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PAEnvironmentDigest

AnUpdateOnEnvironmentalIssuesInPA
EditedBy:DavidE.Hess,CrisciAssociates
Winner2009PAEEBusinessPartnerOfTheYearAward Harrisburg,PaApril1,2013 DEPCitizensAdvisoryCouncilAsksPublicForIdeasOnImprovingPublicParticipation TheCitizensAdvisoryCounciltotheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionisaskingthepublicfor ideasonhowtoimprovepublicparticipationindevelopingenvironmentalregulationsandpolicies, accordingtoJohnWalliser,CouncilChair. TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionisnowupdatingtheagencyspublicparticipation policieswhichhavenotseensignificantchangesinmorethanadecade,saidWalliser.TheCouncil believesthisisauniqueopportunitytoaskthepublicforideasonhowtheycanbebetterinformed aboutregulationsandpoliciesunderdevelopmentandhowtheycanoffertheircommentsand suggestions. WallisernotedDEPisalsoupdatingitspublicparticipationpoliciescoveringpermitreviewsand environmentaljusticereviews,buttheCouncilandthepublicwillbereviewingthosechangesseparately. Givingthepublicfromindividualcitizenstoaffectedbusinessestheopportunitytohavean impactonregulationsandpoliciesdevelopedbyDEPisafundamentalprincipletheagencyhas embraced,saidWalliser.Atthesametime,theCouncilisawarethereisalwaysroomfor improvements. DEPnowhas22activeadvisorycommitteeswithover300memberscoveringissuesasvaried aswastemanagement,airpollution,coalminesafety,environmentaljustice,lowlevelwastedisposal andradiationprotection,oilandgasmanagement,onlotsewagesystemsandwaterquality. DEPhasalsodevelopedtoolslikethePublicParticipationCenteronitswebsite,itssixmonth RegulatoryAgendaandaRegulatoryUpdatetokeepthepublicinformedofregulatoryandpolicy development.Inaddition,italsopublishesproposedregulationsandpoliciesinthePennsylvania Bulletinforreviewandholdshearingsonkeyproposals. ThroughDEPseNOTICEemailnotificationservice,thepubliccansignupforemailnoticesof regulationsandpoliciesgoingthroughtheprocess. Inrecentyearsseveralissuesrelatedtotheregulatoryandpolicydevelopmentprocesshave beenbroughttotheattentionofCouncilwhichmighthelpguidethepublicinmakingsuggestionsfor improvement: Infrequentupdatingofadvisorycommitteewebpagestoincludeadvisorycommitteeagendasand handoutsintimeforpublicreviewbeforemeetingsandbasicinformationlikecommitteemembership andagencycontacts Lackofpublicnoticeforsomeadvisorycommitteeandsubcommitteemeetingsandconferencecalls TheeNOTICEsystemcouldbeusedmoreeffectivelytoprovideinformationgrowingthroughthe

regulatoryandpolicydevelopmentprocessand Thelackofasinglecalendarofupcomingadvisorycommitteeandsubcommitteemeetingsand conferencecallsontheagencyswebsite. Forthenext30daysweareinvitingthepublictoemailtheCounciltheirsuggestionsfor improvementstotheregulationandpolicydevelopmentprocess,saidWalliser.TheCouncilwillalso becontactingeachmemberofDEPsadvisorycommitteesfortheirfirsthandsuggestionsonimproving publicinvolvement. TheCouncilhasestablishedaspecialwebpageat:http://goo.gl/UuOEuforbackgroundon existingDEPpublicparticipationrequirementsandanemailaddressforsubmittingimprovementideas: RAepcontactcac@pa.gov.PublicsuggestionsaredueApril26. TheCouncilwillcollectandevaluatealltheideaswereceiveandforwardthe recommendationstoDEPandtheGeneralAssembly,saidWalliser. Wallisernotedonceformalchangestotheregulatoryandpolicydevelopmentpublic participationprocessareproposedbyDEPtheywillundergotheirowncommentperiodmanagedby thedepartment. Formoreinformation,visittheCitizensAdvisoryCouncilwebpage. LongTimeSRBCExecutiveDirectorPaulSwartzRetiringThisFall SusquehannaRiverBasinCommissionChairmanDr.RobertSummersThursday announcedthatExecutiveDirectorPaulSwartzisretiringthisNovember. IjoinmyfellowcommissionersincongratulatingPaulandthankinghim forhisuntiringandpassionatededicationtotheCommissionthesepast21 years,saidChairmanSummers.Underhisleadership,theCommissiongrew intoaveryeffectiveagencythatbalancesthecompetingusesofthe Susquehannabasinswaterresourcesforhealthyecosystemsandavibrant economy. Overtheyears,Paulhasdoneanexceptionaljobleadingtheagencys staffinitsmissiontomanagewaterresourcesresponsiblyandequitably,withoutregardtosectorsand politicalboundaries.HehasinspiredandpromotedtheCommissionsvaluesofTeamwork, Professionalism,andQualityandhasassembledaverystrongteamthatisdrivenbythosevalues everydayastheyservethepublic. SwartzhasservedasSRBCsexecutivedirectorsince1992. Amonghisvariedresponsibilities,Swartzoversawtheprogressiveandresponsiblegrowthin SRBCsregulatory,planning,waterqualitymonitoring,informationtechnologyandpublicinformation programs. BecauseofPaulshandsonanddecisivemanagementskills,hewillleavetheCommissionin anexcellentpositionbothfiscallyandprogrammatically.Intodaystoughfinancialclimate,noonecan takethosequalitiesforgranted,andwecommendhimforthat,saidChairmanSummers. PriortojoiningSRBC,SwartzdirectedtheBureauofSoilandWaterConservationinthe PennsylvaniaDepartmentofEnvironmentalResources.HealsoservedastheExecutiveSecretarytothe PennsylvaniaConservationCommission. Swartz,a1970graduateofGettysburgCollege,andhiswife,Patsy,havethreesonsanda

grandson. UntilSwartzretiresinNovember,theSRBCcommissionerswillactivelyseekhisreplacement. SRBCreleasedtheExecutiveDirectorjobannouncementthisweek,includingpostingitonSRBCs website. DidYouKnowYouCanSearch8YearsOfDigestsOnAnyTopic? Didyouknowyoucansearch8yearsofbackissuesofthePAEnvironmentDigestondozensof topics,bycountyandonanykeywordyouchoose.Justclickonthesearchpage. AlsotakeadvantageoftheserelatedservicesfromCrisciAssociates PAEnvironmentDigestTwitterFeed:OnTwitter,signuptoreceiveinstantupdatesfrom: PAEnviroDigest. PAEnvironmentDailyBlog:providesdailyenvironmentalNewsClipsandsignificantstoriesand announcementsonenvironmentaltopicsinPennsylvaniaofimmediatevalue.Signupandreceiveas theyarepostedupdatesthroughyourfavoriteRSSreader.Youcanalsosignupforaoncedailyemail alertingyoutonewitemspostedonthisblog. PAEnvironmentDigestVideoBlog:showcasesoriginalandpublishedvideosfromenvironmental groupsandagenciesaroundthestate.Signuptoreceiveastheyarepostedupdatesthroughyour favoriteRSSread.Youcanalsosignupforaoncedailyemailalertingyoutonewitemspostedonthis blog. PACapitolDigestDailyBlogtogetupdateseverydayonPennsylvaniaStateGovernment,including NewsClips,coverageofkeypressconferencesandmore.Signupandreceiveastheyareposted updatesthroughyourfavoriteRSSreader.Youcanalsosignupforaoncedailyemailalertingyouto newitemspostedonthisblog. PACapitolDigestTwitterFeed:Don'tforgettosignuptoreceivethePACapitolDigestTwitterfeed togetinstantupdatesonothernewsfrominandaroundthePennsylvaniaStateCapitol. Senate/HouseAgenda/SessionSchedule HerearetheSenateandHouseCalendarsandCommitteemeetingsshowingbillsofinterestaswellasa listofnewenvironmentalbillsintroduced SessionSchedule HereisthelatestvotingsessionschedulefortheSenateandHouse Senate

April8,9,10,15,16,17,29,30 May1,6,7,8,9,13,14 June3,4,5,10,11,12,17,18,19,24,25,26,27,28 House April8,9,10,15,16,17,22,23,24 May6,7,8,13,14,15 June3,4,5,10,11,12,17,18,19,20,24,25,26,27,28 BillCalendars House(April8):HouseResolution129(CauserRForest)directingtheLegislativeBudgetand FinanceCommitteetoinvestigatecombiningtheGameandFishandBoatCommissions.<>ClickHere forfullHouseBillCalendar. Senate(April8):SenateBill177(GreenleafRMontgomery)establishingataskforceonLyme DiseaseandrelateddiseasesSenateBill351(EricksonRDelaware)authorizingtheformationof stormwatermanagementmunicipalauthorities.<>ClickHereforfullSenateBillCalendar. CommitteeMeetingAgendasThisWeek House:<>ClickHereforfullHouseCommitteeSchedule. Senate:<>ClickHereforfullSenateCommitteeSchedule. BillsPendingInKeyCommittees HerearelinkstokeyStandingCommitteesintheHouseandSenateandthebillspendingineach House Appropriations Education EnvironmentalResourcesandEnergy ConsumerAffairs GamingOversight HumanServices Judiciary LiquorControl Transportation LinksforallotherStandingHouseCommittees Senate Appropriations

EnvironmentalResourcesandEnergy ConsumerProtectionandProfessionalLicensure Community,EconomicandRecreationalDevelopment Education Judiciary LawandJustice PublicHealthandWelfare Transportation LinksforallotherStandingSenateCommittees

NewsFromTheCapitol
SenatorsYaw,PileggiUnveilNaturalGasServiceLegislation Sen.GeneYaw(RBradford),MajorityChairoftheSenateEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergy Committee,andSenateMajorityLeaderDominicPileggi(RDelaware)Tuesdayunveiledlegislation designedtomakenaturalgasserviceavailabletomorePennsylvanians. DuringaTuesdaymorningpressconferenceatthePennsylvaniaCollegeofTechnologycampus inWilliamsport,thelegislatorsannouncedtheintroductionoftwobillswhichwillfostertheextensionand expansionofnaturalgasdistributionsystemstounservedandunderservedresidential,commercialand industrialsites. Thereiswidespreadinterestinseeinglocallyproducednaturalgasusedlocallytobenefitour areabusinessesandhomeowners,Sen.Yawsaid.SenatorPileggiandIarepleasedtostandbefore youtodaytounveilthislegislationthatwillbenefitresidentsallacrossPennsylvania. PennsylvaniaisfortunatetohaveaccesstotheabundantresourcesoftheMarcellusShale formation,saidSen.Pileggi.Weshouldencourageandmakesmartinvestmentssothattheaffordable energyprovidedbynaturalgasisavailabletoasmanyPennsylvaniansaspossible.Thesebillswillfoster economicgrowthacrossthestate. SenateBill738,theNaturalGasConsumerAccessAct(notyetonline),willrequireevery naturalgasdistributionutilityoperatinginPennsylvaniatosubmitathreeyearplantothePublicUtility Commission,outliningtheutilitysplansforextensionandexpansionprojects. ThefirstsuchplanwouldbeduebyJanuary1,2014,withadditionalplansrequiredeverytwo yearsthereafter.ThePUCwillhavetheoptiontoreject,reviseorordertheutilitytosubmitarevised planforadequacyandcompletenessanddoperiodicreviews. SenateBill738willalsocreateasystemprovidingforexpeditedextensionorexpansion projectsifaneconomicdevelopmentagencyoralargenumberofresidential,commercialorindustrial entitieswanttoseektoobtainnaturalgasservice. SenateBill739(notyetonline)willamendtheAlternativeEnergyInvestmentActtoprovide for$15millionforgrantstoschools,hospitalsandsmallbusinessestoobtainaccesstonaturalgas service.Thefundingwillcomefromexisting,underutilizedprograms.GrantsmadeunderSenateBill 739mayprovideuptohalfofthecostofaproject. InMarchtheSenatepassedSenateResolution29(YawRBradford)directingtheCenterfor RuralPennsylvaniatostudythepotentialforincreasedextensionofnaturalgasdistributioninfrastructure

bynaturalgasutilitiestounservedandunderservedareas. NewsClip:BillPushesUtilitiesToExtendNaturalGasService FreemanBillWouldExpandUseOfMunicipalRecreationFees Rep.RobertFreeman(DNorthampton)hasintroducedHouseBill1052togivemunicipalitiesgreater flexibilitytotargetrecreationfeestobenefitalloftheresidentsofthecommunity. Municipalitiesreceiverecreationfeesfromnewdevelopment,butundercurrentlaw,thatmoney onlycanbeusedforbuildingaparkinthatdevelopment,usuallyresultinginanunderutilizedpocket park. Rep.Freeman'sbillwouldpermitmunicipalitiestousethemoneytooperate,maintainorexpand anyrecreationalfacilitieswithinthemunicipality. "Parks,playgroundsandotherrecreationalfacilitiesareimportanttoourqualityoflife,"rep. Freemansaid."Theypromotegreenspaceinthecommunity,safeguardtheenvironmentandgivepeople ofallagesaplaceforexerciseandrecreation. "Unfortunately,currentlawrestrictsrecreationfeestothedevelopmentfromwheretheywere generated.Byallowingthosefeestogotoanyparkorrecreationfacilityinacommunity,thosedollars canbemorewiselyusedtobenefitallresidentsofamunicipality,Rep.Freemansaid. "Thisbillwouldhelpmunicipalitiescontinuetoprovidequalityrecreationalopportunitieswithout therestrictionsimposedbycurrentlaw." ThebillisexpectedtobereferredtotheHouseLocalGovernmentCommittee.

