Thursday, December 2, 2021

Thursday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 12.2.21

returns to session Dec. 13, 14, 15

     -- Committee Schedule

Senate returns to session Dec. 13, 14, 15

     -- Committee Schedule

-- Updated 2022 Voting Session Day Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events


-- TODAY 11:00: DEP Webinar For First-Time Applicants For DEP Grants.


-- WITF: State, Industries Say Money From Federal Infrastructure Deal Will Help PA, But It Only Goes So Far

-- Dept. Of Revenue Reports November State Revenues $217.9 Million Over Estimates; $1 Billion Above Estimates For Fiscal Year  [Looks Like More Than Enough To Give More Support To  Conservation Programs, Instead Of Always Cutting Them]

-- Independent Fiscal Office Reports November Revenues $284.2 Million Above Its Estimates; $1.2 Billion Over Estimates For Fiscal Year

-- NRCS-PA Now Accepting Applications For $300,000 For Funding Forest Easements In 12 PA Counties  [PaEN]

-- DEP: Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence Nomination Deadline Extended To Dec. 31

-- ErieT: Erie City Council Votes Against Stormwater Fee Proposal

-- The Times: Western PA Waterways Nominated For 2022 River Of The Year

-- Lower Susquehanna RiverKeeper Webinar: Dec. 8 Forum On Getting A Fair Deal In Conowingo Dam Settlement. 6:30 p.m.

-- WeConservePA Now Accepting Registrations For PA Land Conservation Conference March 16-18 In Gettysburg  [paEN]

-- Southwestern PA Commission Water Resource Center, Partners Host Dec. 15 Floodplain Management For Non-Residential Structures Webinar  [PaEN]

-- CentreDT: Gov. Wolf: ‘We Have A Litter Problem’; Unveils Statewide Litter Action Plan

-- Gov. Wolf: Artificial Turf Recycler Establishing First North American Facility In Luzerne County

-- WBTimes:  Artificial Turf Recycler Coming To Luzerne County

-- Inquirer - Frank Kummer: Most Businesses Aren’t Following Philly’s New Plastic Bag Ban Yet, Survey Says

-- TribLive: Pittsburgh To Include Electric Vehicle Charging Into City Renovation, Construction Projects

-- TribLive: National Drop In Gasoline Prices Skips Pittsburgh Area, Frustrating Drivers

-- PennLive Guest Essay: PA Should Pursue All Energy Sources To Manage Skyrocketing Costs This Winter - Community Solar, Infrastructure Improvements 

-- TribLive Editorial: Freeze Out Energy Costs By Controlling Your Heating Bills

-- Penn State: Physics-Informed Deep Learning To Assess Carbon Dioxide Storage Sites

-- WESA: Pittsburgh Council Passes Bill To Remove Lead From Rental Properties

-- TribLive Letter: Westmoreland County Taking Care Of Lead Problems - Commissioner Chew

-- Penn State Berks Student Erin Horack Receives Top Awards For Spotted Lanternfly Research

-- Western PA Conservancy Newsletter: Volunteers Plant Trees, Federal Infrastructure Law Great News, Fallingwater Winter Walks

-- The Nature Conservancy: December PA Nature News: Forests & Carbon, O’Connor Dam Removal, Much More

-- WarrenTO: Audubon Community Nature Center Cuts Ribbon On New Wildlife Habitat Display

-- PA Firefly Festival Newsletter: Update On Firefly Research, Education Projects, Firefly Festival

-- TribLive: Heinz Endowments President Grant Oliphant Stepping Down To Lead San Diego Foundation

Hurricane Ida

-- YorkDR: Hurricane Ida Was A Disaster And A Blessing For York County Family


-- Bay Journal: Chesapeake Bay’s 2021 Dead Zone Average Size, Longer Lasting

PA Politics

-- PA Cap-Star: Advocates Want More Diverse General Assembly; But Making That A Reality Is Complicated

-- MCall - Ford Turner: Lehigh Valley Lawmakers Are Deciding Whether To Seek Reelection Aid Redistricting Uncertainty; Here’s Who’s In So Far

-- ScrantonT Editorial: Need To Shrink General Assembly Grows By 5.6% [Cost Of Living Raise]

-- PA Cap-Star: What The 2021 Judicial Races Tell Us About 2022 And Beyond

-- WBTimes: Republican Sen. Corman Brings Gubernatorial Pitch To Luzerne County [He Supported Efforts To Overturn Nov. 2020 Election Results]

