Thursday, January 20, 2022

Thursday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 1.20.22


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Senate returns to session Jan. 24, 25, 26; Feb. 7, 8, 9

     -- Committee Schedule

House returns to session Jan. 24, 25, 26; Feb. 7, 8, 9

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events


TODAY WITF Smart Talk 9:00 a.m.: DEP: Number Of Polluted Waterways In PA Up 


TODAY 9:30:  Agenda Posted. DEP Water Resources Advisory Committee meeting.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. See webpage for remote options to join the meeting.  Contact: Bob Haines 717-705-4090 or   Read more here.  [Note: Briefing on draft 2022 Water Quality Report on Impaired Streams.]

TODAY 10:00: Agenda Posted. DEP Mining and Reclamation Advisory Board meeting. 16th Floor Delaware Room, Rachel Carson Building. See webpage for remote options to join the meeting.  Contact: Daniel Snowden 717-783-8846 or

TODAY 1:00: DEP To Highlight Growing Greener Grant Awards For Southeast PA


-- PA Conservation Districts Oppose Bill Redefining Water Pollution, Letting Polluters Decide When To Report Spills  [PaEN]


-- Inquirer - Frank Kummer: 2,400 More Miles Of PA’s Streams Are Impaired Compared To Just 2 Years Ago; Philly Has Highest Percentage 


-- PennVEST Invests $168 Million In 15 Drinking Water, Wastewater Stormwater Projects  [PaEN]


-- House Committee To Hold Info. Meeting Jan. 24 On Bill To Use Some American Rescue Plan Funding To Clean Up Water Pollution  [PaEN]


-- Lancaster Clean Water Partners: Feb. 18 Grant Deadline Reminder 


-- Rodale Institute Launches Online Course For Regenerative Organic Agriculture Consumers  [PaEN]


-- Southwest PA Commission Water Resource Center Hosts Upcoming Webinars On Green Infrastructure, Solar Energy Siting Starting Feb. 24  [PaEN]


-- DCNR Conservation & Natural Resources Advisory Council Meets Jan. 26 With New Director Of Outdoor Recreation, Broadband, 2022 Priorities  [PaEN]


-- U.S. EIA: U.S. Electricity Generation From Natural Gas Now Falling Like Coal In Face Of New, Cheaper Renewable Power Plants [Not Subject To Whims Of International Energy Markets]  [PaEN]


-- PA Record: Allegheny County Couple File Lawsuit Against Penn Energy Resources Saying They Trespassed On Their Property To Build A Natural Gas Pipeline


-- CourierT: American Lung Assn. Ranks PA Low For Radon Mitigation Efforts


-- PA Resources Council Invites Municipalities In Western PA To Host Traveling Glass Recycling Bin Program  [PaEN]


-- DEP Blog: Cleaning Up Illegal Dumps, An Interview With Keith Ruhl a.k.a. The Garbage Man 


-- NextPittsburgh: CMU Astronomer Diane Turnshek Leads The Fight For Dark Skies In Pittsburgh And Beyond 


-- Landforce Receives $15,000 Grant From Hydro Flask Parks For All Program  [PaEN]


-- ReadingE: Proposed Reading Climate Corps Workforce Training Program Aimed At Conserving Natural Resources In Reading 


-- WilliamsportS: Lycoming County Makes Act 13 Drilling Impact Fee Monies Available For Recreation Projects


-- WeConservePA Publishes New Guide To Tree Law In Pennsylvania


-- WeConservePA Virtual Roundtable Feb. 26 On Maintenance & Stewardship Of Trails. 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. 


-- Natural Lands Names Charles Carrier Vice President Of Human Resources


-- Stroud Water Research Center: Summer Internship Opportunity


-- Game Commission: Report Turkey Flocks To Help With Research


American Rescue Plan Funding


-- House Committee To Hold Info. Meeting Jan. 24 On Bill To Use Some American Rescue Plan Funding To Clean Up Water Pollution  [PaEN]


-- $11 Billion In Federal American Rescue Plan Funding To PA State Government, Local Governments Has Yet To Be Invested.  What’s Your Community Doing?