NewsFromAroundTheState
ChesapeakeBayFoundationPARespondsToEPAsNationalWaterwaySurvey HarryCampbell,PennsylvaniaExecutiveDirectorfortheChesapeakeBayFoundationissuedthis statementfollowingthereleaseoftheU.S.EnvironmentalProtectionAgencyscomprehensivesurveyof theoverallhealthofAmericaswaterways. The20082009NationalRiversandStreamAssessmentreflectsthemostrecentdataavailable, andispartofEPAsexpandedefforttomonitorwaterwaysintheU.S.andgatherscientificdataonthe conditionoftheNationswaterresources. TheresultsofEPAscomprehensivenationalwaterqualitysurveyareunfortunatebutnot surprising.EPAfoundthatmorethanhalfofournationswatersratedpoorlyfortheirabilitytosupport aquaticlifeandshowedexcessivelevelsofbothnitrogenandphosphorusknowntobethemajor pollutantsimpactingtheChesapeakeBayandthousandsofmilesoflocalwaterways. Phosphorus,acommonlyoverappliedlawnandgardenfertilizerwasfoundatexcessivelevels infortypercentoftestedwaterways.ManystatesintheMidAtlanticregionhaveadoptedfertilizer legislationinordertocutdowntheamountofphosphorusreachingourwaters.Pennsylvaniahasnot. WeencouragePennsylvaniaslegislatureandtheGovernortoconsiderlegislationaddressingexcessive andoftenunnecessarylawnfertilization.Wevehadsimilarlawsforagriculturefertilizersfor20years itstimeforthesameforsuburbanandurbanlawns.

Thereisnosubstituteforclean,drinkablewater.Whileweareseeingrealprogressinthe ChesapeakeBayandPennsylvaniahasmadesignificantwaterpollutionreductionstridesoverthepast decades,thisreportservesasaregrettablereminderthat40yearssincetheCleanWaterActcleanand healthywaterisnotagiven.Wecandobetter.Infact,insomeareas,weare.Theprogressweare nowseeingintheBayistheresultofdecadesofcollaborativeefforts,commitmentsfromallsectors,and agreaterimportanceplacedoncleanwaterforusandforfuturegenerations.We,asacountry,must rememberthatwaterisnotanoptionitsanecessity. PennVEST,DEPAnnounceResultsOfForwardNutrientCreditTradingAuction ThePAInfrastructureInvestmentAuthorityandtheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection,alongwith financialinformationservicescompanyMarkit,heldonMarch20thefirstforwardauctionin2013for thesaleandpurchaseofnutrientcreditsinPennsylvaniasChesapeakeBaywatershed. Aforwardauctionmeansthatthecertifiedcreditssoldwillbedeliveredlaterandappliedto the201315complianceyears.Theauctionaffordswastewatertreatmentplantsandotherregulated entitiestheopportunitytopurchasecreditstomeettheirnitrogenandphosphorusdischargelimitsfor thesecomplianceyears. PennVESTsandDEPscommitmenttohelpingPennsylvaniameetitsnutrientdischargegoals fortheChesapeakeBaywatershedwerefurtherenhancedbythisauction,PennVESTexecutive directorPaulMarchettisaid.Wecontinuetoworktogetherandwithallpartiesinterestedintradingto createacosteffectiveandusefultoolforPennsylvaniacommunities,farmersand,mostimportantly,for thehealthofourrivers,streamsand,ultimately,theBay. PennVESThoststheauctionstoencouragethetradingofnutrientcreditsintheSusquehanna andPotomacwatersheds.DEPsnutrientcredittradingprogramoffersacosteffectivewayforfacilities thataresubjecttonitrogenandphosphoruslimitstomeetthoselimitsbyworkingwithotherfacilities, nonpointsourcesorboth. Foritsauctions,PennVESTissupportedbyMarkit,whichprovidestheplatformforenrollment andeligibility,auctionsandregistryservices.Markitprovidesoperationsandinfrastructureservicesto environmentalprogramsworldwide. Thiswasatworoundauction,withthefirstroundinthemorningandthesecondinthe afternoon.Inthefirstround,thefollowingcreditswereboughtandsold: Susquehannanitrogen,2013:10,000creditsfor$2.98percreditand Susquehannanitrogen,2015:5,000creditsfor$3.12percredit. Inthesecondround,thefollowingcreditswereboughtandsold: Susquehannanitrogen,2013:7,000creditsfor$2.99percreditand Susquehannanitrogen,2014:5,000creditsfor$3.05percredit. PennVESTencouragesthetradingofnutrientcreditsbyactingasaclearinghouseinthecredit market,enteringintocontractstobuyandsellcredits.Byparticipatinginthesetransactions,PennVEST providesmarketcertaintytobuyersandsellers,whichencouragesmoreactivityinthemarket.Hosting periodicauctionsisonewayforPennVESTtofacilitatethesenutrientcredittrades. PennVESTsnextauctionisscheduledforJune12.Thiswillbeaforwardauctionofcertified creditstobeappliedtowardmeetingnutrientdischargelimitsduringthe201315complianceyears.The enrollmentperiodforthatauctionisexpectedtobeginonApril17.

Formoreinformation,visitPennVESTsNutrientCreditTradingwebpageorcall 7177834493. AprilPAWatershedsConferenceFeesReduced,RegistrationDeadlineExtended TheApril56PennsylvaniaWatershedsAdvocate,Communicate,TransformConferenceregistration feeshavebeenreducedandthedeadlinetosignuphasbeenextendedthroughMonday,April1. Studentregistrationisnowonly$10.Nonprofitrepresentativescangetinforamere$25. Don'tmissthisopportunitytolearnnewskillstoadvancethemissionofyournonprofitorganization. SpecialregistrationratesareavailableforConservationDistrictWatershedSpecialists,and WestBranchSusquehannaRestorationCoalitionmembers. Advocate,Communicate,Transform(ACT!),tobeheldattheNittanyLionInn,StateCollege, PA,isauniqueandexcitinggatheringwherewewillcelebratethegoodworkbeingdonebyourwater watchdogs,learnfromeachotherhowbesttosolvethemyriadofchallengesfacingcleanwater advocates,hearfromexpertsinadvocacy,andbuildcollectivesolutionstosharedchallenges. SponsorsoftheConferenceincludetheFoundationforPennsylvaniaWatersheds,theBayer CenterforNonprofitManagementatRobertMorrisUniversity,thePAOrganizationforWatersheds andRivers,andtheColcomFoundation. TheagendawasguidedbyasteeringcommitteecomposedofrepresentativesofTrout Unlimited,theEasternandWesternPennsylvaniaCoalitionsforAbandonedMineReclamation,the WesternPennsylvaniaConservancy,andtheFayetteCountyConservationDistrict. JoinusaswewelcomekeynotespeakerJoshMcNeilofthePALeagueofConservation Voterswhowilltellusaboutcurrentissuesandhowtobesttakeaction! Nationallyrecognizedexpertonnonprofitadvocacy,MarciaAvner,willsharetimetested principlesofeffectiveadvocacy. Tenworkshopspresentavarietyofopportunitiesforgatheringnewinformationabout environmentalissuesorhelpingtofurtheryoureffectivenessasanadvocate,boardmember,or environmentalchampion. Topicsincludeimplementingabandonedminedrainageeducationprograms,howtoadvocate forpolicychangesthatprotectwaterquality,whyFederalEnvironmentalGoodSamaritanprotectionis importanttoyou,howtopromoteyourorganizationandmissionthroughsocialmedia,howto communicatethroughconflict,andmuchmore. Therewillalsobeanetworkingreceptionandapostersession. Althoughthedeadlinetoreservearoomhaspassed,specialrateswereofferedattheNittany LionInnandifyouactfast,maystillbeavailable.TheBlockCodetousetoreceivethegrouprateis FOUD13A.Reservationscanbemadeonlineatwww.pennstatehotels.comorbycalling 8002337505usingthecode. ToRegister,calltheBayerCenterforNonprofitManagementat4123976000orgotothe Conferenceregistrationwebpage. MontgomeryStormwaterManagementWithGreenInfrastructureWorkshopApril11 PennStateExtensionissponsoringaStormwaterManagementWithGreenInfrastructureWorkshopon

April11attheMontgomeryCountyFarm&HomeCenter,Collegevillestartingat8:45a.m. Stormwaterrunoffimpactsourstreamsandwatershed,causingdeclinesinwaterquality,stream bankerosion,flashfloods,degradedwildlifehabitat,andreducedgroundwaterrecharge.Studies determinesignificantimpairmentofwaterwaysoccurswhenimpervioussurfacessuchasparkinglotsor rooftopscover10percentofthelandinawatershed. Learnnewcosteffectivetechniquesorpracticestohelpmanageyourcommunitysstormwater byattendingthisworkshop. MS4municipalitiesespeciallyshouldconsiderattendingtounderstandtheapplicationsand permittingrequiredtomeetTMDLs. ClickHeretoregisterorformoreinformation. CBFPA:VolunteersNeededForStreamBufferPlantingInFranklinCountyApril13 TheChesapeakeBayFoundation,theAntietamWatershedAssociationandWashingtonTownship inviteyoutogetyourhandsdirtybyhelpingusplant800seedlingsatAntietamMeadows,acommunity parklocatedinWaynesboro,PaonApril13startingat9:00a.m. ThecollaborativeeffortispartofalargereffortofAWAandWashingtonTownshipto successfullyestablishan11acrestreamsideforestbufferalongtheAntietamCreek.TheAntietam CreekispartofthelargerPotomacRiverwatershedwhichisthesecondlargestsourceoffreshwaterto theChesapeakeBay. Treesareoneofthebestnaturaltoolswehavetohelpimprovewaterqualityinourriversand streams,saidCarlGrove,oftheAntietamWatershedAssociation.Establishedstreamsideforestshelp tocreatewildlifehabitats,keeppollutantsoutofcreeks,increaseastream'sabilitytopurifywater,and provideshadeandcoolerwatertemperaturescriticalforaquaticlife. TheDepartmentofConservationandNaturalResources'BureauofForestrywillinstruct participantsonhowtoplanttreesandwhichspeciesarebestsuitedforstreamsiderestorationprojects. Thisisagreatopportunitytojoinwithothervolunteersinourareatodoourpartinhelpingto makethewaterleavingourcommunitycleanerandbetterfortheChesapeakeBay,saidMike Christopher,WashingtonTownshipManager.Itisalsoagreatopportunitytogetyoungstersoffthe couchandoutintothefieldtogettheirhandsdirtywhilehelpingtheenvironment.Thisisworkandfun forallagestoenjoy. Forestsandtreesplayanessentialroleinmeetingandmaintainingwaterqualitygoals.CBFis workingwithpartnersthroughoutthewatershedtorestoretreesandforestedstreamsidebufferswhere theywillhavethegreatestwaterqualitybenefitswhilealsomanagingandconservingexistingforeststo preservetheircurrentwaterqualitybenefits. Restorationandplantingprojectsareanexcellentopportunityforcommunityandwatershed groups,localofficials,andindividualstoallworktogethertowardacommongoalcleaner,healthier water,saidLamonteGarber,CBFInterimWatershedRestorationManager.Localwatersandthe ChesapeakeBaybenefitfromthesecollaborativeefforts,andwearebeginningtoseerealprogress.We havemuchtobeproudof,butthereismuchmoretodo.Cleanwaterisanimportantlegacytoleavefor ourchildrenandfuturegenerations. VolunteersareencouragedtoregisteronlineorcontactKateAustinbysendingemailto: kaustin@cbf.orgor6783720442.Volunteersshouldbepreparedformuddyandwet

