Saturday, April 17, 2021

Protecting The Environment For All Pennsylvanians Earth Day Celebration April 22

Join First Lady Frances Wolf and Pennsylvania environmental, wildlife and conservation agencies for a virtual
Earth Day 2021 Celebration on April 22 starting a 10:00 a.m.

The theme is Protecting the Environment for All Pennsylvanians, and the event will include activities from the departments of Environmental Protection, Conservation and Natural Resources, Education, and Agriculture, as well as the Game Commission. 

Earth Day 2021 will recognize the 50th Anniversary of the Environmental Rights Amendment, which guarantees citizens the right to clean air, pure water, and the preservation of the natural, scenic and historic value of the environment. 

The amendment says--  “The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.”

Click Here for the Earth Day 2021 Virtual Exhibit Hall [on the day of the event].

Click Here for Earth Day 2021 Livestream [on the day of the event].

Livestream events will also be available through the Governor’s Residence Facebook page.

Visit the Earth Day 2021 Celebration website for more information.

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-- DCNR Blog: Let Earth Day Inspire Lifelong Learning About Our Environment 

-- DEP Blog: Tips For A Greener Earth Week And Beyond 

-- Ned Smith Center For Nature & Art Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of PA Environmental Rights Amendment 

-- PA Parks & Forests Foundation Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of PA Environmental Rights Amendment

-- New Book By Franklin Kury Makes The Case For A Constitutional Right To A Healthy Environment

-- Franklin Kury Previews Upcoming Book Celebrating 50th Anniversary Of PA’s Environmental Rights Amendment

-- PA Council Of Churches To Join Interfaith Partners In Special April 20 Observance Of Earth Day 

-- Penn State Environmental Resources Management Program Alumni Wayne Kober Celebrating 50 Years Of Impact, Inspired By First Earth Day 

-- Communities Celebrate Earth Day With KPB's Pick Up Pennsylvania Volunteer Cleanups 

-- Bucknell University Agnes Revisited - The Performance: Learning To Live With Floods - History, Change, Remembrance, And Resilience April 22

-- Pocono Arts Council The Earth Speaks VII Exhibition And Restore Our Earth Virtual Conference April 20-24 

[Posted: April 17, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

Westmoreland Land Trust Protects 96-Acre Farm Near Greensburg For Nature & Art Park

The
Westmoreland Land Trust recently acquired the 96-acre Carl A. Schwarz farm near Greensburg which will be conserved as a nature and art park, with meadows to provide habitat for pollinator and upland meadow bird species.

The Trust will engage a planning consultant for the conservation project.  Planning will include input from residents of nearby communities and others interested in the project.

For some time the property will only be open to the public during Visitors Days which will be announced on the Trust website and Facebook page.

A video of aerial views of the property may be seen on the WLT’s YouTube Channel.

The park will be formally known as the Carl A. Schwarz Memorial Park,  and the WLT invites suggestions for a short banner name for the park.  The one or two word banner name should reflect the property’s beauty, conservation value, or Westmoreland County heritage. 

Please send your suggestions - or your request to be placed on a mailing list for the future nature and art park - to westmorelandlandtrust@gmail.com

The farm was acquired with the help of funding from Colcom Foundation and Allegheny Foundation. 

For more information on programs, initiatives, upcoming events and how you can get involved, visit the Westmoreland Land Trust website.  Follow them on Facebook.


(Reprinted from the WeConservePA Facebook Post.)

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-- Morton Family Partners With French Valley Conservancy To Donate 340 Acres In Crawford County

-- Farm Families Partner With Dept. Of Agriculture To Protect 26 More Farms, 2,370 Acres From Future Development 

[Posted: April 17, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

Saturday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 4.17.21

House
returns to voting session April 19, 20, 21 [April 26, 27, 28-canceled

Senate returns to voting session April 19, 20, 21

Senate Budget Hearing Schedule

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TODAY’s Calendar Of Events

DEP Accepting Applications For Growing Greener Plus, EPA Section 319 Watershed Restoration, Protection, Mine Reclamation Grants Starting April 22 [PaEN]

PA Grade Crude (Oil) Development Advisory Council Meets April 22 On Draft Conventional Drilling Rules; Update On Road-Dumping Of Drilling Wastewater Study [PaEN]

House Environmental Committee Meets April 19 On Environmental Benefits Of Conventional Oil & Gas Industry [PaEN]

ScrantonT: Worker Killed In Susquehanna County Drilling Site Identified As Wyoming Man

PennFuture: Environmental Groups, Law Center File Brief In Opposition To PA Senate Republican Caucus Challenge To DRBC Fracking Ban

Ned Smith Center For Nature & Art Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of PA Environmental Rights Amendment  [PaEN]

DEP Blog: Tips For A Greener Earth Week And Beyond [PaEN]

Rachel McDevitt: DEP Looks To Address Environmental Justice Concerns In Rule To Reduce Carbon Pollution From Power Plants [RGGI]

EPA, DEP: May 4 Virtual Meeting Set To Take Comments On Proposed Settlement With American Zinc Recycling On Its Palmerton, Carbon County Facility  [PaEN]

