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AnUpdateOnEnvironmentalIssuesInPennsylvania
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Issue#619Harrisburg,PAMay9,2016

HouseCommitteeTakesFirstStepToBlockDEPsEntireFinalDrillingRegulations

The
HouseEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommittee
Tuesdayvoted19to8largely
alongpartylines(Republicanssupporting)toreportoutaHouse/Senate
concurrentresolution
disapproving
DEPsentirefinal
Chapter78(conventional)and78a(unconventional,Marcellus
Shale)drillingregulations
.
TheresolutionnowknownasHouseConcurrentRegulatoryReviewResolution#1
wasofficiallyreportedacrosstheSpeakersdeskduringthetokenlegislativesessioninthe
HouseonWednesday.
Interestingnote,thisistheonlyoneofthe4,500orsoSenateandHousebillsand
resolutionsthatisnotavailableonlinethroughthe
GeneralAssemblys
website,atleastsofar.
Therearenosponsorsorcosponsorslistedasaresult.
HouseRepublicansTuesdaytemporarilydelayedconsiderationofthe

HouseResolution
tokillDEPsfinaloilandgasdrillingregulations
toseeiftheycouldresolvesomeoftheissues
involvedwiththeAdministration.
TheAdministrationrespondedwithastatementsaying,Followingtherecentapproval
bytheIndependentRegulatoryReviewcommissionofthesenewregulations,theGovernoris
committedtoworkingwiththeLegislaturetofurtherhisAdministrationsgoalofimprovingthe
protectionofwaterandpublicresources,publichealthandsafety,andaddresseslandowner
concerns,enhancestransparency,andimprovesdatamanagement.
Aspointedoutinanother

PAEnvironmentDigestarticle
,theWolfAdministrationmay
betryingtocutadealwithRepublicanstosavewhateverpiecesoftheregulationtheycan.
ThefullHouseisexpectedtotakefinalactionontheresolutionwhenitreturnstosession
onMay16,unlesssomesortofdealisreached.
ASenatevoteonthedisapprovalresolutionisvirtuallyassurediftheHousetakesaction..
Sen.GeneYaw(RLycoming),MajorityChairoftheSenateEnvironmentalResources
andEnergyCommittee,
issuedastatementApril22
(EarthDay)callingforactionona
House/Senatedisapprovalresolutiononthedrillingregulations.
TheopponentsofDEPsdrillingregulationsarguedtheregulationdidfollowproper
proceduresundertheRegulatoryReviewActanddidnotcomplywith
Act126of2014
requiring
separateregulationsforconventionalandunconventionaldrilling.
Inresponse,proponentssaidtheregulationsareobviouslydividedintotwochapters

Chapter78coversconventionaldrillingandChapter78acoversunconventionaldrilling.
Proponentsalsosaidthe
IndependentRegulatoryReviewCommissionApril21
approval
ofDEPsregulationsfoundthe
regulationdidcomplywithapplicablestatelaw
,includingthe
RegulatoryReviewAct,andwereinthepublicinterest.
TheSenateandHousehave30calendardaysor10votingsessiondays,whicheveris
longer,fromthedatetheresolutionisreportedoutofCommitteetopasstheconcurrent
resolutionandpresentittotheGovernorforhisaction.
TheGovernorcanthensignorvetotheresolution.Hisvetoissubjecttobeing
overriddenbyboththeSenateandHousebytwothirdsvote.
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towatchavideooftheCommitteemeeting.
Thetextoftheresolutionfollows
AConcurrentResolution
DisapprovingtheEnvironmentalProtectionStandardsatOilandGasWellSitesRegulations
submittedbytheEnvironmentalQualityBoard.
WHEREAS,OnFebruary3,2016,theEnvironmentalQualityBoardapproved
EnvironmentalProtectionStandardsatOilandGasWellSitesRegulations(DEP7484and
IRRC#3042),(Regulations)
and
WHEREAS,OnApril12,2016,theEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommitteeof
theHouseofRepresentatives,inaccordancewithsection5.1(j.2)oftheactofJune25,1982
(P.L.633,No.181),knownastheRegulatoryReviewAct,votedtodisapprovetheRegulations
and
WHEREAS,OnApril12,2016,theEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommitteeof
theSenate,inaccordancewithsection5.1(j.2)oftheRegulatoryReviewAct,votedto
disapprovetheRegulationsand
WHEREAS,OnApril21,2016,notwithstandingthedisapprovalsoftheSenateand
HouseofRepresentativesoversightcommittees,theIndependentRegulatoryReview
Commission(IRRC)votedtoapprovetheRegulationsand
WHEREAS,TheRegulationsviolatesection1741.lEoftheactofApril9,1929
(P.L.343,No.176),knownasTheFiscalCode,whichrequiresregulationsforconventionaland
unconventionalwellsunderallStatelawstobepromulgatedseparatelyand
WHEREAS,TheRegulationsdisregardthatthePennsylvania
SupremeCourtenjoined58Pa.C.S.3215(b)and(d)andenjoined58Pa.C.S.3215(c)and(e)
totheextentthattheyimplement58Pa.C.S.3215(b)andCd)and
WHEREAS,TheRegulationshaveyettocomplywiththeRegulatoryReviewActin
severalrespects,includingthesunshinerequirementsundersection5(a)(5)andthesmall
businessrequirementsundersection5(a)(10.1),(11),(12)and(12.1)and
WHEREAS,OnApril22,2016,theIRRCnotifiedtheEnvironmentalResourcesand
EnergyCommitteeoftheHouseofRepresentativesthattheIRRChadadoptedanorder,bya
voteofthreetotwo,approvingtheRegulationsthereforebeit
RESOLVED(theSenateconcurring),ThattheGeneralAssemblydisapprovethe
Regulationsandbeitfurther
RESOLVED,That,inaccordancewithsection7(d)oftheRegulatoryReviewAct,this
resolutionconstituteabartopromulgationoftheRegulations.
OnApril12boththeHouseandSenate
Committeesbothdisapproved
thedrilling

regulationspriortotheApril21IRRCapproval.
Acopyoftheresolution
isavailableonline
.
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towatchavideoofthe
Committeemeeting.
Rep.JohnMaher(RAllegheny)servesasMajorityChairofthe
HouseEnvironmental
Committee
andcanbecontactedbysendingemailto:
jmaher@pahousegop.com
.Rep.Greg
Vitali(DDelaware)servesasMinorityChairandcanbecontactedbysendingemailto:
gvitali@pahouse.net
.
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ChangingDEPsDrillingRegsMayBeAtHeartOfBudgetCompromisesInHarrisburg

PAEnvironmentalCouncilUrgesCommitteeNotToOpposeDEPFinalDrillingRegs

The
PAEnvironmentalCouncil
Mondaywrotetomembersofthe
HouseEnvironmental
ResourcesandEnergyCommittee
urgingthemtoopposeeffortstodisapproveDEPsfinal
Chapter78(conventional)and78a(unconventional,MarcellusShale)drillingregulations
.
ThetextofthePECletterfollows
TomorrowtheEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommitteewillmeettoconsiderits
responsetothe
IndependentRegulatoryReviewCommissionsApril21approval
ofDEPsfinal
Chapter78and78adrillingregulationsupdate.Thatconsiderationmayincludeaconcurrent
resolutiontohavetheSenateandHousedisapprovetheseregulations.
WeaskyoutoopposeanyeffortbytheCommitteetoopposefinalizationofDEPs
muchneededupdatetoPennsylvaniasdrillingregulations.
Herearesomekeyfactsregardingthisrulemakinganditsvaluetothepeopleof
Pennsylvania.
Therearecompellingreasonswhytheregulationsarenecessary.
In2012,thelegislature
passedAct13,whichexplicitlydirectedDEPtodevelopnewoilandgasregulationswhich
hadntbeencomprehensivelyrevisedinover30years.
BothDEPandtheGeneralAssemblyhaveaconstitutionaldutytoprotectthepeopleand
environmentoftheCommonwealth.Continueddelaysinimplementingtherulemakingcould

leavesignificantenvironmentalproblemsunchecked,andincreasethehealthandfinancialrisks
facedbythepublic.
Thisrulemakingalignsthestatesoilandgasregulationswithnewtechnologiesand
moderndaypractices,suchascurrentformsofhydraulicfracturinggenerationoflargevolumes
oftoxicandpotentiallyradioactivewasteandoperationsinmorepopulatedareas.
TheregulationsarebasedonseveraldecadesofDEPviolationandenforcementexperience.
Pennsylvaniacontinuestobearthecostofcleaningupandmanagingoilandgaspollution
causedinthepast,reinforcingtheneedformoreeffectiveenvironmentalprotectionrequirements
today.Wedontwanttocreatenewenvironmentallegacycosts.
DecisionsissuedbytheEnvironmentalQualityBoard(EQB)andtheIndependentRegulatory
ReviewCommission(IRRC)entitiescreatedbytheGeneralAssemblytoreviewandvoteon
proposedregulationsaffirmthatthisrulemakingisinthepublicinterest.
Thecurrentrulemakingprocesshasbeenthemostextensive,transparent,and
inclusiveinDEPshistory.
ItisfullycompliantwiththeRegulatoryReviewAct.Fornearly
fiveyears,legislators,localofficials,industry,residents,andenvironmentalorganizationshave
hadnumerousopportunitiestoweighin,including:
Twelvepublichearingsacrossthestateandtwoextensivepubliccommentperiods.
Nearly30,000commentsthatDEPreviewedandrespondedtoinwriting.
ThreesessionsoftheGeneralAssembly.
Meetings,reviewofdraftrulemakings,andinputbythe
ConventionalOilandGasAdvisory
Committee
(COGAC),the
Oil&GasTechnicalAdvisoryBoard
(TAB),EQB,andIRRC.
Substantialrevisionoftherulemakingafterrepeatedconsultationwithbothindustryandthe
public.
Beforebeingimplemented,theregulationswillbereviewedbythePennsylvania
AttorneyGeneraltoensuretheyarewithinDEPsgrantedauthority.
Act13of2012
includednewenvironmentalprotectionrequirementsforbothconventionalandunconventional
operators.Nonetheless,following
passageofAct126
bythelegislaturein2014,DEPmadetwo
bigchanges:
Completelyseparatingtherulemakingintotwoseparatechaptersforconventional(Chapter
78)andunconventional(Chapter78a)operations.Bothchaptersweresubjecttopublichearings
andcommentsin2015.
SignificantrevisionstoChapter78thateffectivelyreducedandeliminatedseveral
environmentalprotectionrequirementsjustforconventionaloperations(seebelow).
Despitethe
PennsylvaniaSupremeCourtcase
thatstruckdownpartsofAct13,DEPhas
legalauthorityandresponsibilitytoimplementoilandgasregulations.
DEPisrequiredto
implementandenforcearangeofenvironmentallawsrelatedtooilandgasoperations,not
justAct13.
EvenPennsylvaniasConstitution,asnotedbytheSupremeCourtintheRobinson
Townshipcase,requiresbothDEPandtheGeneralAssemblytoensurethatthestates
environmentalresourcesandpublichealtharestronglyprotected.
DEPconductedathorougheconomicanalysisindevelopingtherulemaking,
includingtheimpactoftheregulationsonsmallbusinesses.
Whenitfirstproposedthe
rulemakinginDecember2013,DEPissuedFiscalNotesexplainingpotentialeconomicimpacts
oftheregulations.DEPalsoprovidedacomprehensiveidentificationofeconomiccosts
associatedwiththefinalrulemakinginthe
RegulatoryAnalysisForm
submittedtoEQBin
January2016,includingthoseforconventionaloperators.

Itsworthnotingthatthelegaldefinitionofaconventionaloperator(containedinAct
13)isdeterminedbythedepthofdrilling,andisunrelatedtothenumberofemployeesorbudget
ofthecompany.Yetinitseconomicanalysis,DEPassumedthatallconventionaloperators
qualifiedassmallbusinesses.
ConventionaloperatorsbenefitfromseveraldifferencesbetweenChapter78and
78a.
Bothconventionalandunconventionaloperationsrelyonhydraulicfracturing,usetoxic
chemicalsandlargevolumesofwater,disturbland,andgeneratewaste.ButunderChapter78,
conventionaldrillerswillstillbeallowedtousepitsandopentankstostorewastedisposeof
drillcuttingsthroughpitburialorlandapplicationwithoutapermitconductoperationswithout
awatermanagementplanusebrinewastefordustsuppressionanddeicingandreporttheirgas,
condensate,andwasteproductionvolumestoDEPjustonceayear.
AnyassertionthatDEPdidnotaccommodatetheconventionalindustryareunfounded.
Thankyouforyourconsideration.
JohnWalliser
SeniorVicePresident,Legal&GovernmentAffairs
PennsylvaniaEnvironmentalCouncil
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
PA
EnvironmentalCouncil
website,visitthe
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,follow
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HouseCommitteeVotesToBlockUpdatedDrillingRules
HousePanelVotesToBlockDrillingRegulations
PLSReporter:HouseStartsProcesstoScuttleDrillingRegs
Quigley:ContentionsRegulationsForGasIndustrySensible
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MurrysvilleModelsDrillingRulesOnStateProposal
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ChangingDEPsDrillingRegsMayBeAtHeartOfBudgetCompromisesInHarrisburg

PATroutUnlimited:TellYourLegislatorsToLetDEPDrillingRegsMoveForward

PACouncilofTroutUnlimited
isurgingmembersofthepublicwhocareaboutcleanwaterand
theenvironmenttocontacttheirstateHouseandstateSenatemembertosupportDEPsChapter
78and78adrillingregulationsandvoteagainsteffortstokillthem.
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tosendyourmessagenow.
BackgroundFromPATrout

Morethanfouryearsago,Pennsylvania'sGeneralAssemblypassedacomprehensive
billthatrequiredthedevelopmentofnewregulationstoprovidelongoverdueenvironmental
protectionsandperformancestandardsatoilandgaswellsites.
Sincethen,theDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionhasworkeddiligentlytoengage
thepublic,industryandconservationorganizationsindevelopingnewoilandgasrules,holding
twoseparatepubliccommentperiods,12publichearings,anddozensofmeetingswith
stakeholders.
ThenewregulationsupdatePennsylvania'soilandgasregulationsforthefirsttimein
manyyearsandincreasestreamprotectionsby:prohibitingtheuseofpitstostoreshalegasdrill
cuttingsandwastefluidsandrequiringsecondarycontainmentaroundallstoragetanksand
trucksanddrillrigsrequiringpipelinecompaniestoemploypollutionpreventionplanswhen
performinghorizontaldirectionaldrillingunderstreamsrequiringshalegasoperatorstoobtaina
watermanagementplanbeforetheywithdrawwaterforhydraulicfracturingprohibitingtheuse
ofshalegaswastewateronroadsfordustsuppressionanddeicingandimprovingwaste
trackingandreportingrequirements.
OnApril21,theIndependentRegulatoryReviewCommissionapprovedthenewoiland
gasregulationsoneofthekeyfinalstepsinPennsylvania'scomplexregulatoryprocess.
Now,thePennsylvaniaGeneralAssemblyistryingtooverturntheveryrulestheycalled
formorethanfouryearsago.
Soon,thePennsylvaniaHouseofRepresentativesislikelytovoteonaHouse/Senate
concurrentresolutiondisapprovingDEP'sfinaloilandgasregulationsandbarring
implementationoftherules.
ThePennsylvaniaSenateisalsoexpectedtoactontheResolutionortakeupSenateBill
1011,whichwouldhavethesameeffect.
ThismisguidedstepwouldunderminePennsylvania'sregulatoryreviewprocess,ignore
publicinput,andunnecessarilycontinuetoputtheCommonwealth'sstreams,fishandwildlifeat
riskfrompotentialharm.
TellyourlegislatorstodaytoprotectPennsylvania'sstreamsandopposeanyresolution
orbillthatwouldoverturnordelayimplementationofthenewoilandgasregulations.
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HouseandSenatememberbasedonyouraddress.
NewsClips:
DrillersGrowingLeeryOfPARulesLeadersTellLegislators
Rep.KruegerBranekyRipsLegislatorsForBlockingDrillingRegs
PATrout:TellLegislatorsLetDrillingRulesMoveForward
HouseCommitteeVotesToBlockUpdatedDrillingRules
HousePanelVotesToBlockDrillingRegulations
PLSReporter:HouseStartsProcesstoScuttleDrillingRegs
Quigley:ContentionsRegulationsForGasIndustrySensible
AllianceOfMomsCriticizeEffortsToBlockDrillingRegs
MurrysvilleModelsDrillingRulesOnStateProposal
RelatedStories:
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Analysis:WillTheConfrontationOverDrillingRegsKillTheEntirePackage?

ChangingDEPsDrillingRegsMayBeAtHeartOfBudgetCompromisesInHarrisburg

Analysis:WillTheConfrontationOverDrillingRegsKillTheEntirePackage?

Itsthepoliticalequivalentofthetailwaggingthedog.
WilloppositiontoDEPsfinaldrillingrulesby
conventionaloilandgasdrillerssinktheentire
comprehensiveupdatetoDEPsdrillingregulationsin
Chapters78(conventional)&78a(unconventional)
?
AvoteintheHouseandSenateon
House
ConcurrentRegulatoryReviewResolution#1
inthecoming
weeksandGov.Wolfsactiontosignorvetothatresolution
willtellthetale.
Injustoveradecade,theunconventional(MarcellusShale)gasdrillingindustryhas
overtakenPennsylvaniasconventionaloilandgasdrillingoperationsinproductionand
economiccontributionstooureconomybymanyordersofmagnitude.
Yet,thecurrentattemptstokillDEPsdrillingregulationsarebeingdriven,forthemost
part,bytheconventionaldrillersthathaveconsistentlyfoughtagainstanyattemptsbythestate,
oranyoneelse,toregulatetheiractivitiessincetheoriginalOilandGasActwaspassedin1984.
Legislatorsofbothpartiesarefallinginlinebehindtheargumentsoftheconventional
industryinspiteofthefacts
DEPdidntlistentotheirconcerns

duringthe4yearprocess
ofdevelopingtheregulations,
the12publichearings,the20meetingsofDEPsoilandgasadvisorycommittees,thealmost
28,000commentssubmitted(anoverwhelmingnumberinsupportoftheregulations)throughthe
Rendell,CorbettandWolfAdministrations.Infact,membersofDEPsConventionalOiland
GasAdvisoryCommitteewrotetoDEPinJulyof2015sayingtheyopposedtheregulations

regardlessofrevisionsthatDEPmayormaynotmake

DEPdoesnthaveseparateregulations
coveringconventionalandunconventionalwellsas
requiredbylaweventhoughmembersoftheGeneralAssemblyhaveinfrontofthemafinal
regulationwithseparate
conventional(Chapter78)andunconventionalwells(78a)
requirements
and
DEPdidntconsidertheimpactoftheregulations
onsmallbusiness(conventionaldrillers)
orsubmitareportontheeconomicimpactoftheregulationstotheIndependentRegulatory
ReviewCommissionasrequiredbylaweventhoughthe
IRRCconcludedonApril21
DEPs
regulationswerebasedinlaw,wereinthepublicinterestandcompliedwiththeRegulatory
ReviewActthatincludesaneconomicimpactanalysis.
Legislatorsarelisteningtotheconventionaldrillersinspiteofthecompliancerecordof
theindustryversusunconventionaldrillers
Conventionaloilandgaswellshave
threetimestheviolations
ofDEPsexisting
environmentalregulationsoverunconventionalwellsresultingfromaboutthesamenumberof
inspectionsforeach
DEPtakes
nearlythreetimes
thenumberofenforcementactions
againstconventional
wellsoverunconventionalwells
Halfthecasesof
watersupplydamage
comefromconventionalwells
andhalffrom
unconventionalwellsand

14ofthe19
specialcautionareas
identifiedbyDEPashavingdeadlyhydrogensulfide
dangers
dealtwithbytheagencyarefromconventionalwells.
AttemptsstartedintheGeneralAssemblyin2014tokilltheconventionaldrilling
regulationsDEPdevelopedduringtheCorbettAdministration,butneither
SenateBill1378
nor
HouseBill2350
sawavotebyeitherthefullHouseorSenate.Thesebillsevenhadaprovision
callingconventionaldrillingbenign.
Instead,conventionaldrillerssnuckaprovisionintheChristmasTreethatwasthe
2014
FiscalCode
billtorequireDEPtohaveseparateconventionalandunconventionalrequirements.
Gov.Corbettsignedthebillintolawbecauseitimplementedthebudget,butthenDEP
SecretaryChrisAbruzzosaidthelawwouldnotstopthedevelopmentofthedrillingregulations
whichweresplitintothetwochaptersonecoveringconventional(Chapter78)andtheother
coveringunconventionaldrilling(Chapter78a)nowinthefinalpackage.
ConventionaldrillersagainhadanotherprovisionsnuckintotheFiscalCodebillsin
2015
SenateBill655
andthisyear
HouseBill1327
,butthistimethelanguagewouldhave
killedtheconventionalregulationsaltogetherandforcedDEPtostarttheprocessover.
Gov.Wolfvetoedbothbillsaspartoftheoverall,ongoingbudgetconflict.
InApril,theSenateEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommitteereportedout
Senate
Bill1011
(HutchinsonRVenango)thathasthesamelanguagetokilltheconventional
regulationsandforceDEPtostartover.ThebillisnowinpositionforafinalSenatevotewhen
itreturnstosessionMay9.
Andnow,ofcourse,thereis
HouseConcurrentRegulatoryReviewResolution#1
,but
thistime,iftheresolutionispassedbyboththeSenateandHouse(acertainty)andisnotvetoed
byGov.Wolf,itwouldkilltheENTIREregulationcoveringboththeconventionaland
unconventionaldrillingindustries.
WillHouseandSenatememberscontinuetosupporttheconventionaldrillingindustryby
killingDEPsENTIREdrillingregulation?
TheWolfAdministrationhasseveraloptionsatthispoint.
WillGov.WolffollowtheCorbettAdministrationandstandupforboththeconventional
andunconventionaldrillingregulationsbyvetoingtheHouseresolution?
CanthatvetobesustainedintheSenateandHouse?
WilltheWolfAdministrationcutadealtosupport
SenateBill1011
coveringonlythe
conventionalregulationsinexchangefornoactionontheHouseResolutionandsaveatleastthe
regulationscoveringunconventional(MarcellusShale)drilling?
TheshowdownoverwhethertokillDEPsfinaldrillingregulationsiscomingtoahead.
WhossidewillHouseandSenatemembersandGov.Wolfbeon?
Whowillholdthemaccountablefortheirdecisionseitherway?
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HouseCommitteeVotesToBlockUpdatedDrillingRules
HousePanelVotesToBlockDrillingRegulations

