Friday, April 21, 2017

April 24 PA Environment Digest Now Available

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

The PA Growing Greener Coalition Friday issued the following statement from Executive Director Andrew Heath urging the Governor and Legislature to invest in the state’s Growing Greener program:  “As communities across the Commonwealth celebrate Earth Day tomorrow, it is important to remember that many of the rivers and streams, state parks and community playgrounds, and fields and forests that we enjoy today would not be the same without state investment.

Public Utility Commission Chairman Gladys Brown told the House Consumer Affairs Committee Tuesday updating the PA One Call Law is a legislative priority for the Commission, including eliminating all exemptions from the law, like natural gas and crude oil gathering lines.  (Click Here for her written testimony.)

The Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation Monday announced it is aiding in the research of conducting a more durable concrete by supplying the University of Michigan with northeastern Pennsylvania Acid Mine Drainage (AMD).

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding Thursday joined students from the Midd-West FFA Chapter planting trees along an unnamed waterway in Snyder County to protect and improve water quality.

The Philadelphia Water Department Thursday joined partners in kicking off major improvements coming to Fairmount Park’s Centennial District during a groundbreaking ceremony.

In celebration of Earth Day - April 22, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, whose vision is a clean and beautiful Pennsylvania, encourages residents to be part of the 2017 Great American Cleanup of PA by volunteering for a cleanup or setting up your own.

Four Seasons Produce, Inc. in Ephrata, Lancaster County hosted a tour of its distribution center Thursday for local elected officials and business leaders to showcase energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits which have resulted in multiple benefits for the company and the local community.

Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday urged members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation to support the proposed federal Miners Protection Act in order to secure healthcare and pension benefits for tens of thousands of retired coal miners nationwide, including at least 13,000 in Pennsylvania.

Department of Environmental Protection Monday urged homeowners to check updated mine maps to determine if their home or other buildings are at risk of mine subsidence. Over 1 million homes in Pennsylvania sit atop abandoned mines.

Western Pennsylvania’s celebration of Earth Day 2017 will include a display of award-winning artwork created by local students who entered the 7th annual “Let’s Clear the Air Poster Challenge” sponsored by the Southwest Pennsylvania Air Quality Partnership and the PA Resources Council.  

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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