Daily Pennsylvanian: University Of Pennsylvania Centers To Lead Development Of Stormwater Master Plan In Pittsburgh

WarrenT: Warren Conservation District, WPC Plan April 24 Stream Dynamics Tour

HuntingdonDN: Girl Scouts Tree Planting April 24 In Halifax, Dauphin County

Mary Ann thomas: Redbuds Over Pittsburgh: Massive Planting Of Native Trees In Bloom

HeraldStandard: Green Conservation District To Hold Rain Barrel Workshop With Waynesburg Boro April 29

Environmental Hearing Board Invites Comments On Proposed Changes To Practice, Procedures Regulations [PaEN]

DEP Accepting Applications For Calendar 2020 Act 101 Recycling Performance Grants [PaEN]

DEP Posts 47 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In April 17 PA Bulletin [PaEN]

PG: II-VI Expanding Operations To Meet Demand For Electric Cars, Clean Energy Applications

Anya Litvak: Duquesne Light Latest Western PA Utility To Ask For Rate Increase

DEP Begins 2021 Black Fly Suppression Program [PaEN]

PA Environmental Council Begins Accepting Applications For Water Trail Mini Grants End Of April [PaEN]

ErieT - Brian Whipkey: Learn About The Unique Features Of PA’s State Parks

YorkDR: Father, Daughter Out To Conquer Appalachian Trail

PennLive: National Park Service To Set Prescribed Fire At Gettysburg Battlefield This Weekend

LancasterOnline: Skinny Fledgling Owl Rescued From Stream At Carlisle Army War College, Taken To Raven Ridge Wildlife Center 

AP: Cicadas Expected To Be Fish ‘Filet Mignon’ In Pennsylvania

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Biden Infrastructure Plan

PA Cap-Star: Congressional Panel Splits On Need To Cleanup, Cap Abandoned Oil & Gas Wells

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FinancialT: Fed Urges Texas To ‘Winterise’ Grid After $130 Billion In Storm Damage

WPost: The Fight Over Who WillPay For Texas Blackouts Gears Up

WSJ: ‘A Failure Of Texas-Sized Proportions’: Texas Debates How To Overhaul Power Market

NPR: How The U.S. Could Halve Climate Emissions By 2030

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[Posted: April 17, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

Friday, April 16, 2021

EPA, DEP: May 4 Virtual Meeting Set To Take Comments On Proposed Settlement With American Zinc Recycling On Its Palmerton, Carbon County Facility

On April 16, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Environmental Protection announced they will hold a virtual public meeting May 4 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to take comments from the public on a proposed settlement with American Zinc Recycling Corp.  

In February, EPA announced the U.S. and DEP had settled a federal-state lawsuit citing violations of air, water and hazardous waste environmental laws at AZR’s facility in Palmerton.  Read more here.

In settlement papers filed on January 19th in federal court in Scranton, Pa., AZR has agreed to carry out an estimated $4.3 million in measures to comply with federal and state environmental laws. 

This settlement is expected to result in an estimated 47 million pounds of reductions of pollution from the AZR facility, including 25 million pounds of electric arc furnace dust over three years. 

AZR also will pay a $3.3 million penalty.  The $3.3 million penalty will be divided equally between the U.S. and Pennsylvania.

The complaint and proposed consent decree were filed by the U.S. Justice Department, on behalf of the EPA and DEP.

The proposed consent decree was subject to a 30-day public comment period, which has since closed.  During the open comment period, EPA received three requests for a public meeting.  

The May 4 virtual meeting is in response to those requests.  The proposed consent decree is available for review online.

Join The Meeting

The meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams Meeting.

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Or call in (audio only)  +1 484-352-3221,,581309786#   United States, Philadelphia.  Phone Conference ID: 581 309 786#

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Related Article:

-- DEP/U.S. Dept. Of Justice Invite Comments On Proposed American Zinc Consent Decree For Facility In Palmerton, Carbon County

[Posted: April 16, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

DEP Blog: Tips For A Greener Earth Week And Beyond

By Virginia Nurk, Community Relations Coordinator, DEP Southeast Regional Office

Happy Earth Week, Pennsylvania! Here are some tips for easy changes we all can make in our daily routines to help protect the environment for all Pennsylvanians. 

-- Getting takeout? Ask the restaurant to skip the plastic silverware, individual condiment packets, and other single use items you won’t need if eating at home. When ordering online, many websites now have such a button, but you can always type this in the box for ‘extra instructions.’ If you’re ordering over the phone, just let them know when you place the order. 

-- Cardboard. Many people are drowning in cardboard after a year of increased online shopping. Think about combining orders with other family members and to avoid extra shipments on forgotten items. Not only is cardboard a resource, but you can save on transportation ‘costs’ such as packaging and emissions on each individual delivery.

-- Reusable Shopping Bags. Because we’re all making less trips in general, there’s even less of an excuse to forget your reusable shopping bags at home. With most stores back to allowing you to bring your own bags, be sure to grab them for each grocery run. Bonus – if the store makes you pack your own items in your own bags, that’s one less set of hands touching your goods!