PLSReporter:HouseStartsProcesstoScuttleDrillingRegs
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ChangingDEPsDrillingRegsMayBeAtHeartOfBudgetCompromisesInHarrisburg

ChangingDEPsDrillingRegsMayBeAtHeartOfBudgetCompromisesInHarrisburg

TheWolfAdministrationthisweekletitbeknowntheGovernorsChiefOfStaffMaryIsenhour
wouldbetheonenegotiatingthebudgetthisyeartoavoidlastyearsproblemoftoomany
cooksinthekitchen,accordingto
Capitolwire.com
.
Theothervisiblechange,sofar,isthelackofweekly(ordaily)budgetsalvoesbackand
forthbetweenRepublicansandGov.Wolf.But,thenagain,itsearly.
OnKDKAradioinPittsburgh,Gov.Wolfsaidthebudgetimpassewasnecessaryinorder
tobringallplayerstotherealityofthebudgetsituation.
Wecouldntkeepgoingdownthatsameroadwherethestatewasnotcomingupwith
thefundingthatweshouldatthestatelevel,Gov.Wolfsaid.Weneededtohavethatimpasse,
whichwasacatharsis,totrytoshakeourselvesintosomesenseorrealityintermsofwhatthe
stateshouldbedoing.
Itwaspainfulformetogothroughtheperiodwewentthroughlastyearwherethose
weretheinstitutionsthatwerehurtthemostbecausetheimpassemeantthestatefunding,
howeverinadequate,wasntcomingtothemandtheycouldntplanbecausetheydidntknow
whenitwascomingthrough,Gov.Wolfsaid.
Thatwasabsolutelyappropriate,thatwassomethingthatIdid,thatwedidinHarrisburg
anditdidcausealotofproblemsforschools.
Inanotherhint,perhaps,HouseRepublicansTuesdaytemporarilydelayedconsideration
ofa
HouseResolutiontokillDEPsfinaloilandgasdrillingregulations
,aWolfAdministration
priority,toseeiftheycouldresolvesomeoftheissuesinvolvedwiththeAdministration.
TheAdministrationrespondedwithastatementsaying,Followingtherecentapproval
bytheIndependentRegulatoryReviewcommissionofthesenewregulations,theGovernoris
committedtoworkingwiththeLegislaturetofurtherhisAdministrationsgoalofimprovingthe
protectionofwaterandpublicresources,publichealthandsafety,andaddresseslandowner
concerns,enhancestransparency,andimprovesdatamanagement.
Thekeywordsbeing,fortheshorttermatleast,committedtoworkingwiththe
Legislature.
Ultimately,iftheHouseandSenategoaheadandpasstheresolutionkillingthedrilling
regulations,Gov.Wolfwillhavetodecidewhetherhewillusehisvetoagainorworkoutsome
otherdealtosavewhateverpiecesoftheregulationhecan.
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BudgetNumbers
InspiteofadvancedbillingtheHousewouldtakeitsfirstvotesonabudgetthisweek
HouseBill1999
(AdolphRDelaware)wasonlymovedaroundalittleandputbackintoHouse
AppropriationsCommittee.Anyamendmentsproposedtothebillwerewithdrawn.
Pennsylvaniacollected$3.7billioninGeneralFundrevenueinApril,whichwas$24.8
million,or0.7percent,lessthananticipated,SecretaryofRevenueEileenMcNultyreported
Monday.
FiscalyeartodateGeneralFundcollectionstotal$25.9billion,whichis$122.6million,
or0.5percent,aboveestimate.
The

IndependentFiscalOffice
Tuesdayreleasedits

revisedrevenueestimates
which
projects$31.586billioninstaterevenuetobeavailableinFY201617,a1.8percentincrease
overFY201516,withastructuraldeficitof$1.86billion.
ComingNext
TheSenatereturnstovotingsessiontheweeksofMay9and16beforetakingoffuntil
June6.
TheHousecomesbacktheweeksofMay16and23beforealsotakingoffuntilJune6.
BoththeSenateandHousewillthenbeinsessionofthebudgetrunupthroughJune30.
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Rep.KruegerBranekyRipsLegislatorsForBlockingDrillingRegs
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HouseCommitteeVotesToBlockUpdatedDrillingRules
HousePanelVotesToBlockDrillingRegulations
PLSReporter:HouseStartsProcesstoScuttleDrillingRegs
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Analysis:WillTheConfrontationOverDrillingRegsKillTheEntirePackage?

IFO:WolfsSeveranceTaxHasHighestRateInNation,NothingForTheEnvironment

An
IndependentFiscalOfficeevaluation
ofGov.
Wolfsproposednaturalgasseverancetax
foundittohavethehighesteffectivelifetimetaxrateofanyseverancetaxinthecountry7.4
percentatthewellhead,afterthedeductionoftheexistingAct13impactfees.
IFOsaidtheexistingAct13impacthadamuchlowereffectivetaxrateof1.1percentat
thewellhead.
Theproposedseverancetaxwouldgenerateabout$217.8millioninFY201617,but
noneofthemoneyisproposedbyGov.Wolftogotowardenvironmentalprograms.
TheexistingAct13impactfeeisprojectedtogenerate$127.6millioninFY201617,

downfrom$185.5millioninFY201516and$223.5millioninFY201415assignificant
percentageofwhichgoestostateenvironmentalrestorationprogramsandsomelocal
environmentalwork.
AcopyoftheIFOreport
isavailableonline
.
NewsClip:
WolfsProposedSeveranceTaxAmongNationsHighest

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Senate/HouseAgenda/SessionSchedule/GovsSchedule/BillsIntroduced

HerearetheSenateandHouseCalendarsandCommitteemeetingsshowingbillsofinterestas
wellasalistofnewenvironmentalbillsintroduced

BillCalendars

House(May16):

HouseResolution60
(EmrickRNorthampton)directingtheLegislative
BudgetandFinanceCommitteetoconductacomprehensivereviewofthestatesprogramto
regulatethebeneficialuseofsewagesludge

SenateBill307
(YudichakDLuzerne)providing

foranindependentcounselfortheEnvironmentalQualityBoard
SenateBill811
(HughesD
Philadelphia)FY201516CapitalBudgetbill
SenateBill1071
(BrowneRLehigh),the
agreedtopensionreformbill
SenateBill1073
(BrowneRLehigh)agreedto$30.8billion
GeneralFundbudgetbill.

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forfullHouseBillCalendar.

Senate(May9):

SenateBill289
(FontanaDAllegheny)fundingtoassisthomeownerswith
deterioratingprivatesewerlaterals(
sponsorsummary
)
SenateBill1041
(SchwankDBerks)
amendingAct101toauthorizealllocalgovernmentstochargearecyclingservicefee(
sponsor
summary
)
SenateBill1011
(HutchinsonRVenango)killingDEPsfinaldrillingregulations
coveringconventionaloilandgaswellsandstartingtherulemakingprocessover
SenateBill
1168
(EichelbergerRBlair)authorizingtheFishandBoatCommissiontoadoptfeeschargedby
theagencyratherthanhavethemsetbytheGeneralAssembly(
sponsorsummary
)
SenateBill
1166
(StefanoRFayette)authorizingtheGameCommissiontoadoptfeeschargedbythe
agencyratherthanhavethemsetbytheGeneralAssembly(
sponsorsummary
)
SenateBill1195
(WhiteRIndiana)tofurtherdelayaPennsylvaniaplanformeetingEPAsCleanPowerClimate
PlanrulebychangingtheGeneralAssemblysreviewdatesunder
Act175of2014

HouseBill
1325
(MustioRAllegheny)allowingtownshipsofthesecondclasstochargestormwater
managementfees,
HouseBill1394
(MustioRAllegheny)authorizingboroughstocharge
stormwatermanagementfees,
HouseBill1661
(MustioRAllegheny)authorizingfirstclass
townshipstochargeastormwatermanagementfee
HouseBill1712
(R.BrownRMonroe)
establishingaPrivateDamFinancialAssuranceProgram(
HouseFiscalNote
andsummary).
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forfullSenateBillCalendar.

CommitteeMeetingAgendasThisWeek

House:
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forfullHouseCommitteeSchedule.

Senate:
the
LocalGovernmentCommittee
meetstoconsider
HouseBill1394
(MustioR
Allegheny)authorizingboroughstoenactstormwaterfees.<>
ClickHere
forfullSenate
CommitteeSchedule.

BillsPendingInKeyCommittees

HerearelinkstokeyStandingCommitteesintheHouseandSenateandthebillspendingin
each

House
Appropriations
Education
EnvironmentalResourcesandEnergy
ConsumerAffairs
GamingOversight
HumanServices
Judiciary
LiquorControl

Transportation
LinksforallotherStandingHouseCommittees

Senate
Appropriations
EnvironmentalResourcesandEnergy
ConsumerProtectionandProfessionalLicensure
Community,EconomicandRecreationalDevelopment
Education
Judiciary
LawandJustice
PublicHealthandWelfare
Transportation
LinksforallotherStandingSenateCommittees

BillsIntroduced

Thefollowingbillsofinterestwereintroducedthisweek

SolarCredits:
HouseBill2040
(F.KellerRSnyder)wouldamendtheAlternativeEnergy
PortfolioStandardsActtoclosetheborderforsolarenergycredits(
sponsorsummary
).

SessionSchedule

HereisthelatestvotingsessionschedulefortheSenateandHouse

Senate
May9,10,11,16,17,18
June6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30

House
May16,17,18,23,24,25
June6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30

GovernorsSchedule

Gov.TomWolf'sworkcalendarwillbepostedeachFridayandhispublicschedulefortheday
willbepostedeachmorning.
ClickHere
toviewGov.WolfsWeeklyCalendarandPublic
Appearances.

Senate/HouseBillsMoving

ThefollowingbillsofinterestsawactionthisweekintheHouseandSenate

House


GeneralFundBudget:

HouseBill1999
(AdolphRDelaware)FY201617GeneralFund
budgetwasgivensecondconsiderationafterallamendmentstothebillwerewithdrawnand
referredtotheHouseAppropriationsCommittee.

PrescriptionDrugDestructionBill:

HouseBill1737
(MaherRAllegheny)furtherproviding
forthecollectionofunusedandunwantedprescriptionandoverthecounterdrugswasamended
ontheHouseFloorandreferredtotheHouseAppropriationsCommittee.

LandTransfer:

HouseBill1934
(TruittRChester)authorizingDGStoconveytoAqua
PennsylvaniaanexistingwatertowerandutilityeasementatWestChesterUniversitywas
reportedfromtheHouseStateGovernmentCommitteeandisnowontheHouseCalendarfor
action.

CleanWaterCounts:

HouseResolution825
(SaylorRYork)designatingthemonthofMayas
CleanWaterCountsMonthinPennsylvania(
sponsorsummary
)wasadoptedunanimouslybythe
House.

ArborDay:

HouseResolution799
(MarsicoRDauphin)designatingApril29asArborDayin
Pennsylvania(
sponsorsummary
)wasadoptedunanimouslybytheHouse.

LymeDiseaseAwareness:

HouseResolution866
(HennesseyRChester)designatingMayas
LymeDiseaseAwarenessMonth

NewsFromTheCapitol

Rep.RossIntroducesPotentialFixesToElectronicsWasteRecyclingLaw

Rep.ChrisRoss(RChester)Wednesdayannouncedthe
introductionofhissuggestionsforfixingPennsylvania
electronicswasterecyclinglawin
HouseBill1900

(
text
availablehere
)
.
Thelegislationwouldkeepthecomplicatedsystemnow
inplaceforelectronicsrecyclingthatresultedinthecollapseof
theewasteprogramandgraftontopofitnewSupplementary
Programdesignedtocollectthesurpluswastenotcollected
bytheoriginalprogram.
TheSupplementaryProgramrequirestheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionto
estimatethenumberofpoundsofewastenototherwisecollectedbytheregularprogram.For
the2017collectionyearthatamountissetat30millionpounds.
Anycountywishingtoparticipateinthesupplementaryprogramisrequiredtoidentify
threeewastecollectionsites.
DEPwouldthenputoutaninvitationtobidforrecyclingthesurplusewasteinthe
SupplementaryProgramcoveringmultiplecountiesorregions.Thebidsrequireelectronics
manufacturerstopaytheentirecostoftransportationandrecyclingbyasuccessfulbidder,

somethingtheregularprogramdoesnotrequireandwouldnotberequiredtodounderthe
regularewasterecyclingprogram.
ThecostoftheSupplementaryProgramwouldbeapportionedtothemanufacturerson
thesamemarketsharebasiscurrentlybeingusedintheoriginalprogram.
Thebillwouldalsoincreaseelectronicsmanufacturersregistrationfeesfrom$5,000to
$10,000undertheoriginalprogram.
Thelegislationwouldalsoallowrecyclerstooperateewasterecyclingprogramsoutside
theoriginalandsupplementaryprogramsaslongastheamountofmaterialcollectedtoreported
separatelyandnotcountedtowardamanufacturersresponsibility.Theseprogramscouldcollect
additionalfeesonconsumersforrecycling.
Electronicsmanufacturerswouldalsohavetosubmitaplan,undertheoriginalprogram,
tocollectewasteineachofDEPssixregionsalongwithaspecificplanstomanageCRT
televisionsandmonitorswhichprovidersfortheirrecyclingorsmeltingwithinoneyearof
collection.
DEPsaid
ataMarchhearing
,thereare17millionpoundsofCRTswarehousedinErie
aloneawaitingrecycling.
Rep.Rosssaidtheaddonprogramwouldprovideanopportunityforprivatecontractors
tobidoncollecting,transportingandrecyclingtheamountofelectronicwasteineachcounty
thatisnotcurrentlybeingaccountedforbytheexistingsystem.
AtaJointLegislativeAirandWaterPollutionControlandConservationCommittee
hearinginMarch
onthecollapseoftheewasterecyclingprogram,advocatesforchangingthe
electronicswasterecyclinglawsadvocatedasimplesystemofputtingallewasterecyclingout
forbidandrequiringmanufacturerstopaytheirshareofthecostsofrecyclingofanymaterial
collected.
Nearlyeveryoneatthehearingsaidthecurrentewasteprogramjustdoesntwork.
TwothirdsofPennsylvaniaisnowwithoutfreeandconvenientrecyclingoptionsforTVs
andelectronicswaste.
KeepPABeautiful
hasreportedasignificantincreaseintheillegaldumpingofTVsand
electronicsoverthelastyear.
AcopyofRep.Rossbill
isavailableonline
Anew
ElectronicsWaste
websitehostedbyKeepPABeautifulprovidesconsumerswith
informationonwheretheycanrecycleewastenowandwhyitisharmfultoillegallydump
electronicswaste.
NewsClips:
DisposingOfOldElectronicsToughUnderPALaw
GetRidOfHazardousHouseholdWasteSaturdayInYork
ErieElectronics,TireCollectionSetForSaturday
TalenEnergyPaysNearly$1MFor2005MartinsCreekAshSpill
GroupsSueEPAOnHandling,DisposalOfDrillingWaste
TrashTalking:TheLifeOfAGarbageman
RelatedStory:
Hearing:ElectronicsManufacturersNeedToPayForEWasteActuallyCollected

GrowingGreenerCoalitionThanksHouseForMakingMayCleanWaterCountsMonth

The
PAGrowingGreenerCoalition
MondaythankedmembersoftheHousefordesignatingthe
monthofMayasCleanWaterCountsMonthbyunanimouslypassing
HouseResolution825
(SaylorRYork).
WearegratefultoHousemembersforhighlightingtheimportanceofcleanwaterand
theneedtoprotectwaterquality,saidAndrewHealth,executivedirectorofthePennsylvania
GrowingGreenerCoalition.ThestatesGrowingGreenerprogramfundsimportantinvestments
inkeepingourdrinkingwaterclean,andwelookforwardtoworkingwithlawmakerstorenew
fundingforGrowingGreenertoensuretheseinvestmentscontinueforfuturegenerations.
HeaththankedRep.StanSaylor(RYork)forsponsoringtheCleanWaterCountsMonth
resolutionalongwith40otherbipartisansponsors.
AsstatedinthePennsylvaniaConstitution,thepeoplehaveabasicrighttocleanwater,
Rep.Saylorsaid.IamhappytosupporttheCleanWaterCountscampaigntoraiseawareness
aboutimprovingwaterqualityintheCommonwealth.
TheChesapeakeBayFoundationlaunchedthestatewideCleanWaterCountscampaign
in2014callingontheCommonwealthtoprioritizefundingandincreaseinvestmentsforclean
water.
"Healthyfamilies,strongcommunities,andathrivingPennsylvaniaeconomydependon
cleanwater,"saidHarryCampbell,PAExecutiveDirectorforthe
ChesapeakeBayFoundation
,a
memberoftheGrowingGreenerCoalition."WeapplaudandthanktheHouseforpublicly
voicingtheirsupportforcleanwaterintheKeystoneState."
Pennsylvaniahasover19,000milesofriversandstreamsthatdonotmeetbasicwater
qualitystandards.Inotherwords,nearlyonequarterofthecreeks,rivers,andlakesthat
Pennsylvaniansrelyonforrecreation,andfordrinkingandhouseholduses,arepolluted.
SixteenPennsylvaniacountieshaveadoptedresolutionssupportingthe
CleanWater
CountsCampaign
andcallingonstateofficialstomakecleanwaterapriorityforthe
Commonwealth.
Those16countiesare:Berks,Cumberland,Erie,Fayette,Greene,Jefferson,Luzerne,
Northumberland,Philadelphia,Schuylkill,Somerset,Venango,Washington,Westmoreland,
Wyoming,andYork.
The
PAGrowingGreenerCoalitionhasalsourged
theGeneralAssemblyandtheWolf
AdministrationtopasslegislationtofundaGrowingGreenerIIIprogramtokeepdrinkingwater
clean,protectparksandopenspaces,andpreservefamilyfarms.
The
PAGrowingGreenerCoalition
isthelargestcoalitionofconservation,recreation
andpreservationorganizationsintheCommonwealth.
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SenateDemocraticPolicyCommitteeHearingOnGasDrillingInLakeErieWatershed

The
SenateDemocraticPolicyCommittee
ThursdayheldahearinginErieonenvironmentaland
recreationalimpactsrelatedtodevelopinggasdrilling,withafocusonconcernsintheLakeErie
watershedandNorthwesternregionofPennsylvania.
Thehearing,chairedbySen.LisaBoscola(DLehigh)andrequestedbySen.SeanWiley
(DErie),focusedongasdrillingthreatstothewatershedrangingfromcleanwaterwithdrawalto

wastewaterissues.
Weneedtomakeresponsibleandmeasureddecisionsaboutwherewecanexpandas
wellaswhereweshouldlimitthepresence,growthandimpactofgasdrilling,saidSen.
Boscola.Landowners,localcommunitiesandcriticalwatershedregionslikeLakeEriecannot
takeabackseattocompanyprofits.
Attheendofthehearing,Sen.Wileysaidheplanstointroducelegislationputtinga
moratoriumonnaturalgasdevelopmentinLakeErieuntilasstudyiscompletedonitspotential
impacts.
TheLakeEriewatershedisaprimedestinationforanglersandhunters,Sen.Wiley
said.Itisimperativethatwetakethenecessarystepstoprotectandpreservethispristine
resourcethathasbeensoimportanttoourregionforsolong.
HeaddedhundredsofthousandsofpeoplefishtheOhioandPennsylvaniaportionsof
LakeErie,whichoverliemuchoftheUticashalegasformation.
Whileagreeingthattheeconomicandjobbenefitsofgasdrillingaresignificant,Sen.
Wileycautionedthathugewaterwithdrawalsfromthewatershed,threatsofwastewaterpollution
andwellintegrityissuescouldalterstreamflows,threatensteelheadfishingandencouragethe
introductionofinvasivespeciesintheregion.
JohnWalliser,SeniorVicePresidentforLegal&GovernmentAffairsforthe
PA
EnvironmentalCouncil
,willpresent
testimonyatthehearing
outliningseveralkeyconcerns.
Pennsylvaniaalreadybearsatremendouspollutionlegacyfrompastresourceextraction,
andtheburdenofthatlegacyfallsonallcitizensandcommunitiesoftheCommonwealth,said
Walliser.Otherstateshavealreadydemonstratedthatrobustprotectionsandindustryvitality
cangohandinhandthereisnoreasonwhyPennsylvaniacantachievebothofthosegoals.
WebelievethereisaclearpathforwardwithproposedrulemakingbytheDepartment
andothereffortsunderwayintheCommonwealth,butthoseeffortsrequiresupportbythe
GeneralAssembly.AsatrusteeofourpublicresourcesonbehalfofallPennsylvanians,weurge
youtohelpmeetthatopportunity,Wallisersaid.
Hespecificallymentionedtheseissuesinhistestimony
UrgingsupportforDEPsfinalChapter78and78adrillingregulations
Theneedtoregulatewaterwithdrawalsusedbythedrillingindustry,pointingouttheOhio
RiverbasindoesnothavethekindofcontrolsonwithdrawalsasdoesLakeErieandthe
SusquehannaandDelawareriversbasins
Theneedtoidentifyabandonedandorphanedwellsandproperlyplugthemasnewwellsare
drilled
Propermanagementofdrillingwastes,bothliquidandsolids,toprotecttheenvironment
Theneedtoavoidhabitatfragmentationinthebuildoutoftheinfrastructureandpipelines
neededtoproducethewells
Ensuretheproperregulationofmethaneemissionsfromnaturalgasproductionfacilitiesand
Redefineconventionaloilandgaswelldrillingnotbasedonthetechnologiesusednotwhat
geologicformationsarebeingdrilledinto.
AcopyofWalliserstestimony
isavailableonline
.
Alsopresentingtestimonywere
ErieCountyExecutiveKathyDahlkemper
MarshaHaley,medicaldoctor(radiationoncology)