conditionskneebootsarerecommended. AllianceForChesapeakeBaySeeksVolunteersForWaterwaysCleanupProjects TheAlliancefortheChesapeakeBayanditspartnersareseekingvolunteersforaseriesofeight waterwayscleanupprojectsinandaroundHarrisburg. ThecleanupswillbeheldMarch30:CampHillApril6:MechanicsburgApril7: MechanicsburgApril7:MechanicsburgApril13:MechanicsburgApril13:HarrisburgApril13 BoilingSpringsApril14:MechanicsburgandApril21:Mechanicsburg. ClickHeretofindaneventnearyouandtoregister. PennDOTInvitesVolunteersToJoinInStatewideSpringCleaning PennDOTisseekingvolunteersforthisyearsGreatAmericanCleanupofPennsylvaniaeffortthatruns throughMay31. ThecleanupeventisanannualeffortsponsoredbyPennDOT,KeepPennsylvaniaBeautiful, DepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionandotherpartners.GroupsinvolvedinPennDOTs AdoptAHighwayprogram,whichinvolvesvolunteerscleaningroadsidesyearround,arealso encouragedtoparticipateinthecleanup. ThesecleanupprogramsplayahugeroleinkeepingPennsylvaniabeautifulthroughcleaner roadsidesandcommunities,saidPennDOTSecretaryBarryJ.Schoch.Itsmyhopethatmore individualsgetinvolvedandjointhethousandsofdedicatedvolunteersthatparticipateintheseefforts yearafteryear. Interestedindividualscanfindalistingofcleanupevents,resourcesfororganizingacleanup,and otherinformationabouttheeffortonline. Groupsinterestedinadoptingasectionofhighwayareencouragedtocontacttheirlocal PennDOTCountyMaintenanceofficeandaskfortheAAHcoordinator,orvisittheHighway Beautificationwebpage. DuringlastyearsGreatAmericanCleanup,6.7millionpoundsoflitterwascollectedfrom Pennsylvaniasroads,trailsandshorelinesbymorethan141,000volunteers.PennDOTsAAH programcontributednearly78,000volunteerswhocleanedupnearly53percentofthecollectedlitter on10,960milesofcleaneduproadway. VideoContest Thisyear,cleanuppartnerKeepPennsylvaniaBeautifulishostingitsfirsteverGreatAmerican CleanupVideoContest.Interestedindividualscansendathreetofiveminutevideooftheircleanup eventtoKeepPennsylvaniaBeautifulbyMay24,witheventualvotingonthegroupsFacebookpage. ThroughtheAAHprogram,volunteerscollectlitteronatwomilesectionofstatehighwayfour timesayear.Theprogramcurrentlyhasnearly7,000participatinggroups,morethan125,000 volunteersand15,834milesofadoptedstatemaintainedroadways. Inadditiontotheevent,duringthePickitUpPADaysfromApril20toMay6registered eventshaveaccesstofreedisposalatparticipatinglandfills.PennDOTprovidesgloves,trashbagsand safetyveststoAAHandGreatAmericanCleanupofPAgroups.

ChesterCountyVolunteersCleanupRedClayWatershed TheChesterCountyConservationDistrictandtheRedClayValleyAssociationcoordinatedaSpring cleanupallRedClaystreamonMarch23whichresultedincollecting21bagsofaluminumcansand 120bagsoftrashcollectedbyadozenvolunteers. TheE.KnealeDockstaderFoundationandthePACDEducationMiniGrantProgram providedfundingforthisproject.TheEducationMiniGrantisalsofundedbytheDEPGrowing GreenerGrantprogram. ClickHeretoseephotosfromtheevent. GroupsRallyingVolunteersForScrubOfSchuylkillRiverWatershed Lastyear,participantsintheSchuylkillScruborganizedover2,000volunteersatmorethan90sites acrosstheSchuylkillValleyasixfoldincreaseover2011.Thisspring,leadersattheSchuylkill ActionNetworkhopetoincreaseparticipationevenmore. AnyonehostingariversidecleanupbetweenApril1andMay31isinvitedtoregistertheirevent atSchuylkillScrub.org.Individualscanalsologontothewebsitetofindvolunteeropportunities.These willtakeplaceinBerks,Chester,Montgomery,PhiladelphiaandSchuylkillcounties,amongothers. Thosewhodowillbeeligibletowinafreerainbarrelor$100towardthepurchaseofplants thatarenativetotheregion.Theycanalsoreceivefreegloves,trashbags,andsafetyvests.Andthey canbenefitfromfreedisposalatparticipatinglandfillsduringPickItUpPADaysonApril20toMay6. WhatsetstheSchuylkillScrubapartishowitfitsintoanyonesschedule,saidTomDavidock, coordinatoroftheSchuylkillActionNetwork.Insteadofasingle,onedayevent,wehavedozens spreadacrosstwomonthsandmorethanfivecounties. ParticipatingintheSchuylkillScrubwillhelptoprovidecleandrinkingwaterforalmost2million people,beautifylocalcommunities,andsustainhealthyfishandwildlife.Itwillalsohelpenvironmental leaderstracktheprogressofantilittercampaignsatthelocal,regional,andnationallevels.Thisis becauseallcleanupswillautomaticallyberegisteredwithbothKeepPennsylvaniaBeautifulandKeep AmericaBeautiful. Volunteerscleanedupover600milesofPennsylvaniasshorelineandwaterwayslastyear roughlyathreefoldincreaseover2011,saidMichelleDunn,programcoordinatorfortheGreat AmericanCleanupofPA.ThiswouldnotbepossiblewithoutcampaignsliketheSchuylkillScruband thevolunteerstheyrallytoourcause. TheSchuylkillScrubwasfoundedin2010bytheGreenValleysAssociationandtheHay CreekWatershedAssociation,bothofgreaterPottstown,Pa. TheSchuylkillRivertravels130milesthroughsoutheasternPennsylvania.Thelanddrainingto thisriverspansapproximately2,000squaremilessurroundingtheriversidecitiesofPhiladelphia, Norristown,Pottstown,Reading,Pottsvilleandmore. InformationandonlineregistrationisavailableatSchuylkillScrubwebsite,orbycallingTom DavidockofthePartnershipfortheDelawareEstuaryat(800)4454935,extension109. PAAmericanUnveils$24MillionUpgradeToChesterCountyPlant,CNGVehicles

PennsylvaniaAmericanWaterofficialsThursdaywelcomedstateandmunicipalgovernmentofficialsand businessleaderstotheRockRunWaterTreatmentPlantinChesterCountytomarkthecompletionof majorplantimprovements. Theapproximately$24millionupgradeincreasedtheplantsproductioncapacity,improved reliabilityandenergyefficiency,enhancedsafety,andensurescompliancewithallwaterquality standards.Duringtheevent,thecompanyalsointroducedcompressednaturalgas(CNG)fueled vehiclesaspartofapilotatitsCoatesvilleareaoperations. TheRockRunplantinWestCalnTownshiptreatsanddeliversdrinkingwatertonearly12,000 homesandbusinessesacrosswesternChesterCounty.ConstructionbeganinSeptember2010to increasetheplantsproductioncapacityfrom5milliongallonsperdayto7milliongallonsperday,as wellasreplaceagingplantequipmentandinstallnewchemicalfeedsystemstoensurethatthefacility complieswithmorestringentdrinkingwaterregulations. Thecompanyalsoinstalledanemergencygeneratortopowertheplantsoperationsincaseof electricaloutagesandreplacedpumpsandotherplantequipmenttoincreaseenergyefficiency.In addition,theprojectreplacedgaschlorinewithonsiteliquidchlorinegeneration,whichisasafer alternativetochlorinegasstorage. Thisfacilitywasbuiltbackinthemid1970s,soitwasessentialthatwereinvest,refurbishand replaceitsoutdatedsystemstoensurereliable,qualitywaterserviceforthiscommunityforyearsto come,saidPennsylvaniaAmericanWaterPresidentKathyL.Pape. Papenotedthattheprojectreceiveda$9.9millionlowinterestloanfromthePennsylvania InfrastructureInvestmentAuthority. BytakingadvantageofPennVESTfinancing,wewereabletoreduceourinterestexpenseand costofcapitalforthisimportantplantupgrade,shesaid. IapplaudPennsylvaniaAmericanWater'sachievementexemplifiedbyitsrecommissioningofthe RockRunWaterTreatmentPlantthatpromisesclean,reliableandsustainablewaterservicetothe greaterCoatesvillearea.AndwhilePennsylvaniaAmericanWaterunveilsitsnewlyimprovedwater treatmentplant,theyrealsoembarkingonanewpaththroughtheirownalternativefuelpowered vehiclesprogram,saidPennsylvaniaPublicUtilityCommissionerWayneE.Gardner. WethankPennsylvaniaAmericanWaterforbeingproactiveincompletingtheseupgradesand improvementstoitsfacility,andwecongratulatethemonmakingtheswitchtonaturalgas,Department ofEnvironmentalProtectionSoutheastRegionalDirectorCosmoServidiosaid.Leadingbyexample, PennsylvaniaAmericanWaterwillshowothercompaniesandorganizationsthatusinganaturalgasfuel sourcejustmakessenseforPennsylvaniabusiness. InlaunchingitsCNGpilot,PennsylvaniaAmericanWateraddedthreeFordF250trucks poweredbythealternativefueltoitsCoatesvillefleet.Thisinnovativefueloptionenablesustobetter controlouroperationalexpenses,reduceourcarbonfootprint,andcapitalizeontheabundantsupplyof naturalgasrighthereintheCommonwealth,Papesaid. Withgasolinepricescurrentlyaround$3.50pergallon,PennsylvaniaAmericanWaterVice PresidentofOperationsSteveTambinipointedoutthatCNGcostsapproximately$2.00pergallon. ThecompanyisalsoeagertorealizeCNGsenvironmentalbenefits,saidTambini.Thevehicles generatesignificantlylessparticulatematter,whichtranslatestocleanerairandareductionin greenhousegasemissions. PUCCommissionerGardnersaid,MuchattentionisbeingpaidtoPennsylvaniaandemerging

technologyrelatedtothenaturalgasindustryandMarcellusShale.PennsylvaniaAmericanWaterhas recognizedtheimportanceofthisfuelandisdedicatedtotakingadvantageoftheavailablebenefitsof Pennsylvaniaproducednaturalgasthroughitsfleetofcompressednaturalgasvehicles. PennsylvaniaAmericanWaterwillusePECOsCoatesvilleareaCNGfuelingstation.At PECO,weunderstandthatnaturalgasprovidesanabundant,clean,domesticandcostefficientsource ofenergy,whichiswhywearecommittedtopromotingtheuseofnaturalgasinvehiclesacrossthe region,"saidPECO DirectorofEnergyandMarketingServicesFrankJiruska. InJanuary,PennsylvaniaAmericanWaterappliedforagrantfromthePennsylvaniaDepartment ofEnvironmentalProtectiontoaddmoreCNGpoweredvehiclestoitsfleet.TambinisaidPennsylvania AmericanWaterplanstobuildacompanyownedfuelingstationinScrantonthatwillsupportupto36 CNGvehiclesin2014. DEPAwardsGrantToLancasterWasteAuthorityForCNGVehicles TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionhasawarded$174,048totheLancasterCountySolid WasteManagementAuthoritytooffsetsomeofthecoststoreplaceitsfleetof14heavyduty, dieselpoweredtruckswith14newtrucksthatwillbepoweredbycompressednaturalgas(CNG). Theauthoritywilluseitsownfundstoinstallnewnaturalgasfuelinginfrastructureatitstransfer stationcomplex,whichwillbeusedbythefleetsitservesandthegeneralpublic. Theauthorityispayingabout$3.9milliontofinancetheproject,whichwillcostslightlymore than$4million.DEPscontributionisthroughcleandieselgrantfunds,whichcomeoutofaSeptember 2012awardfromtheU.S.EnvironmentalProtectionAgencyundertheDieselEmissionReductionAct. Cleandieselgrantsimproveairqualitybyfundingprojectsthatreducedieselemissions,DEP SecretaryMikeKrancersaid.Thisprojectwilldisplace140,000gallonsofdieselfuelperyear, reducingannualcarbondioxideemissionsbymorethanfivemillionpounds. Inadditiontothedieselfuelandcarbondioxidereductions,LCSWMAanticipatesthenew CNGfleetwillannuallyreduce173,508poundsofnitrogenoxides39,352poundsofparticulate matter27,431poundsofvolatileorganiccompoundsand1,198poundsofsulfuroxides. ThePennsylvaniacleandieselprogramsgoalistoimproveairqualitybydecreasingemissions fromdieselpoweredmotorvehicles.Theprogramsupportsprojectsthatrepowerorretrofitfleet vehiclestocurbemissionspurchaseandinstallidlereductiontechnologyorpurchaseclean alternativefuelfleetvehicles. Groundlevelozone,akeycomponentofsmog,formsduringwarmweatherwhenpollution fromvehicles,industry,homesandpowerplantsbakesinthehotsun,makingitdifficultforsome peopletobreathe. Fineparticulatematter,orPM2.5,isthemaincauseofpotentialrespiratoryissues.Ithasa diameteroflessthan2.5micrometers,aboutonethirtieththediameterofahumanhair.Theseparticles cangetdeepintothelungsandcausesignificanthealthproblems.PM2.5hasbeendeterminedtobe mostcloselyassociatedwithhealtheffectsrelatedtoincreasedhospitaladmissionsandemergencyroom visitsforheartandlungdiseaseincreasedrespiratorysymptomsanddiseaseanddecreasedlung function. Formoreinformation,visitDEPsDieselEmissionswebpage.