-- Recycle Gardening. If you haven’t already, it’s time to be thinking about this year’s garden. Perhaps you started seeds weeks ago or you’re just now frantically wondering what you’re going to plant and where. Consider using cardboard as a bottom liner to stop weeds. The cardboard will breakdown by the end of the season and add nutrients to the soil in the process. If you’re starting seeds, consider using paper egg cartons instead of plastic trays. The egg pods can be planted directly in the garden when the time comes. 

-- Composting. Speaking of gardening, consider composting if you aren’t already. Not ready for a full-blown operation? Start small with coffee grounds, citrus peels, or leaves. All of these are easy to incorporate into soils and divert from trash cans. Learn more about composting

-- Unplug. Try implementing a ‘Good Night Plugs’ routine before bedtime. Take a quick lap around the house and unplug anything that doesn’t need to be plugged in overnight. While somethings like programmable coffeemakers make sense to leave on, other appliances like blenders and toasters can remain unplugged unless in use. 

-- Cleaning Out. If you start cleaning out the basement or garage, you’ll probably come across some old paint. Check with your county or municipality on how to safely dispose of: 

     -- Aerosol paints, oil-based paint, turpentine, paint remover, paint thinner, stains, varnishes, paint strippers and other heavy-duty chemical-paint supplies need to be taken to hazardous waste collection events. Check your municipality’s calendar of events for the next drop off. 

     -- Water-based paints can be left out to dry or harden or be mixed with an absorbent material such as kitty litter, sand, or saw dust. Once it’s hardened, it can be thrown in your regular trash can (not recycling!!) for disposal. 

     -- See if there is a collection event near you 

-- Consumer Products. Cut down on landfill waste by re-thinking your spray bottles and dispensers and consider easy swaps. Buy a nice hand soap pump and refill it from a larger jug of soap, rather than buying a small bottle each time. Consider researching dissolvable, concentrated cleaning tablets that can be dropped in water and used in the same spray bottle each time. There are plenty of options around the house. 

-- It’s time for a Trash-ventory. For one day, we want you to think about everything you’re throwing away and how you could have perhaps diverted whatever you’re tossing from an inevitable destiny in a landfill. Could you have composted the food scraps? Could you have used a towel, sponge, or rag instead of paper towel? Could you use a silicone baking mat instead of aluminum foil or parchment paper? The more conscious we become about our waste, the most likely and able we are to make changes to reduce it.

-- Same challenge, but now on to the recycling bin. Single use yogurt cups? Can we make the swap to a larger container? Plastic water bottles? Folks, we are at home! Dust those cups off! Plastic bags? Just kidding, you better not be. Plastic films like shopping bags, cling wrap, and straws are not recyclable through traditional facilities. The material melts in the machines, jams up the plant and is dangerous for workers who have to climb in and unclog the gears.

-- Let’s give those appliances some love. Cleaning refrigerator coils, removing lint from all the hiding spots a dryer has, replacing various air filters, and cleaning the food trap of the dishwasher will all help your appliances to run better, easier, and more efficiently. Ready to upgrade? Check with local retailers and utilities for buy back and appliance recycling programs and consider purchasing Energy Star appliances that expend less energy. Some options even come with cost-saving rebates or other incentive programs.

-- Consider a rain barrel if you don’t have one already. Collecting rainwater to use for plants and gardens will save money and energy rather than using ‘new’ water and can help reduce stormwater runoff. If you live in a particularly concrete-heavy area, reducing stormwater can have a major impact on street flooding and run off. 

-- Indoor Plants. For a decorative way to improve air quality in your home, consider adding some indoor plants to your home. House plants have a lot of hidden benefits, from reducing stress to providing a subtle humble brag about having a green thumb. Most importantly though, there are several species that actually improve indoor air quality and can do so without the added energy costs. 

For more information on environmental programs in Pennsylvania, visit DEP’s website, Click Here to sign up for DEP’s newsletter, sign up for DEP Connects events, sign up for DEP’s eNotice, visit DEP’s BlogLike DEP on Facebook, Follow DEP on Twitter and visit DEP’s YouTube Channel.

Related Articles - Earth Day:

-- DCNR Blog: Let Earth Day Inspire Lifelong Learning About Our Environment 

-- Ned Smith Center For Nature & Art Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of PA Environmental Rights Amendment 

-- PA Council Of Churches To Join Interfaith Partners In Special April 20 Observance Of Earth Day

-- Communities Celebrate Earth Day With KPB's Pick Up Pennsylvania Volunteer Cleanups 

-- Penn State Environmental Resources Management Program Alumni Wayne Kober Celebrating 50 Years Of Impact, Inspired By First Earth Day 

-- Bucknell University Agnes Revisited - The Performance: Learning To Live With Floods - History, Change, Remembrance, And Resilience April 22 

-- Pocono Arts Council The Earth Speaks VII Exhibition And Restore Our Earth Virtual Conference April 20-24 

[Posted: April 16, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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