Friday, November 20, 2009

Nov. 23 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The Nov. 23 PA Environment Digest is now available. Click here to print this Digest.

The Rendell Administration this week announced it will furlough 147 employees from the departments of Environmental Protection and Conservation and Natural Resources and eliminate another 186 full time vacant positions for a total reduction of 333 positions.
In addition 1,131 seasonal workers at DCNR had their positions eliminated or hours reduced in State Park and Forestry operations-- 240 seasonal positions were eliminated over the last year and 891 seasonal workers had their hours reduced.
With the furlough announcement this week, DEP has lost 612 authorized positions since the 2002-03 budget* (3,211 then and now 2,599)-- nearly 19 percent of its staff positions, and DCNR has lost 95 full time positions (1,390 positions then and 1,295 now)-- just under 7 percent of its positions since 2002-03. Click here to read full story...

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