SouthwestPAAirQualityPartnershipOffersLawnEquipmentExchange TheSouthwestPennsylvaniaAirQualityPartnership,Inc.sCleanMowerExchangerebateprogram beginsMonday,April1andSouthwestPennsylvaniaresidentscanexchangegasolinepoweredlawn equipmentforarebatetowardthepurchaseofelectricorbatterypoweredequipmentat15 participatingTrueValuestoresinAllegheny,Beaver,Butler,Greene,andWestmorelandCounties. ThePartnershipisoffering400rebates,availableonafirstcome,firstservebasis,onerebate perhouseholdforanelectricorbatterypoweredlawnmower,trimmer,chainsaw,leafblowerorpush mower,providedapieceofworkinggasolinepoweredlawnequipmentisexchanged. Residents,attheirconvenience,mayvisittheirlocalparticipatingTrueValueStoretoexchange thelawnequipment.Residentswillreceivethefollowingrebates:$150towardanelectricmower,$100 towardabatterypoweredorpushmower,$30towardanelectricorbatteryleafblowerortrimmer and$50towardanelectricorbatterypoweredchainsaw. Residentshaveanopportunitytohelpmowdownairpollutionbyreplacingthe gasolinepoweredlawnequipmentwithanelectricorbatterypoweredorhandpoweredversionthat doesntcreatevolatileorganiccompoundsthatbakeinthesummersunlighttoproducegroundlevel ozone, BetsyMallison,PartnershipCleanMowerExchangeProgramCoordinatorsaid.Weve expandedourprogramthisyeartoincludechainsawsandleafblowers.Wehaveplentyofrebates available,soitstimetotakeactiononthisopportunity. Groundlevelozoneaffectseveryone,buttheyoung,theoldandthosewithrespiratory problemsaremostatrisk.However,whengroundlevelozoneconcentrationsareunhealthy,particularly duringAirQualityActionDays,everyoneisatrisk. Thepurchaseofthenewelectricorbatterypoweredlawnequipmentmustbecompletedby June1andtherebateinformationmailedintothePartnershipbyJune15.Toclaimtherebate,residents needtosendacopyofareceipt,theUPCcodefromtheproductboxandtherebatecouponthey receivedattheTrueValueStore. ThePartnershipwillworkwithEveyTrueValuetodraintheoilandgasolineandtorecyclethe equipment. TheparticipatingTrueValuestoresarelistedbelow AlleghenyCounty AbleTrueValue,500LincolnHighway,NorthVersailles CoraopolisTrueValue,1029FifthAve.,Coraopolis EveyTrueValue,5779LibraryRoad,BethelPark HomecraftTrueValueBuildingCenter,3407LibraryRoad,Pittsburgh MontourTrueValue,1503FifthAve.,Coraopolis OptionTrueValueSupply,5141BrownsvilleRoad,Pittsburgh RCWalterandSonsTrueValue,1441BostonHollowRoad,Rt.48,Boston SarasnicksTrueValueHardware,512WashingtonAvenue,Pittsburgh SouthHillsTrueValue,758BrownsvilleRoad,Pittsburgh BeaverCounty C&ITrueValue,2481BrodheadRoad,Aliquippa

ButlerCounty PfeiferTrueValue,300MarshallWay,Mars SlipperyRockTrueValue,239GroveCityRoad,SlipperyRock SarverTrueValue,551SouthPikeRoad,Sarver GreeneCounty DryTavernTrueValue,Corner,Rts,88&188,RicesLanding WestmorelandCounty LatrobeTrueValueHardwareCenter,712IndustrialBlvd,Suite2,Latrobe Formoreinformation,downloadtheMowDownAirPollutionflyerorvisittheSouthwestPA AirQualityPartnershipwebsite. NewEnergyWorksProgramsHelpBusinesses,ResidentsInSoutheastReduceCosts HomeownersinSoutheasternPennsylvanianowhavemoreincentiveforincreasingtheirhome'senergy efficiencyandloweringtheirutilitybills. TheregionalEnergyWorksNowprogram,whichwaslaunchedin2010toassistresidentialand commercialbuildingownersinBucks,Chester,Delaware,MontgomeryandPhiladelphiacountieswith planning,financing,implementingandassessingenergysavingsprojects,hasaddedtwonewfeatures availableApril1thatwillprovideevenmoresavingsforhomeowners. Tofurtheracceleratehomeimprovementsthatwillreducehomeenergyusageandutilitybills, EnergyStartcertifiedreplacementcentralairconditioningandwindowswillnowbeeligiblefor EnergyWorks'lowrate,energyefficiencyfinancing.Inaddition,EnergyWorkswillmakethefirstsix monthlypaymentsononeofitslowcostloansforenergyefficiencyhomeimprovements. AllEnergyWorksprojectsaredesignedtoproduceincreasedenergyefficiencyofatleast25 percent,withmanydesignedtoreduceenergyusebyasmuchas40percent. Alongwithincreasinghomecomfortandloweringhomeowners'energyusageandbills,a wholehouseortargetedEnergyWorkshomeimprovementprojectsuchasairsealingandinsulation, upgradingheatingandcoolingsystems,andothermeasurescanalsoimproveahome'sHomeEnergy Score(HES),helpingtoincreaseitsresalevalue. Afterimprovementopportunitiesareidentified,EnergyWorkscanhelpfinancetheproject(s) withKeystoneHomeEnergyLoanssponsoredbyPATreasuryandtheU.S.DepartmentofEnergy. CertifiedEnergyWorkscontractorsperformtheworkneeded,andanindependentanalyst providesafreefollowupinspectiontoensurethattherecommendedimprovementswerecorrectly installed,andthatenergysavingsarebeingrealized. Homeownerscanstarttheprocessofimprovingtheirhome'senergyefficiencyandlowering theirutilitybillsbysigningupforaprofessionalhomeenergyassessment,availablebyvisitingthe EnergyWorksNowwebsiteorbycalling2156091052. PPLContinues,ExpandsEnergyEfficiencyPrograms UnderitsEPowerbrand,PPLElectricUtilitieswillofferaportfolioof13energyefficiencyand conservationprogramsoverthenextthreeyearsaspartofanongoingefforttohelpitscustomers reducetheirelectricusage.

Theprogramsarepartofthecompanysenergyefficiencyandconservationplanrecently approvedbythePublicUtilityCommission.Thestatehasmandatedelectricutilitiestosponsor costeffectiveprogramsforallcustomersthatachieveanoverallenergyreductionequalto2.1percent, or821millionkilowatthoursperyear,by2016. Thecompanysexistingenergyefficiencyprogramsthatoffereddiscounts,rebatesandother incentivesoverthepastfouryearswillexpireMay31.ThenewprogramswillbeavailablestartingJune 1. Someofthenewprogramswillbesimilartopopularexistingoffers,suchasappliancerecycling, rebatesonenergyefficientappliancepurchasesanddiscountedlighting. Thenewprogramsprovideincentivesforresidential,smallcommercialandlargeindustrial customers,aswellasaspecificfocusonlowincomecustomers,government,nonprofitandeducational facilities. Thenewprogramsalsowillincludeincentivesfornewhomebuilders,aswellasauditsand weatherizationforexistinghomes. Additionally,PPLElectricUtilitieswillofferspecificprogramsforfarms,schoolsand lowincomeapartmentbuildingstohelpthemreducetheirenergyuse. APPLElectricUtilitiescontractorwillconductanenergyauditoroperationalassessmentto identifysavingsopportunitiesandmakerecommendations.Thecompanythenwillprovidesignificant discountstoimplementtheenergyefficiencymeasures,likelightingupgrades,occupancysensors,and highefficiencyrefrigeration,heatingandirrigationsystems. Detailsofthenewplancanbefoundonline. TomStathos,directorofCustomerProgramsandServicesforPPLElectricUtilities,said:Our newprogramsexpandonoureffortsofthepastfewyearsandprovidecustomerswithwideranging choicesthatenablewiseuseofelectricity,reducedelectricityconsumption,andopportunitiestosave moneywithoutdiminishingqualityoflifeorbusinesseffectiveness.Ultimately,allofourprogramsare gearedtohelpeducatecustomersandbettermanagetheirenergycosts. ThecompanysplansubmittedtothePUClastNovemberallocatesabout$61millioninfunding eachyearforallcustomerclasses(residential,smallcommercialandlargeindustrial).Itincludesdetailed procedurestomeasure,evaluateandverifytheenergysavingsperformanceoftheprograms,Stathos said. Theprogramsweredevelopedbasedonexperiencesfromcurrentprograms,marketstudies, inputfromconsumeradvocatesandstakeholdergroups,andguidancefromCadmusGroupInc.,a Massachusettsbasedenergyefficiencyandsustainabilityconsultinggroup. PPLElectricUtilitiesprogramsfocusonproven,costeffectivetechnologiesthatcanbe installedaloneoraspartofanintegratedstrategyforlongtermenergyefficiency,Stathossaid.We understandthehurdletoinvestinhigherefficiencyappliancesandequipment,sowellassistour customerswithmeasuresthatprovidesustainablesavingsovertime. NewsClips: PPLLaunchesNewEnergyConservationProgram PPLOffersEnergySavingPrograms FirstEnergyMarch27,May8WebinarsOnEnergyEfficiency

FirstEnergywillsponsorawebinaronMarch27onLEDLightingforCarDealershipsandanotheron May8onGetGreenForGoingGreen:EnergyEfficiencyTaxIncentives,bothstartingatNoon. ThefirsthalfofbothwebinarswillcovernewenhancementstoFirstEnergysPAAct129 Programs,whereyoucanlearnallaboutthecashincentivesavailableforyourcommercialorindustrial energyefficiencyprojects. Inthesecondhalf,therewillbeaguestspeakerpresentonavarietyofeducationalenergy efficiencytopics. Formoreinformationonourprograms,ortodownloadapplications,visittheEnergySavePA websiteorsendemailto:energysavePA@saic.com.ClickHereforalistingofallFirstEnergywebinars. Washington&JeffersonCollegeSponsorsSummitOnU.S.EnergySecurityApril4 OnApril4theWashington&JeffersonCollegeCenterforEnergyPolicyandManagementin Washington,Pawillholdits2013EnergySummitwiththetheme,U.S.EnergySecurity:HowDoWe GetThere? ThekeynotespeakerforthisspecialeventwillbeGeneralCharlesF.Wald(USAF,Ret.) DirectorofDeloitteServices,LPandLeader,DeloitteDepartmentofDefensePractices. TwopaneldiscussionwillfocusontheunconventionaloilboomandShaleGas.Thepanelists willinclude PanelI:U.S.EnergySecurityandtheUnconventionalOilBoom AndrewHolland,SeniorFellowforEnergyandClimate,AmericanSecurityProject AnneKorin,CoDirector,InstitutefortheAnalysisofGlobalSecurity RayolaDougher,SeniorEconomicAdviser,AmericanPetroleumInstitute Moderator:BillFlanagan,ExecutiveVP,CorporateRelations,AlleghenyConferenceonCommunity Development PanelII:U.S.EnergySecurityandShaleGas:TheLNGDebate DanielDonovan,Director,MediaRelations,DominionEnergy MarkMills,SeniorFellow,ManhattanInstituteEnergyIntelligenceColumnistforForbes PeterMolinaro,VPofFederalandStateGovernmentAffairs,TheDowChemicalCompany DavidSchryver,ExecutiveVP,AmericanPublicGasAssociation Moderator:AmyHarder,EnergyandEnvironmentReporter,NationalJournal Toregisterorformoredetails,visitthe2013EnergySummitwebpage. DEPAwards26CountiesNearly$2.2MillionInWestNileVirusGrants TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionWednesdayannounceditisawardingnearly$2.2million inWestNileVirusControlprogramgrantsto26counties,whichareslatedtobeginsurveillance activitiesinearlyApril. ThisgrantfundingwillhelpthecountiesthataremostaffectedbyWestNileVirustomonitor

andcontrolmosquitos,DEPSecretaryMikeKrancersaid.Itisimportantforustoworkwithour countypartnerstoprotecthumanhealthatthelocallevel. DEPdevelopedthefundingproposalsinconsultationwithcountyofficials.Thetotalcounty grantawardisabout$20,000morethanthe2012grants.Thisadditionalgrantfundingwillbeusedto coverthecostsofnewsprayequipmentforcountybasedWestNileVirusprograms. Alistofgrantsawardedisavailableonline. Gov.Corbettsproposed201314budgetmaintains2012fundinglevelsforDEPsWNV Controlprogram. Becauseofthemildwinterandearlyspring,2012provedtobearecordyearforWNVin Pennsylvania.ThefirstpositivemosquitowasdiscoveredMay4,2012,theearliestever.Thatkicked offayearthatbroughtthehighestrecordednumbersofhuman,bird,mosquitoandveterinarypositives since2003. Inhumans,theviruscancauseWestNilefeverandencephalitis,aninfectionthatcancause inflammationofthebrainanddeath.Mostpeoplebittenbyaninfectedmosquitowillneverdevelopany symptoms,andonlyonepersonin150peoplewithsymptomswilldevelopthemoreseriousWestNile encephalitis. ToreducetheriskofWNV,DEPandcountystaffuseacombinationofeducation,source reductionandmosquitocontrol.Mosquitocontrolislargelydonebyusinglarvalcontrolproducts,such asBti,whichisderivedfromsoilbacteria. Ifnecessary,manmadeadultmosquitocontrolproductsderivedfromthechrysanthemum flowerareusedtoreducemosquitopopulationswhentheyposeanelevatedriskofinfectingpeople. Adultmosquitocontrolproductsareeffectiveincontrollingmosquitopopulationsandposelittletono harmfuleffecttohumans,plantsorotheranimals. TheDEPWNVprogramwillbeginmosquitosurveillanceinearlyMay.Residentsare encouragedtoremoveallstandingwaterfromtheirpropertytoprepareformosquitoseasonand preventinfection. Alistofgrantsawardedisavailableonline. Toreportadeadbirdorfileamosquitocomplaint,orformoreinformationvisittheWestNile Programwebsiteorcall7173468238. LovingTheLandThroughWorkingForestsConferenceSetForMay1718 TheFoundationforSustainableForestsandtheForestGuildarehostingtheLovingtheLandThrough WorkingForestsConferenceonMay1718atAlleghenyCollegeinMeadville,Pa. TheagendaincludesaspeakersprogramontheeveningofMay17andinfieldforestry sessiononMay18coveringthesetopicsandmore Pennsylvania'sForestsThenandNow.AnexaminationofthefourgeneralerasofPennsylvania's forestPreColumbian,PostColumbian/PostEpidemic,TheLiquidationandCurrentandwhywe mustnowthinkdifferentlyaboutforestmanagement.Webelievethisisasessionthatwillhavefairly broadappeal,reachinglandowners,professionalsandthosewithageneralinterest. WorstFirst.ThisisadetaileddemonstrationoftheFoundation'sapproachtoforestry,including selectingtreesforharvestandloggingwithhorses.Gearedspecificallytoprofessionalsandforest landowners.

