Friday, April 14, 2017

April 17 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The April 17 PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

Public Utility Commission Chairman Gladys Brown notified Gov. Tom Wolf in a letter Tuesday the Commission intends to appeal a March Commonwealth Court decision that it believes “significantly jeopardized the current and future fees generated by Act 13 drilling impact fees.  This year alone, Brown said, the decision would reduce the already declining revenue from the impact by $16 million or approximately 10 percent of the total collection.

Legislation introduced Thursday would fundamentally change the standard used to judge whether an underground mining plan approved by DEP can be challenged on the issue of whether it prevents temporary or permanent damage to surface streams.

The Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee is scheduled to meet on April 18 to consider Senate Bill 242 (Baker-R-Luzerne) which adds natural gas gathering lines to the PA One Call utility construction safety program so they can be identified and mapped for emergency services (sponsor summary).

New research released Tuesday offers an inside look at the methane leak detection and repair (LDAR) industry - a growing field of service providers that utilize technology to identify and repair leaking equipment at industrial oil and gas facilities.

By Congressman Glenn Thompson (R-PA)
Pennsylvania’s coal fueled an industrial revolution, built dozens of cities, provided affordable heating for millions of homes and helped win two world wars. We all enjoy a better life because of the hard work done by generations of the Commonwealth’s coal miners and the innovations made possible by their efforts and sacrifices.

The Central PA Conservancy Tuesday announced its annual youth conservation leadership camp, the Goddard Leadership Legacy Institute, an innovative, residential conservation leadership program from July 10-15 for ages 13-15.

The Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance Energy Education Fund has announced the winners of this year’s Moving to the Head of the Class Awards.  The annual awards program celebrates schools that have realized significant energy savings through energy efficiency and conservation measures.

In conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration 13th National Drug Take-Back Day, the PA Resources Council and its partners will provide several local venues to safely dispose of unwanted medication on April 29.

Recyclebank, the incentives and education platform focused on waste, Thursday announced 44 schools from Recyclebank's partnering communities successfully raised a total of $90,670as part of the annual Recyclebank Green Schools Program.

Exelon Generation’s Chief Nuclear Officer, Bryan Hanson addressed the 19th annual Electric Power Conference this week in Chicago, highlighting nuclear’s vital role in America’s clean energy future.

With the approach of Pennsylvania's traditional statewide trout season opener on April 15, and weather conditions that keep firefighters busy responding to wildfires across much of the state, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is urging anglers, property owners and others to take steps to prevent forest and brush fires.

The PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers Thursday announced the recipients of the 2017 Pennsylvania River Sojourn Grants.

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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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