Friday, April 7, 2017

April 10 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The April 10 PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

The PA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Planning Steering Committee met for the first time Monday and immediately confronted two challenges: Pennsylvania does not have enough resources to meet current nutrient and sediment reduction goals and new milestones coming as early as June will mean even more reductions will be needed.

Four environmental programs from throughout Western Pennsylvania will share $20,000 from Dominion and the PA Environmental Council for innovation and effectiveness in making a positive impact on the environment.
In addition to these four organizations, the PA Environmental Council will present lifetime achievement awards to R. John Dawes, executive director of the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, and John Schombert, retired executive director of 3 Rivers Wet Weather.

On Wednesday U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing on HR 1731 that would make $200 million available over 5 years to states and Indian tribes to reclaim abandoned mines that promote economic revitalization.

As the rain falls, many communities across the country worry about the very real possibility of flooding. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, heavy downpours have increased in frequency and intensity over the last 50 years, and are expected to become even more intense as a result of climate change.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful announced Tuesday Weis Markets, Inc. has continued their support for the 2017 Great American Cleanup of PA.  

The Professional Recycler of Pennsylvania and co-sponsor Keystone Solid Waste Association of North America are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Waste Watchers Recognition Program.  The deadline for nominations is May 31.

The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for the PA State Clean Diesel Grant Program.  Applications are due May 12.  (formal notice)

The Public Utility Commission Thursday released its annual report covering Phase II of the Act 129 energy conservation program which documents a total of $2.2 billion in savings for consumers and 3.3 million megawatt hours of electricity over 3 years.

Just in time for the celebration of Earth Day (April 22), Godshall's Quality Meats in Montgomery County has surpassed 4,000 solar modules installed across its three Pennsylvania facilities.

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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