Thursday, January 27, 2022

Thursday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 1.27.22

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Senate returns to session Feb. 7, 8, 9

     -- Committee Schedule

House returns to session Feb. 7, 8, 9

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events


FRIDAY 10:30: Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing on $300 Million Anthracite Ridge Wind Farm Project. Live Stream.  Read more here.


-- DCNR Secretary Outlines 2022 Priorities To Conservation & Natural Resources Advisory Council, Including Need For $1.4 Billion In Infrastructure Improvements  [PaEN]


-- PA Cap-Star: DCNR Outlines 2022 Priorities, Banks On Future Of Outdoor Recreation In PA


-- Inquirer - Frank Kummer: Pennsylvania Hires First Director Of Outdoor Recreation To Bring More Visitors To Parks, Forests, And More  


-- DCNR Blog: Meet Pennsylvania’s First Director Of Outdoor Recreation Nathan Reigner


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: French Creek Voted PA River Of The Year


-- DEP Announces More Than $1.7 Million In Growing Greener Grants To Fund Local Water Clean Up Projects In Northwest PA  [PaEN]


-- DEP Awards Borough Of Jim Thorpe $200,000 Growing Greener Grant For Stream Restoration Work In Carbon County  [PaEN]


-- PA Resources Council, Partners Receive Growing Greener Grant For Delaware County Stormwater Management Project  [PaEN]


-- Senator Yaw: PA State Government Refuses To Pay Millions In Municipal Stormwater Fees


-- WITF: Republican Budget Chiefs Want PA’s Plethora Of Pandemic-Era Cash Used ‘Judiciously’


-- Chesapeake Bay Foundation Commends EPA For Strong Stance In Meeting Chesapeake Bay 2025 Cleanup Goals  [PaEN]


-- TODAY 9:30 a.m.: WITF Smart Talk: Is EPA Committed To Restoring Chesapeake Bay?


-- York Conservation District Hosts March 4 Manure Management Plan Workshop; DEP Conducting Farm Compliance Inspections  [PaEN]


-- ErieT Guest Essay: PA Shortchanges Environmental Protection, Tell Lawmakers To Fully Fund It Now - Rep. Greg Vitali (D)


-- AP: At The Request Of The Natural Gas Industry, House Republicans Pass Bill To Stop Communities From Adopting All-Electric Building Codes


-- PG - Laura Legere: Push Is On To Switch To Energy Efficient Electrical Appliances; Each Flame Fed By Natural Gas, Propane Or Oil In Furnaces, Water Heaters, Stoves A Small Source Of Greenhouse Gas Emissions


-- NPR/WESA: Natural Gas Stoves Leak Climate-Warming Methane Even When They’re Off


-- U.S. EIA: Proved Reserves Of Natural Gas Fell 4% In U.S. During 2020


-- Rep. Heffley: Bill To Expand Local C-PACE Clean Energy, Energy Conservation Funding Program Passed By House


-- Commonwealth Financing Authority OKs $3.2 Million For 3 Natural Gas Pipeline Extension Projects  [PaEN]


-- Observer-Reporter: State Helps Fund 2 Natural Gas Pipeline Projects In Washington County


-- Senator Yaw: Natural Gas Royalty Transparency Bill Passes Senate


-- StateImpactPA - Reid Frazier: In Federal Court, Plaintiffs Say U.S. Steel Clairton Coke (Coal) Works Fire, Pollution Control Outage Was A ‘Complete Failure’


-- PA Resources Council, Southwest PA Air Quality Partnership Invite Students In SW PA To Take Part In Let's Clear The Air Poster Challenge  [PaEN]


-- DEP Blog: 9 Tips For Having A Radon Reduction System Installed In Your Home


-- PA Resources Council Hosts 2 Backyard Composting Webinars In February  [PaEN]


--WBTimes: World’s Largest Indoor Vertical Farm Coming To Luzerne County To Raise Fish, Greens


-- Wildlands Conservancy Newsletter Highlights Upcoming Programs In February  


-- PG - John Hayes: Off-Road ATV Park To Be Built In Gassport, Allegheny County


-- PennLive: Harrisburg’s Whitaker Science Center Closed Due To COVID-Related Staffing Shortages


-- New York Almanack: On Wilderness And New York State - Ed Zahniser, Son Of Howard Zahniser


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Comeback Of Wild Bobwhite Quail Targeted In PA’s First Recovery Area For Species


-- TribLive Editorial: Rallying Around Missing Monkeys And A Curious Canine


American Rescue Plan Funding


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


Build Back Better Budget Bill

-- Triblive Guest Essay: PA Is Hurting, Where Is Sen. Toomey On Build Back Better Proposal?

Other States/National/International

-- Utility Dive: New DHS Warning: Extremists Have Developed ‘Credible, Specific Plans’ To Attack U.S. Power Grid 

-- PennLive: Yale University Researchers Developed A ‘Novel’ Lyme Disease Vaccine Showing Promise

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Spotlight PA: Wolf Vetoes PA Congressional Voting District Map Sent To Him By Republicans

-- AP: State Court Has A Dozen Congressional Voting Districts Maps To Review; Hearings Get Underway Thursday 

-- CourierT: Analysis: We Examined Millions Of PA Voter Records, There Were Few ‘Irregularities’ 

-- ErieT: More Democrats Than Republicans Changing Affiliation To Opposing Party In PA

-- ScrantonT: Lackawanna County DA Finds No Voter Fraud In Drop Box Case

-- PennLive - John Baer: Wolf, Corman, Mastriano, Oz Said What?  Things In Politics That Make You Go, ‘Hmmmm’

-- WITF: Republican Budget Chiefs Want PA’s Plethora Of Pandemic-Era Cash Used ‘Judiciously’

-- Gov. Wolf Celebrates Passage Of Bipartisan Bill Providing $225 Million To Support Health Care Workforce

-- WilliamsportS: Community Marks 472 Local Deaths Due To COVID

-- PennLive: PA Restaurants Hope For Even More Financial Aid As They Struggle ‘More Than They Did In 2020’

-- Gov. Wolf Announces $23 Million In 2nd Round Of Gun Violence Intervention And Prevent Grants

-- AP: Driver Charged In Alleged Dragging Of Philly Police Officer After SUV Stop

-- WITF/PennLive - Charles Thompson: Cumberland County Unveils New Mental Health, Counseling Program For First Responders

-- PG Editorial: Pittsburgh Mayor Should Release Jim Rogers Investigation

-- ScrantonT Editorial: At PA Capitol, It’s Ready, Fire, Aim On Reducing Weapons Trafficking

-- PG: Pittsburgh School Officials Offer Few Solutions To Ongoing Turmoil

-- Inquirer: Taxpayer Funded Private Cyber Charter Schools Grew Faster In PA Last Year Than Any Other State

-- YorkD: York Suburban School Board Member Faces Global Conservative Backlash For Op-Ed

-- Spotlight PA: PA School Pension Fund Won’t Require Board Members To Sign Secrecy Oaths To Hear Investigation Report

-- PG: Report: Smaller Companies Sidelined In PA’s Legal Pot Market

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[Posted: January 27, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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