SisterPatLupo
,BenedictineSisters,EnvironmentalEducationandAdvocacyofErieCounty

RyanGrode,SWPAEnvironmentalHealthProjectand
JohnRossi,
PAStateChapteroftheSierraClub
.
ErieCountyExecutiveKathyDahlkempersaidshecannotsupportgasdrillingintheErie
watershedbecausetherearetoomanyriskstoourhealth,publicsafetyandtothebeautiful
resourcethatisLakeErie.
Pointingtodevastatingnaturalgasexplosionsaroundthestate,Dahlkemperasked,How
muchriskistoomuchrisk?WehaveadutytoprotecttheLakeEriewatershedanda
responsibilitytoprotectthisfreshwaterresourcethatprovidesdrinkingwaterfortensof
thousandsofpeople,hasgenerated$980millionintourismandprovidessomeofthebestfishing
inthenation.
Dr.MarshaHaley,whoservesasanassistantprofessorofradiationoncologyatthe
UniversityofPittsburgh,pointedtostudiesindicatingthatleachingofdrillingwastewatercan
affectthechemicalcompositionofstreamsandadverselyimpactwaterecosystemsand
watershedwildlife.
ShealsopointedtoseparatestudiesinWashingtonCounty,SouthwesternPennsylvania
andNortheasternPennsylvaniaindicatingthatpeoplewholiveclosertowellsitesexperiencea
greaterincidenceofhealthproblemsrangingfromrespiratoryandheartsymptomstolowerbirth
weight.
Representativesfromtheoilandgasdrillingindustrywereinvitedtotestify,butdeclined
toattend.
Thishearingshouldntbeanargumentthatpitsdrillersagainstpreservationists,job
creatorsagainstenvironmentalists,andthestatesenergysectoragainsthealthandcommunity
interests,Sen.Boscolasaid.Tome,ourtaskisntabouttakingsides.Itsaboutfindinga
balance.
SenatorsBoscolaandWileywerejoinedontheSenatepanelbySenateDemocratic
LeaderJayCosta(DAllegheny)andSen.JimBrewster(DAllegheny).
Formoreinformation,visitthe
SenateDemocraticPolicyCommittee
webpage.
NewsClip:
ErieSenatorCallsForFrackingBan

HouseBillWouldChangeMakeUpOfEnvironmentalQualityBoard

Rep.CrisDush(RIndiana)circulated
acosponsormemo
tohiscolleaguesthisweekasking
themtocosponsorhisbilltoexpandtheEnvironmentalQualityBoardto23members,remove
theDEPSecretaryasChairoftheBoardanddoublethenumberofmembersfromorappointed
bytheHouseandSenate.
TheEnvironmentalQualityBoardadoptsallregulationsfortheDepartmentof
EnvironmentalProtectionlikeDEPsfinaldrillingregulationsnowbeforetheGeneral
Assembly..
Rep.DushwouldaddtheMajorityandMinorityChairsoftheHouseandSenate
EnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommittees,changetheexistingfourappointmentsmade
byHouseandSenateleadershipfrombeinglegislatorstoanymemberofthepublictheyappoint
andremovetheSecretaryofDEPasChairandinsteadselectaChairfrommembersofthe
Board.
TheBoardwouldretainthe5membersfromDEPsCitizensAdvisoryCounciland

representativesofthedepartmentsofHealth,Community&EconomicDevelopment,
Transportation,AgricultureandLabor&Industry,theFish&BoatandGameCommissions,
PublicUtilityCommission,DirectorofthePAHistorical&MuseumCommissionandthe
ExecutiveDirectoroftheStatePlanningBoard.
ThereisnodoubtthislegislationwaspromptedbyRep.DushsoppositiontoDEPsfinal
drillingregulations.
Lastweeka
budgetamendment
filedbyRep.CrisDush(RIndiana)wouldhave
allocated$600,000intaxpayermoneytoDEPsMarcellusShaleoilandgasadvisorycommittee
topayforlegalandconsultingexpertstoreviewdrillingregulationchangesproposedbythe
DepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection.

May16EnvironmentalIssuesForum:ChronicWastingDiseaseInPADeer

TheMay16EnvironmentalIssuesForumhostedbythe
JointLegislativeAirandWater
PollutionControlandConservationCommittee
willfeatureapresentationonchronicwaste
diseaseinPennsylvaniadeer.
WayneLaroche,DirectoroftheGameCommissionsBureauofWildlifeManagement
andGregHostetter,DeputySecretaryforAnimalHealthandFoodSafetyattheDepartmentof
AgriculturewilldiscussCWDtrendsinPennsylvaniasdeerpopulationandinteragency
initiativesaimedatcontrollingthisincurabledisease.
TheForumwillbeheldinRoom8EAEastWingoftheCapitolstartingatnoon.
Sen.ScottHutchinson(RVenango)servesasChairoftheJointConservation
Committee.
Formoreinformation,visitthe
JointConservationCommittee
website,
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Committee.

NewsFromAroundTheState

RegistrationOpenFor2016PAAbandonedMineReclamationConference

The2016
PAAbandonedMineReclamationConference
will
beheldJune2223attheIndianaUniversityof
Pennsylvanias
KovalchickConventionandAthleticComplex
inIndiana,PA.
WithathemeofEconomicsandEnvironment,the2016PA
AMRConferenceaimstotellthewholestoryof
Pennsylvaniaspast,present,andfutureasacoalminingstate
andoureffortstoreclaimourlandandwater.
Butwewontstoptherebecauseitisnolongergoodenough
toquantifyourreclamationsuccessinnumberoftreesplanted,tonsofcoalremined,milesof
streamrevived,andacresreclaimed.Weneedtobeabletoshowourprogressindollars.
Theconferencewillexplorehowthereclamationofabandonedminescanandhasleadto
economicstimulationwhichcanbemeasuredinjobscreatedthroughdesign,construction,
operationsandmaintenance,dollarsgeneratedincommunitiesthroughrecreation,increased

propertyvalues,improvedinfrastructure,andreturningscarredlandstoproductiveuse.
Apartiallistofpresentationsisalreadypublishedandaschedulewillbeupsoononthe
Conferencewebsite
.
Inadditiontotheexemplarylistofpresenters,welistenedtoyourfeedbackand
scheduledafantastictourofAMDandAMLsites.NorthernIndianaCounty,Pennsylvaniahas
someofthemostAMDimpactedstreamsintheentirenation.
WewillstopatafewofthemostnotableAMDtreatmentsystemsandAMLprojects
includingBearRun,TanomaWetlands,ErnestPA,andothers.Thisfulldaytourissureto
impressandstimulate.
Registrationisopenandcanbeviewedatthe
Conferencewebsite
.Pleasetakenoteof
theregistrationandscholarshipdeadlinesandthelodginginformationandprocedure,asthese
areallnewanduniquetothisyearsconference.

(WrittenByAnneDaymut,WatershedCoordinator,
WesternPACoalitionforAbandonedMine
Reclamation
andreprintedfromAbandonedMinePosts.
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tosubscribetoAMPosts.)

DEPHostingMS4StormwaterWorkshopsAcrossTheStateInJune,July

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionishostingaseriesofmorethanadozen
Municipal
SeparateStormSewerSystem(MS4)
1dayworkshopsforcommunitiesrequiredtosubmit
stormwaterwaterqualityplans
.
Thegoaloftheworkshopsistohelppreparecurrentandfuturepermitteesfortheirnext
permitapplicationorNOI(NoticeofIntent).
Theworkshopswillbeheldat6locationsacrossthestatefrom8:00a.m.until5:00p.m
June14or15:
ParkInnByRadisson,Uniontown,700MainSt.,Uniontown,FayetteCounty
June21or22:
HiltonScranton&ConferenceCenter,100AdamsAve.,Scranton
June28or29:
CrownePlazaReadingHotel,1741PaperMillRd.,Wyomissing,Berks
County:
WeekofJuly11:
YorkArea,tobeannounced
July19or20:
BestWesternPlusCountryCupboardInn,7701WestBranchHighway,
Lewisburg,UnionCountyand
WeekofJuly25:
CranberryTownshipArea,ButlerCounty,tobeannounced.
Beforeattending,participantsareencouragedtoreviewthedraftMS4permitavailable
throughDEPs
MunicipalStormwater
webpage.
ClickHere
toregisterandselecttheworkshopanddayyouwillbeattending.
Registrationcostis$50perparticipantandincludeslunch.

AwardWinner:CrawfordCountyRiparianRestorationProgram

TheCrawfordCountyRiparianRestorationProgramin
Meadvilleisoneof5winnersofthe2016
Dominion
,
PA
EnvironmentalCouncil

WesternPAEnvironmental
Awards
.
Awardwinnerswillbehonoredata
special
awardsceremonyonMay26
attheWestinConvention

CenterindowntownPittsburgh.
TheCrawfordCountyRiparianRestorationProgramaddressedtheneedforforested
riparianplantingsalong30differentstreamsthathavebeenidentifiedasimpairedwaterways.
Thisincludesnearly20milesofstreamsintheOhioandtheLakeErie/GreatLakesriverbasins.
Thisprogramhasalsoaddressedtheneedforenvironmentaleducationforstudentsand
membersofthecommunity.Participantsaremovedfromenvironmentalawarenesstoaction,
througheducationontheimportanceofriparianbuffersandtheirimpactonwaterquality.
Theyplanttheriparianbuffers,takingactiononanenvironmentalissueintheirown
communityandbecomingeffectiveenvironmentalstewards.
Theseriparianstreamplantingprojectswereperformedonpropertiesthatrequired
additionalmeasurestoreduceerosionandsedimentationtolocalstreams.Theyalsoservedasa
wildlifehabitatenhancementandanenvironmentaleducationopportunity,whilenaturalsnow
fencesaddressedanenvironmentalhazard.
Atypicalriparianbufferprojectincludesidentifyinglandownerswithaneedanddesire
toimproveariparianbufferontheirproperties.Aplaniscreatedandmappedouttodetermine
howmanytrees,treeshelters,andspeciesareneeded.
Whilethisishappening,localteacherseducatetheirstudentsabouttheimportanceof
riparianbuffersandwhyriparianbuffersareneededinthelocalwatersheds.
Onplantingday,thestudentsgatheratthesitetodiscusstheimportanceofriparian
buffers,whyeachspecieshasbeenselectedforeachsite,andhowtoplanttheseedlings.
Thelandownerisalsopresenttoengagewiththestudents,lendahandtotheproject,and
provideaconnectiontothecommunity.
Overthepast16years,itisestimatedthatover75,000treesandshrubshavebeenplanted
withthehelpof4,500studentsfrom12localmiddleandhighschoolscompletingmorethan100
differentconservationprojects.
EveryhighschoolinCrawfordCountyhasbeeninvolvedinthisprojectaswellasover
550privatecitizensandmembersoflocalorganizations.
Alltold,morethan110acresofstreamsidebuffershavebeenenhancedthroughthis
program,impactingtheplants,animals,andcitizenswithintheOhioandLakeEriewatersheds
andbeyond.
Buttheimpactofthisprogramalsoextendstotheconnectionsthatthestudentsmake
withthislocalnaturalresource.Engagingstudentsinacommunityeffort,connectingtothe
environmentintheirowncommunity,andservingasapathwaytoemploymentarealso
measuresofsuccess.
OnestudentparticipantbecametheErosionandSedimentationSpecialistinthelocal
countyconservationdistrictandanotherstudentisnowalocalforester.
ThisprogramisimprovingwaterqualityinWesternPennsylvania,onestudentatatime,
andcreatinglifelongstewardsandinformeddecisionmakersofournaturalresources.
ContactMarkLewis,ServiceForester,DCNRBureauofForestry,at8147632545or
sendemailto:
marklewis@pa.gov
formoreinformationonthisprogram.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
PA
EnvironmentalCouncil
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MoreThan60WatershedGroupsAttendPECWatershedWorkshops

Throughaseriesofregionalwatershedworkshops
acrossthestate,the
PAEnvironmentalCouncil
has
hadtheopportunitytomeetrepresentativesfrom
morethan60Pennsylvaniawatershedorganizations
inMarchandApril.
ThiseffortfundedthroughaDepartment
ofEnvironmentalProtectionGrowingGreener
Grantisintendedtoidentifylocalwatershed
groupsorganizationalcapacityneedsandprovide
opportunitiesforsharedlearningandnetworking,aswellastargetedtechnicalassistance.
AttheregionalgatheringsPECheardfromawiderangeofparticipants,includingstaff
andboardmembersofwatershedandconservationgroups,countyconservationdistrict
watershedspecialists,DEPandDepartmentofConservationandNaturalResourcesspecialists,
andregionalandnationalnonprofitenvironmentalorganizations.
Participantslearnedaboutmemberandvolunteerrecruitmentopportunitiesfromleaders
suchasMaryEllenOlceseandPacoOllervidesfromthe
RiverNetwork
,MelindaHughesfrom
NatureAbounds
,PECsMarlaPapernick,alongwithErinFrederickandRebeccaKennedy
representingthe
PennsylvaniaMasterWatershedStewardProgram
.
Newwaterresourcemonitoringandmodelingtoolsweresummarizedbyexpertsfromthe
StroudWaterResearchCenter
includingJohnJacksonandMattEhrhart.DebraFrawleyand
PECstaffmembersFrankMaguireandPaulRacetteintroducedparticipantstotheWater
ResourcePAonlinemappingtoolthatPECiscurrentlydeveloping.
Anupdateontheresourcesavailableviathe
PAOrganizationofWatershedsandRivers
wasprovidedbyPECVicePresidentJanetSweeney.DEPsDianeWilsonandDCNRsKelly
Rossitersharedwatershedprogramfundingopportunitieswiththegroupsaswell.
PECsworkshopswereheldinavarietyofvenuesincludingthe
J.RoyHouston
ConservationCenter
oftheWestmorelandCountyConservationDistrictinGreensburg,the
TrailsandTreesEnvironmentalEducationCenter
inMechanicsburg,the
LackawannaHeritage
ValleyAuthority
OfficeinScranton,FreedomHallintheUpperMerionTownshipMunicipal
Building,andtheSchlowCentreRegionLibraryinStateCollege.
PECExecutiveVicePresidentPatrickStarropenedseveraloftheworkshopsand
summarizedPECsstatewideprograminitiatives.
PECreceivedadditionalsupportfromstaffmembersLizzieHessek,AngelaVitkoski,
PaulRacette,Sweeney,Papernick,andMaguirewhoallparticipatedintheworkshopsand
providedplanningandlogisticsupportalongtheway.
Travelingaroundthestateandhearingfromthemanywatershedorganizationsabout
theiruniquechallengesandconcernswasvaluableinnumerousways.PECwasabletogaina
betterunderstandingofsharedconcernsaboutorganizationalsustainability,memberrecruitment,
andfundraising.
PECalsoheardfirsthandabouttheneedfortraininginusingonlineGIStoolsandstream

qualitymonitoringprogramdevelopment.
NextstepsincludeschedulingtheNorthwestRegionalWatershedWorkshopand
planningastatewidewatershedconferenceforthespringof2017.
PECsgoalistoincreasetheabilityofthehundredsofwatershedorganizationsin
Pennsylvaniatocontinuetheirgreatworkwellintothefuture.
Formoreinformationonthisproject,contactSusanMyerovbycalling2155454570or
sendemailto:
smyerov@pecpa.org
.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
PA
EnvironmentalCouncil
website,visitthe
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VoteNowInChesapeakeBayFoundationPhotoContest

Votingisnowopenforthe
ChesapeakeBayFoundationPhoto
Contest
andoneentryfromPennsylvaniaKayakingPastThe
Capitolisinthecompetitionwith9othersfortheViewers
ChoiceWinner.
VotingwillcloseonMay13at5:00p.m.andthewinner
willbeannouncedMay23.
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tocastyourvotetoday!
FormoreonChesapeakeBayrelatedissuesin
Pennsylvania,visitthe
CBFPA
webpage.
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tosignupforPennsylvaniaupdates
(bottomofleftcolumn).
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CallForPresentations:2016ChesapeakeWatershedForumSept.30Oct.2

The
AlliancefortheChesapeakeBay
isnowaccepting
presentationproposals
forthe2016
ChesapeakeWatershed
Forum
tobeheldSeptember30October2attheU.S.Fish
&WildlifeServiceNationalConservationTrainingCenter
inShepherdstown,WV.
ProposalsaredueMay15.
ThethemethisyearisaPersonalCalltoActionwherewewillexplorewaystoreach
outtodiversegroupsanddivedeepintothepersonalactionsthateachofus,andeachmemberof
thewatershedcouldandshouldbetakingtoachieveahealthywatershedandacleanBay.
TheForumisalsoplanningseveralprofessionaldevelopment,daylong,workshopson
thedaybeforetheForumtoprovideindepthanalysisintoissuesthataredirectlyrelatedtothe

restorationoftheBaywatershed
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formoreinformationandinstructionsforsubmittingproposals.
Sponsorships
Sponsorshipopportunitiesareavailable,contactLouEtgen,
letgen@allianceforthebay.org
togetyourorganizationorcompanysnameandgoodworksin
frontoftheexpected400+attendeesatthisyearsChesapeakeWatershedforum.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandotherupcomingevents,visitthe
AlliancefortheChesapeakeBay
website.
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BerksCountyStudentsPaintTheRain(Barrels)CompetitionForEarthDay

OnApril22ninehighschoolswitheighteenpaintedrainbarrels
participatedinthe
BerksCountyConservationDistrict
s
PainttheRain
SchoolCompetition
.
Theeventisarainbarreldecoratingcontestforhighschools
throughoutBerksCountypublic,private,charter,homeschool,etc..
TheBCCDprovidedeachparticipatingclassorschoolclubwithone
rainbarrel,agiftcardfor$25(tohelpwiththecostofpainting
supplies),andaninclassroompresentation,technicalsupportvisit
fromtheBerksCountyConservationDistrict.
Allcompetitorspaintedtherainbarrelforthe2016theme,Weall
NeedTrees,andcompletedanassociatededucationprograminwhich
theyhadtoeducatetheirschoolcommunityaboutrainbarrelsand
naturalresourceconservation.
WatershedCoordinator,KateKeppensaidstudentswilllearnwhatrainbarrelsare,and
howtheycanhelpconservewaterandreducestormwaterrelatedpollutants.Theywillalsobe
exposedtoourotherhighschoolagedprogramssuchasourcollegescholarshipprogram,
Envirothon,andDonHartmanConservationLeadershipSchool.
Wehopetoseeanincreaseinparticipationintheseothereventsduetotheexposurewe
generatewiththisprogram.addedEvanCorondi,theBCCDsnewWNV/VectorControl&
OutreachCoordinator.Thisisourfirstyearforthisprogramandtheschoolsinterestis
definitelythere,wewereexpectingtohavemaybefiveentries,andweendedupwitheighteen
barrels!Allofthestudentsshouldbeproudoftheirhardwork.
ThepublicvotedfortheirfavoriterainbarrelduringtheBCCDsAnnualTreeSeedling
SaleandBackyardBasicseventonApril22.
Atthesametime,asilentauctionwastakingplacewherethepubliccouldbidonabarrel
totakehome.AllproceedsfromthesilentauctionwillgototheBCCDsscholarshipfund.
BerksCatholicHighSchoolsEnvironmentalScience&MeteorologyClass
(photo)
took
firstplaceintherainbarrelcompetition.WhileWilsonHighSchoolsArtClubandMuhlenberg
High.

