May 12, 2017

May 15 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The May 15 PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

Sometime after June 12 the PA Supreme Court will schedule a hearing on one of the most important environmental cases in recent decades-- will EQT drilling be successful in overturning the way the Department of Environmental Protection has calculated penalties for nearly 40 years.
And will it overturn the definition of what it means to discharge pollutants to the waters of the Commonwealth since the 1973 decision by the PA Supreme Court in Commonwealth v. Harmar Coal.

Advocates for Pennsylvania’s Growing Greener Program Tuesday rallied on the steps of the state Capitol to call for increased funding to protect water, preserve open space and family farms, and ensure current and future generations continue to have access to community parks, trails and other recreational opportunities.  Video: Why we must keep PA Growing Greener.

David McGuigan, EPA Region III Associate Director Of Water Protection, told PA’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Planning Steering Committee Monday EPA expects the state to identify what he called the “significant new financial resources” needed to implement the Phase III Watershed Plans to meet Chesapeake Bay cleanup requirements.
McGuigan outline a series of other requirements Pennsylvania will have to meet from EPA’s final April 27 expectations document.

DEP is now accepting registrations for the June 5 Chesapeake Bay Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan Kickoff and Listening Session to be held at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill, across the river from Harrisburg, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and a member of the interstate Chesapeake Bay Commission, would like to introduce colleagues at the Capitol to his slippery, spongelike friends and students who care about them.

Here is the opening statement Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell made before the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Tuesday at the hearing on his confirmation--

Lee McDonnell from DEP’s Bureau of Clean Water told the Water Resources Advisory Committee Wednesday his office is developing a new Chapter 102 Erosion and Sedimentation General Permit for small, low impact projects of five acres or less that could cover a significant number of projects DEP now requires full permits for.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Thursday reminded community groups and volunteers there is still time to be part of the Great American Cleanup of PA to clean up roadside litter, illegal dumps and to beautify your neighborhood.

With the results of a new study and development of an interactive mapping tool, the Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday said it has taken a major step toward identifying environmental impacts and addressing potential public safety concerns related to abandoned wells drilled over the past 150 years of oil and gas development in the state.

It seemingly started on the roofs of homes and businesses. In the 1980s, you may have noticed flat panels that looked like unwatchable new-age TV screens. They didn’t exactly catch on.

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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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