Friday, August 14, 2020

PUC: PA One Call Damage Prevention Committee Assesses $78,100 In Penalties For Violations

The Public Utility Commission announced the PA One Call Damage Prevention Committee issued a total of 160 disciplinary actions, including $78,100 in penalties against 72 underground facility owners, excavators and project owners for violations of the PA One Call Law at its August 11 meeting.
A comprehensive list of summaries and actions from DPC meetings is available on the PUC’s website
Penalties are payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Commission will offset the costs of administering this program through the penalties collected.
Digging Safety – PA One Call
Every year, underground lines across the state are struck more than 6,000 times – which means that during the average workday a pipeline or other vital utility system is hit every 20 minutes. 
While underground lines are often “out of sight and out of mind,” every hit poses a risk to the contractors and homeowners who are doing the digging; to utility workers and emergency responders who are mobilized when lines are struck; and to bystanders who live, work or travel near the locations of the incidents. 
State law requires contractors and residents to contact PA One Call at least three business days prior to excavation – triggering alerts to all utilities within an intended digging area and prompting utilities to mark where their facilities are located. 
Pennsylvanians can dial 8-1-1 to connect with the One Call system, while out-of-state residents or businesses can call 1-800-242-1776.
The DPC is a peer-based group of 13 representatives, nominated by their industry or affiliated organization and appointed by the PUC. 
The DPC meets regularly to review alleged violations of Act 50 and make informal determinations as to the appropriate response including, but not limited to, the issuance of warning letters, mandatory training programs and/or administrative penalties. 
Summaries and actions taken at monthly DPC meetings are available on the PUC’s website.  
Creation of the committee was authorized by Act 50 of 2017, which enhances Pennsylvania’s Underground Utility Line Protection Act – also known as the “One Call Law.”
Visit the PUC’s PA One Call Enforcement webpage for more information.
(Photo: What happens when a backhoe hits an unmarked natural gas gathering line.)
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[Posted: August 14, 2020] PA Environment Digest

2020-21 State Parks Calendar Now Available! Let It Inspire You To A New Adventure!

Brighten up any wall in your office or home with the new 2020-21 State Parks Calendar from the PA Parks and Forests Foundation.
Let the 2021 (with four months of 2020 in a one page spread) Pennsylvania State Parks calendar inspire you to adventure! 
Featuring lovely photographs of some of your favorite parks (and perhaps a few you've yet to consider), there's room to write and room to dream.
For more information on programs, initiatives, special events and how you can get involved, visit the PA Parks & Forests Foundation website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Foundation,  Like them on Facebook or Follow them on Twitter or tune in to their YouTube ChannelClick Here to become a member of the Foundation.
The Foundation and their 46 chapters mobilize 65,000 volunteers annually to steward YOUR state parks and forests.
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[Posted: August 14, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

August 14 Take Five Fridays With Pam, PA Parks & Forests Foundation

The August 14 Take Five Fridays With Pam is now available from the PA Parks and Forests Foundation featuring articles on--
-- Check In with Trail Mama Georgette from Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail for Trail Tips
-- 2020-21 State Parks Calendar is Now Available!  Order yours now!
-- Check the Foundation Calendar and DCNR Calendar for events near you
For more information on programs, initiatives, special events and how you can get involved, visit the PA Parks & Forests Foundation website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Foundation,  Like them on Facebook or Follow them on Twitter or tune in to their YouTube ChannelClick Here to become a member of the Foundation.
The Foundation and their 46 chapters mobilize 65,000 volunteers annually to steward YOUR state parks and forests.
(Photo: Presque Isle State Park lighthouse, Erie, by Mary Ann Pike.)
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-- 2020-21 State Parks Calendar Now Available! Let It Inspire You To A New Adventure!
[Posted: August 14, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

Dept. Of Health Reports 36 Additional Deaths Due To COVID-19; 829 New Cases

On August 14, the Department of Health reported 36 additional deaths as a result of COVID-19 bringing the total number of deaths to 7,445.
As of 12:00 a.m. August 14, there were 829 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 122,950 in all 67 counties.
Approximately 8,826 of Pennsylvania’s total positive cases are in health care workers.
Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:
-- 1 percent are ages 0-4;
-- 1 percent are ages 5-12;
-- Nearly 4 percent are ages 13-18;
-- Nearly 10 percent are ages 19-24;
-- Nearly 38 percent are ages 25-49;
-- Nearly 23 percent are ages 50-64; and
-- Nearly 24 percent are ages 65 or older.
Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There have been no pediatric deaths to date. More data is available here.
In nursing and personal care homes, there are 20,285 resident cases of COVID-19, and  4,209 cases among employees, for a total of 24,494 at 890 distinct facilities in 61 counties. Out of our total deaths, 5,056 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.  Click Here for a county breakdown.
For the latest information on the coronavirus and precautions to take in Pennsylvania, visit the Department of Health’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage, Follow them on Twitter, or Like them on Facebook.
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-- Responding To COVID-19 In Pennsylvania - General Resource Page All Topics
-- Attorney General - Coronavirus Price Gouging Updates 
[Posted: August 14, 2020]

Ned Smith Center For Nature & The Arts Has ‘Ned Talks’ Available Online On A Variety Of Nature Topics

The Ned Smith Center for Nature and the Arts has produced a series of ‘Ned Talks’ over the last few months to provide an informative, educational and fun exploration into nature and the arts in and around the Center in Dauphin County
Join educators Emily Rosmus and Hunter Kauffman as they dive head first into the discovery and exploration of the world around us!
You can also get a look inside the nesting behavior of some of the birds that call the Ned Smith Center lands their home with a live bird cam.  Click Here to check in to see what’s happening!
For more information on programs, initiatives, upcoming events and how to get involved, visit the Ned Smith Center for Nature and the Arts website.
[Posted: August 14, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

NRCS-PA Invites Farmers, Forestland Owners To Take Survey About Improving Programs

The Natural Resources Conservation Service-PA is inviting farmers and forestland owners to fill out a new survey to help USDA understand what it is doing well and where improvements are needed, specifically at the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Risk Management Agency.
A selection of 28,000 producers will receive the survey over the next few weeks, but all farmers are encouraged to take the survey online.
The survey consists of 20 questions and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Responses are confidential, and individual responses will be aggregated.
The survey will be open for at least six weeks and will be closed once USDA receives a 30 percent response rate.
For more information on services available to farmers and forestland owners, visit the NRCS-PA webpage.
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[Posted: August 14, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

Friday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 8.14.20

Senate returns to voting session Sept. 8 or at the Call Of President Pro Tempore
House returns to voting session Sept. 15 or at the Call Of The House Speaker [May be back late August for election fixes Read More Here.]

Mariner East Pipeline Drilling Stopped Indefinitely At Site Of Leak Into Marsh Creek State Park Lake, Chester County; Pipeline Company Will Be Held Accountable [PaEN]
Friday PA Capitol & Coronavirus NewsClips 8.14.20 -- Click Here
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[Posted: August 14, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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