Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Wednesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 10.25.23

Pursue Your Constitutional Right To A Clean Environment In Pennsylvania!

Senate next voting day October 25, Nov. 13, 14, 15, Dec. 11, 12, 13

-- Committee Schedule

House next voting day October 30, 31, Nov. 1, 13, 14, 15, Dec. 11, 12, 13

-- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events 

TODAY 9:00: Senate Republican Policy Committee hearing on cutting red tape and regulatory reform.  Room 8E-B East Wing. 9:00 a.m.  Click Here to watch live.

TODAY 10:00:  Agenda Posted. DEP Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building.  10:00 a.m. Visit the Committee webpage for options on joining the meeting remotely.  Contact: Lucas Hershey

TODAY 1:30: Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing on water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure.  Room 8E-B East Wing Capitol Building. 1:30 p.m. Click Here to register to attend via Zoom.   Click Here to watch live.

TODAY 5:00: Virtual. DEP Hearing On Interim Final Environmental Justice Policy.  5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Persons wishing to reserve time to present testimony at a meeting must contact Jennifer McLuckie at (717) 772-5633 or at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing.  Read more here.

THURSDAY 1:00: House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness, Subcommittee on Security & Emergency Response Readiness informational meeting on cancer and other occupational diseases in firefighting, including PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ in firefighting equipment.  Warminster Twp. Administration Building, 401 Gibson Ave., Warminster.  1:00 p.m.

THURSDAY 6:00: DEP Hearing On Interim Final Environmental Justice Policy. Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Persons wishing to reserve time to present testimony at a meeting must contact Jennifer McLuckie at (717) 772-5633 or at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing.  Read more here.

-- House Environmental Committee To Hold Oct. 30 Hearing On Bill Increasing Setback Safety Zones From Shale Natural Gas Drilling Sites, Infrastructure Based On Latest Science, Grand Jury Report  [PaEN]

-- DEP 2024 Water Quality Report Shows 28,820 Miles Of Streams With Impaired Water Quality In PA (34%) - An Increase From 27,886 In 2022  [PaEN]

-- WNEP: Watershed Specialists In Susquehanna County Raising Awareness Of Riparian Stream Buffers 

-- Reading Eagle: Native Trees Given Away In Berks County As Part Of 10 Million Trees Project

-- Wilkes-Barre Times Editorial: Thumbs Up To Nanticoke Creek Watershed Restoration Project

-- NextPittsburgh: Pittsburgh Canopy Alliance And City Will Use $9 Million To Revitalize Region’s Tree Canopy

-- Reading Eagle: Berks Agricultural Resource Network Seeking Excellence In Agriculture Nominations

-- EPA Awards Nearly $5.3 Million For Environmental Justice Projects In PA Communities  [PaEN]

-- Senate Environmental Committee Reports Out Bills On Garage Drain Water Disposal, Crematory Operating Temperatures  [PaEN]

-- York Dispatch: Chesapeake Bay Faces Water Quality Setback Following Recent Lawsuit Settlement

-- PennTAP: Southwestern PA Energy Efficiency Roundtable Meets Nov. 2 On Benefits Of HVAC Equipment Upgrades, Funding Opportunities  [PaEN]

-- Courier Times: Bucks, Montgomery Counties Join Chester, Delaware Counties To Purchase Electricity For Their Operations To Reduce Costs, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

-- Republican Herald: 40 Acre Solar Energy Facility Proposed In Orwigsburg Boro, Schuylkill County

-- Scranton Times: Landfill Gas Plant At Keystone Landfill To Explore Storing Carbon Dioxide Deep Underground  

-- Scranton Times: Nicholas Trucking Unveils Clean Propane Vehicles

-- Spotlight PA: Officials Celebrate PA’s Two Hydrogen Hubs, But Many Details Remain Shrouded In Secrecy 

-- FOX43: Hydrogen Hubs Generate Environmental Concerns From Experts

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Air Liquide Plans Hydrogen Plant In Pittsburgh Region 

-- Republican Senators Bartolotta, Ward, Pittman, Robinson, Yaw Highlight Benefits Of Hydrogen Hubs

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: Republican Lawmakers All-In On Hydrogen Hubs 

-- Inside Climate News - Jon Hurdle: PA’s Shale Gas Industry Used 160 Million Pounds Of Fracking Chemicals From 2012 to 2022, New Report Says

-- Better Path Coalition: Nov. 2 Brown Bag Briefing On Fracking And PFAS 'Forever Chemicals' In Pennsylvania  [PaEN]

-- The Center Square Guest Essay: Five Years Later, Evidence Of Fracking’s Safety Is Stronger Than Ever - By Heartland Institute & Arthur B. Robinson Center on Climate & Environmental Policy

-- The Guardian: Fossil Fuel Firms Spent Millions On US Lawmakers Who Sponsored Anti-Protest Bills  [Sen. Martin, Sen. Regan Sponsored Bills In PA]

-- TribLive: Feds Award Nearly $25 Million To Duquesne Light For High-Tech Electric Grid Projects

