June 2, 2017

June 5 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The June 5 PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

June 5 is the opening day of this year’s sprint to a final state budget for next fiscal year beginning July 1.  Legislators are facing a combined $2.8 billion state budget deficit for this year and next just to continue most current programs.

By Karl Blankenship, Chesapeake Bay Journal
Pennsylvania needs a realistic plan showing how it will provide enough funding and staff to dramatically ramp up its Bay-related pollution control efforts, or it could face a variety of potentially costly federal actions within the next two years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warned state officials in a recent letter.

Stormwater Pollutant Reduction Plans are a new requirement for 2018 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permits/Notice of Intents. PRPs show how the municipality will reduce the pollutant loads going into a waterway.

Public Utility Commission Wednesday alerted consumers that on June 1 most electric utilities will adjust electric generation prices charged to non-shopping, or default service, customers.

Exelon Tuesday announced it will prematurely retire its Three Mile Island Generating Station on or about September 30, 2019, absent needed policy reforms.

President Donald J. Trump Thursday announced the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and begin negotiations to either re-enter or negotiate an entirely new agreement with more favorable terms for the United States.

Pittsburgh’s commitment to a sustainable future is driving the development of innovative solutions and new, green technologies that address the challenges of reducing energy usage, addressing stormwater issues caused by aging and inadequate infrastructure, and reducing the environmental impacts of shale gas development.

The Delaware Valley Green Building Council, Green Building Alliance in Pittsburgh and USGBC Central Pennsylvania will demonstrate the energy efficiency benefits of above-building code construction by building two icehouses on the Capitol steps on June 6 in Harrisburg starting with a press conference at 9:00 a.m. (12:30 in the East Wing Rotunda in the event of rain).

The Penn Soil Resource Conservation and Development Council is now accepting registrations for the June 22-24 Allegheny River Wilderness Sojourn, just one of the events planned to celebrate the designation of the Allegheny River as the 2017 PA River of the Year.

To celebrate the Montour Trail in Allegheny and Washington counties as the state's 2017 Trail of the Year, Wolf Administration officials Thursday joined members of the Montour Trail Council to cut a ribbon and break ground for new trail segments.

To read the Digest, visit: www.PaEnvironmentDigest.com.  Click Here to view or print the entire Digest.

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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