TheProtector.Theroleandimportanceofwellmanagedforestinprotectingwaterresourcesand providingforwildlifeandbiodiversity.Thissessionwillbedevelopedfortheinterestedgeneralpublic andincludealookatprotectionofatroutstream,thebirdlife,wildflowersandotherunderstory species. Speakersandpresentersinclude:WendellBerry,MikeDeBonis,executivedirectorofthe ForestGuildJasonRutledge,directoroftheHealingHarvestForestFoundationTroyFirth,president oftheFoundationforSustainableForestsCecileStelter,DistrictForester,PennsylvaniaBureauof ForestsSuzanneBoyden,Ph.D.,assistantprofessorofecology,ClarionUniversityofPennsylvaniaJim Finley,IbbersonChairinForestResourceManagement,PennStateUniversitySarahSargent, PennsylvaniaAudubon,J.MichaelCampbell,Ph.D.,MercyhurstUniversity,andseveralothers. TherewillalsobechildrensprogrammingAllages,allday,providedbyButterfliesforKidsI AmAPlanetKidProgram. Allprogramsarefreeandopentothepublic.However,preregistrationisrequestedforthe Saturday,inthefieldprogram.Toregister,sendemailto:Info@FoundationForSustainableForests.org, pleaseplaceRegistrationinthesubjectlineandinthebodylistthenamesofthepeoplewhowillbe attending,addressesandphonenumbers.Aregistrationconfirmationreplywillbereturnedwithdetailed directionstothelocationfortheSaturdayprogram. PAWildsSpringBriefingConferenceMay2 ThePAWildsPlanningTeaminvitesyoutoattendthe6thAnnualPennsylvaniaWildsSpringBriefing onMay2attheRedFernConference&BanquetCenter,421OldKerseyRoad,Kersey,Pa. ThePlanningTeamwillalsopresenttheChampionofthePennsylvaniaWildsawardsto individualsororganizationswhohavecontributedtotheongoingsuccessoftheinitiative. ThekeynotepresentationbyBarryDenk,DirectoroftheCenterforRuralPennsylvania,will focusontheresultsofarecentstudybytheCenterentitled,"TheRuralYouthEducationProject."The goalofthisstudyistounderstandtheeducational,careerandresidentialaspirationsofPennsylvania's ruralyouth,howtheychangeovertimeandthefactorsassociatedwiththeiraspirationsandchangein aspirations. Thecostoftheprogramis$20perperson.RSVPonorbeforeApril26bycalling 8145451333orsendemailto:candih@pottercountyedcouncil.org. TreeTenderTrainingOfferedInAprilAndMay BecomepartofthegrowingTreeVitalizeinitiative,aneffortledbyDepartmentofConservationand NaturalResourcestoincreasetreecoverandthemanybenefitsthattreesofferusinPennsylvanias communitiesbytakingpartintheTreeTenderexperience. TreeTendersisatrainingprogramthatempowersconcernedresidentstomakedramaticstrides towardsrestoringandcaringfortheirlocaltrees.Participantswillreceiveeighthoursofhandson trainingthatcoverstreebiology,identification,planting,propercare,andworkingwithyourcommunity. ThePennsylvaniaHorticulturalSocietyincollaborationwithPennStateExtensiondeveloped thiscourseforcitizensandexpertsalike.Since1993,over4000communityvolunteersfrom300 PennsylvanianeighborhoodshavebecometrainedTreeTenders.

VisittheTreeTenderswebpageformoreinformationandatrainingschedule. MergerAMajorSuccessForEagles,EconomyInUpperDelaware BySandyLong TwoofthetopconservationorganizationsintheUpperDelawareRiverregion aresoaringwiththesuccessoftheirfirstyearaspartnersintheprotectionof eaglesandtheirhabitataninitiativethatcombinedtheforcesoftheDelaware HighlandsConservancyandtheEagleInstituteinFebruary2012andhasresulted inthemostexcitingeagleseasonever. Themergerhasallowedmembers,volunteersandeventheeaglesflyingabove theregionsriversandforeststosharethemessagethateaglesandpeople thrivewhenthelandsandwatersuponwhichtheydependarehealthyandclean. TourismThrives Withtherecentconclusionofthewintereaglewatchingseason,theConservancyisreporting outstandingnumbersofbotheaglesandvisitorswhotraveledtotheregion.Thousandsofvisitorsfrom allovertheworldenjoyedapproximately1,300eaglesightingsincludingtherecordfortheyear,19at onceattheMongaupReservoirinSullivanCounty,NYoverDecember,January,andFebruary. Theresultantecotourismprovidesawelcomeeconomicboostduringthewintermonthswhen incomefromoutdooractivitiestypicallydecreases.TheConservancysguidedbustourshaveallbeen filled,withtouristsalsobookinglocallodgingandenjoyingmealsatareadiningestablishments. Equallyimportant,themergerhasallowedforgreateropportunitytoeducateabroaderportion ofthepublicabouteaglesandtheirwelfare,alongwiththerolethatlandconservationplaysinprotecting essentialhabitat. Reflectingonthepastyear,EIFounderLoriMcKeanisimpressedwithhowthemergerhas playedout."WhenwefirststartedtalkingwithourcolleaguesattheDHCabouttheprosandconsofa potentialmerger,Idon'tthinkanyofuscouldhaveimaginedhowsuccessfulthiswouldbe,shesaid. Thetransitionwasamazinglysmooth,thankstotheenthusiasmofbothorganizationsandthepassionof thepeoplewhoreallywantedtomakethiswork. "Thepartnershiphastakenbothorganizationstonewheights.Wehavebeenabletoleverage ourresources,expandourcapacity,blendourvolunteers,shareourknowledgeandstartdownanew roadtogether." Whatthatroadmeansforthefutureispromisingindeed."ProgrammaticallytheEagleInstitute hadbeenshiftingfromspeciesprotectiontohabitatprotection.Itdoesn'tdoanygoodtohelpbring backaspecieswithoutmakingsureithasthehabitattosurvive,assertsMcKean.Mergingwiththe premierlandconservationgroupinthisregionisgoingtohelpensurethereishealthyhabitatforthe eaglestothrive,reproduceandwinterover. LovefortheLandIncreases VolunteerCoordinatorPatriciaDinessworkswithapproximately50volunteersforthe organizationthroughouttheyear.Eaglewatchingbringsanewaudiencetotheworkofthe Conservancy,andvolunteershelpthepublicmaketheconnectionbetweenhabitatpreservationandits positiveimpactonwildlifespeciessuchaseagles,shesays.

Sightingeaglesignitesawarenessoftheneedforstewardship.Whenpeopleseealiveeaglein thewild,itreallysparkstheirinterest,notesDiness.Seeingfamilieswithchildrengettingawayfrom computersandexperiencingareallivingversionofthenationalemblemisexciting. RuthRandoneagrees.AfiveyearEIvolunteerwhonowalsocontributestimetohelpthe Conservancyintaskslikemailings,RandonecanbefoundattheConservancysLackawaxenWinter FieldOfficeneartheRoeblingBridge,afacilitythatisavailablethroughanothersuccessfulpartnership withtheNationalParkService. Eagletourismisbooming,shesays,notingthatshejustspokewithvisitorsfromAfricaand India.Peoplecomewithvariouslevelsofunderstanding,fromthenineyearoldboyfromIsraelwho knewallaboutRachelCarsonandtheimpactofDDToneagles,tothosewhodontrealizethatabald eagledoesntsportawhiteheaduntilitreachesnearly5yearsofage.Itsgreatthatanorganization existsthatwantstomaintainpristinewatersandlandforeaglesandforpeopleforever. MitchOpresnick,asevenyearEIvolunteerwhomansaspottingscopeonthebankofthe DelawareRiverneartheZaneGreyMuseuminLackawaxen,PA,sayshesseenanincreaseinvisitors fromallovertheworld,too. Theydontrealizehowmanyeagleslivehere,roughlyevery5milesineitherdirection,with18 nestingpairsfromHankinstoPortJervis,NY,hesays.Itrytoexplaintherolethathabitatplaysand whatthatmeansforhumans,too.Iftheeaglesarehere,thatindicatesthatthehabitatisgoodbothfor eaglesandforhumans. OpportunitiesAbound Inassessingthemanysuccessesofthepastyear,theConservancyalsocelebratesanupdated website,completewithadetailedEaglesinOurRegionsectionanadditionalnearly1,000acresof protectedforestlands,includingwildlifehabitatsandcleanwatersourcesinPAandNY,bringingthe totaltoover14,000protectedacresandthelaunchofanewGreenLodgingPartnershipconnecting guestsatlocalsustainablelodgingswithprotectingtheregionsbeautifulnaturalresources. Asoureagleneighborsremindus,wildlifeandpeoplelikeusthrivewhenthelandand watersuponwhichtheydependarehealthyandclean,saysCurrier.Thisdrivesoureffortsforthe future.Werereallyexcitedaboutthehugepotential. McKeanagrees.Welovetheideaofeducatingpeopleabouthowtheycanhelpmakesurethe forestsandwatersstayhealthy,becauseit'snotjustgoodfortheeagles.It'sgoodforthepeopletoo." Volunteersarewelcome,especiallythosewhoenjoytheoutdoorsandinteractingwithother people.Trainingisprovidedandtasksrangefrommonitoringpropertiestoleadinghikestoassisting withofficetasksandgardeningormaintenanceatConservancyfacilities. Formoreinformation,visittheDelawareHighlandswebsite,call5702263164or 8455831010,orsendemailto:info@delawarehighlands.orgformoreinformation.ContactDinessby sendingemailto:volunteer@delawarehighlands.orgforinformationonvolunteering. HarrisburgPeregrineFalconLays4Eggs,WatchTheirProgressOnline ThefemalePeregrinefalconontheRachelCarsonBuildinghavelaidfoureggs,whichistheirtypical clutchofeggsduringthebreedingseason.ClickHeretowatchlivevideoonline. DCNRInvitesMilitaryFamiliesToVisitStateParksAndForestsinApril

DepartmentofConservationandNaturalResourcesSecretaryRichardAllanThursdayinvitedmilitary familieswithchildrentotakeadvantageoffreeactivitiesinstateparksandforestsduringApril,The MonthoftheMilitaryChild. In1986,thesecretaryofdefensedesignatedeachAprilasTheMonthoftheMilitaryChildto recognizethecontributionachildmakesastheirparentsserveournation. DCNRworkseverydaytoencourageourcitizenstotaketimetoexploreandbeactive outdoors,whichisimportantforkidswhospendmoreandmoretimewithelectronicentertainment, Allansaid.Wedespeciallyliketoconnectmilitarychildrenwiththeoutdoorssincetheirparentshave servedtoprotectthelandsandopportunitiesavailableforthemtoenjoy. ClickHereforalistofspecialevents. WesternPAConservancyeConserveNewsletterNowAvailable TheWesternPAConservancySpringeConservenewsletterisnowavailableonline. WinnersAnnouncedInFishing'sFunInPASweepstakes TheFishandBoatCommissionsFishingsFunSweepstakescontinuestobeagreatwayfor everyonetohaveachanceatwinningfishingtripswithexpertanglersacrossthestateandfishforall typesoffishspecies. Inaddition,Cabelas$500giftcardsofferanotherexcitingchanceatwinninginthe sweepstakes.Thesweepstakesisopentothepublicwithnopurchasenecessarytoenter.Weekly drawingswillbeconductedthroughMay5. AmongthetripprizesaretwofishingtripsonLakeErie,individuallyprovidedbyLakeErie UltimateAnglerandDr.BobFerraro(CaboExpressCharters)withgeneroussupportofdinnersand hotelstaysprovidedbyBelAireClarionHotelandConferenceCenter,VictorsRestaurantandScott Enterprises. CentralPennsylvaniatroutfishingandsoutheasternPennsylvaniabassfishingtripshavebeen providedbyTCOFlyShopwithaccommodationsprovidedbyRiffles&RunsBedandBreakfast. Selectedwinnershavetheirchoiceofabassortroutfishingtripwithaccommodationsprovidedby WildernessVoyageurs,andawesternPennsylvaniabassortroutfishingtripprovidedbyInternational Angler. Likefloatfishing?AfloatfishingtripontheDelawareRiverwithovernightroomanddinnerfor twoisalsobeingofferedthroughWestBranchAngler. ThesestatewidetripprizesnotonlyhighlightthegreatfishingopportunitiesourCommonwealth watersoffer,theyalsoshowhowouragencycanpartnerwithanglerswhohavegraciouslydonated guidedtripstoshowcaseourfisheriesacrossthestate,saidPFBCExecutiveDirectorJohnArway. Inadditiontothesefishingtrips,Cabelashasmadeaverygenerousdonationtothetotal sweepstakesprizepackagewith$5,000worthofgiftcards. CabelashasbeenalongtimepartnerwiththeCommissioninanumberofprogramsand promotions,andweareverygratefulfortheirgenerousparticipationinoursweepstakes,added Arway.

