Friday, June 30, 2023

Friday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 6.30.23

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House holds Regular Session June 30

-- Committee Schedule

Senate holds Regular Session June 30

-- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events 

-- DEP Declares Statewide Code ORANGE Air Quality Action Day Friday, June 30 

-- TribLive: Lingering Wildfire Smoke Affects More Than Just At-Risk Groups: ‘It’s Unhealthy For Everyone’

-- AP: Expect A Hot, Smoky Summer In Much Of America, Here’s Why You’d Better Get Used To It

-- Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement At 40: Perspectives On Pennsylvania From Former DEP Secretary, EPA Region 3 Administrator Jim Seif - By Jill Whitcomb, Director Of DEP's Bureau Of Watershed Restoration

-- DEP Chesapeake Bay Program Health Waters, Partnership, Progress June Newsletter: County Updates; Grants, Accomplishments, Much More!

-- TribLive: Murrysville Will Use $2 Million To Clean Mine Drainage In Lyons Run Watershed In Westmoreland County 

-- DEP Starts Accepting Applications For Next Round Of Federally-Funded Abandoned Mine Reclamation Grants For Locally-Sponsored Projects July 3  [PaEN]

-- Grist: Federal Rule That Could Help Save Coal Miners’ Lives Mired In Red Tape

-- MCall: Is Lehigh Valley Still In A Drought After Torrential Rain? [Spoiler - Yes]

-- Brodhead Watershed Assn.: July 15 Creek Snorkeling For Students In The Upper Brodhead In Monroe County

-- York Dispatch: Storm-2-Street Art Contest Raises Awareness Of Stormwater Pollution And Boosts Local Artists

-- Scranton Times Editorial: Smart Regional Cooperation On Stormwater Management Saves Money

-- York Dispatch: Newberry Township Delays Vote On Municipal Sewer System Sale Amid Public Outcry

-- Delaware RiverKeeper June 30 RiverWatch Video Report

-- PA Capital-Star: Solar Energy Grant Program For PA School Districts Gets Bipartisan Support In PA House

-- TribLive Guest Essay: Solar Energy A Budget Solution For PA Schools - By Micki Dutrow, Retired Superintendent Of West Branch Area School District, Clearfield County

-- TribLive: Report: Shell Petrochemical Plant In Beaver County Has Not Spurred Economic Growth

-- Children’s Health Defense News: For Decades He Railed Against Fracking In Washington County - Now His Wife Has A Type Of Cancer Linked To Fracking Chemicals

-- Observer-Reporter Letter: Act 13 Drilling Impact Fees Don’t Help Those Impacted By Gas Drilling - By Cathy Lodge, Washington County

-- PA Capital-Star: State Secures Disaster Declaration For Businesses Impacted By Chocolate Factory Natural Gas Explosion

-- DEP Invites Comments On Proposed Air Quality General Permit For Coal Mine Methane Enclosed Flares

-- Inquirer: A Philly Woman Answered The Door For Energy Salespeople - That Decision Cost Her 

-- WHYY: Climate Activists Target PECO’s Next Power Purchase Plan: ‘Replace Fossil Fuels’

-- Post-Gazette: Former Ohio Republican House Speaker Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Role In $60 Million FirstEnergy Nuclear Plant Bailout Bribery Scheme 

-- Pennsylvania Groups Call For Transparency With State Plans For Carbon Capture, Storage  [PaEN]

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: PA Leads In Electric Vehicle Incentives, But Lags In Planning And Goals, Report Says

-- DEP Notice Soliciting Renewals Of Expired Vouchers For Driving PA Forward’s Onroad Cleaner Vehicle Rebate Program

-- DEP Notice Healthy Electrified Commercial Kitchen Rebate Program To Remain Open Thru Dec. 31

-- DEP Notice Of July 6 Meeting Of PA Energy Development Authority.

-- EPA Announces New Framework To Prevent Unsafe New PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ From Entering The Market

-- DEP Announces Award Of $16.3 Million In Act 101 Section 902 Recycling Grants

-- DEP Took Action On 609 Permits, 93% Within Permit Decision Guarantee Deadlines; Conducted 1,368 Inspections; Responded To 5 Environmental Emergencies Last Week

-- July 1 Pennsylvania Bulletin Now Available

-- Natural Lands Finalizes Crebilly Farm Conservation Easements Protecting 102 Acres In Chester County  [PaEN]

-- Inquirer - Frank Kummer: 555-Acre Former Hunting Camp Preserved In The Poconos By The Conservation Fund, Added To Delaware State Forest

-- Centre Daily Times: Views Of Broad Mountain On Guided Hike In PA’s Rothrock State Forest

-- Warren Times: Allegheny National Forest Centennial Geocaches Placed On Centennial GeoTrail

-- Inquirer: On The Hunt For Pennsylvania’s Elusive Fireflies

-- The Allegheny Front: Preparing For The Arrival Of The Invasive Spongy [Gypsy] Moth

-- WESA: Climate Change In PA Is Increasing Risk Of Lyme Disease, Other Tick-Borne Illnesses 

-- Courier Times: Tick-Borne Illnesses, Including Lyme Disease, On Rise In PA

-- Delaware RiverKeeper: Environmental Activists Host A ‘Last Baby Shower’ For The Endangered Delaware River Atlantic Sturgeon

Norfolk Southern Train Derailment

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: East Palestine, OH Area Residents Demand More Transparency, Chemical Testing Related To Norfolk Southern Train Derailment

6th Oil/Natural Gas Spike: True Energy Independence Means Renewables

[There Is No Limit To What Oil/Natural Gas Industry Can Make You Pay]

-- AAA Average Gasoline Prices: Pennsylvania- $3.64; National- $3.54

-- Bloomberg: European Natural Gas Prices Set For Biggest Monthly Gain In A Year Following Most Volatile Stretch Of Trading This Year

Other States/National/International

-- AP: Warming Causes More Extreme Rain, Not Snow, Over Mountains; Scientists Say That’s A Problem

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- TribLive/AP: PA Budget Agreement Is Elusive As Fiscal-Year Deadline Nears

-- PA Capital-Star: PA Senate School Voucher Bill Tied To State Budget Destined To Fail, House Democrats Say

-- Spotlight PA: Debate Over Publicly Funded Private School Vouchers Could Push PA Budget Past June 30 Deadline

-- Post-Gazette - Ford Turner: PA Senate Passes School Voucher Plan But A Top Democrat Says The House Will Not Approve It

-- The Center Square: $100 Million School Choice Program Woven Into Key State Budget Bill

-- Gov. Shapiro Statement On Ongoing State Budget Negotiations

-- TribLive/AP: PA Lawmakers Consider Replacing The State’s Official Song

-- AP: U.S. Supreme Court Solidifies Protections For Workers Who Ask For Religious Accommodations [PA Case]

-- Post-Gazette - Ford Turner: PA Democrats Decry US Supreme Court Ruling On Affirmative Action

-- TribLive: Western PA College Campuses Say Diversity Will Remain A Priority Following High Court Ruling

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[Posted: June 30, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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