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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
March 27, 2023 - Issue #975
* 62 New Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

Here are 62 new stories in the PA Environment Digest about individuals, groups, local governments, farmers, businesses, watershed groups and many more working all across Pennsylvania to restore and protect the environment and show others the beauty that surrounds us.

* This Week’s Examples Of Going The WRONG WAY On Environmental, Energy Issues

Below are examples of going the WRONG WAY on environmental and energy issues from last week’s articles and NewsClips-- 

* Weekly List Of PA Environment & Energy Articles & NewsClips By Topic

PA Environment Digest Put Links To The Best Environment & Energy Articles and NewsClips From Last Week Here By Topic.

* DEP Offers 10 Point Plan To Improve Permit Reviews; Climate/Energy Work Group Co-Chairs Announced; Work Group Formed To Prevent New Oil & Gas Well Abandonments

On March 22, DEP presented a 10 point plan for improving DEP permit reviews to the Senate Appropriations Committee as part of Acting Secretary Richard Negrin’s presentation on DEP’s FY 2023-24 budget request.

* House Budget Hearing: Acting DEP Secretary Outlines His Views On Environmental Justice, Announces Fernando Treviño As Special Deputy For Environmental Justice

On March 23, Acting DEP Secretary Richard Negrin outlined his views on environmental justice and announced he has named Fernando Treviño to the new position of Special Deputy Secretary for Environmental Justice.

* DEP Acting Secretary Wants To Encourage A Culture Of Being User-Friendly At DEP And Used The Train Derailment Response As An Example

In his appearances before the Senate and House Appropriations Committee last week, DEP Acting Secretary Richard Negrin talked about the need to encourage a culture of being “user-friendly” in DEP.

* DEP Acting Secretary Negrin: All Climate Change Is Local - We Are Guardians Of Our Neighborhoods, We Are To Act In Service To Our Neighbors

On February 15, Acting DEP Secretary Richard Negrin had an "all hands" meeting that was made available electronically to all DEP staff across the state.  It was his first opportunity to lay out his vision of the agency and to underscore the important mission DEP has to protect public health and the environment.

* DEP Projects Over $1.5 Million Deficit In Account Funding Oil & Gas Regulation Program In FY 2023-24

In response to questions from Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver) at the March 22 Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on DEP’s budget request, the Department of Environmental Protection said it is projecting a $1,581,000 deficit in funding for the Oil and Gas Regulation Program.

* DEP Budget Testimony: Increasing Permitting Efficiency, Cleaning Up Legacy Pollution, Investing In Communities, Holding Companies Accountable

Department of Environmental Protection Acting Secretary Richard Negrin prepared this written testimony to submit to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees outlining Gov. Shapiro’s FY 2023-24 budget request--

* Former DEP Secretaries Invited To Share Their Experiences Protecting Pennsylvania's Environment With Acting Secretary Negrin

On March 24, Acting DEP Secretary Richard Negrin invited former Department of Environmental Protection Secretaries to an informal lunch "so I could learn from their shared experiences working to protect Pennsylvania's environment."

* Senate Republicans Again Suggest DCNR Allow More Natural Gas Drilling To Fund Park/Forest Operations; New Hellbender License Plate Coming In June

On March 21, the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on DCNR’s proposed FY 2023-24 budget request again resulted in a discussion of  increasing drilling in or under State Forest and Park land and other typical issues covered year in and year out.

* DCNR Budget Testimony: Supporting PA’s Outdoor Recreation Industry, Conserving Natural Resources

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn prepared this written testimony to submit to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees outlining Gov. Shapiro’s FY 2023-24 budget request--

* Agriculture Budget Testimony: Budget Proposal Supports Agriculture Economy; Land & Water Stewardship; Organic Farming; Helps Deal With Threats To Food System

Department of Agriculture Acting Secretary Russell Redding prepared this written testimony to submit to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees outlining Gov. Shapiro’s FY 2023-24 budget request--

* Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - March 18 to 24; Continuing Violations At Equitrans Gas Storage Area; 6 More New Well Abandonments

From March 18 to 24 , DEP’s Oil and Gas Compliance Database shows oil and gas inspectors filed 582 inspection entries that resulted in reporting 66 violations of environmental regulations-- 42 violations by the conventional oil and gas industry and 24 violations by the unconventional shale natural gas industry.

* PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment - March 25

The following DEP notices were published in the March 25 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities.  Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments.

* Guest Essay: Shell Petrochemical Plant Off To A Bad- And Dangerous- Start In Beaver County

By Joseph Minott, Clean Air Council

* Shapiro Administration Announces Long-Term Presence In Beaver County To Assist Residents Affected By Norfolk Southern Train Derailment

On March 20, the Shapiro Administration announced plans to maintain a long-term, physical presence in Darlington Township, Beaver County to continue assisting residents impacted by the Norfolk Southern train derailment that occurred on February 3 in East Palestine, Ohio.

* PA Senate Hearing: Norfolk Southern CEO: Ignition Of Rail Cars Following Ohio Trainwreck Was A 'Success'

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, chaired by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Adams and Sen. Katie Muth (D-Chester)), heard testimony March 20 from Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw, who described as a “success” the intentional ignition of dangerous chemicals in five railroad cars following the company’s trainwreck on Feb. 3 in East Palestine, Ohio, just west of the Pennsylvania border.

