Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Tuesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 1.25.22


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

     -- Committee Schedule

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

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events


TODAY 9:30: Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee meets on bills and to hold a hearing.  Bills include: House Bill 1842 (Zimmerman-R-Lancaster) would redefine water pollution to allow polluters to determine when spills are serious enough to notify DEP [Read more here.]; Senate Bill 945 (Yaw-R- Lycoming) directs state government to sell all its Renewable Energy Credits and deposit the proceeds in the Marcellus Legacy Fund for use to plug oil and gas wells abandoned by the industry and left to taxpayers to pay to clean up [Read more here]; Senate Bill 1030 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) to temporarily suspend Pennsylvania’s regulations which adopted California regulations related to heavy-duty vehicle diesel controls, leaving the federal standards to govern while the suspension is in effect [Read more here]; House Bill 668 (James-R-Venango) adding a coal refuse energy representative on DEP’s Mining and Reclamation Advisory Board.  Hearing on stormwater fees and implementation. Room 8E-B East Wing of the Capitol Building.  Click Here to watch onlineRead more here.

TODAY 9:30: Senate Local Government Committee meets to consider House Bill 221 (Rader-R-Monroe) authorizing use of open space preservation funding for maintenance.  Room 8E-A East Wing Capitol.  Click Here to watch online.


TODAY 2:00: DEP Announces $245,00 Growing Greener Grant for Kinney Run Watershed Improvements In Columbia County


-- Witnesses Unanimously Support Allocating American Rescue Plan Funding For On-Farm Conservation Projects At House Committee Meeting; Rep. Metcalfe Calls It ‘Welfare’  [PaEN]


-- Lancaster Farming: PA Ag Groups Seek $250 Million For Clean Streams


-- WBTimes: American Rescue Plan Money And County - Wyoming Authority Agreement Could Reduce Stormwater Fee


-- Federal Office Of Surface Mine Reclamation Awards PA $25 Million For Mine Reclamation With Environmental, Economic, Recreation, Solar Energy Benefits  [PaEN]


-- ScrantonT: Federal Infrastructure Funds Will Remediate Mine-Scarred Land


-- WBTimes: Federal Funds Touted For Abandoned Mine Lands Clean Up


-- ​​Advocating For Solar Energy Projects On Abandoned Mine Lands - By Kathy Cook, PA League of Women Voters, Environmental Policy Director [PaEN]


-- NextPittsburgh: PennEnvironment Knows The Perfect Place For Solar Panels - Walmart Rooftops


-- DCNR Bans Use Of Oil & Gas Wastewater On Its Over 6,500 Miles Of Dirt, Gravel Roads  [PaEN]


-- Guest Essay: The Empty Rhetoric Of Delaware River Watershed Fracking Ban - Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) [Information on conventional drilling wastewater is inaccurate, according to the industry’s own waste reports.  Yaw supports efforts to make road spreading of conventional wastewater legal.]


-- DEP To Conduct Hazardous Waste Site Investigation At Erie Coke (Coal) Plant Site In Erie  [PaEN]


-- GASP: Lauds DEP Decision To Conduct Hazardous Waste Site Investigation At Erie Coke (Coal) Plant In Erie


-- ABCNews: Bitcoin Operation Ignites Debate Around The Waste From Coal Mining In PA


--  PA Chapter Of Natural Resources Extension Professionals Names Ross Snook Of Montgomery County Natural Resources Education Champion  [PaEN]


-- Penn State Master Watershed Steward Program - A Look Back On 2021’s Accomplishments  [PaEN]


-- Master Watershed Steward Program Receives Healing The Planet Grant From The GIANT Company  [PaEN]


-- Penn State Extension: Spring Creek Bleak Mid-Winter Blues In Dauphin County  [PaEN]


-- Beaver Times: Shell Ethane Plan More Than 95% Built As Company Prepares For Operation


-- CourierT Guest Essay: It’s Time To Put A Price On Carbon - Citizens Climate Lobby


-- MCall: In Emmaus, ‘Forever Chemicals’ (PFOA) In Water Linked To Firefighting Foam Force Borough Into Major Expense, Possible Legal Action 


-- ErieT - Brian Whipkey: PA’s 121 State Parks Have Facility Improvements, More Job Opportunities Planned


-- PA Parks & Forests Foundation Accepting Entries To 2022 Photo Contest - Clean Water & Forested Ecosystems [PaEN]


-- TribLive: Westmoreland Residents Capture Photo Awards In PA Parks & Forests Foundation Contest