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Video:NineMileRunWatershedAssnRosedaleRunoffReductionProject

The
NineMileRunWatershedAssociation
in
AlleghenyCountyhassetoutontheambitious
RosedaleRunoffReductionProject
toreduce
stormwateroverflowintotheNineMileRun
stream.
Oncecompleted,theProjectispredictedto
reduceoverflowby5milliongallonsayear.Itwill
alleviatenotonlypollutionissuesforthestream,
butalsofloodingandblightedareasinlocal
neighborhoods.
ThisprojectdemonstratesNMRWA'sregionalcommitmenttostormwatermanagement.
Formoreinformation,visitthe
RosedaleRunoffReductionProject
webpage.
ClickHere
towatchashortvideoabouttheproject.
The
NineMileRunWatershedAssociation
websitehasmoreinformationonprograms,
initiativesandupcomingeventsinthewatershed.
ClickHere
tosignupforregularupdatesfrom
theAssociation(bottomrightpanel).
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USDASeeksLandownerProposalsToProtectCriticalWetlandsInPennsylvania

TheU.S.DepartmentofAgricultureisseeking
proposalsfromeligible
landownerpartnerstoprotect
andimprovewetlands
.ProposalsaredueMay16.
Throughthe
WetlandReserveEnhancement
Partnership
(WREP),$15millionisavailable
nationwidetohelppartnersleveragelocal
investmentstoprovidetechnicalandfinancial
resourcesforwetlandprotectionandimprovements
onprivateagriculturallands.
Landeligibleforwetlandreserveeasements
includesfarmedorconvertedwetlandthatcanbesuccessfullyandcosteffectivelyrestored.
NRCSwillprioritizeapplicationsbasedtheeasementspotentialforprotectingandenhancing
habitatformigratorybirdsandotherwildlife.

Toenrolllandthroughwetlandreserveeasements,landownersmayapplyatanytimeat
the
localUSDAServiceCenter
.
USDAiscommittedtoprotectingandenhancingournationswetlands,whichare
criticaltothequalityofournationswaters,wildlifeandlandscapes,DeniseColeman,
PennsylvaniaNRCSStateConservationistsaid.Wearelookingtoourpartnersforinnovative
projectproposalsthatwillallowustoexpandourworkoncriticalwetlandsandgainresultsthat
willmakeprojectparticipantsproud.
WREPisonewaystateandlocalgovernments,nongovernmentalorganizationsand
TribalgovernmentscollaboratewithUSDAsNaturalResourcesConservationService(NRCS)
toincreasethenumberofvoluntaryconservationprojectsfortargeted,highprioritywetland
protection,restorationandenhancement.
LocalandregionalWREPpartnersmatchfederalfundingandtechnicalassistanceto
increasetheassistancetheycanprovidetoeligibleprivatelandownersinterestedinenrolling
theiragriculturallandintoconservationwetlandeasements.
WREPisaspecialenrollmentoptionunderUSDAs
AgriculturalConservationEasement
Program
(ACEP).
Wetlandreserveeasementsallowlandownerstoenhanceandprotecthabitatforwildlife
ontheirlands,reduceimpactsfromflooding,rechargegroundwaterandprovideoutdoor
recreationalandeducationalopportunities.
ThevoluntarynatureofNRCS'easementprogramsallowseffectiveintegrationof
wetlandrestorationonworkinglandscapes,providingbenefitstofarmersandrancherswho
enrollintheprogram,aswellasbenefitstotheircommunities.
ProposalsmustbesubmittedtotheNRCSstateofficeat359EastParkDrive,Suite2,
Harrisburg,PA17111byMay16.
MoreinformationisavailableontheNRCS
AgriculturalConservationEasement
Program
webpage.

CBFPA:DealingDirtOnFarmAndHomeSoilHealth

ByHarryCampbell,PAOfficeDirector
Chesapeake
BayFoundation

Aroundthehomeanddownonthefarm,itsplanting
season.Primetimefordigginginthedirt.
Gardenersarefeelingtheearthunderfootand
betweentheirfingers.Forfarmers,thecropcycleis
takingrootwithspringplantings.
Healthysoiliskeytoplantingsuccessand
cleanwater.
Assoilhealthimproves,productivity
increases.Assoilhealthimproves,itisbetterabletoabsorbrainandcyclenutrients,meaning
lessharmfulrunoffandcleaner,healthierwater.Itisaneconomicandenvironmentalwinwin.
Roughly19,000milesofriversandstreamsinPennsylvaniaarepollutedandthe
Commonwealthissignificantlybehindinmeetingitscleanwatercommitments.
Twoofthetopthreesourcesofthatpollutionareagriculturalandurban/suburbanrunoff

ofnitrogen,phosphorus,andsediment.Sokeepingthesoilhealthyandinplace,areimportant
factorsinreducingpollution.
Thedownanddirtyonsoil,isthatwedontalwaysthinkofitashavinghealth.Butsoil
canbesomuchmorethanavesselforshorttermplantgrowthdependentsolelyontheamount
ofwaterandfertilizeritcanhold.Healthysoilisalivingecosystemandhosttoorganismsofall
sizes.
Soilhealthisinfluencedbymanyfactors,significantamongthemiswhatisplantedinto
it,andthebenefitsreturnedtothesoil.
Covercrops,includinggrassesandamixofbroadleafplantingslikeclover,areplanted
onmanyfarmfieldsaftertheharvestandallowthesoiltoabsorb,retain,andrecyclenutrients,
especiallynitrates.
Covercropsalsoreducerunoffofphosphorus,assurfacewaterandsoilotherwisecarryit
intolocalwaters.
Increasingorganicmatterinthesoilthroughcovercropsandconservationtillagecan
increasecropresiliencetoclimatechangebecauseitretainswaterintimesofdrought,reduces
runoffduringheavyrains,andmoderatessoiltemperaturesinhotweather.
Foreveryonepercentincreaseinorganicmatter,soilcanhold16,500gallonsof
additionalwaterperacre.Covercropsalsoimprovethephysicalpropertiesofthesoil,reducing
thedegreeofsurfacesealingandincreasingtheabilityofwatertoinfiltratethesoil,insteadof
washoverit.
Afarmersquoteoftenrepeatedinourofficeis,Wedonthavearunoffproblem,we
haveaninfiltrationproblem.Itgoestotherootofthematter.Improvingsoilsabilitytoretain
andrecyclewatergreatlyreducestheproblemofrunoff.
Notillplantingcanreduceerosionbymorethan80percent,comparedtodeepplowing
andcroprotationwherecropresidueisleftinthefield.
Thebenefitsofsoilhealthextendbeyondthefarm.
Athome,mulchingthelawnpaysmultipledividends.Grassclippingsprovidenutrients
andcanbeanalternativetochemicalfertilizers.Thecuttingscanprovidehalfofthenitrogenthe
lawnneedsinayear.
Beforeaddinganyfertilizertothelawn,homeownersshouldhavetheirsoiltested.
Penn
StateExtensionoffices
ineverycountysellsimpletestkits.Theresultsindicatehowmuch,if
any,fertilizerorlimemightbeneededinordertoobtaintherightbalance.
Athomeoronthefarm,maintaininghealthysoilthatcanabsorbmoistureandcycle
nutrientsforplantuse,thatstaysanchoredinplace,playsakeyroleinreducingpollutionthat
entersourriversandstreams.
ThatsthedirtonhowPennsylvaniacangetbackontracktowardcleaningupitswaters.
Cleanwaterislegacyworthleavingfuturegenerations.
FormoreonChesapeakeBayrelatedissuesinPennsylvania,visitthe
CBFPA
webpage.
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PAAssnForSustainableAgricultureRequestFor2017ConferencePresentationProposals

The
PAAssociationforSustainableAgriculture
isnowacceptingpresentationsproposalsforits
ConferenceinFebruary14,2017inStateCollege.ProposalsaredueJune15.
TheConferenceencouragesinnovative,instructive,andenthusiasticpresenterstoshare
theirknowledgeofandexpertiseinthebestpracticesandstrategiestopromoteprofitablefarms
inproducinghealthyfoodforallpeoplewhilerespectingthenaturalenvironmentatthe26th
AnnualFarmingfortheFutureConference.
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forallthedetailsonhowtosubmitproposals.

ChesapeakeBayFoundationPAEarnsArborDayFoundationsGoodStewardAward

The
ChesapeakeBayFoundationinPennsylvania
was
honoredwiththeGoodStewardAwardfromtheArbor
DayFoundations
2016NationalAwardsCompetition
,
forplantingtrees,addingforestedbuffersalongstream
banks,andimprovingwaterqualityinthe
Commonwealth.
Restoring19,000milesofimpairedriversand
streamsinPennsylvaniarequiressteadfastleadership,
commitment,andingenuity,saidHarryCampbell,
CBFexecutivedirectorinPennsylvania.Since1997,
ourrestorationstaffhasbeenattheforefrontinplantingforestsalongstreams,whichsciencehas
showntobeoneofthemostcosteffectivewaystobringstreamsbacktolife.Wearehonoredto
beacknowledgedwiththisawardforourpassionanddedicationtocleanwater.
In2015,CBFgaveaway12,280ADFtreesto148landownersin14countiesin
Pennsylvania.Treesabsorbandfilteragriculturalandurban/suburbanrunoffofnitrogen,
phosphorusandsediment,beforeitreachesPennsylvaniawaterways.
Thisyear,wewillbegivingawaymorethan14,000treestohelpreplantstreamside
forests,mostlyonprivateland,saidClairRyan,CBFwatershedrestorationprogrammanagerin
Pennsylvania.MidtolateAprilwasprimetreeplantingseasoninPennsylvania,sothe
restorationteamhasbeenextremelybusyoverthelastfewweeksgettingallthosetreeswhere
theyneedtogo.
CBFwasamong17organizationsandindividualshonoredataceremonyatArborDay
FarminNebraskaCity,Neb.
TheGoodStewardAwardrecognizeslandownersororganizationswhosecreativity,
outlook,andaccomplishmentsexemplifywisestewardshippracticesandsustainabilityonprivate
landfromwhichotherscanlearn,theArborDayFoundationsaid.Withsupportfrom
thousandsofvolunteers,partnerorganizationsanddonors,theChesapeakeBayFoundationhas
plantedmorethan2.2milliontrees,restored6,000acresofwetlandsandhasaddedalmost
20,000acresofforestedbuffersalongstreambanks.
TheGoodStewardAwardfromADFwasthesecondawardforCBFinlessthana
month.
EarlierinApril,
CBFPennsylvaniareceived
theprestigiousGovernorsAwardfor
EnvironmentalExcellenceforhelpinglandownersplantthousandsoftrees,andreducing

pollutionofriversandstreamsintheCommonwealth.
FormoreonChesapeakeBayrelatedissuesinPennsylvania,visitthe
CBFPA
webpage.
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ClickHere
foracopy
ofCBFPAsmostrecentnewsletter.
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SonsPreserveMothersMemoryByBringingTreesToSuburbs
PoconosWildfireFullyContained
PoconosSixteenMileFireAlmostCompletelyContained
OfficialsHopeToStaveOffNewGypsyMothInvasion
Pennsylvania:GetReadyForLoud,LargeCicadas
AgricultureDepartment:LeafminerReportedInLancasterCounty

VolunteersPlant4,000TreesAtWeiserStateForestColumbiaCounty

The
PAEnvironmentalCouncil
organizedatreeplantingeventat
WeiserStateForest
in
ColumbiaCountyApril30thatresultedinmorethanadozenvolunteersplanting4,000treesto
helpimprovewaterqualityandrestoreforesthabitat.
Thevolunteers,alongwithPECstaffandDCNRForestDistrictstaff,spenttheday
plantingseedlingssuchassumac,scruboak,pitchpine,andaspenstorestoreaforestona
fouracreminelandsiteaffectingtributariesoftheShamokinCreek.
Pennsylvaniahasmoremilesofstreamsaffectedbyminelanddrainagethananyother
state,withmorethan15,000degradedacresneedingtobereforested.
AforesterfromtheOfficeofSurfaceMiningReclamationandEnforcement
demonstratedhowtoplantthetrees,andbytheendoftheday1,500seedlingswereinthe
ground.Anadditional2,500seedlingswillbeplantedbyweeksend,completingthefouracre
planting.
Itwasreallyafulfillingday,saidPECExecutiveVicePresidentPatrickStarr.Not
onlydidweplanttreestogether,weenjoyedworkingtogethertosolveoneofPennsylvanias
mostintractablepollutionproblems.Iwassogratifiedthatmorethanadozenvolunteerspitched
inforthecauseevenourbusdriverdecidedtoplanttrees!
Volunteers,includingmembersofthe
ShamokinCreekRestorationAlliance
andcitizens
fromColumbia,Northumberland,andBerksCountiesgatheredattheWeiserStateForest
DistrictOfficeat8:30a.m.beforeshuttlingafewmilesthroughtheforesttothetreeplanting
site.
SaturdaysplantingwasafirstforPECasapartnerinthe
AppalachianRegional
ReforestationInitiative
andinpartnershipwiththeDepartmentofConservationandNatural
ResourcesBureauofForestry,theDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection,theOfficeof
SurfaceMiningReclamationandEnforcement,andGreenForestsWork.
Thisplantingandothersinthecomingmonthsarefundedbythe
Foundationfor
PennsylvaniaWatersheds
.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
PA
EnvironmentalCouncil
website,visitthe
PECBlog
,follow
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NewsClips:

Sen.AllowayTreeEventPlantsForABetterFuture
SonsPreserveMothersMemoryByBringingTreesToSuburbs
PoconosWildfireFullyContained
PoconosSixteenMileFireAlmostCompletelyContained
OfficialsHopeToStaveOffNewGypsyMothInvasion
Pennsylvania:GetReadyForLoud,LargeCicadas
AgricultureDepartment:LeafminerReportedInLancasterCounty

PAChapterNationalAssn.OfWaterCompaniesHonorsRep.Maher

The
NationalAssociationofWaterCompaniesPA
Chapter
TuesdayrecognizedRep.JohnA.Maher
(RAllegheny),MajorityChairoftheHouse
EnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommittee,
withitsJamesMcGirrKellyAwardforExcellence.
TheorganizationhonoredRep.Maher
duringitsawardsluncheonattheNAWCAnnual
MeetingintheCommonwealthKeystoneBuilding
inHarrisburg.
(Photo:PAAmericanWaterPresident
KathyL.PapeRep.MaherYorkWaterCompanyPresidentJeffreyR.HinesandSUEZWater
PennsylvaniaPresidentJohnD.Hollenbach.)
TheJamesMcGirrKellyAwardforExcellenceisthehighesthonorbestowedbyNAWC.
TheindustryassociationpresentstheawardeachyeartoaresidentofPennsylvaniawhomost
exemplifiesdedicationtopromotingtheavailabilityofsafedrinkingwaterinthe
Commonwealth.
ThisawardreflectsourindustryssinceregratitudetoRepresentativeMaherforhis
yearsofdedicatedpublicserviceandadvocacyforpoliciesthatpromoteahealthyenvironment
andreinvestmentininfrastructuretoensuresafeandreliablewaterandwastewaterserviceforall
Pennsylvanians,saidNAWCPennsylvaniaChapterChairmanDavidKaufman.
Rep.Maherwasakeysupporterof
Act11of2012
,whichgivesthePublicUtility
Commissiontheauthoritytoallowutilitiestorecoverthecapitalcostsassociatedwith
investmentininfrastructureinatimelymanner.
Inaddition,Rep.Maheristheprimesponsorof
HouseBill1737
providingforsafe
pharmaceuticaldisposalwhichallowsexpiredorunwantedprescriptiondrugsgeneratedby
householdsandcollectedaspartofaregisteredcollectioneventtobedestroyed.
FailuresinFlint,Michigan,andelsewhereareinstarkcontrastwiththeamazingrecords
ofPennsylvania'swatercompanies,saidRep.Maher.Pennsylvanianscantakesafetapwater
forgrantedpreciselybecausethousandsworkingforwaterutilitiesneverdo!
Pastawardwinnersinclude:2014Rep.RobertGodshall,2013ErikA.Ross,longtime
advocatefortheAssociation,2012formerDEPExecutiveSecretaryJohnHines,2011John
Hanger,DEPSecretary,2010formerPUCCommissionerKimPizzingrilli,2009Rep.Bud
George,2008RickRogers,U.S.EPARegion3,2007PaulK.Marchetti,2005Rep.Carole
Rubley,2004TerranceJ.Fitzpatrick,formerChairPUC,2003FredrickA.Marrocco,DEP,2002
DavidE.Hess,DEPSecretary,2001JohnM.Quain,formerChairPUC,2000Sen.RaphaelJ.

Musto,1999WalterA.Lyon,1998MichaelD.Klein,1997DavidA.Long,PhD,1996Gov.
TomRidge,1995Sen.DavidJ.Brightbill,1994WendellF.Holland,1993WilliamR.Shane,
1992WilliamR.Lloyd,1991EdithD.Stevens,1990Dr.RuthPatrick,1989Gov.RobertP.
Casey,1988Sen.D.MichaelFisher,1987GeorgeI.Bloom,1986CliffordL.Jones,DER
Secretary,1985Dr.MauriceK.Goddard,DERSecretary,andin1984Gov.DickThornburgh.
TheNAWCAnnualMeetingcoincideswithDrinkingWaterWeekinPennsylvania
andfeaturedpresentationsbyPublicUtilityCommissionChairmanAndrewPlaceDanaAunkst,
deputysecretaryforWaterProgramsattheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionDr.Mark
W.LeChevallier,directorofInnovation&EnvironmentalStewardshipatAmericanWaterand
anexecutiveforumfeaturingutilityexecutivesfromtheNAWC.
Formoreinformation,visitthe
NationalAssociationofWaterCompaniesPAChapter
webpage.
NewsClips:
Perkiomen,PhoenixvilleStudentsAwardedForSchuylkillProtectionEfforts
TreePlantingsAtRootOfChesapeakeBayFoundationsAward
GoogleDoodleCelebratesScrantonNativeJaneJacobs

PartnershipForDelawareEstuaryAcceptingAbstractsFor2017EstuaryScienceSummit

The
PartnershipfortheDelawareEstuary
isnowacceptingabstractsforits2017
EstuaryScience
andEnvironmentalSummit
tobeheldJanuary2225,2017inCapeMay,NewJersey.Abstracts
aredueJuly29.
This3dayconferenceretreatwillbringtogetherscientists,researchers,and
environmentaleducationspecialiststoshareinformationonawatershedbasis.Theconferenceis
anexcellentopportunityforprofessionalsfromdiversesectorsoftheenvironmentalfieldto
networkwithandlearnfromeachother.
The6thScienceandEnvironmentalSummitheldin2015,consistedofmorethan150
presentationsandwasattendedbyalmost300stakeholders.
Formoreinformationonhowtosubmitabstracts,visitthePartnerships
EstuaryScience
andEnvironmentalSummit
webpage.
Moreinformationonprograms,initiativesandupcomingeventsisavailableatthe
PartnershipfortheDelawareEstuary
website.
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tosignupforregularupdatesfromthe
Partnership.

EPAAwardsCMU$10MForNewCenterForAir,Climate&EnergySolutions

TheU.S.EnvironmentalProtectionAgencyMondayannouncedtheawardof
$30millionto
threeuniversities
tobeusedtoinvestigateregionaldifferencesinairpollutionandtheeffectsof
globalclimatechange,technology,andsocietalchoicesonlocalairqualityandhealth.
CarnegieMellonUniversitywasawarded$10milliontocreateanew
CenterforAir,
ClimateandEnergySolutions
.
Weeagerlyanticipatethecentersnewmodelsandresearchinsightsthatwillleadto
improvedairqualityandpublichealth,saidDanCosta,nationalprogramdirectorforEPAsair,
climateandenergyresearchprogram.Understandinghowtomaintainandimproveairquality
astheclimatechangesisthefirststepinworkingtogethertoreducerisks.

