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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
July 4, 2022 Issue #937
* 85 New Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

Here are 85 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

While PA Environment Digest’s priority is to highlight positive examples of environmental and energy leadership, 2022 is an election year which demands accountability to voters.

* All Articles & NewsClips In This Week’s Digest By Topic

PA Environment Digest Is Putting The Best Links To Environment & Energy Articles and NewsClips Here.   Are You Telling Your Story?

* Take Action Now! State Budget Isn’t Done! - Help Bipartisan Lawmakers, Wildlife, Farm, Environmental, Recreation Groups Working To Get Growing Greener III Funding

The Senate and House are tentatively scheduled to return to session July 6 in hopes of finishing the FY 2022-23 state budget and pass what lots of people hope will be the Growing Greener III funding initiative!

* DCNR Discusses Infrastructure Needs At Shikellamy State Park, Across State Parks And Forests

On June 27, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn visited Shikellamy State Park in Northumberland County to observe work on the Adam T. Bower Memorial Dam, and to reiterate the need for investment in public lands infrastructure.

* Ramez Ziadeh Takes Over As Acting Secretary Of DEP

On July 2, Ramez Ziadeh took over as Acting Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, replacing Patrick McDonnell who held the post for the last six years.

* Bay Journal: Penn State Study: Conventional Oil & Gas Wastewater Spread On Pennsylvania Roads Bad For Health, Land

By Ad Crable, Chesapeake Bay Journal

* Republicans On Senate Committee Report Out Bill Exempting Conventional Oil & Gas Wells From Plugging Bonds Sticking Taxpayers With $5.1 Billion In Cleanup Liability

On June 30, Republicans on the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee voted to report out House Bill 2644 (Causer-R-Cameron) blocking any increase in conventional oil and gas well plugging bonds, exempting pre-1985 wells (which is most of them) from any bonding leaving taxpayers liable for $5.1 billion in cleanup costs.

* Evangelical Environmental Network Testifies In Congress On Need To Require Real Oil & Gas Well Plugging Bonding Reform, Defend Our Children’s Health & Taxpayers By Fixing Oil & Gas Facility Methane Leaks

On June 24, Rev. Dr. Jessica Moerman, Vice President for Science & Policy from the York County-based Evangelical Environmental Network presented testimony to the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis on the health impacts from natural gas infrastructure and low-producing oil and gas wells and the burdens these facilities impose on taxpayers.

* DEP Invites Comments On Change To United Refining Company Air Quality Permit Adding Emission Limit For Sulfur Dioxide In Warren

The Department of Environmental Protection is inviting comments on a proposed change to the Title V Air Quality Permit for the United Refining Company refinery in Warren County to add an emission limit for sulfur dioxide.  (PA Bulletin, page 3700)

* Sign On To REAL Energy Freedom For Pennsylvania - Petition To PA Lawmakers

The PA Solar Center is inviting residents to sign the Energy Freedom For Pennsylvania Petition to let legislators know that it's finally time for Pennsylvania to diversify our energy market with more renewables that will stabilize electricity prices, protect us from volatile price swings of fossil fuels, and create a more reliable grid.

* DEP To Recommend Fee Increase For Erosion & Sediment Control Permits To EQB July 12

The Environmental Quality Board is scheduled to meet July 12 on a final regulation establishing a municipal waste rural transfer facility permit-by-rule and to hear a presentation on DEP’s permit fee report on the Chapter 102 Erosion and Sedimentation Program.

* DEP Chesapeake Bay Office Update: Farm Conservation Tax Credit Applications; York County Better Farms, Clean Water Field Day; Join Mifflin County Riparian Rangers!

The latest update from DEP’s Chesapeake Bay Office includes info on the next round of Resource Enhancement and Protection Farm Conservation Tax Credit Program; sign ups for the Mifflin County Riparian Ranger Program, York County’s Better Farms, Cleaner Water Ag Field Day July 28  and much more!

