Friday, September 29, 2023

Friday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 9.29.23

Pursue Your Constitutional Right To A Clean Environment In Pennsylvania!

Senate next voting day October 2, 3, 4  [Unless Sooner Recalled]

-- Committee Schedule

House next voting day October 2, 3, 4, 16 [Unless Sooner Recalled]

-- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events 

TODAY 10:00:  Agenda Posted. DEP Low-Level Radioactive Waste Advisory Committee meeting.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 10:00 a.m.  Visit the Committee webpage for options to join the meeting remotely.  Contact: Molly Adams or 717-787-2480.  [Note: Three Mile Island decontamination and low-level radioactive waste generation updates.]

TODAY 10:00: DEP Hosts Online Training On New Chapter 105 Environmental Assessment Alternatives Guidance.  10:00 a.m. to Noon. 

-- Member Of Pine Creek Headwaters Protection Group Briefs DCNR Advisory Council On Siting Of Shale Gas Well Pad On State Forest Land To Accommodate Taking Gas From Private Land In Tioga County  [PaEN]

-- The Allegheny Front: EPA’s Approval Of 2nd Plum Boro Oil/Gas Wastewater Injection Well In  Allegheny County Raises Fears That More Are On The Way

-- Guest Essay: DEP Should Invest $33.6 Million In New Federal Funding Wisely To Plug  Conventional Oil & Gas Wells And Not Reward The Industry For Bad Behavior  - By  Russell Zerbo, Clean Air Council  [PaEN] 

-- Federal Emergency Management Agency Denies Gov. Shapiro’s Request For Federal Disaster Declaration For July 9 Flooding In Berks County  [PaEN]

-- MCall: FEMA Denies Emergency Declaration Request For July Storm That Devastated Berks County; Request For Northampton County Storm Still Pending

-- DCNR Issues First Fall Foliage Report Of The Season - First Glimmers Of Autumn Are Here   [PaEN] 

-- DCNR, PA Forestry Assn., Partners Celebrate Pennsylvania Forests With Walk In Penn’s Woods Events Oct. 1  [PaEN]

-- KDKA: Fall Foliage Report: Moderate Summer Sets Stage For ‘Very Colorful’ Autumn Across PA

-- Warren Times: Fall Foliage Inbound

-- Williamsport Sun: Celebrate PA Wilds With Walk In Penn’s Woods Sunday, Oct. 1

-- PJM Interconnection Board Proposes Market Reforms Based Largely On Unreliability Of Natural Gas-Fired Power Plants During Winter Storm Elliot  [PaEN] 

-- Utility Dive: PJM Board Calls For Capacity Market Changes To Bolster Grid Reliability, Resource Adequacy

-- Guest Essay: EPA Further Threatens Grid Reliability By Reducing Carbon Pollution From Power Plants, Including Natural Gas-Fired Power Plants - By Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), Majority Chair of the PA Senate Environmental Committee

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: WV Sen. Manchin (D), PA Republican Cong. Reschenthaler Tell A Tale Of 2 Energy Futures [Biden’s Boost To Energy Independence, Ex-President’s Energy Deregulation]

-- Food & Water Watch Blog: The Sickening Toll Of Natural Gas Development In Pennsylvania 

-- Insurance Journal: Information Security Issue Stalls Federal Probe Of Fatal Natural Gas Explosion At Reading Factory

-- Penn State Technical Assistance Program Saves Company $50,000+ In Annual Energy Costs; Call To Make Your Appointment Today  [PaEN]

-- Warren Times: Seneca Pumped Storage Electric Generating Station On Allegheny River Conducts Tour

-- PUC Now Accepting New Member Applications For PA One Call Damage Prevention Committee

-- TribLive: Duquesne Light Says Backup Plan In Place As Union Authorizes Strike

-- DEP Notice Of Time Change For Oct. 17 Comment Hearing On Interim Final Environmental Justice Policy In Erie

-- DEP Notice Of Time Change For Oct. 26 Comment Hearing On Interim Final Environmental Justice Policy In Philadelphia

-- PUC Invites Public Comments On Proposed Diversity Policy Statement

-- WNEP: Work Continues To Fill Mine Subsidence Sinkhole In Luzerne County

-- Erie Times: What Was That Smell?  DEP Says It Was Likely Lake Erie ‘Burping’ From Water Chemistry Changes

-- Delaware RiverKeeper Sept. 29 RiverWatch Video Report

-- DEP Took Action On 921 Permits, 93% Within Permit Decision Guarantee Deadlines; Conducted 1,516 Inspections, Responded To 1 Emergency Emergency During Week Ending Sept. 14

--  September 30 Pennsylvania Bulletin Now Available

-- DEP Notice Of Availability Of NPDES General Permit For Discharges From Petroleum Product contaminated Groundwater Remediation Systems (PAG-05)