* Feature- Remembering March 28, 1979 At The Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant - The Accident No One Thought Would Happen -- Like With Natural Gas Infrastructure Today

Forty-four years ago on March 28, 1979, Pennsylvanians woke up to a much different world -- the accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Dauphin County.

* DEP: Norfolk Southern Gives Notice On Starting Next Phase Of Cleanup At Site Of 2022 Trail Derailment In Harmar Twp., Allegheny County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the March 25 PA Bulletin it received formal notice Norfolk Southern Railroad is starting the next phase of cleanup in areas impacted by the May 26, 2022 train derailment in Harmar Township, Allegheny County.  (PA Bulletin, page 1721)

* Allegheny County Conservation District, Grow Pittsburgh Offering Gardeners Free Soil Lead Screening April 19-22

The Allegheny County Conservation District is hosting its bi-annual free soil lead screening in partnership with Grow Pittsburgh from April 19 to 22. Soil samples will be accepted at five locations.

* DEP Sets May 10 Hearing On Perdue AgriBusiness Plant NOx/VOC RACT 3 Air Quality Plan In Lancaster County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a May 10 hearing on a proposed RACT 3 Air Quality Plan related to nitrogen oxide and volatile organic compound emissions at the Perdue AgriBusiness LLC plant in Conoy Township, Lancaster County.  (PA Bulletin, page 1722)

* PUC Strongly Encourages Customers To Explore Electric Shopping Options To Help Reduce Size Of Utility Bills

On March 20, the Public Utility Commission strongly encourages residents across Pennsylvania to #SaveInPA – exploring electric power shopping options which could result in substantial savings on the energy portion of their monthly electric bills, especially during high-usage times.

* Philadelphia Energy Authority: $40 Million C-PACE Energy Efficiency Closes For Multifamily Project

On March 23, the Philadelphia Energy Authority, Nuveen Green Capital and Southern Land Company closed on $40 million for a 329-unit multifamily property in the Callowhill neighborhood of Philadelphia at 5th and Spring Garden Streets.

* DEP Releases 2022 Progress Report On Improving Water Quality In PA’s Portion Of The Chesapeake Bay Watershed

The latest update from DEP on the Chesapeake Bay Plan implementation includes the 2022 Progress Report summary that highlights actions taken over the last two years to meet Bay cleanup milestones.

* Greening The Grey: Engineering Natural Solutions For Stormwater Management

By Tim Schley, Penn State News

* 'Manureshed' Management In Susquehanna River Basin Can Make Big Difference To Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

By Jeff Mulhollem, Penn State News

* Coalition To Save Old Crow Wetland: Rutter's Development Threatens Old Crow Mitigation Wetland In Huntingdon County

By Claire Holzner, Coalition To Safe Old Crow Wetland

* Rodale Institute Names Jeff Tkach, CEO, Succeeding Jeff Moyer

On March 23, Berks County-based Rodale Institute announced Jeff Tkach has been selected by the board of directors to lead the global nonprofit as its next CEO, effective April 21, 2023.

* PA Resources Council Partnering With Large-Scale Events In Western PA To Reduce Event Waste Thru Zero Waste Program

Again this year, many of Western Pennsylvania’s largest festivals, foot races and fundraisers will share a common theme – waste reduction – as the PA Resources Council aims to reduce event waste through its Zero Waste Program.

* The Nature Conservancy Receives $4.25 Million In Combined Investments For Appalachians Conservation, Including Along Kittatinny Ridge

On March 9, The Nature Conservancy announced a new combined investment of $4.25 million awarded by the Richard King Mellon Foundation that will catalyze tangible, durable conservation outcomes for people and nature throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and the broader Central Appalachians landscape.

* Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

Opportunities to learn more about environmental and energy issues affecting Pennsylvania for students and adults--

* Stroud Water Research Center: How Philly Teachers Are Bringing Meaningful STEM Experiences To Students Through Environmental And Outdoor Clubs

The latest issue of UpStream News from the Stroud Water Research Center features articles on--

* Registration Open For May 9 Online Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium; Optional In-Person Tour May 3

By Andy Yencha, Penn State Extension Educator

* Penn State Extension Webinar: March 29 Water Cooler Talk - Agroforestry’s Impact On Water Quality

Penn State Extension will hold another in its series of online Water Cooler Talks March 29 on Agroforestry’s Impact On Water Quality from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

* WeConservePA Highlights Education Programs Coming Up Through June

The good folks at WeConservePA this week highlighted just a few of their education programs coming up between now and June.  Here’s the calendar--

* Celebrate Pennsylvania Native Species Day May 18

The Pennsylvania Governor's Invasive Species Council celebrates the second annual Pennsylvania Native Species Day on Thursday, May 18. Mark your calendars and plan to join in!

* Complete Your Bracket! Penn State Center For Pollinator Research Wants You To Vote In March Madness Bee Of The Year Contest

The Penn State Center for Pollinator Research has a 'March Madness' style championship now going on to highlight the amazing diversity of bees, featuring 32 species that can be found in eastern North America.

* Registration Open! Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy's Summer Student Science Academy In Montgomery County

The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy is set to host their annual Summer Science Academy single day and week long camps throughout the summer in Schwenksville, Montgomery County.

* News From PA House & Senate

The information you need to follow legislation in the House and Senate- starting with articles and NewsClips from last week--

* The Feds

Articles and NewsClips about federal actions impacting Pennsylvania--

* Public Participation Opportunities/Calendar Of Events

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* Grants & Awards

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* PA Bulletin Public Notices

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the March 25 PA Bulletin--

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