-- TribLive: Westinghouse To Base Its Nuclear Battery Operations In Etna, Allegheny County  

-- Gov. Shapiro: Westinghouse To Develop Innovative eVinci Microreactor In Latest Clean Energy Win For PA

-- MCall: Massive River Pointe Warehouse Plans Spur Tense Back And Forth With Lehigh Valley Planners

-- MCall: Lehigh Valley Planners Still Skeptical Of Bethlehem Landfill Expansion

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: Encina Plans To Move Ahead With Plastics Chemical Recycling Plant In Northumberland County After Withdrawing Permit

-- DEP Takes Action On 765 Permits, 95% Within Permit Decision Guarantee Deadlines; Conducted 1,239 Inspections; Responded To 3 Environmental Emergencies In The Week Ending Oct. 22 

-- ​​Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust Cuts Ribbon On New Education & Research Field Station In Montgomery County  [PaEN]

-- Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper, Partners Establish ‘Vernal School’ To Support The Montour Preserve In Montour County  [PaEN] 

-- WNEP: Squash’Em: Spotted Lantern Flies

-- DCNR State Park Rangers Earn Governor’s Award For Excellence

-- Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper Blog: Partnership Can Foster New Opportunities At Montour Preserve For Those Willing To Get Creative

-- Heritage Conservancy Preserves Over 55 Acres In Bucks County Next To Quakertown Preserve Native Plant Sanctuary  [PaEN]

-- PA Wilds Center: Appalachian Regional Commission Grant To Support Expansion Of PA Wilds Entrepreneurial Ecosystem 

-- Penn State Extension Nov. 11 Hybrid Workshop On Creating A Garden That Welcomes Wildlife  [PaEN]

-- Lehigh Valley-based Wildlands Conservancy Highlights November Education Programs, Activities

-- Centre Daily Times: Which PA Spiders Are Dangerous To Humans? How To Identify And Avoid Them

Train Derailments

-- The Allegheny Front: Churches Provide Vital Services As Town Recovers From 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]

-- AP: Many Families To Get A Break On Winter Heating Costs But Uncertainties Persist

-- Erie Times: Gasoline Prices Fell In Erie For 5 Weeks, Will Trend Continue?

-- Warren Times: Price Of Gasoline Continues To Fall In Region

-- AP: Gaza War Has Oil Markets On Edge, That Could Build More Urgency To Shift To Renewables, IEA Head Says

--  Reuters: World Oil, Natural Gas, Coal Demand To Peak By 2030, IEA Says

Other States/National/International

-- USDA Releases Assessment Of The Role Of Agriculture & Forestry In US Carbon Markets

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: How Equitrans Mountain Valley Pipeline’s Latest Delays Will Hit Partners

-- Bloomberg: Arizona Startup Is Recycling Solar Panels

-- Reuters: Shell Cuts Low Carbon Jobs, Scales Back Hydrogen In CEO Overhaul, Sources

-- Bloomberg: Occidental Petroleum Quietly Ditched World’s Biggest Carbon Capture Plant In Texas

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- TribLive Editorial: Get The Info You Need To Make Good Voting Choices

--WHYY: PA Superior Court Candidate Maria Battista Hospitalized After Car Crash

-- WITF: Lawsuit Settlement Requires York County To Expand Language Support For Spanish-Speaking Voters

-- PoliticsPA: 2023 Election: PA Voter Registration Numbers

-- PA Capital-Star: Rep. Rozzi Endorses Ex-Spouse Jacklyn Rusnock For His Berks County House Seat

-- Post-Gazette: Shapiro Says He And Accuser Have A ‘Responsibility’ To Honor An NDA In Harassment Accusations Against Former Legislative Secretary

-- TribLive Guest Essay: Shapiro Must Reset His Legislative Strategy - By Commonwealth Foundation

-- Post-Gazette Guest Essay: Democratic Rep. Matt Bradford Sounds Like Reagan On Taxes - By Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster)

-- Spotlight PA: The History Behind PA’s Flat Income Tax

-- City & State PA: Special Report: AI In State Government

-- AP: PA Senate Passes Bill Opponents Worry Targets Books About LGBTQ+ And Marginalized People

-- PA Capital-Star: PA Senate Passes ‘Explicit Content’ Legislation After Heated Debate Over Whether It’s A Book Ban

-- Post-Gazette: Gun Confiscated From Student At McKeesport High School

-- TribLive: Alumni Group Raises $500,000 In Push Against Admission Of Girls At The Kiski School In Indiana County

-- PA Capital-Star: PA Joins States Accusing Meta [Facebook] Of Fueling Children’s Social Media Addiction

-- Citizens Voice: Luzerne County Community College Promoting Diversity, Seeing Surge In Latino Student Population

-- Post-Gazette Editorial: Pandemic-Era Medicaid And CHIP Enrollments Must Stay

-- PennLive: McNees, Wallace & Nurick Selling Its Building In Harrisburg

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[Posted: October 25, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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