ClickHereforalistofwinners. FeatureRememberingTheAccidentAtThreeMileIsland,3:53a.m.,March28,1979 At3:53a.m.,March28,1979,thecascadingfailuresofvalves, pumps,gaugesandreactoroperatorscombinedtoproducethe worstaccidentintheU.S.commercialnuclearpowerindustry. TheaccidentoccurredattheThreeMileIslandnuclear powerplantUnit2nearMiddletown,afewmilesdownstreamfrom Harrisburg.For48hours,thereactorwasdangerouslyoutof control. AnyonelivinginandaroundT.M.I.remembersexactlywheretheywereonMarch30when theyheardGov.DickThornburghorderallpreschoolchildrenandpregnantwomenwithinfivemilesof theplanttoevacuateandlatereveryonewithin10milestoclosetheirwindowsandstayindoors. Seventhousandpeoplewereevacuatedandperhapsahundredthousandmorefled. Ahydrogenbubbleformedinthereactorbringingitveryclosetoexploding.Withinafewdays, scientistsreducedthesizeofthebubble.Thecoolingdownprocess,however,tookamonthandthe radioactiveplantwouldtakeyearstodecontaminate. Thoughnoliveswerelostintheaccident,theuncertaintyandfearitcausedgavepeopleanew senseofvulnerability.Thedayaftertheaccident,35,000protestersinHanover,WestGermany, chanted,"WeallliveinPennsylvania." IncontrasttoUnit2,Unit1atThreeMileIslandhasoperatedsuccessfullysinceitfirstbegan commercialoperationsin1974producingelectricityforPennsylvaniaandtheMidAtlanticregion. Asaresultoftheaccident,emergencyplanningandresponseprogramsatthelocal,stateand federallevelweredramaticallyimprovedaroundnuclearplantsandstateeffortstomonitorradiationand providedirectoversightatthesefacilitiesalsounderwentsignificantchanges. Hereareremembrancesfromthatdaybythreeofthepeoplewhoweretouchedinuniqueways bytheaccident ThomasM.Gerusky,thelateDirectoroftheBureauofRadiationProtectionatthethenDepartment ofEnvironmentalResourcesonMarch28,1979,andwasinchargeofthestatestechnicalresponseto theaccident JamesM.Seif,formerSecretaryoftheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection,andin1979 administrativeassistanttoGov.DickThornburghand ErikJ.Epstein,afounderofThreeMileIslandAlert,Inc.,acommunitybased,safeenergy organizationbasedinHarrisburgandformedin1977. Note:ThefollowingarticleswerereprintedfromtheoriginalDEPEnvironmentalUpdate. ItsaBiggieSomeThoughtsontheAccidentatThreeMileIsland byThomasM.Gerusky Lastweek,IwasinterviewedbytheproducersofaproposedPublicTelevisionNetworkshowwhich willprovidea20yearupdateontheThreeMileIslandaccident.ThataccidentoccurredonMarch28,

1979.Topreparefortheinterview,Iwentbacktomynotesandpublishedreportsoftheaccidentto refreshmymemory.AsIwanderedthroughthedocuments,thememoriesofthattimeandtheaftermath oftheaccidentcameslowlyintofocus.Thefollowingaresomeofthethoughtsthatreturned. ItisdifficulttodiscusstheaccidentandtheCommonwealthsresponsetoitwithoutreviewing theattitudesofthepublic,thepress,thenuclearindustry,theregulatorsandthetechnicalworld.Nuclear powerwastoutedasthesafestformofsupplyingenergy.Nuclearreactorsweredesignedandoperated torunwithoutaseriousaccident.Newnuclearpowerstationswerebeingproposedalloverthe country. ThestaffoftheBureauofRadiationProtectionandthePennsylvaniaEmergencyManagement Agencyhadpreparedemergencyresponseplansforanaccidentatthosepowerreactorssituatedinthe stateandforaccidentsatotherfacilitiesandonthetransportationroutesforspentfuelandothersources ofradioactivity.Infrequently,transportationaccidentshadtakenplaceandwehadresponded.Inno casewasthereanyseriousreleasetotheenvironmentnoranyexposureofthepublic. AplanhadbeendrawnupfortheThreeMileIslandcomplex.Itisinterestingtonotethata publicmeetingonthatplanwasheldinMiddletown,justnorthofthereactors,onlyashorttimebefore theaccidentandfewpeopleshowedup. Atapproximately7a.m.onthemorningofMarch28,Ireceivedacallfromourbureaus emergencyofficer,BillDornsife,anuclearengineerwhohadpreviouslyworkedatThreeMileIsland, whoinformedmethathehadreceivedacallfromtheislandconcerninganemergencythatwas occurringthere.Hegavemesomedetails,butthewordsIwillalwaysrememberwere"Itsabiggie." Theprocedurewasformetoproceedtotheofficewhileotherstaffmemberscontactedother individualsandagenciestoprovidethemwiththeinformation. Iarrivedattheofficearound7:20a.m.Fromthattimeonandcontinuingforthenext30days, ourofficewasopenandstaffedaroundtheclock.Bureauanddepartmenttechnicalandadministrative staffassistedinprovidingthecoverage.Itbecameateameffortandcontinuedateameffortthroughthe cleanup. Althoughwehadestablishedanopenphonelinewiththereactor,thelackofearlyinformation wasamajorconcern.TheNuclearRegulatoryCommission,thefederalregulatorofthefacility,hadnot yetarrivedonsiteandevenaftertheyarrived,littlenewinformationwasforthcoming. MetropolitanEdisonCompany,theoperatorofTMI,hadstatedthroughitspublicrelations officeinReadingthattheaccidentwasundercontrolandthatnoseriousreleasesofradioactivityhad occurred.Ourinformationfromtheradiationprotectionstaffontheislandindicatedotherwise. Astheseriousnessoftheaccidentbecamemoreapparent,morePennsylvaniaofficialsbecame involved,firstLt.Gov.WilliamScranton,andthenGov.DickThornburgh.Theadministrationhadjust beenswornintoofficethepreviousJanuaryandtheirresponsibilitiesunderemergencyconditionswere justbecomingknowntothem.Throughoutthecourseoftheaccident,bothmenexhibited professionalismandleadership.Iwasreallyimpressedwiththewaythegovernorlistenedtothe informationhewasreceiving,askedverypointedquestionsandthenmadeuphismindafterreviewing allofthefacts. Twodayslater,Friday,March30,wasadayIwillalwaysremember. Wehadbeenreceivingreportsfromtheislandthatcontrolledreleasesofradioactivegaseswere occurring.Monitoringwasbeingperformedfromahelicoptersituatedabovethereleasepointand offsite.

TheinformationconcerningthelevelswasbeingrelayedbyphonetotheNRCemergencydesk atthecommissionsheadquartersinWashington.Therewasconfusionconcerningthedataand Washingtonincorrectlythoughtthatthelevelsreportedatthereleasepointwereoccurringoffsite.Asa result,theycontactedthePennsylvaniaEmergencyManagementAgencyandrecommendedan evacuation.Fromthatpointon,chaosreigneduntilthegovernorcontactedthechairmanoftheNRCto questionitsrecommendation. Onasubsequenttelephonecallfromthechairmantothegovernor,hetoldthegovernorthatthe NRChadnoideawhatwashappeninginsidethatreactorand,whenquestionedabouttheneedforan evacuation,hestatedthatifhiswifeanddaughterwereintheimmediatevicinityofTMI,hewouldget themout. Gov.Thornburghhadnochoice,andstartedavoluntaryevacuationprogramforthemost vulnerableofthepopulation,pregnantwomenandsmallchildren.Thegovernoralsorequestedthat seniorNRCstaffbesenttotheislandtotakeovertheaccidentresponse.ThatbroughtHaroldDenton andmanyNRCstaffmembershere.Someonesaidlaterthatitwasimpossibleto"run"anaccident responsefromWashington. Theensuingdayswerefilledwithtension,thepossibilityofanexplosionfromahydrogenbubble growinginsidethereactor,thevisitofPresidentJimmyCarterandthegovernortotheplant,the planningforamassiveevacuationoftheresidentsoftheareaincasethingsgotworse,continuing releasesofinertradioactivegasesfromthestack,thehoardofpressfromallovertheworld,andfinally, thesubsequentrelaxationoftherecommendationforevacuationbasedupontheknowledgethatthere wasnopotentialforanexplosion. Forus,theNRC,theutilityandthepublicinthevicinityofTMI,thecleanupofthereactorover thenext10years,theneedtoventtheremainingradioactiveKryptonfromthebuildingbeforeanyone couldenter,learningthatthefuelhadmeltedandtheexpenditureofoverabilliondollarskeptthe accidentinourminds. Thereactorhasnowbeenmothballedwithconsiderableradioactivematerialstillinside.Itwill staythatwayuntilitssisterreactor,ThreeMileIslandI,isshutdown.Theywillbedecommissioned together,whenthenextgenerationalsowilllearnwhathappenedonMarch28,1979. REACTOR!!?? byJamesM.Seif IenjoyedTomGeruskysaccountoftheTMIincident,andwouldliketoaddthreememorable momentsofmyown. Thefirstoccurredabout7:30a.m.onWednesday,March28,1979. Alwaysanearlyriser,IwassettledintomysmallofficeinRoom225,MainCapitol,theofficial addressoftheGovernorsSuiteinHarrisburg.StateTrooperDennyDeniseviczandIhadjustmadea "freshpot"hishadcookedallnightashetendedtheantiqueGovernorsSwitchboard. IwasadministrativeassistanttoGov.DickThornburgh.Mydutieswereprincipallyas scheduler.(The"AbominableNoMan"asheputit.)Butonlytwomonthshadelapsedsince inauguration,andallofuswerestilltryingtodefineourassignments. Myphonerings.Dennysays,"aguyfromMetEdwantstoreachtheGovernortoreport something."OnethingIdidknowaboutmyjobwastostepinfrontofsuchanonymousreports.Isay,