Bipartisan Federal Infrastructure Law


-- WESA: ‘Unprecedented’ Funding For Pittsburgh Locks And Dams Hailed As A Win


-- PG: $858 Million Headed To Fix Aging Ohio River Lock And Dam In Beaver County

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Spotlight PA: Effort To Redraw PA Voting Districts Enters Final Stretch To Complete House, Senate Maps

-- PA Cap-Star: PA Creeps Closer To Voting District Map Deadline Without Final Lines In Place

-- TribLive: Candidate Withdraws From Race For Rep. Gainey’s House Seat Due To New Voting District Map

-- WESA: Fulton County’s Voting Machine Review Has Its Roots In 2020 Election Fraud Lies  

-- ABC27: Republican Mike Turzai Opts Against Run For Governor

-- LancasterOnline: Republican Candidate For Governor Dave White Puts $3 Million Of His Own Money Into Campaign

-- AP: Republican Candidate For Governor Bill McSwain Endorsed By Billionaire Campaign Funder Jeffrey Yass

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: Republican Sen. Martin Is ‘Running’ For Governor, Well More Like Scooting These Days With Broken Leg

-- ScrantonT Editorial: Corman Could Help Fight Crime In Philly Rather Than Pander

-- TribLive Editorial: Open Governor, U.S. Senate Seats Chance To Step Up

-- PA Cap-Star: Updated PA Incumbent Retirement Tracker

-- WTMZ: Rep. Rosemary Brown Will Not Seek Reelection

-- WESA: Unemployment Fraud Problems Continue For State, Laid-Off Claimants In PA

-- PennLive - John Baer: COVID And Politics In PA And Beyond - Where Time Stands Still

-- MCall: Lehigh Valley Health Network Nurse: ‘One Of The Last Things That Patients Say Is, I Should Have Just Gotten The Vaccine’ 

-- MCall: Berks County Medic Pepper-Sprayed During COVID Call

--WHYY: Overwhelmed Delaware County Hospitals Get Help From Volunteers During COVID Surge

-- CitizensV: COVID Surging Again At Luzerne County Nursing Homes

-- WHYY: COVID Surge Has Peaked In Philadelphia; City Issues New School Guidance

-- PG: Allegheny County Officials Say COVID Cases Stabilizing

-- Dept. Of Health Adds New Free COVID Test Sites Across PA

-- TribLive: Republican Rep. Nelson Wants ‘Natural Immunity’ Exemption For Employer Vaccine Mandates [Science Isn’t There Yet To Determine Natural Immunity Levels]

-- CourierT: Photo Of Teacher Taping Mask To Student’s Face Causes Outrage In Montgomery County School District

-- PA Cap-Star: Senate Committee Advances Bill To Increase Tax Credit Caps To Fund Private Schools

-- Inquirer: AG Shapiro, Republican Candidates For Governor Call For School Pension Plan To Disclose Investigation Results

-- PA Gaming Control Board: Awards Mini-Casino License in Cumberland County

-- PennLive: Shippensburg Mini-Casino Wins State License; Opening Expected By Year’s End

-- Inquirer Pro/Con: Should We Ban Sports Betting Ads During Games?

-- PA Cap-Star: Senate Committee Advances Local Firearm Ordinance Preemption Bill

-- AP: Pittsburgh Student Dies After 2 Shoot Into School Van At Dismissal Time

-- AP: Suspected Arrested In Butler County Mall Parking Lot Shooting That Injured 3

-- WHYY: Police Commissioner: 2022 Brings ‘Same Troubling Trends’ For Crime In Philly

-- Inquirer Guest Essay: My Father Survived the Holocaust By A Miracle, It Shouldn’t Take A Miracle To Be Jewish And Alive - Cong. Houlahan  [Most Recent Synagogue Shooting]

-- AP: Senate Passes Bills Aimed At Ransomware, Data Breaches

-- PG: CMU, City Of Pittsburgh Have Concerns About Proposed Bill For Self-Driving Vehicles

-- TribLive Guest Essay: PA No. 22 By Site Selection Trade Magazine - Sen. Aument (R) 

-- PennLive: Biden Nominates First Black Woman To Federal Court In PA

-- PennLive: Budd Dwyer’s Suicide At Press Conference After 35 Years Still Shocks

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[Posted: January 20, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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