Tuesday, June 5, 2018

House Committee Meets June 11 To Consider Resolution Calling For Audit Of PennVEST Nonpoint Source Program

The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee is scheduled to meet on June 11 to consider House Resolution 948 (Causer-R-Cameron) Requesting the Auditor General to do a financial audit of the PA Infrastructure Investment Authority nonpoint source water pollution control program.
The resolution was prompted by a March 26 information meeting the Committee had on the $50 million in loans the PA Infrastructure Investment Authority made to Lyme Timber Company to help the private company buy 60,103 acres of private forest land in 6 Northern Tier Counties.
At the meeting, a number of members questioned whether financing the purchase of forest land by a private company was the best use of $50 million in PennVEST money.
The goal of the audit is to determine if the $50 million loan falls within the definition of “project” under Act 16 of 1988 that established PennVEST.
The meeting will be held in Room 60 East Wing starting at 12:15.  Committee meetings are typically webcast at the House Republican Caucus website.
Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron) serves as Majority Chair of the House Agriculture Committee and can be contacted by sending email to: mcauser@pahousegop.com. Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by sending email to: epashins@pahouse.net.
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