Friday, August 21, 2015

August 24 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The August 24 PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

Pennsylvania’s electronics recycling law passed with fanfare in 2010 has so far failed to provide the robust electronics recycling opportunities intended by its supporters.  
Pennsylvania’s most populous counties: Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery have, in fact, discontinued electronics recycling, others have operated recycling programs without support from the recycling law because the system is broken.
DEP notified the hardware manufacturers who fund the program in June that 18 counties had no electronics recycling opportunities: Armstrong, Bucks, Bradford, Cameron, Carbon, Chester, Clinton, Cumberland, Delaware, Huntingdon, Montgomery, Montour, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Wyoming.
It’s expected to be worse for the coming year.
Pennsylvania now has about 560 electronics recycling locations, down from close to 1,000 during the first years of the program.

Gov. Tom Wolf Monday released a report written by Dr. Allan Zarembski focused on the safety of Pennsylvanians and protecting people from the potential of Bakken crude oil train derailments. In the report, Assessment of Crude by Rail Safety Issues in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Dr. Zarembski presents 27 recommendations.

The PA Environmental Council issued the following statement by John Walliser, Vice President for Legal & Government Affairs, in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed methane emission reduction rule covering oil and gas operations.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [Tuesday] announced the first-ever proposed federal methane pollution standards for new and modified oil and gas facilities – a landmark announcement and critical first step in reducing the growth of methane and smog-forming emissions from the industry.

Pennsylvania farmers who want to use best management practices or purchase on-farm conservation equipment can now apply for 2015-16 Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Program tax credits.

The August edition of “Environmental Focus,” the PA Environmental Council’s monthly half-hour television talk show, is now available online.  The topic of this month’s program is DEP’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is pleased to announce the eight grant recipients of their 2015 Fresh Paint Days Pennsylvania Program.  This year’s event is held in partnership with support from Glidden Professional and The Home Depot.

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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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