TheothertwouniversitiesreceivinggrantswereHarvardandYale.
Since1999,theworkofEPAsownstaffscientistshasbeencomplementedbyEPA
fundedresearchcentersthatenablesomeofthenationsbestscientificexpertsinacademiato
researchpressingenvironmentalissues.
Researchresultsfromthesecentershavecontributedsignificantlytoadvancingair
qualityandenvironmentalhealthscience,andhavebeenusedbyresearchersandpolicymakers
aroundtheworld.
ThecentersannouncedMondayrepresentthenextgenerationoftheseimportantand
productiveairresearchcenters.
FormoredetailsontheCMUgrant,visittheCMU
CenterforAir,ClimateandEnergy
Solutions
grantwebpage.
Formoreinformationonair,climateandenergyresearch,visitEPAs
AirResearch
webpage.
NewsClips:
OpEd:ClimateDenialAFormOfFraud
Editorial:CostOfUNClimateAccord

DEPIssuesAirPermitForPerdueSoybeanOilExtractionFacilityInLancaster

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionThursdayissuedanAirPlanApprovaltoPerdue
AgriBusiness,LLC,fortheconstructionandoperationofasoybeanoilextractionfacilityin
ConoyTownship,LancasterCounty.
Theproposedfacilitywillusecommercialhexanesolventtoextractoilfromsoybeans.
Thefinalplanapprovedforthisfacilityincludesthemoststringentemissionslimitations
foranysoybeanprocessingfacilityinthecountry,saidDEPSecretaryJohnQuigley.During
ourreview,DEPcarefullyanalyzedallthedatausingthebestavailablescience.Wealso
consideredsignificantpublicinput,includingtwopublichearingsandhundredsofpublic
comments,bothforandagainsttheproject.
Commercialhexaneisamixtureofseveralcompoundswhichareclassifiedasvolatile
organiccompounds(VOC),andareconsideredozonepollutionprecursors.Oneportionof
commercialhexaneknownasnhexaneisclassifiedasahazardousairpollutant.
Hexaneemissionsarelimitedtoapotentialmaximumof208tonsperyear,makingthe
PerduefacilitysubjecttotheLowestAchievableEmissionRate(LAER),themoststringent
emissionlimitationrequirementunderboththePennsylvaniaAirPollutionControlActand
federalCleanAirAct.
Theplantwillberequiredtooperatewithasolventtolossratioof0.125gallonsperton,
whichis24percentbelowthelevelproposedbythecompanyinitsoriginalapplication.
EachdiscretehexaneemissionpointwillberequiredtoachieveLAERemissionlimits,
andenhancedleakdetectionandrepairoperationswillberequiredtominimizehexanevapor
leaksfromequipment.
Inaddition,thefinalplanapprovalincludesenhancedmonitoringrequirementsforthe
fourdiscretehexaneemissionpointsidentifiedintheapplication.Perduewillberequiredto
promptlyreportpatternsofexceedancestoDEPandtakecorrectionactions.Allemissiondata
willbereportedtoDEPsemiannually.
Thetwopublichearingsproducednearlyfivehoursoforaltestimonyand256pagesof

writtencomments.Publiccommentsincludedconcernaboutthecumulativeeffectsofair
pollutionfromPerduewhencombinedwithothernearbyindustrialfacilities.
Thecumulativeemissionsintheareaarenotexpectedtobeaproblemgiventhecurrent
attainmentstatusofthearea,thesmallpercentageoflocalemissionsthatwillbecontributedby
Perdue,andtheresultsofDEPshexaneriskassessment,saidRobertConrad,actingdirectorfor
DEPsSouthcentralRegionalOffice.LancasterandYorkcountiesarepresentlymonitoring
attainmentwithfederalairqualitystandards.
DEPalsoissuedtoPerdueAgriBusiness,LLC,aStorageTankSiteSpecificInstallation
Permit,allowingtwoabovegroundstoragetanksattheproposedfacility.
Theplanapproval,permitapplication,andothermaterialsrelatedtothisfacilitywillbe
availableonDEPs
SouthcentralRegionalOffice
webpagesoon.
NewsClips:
Crable:StateGrantsPerdueCrucialAirPermitInLancaster
DEPGivesFinalNodToControversialSoybeanCrushingPlant
DEPApprovesControversialLancasterSoybeanPlant
PAExpandsParticulateMonitoringAsFedsFindHighLevels
WhyCantPittsburghGetItsActTogetherOnAirQuality?
OpEd:AirPollutionFromGasDrillingRequiresAction
Editorial:WeNeedToWorkToImproveLancastersPoorAirQuality
AlleghenyFront:AirQualityMonitorYouCheckOutAtTheLibrary
TreePollenCountVeryHigh

DEPBegins2016OzoneForecasting,GetEmailAlertsOfBadAirDays

ThisweekPennsylvaniawillbeginozoneforecastingfor27countiesinPennsylvaniaforthe
2016season.DEPmonitorsambientozoneconcentrationsyearroundandmakesairquality
forecastsforgroundlevelozoneduringthespringandsummermonths.
Thedailyforecasts,developedinconjunctionwithlocal
AirQualityPartnerships
,usea
colorbasedAirQualityindexforairqualityconditions.
Greensignifiesgoodairqualityyellowmeansmoderateconditionsorangerepresents
pollutionlevelsthatcouldtriggerhealtheffectsforsensitivepeople,suchastheveryyoung,the
elderly,andthosewithrespiratoryailmentsandredwarnsofpollutionlevelsthatcouldtrigger
healtheffectsforallmembersofthepopulation.
Thefollowingareasandcountieswillhavedailyforecasting:
LehighValley/BerksareaBerks,LehighandNorthampton
PhiladelphiaareaBucks,Chester,Delaware,Montgomery,andPhiladelphia(forecaststhat
arecompletedbyPennStateUniversity)
PittsburghareaAllegheny,Armstrong,Beaver,Butler,Fayette,Washington,and
Westmoreland
SusquehannaValleyareaCumberland,Dauphin,Lancaster,Lebanon,andYork
AltoonaBlairCounty
ErieErieCounty
IndianaCounty
JohnstownCambriaCounty
MercerCounty

Scranton/WilkesBarreLackawannaandLuzerneCounties
StateCollegeCentreCounty
WilliamsportLycomingCounty
Theseforecastsareprovidedincooperationwiththe
AirQualityPartnershipofDelaware
Valley
,the
SouthwestPennsylvaniaAirQualityPartnership
,the
LehighValley/BerksAir
QualityPartnership
andthe
SusquehannaValleyAirQualityPartnership
.
ClickHere
tosignuptoreceiveairqualityforecastsviaemailfromEPAsAirNow
webpage.
Formoreinformationaboutairqualityorthelocalpartnerships,visitDEPs
AirQuality
Partnerships
webpageorcall7177879495.
NewsClips:
PAExpandsParticulateMonitoringAsFedsFindHighLevels
WhyCantPittsburghGetItsActTogetherOnAirQuality?
OpEd:AirPollutionFromGasDrillingRequiresAction
Crable:StateGrantsPerdueCrucialAirPermitInLancaster
DEPGivesFinalNodToControversialSoybeanCrushingPlant
DEPApprovesControversialLancasterSoybeanPlant
Editorial:WeNeedToWorkToImproveLancastersPoorAirQuality
AlleghenyFront:AirQualityMonitorYouCheckOutAtTheLibrary
TreePollenCountVeryHigh

CleanDieselDeliversCleanAirBenefitsToTheMidAtlanticRegion

Government,environmentalandprivatesectormembersofaMidAtlanticcleanaircoalitionmet
WednesdayinPennsylvaniatodiscussstrategiesforcontinuingairqualityimprovementsforthe
region.
The
MidAtlanticDieselCollaborative
isapartnershipbetweenleadersfromfederaland
stateagencies,regionalEPAoffices,environmentalgroups,truckingfleets,engineand
equipmentmakersandotherinterestgroupsworkingtogethertoreduceemissionsfromexisting
enginesandequipment.
TheMidAtlanticCollaborativeincludesDelaware,Maryland,Virginia,Pennsylvania,
WestVirginiaandtheDistrictofColumbia.
DieselTechnologyForum
executivedirectorAllenSchaefferspokethismorningatthe
10thanniversarymeetingoftheMidAtlanticCollaborative.
Duringhispresentation,Schaefferrecognizedtheregionalcollaborativeforitsinnovative
andsuccessfulapproachestoimprovingairqualityfromexistingvehiclesandequipmentranging
fromcommercialtruckingoperationsandreducingvesselemissionsfromports,toupgrading
regionalferries.
OneexampleSchaeffernotedwashowtheregionhasestablisheditselfasanational
leaderineffortstoreplaceandupgradedrayagetrucks.
Theseshorthaultrucksmovecontainerizedcargofromtherespectiveportsgenerallyless
than50milestothenextmodeoftransporthighwaytruckorrail.Drayagetruckreplacement
programshavebeensuccessfullyimplementedatthePortofBaltimoreandmostrecentlyin
VirginiawiththeassistanceoftheEnvironmentalFinanceCenterattheUniversityofMaryland.
SchaeffersaidtheMidAtlanticregionisclosetothenationalaverageforadoptionofthe

newesttechnologycleandieselcommercialtruckswithnearzeroemissionsofparticulatesand
nitrogenoxideemissionsacontributortoregionalozonelevels.
Forexample,thefleetofcleandieselcommercialvehiclesontheroadinPennsylvania
since2010haveeliminated1.3milliontonsofCO2and300,000tonsofoxidesofnitrogen,
whilesaving3.1millionbarrelsofcrudeoil,Schaeffersaid.
Theadditionalairqualitybenefitsattributabletogreateradoptionoftruckspoweredbya
dieselenginethatmeetsthe2010modelyearemissionsstandardissignificant.Anadditional
30,000tonsofNOxandalmostonemilliontonsofCO2couldbeeliminatedifjusthalfofthe
commercialvehiclesinuseinPennsylvaniametthemodelyear2010dieselstandard.
AccordingtotheOzoneTransportCommission,theregionisprojectedtoseeareduction
ofNOxemissionsfromthelargestcommercialtrucksofabout64percentby2020from2007
levels.Thesereductionscomeprimarilyfromtheadoptionofnewtechnologycleandiesel
truckswithintheregion.
TheMidAtlanticregionreliesnearlyexclusivelyondieseltechnologyfortruckingand
freightrailoperationsupanddownthebusyNortheastcorridor,includingthePortsofBaltimore,
Norfolk,PhiladelphiaandWilmington.Theregion'sagriculturalandconstructionindustriesalso
relyondieselenginesandequipment.
Lookingtowardtothefuture,Schaeffernotedinthenextdecadethatdieselwouldremain
theprimemoverfortheglobaleconomy,butthatnewengineswouldbefarmoreefficientand
havelowergreenhousegasemissions.
Hepredictedsubstantialgainsinefficiencyfromconstructionandfarmingequipmentin
thefuturethankstoaggressiveimplementationofsmartandconnectedjobsitesandmachines
usingthelatestgenerationcleandieselengine.
Finally,hesuggestedthatinthenextdecadetherewillbeanincreaseduseofcleaner
burningbiodieselandrenewabledieselfuels.HenotedthatcitiessuchasSanFrancisco,
OaklandandNewYorkaretodaysuccessfullyusingtheserenewablebiodieselfuelstoreduce
greenhousegasemissions.
TheMidAtlanticregionhasbeenawardedjustover$2.24millioninfundingfromEPA
throughtheDieselEmissionsReductionActoverthe20082013timeframe.
Formoreinformation,visitthe
MidAtlanticDieselCollaborative
website.
NewsClips:
PAExpandsParticulateMonitoringAsFedsFindHighLevels
WhyCantPittsburghGetItsActTogetherOnAirQuality?
OpEd:AirPollutionFromGasDrillingRequiresAction
Crable:StateGrantsPerdueCrucialAirPermitInLancaster
DEPGivesFinalNodToControversialSoybeanCrushingPlant
DEPApprovesControversialLancasterSoybeanPlant
Editorial:WeNeedToWorkToImproveLancastersPoorAirQuality
AlleghenyFront:AirQualityMonitorYouCheckOutAtTheLibrary
TreePollenCountVeryHigh

PJMRegionalElectricityGridOperatorReadyToMeetSummerDemand

PJMInterconnection
,operatorofthenation'slargestelectricgrid,saidTuesdayitisreadyto
meettheexpectedpowerdemandof61millionconsumersthissummer.Electricitydemandis

forecastedtoreach152,131megawattsatitspeak.
PJMhas183,912MWofinstalledgeneratingcapacityavailabletouse.Morethan8,700
MWofdemandresponseisalsoavailable,whichrepresentsloadthatiswillingtobeinterrupted
incaseofasystememergency.Onemegawattofelectricityisenoughtopower800to1,000
homes.
"Summerteststhesystemaspeopletrytokeepcoolinhotandhumidweather,"said
MichaelBryson,vicepresidentOperations."Withcontinuedtransmissionenhancements,
reinforcedcapacitycommitmentsandslowingforecastedloadgrowth,we'repreparedtomeetthe
region'sneeds."
PJM'savailableresourcesrepresentareservemarginof28.3percent,wellabovethe
required16.4percentmargin.Areservemarginensuresthattherewillbeenoughpowertomeet
consumers'needsincasedemandishigherthanforecastedorgenerationisunexpectedly
unavailable.
ThissummeristhefirsttoincludecapacitythatwillfollowPJM'sCapacityPerformance
standards.CapacityPerformanceresourcesmustproduceelectricitywhencalledonregardlessof
weatherconditionsorextremesystemconditions.
Committedresourcesthatdonotperformwhencalleduponwillfacesignificant
nonperformancescharges.Theseresourceswerecommittedinatransitionalcapacityauctionin
August2015.
Lastyear'ssummerpeakdemandforelectricitywasmorethan143,500MW,which
occurredonJuly28.ThehighestuseofpowerinPJMwasnearly166,000MWin2006.
PJMInterconnection,foundedin1927,ensuresthereliabilityofthehighvoltageelectric
powersystemserving61millionpeopleinallorpartsofDelaware,Illinois,Indiana,Kentucky,
Maryland,Michigan,NewJersey,NorthCarolina,Ohio,Pennsylvania,Tennessee,Virginia,
WestVirginiaandtheDistrictofColumbia.
NewsClips:
FERCOKsGasPipelineToServeNewShamokinDamPowerPlant
OfficialsWantToConvertFormerStatePrisonIntoPowerPlant
WolfEnergyAdvisorNominatedToPUC
WolfNominatesDavidSweetForPUC
APFactCheck:BringingCoalJobsBackToAppalachia
PPLGenerationRatesToDropThisSummer
JudgeToPGW:StopRobocallingCustomersWithUnpaidBills
GroupsPressDuquesneLightForLEDProgramCosts
DOEResearchersSeePittsburghsProgressOnDistrictEnergy
DronesGiveFirstEnergyQuick,EasyLookAtPlants
JessupTakesFirstStepTowardLandUseLawRevisions

Gov.WolfNominatesDavidSweetToPublicUtilityCommission

Gov.TomWolfWednesdaynominatedDavidSweettoserveascommissioneronthePublic
UtilityCommission.
IampleasedtonominateDavidSweettoserveascommissioneronthePublicUtility
Commission,saidGov.Wolf.Davidsexpertiseinfinancelaw,hisknowledgeofstate
governmentandeconomicdevelopment,andhisdepthofworkonenergyissuesmakeshiman

importantfitforthePUC.ItisimperativeforoureconomytoharnessPennsylvaniasabundance
ofenergyresourcesandtoensurewehavetheinfrastructureinplacetofurtherdevelopthe
naturalgasandotherenergyindustries.Additionally,Davidsgovernmentexperiencewillbean
assettothePUC,especiallyinhelpingconsumers.
DavidSweetjoinedtheWolfAdministrationinApril2015,whereheservedasthesenior
advisortoGov.Wolf,focusingonenergyandeconomicdevelopmentissues.Amonghismany
assignmentswasservingasliaisontothePhiladelphiaRegionalPortAuthority.Sweetalso
servedasthegovernorsdesigneeontheBankingandSecuritiesCommission.
PriortohistimewiththeWolfAdministration,Sweetwasaformerpartnerattwomajor
Pennsylvanialawfirms.Hisfocuswasonadministrativeandregulatorymatters,legislative
advocacyandpublicfinance.
Sweethasrepresentedclientsbeforestateandlocalagencies,boardsandcommissions,
andinmattersbeforetheGeneralAssemblyandtheexecutivebranch.Hisclientsincludedlarge
businesses,emergingnewcompanies,andmajoruniversities.
Sweethasexpertiseinpublicandprojectfinance,wherehehasservedasbondcounsel,
underwriterscounsel,andspecialcounselinfinancingstotalingover$3billion.Theseprojects
werelocatedinPittsburghandPhiladelphia,andincountiesthroughoutthestate,including
Bedford,Montgomery,Dauphin,Washington,Huntington,Northumberland,Butler,Greene,and
Berks,aswellasinNewJersey,VirginiaandMaryland.
SweethasalsoservedasbondcounselorspecialcounselfortheCommonwealthof
PennsylvaniaandthePennsylvaniaEconomicDevelopmentFinancingAuthority,the
CommonwealthFinanceAuthorityandtheCountyCommissionersAssociationofPennsylvania.
SweetwasamemberoftheHouseofRepresentatives(DWashingtonCounty)from1977
to1988.HewaschairmanoftheHouseLocalGovernmentCommitteeforthe198788
legislativesession,andthroughhisefforts,majorlegislationonlocaltaxreform,distressed
municipalitiesandPennsylvaniaslanduseandzoningregulationswasenacted.
In199394,SweetchairedPennsylvaniaGovernorCaseysCommissiononCorrections
PlanningandthePennsylvaniaChamberofBusinessandIndustrysStateGovernment
Committee.
SweetearnedaB.A.fromtheUniversityofPennsylvaniain1970,aM.A.from
UniversityofChicagoin1971,andaJ.D.fromThePennsylvaniaStateUniversityDickinson
SchoolofLawin1981.
NewsClips:
WolfEnergyAdvisorNominatedToPUC
WolfNominatesDavidSweetForPUC
FERCOKsGasPipelineToServeNewShamokinDamPowerPlant
OfficialsWantToConvertFormerStatePrisonIntoPowerPlant
APFactCheck:BringingCoalJobsBackToAppalachia
PPLGenerationRatesToDropThisSummer
JudgeToPGW:StopRobocallingCustomersWithUnpaidBills
GroupsPressDuquesneLightForLEDProgramCosts
DOEResearchersSeePittsburghsProgressOnDistrictEnergy
DronesGiveFirstEnergyQuick,EasyLookAtPlants
JessupTakesFirstStepTowardLandUseLawRevisions

WestmorelandCountyPipelineExplosionStillBeingInvestigated

TheinvestigationoftheMay6SpectraEnergyCorpnaturalgaspipelineexplosionin
WestmorelandCountyisstillongoingbythefederalPipelineandHazardousMaterialsSafety
Administration.
Preliminaryreportssaidtheremayhavebeenapossibleflawinthecoatingmaterial
appliedtoapairofweldedjointsthatresultedincorrosion.
NewsClips:
AlleghenyFront:PipelineExplosionStokesWorriesAboutSafety
AP:PossiblyFlawedWeldsCitedInPAPipelineBlast
PAPipelineExplosion:EvidenceOfCorrosionFound
Report:CorrosionMayBeAFactorInPipelineExplosion
CorrosionFoundOnTexasEasternPipelineThatExploded
SomeDisplacedByWestmorelandPipelineBlastClearedToReturn
6Of9FamiliesReturnAfterNaturalGasPipelineExplosion
PipelineBlastVictimUpgradedFromCriticalToFair
Residents,GasFirmShiftFocusToRecoveryAfterPipelineExplosion
AP:PipelinesDrained,FedsInvestigatingCauseOfExplosion
NoCauseFoundYetInWestmorelandGasExplosion
AnswersElusiveInWestmorelandPipelineExplosion
HighwayDamagedByPipelineBlastStillBeingFixed
Crable:NaturalGasPipelineThatExplodedRunsThruLancaster
AtlanticSunrisePipelineGetsFERCGreenLight
FERCOKsGasPipelineToServeNewShamokinDamPowerPlant
NJLandownersSueToStopPennEastPipelineSurveyors

EPARecognizesPASmallBusinessDevelopmentCenterEnvironmentalHelpProgram

OnThursday,theU.S.EnvironmentalProtectionAgency
presenteditsFiscalYear2015EPAAdministrator'sAward
forOutstandingAccomplishmentsbyaSmallBusiness
TradeorStateSmallBusinessEnvironmentalAssistance
ProviderAwardtothe
PASmallBusinessDevelopment
Center

EnvironmentalManagementAssistanceProgram
.
TheawardwaspresentedatEPAs26thAnnual
SmallBusinessProgramAwardsCeremonyinWashington
D.C.
TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection
providesfundingtosupportEMAPinalongstanding
partnershiptoprovideenvironmentaltechnicaland
complianceassistancetoPennsylvaniasmallbusinesses,as
requiredbythestateAirPollutionControlActandthefederalCleanAirAct.
EMAPprovidesvaluableservicestohelpsmallbusinessesinPennsylvaniacomeinto
compliancewithenvironmentalregulations,stayincompliance,andevengobeyondcompliance
tobecomemoresustainable.

In2015,EMAPprovidedenvironmentalconsultingassistanceto278businessesin50of
Pennsylvanias67counties.EMAPstaffconductedonsiteassessmentvisitsat39ofthese
businesses.
Asignificantnumberofthebusinesseshadcomplexandlongunresolvedissuesthat
EMAPconsultantswereabletosortthroughtohelpthebusinessesthoroughlyaddresstheir
complianceissues.
Since2004,EMAPhasprovidedenvironmentalcomplianceassistancetoover2,645
smallcompaniesandconducted1,262onsitevisits.
Forhelpforyourbusiness,visitthePSBDCs
EnvironmentalManagementAssistance
Program
webpage.
NewsClips:
Perkiomen,PhoenixvilleStudentsAwardedForSchuylkillProtectionEfforts
TreePlantingsAtRootOfChesapeakeBayFoundationsAward
GoogleDoodleCelebratesScrantonNativeJaneJacobs

AEWorksOfPittsburghRecognizedByDuquesnesCenterForGreenIndustries

DuquesneUniversitys
CenterforGreenIndustriesandSustainableBusinessGrowth
awarded
AEWorks
,anarchitectureandengineeringfirm,withthe2016PennsylvaniaSustainableSmall
BusinessAwardattheSustainabilityBusinessBreakfastheldonEarthDay,April22.
AEWorksofPittsburghwasselectedfromseveralqualifiedapplicantsbecauseof
accomplishmentsinoperationalpractices,socialresponsibilityandamindsetasaleaderin
sustainability.
Beinginthedesignandconstructionindustry,AEWorksimpactstheworldbycreating
environmentsandinfrastructurethatutilizeresourceswisely,makecommunitiesbetterandhelp
peopleaspiretotheirpotentialwithspacesthatsupportinteraction,ideasandinnovation,said
Dr.MaryMcKinney,projectdirectorofDuquesnesCenterforGreenIndustriesanddirectorof
theUniversitysSmallBusinessDevelopmentCenter.
AEWorksdiscussessustainabilitygoalsatprojectinception,incorporating
energyefficientsystems,materialsanddesignsfromdayone.
MichaelCherock,presidentandCEOofAEWorks,acceptedthefirmsaward.
Formoreinformationonitsprograms,initiativesandotherupcomingevents,visitthe
DuquesneUniversitys
CenterforGreenIndustriesandSustainableBusinessGrowth
webpage.
NewsClip:
NewTempleLibraryToGetHugeGreenRoof

Reminder:LastChanceToEnterGreatAmericanCleanupOfPAVideoContest

KeepPABeautiful
isremindingparticipatesinthe2016
GreatAmericanCleanupofPA
theyhaveuntilJune3
toentertheir2minutevideosofpeoplemakingtheir
communitiescleanandbeautifulinthisyears
Video
Contest
.
Thisisagreatopportunitytoshowcaseyour
localprogramsandpartnershipsandillustratejusthow

muchfunitcanbetojointogethertoimproveyourcommunity,saidShannonReiter,President
ofKeepPABeautiful.
TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionsponsorsthevideocontestwithcashprizes
offeredbythe
PAWasteIndustriesAssociation
.Thewinningentryreceives$200andtwo
runnersupeachreceive$100.
ClickHere
towatchthewinningvideofromthe2015contest.
VotingStartsJune13
Helpchoosethewinnersbylikingyourfavoritevideoonthe
KeepPABeautiful
Facebook
page.VotingbeginsonJune13andconcludesonJune23at3:00p.m.Winnerswill
beannouncedJune24.
Electronicsubmissionsshouldbesentto:
slarson@keeppabeautiful.org
withGACofPA
Video2016inthesubjectline.
Foradditionalcontestdetails,visitKPBs
VideoContest
webpage.
The2016
GreatAmericanCleanupofPA
endsMay31.Duringthisperiod,registered
eventscanreceivefreetrashbags,gloves,andsafetyvestsfromPennDOTdistrictofficesas
supplieslast.
ClickHere
toregisteryoureventsorfindoutwhereyoucanvolunteerforan
existingevent.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
Keep
PennsylvaniaBeautiful
website.
ClickHere
tosignupforregularupdatesfromKPB,
Likethem
onFacebook
,
FollowonTwitter
,
DiscoverthemonPinterest
andvisittheir
YouTubeChannel
.
Alsovisitthe
IllegalDumpFreePA
websiteformoreideasonhowtocleanup
communitiesandkeepthemcleanandKPBsnew
ElectronicsWaste
website.
NewsClips:
PlymouthResidentsParticipatesInGreatAmericanCleanupOfPA
PrescriptionDrugTakeBackDayHeldInLuzerneCounty
DisposingOfOldElectronicsToughUnderPALaw
GetRidOfHazardousHouseholdWasteSaturdayInYork
ErieElectronics,TireCollectionSetForSaturday
TalenEnergyPaysNearly$1MFor2005MartinsCreekAshSpill
GroupsSueEPAOnHandling,DisposalOfDrillingWaste
TrashTalking:TheLifeOfAGarbageman

PAResourcesCouncilMayNewsletterNowAvailable

The
Maynewsletter
fromthe
PAResourcesCouncil
isnowavailable
featuringarticleson

WesternPAHouseholdChemicalCollectionsLaunchedInMay

PRCResumesAcceptingTVsAtHardToRecycleEventsForA
Fee

StillTimeToReserveSeatsForFridaysPittsburghFilmSeries

FarmersMarketNowAcceptsRecyclingInNewtownSquare
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecial
events,visitthe
PAResourcesCouncil
website.
ClickHere
tosign
upforregularupdates,follow
PRConTwitter
or
Likethemon
Facebook
.
ClickHere
forPRCsEventsCalendar.