-- CitizensV: Republican Sen. Corman Brings Gubernatorial Campaign To Luzerne County With Sen. Yudichak By His Side

-- TribLive: Beaver County Man Gets 1 Month In Jail In Charges Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol

-- Inquirer: King Of Prussia Man Charged With Beating U.S. Capitol Officer With Metal Flagpole In Jan. 6 Assault

-- MCall/AP: Asian American Woman Beaten On Philly Train Shortly After Anti-Violence Rally

-- PG: Downtown Pittsburgh Rioter Gets 1 Year In Federal Prison For Hurling Concrete At City Cops

-- PennLive - Charles Thompson: PA’s U.S. Senate Race Keeps Getting More Interesting

-- Inquirer: Dr. Oz Has Peddled ‘Fat Burners’ And Other Pseudoscience, Now He’s Running For U.S. Senate In PA

-- AP: TV Stations Pull Dr. Oz Talk Show Now That He’s Running For U.S. Senate In PA

-- PG Editorial: Dr. Oz’s U.S. Senate Candidacy Could Be Bad News For PA Republicans

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: The PA Society Dinner Returns To NYC, But With Far Less Hoopla

-- YorkD: Central York School Board Race Heads To 2nd Recount Amid Lawsuit Threat

-- WBTimes: Luzerne County Manager Elaborates On Decision To Hire Election Consultant To Help Run Nov. Election

-- Dept. Of Revenue Reports November State Revenues $217.9 Million Over Estimates; $1 Billion Above Estimates For Fiscal Year 

-- Independent Fiscal Office Reports November Revenues $284.2 Million Above Its Estimates; $1.2 Billion Over Estimates For Fiscal Year

-- PennLive - John Baer: PA’s History Of Phony Budgets Brings Us Infrastructure Woes, Bridge-Tolling Plan

-- TribLive: PA Wine & Liquor Sales Set Another Record

-- Liquor Control Board: Releases FY 2020-21 Annual Report

-- MCall - Paul Muschick: Why I Support A Plan To Restore Toll Takers On The PA Turnpike

-- PennLive: PA Logs Highest 1-Day Total Of New COVID Cases In Months  [Republican General Assembly Ended PA’s COVID Emergency Declaration On June 15]

-- TribLive: Western PA COVID Hospitalizations Hit Highest Point In More Than 10 Months

-- WESA: Another Wave Of COVID Sweeping Thru Allegheny County, But This Time It’s Different

-- YorkD: WellSpace Health Delays Nonemergency Procedures Amid Spiking COVID Cases

-- ErieT: COVID Admissions Near All-Time High At 2 Erie Hospitals

-- PennLive: Some Central PA Hospitals Surpassing Pace Of Worst COVID Surge

-- WHYY: Philly Health Officials Urge Residents To Take Precautions Against New Omicron Variant

-- TribLive: 90% Of Allegheny County Employees Comply With Vaccine Mandate

-- YorkDR: Wife Of York County Man On ‘Death’s Doorstep’ From COVID Sues UPMC To Use Ivermectin

-- WITF: At A Key Philadelphia Port Complex, Long-Term Problems And Short-Term Staffing Issues Are Colliding

-- MCall: PA Auto Show In Harrisburg Canceled Due To Manufacturing Shortages

-- Triblive: Pittsburgh Region’s Jobless Rate Falls To 5.9%; Labor Force Shrinks

-- PennLive Guest Essay: Lawmakers Should Commit To An Equitable Recovery By Investing In Small Businesses   [Report This Week: 15,000+ Small Business In PA Received Over $480 Million In Aid From State Administered Programs; More From Federal Paycheck Protection Program]

-- MCall: Millersville U., Lehigh Carbon Community College Partner To Create A Path Through Higher Education For Students with Intellectual Disabilities

-- Inquirer: Rebuilding Philly: As College Campuses Return To Normal, Will Administrators Heed The Lessons Of COVID?

-- Gov. Wolf Announces $15.7 Million In Gun And Group Violence Intervention And Prevention Grants

-- WHYY: Man Exonerated After 30 Years In Prison Sues City Of Philadelphia

-- ErieT: Janet Rapp Marched For Equal Rights Amendment, Worked 30 Years At GE Transportation

New COVID Variant

-- NPR: Dr. Fauci: 1st U.S. Case Of COVID Omicron Variant Identified [California]

-- NPR: Biden’s New Winter COVID Plan Will Reimburse You For At-Home Tests

-- USA Today: Biden To Promote New COVID Plan, Including Free At-Home Tests, Travel Rules

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[Posted: December 2, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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