* EPA Approval Of Pequea Creek Watershed Restoration Plan Advances Efforts To Improve Water Quality In Lancaster County

Recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval of a new restoration plan for the Pequea Creek Watershed clears the way for federal funding to put practices on the ground to reduce pollution from agriculture and urban development in Lancaster and Chester counties.

* Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition Mine Drainage Restoration Along North Country Trail; Celebrate The Blazing Star Prairie Bloom At Jennings July 30

The latest newsletter from Butler County-based Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition includes articles on--

* Lancaster Clean Water Partners Begin Accepting Clean Water Fund Large Grant Applications July 26; Watershed Leadership Academy Open

The Lancaster Clean Water Partners will begin accepting another round of Lancaster Clean Water Fund Grant applications for larger projects on July 26.  The deadline to apply is September 30.

* University Of Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory Will Lead Regional Network To Improve Water Quality

By Patrick Monahan, Pittwire

* PA Environmental Council: $3.7 Billion - The Value Of Clean Water In Just 3 Watersheds Of The Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape

By Marla Meyer Papernick, PA Environmental Council

* Dept. Of Insurance/PEMA Urge Pennsylvanians To Prepare For Hurricane Season

On July 1, Pennsylvania Acting Insurance Commissioner Michael Humphreys and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Randy Padfield, reflecting on the impacts of Hurricane Agnes 50 years ago, urged property owners to prepare for hurricane season by considering flood insurance to protect their homes, businesses, and possessions.

* GIANT Foods, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Award 45 Healing The Planet Waterways, Community Improvement Grants

On July 1, the GIANT Company and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful announced the 45 recipients of the 2022 Healing the Planet grant program.

* Three Rivers Waterkeeper Hosts 3 Rivers Watch Summer Training Events July 9, August 6

The Three Rivers Waterkeeper is hosting two more 3 Rivers Watch summer training programs on July 9 and August 6 in the Pittsburgh area.

* Encore Tire Recycling Event July 9 In Greensburg, Westmoreland County; Volunteers Needed

The Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling and the Westmoreland Conservation District’s West Nile virus Program will hold a Tire Recycling Event on July 9 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon at the new Westmoreland Cleanways Recycling Center, 355 Pleasant Unity Mutual Road in Greensburg.

* PA Resources Council Hosts 2 Allegheny County Hard-To-Recycle Collection Events In July

In July, the Pennsylvania Resources Council will host two hard-to-recycle collection events in Allegheny County to enable area residents to conveniently dispose of numerous items not suitable for curbside recycling--

* U.S. Supreme Court Decision Did Not Affect EPA’s Ability To Regulate Carbon Dioxide As A Pollutant, Has No Impact On DEP's RGGI Power Plant Carbon Pollution Reduction Program

On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision invalidating the Clean Power Plan the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency repealed in June 2019 and that had never gone into effect.

* Evangelical Environmental Network: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of U.S. Supreme Court Decision On Regulating Carbon Pollution

On June 30, the York County-based Evangelical Environmental Network issued this statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision on regulating carbon pollution from power plants--

* Young Evangelicals For Climate Action Respond To U.S. Supreme Court Decision On Regulating Power Plant Carbon Pollution

On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision on West Virginia V. EPA, a crucial case concerning the authority of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants under the Clean Air Act.

* DEP Now Accepting Applications For Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants

The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for approximately $3 million in Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants for school districts, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in Pennsylvania that want to transition to cleaner fuel transportation.  (formal notice)

* DEP Accepting Applications For Electric Cargo Handling Grants To Reduce Air Pollution

The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for $5.46 million in funding for Electric Cargo Handling Grants under the Driving PA Forward Program.  (formal notice)

* Penn State Extension: PA Landowners Guide To Utility-Scale Solar Leasing

Penn State Extension has published a Pennsylvania Landowners Guide To Utility-Scale Leasing to inform landowners on terminology, background information, and considerations to make when approached to lease their land for utility-scale solar.