-- Delaware County, PA Resources Council Host Oct. 17 Electronics Waste Collection Event  [PaEN]

-- Scranton Times: Lackawanna County Holds Waste Tire Collection Event Saturday, Sept. 30

-- Save The Date! PA Recycling Markets Center’s PA ReMaDE Conference Jan. 18-19 In Bethlehem  [PaEN] 

-- Spotlight PA: PA Budget Chips Away At $1.4 Billion Backlog Of Infrastructure Projects In State Parks, State Forests

-- PennDOT Is Now Accepting Applications For Multimodal Transportation Project Funding, Including Bike, Trail, Walking Projects, Deadline Nov. 13

-- TribLive: Allegheny County Man Takes 150-Mile Walk Of Faith On Great Allegheny Passage

-- Wilkes-Barre Times: Luzerne County Flood Authority Invites Public To Oct. 17 Meeting On Potential Levee E-Bike Policy

-- Delaware Highlands Conservancy: Women And Their Woods Plant Identification Workshop Oct.  14 At Prompton State Park, Wayne County  [PaEN]

-- Carnegie Museum Of Natural History In Pittsburgh Hosts Smithsonian Life In One Cubic Foot - Exploring The Diversity Of Life On Earth In Your Own Backyards  [PaEN]

-- The Allegheny Front: Climate Change Has Altered Poison Ivy Leaves In PA - Carnegie Museum Of Natural History Study

-- DCED Notice Of Organizations Eligible To Receive Waterfront Development Tax Credits For Projects, Including Recreation, Brownfield Remediation

-- PennLive Guest Essay: Wildland Firefighters Facing Huge Federal Pay Cut - Here’s How Physically Demanding This Lifesaving Job Is

-- TribLive: Deer Hunting To Begin In 2 Pittsburgh Parks

-- AP: Phillies Deny Emotional Support Alligator From Entering Ballpark

Train Derailments

-- A Voice From Buried Town Of Times Beach, Missouri Has Advice For Residents Impacted By Norfolk Southern Train Derailment - Get Out  [Times Beach Roads Were Sprayed With Waste Oil Containing Dioxin To Suppress Dust ]

Other States/National/International

-- EPA Finalizes Rule Requiring Reporting Of PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ Use To Better Protection Communities

-- EPA Now Accepting Applications For Clean School Bus Funding, Deadline Jan. 31

-- EPA Announces $100 Million In Grants Available To Support Manufacturers Of Cleaner Construction Materials

-- EPA: New Strategy Directs All Enforcement And Compliance Programs To Help Tackle Climate Crisis In Every Matter Within Their Jurisdiction

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Spotlight PA - Stephen Caruso, Katie Meyer: Gov. Shapiro’s Legislative Secretary Accused Of Sexual Harassment Before Resigning

-- AP: Before Shapiro’s Legislative Secretary Resigned, Coworker Accused Him Of Sexual Harassment

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: Commonwealth Foundation Poll: Voters Like Shapiro, Even If They Aren’t Sure Why

-- AP: Democratic Rising Stars Rally Around Biden’s Reelection, They’re Also Eyeing 2028 Bids Of Their Own [Includes Gov. Shapiro]

-- WITF: In A World Of Partisan Fighting On Election Security, This Board Tackles PA Issues Without Division 

-- Broad & Liberty Guest Essay: Progressive PACs Heavily Outspend Free-Market, Limited-Government Advocates In Pennsylvania - By Kevin Mooney, Commonwealth Foundation

-- MCall: Lehigh County Man Sentenced To 8 Years In Federal Prison For Crimes Committed During Assault On US Capitol

-- Inquirer: How A Moms For Liberty-Aligned Attack On Library Content Is Upending Politics In Philly Burbs

-- Courier Times: Pennridge School Library Book Policy Leads To Lawsuit In Bucks County

-- AP: State Police Applicant Pool Expands After Dropping College Credit Requirement

-- Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Police: A Community Response ‘Thwarted Another School Shooting,’ Juveniles Arrested

-- WTAE: Peruvian Man Charged With Making Hoax Bomb Threats To Schools, Synagogues In Pennsylvania

-- PA Gaming Control Board Releases Annual Diversity Report On Casino Industry

-- Post-Gazette: Indiana University Of PA Reports First Year-To-Year Enrollment Increase In Over A Decade [418 Students]

-- Post-Gazette: College Student Loan Payment Resume In October, Here’s What Borrowers Need To Know

-- PennLive: Latino Economic Output In PA Among Highest In US, Study

-- Post-Gazette: These Western PA Small Businesses Deny Claims Made In FTC, State Attorneys General [Including PA] Lawsuit Against Amazon

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[Posted: September 29, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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