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August 19 PA Environment Digest Now Available

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House Emergency Preparedness Committee To Hold Aug. 21 Hearing On Pipeline Safety Legislation

The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on August 21 in Harrisburg on legislation-- House Bill 1568-- sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Comitta (D-Chester) establishing a new Pipeline Safety and Communication Board.
The Board would be made up of representatives of the six different state agencies with responsibility for pipeline safety in the state and other members appointed by the House and Senate.
The responsibilities of the Board are to collect and disseminate public information on planning, siting, operation and safety of pipelines and to coordinate communications with federal, state and local government agencies and pipeline companies and the public.
This is not the first hearing the Committee has held on pipeline safety issues this year.
In May, the Committee held a hearing in Delaware County on pipeline issues that highlighted the need to have emergency response plans in the event of a leak or explosion.
The hearing will be held in Room G-50 Irvis Building starting at 9:30. Click Here to watch the hearing online.
Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Delaware) serves as Majority Chair of the Committee, and can be contacted by calling 717-783-3038 or by sending email to: sbarrar@pahousegop.com. Rep. Chris Sainato (D-Lawrence) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by calling 717-772-2436 or by sending email to: csainato@pahouse.net.
(Photo: Representatives Barrar and Comitta.)
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Duquesne Light Hopes To Ease Transition To Driving Electric Vehicles With New Online EV Resource Guide

On August 16, Duquesne Light launched a new online EV Guide it hopes will make selecting the right electric vehicle (EV) easier for customers of varying lifestyles.
“Making the switch to an electric vehicle can be intimidating for some,” said Sarah Olexsak, Manager, Transportation Electrification, Duquesne Light. “Our new EV Guide eases the transition to driving electric by giving our customers the online tools and resources they need to be confident about their EV purchase.”
DLC’s interactive EV Guide gives customers the ability to browse electric vehicles, discover purchase incentives, locate nearby charging stations, and get answers to frequently asked questions all in one place online.
With 30+ EV models available regionally, and even more nationally, customers have a lot of options. 
To find the most suitable model for each individual’s lifestyle, the new resource allows customers to sort through the options based on personalized criteria, such as daily commute length, budget, car features, and home charging availability. 
Customers can also compare the cost-savings of each model to similar gas vehicles.
Rebates, Incentives
Up-to-date listings of rebates, incentives, and other special offers are also available on the EV Guide site, including DLC’s $60 bill credit, $3,500 Nissan LEAF rebate, and other soon-to-be announced customer incentives on the purchase of an EV. 
After purchasing an EV, the guide continues to assist customers with answers to common questions and an interactive map that displays nearby charging stations.
Other Initiatives
The online EV Guide launch is a part of DLC’s larger effort to make driving electric easier for its customers by helping them make informed decisions, offering incentives for EV purchases, and increasing charging infrastructure throughout the region. 
Most recently, DLC partnered with the Pittsburgh Parking Authority to bring eight new EV charging stations to the Smithfield-Liberty and Third Avenue parking garages in Downtown Pittsburgh, with similar partnerships and projects on the horizon.
From saving on regular maintenance and fuel costs to benefiting from unparalleled performance, there are many reasons to drive electric. Explore the benefits and stay up to date on DLC’s ongoing EV initiatives at Duquesne Light’s Electric Vehicles webpage.
To learn more about green innovation in the Pittsburgh Region, visit the Pittsburgh Green Story website.
Other Grants/Incentive
There are a variety of other electric and cleaner vehicle grant and incentives programs you can apply for.  Here are deadlines for several--
For more information on electric vehicles, visit DEP’s Electric Vehicles webpage.

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