Friday, August 22, 2014

August 25 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The August 25 PA Environment Digest is now available. Click Here to print entire Digest.

EQB Votes To Turn Down Petition To Set PA Carbon Emission Reduction Standards
The Environmental Quality Board Tuesday voted 17 to 3 to turn down the request in a rulemaking petition by Ashley Funk to adopt carbon dioxide emission reduction limits.  The vote means the Board agrees with DEP’s review of the petition saying Pennsylvania’s Climate Change Action Plan already projects emissions in 2020 will be lower than those in 2000.

Dept. Of Health Improves Drilling-Related Health Complaint Processes
Secretary of Health Michael Wolf Monday announced enhancements to the department’s internal processes for responding to environmental health concerns and complaints specifically related to Marcellus Shale drilling.

Senate Committee Holds 2nd Hearing On EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan
The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, chaired by Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) and Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) held a second Committee hearing Thursday to discuss the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to cut carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants.  Click Here to watch a video of the hearing.

PA Coal Alliance Recognizes Companies Going Beyond Regulatory Standards
The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance recognized 8 Pennsylvania coal companies with 14 different awards for their exemplary efforts in the field. 7 current sites were awarded the Keystone Mine Safety Award and 7 former sites were recognized with the Surface Coal Mine Reclamation Award at PCA’s annual Seven Springs Banquet on August 20.

PUC: West Penn Power Pays $1.3M Penalty For Missing Energy Conservation Target
The Public Utility Commission Thursday approved a $1.3 million settlement related to an alleged violation of Act 129 electric consumption reduction requirement by West Penn Power Company.

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