Friday, August 18, 2017

August 21 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The August 21  PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

The Northeast PA Environmental Partners Wednesday announced the winners of its 2017 awards.  Recipients of the 27th annual Environmental Partnership Awards are—

By Davitt Woodwell, President & CEO Of PA Environmental Council
The chaotic state budget process is again moving in fits and starts in Harrisburg. And, again, the public is left to wonder how our environment will bear the brunt of political trade-offs on what should be purely fiscal decisions.

The Governor’s Office published its semi-annual Regulatory Agenda in the August 19 PA Bulletin starting on page 4922.  The Agenda contains an agency by agency list of regulations under consideration and new proposals and their status.  
The regulatory agenda shows DEP proposing permit fee increases for at least 6 programs-- Noncoal Mining, Oil and Gas, Water Quality/NPDES Permits and Air Quality programs and finalizing fee increases for the Drinking Water and Radiation Protection.

For the past three years, under a grant from the William Penn Foundation, The Nature Conservancy in Delaware and University of Delaware Water Resource Center have worked closely with water companies and municipalities on both sides of the Delaware-Pennsylvania state line to develop the Brandywine-Christina Healthy Water Fund.  

The Department of Environmental Protection's Wednesday announced the expanded agricultural inspections program for clean water management in Pennsylvania's part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed not only exceeded federal expectations for number of acres inspected, but also found that a majority of farms are complying with state erosion and sediment control and manure management planning requirements.

Local partners and the Department of Environmental Protection Monday dedicated a new addition to the Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine tourism site in Schuylkill County that represents a big piece of regional history: a 35-foot headframe from a local coal mine.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Tuesday announced four men from the Pittsburgh area have been cited for illegally dumping trash in Allegheny County.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Wednesday natural gas prices in the Appalachian Region are increasing to meet the Henry Hub national benchmark price as more and more pipeline projects are completed.

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are holding a public Workshop On A Study To Explore Improving The Aquatic Environment at the F.J. Sayers Dam and Reservoir on August 30 in Howard, Centre County.

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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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