clearfield County’s Solid Waste Management Plan.

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative is pleased to announce the opening of the Request For Proposals for the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Programs. The deadline for proposals for this nationwide program is October 2.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Tuesday renamed Lackawanna State Forest District in honor of Gifford Pinchot in a move marking the 150th anniversary of the conservation pioneer's birth and saluting his creation of forestry practices that continue to shape and benefit Pennsylvania's forests to this day.

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