"anonymous"becauseIhadjustmovedtoHarrisburg,andhadnoideathatGPUwasautilityanddidnt knowthatThreeMileIslandwasapowerplantletaloneanuke. Inanycase,themantoldmehisemergencymanualrequiredacalltothegovernorsofficewhen theresa"reportableincidentatourplant." "Okay,whathappened?" "Welostcoolinginthereactor,butitsokaynow.Weveshutdownasaprecaution." "REACTOR!!??"(IstillhopeIdidntsayitthatway.) "Yes,thisisanuclearpowerplant." Iaskedseveralquestions.Didtheycalllocalpolice?StatePolice?Emergencymanagement people?ThenuclearregulatorsinWashington?Yestoall.Wasanyonehurt?No.Whataboutdamage toequipment?Hedidntknow. Giventheanswerstohisquestionsandhiscalmtone,Iconcludedthatthecallwaslittlemore thanhisfollowingthechecklistinhismanualandthe"callthegovernor"itemwasonthechecklistas amatterofpoliticalcautionandnotnecessaryforanyrealemergencypurpose. Itturnsoutthatwas,infact,theoriginofthe"callthegovernor"item,butofcourse,asthecrisis developedinthenexthours,IfeltIhadbeenmisled.IcantrecallnowifImentionedanyofthistoGov. Thornburghornot,butIdidlethimtakeascheduledtripoutoftownthatday,andvaluablehourswere lost. ThesecondrecollectionisfromlateSaturdaynight,March31,whenthecrisisreacheditsmost perilouspoint.Reactortemperaturewasrising,evacuationwasacceleratingandalotofusweregetting tiredandedgy.AfterridingaroundforseveralhourswithStatePoliceCommissionerDanDunn,Iwas especiallytense.DanwasaformerFBISpecialAgent,whomIhadknownforyears,andhewasone ofthedrollestandmostcheerfulpeopleIknew.Butthisnight,hisjawwasclenched. Backinthegovernorsofficewithotherstaff,wecheckedtheTVandSaturdayNightLive, hostedbythecomediansBobandRay,cameon.Toourshock,itopenedbyannouncingacontestto pickanewcapitolofPennsylvania!!!WecalledthenetworkinNewYork,hopingthatthescriptcould bealteredbythenewsofhowseriouswethoughttheproblemhadbecome.Wefiguredthenetwork andcertainlythesponsorswouldnotwanttoaddtoanypanic. Nosuchluck.Anunresponsiveswitchboardoperatorsaidonlythathewouldtrytogeta messagetothetheater.Tothisday,Irecallhimbythenamehecarriesinthatnightsphonelog:FNU LNUFirstNameUnknown,LastNameUnknown.ThiswasFBIlingotaughttomeyearsbefore byDanDunn. Finally,therewasaninterestingpostscript:Aboutsixweeksafterthecrisishadpassed,Another governorcalled.Gov.ThornburghwasontheroadandsoItookthecall. Thisgovernorwasalsoa"rookie"andwascallingtogleansomeofthelessonsofTMI.We spokeabouttheorganizationalissuesofemergencymanagement,localstaterelations,medicalperils (includingpanic),thepoliticaldangerofCongressionalSecondGuessers,themediacircusandsoon. Iwasimpressedbecausehewasoneofthefewpeoplewhowasinterestedinthepolicyandmanagerial implicationsofwhathadhappened,andtheonlygovernorthatIknowofwhoevercalled. Whenwewerefinished,Isaid,"Thankyouforcalling,Gov.Clinton." Hesaid,"ItsBill.Keepupthegoodwork,Dick!" EvacuatingThreeMileIsland

ByEricJ.Epstein CentralPennsylvaniaismiddleAmerica.Weenjoyholidayparades,Fridaynightfootballandold fashionedeverything.Wewelcomethechangeofseasonsandprettymuchstayputfromgenerationto generation.WereusedtoAmericacomingtoustovisitGettysburg,marvelattheAmish,andeat HersheyChocolate. MyfatheradmiredthetechnologythatwasThreeMileIsland.Drivingtowardthenuclear powerplantheconfidentlywelcomedthebillowingsteamclouds.Manyresidentsboated,fishedor waterskiedaroundtheIsland.Schoolstudentsroutinelywereparadedthroughtheplanttogreettheir future.MydadwasassuredthatanaccidentatThreeMileIslandwasnotpossible.Ibelievedmy dad.Webelievedthenuclearindustryandthegovernment. ThelastweekofMarch1979wasunseasonablywarm.CentralPennsylvanianssteppedoutside fortheirfirst,prolongedpostwinterbreak.WhileGovernorRichardThornburghwasacclimatingto Harrisburg,thenewreactorinMiddletownwasstrugglingtostayonline.OnWednesday,March28, 1979,TMIbecameahouseholdname.Twodayslater,whileschoolwasinsession,arearesidentsfled theareanotknowingiforwhentheywouldreturn.Americanowknewusforallthewrongreasons. Evacuationplansin1979werelittlemorethananafterthoughtstashedinadrawer.Theproblem isthatpeoplearenothypotheticalplanningnumbers.Humanbehaviorrarelyconformstoscientific predictions.Peopledontwanttoleavetheirhomes.Farmersdontwanttodeserttheiranimals. Iwasawayatcollege.MysisterwaitedformymomtopickherupatLinglestownJuniorHigh School,mybrotherwasinhisfirsttrimester,andthefamilyfurniturestore,whichhadsurvivedthree floodsandafire,remainedopen. InMiddletown,MayorRobertReiddirectedtrafficoutoftownasfleeingresidentsaskedhim toprotecttheirhomeswhiletheyweregone. Tothenorth,streamsofcitizensfromHarrisburgfloweddownMarketStreettolineupfor bussesheadinganywhere. Acrosstheriver,Goldsborobecameaghosttown,dairycowscontinuedtograzeinEtters,and theCityofYork,likeHarrisburgandLancaster,hadnonuclearevacuationplan. Hersheystillmadechocolate,theAmishcontinuedtoplowLancastersfertileearth,andthe BattlefieldatGettysburgattractedvisitors. TheTMIcommunityremainsalivingcasestudyofhownottoevacuate.Manyresidentsstill keepanovernightbagpacked,astashofTMImoney,andmakesuretheircarshaveafulltankof gas.Forthoseofuswholive,workandparentintheshadowofThreeMileIsland,theAccident continuestoexactatoll. Noreactorcommunityshouldhavetoendureanothernuclearnightmare.Attheveryleast,we shouldstoppretendingthatemergencyevacuationplanningisadequate.Ineedtobeabletogetinmy car,drivepastThreeMileIsland,andtellmydaughterthatadultsaredoingeverythinghumanlypossible tomakesurethereisnonexttime. NewsClip:ThreeMileIslandAccidentResonates34YearsLater HelpWanted:SusquehannaRiverBasinCommissionSeeksExecutiveDirector

TheSusquehannaRiverBasinCommission,aninterstatewaterresourcesmanagementagency,seeksan ExecutiveDirector. After21yearsasExecutiveDirectoroftheSusquehannaRiverBasinCommission,PaulSwartz willberetiringinNovember. Thispositionperformshighlyresponsibleadministrativeandprofessionalworkdirectingthe agencytodevelopandeffectuateplans,policies,andprojectsrelatingtothewaterresourcesofthe SusquehannaRiverBasin. TheExecutiveDirectorisalsoresponsibleforcoordinatingwaterresourceplansandprograms oftheSRBCsmemberjurisdictionstoavoidduplicationofefforts.SubjecttoreviewbytheSRBC Commissioners,theExecutiveDirectorworksindependentlywithintheframeworkoftheSRBC Compact,regulations,andpolicies.ThispositionislocatedintheSRBCsofficesinHarrisburg,PA. Thepositionincludes,butisnotlimitedto,thefollowingduties: PromotestheSRBCsmission,goals,andvaluesinallaspectsofhis/herwork. Directstheactivitiesofa60persontechnicalandprofessionalstaffresponsibleforthedevelopment, coordination,andpromotionofpoliciesandstandardsfortheconservation,utilization,development, managementandcontrolofthebasinswaterresources. DevelopsandmaintainsastrongworkingrelationshipwiththeSRBCCommissionersthrough conferencecalls,personalmeetings,andquarterlybusinessmeetings. EnsuresgoodinternalcommunicationamongSRBCstaff. Cultivatesworkingrelationshipswithstateandfederallegislators,governorsofficesandother officialsoftheSRBCmemberjurisdictionscommunityandbusinessleadersotherriverbasin commissionsandrelevantprofessionalorganizations. GivesspeechesandpresentationsonbehalfoftheSRBCatvariousmeetingsandconferences. Eligibilityrequirementsforthispositioninclude: Aminimumof15yearsprogressivelyresponsibleexperienceinthefieldofwaterresources management,includingplanning,law,geology,aquaticbiology,waterqualityorrelatedfieldand, Aminimumof10yearsasaseniorexecutiveinapublicsectoragencyoraprivateorganizationwith theprimarymissionofnaturalresourcesutilizationandprotection,directlyinvolvedwithwater resources. Minimumofamastersdegree.Professionallicenseorcertificationpreferred. Excellentmanagementskillsthatdemonstratetheabilitytoincludestaffinplanning,decisionmaking, andprocessimprovement. Extensiveknowledgeofcurrentwaterresourcemanagementprogramsandissues. Abilitytoestablishandmaintaineffectiveworkingrelationshipswithofficialsofotheragencies, professionalassociations,stateandfederallegislators,andthegeneralpublic. DemonstratedworkingknowledgeofMicrosoftOfficeprograms. Sendcoverletterwithsalaryexpectationsandresumeemphasizingrelevantexperience,to employment@srbc.netbyApril26.Attn:HumanResourcesManager,SusquehannaRiverBasin Commission,1721N.FrontSt.,Harrisburg,PA17102.SRBCisanequalopportunityemployer. HelpWanted:GreyTowersNationalHistoricSiteInternships TheGreyTowersNationalHistoricSite,Milford,PA,ancestralhomeofconservationistand

PennsylvaniaGov.GiffordPinchot,hasfrom1to5studentinternpositionstoserve12week internshipsfromMayOctober. Studentswillliveontheestateofthis1886mansionandbeimmersedinthehistoryofforestry inAmerica.Theywillhaveanopportunitytolearnandimproveskillsinsuchareasasinterpretation, publicspeaking,communication,researchandrelatedprograms.Studentsofforestry,environmental, history,art,interpretive/recreationormuseumstudiesprogramsaresought. DeadlineforapplicationsisApril1.ClickHerefordetails. HelpWanted:SchuylkillCenterforEnvironmentalEducationSeeksEducators TheSchuylkillCenterforEnvironmentalEducation,aleadingenvironmentaleducationproviderforthe Philadelphiaregion,seeksapassionateandenergeticnaturalist/educatortoengageschoolchildrenin meaningfulandinnovativelearningexperiencesinnature.ClickHerefordetailsonavailablepositions.

Your2Cents:IssuesOnAdvisoryCommitteeAgendas
Thissectiongivesyouacontinuouslyupdatedthumbnailsketchofissuestobeconsideredinupcoming advisorycommitteemeetingswheretheagendashavebeenreleased. Reminder:AllannouncedmeetingsofDEPadvisorycommitteesarenowincludedinthePA EnvironmentDigestUpcomingEventscalendar. April2CANCELED.DEPClimateChangeAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105RachelCarson Building.10:00.(formalnotice) April10NEW.DEPTechnicalAdvisoryCommitteeonDieselPoweredEquipmentinMines. FayetteCountyHealthCenter,Uniontown.10:00. April11CANCELED.DEPCleanupStandardsScientificAdvisoryBoardmeeting.10thFloor ConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.9:00.(formalnotice) April11ChangecancelsseconddayApril12.AgendaReleased.DEPRadiationProtection AdvisoryCommitteemeeting.14thFloorConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.9:00.(formal notice) RadiationProgramUpdate RadiationControl/LicenseUpdate ReviewofNuclearMaterialEventsDatabase DiscussneedtoreviseRadiologicalHealthRegulations Briefingonnaturalgasproduction,distributionradiationstudy(TENORM) <>ClickHereforavailablehandouts April11CANCELED.DEPAirQualityTechnicalAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Nextscheduled

meetingisJune13.(formalnotice) April16NEW.StateBoardforCertificationofWaterandWastewaterSystemOperatorsmeeting. 10thFloorConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00. April17NEW.DEPAgriculturalAdvisoryBoardmeeting.SusquehannaRoomA,DEP SouthcentralRegionalOffice,909ElmertonAve.,Harrisburg.10:00. April23DEPOilandGasTechnicalAdvisoryBoardmeetingtocontinuediscussionofChapter78 drillingregulationchanges.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.(formalnotice) April23CANCELED.DEPMineFamiliesFirstResponseandCommunicationsAdvisoryCouncil meeting.FayetteCountyHealthCenter,Uniontown.10:00.(formalnotice) April24NEW.DEPSmallBusinessComplianceAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.12thFloor ConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00. April25DEPMiningandReclamationAdvisoryBoardmeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding. 10:00. May7DEPCleanupStandardsScientificAdvisoryBoardmeeting.Room105RachelCarson Building.10:00.(formalnotice) June12Noagendayet.DEPOilandGasTechnicalAdvisoryBoardmeeting.Room105Rachel CarsonBuilding.10:00. ClickHereforlinkstoDEPsAdvisoryCommitteewebpages. DEPCalendarofEvents[DEPNoLongerPublishesasingleCalendarofagencymeetings]

Grants&Awards
Thissectiongivesyouaheadsuponupcomingdeadlinesforawardsandgrantsandotherrecognition programs.NEWmeansnewfromlastweek. April1DEPHostMunicipalityInspectorReimbursement April10DCNRCommunityConservationPartnershipGrants April12SaveTheChesapeakeBayPhotoContest April15RedevelopmentAssistanceCapitalProgramGrants April30NortheastPAAudubonCollegeScholarship May1KeepPABeautifulSueWisemanScholarshipGrant May10CFAHighPerformanceBuildingFunding

May10CFAAlternative,CleanEnergyFunding May13EPATRIUniversityChallengeGrants May23DCNRVolunteerFireAssistanceGrants May24KPBGreatAmericanCleanupOfPAVideoContest May28EcoExpressRainGardenVideoTeachingMaterialsContest May31DEPSection902RecyclingGrants NoDeadlineDEPAlternativeFuelVehicleRebates(orbeforeiffundsrunout) June28CFAPennWorksWaterSupply,WastewaterFunding July12PROPRecyclingFilmFest July19CFAHighPerformanceBuildingFunding July19CFAAlternative,CleanEnergyFunding July31CFAAct13AbandonedMine,Watershed,RecreationFunding August9FoundationforPAWatershedGrantsLOI September15CFAHighPerformanceBuildingFunding September15CFAAlternative,CleanEnergyFunding September30DEPRecyclingPerformanceGrant October31PRCLensOnLitterContest December31DEPPASunshineRebates(orbeforeiffundsrunout) VisittheDEPGrantsandLoanProgramswebpageformoreideasonhowtogetfinancialassistance forenvironmentalprojects.