NewsClips:
PlymouthResidentsParticipatesInGreatAmericanCleanupOfPA
PrescriptionDrugTakeBackDayHeldInLuzerneCounty
DisposingOfOldElectronicsToughUnderPALaw
GetRidOfHazardousHouseholdWasteSaturdayInYork
ErieElectronics,TireCollectionSetForSaturday
TalenEnergyPaysNearly$1MFor2005MartinsCreekAshSpill
GroupsSueEPAOnHandling,DisposalOfDrillingWaste
TrashTalking:TheLifeOfAGarbageman

DOJ,EPA,DEP:$6.8MillionPenaltyAgainstSchneiderElectricUSAForSuperfundSite

TheU.S.JusticeDepartment,U.S.EnvironmentalProtectionAgencyandtheDepartmentof
EnvironmentalProtectionTuesdayannouncedSchneiderElectricUSAwillpaya$6,868,975
penaltyforallegedlyviolatingthetermsofa2002courtapprovedSuperfundconsentdecree
duringitscleanupatthe
RodaleManufacturingSuperfundSite
locatedinEmmaus,Lehigh
County.
Theseviolationsresultedinuncontrolledemissionsofairpollutantsthatcancausethreats
topublichealthandtheenvironment.
Wewillnottolerateviolationofourconsentdecrees,especiallywherethoseviolations
canresultinriskstopublichealth,welfareandtheenvironmentsaidEPARegional
AdministratorShawnM.Garvin.Thesignificantpenaltyinthiscaseshowsthat
noncompliancewithsettlementrequirementshaveseriousconsequences.
ThecompanywillpaythelargestSuperfundstipulatedpenaltyinEPAhistory,andthe
thirdlargeststipulatedpenaltyoverallinEPAhistory.Tenpercentofthepenaltywillbepaidto
DEP.
TheSuperfundconsentdecreetoremovegroundwatercontaminationattheLehigh
Countysiteincludesthefollowing:agroundwaterpumpandtreatsystemgroundwater
monitoringandairpollutioncontrolstopreventharmfulairemissionsduringthecleanup
operations.
AccordingtoEPAandDEP,SchneiderElectricUSAwasnotoperatingtheairpollution
controlportionasdesigneddatingbacktoatleast2008.SchneiderElectricaddressedthe
problemin2013byreplacingthegroundwatertreatmentsystem.
Theallegedviolationsinvolvethefollowing:
Failuretomaintainairpollutioncontrolequipmenttocollectandtreathazardousairpollutants
includingtrichloroethyleneandothervolatileorganiccompounds
FailuretoalertEPAandPaDEPofitsmalfunctioningairpollutioncontrolequipment
FailuretocomplywithPennsylvaniaairpollutionpermittingregulationsand
Failuretoproviderecordstoagencyofficials
ThissiteissubjecttothefederalSuperfundlaw,formallyknownastheComprehensive
EnvironmentalResponsibility,Compensation,andLiabilityAct.Itrequireslandowners,waste
generatorsandwastetransportersresponsibleforcontaminatingaSuperfundsitetocleanupthe
site,orreimbursethegovernment,orotherpartiesforcleanupactivities.
TheRodaleManufacturingsitewasaddedtotheSuperfundlistofthenationsmost
contaminatedsitesandbegancleanupactivitiesin1991.

Thissitehasalonghistoryofelectricalcomponentmanufacturingincluding
electroplating,vapordegreasingandmetalshapingactivitiesstartinginthe1930sbyRodale
ManufacturingCompanyandcontinuingwhenasubsidiaryofSquareDCompanypurchasedthe
facilityin1975.
SchneiderpurchasedtheSquareDCompanyandcurrentlyproduceselectrical
distributionequipmentincludingcircuitbreakers,switchesandinfraredmeasurementdevices.
Aspartofthesettlement,SchneiderElectrichasneitheradmittednordeniedliabilityfor
theallegedviolations.
Formoreinformation,visitEPAs
RodaleManufacturingSuperfundSite
webpage.
NewsClip:
EPASlapsCompanyWithLargestEverSuperfundPenalty

DEPReachesSettlementWithTalenGenerationOver2005MartinsCreekAshSpill

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionandtheFishandBoatCommissionhaveentered
intoanagreementwith
TalenGeneration,LLC
,forthecompanytopayatotalof$952,150.00
fornaturalresourcedamagesassociatedwiththeAugust2005ashspillattheMartinsCreek
SteamElectricStationinLowerMountBethelTownship,NorthamptonCounty.
Thefinemoneywillbedirectedtomusselrestorationanddamremovalprojectsin
tributariestotheDelawareRiver.
ThespilloccurredafterawoodenstoplogintheAshBasinNo.4dischargestructure
failed,causinganestimated100milliongallonsofashmaterialtospreadacrosslocalfieldsand
intotheOughoughtonCreekandtheDelawareRiver.
DEP,workingwithPFBC,theDelawareRiverBasinCommissionandtheNewJersey
DepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection,determinedthatthemusselpopulationintheDelaware
Riverwasimpactedasaresultofboththespillandthecleanup.
Musselrestorationanddamremovalprojectswillassistintherestorationandvitalityof
themusselpopulationsandimproveaquatichabitatandwaterquality.
Thisisthefinalpieceofthesettlementwiththecompanytoaddressthespillandits
impacts,saidMikeBedrin,DirectorofDEPsNortheastRegionalOfficeinWilkesBarre.
Whilethishasbeenalongtimecoming,itisultimatelyagoodresolutionthatisinthebest
interestoftheDelawareRiveranditsecologicalcommunity.
Underthesettlement,TalenGenerationwillmakeapaymentof$902,150totheDRBCto
fundthedamremovalprojects,aswellasaseparatepaymentof$50,000forthemussel
restorationproject(s)intributariestotheDelawareRiver.
Thecompanymustalsopay$373,050totheNJDEPforNewJerseybasedrestoration
projectsunderaseparateagreementwiththatagency.
InMay2008,DEPreachedthefirstpartofasettlementwithPPLGeneration,LLCand
PPLMartinsCreek,LLC,theownersandoperatorsoftheMartinsCreekPlantatthetimeofthe
event,thatrequiredpaymentofa$1,500,000civilpenaltyandcorrectiveactionforviolationsof
variousstateenvironmentalstatutesassociatedwiththeashspill.
ThatsettlementpreservedtheDepartmentsclaimsfornaturalresourcedamages,which
areresolvedundertheagreementannouncedtoday.
TheDepartmentsoughtpubliccommentonthisNaturalResourceDamagesSettlement
overa60dayperiodfromJuly25toSeptember23,2015.Fivewrittencommentletterswere

receivedandacommentresponsedocumentwaspreparedinresponsetothosecomments.
AcopyoftheNaturalResourceDamageSettlementandthecomment/responsedocument
isavailableunderthePPLMartinsCreekFlyAshheadingontheNortheastRegionalOffices
CommunityInformation
webpage.
NewsClip:
TalenEnergyPaysNearly$1MFor2005MartinsCreekAshSpill

StateEnvironmentalOfficialsBand,InspectHarrisburgsNewestYoungPeregrine
Falcons

OfficialsfromtheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection
andtheGameCommissionTuesdaybandedandinspected
thethreeyoung
peregrinefalconsnesting
onthe15thFloor
oftheRachelCarsonStateOfficeBuildinginHarrisburgto
ensuretheyarehealthyanddiseasefreebeforetheyenter
theirnextstageofdevelopmentlearningtofly.
Wewanttodoeverythingwecantoensurethat
theseyoungfalconsarefreefromanyhealthissuesor
infestationssotheyaresuccessfulwhentheytaketheirfirst
flightsinthenextfewweeks,DEPSecretaryJohnQuigleysaid.Tofurtherensuretheirsafety,
thisyear,thefalconswerebandednearthenesttoreducetheamountoftimeandstressthe
bandingcausestotheboththefledglingsandtheadultfalcons.
VisitorstoDEPswebsitewillbeabletoviewthebandingbyPGCBiologistArt
McMorristhatwascapturedwiththeuseofGoProcamerasinadditiontothefourvideocameras
alreadyinstalledatthenest.Thevideowillbeavailableon
DEPsYouTubeChannel
.
Inadditiontoinspectingthebirdsfordisease,theyarealsoweighedandtheirsex
determined.Ofthethreeyoungfalconsthathatchedthisyear,twoaremaleandoneisfemale.
Alphanumericbandsareplacedontheirlegstohelpscientiststrackthemwhentheyleave
thenestandidentifythemshouldtheybecomeinjuredordie.
ThenestattheRachelCarsonStateOfficeBuildingisthemostsuccessfulin
Pennsylvania,producing61youngfalconssinceitwasinstalledin1996.
Itssuccessisalsoattributedtotheannualfalconwatchandrescueprogramwhere
volunteerskeepaneyeontheyoungfledglingswhentheytaketheirfirstflightsandtrackthem
incasetheyrunintotrouble.
Itisaprecarioustimeforthefalconssincetheyfledgeinanurbanenvironmentwhere
buildings,powerlinesandtrafficcanbechallengingtotheirsafety.
Thereareupsidestoanurbanenvironmentanabundantsupplyoffoodsuchaspigeons,
bluejaysandothersmallbirds.Thecitystallbuildingsalsoprovideplentyofhighperchesand
ledgesthatmimiccliffswereperegrinefalconscommonlynest.
Thefalconscontinuetodrawaninternationalaudienceasmorethan34millionviewers
havewatchedthemonlineviathe
FalconCam
.
Visitorstothesitecanlearnabouttheirhistoryandthechronologyofthenestsite,
downloadeducationallessonplansforstudentsandviewspectacularimagesofthesemagnificent
birds.
Whileperegrinefalconswereremovedfromthefederallistofendangeredspeciesin

1999,theyremainonPennsylvaniaslist.Thereareapproximately40falconnestsitesacross
Pennsylvania,helpingtoreinvigoratetheirnumbers.
ItwasscientistandPennsylvanianative
RachelCarson
whoiscreditedwithidentifying
thedangersposedbyDDTanditseffectonbirdswhichsheoutlinedinherfamousbook,
Silent
Spring
,publishedin1962.addressedthedangersposedbyDDT.
Thebuildingwherethefalconnestislocatedisnamedinherhonor.
TheHarrisburgPeregrineFalconEducationProgramisajointeffortofDEP,PGC,the
DepartmentofConservationandNaturalResourcesandCommonwealthMediaServices.
Formoreinformation,visit
DEPsFalcon
webpage.
NewsClips:
BabyPeregrineFalconsAtRachelCarsonBuildingBanded
Schneck:GameCommissionLookingForVolunteersToCountOspreyNests
YorkBaldEagleNestHostsTwoBabies

PAEnvironmentalCouncilInCaseYouMissedItInAprilNowAvailable

The
AprileditionofInCaseYouMissedIt
isnowavailable
fromthePAEnvironmentalCouncilfeaturingarticleson

HonoringTheWinnersOfTheGovernorsAwardfor
EnvironmentalExcellence

PECsWatershedPartnershipProgramEarnsAchievement
Award

WinnersOfWesternPAEnvironmentalAwardWinners
Announced
:

CallForNortheastEnvironmentalPartnershipAwardNominations

RebrandingTheCircuitTrailsInPhiladelphiaRegion
and

DEPsFinalDrillingRegulationsApprovedByIRRC
.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
PA
EnvironmentalCouncil
website,visitthe
PECBlog
,follow
PEConTwitter
or
LikePECon
Facebook
.
ClickHere
toreceiveregularupdatesfromPEC.

Discover100sOfMilesOfHappyOnPhiladelphiaRegionTrails

OnApril15,awidegroupofadvocatesunveiledthenewwebsite
andbrandingfor
TheCircuitTrails
.Formerlyknownjustasthe
Circuit,thenewname,logo,andcollateralmaterialsreflectan
efforttopromotetheregionaltrailnetworktoabroadgroupof
trailusersandsupporters.
PhiladelphiaManagingDirectorandformerPennsylvaniaDCNR
SecretaryMikeDiBerardinistooktothepodiumattheTheCircuit
TrailsOpeningWeekendKickOffevent.
Attheintroductorypressconferencetocelebratethelaunch,
governmentleadersfromPennsylvaniaandNewJersey,alongwithcivicofficials,corporate
representatives,PhiladelphiaEaglesdefensiveendConnorBarwin,andnearly100cyclistsand
trailfansjoinedtogetherfortheunveilingofthenewProudtoTrailcampaign.

Thegroupalsochallengedpeopleacrosstheregiontonotonlygetoutonthetrails,butto
sharetheirtrailstoriesaspartofthenewcampaign.
Butthepressconferencewasjustthestartofaweekendlongseriesofevents,including
twosponsoredbyPEC.
AspartofPECs
SchuylkillRiverTownsProgram
,ProgramManagerforTrailsand
RecreationLizzieHessekdevelopedaPassporttotheRiverTownsevent.
Familiesorindividualscouldpickupaphysicalpassportatavarietyofbusinessin
Conshohocken,Phoenixville,orNorristown.Withinthepassportwerebusinessesorlocations
theparticipantshadtovisittogetareward.
Ifparticipantsaccuratelyfollowedthemaptoeachstop,theywouldreceiveCircuitTrails
memorabilia,aswellasdiscountsforthoseenjoyingtheevent.
InadditiontotheSchuylkillRiverTownsevent,PECalsoleda
LightBrightRide
on
April16.RiderswhotookpartintheuniquenighttimebikeeventthroughoutPhiladelphia
receivedflashingLEDlightsthatclippedontothespokesoftheirbikewheels.Whenthewheels
startedtoturnthelightslituppatternsonthewheel.
Withover30riders,theeffectwasmagicalonadarkenedstretchoftheSchuylkillRiver
Trail.IntendedtohighlightthevarietyofwaysinwhichriderscouldbeProudtoTrail,the
LightBrightRidewasaoneofakindeventthatengagedawiderangeofcyclistsandtrail
enthusiasts.
ProudtoTrailandthenew
TheCircuitTrails
websiteweredesignedtoamplifyandunify
allofthetrailadvocacyandprogrammingworkthatishappeningacrosstheninecountyCircuit
TrailsregionthatspansSoutheasternPennsylvaniaandSouthern/CentralNewJersey.
Currentlymorethan300milesofCircuitTrailsarecomplete,whileanother50arein
development.Atotalofapproximately750milesofinterconnectedtrailsareplanned.
PECisworkingonprojectsacrosstheCircuitTrailsincludingthe
EastCoastGreenway
,
the
D&LTrail
,the
SchuylkillRiverTrail
,andmanymore.
Formoreinformation,contactLizzieHessek,PECProgramManagerforTrails&
Recreationat2155454570orsendemailto:
lhessmiller@pec.org
.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
PA
EnvironmentalCouncil
website,visitthe
PECBlog
,follow
PEConTwitter
or
LikePECon
Facebook
.
ClickHere
toreceiveregularupdatesfromPEC.
NewsClips:
HeritageValleyTrailCelebratingPastAndFuture
PittsburghMayUpgradeRailroadCrossingInSouthSideBikeTrail
BicyclistsGettingOneSweetRideAcrossSchuylkill
HikingTrailDiversionCompletedOnPresqueIsle
MoonLakeParkBikeTrailDamagedByTimbering
PhillyToAcquireBridgeOverSchuylkillForBike,PedTrail
PetitionAgainstParkingInPhillyBikeLaneRacksUpSignatures
3PAStateParksMakeTopMidAtlanticParksList
10GorgeousPAStateParksWorthTheDrive
SchuylkillRiverHeritageAreaGenerates$590MAnnually
200+EntrantsEnter10MileCreekCanoe&AnythingThatFloatsRace
Schneck:GraffitiRemovedFromPopularBoulderOutcropping
Crable:FERCOrderShowsHoltwoodParkWasToStayInPublicUse

Crable:ResidentsVentAngerOverHoltwoodParkClosure
HikersProtestHoltwoodDamLandClosureInLancaster
RallyingToSaveKellysRunAndHoltwoodPark
TalenEnergyUnapologeticallyClosesLancasterPark
ImprovementsInStoreForRyersonStationStatePark
GroupHuntsMushroomsInRyersonStationStatePark
Editorial:ReduceNationalParksDeferredWork

Stoneleigh,TheHaas42AcreEstate,DonatedToNaturalLandsTrust

OnApril20,thechildrenofthelateJohnandChara
Haasdonatedthefamilys42acreStoneleighestatein
Villanova,MontgomeryCounty,tothe
NaturalLands
Trust
,theregionsoldestandlargestlandconservation
organization.
NaturalLandsTrust,whichowns43nature
preservesacrosseasternPennsylvaniaandsouthern
NewJersey,planstoopentheHaasfamilyestateasa
publicgardenthatshowcasesandeducatesvisitors
aboutthejoysandbenefitsofgardensthatemphasize
theuseofnativeplants.
ThisremarkableactofgenerositymarksaturningpointforbothStoneleighandforour
organization,saidMollyMorrison,NaturalLandsTrustspresident.Wearedeeplyhonoredto
beentrustedtocarryontheHaasfamilyslegacyofstewardshipforthismagicalplace,and
excitedbeyondmeasuretoaddStoneleighasaunique,shiningstarinourconstellationof
preserves.
Stoneleighshistorydatesbackto1877whenEdmundSmith,arisingexecutivewiththe
PennsylvaniaRailroadCompany,purchased65acresoflandinVillanovaandconstructeda
residencethere.In1900,SamuelBodine,headofUnitedGasImprovementCompany,acquired
theproperty.
FollowingSamuelBodinesdeathin1932,Stoneleighwassubdividedandsold.Otto
Haas,entrepreneurandcofounderofRohmandHaasCompany,purchasedthesouthwestern
portionoftheestate,launchingamorethan80yeartenureofcarefulstewardshipbytheHaas
family.
OttoandPhoebesson,John,andhiswife,Chara,acquiredStoneleighin1964andlived
thereforthenextfivedecades.Thepropertyincludesstatelytrees,windingpathways,andlush
gardensthattheHaasfamilyhascarefullystewardedoverthedecades.
Thegardensweredesignedbyanumberofnotablelandscapearchitectsoverthepast
centuryincludingOlmstedBrothers,sonsofthefamedFrederickLawOlmsted.
Ourparentstookgreatjoyincaringfortheirlovelygardensandnaturalareas,said
JohnandCharassonDavid.Itwastheirwishthatthepropertysoverallbeauty,nativehabitats,
andhistoricgardensbepreserved.WebelievethatNaturalLandsTrustsharesourfamilys
visionandwillworktohonorthelegacyofourparentsbymakingthepropertyauniquenatural
resourceforthecommunityandregion.
Afteraperiodoftransition,Stoneleigh:ANaturalGardenwillbeopenfreeofchargeto

visitors.
NaturalLandsTrustwillalsoofferavarietyofpublicprogramswithaprimaryfocuson
naturalgardeningandlandscapingtechniques.Theorganizationalsoanticipateshostingfamily
andchildorientedprogramsaswellasvolunteeropportunities.
Itisexpectedtotakeapproximately18monthstomaketheimprovementsneededto
transitionthepropertyfromafamilyhometoapublicgarden.
Stoneleighisuniqueamongourpreservesinsomanyways,saidMorrison.We
envisionaplacewherethepublicwillbeabletoenjoythequietandbeautyoftheStoneleigh
groundsandbemotivatedtolearnaboutthejoysandbenefitsofgardensthatemphasizetheuse
ofnativeplants.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandupcomingevents,visitthe
Natural
LandsTrust
website.
ClickHere
tosignupforregularupdatesfromtheTrust.
NewsClip:
HaasEstateInVillanovaToBePreservedAsPublicGarden

