Friday, November 4, 2016

November 7 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The November 7 PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for the next round of Growing Greener Plus Grants for watershed restoration, mine reclamation set aside and EPA Section 319 water quality restoration projects.  The deadline for applications is January 13.  A total of $18 million will be available for Growing Greener Plus Grants.

By Harry Campbell, PA Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Farming in Pennsylvania is the backbone of our culture, economy, and communities. Considering there are roughly 33,600 farms in Pennsylvania’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, it’s no wonder most of the polluted runoff entering our rivers and streams comes from agriculture.

Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday announced the Commonwealth Financing Authority has opened the new Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) for applications, offering up to $24 million funding to make Pennsylvania’s natural gas available to its residents, manufacturers, and pad-ready sites, hastening the development of low-cost energy and creating new jobs.

Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday announced a statewide planning project, led by the Department of Environmental Protection, to put Pennsylvania in a better position to produce more solar energy and increase solar-generated in-state electricity sales to at least 10 percent by 2030.

The Department of Environmental Protection has declared a drought warning in Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, and Northampton counties and increased the number of counties on drought watch status to 30, following a meeting Wednesday of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force.

Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday signed into law legislation— House Bill 1737 (Maher-R- Allegheny)— to make it easier and safer to destroy unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs. It was part of a package of bills signed into law to deal with the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful affiliates Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful, Keep Juniata County Beautiful, PA CleanWays of Mifflin County and Keep Perry County Beautiful collected 5,287 tires during their 11th Annual Tire War competition this year.

The PA Environmental Council Friday announced online registration is now open for the Achieving Deep Carbon Reductions: Paths for Pennsylvania’s Electricity Future Conference to be held March 15-16 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.

To read the Digest, visit:  Click Here to 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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