* Nextracker And BCI Steel Renovate Abandoned Pittsburgh Steel Factory To Serve Growing U.S. Utility-Scale Solar Market

On June 27, Nextracker LLC, the global market leader in utility-scale solar trackers, and BCI Steel, a Pittsburgh-based steel fabricator, announced the reopening of the historic Bethlehem Steel manufacturing factory in nearby Leetsdale to produce solar tracker equipment for large-scale solar power plants.

* Kraft Heinz Company Makes First Wind Energy Investment With Repsol For 90% Of Electricity Used In European Plant Sites

On June 28, Pittsburgh-based Kraft Heinz Company announced a 12-year virtual power purchase agreement with Repsol, a global multi-energy company operating across more than 20 countries and based in Madrid, Spain.

* Bay Journal: Susquehanna Greenways Deliver Recreation, Eco-Tourism For River Towns In PA

By Ad Crable, Chesapeake Bay Journal

* Delaware Highlands Conservancy Green Lodging Partnership Celebrates 10 Years Of Supporting Local Conservation

On June 29, Representatives from Settlers Hospitality and Woodloch properties gathered at the Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s Van Scott Nature Reserve in Beach Lake, Wayne County to celebrate ten years of success in the Green Lodging Partnership and nearly $500,000 raised for local conservation.

* Frances Rodgers Partners With French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust To Preserve 7.5 Acres In Chester County

On June 30, the French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, in partnership with Charlestown Township, announced they have partnered with Frances Rodgers to protect another 7.5 acres in northern Chester County.

* July 1 Take Five Fridays With Pam From PA Parks & Forests Foundation

The July 1 Take Five Fridays With Pam is now available from the PA Parks & Forests Foundation.

* Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

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

* DEP Teaching Green: Environmental Education Grant Program Expanding

The Department of Environmental Protection is expanding the Environmental Education Grant Program to increase the number of applicants and environmental education projects supported statewide.

* 30 Years and Counting - Stroud Water Research Center’s Education Department Makes Cutting-Edge Freshwater Science Fun

By Diane Huskinson and Steve Kerlin, Ph.D., Stroud Center

* Western PA Conservancy: Special Discover French Creek Webinar Aug. 10

The Western PA Conservancy is hosting a special Discover French Creek Webinar on August 10 starting at 11:30 a.m.

* Lackawanna College Environmental Ed Center Accepting Applications For Fall Conservation & Natural Resource Certificate

The Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center is accepting applications for their Conservation and Natural Resource Certificate Program. The program is set to begin August 29, 2022, and ends December 16, 2022.

* PASA Sustainable Agriculture Hosts July 16 Trees For Your Animals & Land Workshop In Perry County

PASA Sustainable Agriculture and its partners will host a July 16 Silvopasture Workshop on Trees For Your Animals & Land at the Baken Creek Farm in Landisburg, Perry County from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

* Pike Conservation District: What Are Harmful Algal Blooms? Climate Change Makes Them More Prolific, Intense

The latest newsletter from the Pike County Conservation District includes two timely articles on harmful algal blooms that release toxins into bodies of water.

* Call For Presentations: Partnership For Delaware Estuary Science & Environmental Summit Jan. 30 - Feb. 1

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary has issued a call for presentation proposals for the 10th Biennial Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit set for January 30 - February 1 at Harrah's Resort In Atlantic City.

* 15th Coal Miner’s Heritage Festival July 10 At The No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum, Carbon County

The 15th Annual Coal Miner’s Heritage Festival will be held on Sunday, July 10 from 10:00 a.m.  to 5:00 p.m. on the grounds of the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum in Lansford, Carbon County, PA. 

* 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--

* U.S. DOE Seeks Public Input On $500 Million Bipartisan Infrastructure Program To Turn Former Mine Lands Into Clean Energy Projects

On June 29, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a Request For Information (RFI) to inform a $500 million program funded by the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to place clean energy demonstration projects on current or former mine lands across America.

* EPA Awards Villanova University Innovative Solutions Student Research Grant Related To PFAS Stabilization In Soils

On June 28, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $399,837 in funding to 16 student teams for their research and innovative solutions to address environmental and public health challenges as part of the agency’s People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Program.

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