March 18, 2016

March 21 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The March 21 PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

The beaches at Presque Isle State Park in Erie were named the best freshwater beaches in the United States by the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Contest Friday.

The Anthracite Region Independent Power Producers are now accepting applications for the 2016 Abandoned Mine Reclamation Grant Program.  Proposals are due July 8.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Wednesday announced Clean Earth as their newest sponsor of the 2016 Great American Cleanup of PA, their annual signature event.

The results are in from the elementary, middle and high schools competing in Keep America Beautiful’s 2015 Recycle Bowl Competition which took place in the four weeks prior to America Recycles Day on November 15.

Staff from the Department of Environmental Protection’s Deep Mine Safety Program conducted a mine rescue drill for local mining rescue teams on March 16 at the Lackawanna Coal Mine in Scranton.

A question came up in the House hearing on the Department of Environmental Protection’s budget on how many times DEP inspects abandoned and orphaned oil and gas wells “it owns” in Pennsylvania.

A question came up at the House and Senate budget hearings for DCNR and DEP on how much leasing the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources did of river and stream bottoms-- submerged lands-- in spite of the fact Gov. Wolf signed an Executive Order on January 29, 2015 putting in place a moratorium on leasing more State Park and Forest land for natural gas development.

The Department of Environmental Protection is accepting public comments on the update to the Pennsylvania Climate Change Action Plan through March 30. (January 30 formal notice)  DEP has so far received only one comment through its eComment webpage.

Gov. Tom Wolf Friday announced the availability of $65.8 million in federal funding through the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative to develop new strategies for economic growth and worker advancement for communities that have historically relied on the coal economy for economic stability.

The Public Utility Commission Friday confirmed the finalization of sanctions against Pennsylvania Gas & Electric Company (PaG&E) for alleged deceptive actions during and after the “Polar Vortex” in the winter of 2013-14.

The PA Environmental Council is now accepting applications for the Pocono Forest and Waters Conservation Landscape Mini-Grant Program.  Applications are due April 25.

With the approach of spring, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn Friday noted drying spring winds and warming temperatures quickly can combine to increase fire dangers across Pennsylvania’s forests and brushlands.

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