Friday, February 3, 2017

Feb. 6 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The February 6 PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

To help evaluate Wolf’s proposed budget with respect to environmental funding, here are some measuring sticks to use.  From 2003 through 2015, the General Assembly and several Governors cut or diverted over $2.4 billion of environmental funding to help balance the budget or to support programs that could not get funding on their own.  The budget trends over the last 14 years for the departments of Environmental Protection and Conservation and Natural Resources in particular have been, in a word, horrendous.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notified DEP’s Safe Drinking Water Program in December that its lack of resources to enforce minimum federal requirements could be grounds for taking primacy away from Pennsylvania.
This is not the first time EPA and other federal agencies have warned Pennsylvania that it is inadequately funding DEP to enforce minimum federal environmental protection and public health laws and not even the first time for this program.

The PA Growing Greener Coalition Thursday called on Gov. Tom Wolf and the Legislature to provide more funding to protect Pennsylvania’s water, land and other natural resources, not less.

The PA Parks and Forests Foundation, through the Gateway Community Initiative, created an infographic outlining the economic benefits of connecting people and businesses to the outdoors in Pennsylvania.  Among the economic benefits included are--

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Thursday announced registration is now open for the 2017 Great American Cleanup of PA which runs from March 1 to May 31.   If you or your group want to organize a cleanup, register now and get some free help.

In a letter to all members of the Senate Monday, the PA Environmental Council Monday renewed its opposition to Senate Bill 175 (Reschenthaler-R-Allegheny) which does not allow Pennsylvania to set its own methane emission limits from oil and gas development or any other source of methane and instead requires the adoption of any federal standards.

PA American Water Wednesday announced entries are now being accepted for its 15th Annual Protect Our Watersheds Student Art Contest.  The deadline is March 31.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration Monday reported the electricity industry is planning to increase natural gas-fired generating capacity by 11.2 gigawatts (GW) in 2017 and 25.4 GW in 2018, based on information reported to EIA.

Young Pennsylvanians interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 15 for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ summer residential camp, DCNR Secretary Cynthia Adams Dunn said Tuesday.

It's that time of year again when the hearts of young peregrine falcons turn to love and everyone can watch nature's renewal online through webcams on the Peregrine Falcon nest on the 15th Floor of the Rachel Carson Building in Harrisburg.

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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