December 16, 2016

Dec. 19 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The December 19 PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

The Associated Press reported Friday Gov. Wolf sent a memo to each agency Secretary under his jurisdiction saying he was locking state agency staff levels at what they were on December 2.  For the departments of Environmental Protection and Conservation and Natural Resources that could mean not being able to fill any of the up to 408 vacant positions that were authorized, but are vacant.

As a result of the legal challenge to DEP’s Chapter 78a Shale gas drilling regulations brought by the Marcellus Shale Coalition and court action following the initial filing, DEP cannot enforce the part of the regulations requiring operators to plug and monitor those wells they do not own or operate, including abandoned and orphan wells where they want to drill.

The Department of Environmental Protection Friday announced it has placed four more counties in drought warning status following a meeting of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force.

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday took the first steps in what it expects to be a 2-year process to update Pennsylvania’s State Water Plan adopted in 2009.  The Plan was required by Chapter 31 of Act 220 of 2002.  The first Plan was to be adopted 5 years after the Act was signed into law and updated every 5 years thereafter.

Many Pennsylvania farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have voluntarily implemented, at their own expense, practices aimed at improving water quality, according to newly released survey research conducted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc., an excavating, paving and site management company based in Manheim, Lancaster County, recently received two awards from the Associated Builders & Contractors Keystone Chapter organization for the Logan Park – Rife Run Floodplain Restoration Project in Manheim.

The PA Growing Greener Coalition Thursday applauded the state for awarding $45 million in grants to support conservation and recreation projects across the Commonwealth.
However, the Coalition cautioned that funding for these critical projects is at an all-time low and called on the Governor and Legislature to take action.

In 2011, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and the Washington County Court System Furlough Into Service Program formed a partnership with the goal of cleaning up as many illegal dumpsites as possible in the county.

The Department of Environmental Protection is urging local governments with recycling programs to take advantage of free help through its Recycling Technical Assistance Program to make their programs self-sustaining.

The Philadelphia Energy Authority Wednesday released the Philadelphia Energy Campaign Progress Report, detailing findings from a six-month initial planning period and outlining the path toward creating 10,000 jobs from local investment in energy efficiency and clean energy.

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

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PA Environment Digest is edited by David E. Hess, former Secretary Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and is published as a service of Crisci Associates.

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