-- Lancaster Farmland Trust Executive Director Karen Marynick Retires


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: S. Middleton Twp. Gets OK To Expand Recreation Around Children’s Lake


-- ErieT Brian Whipkey: Volunteer Fishing Permits Improve Fisheries In PA


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Invasive Crayfish Species Produced Hybrids In Juniata River


-- MCall/TNS: PA Woman Rescues Mystery Animal From Winter Cold, No One Seems To Know What It Is


-- TribLive: Fossil Of Early Mammal Named For Longtime Carnegie Museum Of Natural History Paleontologist


-- Help Wanted: Berks Conservation District Looking To Fill Multiple Positions  [PaEN]


American Rescue Plan Funding


-- WBTimes: American Rescue Plan Money And County - Wyoming Authority Agreement Could Reduce Stormwater Fee


-- $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


-- ScrantonT: Federal Infrastructure Funds Will Remediate Mine-Scarred Land


-- WBTimes: Federal Funds Touted For Abandoned Mine Lands Clean Up

Other States/National/International

-- WPost: U.S. Supreme Court Takes EPA Case That Could Narrow Clean Water Act

-- WPost: Biden Revives ‘Clean Energy’ Program With $1 Billion Loan Guarantee For ‘Clean’ Hydrogen Project

-- The Economist: How Will Europe Cope If Russia Cuts Off Its Natural Gas?  [You Can’t Cut Off Wind, Solar]

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Spotlight PA: PA Republicans Send Doomed Congressional Districts Map To Wolf Likely Handing The Choice To State Courts

-- PA Cap-Star: Courts Likely To Pick PA Congressional Districts Map After Wolf, Legislature Fall Short

-- AP: Lawmakers Stalemated On PA Congressional Map, Republican Senate Leader Says

-- Spotlight PA: What Delayed Voting District Maps Could Be For May 17 Primary Election

-- PA Cap-Star: Gift Ban Advocates Target PA Republican Leaders

-- Inquirer: PA Governor’s Race Will Shape Voting Law, Maybe The 2024 Election

-- MCall: Republican Sen. Ted Cruz To Visit Lehigh Valley Tuesday To Support U.S. Senate Candidate David McCormick

-- City & State: Here Are Endorsements In PA’s U.S. Senate Race

-- TribLive: Biden To Visit Pittsburgh Friday To Talk About Supply Chains

-- PG: PA Republicans Look To Referendum To Amend Constitution To Privatize Wine, Liquor Sales

-- MCall- Ford Turner: Will PA’s State-Run Alcohol Stores Finally Be Privatized?

-- Inquirer: New Effort To Eliminate State Liquor System Via Constitutional Amendment

-- TribLive Editorial: Is Gambling Growth A Good Thing For Pennsylvania

-- Inquirer: Declining COVID Surge A Promising Sign, But It’s Not Over Yet

-- MCall: Lehigh Valley COVID Case Rate Plummets 72% In 12 Days

-- AP: PA Deploys First ‘Strike Team’ To Ease COVID-Related Hospital Crunch In Bucks County

-- PennLive: Patients Still Waiting Hours In ER For Care In Central PA Hospitals

-- Inquirer: PA Nursing Homes Playing Catch Up On Staff Vaccinations As Mandate Starting

-- AP: State Prisons To Halt In-Person Visitation Thru February Due To COVID-Related Staff Shortages

-- PG: Carnegie Mellon Plans Return To Mostly In-Person Classes

-- TribLive: How To Pick Up Free N95 Masks In Western PA

-- WHYY: Philly DA: City’s 2022 Murder Rate Already Outpacing Record-Deadly 2021

-- Inquirer: Philly DA Discusses Gun Violence After Officer’s Son Gunned Down

-- KYW: Son Of Philadelphia Police Officer, Killed In Targeted Shooting, Sources Say

-- PG - Tony Norman: Mysterious Death In Venango County, Family Deserves Real Answers

-- ScrantonT: 2 Teens Charged In Plotting Columbine-Style Attack On Dunmore H.S. Waive Hearings

-- PennLive: Republican-Led Chambersburg Becomes First PA Town To Revoke LGBTQ Inclusive Law

-- PG Editorial: Antisemitism Is A Sickness We Can’t Allow To Spread

-- WESA: ACLU Finds Allegheny County Students Arrested More Often Than Anywhere Else In PA

-- Inquirer: Decisions In Philly Schools Revenue-Driven, Not Needs-Driven, CFO Testifies At School Funding Trial

-- ErieT Guest Essay: Erie County Community College Offers Region New Opportunity And Access

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[Posted: January 25, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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