LacawacSanctuaryToCelebrate50thAnniversaryWithFarmToPlateDinnerAug.13

Dustoffyoursummerwhitesandpreparefora
spectaculareveningat
LacawacSanctuary
inWayne
CountyonAugust13tocelebrateits50th
anniversaryprovidingresearch,educationand
preservationprogramsandinitiatives.
Thisanniversarydinnerisaspinonthe
originalFrenchpopupdinnerparty,LeDineren
Blanc,inwhichthousandsofpeopledescendona
secretlocationdressedinwhiteforanelegant
outdoordinner.
YouareinvitedtojoinusforLacawacs
FarmtoPlateDinnerenBlanc
featuringsensational
food,wine,andfunwithfriendsunderthestarsattheHistoricWatresLodgeatLacawac
Sanctuary.
TheeventfeaturescocktailsandhorsdoevresonthefirstflooroftheHistoricWatres
Lodge,livemusic,dinnerunderthestarsandasilentauction.
(Photo:Dinnerplanningcommittee:AnthonySantiago(LacawacTrustee),Charlotte
Kuczynski,MelanieSeagreaves(TheDimeBank),EmilyGrillo(BoldGoldandLacawac
Trustee),CraigLukatch(PresidentLacawac),MaryEllenBentler(NBTBankandLacawac
Trustee),TerriMarcellus(SettlersHospitalityGroup),BonnieTaylor(WayneBank).Notin
photo:CharlieAnderson,LacawacTrusteeBobEckstein,LacawacTrusteeDr.DaleHolen,
PSUWorthingtonJeanneGenzlinger,SettlersHospitalityGroup.)
DinnerenBlancwillfeatureandhighlighttheculinarycreationsofExecutiveChefBen
SutteroftheSettlersHospitalityGroup,whoseinnovativemenusareshapedbytheseasons,
farms,pasturesandproducersofourregion.
ThephilosophyofSettlersHospitalityGroupistousethebest,localingredientsthatcan
befoundintheregion.ChefSutterscookingismarkedbyhighcontrastsinflavors.Dishes
incorporateandtouchasmanyofthesavory,sweet,bitter,spicycategoriesaspossiblewithout

beingoverwhelming.
ChefSuttersmenusboastmanyfarmtotableandsustainabledishes.Heknowsthefood
needstospeakforitself.ChefSutterispushingthelimitsoffarmtotablecuisinebyutilizing
methodslikesousvidetoproducespectacularandinnovativedishes.
LacawacsFarmtoPlateDinnerenBlancfeaturesalocalmenumadefromPennsylvania
growningredients,characterizedbytimelessdishesfromtheregion.
Asastrongsupporteroflocalfarmersandprivatelyownedspecialtyfoodbusinesses,
Lacawacbelievesthatthepreservationoffamilyownedlandandbusinesscreatesaculture
whereintegrity,traditionandauthenticitythrives.
Thesupportoflocalagricultureisvitaltothesurvivalofecosystemsneededfor
sustainablefoodsystems.
DinnerenBlancemphasizesthisimportantrelationshipbyworkingwithTheSettlers
HospitalityGroupandChefSutterwhouselocalingredientsfromPennsylvaniaandWayne
CountyFarmers.Ourdinnerservesasatributetothefarmersandcookswhoselegacylivesonin
therecipespasseddowntobecherishedbygenerationstocome.
LifetimeAchievementAwards
Duringthe50thanniversarycelebrationdinner,LacawacsBoardofTrusteesandstaff
willhonortwoindividualswhohavegiventirelesslytoLacawacanditsgrowthoverthe
years
Dr.CraigWilliamson
,MiamiUniversityofOhioand
Dr.SusanS.Kilham
,Drexel
University.
ProfessorandOhioEminentScholarofEcosystemEcology,Dr.Williamsonreceivedhis
PhDfromDartmouthCollegeandwasaprofessoratLehighUniversitybeforemovingtoMiami
Universityin2005.
Hisearlyresearchwasontrophicinteractionsinvolvingzooplankton,butinthepast16
yearshisworkhasfocusedontheecologyofUVinalpinelakesworldwide.
Aspartofhisservicetothescientificandglobalcommunity,CraigservesontheUnited
NationsEnvironmentProgrammeEnvironmentalEffectsAssessmentPanelonozonedepletion.
Dr.KilhamreceivedherPhDinZoologyandOceanographyfromDukeUniversity.She
completedherpostdoctoralatWoodsHoleOceanographicInstitution,WoodsHole,MA.
Followingherpostdoctoralstudies,SusanKilham,PhDwasonthefacultyattheUniversityof
Michigan19721990.ShecametoDrexelUniversityinJanuary1991.
Shehasextensiveinternationalexperienceinaquaticecosystemsandistheauthorofover
75scientificpublications.Inthepastdecade,shehasresearchedareasrelatedtotheimpactsof
climatechangeonecosystems.Shehasbeenactiveinhercareer.Shecurrentlyservesasa
TrusteeatLacawac.
Sponsorships
Sponsorshipopportunitiesareavailableforthisoneofakindevent.For50years
Lacawachasbeenaresourceforhundredsofthousandsofstudents,collegiatefaculty,local
residents,visitorsandvacationerstotheregionwhocometoLacawactoenjoyitsbeautyand
learnabouttherelationshipbetweenhumanbeingsandtheirenvironment.
TheSanctuaryinviteslocalbusinessestobecomepartofthegrowingcommunitythat
supportoureffortsandjoinusasasponsorcelebrating50yearsasanonprofitwithamissionof
research,education,andpreservation.
MoreInformation
Formoreinformationonthedinner,visitthe
FarmtoPlateDinnerenBlanc
webpageor

call5706899494orsendemailto:
info@lacawac.org
.
AboutTheSanctuary
LacawacSanctuaryisabiologicalfieldstation,environmentaleducationcenterand
naturepreservelocatedalongLakeWallenpaupackintheNorthernPoconoMountainsof
NortheasternPennsylvania.
LacawacSanctuaryspropertyis545acresandiscomprisedofseveralaquaticand
terrestrialsystemssuchasLakeLacawac,a52acrepristineglaciallakedesignatedasRegistered
NaturalLandmarkbytheNationalParkService.
Lacawacprovidesresearchandlaboratoryfacilitiesforabroadrangeofscientific
researchalongLakeLacawacanditssurroundingsaswellasprovidingadiverseprogramof
environmentaleducationforstudentsandthegeneralpublic.
For50yearsLacawachasworkedcloselywithscientificresearchersatuniversities
throughouttheMidAtlanticregionstudyingimportanttopicssuchasclimatechangeandwater
quality.
Lacawacoffersawiderangeofeducationalprogramsforstudents,families,andcivic
organizations,includingnaturewalks/hikes,birdwalks,workshops,andmore.
Inadditiontoitsenvironmentalandeducationalresources,Lacawacisanimportant
culturallandmarkintheregion.ThepropertyincludesanumberofVictorianeracottage
buildingsincludingtheAdirondackstylelodgeandcarriagehouse.
TheSanctuarysinfrastructurewasestablishedattheturnofthe20thcenturyandtoday
standsasahistoricallyimportantestateandisintheNationalRegisterofHistoricPlaces.
Foundedin1966,Lacawacisanonprofit501c3administeredbyaboardoftrusteeswith
amissionofResearch,EducationandPreservationandreliessolelyonthesupportofindividuals
andbusinesses.
IfenvironmentaleducationandtheprotectionoftheenvironmentandtheEarthfor
generationstocomeisimportanttoyou,weencourageyoutovisitthe
LacawacSanctuary
websitetolearnmoreabouthowyoucanplayaroleintheirwork.

PAHorticulturalSocietyMeadowbrookFarmMay14OpenHouse,PlantSale

Celebratetheseasonandenjoyadayoffamilyfunandlearning
atthe
PAHorticulturalSociety

MeadowbrookFarm
Spring
OpenHouseonMay14,from10a.m.to5p.m.,rainorshine.
MeadowbrookFarmislocatedat1633WashingtonLane,
Jenkintown,MontgomeryCounty.
TheOpenHousewillfocusoneducation,with
Master
Gardener
andMeadowbrookFarmDirectorJennyRoseCarey
onhandtoanswerquestions.
ThehistorichomeofrenownedfloristJ.LiddonPennock,Jr.is
celebratingits80thanniversarythisyear.Thehandsomestone
houseanddisplaygardenswillbeopenforselfguidedtours
from10a.m.to4p.m.duringtheSpringOpenHouse.
MiniTalksinthesalesyardbyMeadowbrookFarmexpertswillinclude:
11a.m.:HowtoMakeanHerbPlanter
Noon:AttractingButterfliesandBees

1p.m.:GreatPlantsforRockGardeners
2p.m.:TopPicksforSpringPlanting
3p.m.:QuickFactsonHorticulturalTherapy
Stopbythenurserytopickupspringfavorites,includingcolorfulannuals,spring
bloomingperennials,hangingbaskets,showstoppingAmericanageraniums,tastyveggies,
Meadowbrookgrownherbs,andcontainergardens.
TheSpringOpenHouseisafamilyfriendlyeventandwillfeatureapettingzoowith
farmanimalsfromQuiverFarms,11a.m.to1p.m.Kidscandancetotunesaboutanimalsby
TwoofAKindwithliveperformancesat11a.m.and2p.m.
RefreshmentswillbeservedbyStreetsideBBQfrom10a.m.to4p.m.,andRitasWater
Icewillbeonsitethroughouttheday(cashonly).
Featuringagiftshop,greenhouses,andoutdoorsalesarea,MeadowbrookFarmoffersa
largeselectionofgardeningessentialsincludinggreatgloves,decorativelanterns,andgardening
dcor.
PHSMembersreceivea10percentdiscountontheirplantpurchasesyearround.Join
onsiteanddiscountsbeginimmediately.
Formoreinformation,visitthe
MeadowbrookFarm
webpageorcall2158875900.

DelawareHighlandsConservancyLemonsBrookFarm:Lens,Pen&PlaceMay21

The
DelawareHighlandsConservancy
willpresentthedigitalandspoken
wordevent,
LemonsBrookFarm:Lens,PenandPlace
,onMay21,from
1:00to5:00p.m.,atthefarmhousewhereitsNewYorkofficeisbased,
at120SegarandRosenbergRoad,KauneongaLake,NewYork.
Theeventisfreeandopentothepublicadvanceregistrationis
notrequired.
LemonsBrookFarm:Lens,PenandPlacewillfeaturethework
ofphotographerandwriter,SandyLong,whospentthemonthof
November2015asArtistinResidenceatthe119acreproperty.
Adigitalexpositionofimageswillbeavailablethroughoutthe
afternoon,andLongwillbrieflydiscussherworkat1:30p.m.and4:00
p.m.Therewillbeaguidedwalkonthewoodlandtrailat2:30p.m.
Whileinresidenceatthefarm,Longexploredthelichenlabeledstonewalls,the
birdandbugfriendlyherbgarden,thewildlifethatissupportedthere,theshadyforesttrail
litteredwiththoughtprovokingevidenceofhumanactivityandtheneighboringcowsquietly
groomingthefieldsleasedbyalocalfarmer.
Thebeautifulpropertyiswelllovedbyitsowner,LouBarrandhisfamily.Barrs
reverenceforhischildhoodhomeledhimtoworkwiththeConservancytoprotectitforthe
future.
Asaresult,thepristinewoodlands,fieldsandwetlandswillcontinuetoprovideessential
habitatforplants,animals,insects,fungiandotherlifeforms."Ihavetremendousdevotionto
what'swild,"saysBarr.
Longsphotographicexperienceofthepropertywasdeepenedonthepage,inaprocess
sheemployswhenengagingwithaplace.
Iamlooking,listening,openingmysensestowhatthisplaceissaying,shewrote

duringtheresidency.Weformourbondsinsuchconversations.Deepeningrelationshipstothe
placeswelovecanimpelustoworkontheirbehalf.Thecameraprovidesmeaportalforgreater
awareness.
Longpreviouslyenjoyedatwoweek
explorationofShenandoahNationalPark
during
fall2014asitsfirstartistinresidence,andhasformanyyearsdonesimilarworkintheUpper
DelawareRiverregionasaresidentofPikeCounty.
Visit
SandyLongPhotos.com
forasneakpeekatagalleryofimagesfromherLemons
BrookFarmresidency.
Longiscofounderofthecontentmarketingfirm,
HeronsEyeCommunications
,which
sharesimagesofwonderawakeningaspectsofthenaturalworldthroughits
socialmediaseries
#WonderWatch.
Moreinformationisavailableonthe
LemonsBrookFarm:Lens,PenandPlace
webpage.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandotherupcomingevents,visitthe
DelawareHighlandsConservancy
website.
ClickHere
tosignupforregularupdatesfromthe
Conservancy.

DCNR,DEPConstructionContractsNowOpenForBid

TheDepartmentofConservationandNaturalResourceshasacurrentlistofbidproposalsfor
constructionprojectsinStateParksandStateForestsavailableonline.
ClickHere
forthelist.

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionhasavailableacurrentlistofAbandonedMine
Reclamation,AcidMineDrainage,SurfaceMineReclamation,CleaningOutandPluggingOil
andGasWells,WaterwaysEngineering(ConcreteDams/ConcreteLineChannels,Wallsand
BoxCulverts,etc.),HazardousSiteRemediation,RemovalandDisposalofUnderground
StorageTanks,andWetlandRestorationprojectsavailableforbidding.
ClickHere
forthelist.

OpportunityToBidOnDEPNonCoalMineReclamationProjectInMcKeanCounty

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection
publishednotice
ofanopportunitytobidona
noncoalminereclamationprojectinMcKeanCountyintheMay7PABulletin.Formore
information,visitDEPs
ConstructionContracts
webpage.

PublicParticipationOpportunities/CalendarOfEvents

ThissectionlistsHouseandSenateCommitteemeetings,DEPandotherpublichearingsand
meetingsandotherinterestingenvironmentalevents.
NEW
meansnewfromlastweek.
[AgendaNotPosted]
meansnotpostedwithin2weeks
oftheadvisorycommitteemeeting.Gotothe
onlineCalendar
webpageforupdates.

May10

NEW
.
SenateLocalGovernmentCommittee
meetstoconsider
HouseBill1394
(MustioRAllegheny)authorizingboroughstoenactstormwaterfees.RulesRoom.Offthe
Floor.

May10

NEW
.
AgendaPosted
.
StateConservationCommission
.DelawareRoom,FarmShow

Complex,Harrisburg.10:00.
Dirt,Gravel&LowVolumeRoadProgram
REAPFarmConservationTaxCredit
Nutrient&OdorManagementProgram
ChesapeakeBayProgramUpdate
InBalanceChesapeakeBayConferenceUpdate&FuturePlans

WrittenProgramReportsForMeeting

May10

WildlifeforEveryone

GovernorTomRidgeWetlandsThruTheCameraLensStudent
Program
.CentreCounty.

May1012

PAAmericanWaterWorksAssociationAnnualConferenc
e.BethlehemSands
HotelandCasino,Bethlehem.

May11

CANCELED
.
DEPWaterResourcesAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Thenextmeeting
willberescheduledinJune.DEPContact:LeeMcDonnell,7177875017or
lmcdonnell@pa.gov
.
(
formalnotice
)

May11

DelawareRiverBasinCommission
holdsahearingonwaterwithdrawalrequestsand
adoptingguidelinesforcertaindeterminationsmadeundertheCommissionswaterquality
regulations.WashingtonCrossingHistoricParkVisitorCenter,1112RiverRoad,Washington
Crossing,PA.1:30.
(
formalnotice
)

May11

PAParks&ForestsFoundation2016AwardsBanquet
.CampHill,Cumberland
County.

May1113

PAAssociationofEnvironmentalProfessionals
AnnualConference.StateCollege.

May1213

NEW
.
ChesapeakeBayCommission
meeting.HyattRegencyBethesda,One
BethesdaMetroCenter,Bethesda,MD.
ChesapeakeBayMonitoring201
FinancingTheBayRestoration
LookingForwardToTheNextFarmBill
HalfWayToCleanWater

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formoreinformationontheagenda,minutes,presentations

May12

WestmorelandLandTrust

CelebratingAdditionToCedarCreekPark
.Westmoreland
County.

May1315

PAOutdoorWritersAssociation

SpringConference
.Sayre,BradfordCounty.
Conferencedetailsarecomingtogether.ContactNickSisleybyemailto:
nicksisley@hotmail.com
withanyquestions.

May1315

SusquehannaGreenway
:
SusquehannaRiverSojournSayertoSugarRun
.

May14
PAResourcesCouncil

HardToRecycleCollectionEvent
.FrazerTownship,
AlleghenyCounty.

May14

FoundationforSustainableForests

LovingTheLandThroughWorkingForests
.
Corry,ErieCounty.

May14

PinchotsGreyTowersHeritageWalk
.Milford,PikeCounty.

May14

NEW
.
PAHorticulturalSociety

MeadowbrookFarmOpenHouse&PlantSale
.
Jenkintown,MontgomeryCounty.

May16
EnvironmentalIssuesForum,
JointLegislativeAir&WaterPollutionControland
ConservationCommittee
featuringapresentationonchronicwastingdiseaseindeer.Room
8EAEastWingCapitol.Noon.

May17

EnvironmentalQualityBoard
meeting.DEPContact:LauraEdinger,Environmental
QualityBoard,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177723277,
edinger@pa.gov
.

May17

DEPCitizensAdvisoryCouncil
.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.DEP
Contact:KatieHetheringtonCunfer,CitizensAdvisoryCouncil,P.O.Box8459,Harrisburg,PA
171058459,7177052693,
khethering@pa.gov
.

May17

DEPClimateChangeAdvisoryCommittee
meets.16thFloorConferenceRoom,
RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.DEPContact:MarkBrojakowski,BureauofAirQuality,400
MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177723429,
mbrojakows@pa.gov
.
(
formalnotice
)

May17
SusquehannaRiverBasinCommission
DevelopingAquiferTestingPlans&
GroundwaterWithdrawalApplicationsWorkshop
.CommissionsConferenceCenterlocatedat
4423N.FrontStreet,Harrisburg,PA.DayLong.

May18
CANCELED.

DEPConventionalOilandGasAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.
RescheduledtoJune23atajointmeetingwiththeOilandGasTechnicalAdvisoryBoard.DEP
Contact:ToddWallace,OilandGasProgram,bycalling7177839438orsendemailto:
twallace@pa.gov
.

May1819

PAUrban&CommunityForestryCouncil

KeyToLongTermUrbanTree
SurvivalWorkshop
.Allentown.

May19

CANCELED
.
DEPOilandGasTechnicalAdvisoryBoard
meeting.Rescheduledto
June23atajointmeetingwiththeConventionalOilandGasAdvisoryCommittee.DEP
Contact:ToddWallace,OilandGasProgram,bycalling7177839438orsendemailto:
twallace@pa.gov
.

May19

PennStateWebinarOnMonitoringSeismicActivityInPA
.1:00.

May19

FriendsOfTheWissahickon
Lessons
BenefitsOfPark,GardenEcosystems
.
MontgomeryCounty.

May21

PAResourcesCouncil

HouseholdChemicalCollectionEvent
.CambriaCounty,
ConcurrentTechnologiesCorp.ETFFacility,Johnstown.9:00a.m.to1:00p.m.

May21

BrodheadWatershedAssociation

ThunderSwampHike
.PikeCounty.

May2425

PAEnvirothonCompetition
.SusquehannaUniversity,CampMountLutherin
Selinsgrove.

June1
CANCELED
.
DEPSmallWaterSystemsTechnicalAssistanceCenterBoard
meeting.
MeetingrescheduledtoJune23.DEPContact:DawnHissner,DEPBureauofSafeDrinking
Water,7177722189or
dhissner@pa.gov.

(
formalnotice
)

June3

AppalachianTrailMuseum

HallOfFameBanquet
.
AllenberryResort
,Boiling
Springs,CumberlandCounty.

June35

PAEnvironmentalCouncil

EnvironmentRide
.PhiladelphiatoBethlehembackto
Philadelphia.

June34

BrodheadWatershedAssociation

AnnualNativePlantSale
.Tannersville,Monroe
County.

June4

HawkMountainSanctuaryArtTour&Sale
.BerksCounty.

June4
SalvationArmy.
River&WindChallengeGreatAlleghenyPassageTrail
.Somerset
County.

June410

18thAnnualSchuylkillRiverSojourn
.

June412

ChesapeakeBayWatershedAwarenessWeek
.

June7

DEPStorageTankAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.
10:00.
DEPContact:CharlesM.Swokel,BureauofEnvironmentalCleanupandBrownfields,
400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177725806or(800)4282657((800)42TANKS)
withintheCommonwealth,
cswokel@pa.gov
.
(
formalnotice
)

June9
DEPAirQualityTechnicalAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.9:15.Contact:NancyHerb,
nherb@pa.gov
.