Budget/QuickClips
Here'saselectionofNewClipsonenvironmentaltopicsfromaroundthestate CorbettPraisesKrancer,MoveToPrivateSector CorbettMakesDEPSecretaryJobPartTimeForNow Editorial:KrancersExitAnOpportunity ThreeMileIslandAccidentResonates34YearsLater Art,EssayContestsSlatedForEarthWeekFestivities Budget DCNRChiefDefendsDrillingRoyaltiesFundingShift WhatIsCorbettsPlanForTheGasTax BudgetSecretaryCallsForPensionChangesToBalanceBudget Other HarrisburgWorksOnRecyclingBinGiveawayLogistics CranberryUsesModernWasteCollection,Recycling StudyGivesPALowGradesForInfrastructure AlleghenyCountyActsToReduceDieselEmissions IconicPECOSignGoingDarkForEarthHour YorkMayor:TurnOffLightsForEarthHour PPLLaunchesNewEnergyConservationProgram

PPLOffersEnergySavingPrograms ConsolMineToReopenAfterFire ConsolGetsOKToReEnterBlacksvilleMine Column:ThePriceOfSprawl PollutedSoilToBeRemovedFromValleyForge BabyScreechOwlsRescuedFromErieStreet HouseConsidersMoreLandownerLiabilityProtections SomeRegionsGetReprieveFromGypsyMoth WashingtonCrossingAudubonAnnouncesAprilEvents DeerHarvestRisesInMostRecentSeason State,ForestryIndustryAtLoggerheadsOverBats RememberingJudithStumpf,RetiredFromDEP

MarcellusShaleNewsClips
HereareNewsClipsontopicsrelatedtoMarcellusShalenaturalgasdrilling CorbettPraisesKrancer,MoveToPrivateSector BillPushesUtilitiesToExtendNaturalGasService Editorial:BestDrillingPracticesShouldBeStandard PEMASaysPollutionSpillAlertSystemCorrected CauseOfWyomingWellSpillStillUnknown BillAimsToReuniteLandownersWithMineralRights $200MNaturalGasToLiquidsPlantComingToBlair DCNRToHoldClosedDoorMeetingOnLoyalsockDrilling ShaleGasBoomPushingPipelineGrowth ArmyCorpsOKsControversialPipelineProject RaceToShipPANaturalGasToGulf ShaleBoomHelpsRestoresWB/ScrantonAirport LehighGastoExpandCompressedNaturalGasStations Editorial:ErieHasStakeInFrackingRegs RendellTakesHeatOverFrackingArticle RendellStumpsForFrackingWithoutRevealingTies Financial/OtherStates EPAAnnouncesFrackingStudysPeerReviewPanel

Flooding/WatershedNewsClips
HereareNewsClipsonwatershedtopicsfromaroundthestate Flooding Nearly$10MToGotToLuzerneCountyDisasterRelief

OtherWatershedNewsClips SomeCommonGroundOverSusquehannaWaterQuality GrantToFundMineDrainageCleanupInSewickleyTwp PEMASaysPollutionSpillAlertSystemCorrected CauseOfWyomingWellSpillStillUnknown LoyalhannaWatershedGroupsSeeksCleanupVolunteers Editorial:SolveSewerOverflowsWithCooperation LakeErieWaterLevelAConcernForVoter CommunitySupportedFarmsThriveInErieCounty

Regulations,TechnicalGuidance&Permits
Nonewregulationswerepublishedthisweek.PennsylvaniaBulletinMarch30,2013 ProposedRegulationsOpenForCommentDEPwebpage ProposedRegulationsWithClosedCommentPeriodsDEPwebpage DEPRegulatoryAgendaDEPwebpage

TechnicalGuidance&Permits
TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionpublishednoticeoffinaltechnicalguidanceinvolvingthe CleanWaterProgramFieldOrderManual,implementationoftheLakeErieBluffRecessionand Setbackregulationsandbulkwaterhaulingsystemsguidance. DEPalsopublishednoticeofahearingonaproposedrevisionoftheStateAirQualityImplementation PlanmotorvehicleemissionsbudgetsintheReadingarea. TheSusquehannaRiverBasinCommissionpublishednoticeofprojectapprovedforconsumptivewater useinFebruary. Final:DEPID:3854000002.Title:FieldOrderInstructionManualfortheCleanWaterProgram. Description:ThispolicyprovidesminoramendmentstotheexistingguidanceregardingtheFieldOrder InstructionManualforWaterQualityOperations.Minorrevisionsweremadetoincorporatethenew bureaunamewithresponsibilityforthedocumentandreferencestoolderregulations.Twoforms (3800FMBPNPSM0017aandb)withinthedocumentwerealsoinsertedtoincorporatethelatest formswiththenewbureauname. Final:DEPID:3942000001.Title:MunicipalReferenceDocument:GuidancefortheImplementation oftheChapter85BluffRecessionandSetbackRegulations.Description:TheBluffRecessionand SetbackActof1980(BRSA)andregulationsat25Pa.CodeChapter85(relatingtobluffrecession

andsetback)establishtheLakeEriebluffsetbackprogram.LakeEriebluffsetbacksaredesignated withinformallyestablishedBluffRecessionHazardAreas,whichareimplementedandenforced,with Departmentoversight,bythelocalmunicipalitiesalongtheLakeErieshoreline.Chapter85of25 Pa.CodewasrevisedbytheEnvironmentalQualityBoardin2009andtheBRSAwasamendedbythe PennsylvaniaGeneralAssemblythroughAct72of2011.Thisrevisedtechnicalguidancedocument reflectstheserecentchangesandprovidesmorecomprehensive,narrativestyleguidancefor municipalitiesandblufflandownersontheimplementationoftheLakeErieBluffRecessionandSetback program.Thistechnicalguidancedocumentwaspublishedasdraftat42Pa.B.3026(May26,2012) fora30daypubliccommentperiodfromMay26,2012,throughJune25,2012.Sixteencomments werereceivedfromonecommentator.Revisionstothedrafttechnicalguidancedocumentresultingfrom thepubliccommentsaredescribedintheaccompanyingCommentandResponseDocument. Final:DEPID:3832127103.Title:PermittingofBulkWaterHaulingSystemsGuidance.Description: ThisguidancedocumentestablishesproceduresthattheDepartmentstaffwillfollowinthe implementationofpermittingactivitiesforbulkwaterhaulingsystems.Recognizingthatthenumberof bulkwaterhaulingcustomersismorelikelytovaryfromyeartoyearthanthoseservedbyapiped system,discretioninmaintainingabulkwaterhaulingpermitisprovidedtoaccountforsystemsthatmay periodicallydropbelowtherequirednumberofconnectionsorpeopleserved.Thistechnicalguidance documentwaspublishedasdraftat42Pa.B.6344(October6,2012)fora30daypubliccomment periodfromOctober6,2012,throughNovember5,2012.Nocommentswerereceived.Minoredits weremadetotheDraftGuidancedocumentforclarity.UnderSection1PermitApplicationonpage1 thephraseconstructionandoperationonthefirstsentencewasreplacedwith''publicwatersystem.'' UnderSection3PermitFeeonpage3thelastsentencewasrewrittento''Nopermitfeeisrequiredfor aminorpermitamendment.''UnderSection9MonitoringRequirementsthelastparagraphwas rewrittento''Bulkwaterhaulersthatobtainfinishedwaterfromanoutofstatepublicwatersupply sourcemustsubmittotheDepartmentacopyofacceptableanalyticalresultsofcompliancemonitoring conductedbythepublicwatersystemsupplyingthesourcewater. TechnicalGuidanceCommentDeadlinesDEPwebpage RecentlyClosedCommentPeriodsForTechnicalGuidanceDEPwebpage TechnicalGuidanceRecentlyFinalizedDEPwebpage CopiesofFinalTechnicalGuidanceDEPwebpage

CalendarOfEvents
Upcominglegislativemeetings,conferences,workshops,pluslinkstootheronlinecalendars.Meetings areinHarrisburgunlessotherwisenoted.NEWmeansnewfromlastweek.GototheonlineCalendar webpage.

ClickonAgendaReleasedoncalendarentriestoseetheNEWmeetingagendaspublishedthisweek. Reminder:AllannouncedmeetingsofDEPadvisorycommitteesarenowincludedinthePA EnvironmentDigestUpcomingEventscalendar. April2CANCELED.DEPClimateChangeAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105RachelCarson Building.10:00.(formalnotice) April8LocationAdded.EnvironmentalIssuesForumbyJointLegislativeAirandWaterPollution ControlandConservationCommittee.PresentationonnewwatertreatmenttechnologybyPA AmericanWater,WestmorelandCountyAuthority,Rentricity.Room8EBEastWing.Noon. April10NEW.DEPTechnicalAdvisoryCommitteeonDieselPoweredEquipmentinMines. FayetteCountyHealthCenter,Uniontown.10:00. April11DEPCleanupStandardsScientificAdvisoryBoardmeeting.10thFloorConferenceRoom, RachelCarsonBuilding.9:00.(2013meetingdates) April11ChangecancelsseconddayApril12.Noagendayet.DEPRadiationProtectionAdvisory Committeemeeting.14thFloorConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.9:00.(formalnotice) April11CANCELED.DEPAirQualityTechnicalAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Nextscheduled meetingisJune13.(formalnotice) April16NEW.StateBoardforCertificationofWaterandWastewaterSystemOperatorsmeeting. 10thFloorConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00. April17NEW.DEPAgriculturalAdvisoryBoardmeeting.SusquehannaRoomA,DEP SouthcentralRegionalOffice,909ElmertonAve.,Harrisburg.10:00. April20HouseEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommitteemeeting.Agendatobeannounced. RoomB31.9:30. April23DEPOilandGasTechnicalAdvisoryBoardmeetingtocontinuediscussionofChapter78 drillingregulationchanges.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.(formalnotice) April23CANCELED.DEPMineFamiliesFirstResponseandCommunicationsAdvisoryCouncil meeting.FayetteCountyHealthCenter,Uniontown.10:00.(formalnotice) April24NEW.DEPSmallBusinessComplianceAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.12thFloor ConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00. April25DEPMiningandReclamationAdvisoryBoardmeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.

10:00. May6EnvironmentalIssuesForumbytheJointLegislativeAirandWaterPollutionControland ConservationCommittee.FishandBoatCommissionExecutiveDirectorJohnArwaywilloffera presentationentitledFishandBoatCommissionFiscalSlope:SpendingReallocationPlanandRevenue GeneratingOptions.Thepresentationwillfocusontheagencysneedtoreduceoperatingcosts,andto fundinfrastructureneeds.Amongpotentialrevenuegeneratingoptionstobediscussedisaproposedfee forconsumptiveuseanddegradationofwater.LTBD.Noon. May7SenateConsumerProtectionandProfessionalLicensureCommitteeholdsahearingonutility stormresponse.HearingRoom1,NorthOfficeBuilding.9:30. June12DEPOilandGasTechnicalAdvisoryBoardmeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding. 10:00. June17EnvironmentalIssuesForumbytheJointLegislativeAirandWaterPollutionControland ConservationCommittee.Dr.DavidJ.Nowak,Ph.D,projectleaderfortheUSDAForestServices NorthernResearchStation,willdiscusstheagencysinnovativeiTreeprogram.Nowakwasthe drivingforcebehinddevelopmentofiTreessuiteofsoftwaretoolsthathelpsusersassessandmanage urbantreepopulationstomakeforeffectiveurbanforestmanagementandbetterunderstandingofthe ecosystemservicesprovidedbycommunitytrees.LTBC.Noon. DEPCalendarofEvents[DEPNoLongerPublishesasingleCalendarofagencymeetings] Note:TheEnvironmentalEducationWorkshopCalendarisnolongeravailablefromthePACenterfor EnvironmentalEducationbecausefundingfortheCenterwaseliminatedintheFY201112state budget.ThePCEEwebsitewasalsoshutdown,butsomecontentwasmovedtothePAAssociationof EnvironmentalEducators'website. SenateCommitteeScheduleHouseCommitteeSchedule YoucanwatchtheSenateFloorSessionandHouseFloorSessionliveonline.

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