Friday, July 21, 2017

July 24 PA Environment Digest Now Available

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

The PA Environmental Council Friday sent a letter to all members of the Senate and House encouraging members to oppose any budget revenue plan that involves diverting monies from the Keystone and Environmental Stewardship (Growing Greener) Funds and the state’s agricultural land preservation program.

Ed Wytovich received one of two 2017 Mayfly awards at the PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference in June to recognize his lifetime contributions to developing local and start partnerships for the reclamation of abandoned mine lands, treatment of mine drainage and watershed restoration.

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell Tuesday commended more than 30 communities for working together to reduce pollution through the creation of the Regional Stormwater Management Program by the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority at an event with state and local leaders in Luzerne County.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful welcomes all Pennsylvania boating facilities, boating groups, sailors, fishermen and water enthusiasts to protect our aquatic ecosystems by holding a Marina or boating facility cleanup during the International Coastal Cleanup September 1 to October 31.  

The PA Sustainable Community Certification offers a free, online platform for municipalities to gauge progress in sustainable community development. Seventy-one municipalities across Pennsylvania have earned Sustainable Certification and dozens more are in the process.

The Department of Environmental Protection Friday released details of oversight activities for the Sunoco Mariner East 2 Pipeline Project (ME2).  To date, DEP has issued 4 Notices of Violation to Sunoco for the project. Additionally, one Consent Order and Agreement has been executed, with a penalty of $87,600 for a violation that impacted a wetland area next to Interstate 81 in Cumberland County.

The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for up to $1 million in funding for its Small Business Advantage Grant Program to help fund energy efficiency and pollution prevention projects. (formal notice)

The Northern Illinois Federal District Court Friday dismissed legal challenges to a Zero Emission Credit Program adopted in Illinois to help keep that state’s zero carbon emitting nuclear power plants operating.

By David Hess, Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection at the Time of the Rescue
On the 15th anniversary of the 2002 Quecreek Mine Rescue, I thought it would be appropriate to write an account of the rescue operation from my perspective as Secretary of Department of Environmental Protection.

To read the Digest, visit:  Click Here to view or 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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