June1217

SusquehannaGreenway
:
SusquehannaRiverSojournLaceyvilletoShickshinny
.

June14
DEPBoardofCoalMineSafety
meeting.DEPCambriaOffice,286IndustrialPark
Rd.,Ebensburg.10:00.
DEPContact:AllisonGaida,BureauofMineSafety,Departmentof

EnvironmentalProtection,NewStantonOffice,131BroadviewRoad,NewStanton,PA15672,
7244043147,
agaida@pa.gov
.

June14or15

NEW
.
DEPMS4StormwaterWorkshops
.Uniontown.

June15

DelawareRiverBasinCommission
holdsabusinessmeetingonwaterwithdrawal
requestsandadoptingguidelinesforcertaindeterminationsmadeundertheCommissionswater
qualityregulations.WashingtonCrossingHistoricParkVisitorCenter,1112RiverRoad,
WashingtonCrossing,PA.10:30.
(
formalnotice
)

June16
DEPStateBoardforCertificationofWaterandWastewaterSystemsOperators
meeting.10thFloorConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.DEPContact:Cheri
Sansoni,BureauofSafeDrinkingWater,OperatorCertification,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,
PA17101,7177725158,
csansoni@pa.gov
.

June1719

SusquehannaGreenway
:
SusquehannaRiverSojournShickshinnyToSunbury
.

June18

PAResourcesCouncil
AlleghenyCountyReuseFest.Mt.Lebanon.

June18

BerksCountyConservationDistrict

CREPMaintenanceFieldDay
.Wernersville.

June1825

DelawareRiverSojourn
.

June21

EnvironmentalQualityBoard
meeting.DEPContact:LauraEdinger,Environmental
QualityBoard,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177723277,
edinger@pa.gov
.

June21

DEPCitizensAdvisoryCouncil
.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.DEP
Contact:KatieHetheringtonCunfer,CitizensAdvisoryCouncil,P.O.Box8459,Harrisburg,PA
171058459,7177052693,
khethering@pa.gov
.

June21or22

NEW
.
DEPMS4StormwaterWorkshops
.Scranton.

June2223

2016PAAbandonedMineReclamationConference
.IndianaUniversityofPA,
Indiana.

June23
Jointmeetingofthe
ConventionalOilandGasAdvisoryCommittee
and
OilandGas
TechnicalAdvisoryBoard
.
DEPMoshannonDistrictOffice,186EnterpriseDr.,Philipsburg.
10:00.DEPContact:ToddWallace,OilandGasProgram,bycalling7177839438orsend
emailto:
twallace@pa.gov
.

June23
DEPSmallWaterSystemsTechnicalAssistanceCenterBoard
meeting.Susquehanna
Room,Fish&BoatCommissionBuilding,1601ElmertonAve.,Harrisburg.9:00.DEPContact:
DawnHissner,DEPBureauofSafeDrinkingWater,7177722189or
dhissner@pa.gov.
(
formalnotice
)

June2429

WildlandsConservancy

LehighRiverSojourn
.

June25
PAResourcesCouncil

HardToRecycleCollectionEvent
.LTBA,AlleghenyCounty.

June28or29

NEW
.
DEPMS4StormwaterWorkshops
.Wyomissing.

June29

StateBoardforCertificationofSewageEnforcementOfficers
meeting.11thFloor
ConferenceRoomB,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.
DEPContact:KristenSzwajkowski,
BureauofPointNonPointSourceManagement,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,
7177722186,
kszwajkows@pa.gov
.

June30

DEPSolidWasteAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.
10:00.
DEPContact:KeithAshley,BureauofWasteManagement,400MarketStreet,
Harrisburg,PA17101,7177872553,
riashley@pa.gov
.

July9

PAResourcesCouncil

HouseholdChemicalCollectionEvent
.WashingtonCounty,
WashingtonCountyFairgrounds.9:00a.m.to1:00p.m.

July19or20

NEW
.
DEPMS4StormwaterWorkshops
.Lewisburg.

July21

AgendaPosted
.
DEPMiningandReclamationAdvisoryBoard
meeting.Cambria
DistrictMiningOffice,286IndustrialparkRoad,Ebensburg.10:00.DEPContact:Daniel
Snowden,BureauofMiningPrograms,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177875103,
dsnowden@pa.gov
.

July2529

TheSustainableEnergyFund

EnergypathRenewableEnergyConference,Student
EnergyCamps,ScienceFair
.PennStaterHotelandConferenceCenter,StateCollege.

July2729

PROPRecycling&OrganicsConference
.Harrisburg.

August13

PAResourcesCouncil

HouseholdChemicalCollectionEvent
.AlleghenyCounty,
BoyceParkFourSeasonsSkiLodgeparkinglot.9:00a.m.to1:00p.m.

August13
NEW
.
LacawacSanctuary50thAnniversaryFarmToPlateDinner
.WayneCounty.

August20
PAResourcesCouncil

HardToRecycleCollectionEvent
.WestMifflin,Allegheny
County.

August24

CANCELED
.DEP
ConventionalOilandGasAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.DEP
Contact:
ToddWallace,OilandGasProgram,bycalling7177839438orsendemailto:
twallace@pa.gov
.

August25

CANCELED
.DEP
OilandGasTechnicalAdvisoryBoard
meeting.DEPContact:
ToddWallace,OilandGasProgram,bycalling7177839438orsendemailto:
twallace@pa.gov
.


September1518

DelawareHighlandsConservancy

WomenandTheirWoodsEducational
Retreat
.Milanville,WayneCounty.

September17

PAResourcesCouncil

HouseholdChemicalCollectionEvent
.Allegheny
County,SouthParkWavePoolparkinglot.9:00a.m.to1:00p.m.

September22
DEPRecyclingFundAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.10:00.DEPContact:KeithAshley,BureauofWasteManagement,400MarketStreet,
Harrisburg,PA17101,7177872553,
riashley@pa.gov
.

September22
PennStateExtension
DiveDeeperIIIWaterEducatorSummit
.TheCentral
Hotel&ConferenceCenter,Harrisburg.

October1
PAResourcesCouncil

HardToRecycleCollectionEvent
.RobinsonTownship,
AlleghenyCounty.

October7

DEPLowLevelRadioactiveWasteAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105
RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.DEPContact:RichJanati,BureauofRadiationProtection,400
MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177872147,
rjanati@pa.gov
.

October8

PAResourcesCouncil

HouseholdChemicalCollectionEvent
.BeaverCounty,
BradysRunParkRecyclingCenter.9:00a.m.to1:00p.m.

October2628

PennsylvaniaBrownfieldsConference
.LancasterConventionCenter,
Lancaster.

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DEPRegulationsInProcess
ProposedRegulationsOpenForComment
DEPwebpage
SubmitCommentsonProposalsThrough
DEPseCommentSystem
ProposedRegulationsWithClosedCommentPeriods
DEPwebpage
RecentlyFinalizedRegulations
DEPwebpage
DEPRegulatoryUpdate
DEPwebpage
Feb.27DEPRegulatoryAgenda
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DEPTechnicalGuidanceInProcess
DraftTechnicalGuidanceDocuments
DEPwebpage
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DEPwebpage

SubmitCommentsonProposalsThrough
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DEPwebpage
TechnicalGuidanceRecentlyFinalized
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CopiesofFinalTechnicalGuidance
DEPwebpage
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DEPCalendarofEvents

DCNRCalendarofEvents

Note:
TheEnvironmentalEducationWorkshopCalendarisnolongeravailablefromthePA
CenterforEnvironmentalEducationbecausefundingfortheCenterwaseliminatedintheFY
201112statebudget.ThePCEEwebsitewasalsoshutdown,butsomecontentwasmovedto
the
PAAssociationofEnvironmentalEducators'
website.

SenateCommitteeSchedule

HouseCommitteeSchedule

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Grants&Awards

Thissectiongivesyouaheadsuponupcomingdeadlinesforawardsandgrantsandother
recognitionprograms.
NEW
meansnewfromlastweek.

May10
NRCSRegionalConservationPartnershipGrants
May13

GrowPittsburgh,WPCCommunityGardensGrants
May13
CapitalRegionWaterStudentCBH2OArtContest
May14

NEW
.
VoteInChesapeakeBayFoundationPhotoContest
May16

EPAPresidentialEnvironmentalEducationInnovationAward
May16

NEW
.
USDAWetlandReserveEnhancementProgram
May19

DCNRVolunteerFireCompanyGrants
May19

SchuylkillHighlandsConservationLandscapeMiniGrantProgram
May31

$2KScholarshipsByNationalAssn.OfAbandonedMineLandPrograms
May31

PAWasteWatcherAwardsProgram
May31

DominionFoundationHigherEducation,K12EducationGrants

June1

PAHorticulturalSocietyTreeOfTheYearContest
June3

GreatAmericanCleanupofPAVideoContest
June15

PAHorticulturalSocietyGardening&GreeningContest
June17
SinnemahoningCreekWatershedGrants
June30

SusquehannaGreenwayPartnershipPhotoContest
June30
CFAAct13WatershedRestorationGrants
June30

CFAAct13AbandonedMineDrainageAbatementAndTreatmentGrants
June30

CFAAct13OrphanOrAbandonedWellPluggingGrantProgram
June30
CFAAct13BaselineWaterQualityDataGrantProgram
June30

CFAAct13SewageFacilitiesGrantProgram
June30

CFAAct13FloodMitigationGrantProgram
June30

CFAAct13Greenways,TrailsAndRecreationGrantProgram
June30
SusquehannaGreenwaysPartnershipPhotoContest
June30

EnergypathConferenceStudent/EducatorScholarships
July
CFARenewableEnergyGeothermalAndWindGrants
July

CFAHighPerformanceBuildingGrants
July8

ARIPPAAbandonedMineReclamationGrants
July8

PROPRecyclingFilmFestival
September
CFARenewableEnergyGeothermalAndWindGrants
September

CFAHighPerformanceBuildingGrants
October31
PAResourcesCouncilLensOnLitterPhotoContest
December31

DEPAlternativeFuelsIncentiveGrants

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DEPGrant,LoanandRebatePrograms
webpageformoreideasonhowtoget
financialassistanceforenvironmentalprojects.

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EnvironmentalNewsClipsAllTopics

HereareNewsClipsfromaroundthestateonallenvironmentaltopics,includingGeneral
Environment,Budget,MarcellusShale,WatershedProtectionandmuchmore.

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Air
PAExpandsParticulateMonitoringAsFedsFindHighLevels
WhyCantPittsburghGetItsActTogetherOnAirQuality?
OpEd:AirPollutionFromGasDrillingRequiresAction
Crable:StateGrantsPerdueCrucialAirPermitInLancaster
DEPGivesFinalNodToControversialSoybeanCrushingPlant

DEPApprovesControversialLancasterSoybeanPlant
Editorial:WeNeedToWorkToImproveLancastersPoorAirQuality
AlleghenyFront:AirQualityMonitorYouCheckOutAtTheLibrary
TreePollenCountVeryHigh
AlternativeEnergy
MoreElectricCarChargingStationsPoppingUpInNE
WindTurbinesBalloonInSize,GenerateProfit
Awards&Recognition
Perkiomen,PhoenixvilleStudentsAwardedForSchuylkillProtectionEfforts
TreePlantingsAtRootOfChesapeakeBayFoundationsAward
GoogleDoodleCelebratesScrantonNativeJaneJacobs
Biodiversity/InvasiveSpecies
LakeErieFundingDistributedToTrackInvaders,FightAlgae
Budget
Quigley:ContentionsRegulationsForGasIndustrySensible
WolfsProposedSeveranceTaxAmongNationsHighest
LebanonCountyAwards$90KInMarcellusShaleGrants
Climate
OpEd:ClimateDenialAFormOfFraud
Editorial:CostOfUNClimateAccord
ComplianceAction
TalenEnergyPaysNearly$1MFor2005MartinsCreekAshSpill
EPASlapsCompanyWithLargestEverSuperfundPenalty
DelawareRiver
DelawareRiverKeeperApril29RiverWatchVideoReport
DrinkingWater
Perkiomen,PhoenixvilleStudentsAwardedForSchuylkillProtectionEfforts
TriCountyWaterAuthorityMovesForwardWithSystemRepairs
Q/A:HowSafeIsPhillysWater?
CapitalRegionWaterMakesPitchForInfrastructureGrants
LehighAuthority:MoneyNeededForInfrastructureImprovements
Drought
PAHasBeenAbnormallyDryThisYear
EconomicDevelopment
APFactCheck:BringingCoalJobsBackToAppalachia
Shell:BeaverCrackerPlantStrong,RobustProject
Editorial:FoundationsHelpedRebuildPittsburghAfterIndustrialCollapse
Education
EnvirothonHasCommonLessonForLocalSchools
Repetition,HumorGetChildrenCuriousAboutSTEM
SchuylkillRiverTownsWildEdiblesTourForKidsMay14
AudubonPAStudentsReleased1,500LadybugsForEarthDay
AnnualButterflyReleaseHeldAtNEElementarySchool
FromTrashPitToAmphibianOasis,KingsGapEECenter
BabyPeregrineFalconsAtRachelCarsonBuildingBanded

Energy
FERCOKsGasPipelineToServeNewShamokinDamPowerPlant
OfficialsWantToConvertFormerStatePrisonIntoPowerPlant
WolfEnergyAdvisorNominatedToPUC
WolfNominatesDavidSweetForPUC
APFactCheck:BringingCoalJobsBackToAppalachia
PPLGenerationRatesToDropThisSummer
JudgeToPGW:StopRobocallingCustomersWithUnpaidBills
GroupsPressDuquesneLightForLEDProgramCosts
DOEResearchersSeePittsburghsProgressOnDistrictEnergy
DronesGiveFirstEnergyQuick,EasyLookAtPlants
JessupTakesFirstStepTowardLandUseLawRevisions
EnergyConservation
GroupsPressDuquesneLightForLEDProgramCosts
TakeTheUltimateHomeEnergyQuiz
FederalSuperfund
EPASlapsCompanyWithLargestEverSuperfundPenalty
Flooding
DuryeaFloodProjectCompletionEndInSight
ScrantonResidentWantsFixForUndergroundStream
Forests
Sen.AllowayTreeEventPlantsForABetterFuture
SonsPreserveMothersMemoryByBringingTreesToSuburbs
PoconosWildfireFullyContained
PoconosSixteenMileFireAlmostCompletelyContained
OfficialsHopeToStaveOffNewGypsyMothInvasion
Pennsylvania:GetReadyForLoud,LargeCicadas
AgricultureDepartment:LeafminerReportedInLancasterCounty
GreenBuildings/Sustainability
NewTempleLibraryToGetHugeGreenRoof
LakeErie
LakeErieFundingDistributedToTrackInvaders,FightAlgae
LandConservation
Crable:LancasterCountyConservancyReturnsToItsRoots
HaasEstateInVillanovaToBePreservedAsPublicGarden
LandUsePlanning
GoogleDoodleCelebratesScrantonNativeJaneJacobs
JessupTakesFirstStepTowardLandUseLawRevisions
Litter/IllegalDumping
PlymouthResidentsParticipatesInGreatAmericanCleanupOfPA
PrescriptionDrugTakeBackDayHeldInLuzerneCounty
Oil&Gas
DrillersGrowingLeeryOfPARulesLeadersTellLegislators
Rep.KruegerBranekyRipsLegislatorsForBlockingDrillingRegs
PATrout:TellLegislatorsLetDrillingRulesMoveForward

HouseCommitteeVotesToBlockUpdatedDrillingRules
HousePanelVotesToBlockDrillingRegulations
PLSReporter:HouseStartsProcesstoScuttleDrillingRegs
Quigley:ContentionsRegulationsForGasIndustrySensible
AllianceOfMomsCriticizeEffortsToBlockDrillingRegs
MurrysvilleModelsDrillingRulesOnStateProposal
GasWellVentingCausesBigAlarmInArmstrongCounty
PAExpandsParticulateMonitoringAsFedsFindHighLevels
OpEd:AirPollutionFromGasDrillingRequiresAction
Editorial:PASenatePutsEnergyIntoPandering
WolfsProposedSeveranceTaxAmongNationsHighest
GroupsSueEPAOnHandling,DisposalOfDrillingWaste
ErieSenatorCallsForFrackingBan
Judge:NoRemedyWhenDrillerFailsToDevelopWells
EnergySpotlight:CoreyYoung
Shell:BeaverCrackerPlantStrong,RobustProject
PGWSaidSecretBonusPlanWasntASecret
JudgeToPGW:StopRobocallingCustomersWithUnpaidBills
ScientistsWorriedOklahomansGotWrongMessageOnQuakes
FrackingNowAccountsForTwoThirdsOfNationsNaturalGas
RiceEnergyProductionClimbs,ProfitsSlump
EQTSigns$407MDealWithStatoilForGasRightsInWV
LawsuitTargetsMisrepresentationOfGasolinePrices
PittsburghGasolineHits$2.38/Gallon
Pipelines
AlleghenyFront:PipelineExplosionStokesWorriesAboutSafety
AP:PossiblyFlawedWeldsCitedInPAPipelineBlast
PAPipelineExplosion:EvidenceOfCorrosionFound
Report:CorrosionMayBeAFactorInPipelineExplosion
CorrosionFoundOnTexasEasternPipelineThatExploded
SomeDisplacedByWestmorelandPipelineBlastClearedToReturn
6Of9FamiliesReturnAfterNaturalGasPipelineExplosion
PipelineBlastVictimUpgradedFromCriticalToFair
Residents,GasFirmShiftFocusToRecoveryAfterPipelineExplosion
AP:PipelinesDrained,FedsInvestigatingCauseOfExplosion
NoCauseFoundYetInWestmorelandGasExplosion
AnswersElusiveInWestmorelandPipelineExplosion
HighwayDamagedByPipelineBlastStillBeingFixed
Crable:NaturalGasPipelineThatExplodedRunsThruLancaster
AtlanticSunrisePipelineGetsFERCGreenLight
FERCOKsGasPipelineToServeNewShamokinDamPowerPlant
NJLandownersSueToStopPennEastPipelineSurveyors
Recreation
3PAStateParksMakeTopMidAtlanticParksList
10GorgeousPAStateParksWorthTheDrive

SchuylkillRiverHeritageAreaGenerates$590MAnnually
200+EntrantsEnter10MileCreekCanoe&AnythingThatFloatsRace
Schneck:GraffitiRemovedFromPopularBoulderOutcropping
HeritageValleyTrailCelebratingPastAndFuture
PittsburghMayUpgradeRailroadCrossingInSouthSideBikeTrail
BicyclistsGettingOneSweetRideAcrossSchuylkill
HikingTrailDiversionCompletedOnPresqueIsle
MoonLakeParkBikeTrailDamagedByTimbering
PhillyToAcquireBridgeOverSchuylkillForBike,PedTrail
PetitionAgainstParkingInPhillyBikeLaneRacksUpSignatures
Crable:FERCOrderShowsHoltwoodParkWasToStayInPublicUse
Crable:ResidentsVentAngerOverHoltwoodParkClosure
HikersProtestHoltwoodDamLandClosureInLancaster
RallyingToSaveKellysRunAndHoltwoodPark
TalenEnergyUnapologeticallyClosesLancasterPark
ImprovementsInStoreForRyersonStationStatePark
GroupHuntsMushroomsInRyersonStationStatePark
Editorial:ReduceNationalParksDeferredWork
Recycling/Waste
DisposingOfOldElectronicsToughUnderPALaw
GetRidOfHazardousHouseholdWasteSaturdayInYork
ErieElectronics,TireCollectionSetForSaturday
TalenEnergyPaysNearly$1MFor2005MartinsCreekAshSpill
GroupsSueEPAOnHandling,DisposalOfDrillingWaste
TrashTalking:TheLifeOfAGarbageman
RenewableEnergy
CollierEncouragesResidents,BusinessesToGoSolar
WindTurbinesBalloonInSize,GenerateProfit
SchuylkillRiver
Perkiomen,PhoenixvilleStudentsAwardedForSchuylkillProtectionEfforts
SchuylkillRiverTownsHosts2ProgramsInPhoenixville
SusquehannaRiver
SwimmingUpTheSusquehannaWithAmericanShad
WastewaterTreatmentFacilities
CapitalRegionWaterMakesPitchForInfrastructureGrants
WorkersScrambleToPlugLeakAtBucksWaterPlant
WatershedProtection
LakeErieFundingDistributedToTrackInvaders,FightAlgae
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Wildlife
SwimmingUpTheSusquehannaWithAmericanShad
Fish&BoatCommissionAwardsCabelasKayakFishingPackage
FromTrashPitToAmphibianOasis,KingsGapEECenter
BabyPeregrineFalconsAtRachelCarsonBuildingBanded

Schneck:GameCommissionLookingForVolunteersToCountOspreyNests
YorkBaldEagleNestHostsTwoBabies
CongressionalTributeForBisonRoamingLehighValley
Pennsylvania:GetReadyForLoud,LargeCicadas
WildlifeImpactOnCropFieldsReviewed
AgricultureDepartment:LeafminerReportedInLancasterCounty
ZikaVirus
AlleghenyCountyReports3rdKnownZikaCase
MosquitoSurveillanceStartsWithWestNile,ZikaConcerns
HowToProtectYourself,YourBabyFromZikaVirus
PiratesScrapPuertoRicoSeriesAmidZikaConcerns
PittTeamingUpWithBrazilOnZikaResearch
OraSureDevelopingRapidZikaTest
Other
PreservingTheMemoryOfFlight93Victims

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PennsylvaniaBulletinMay7,2016

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ClassAWildTroutWaters
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