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PA Environment Digest

An Update On Environmental Issues In PA

Edited By: David E. Hess, Crisci Associates
Winner 2009 PAEE Business Partner Of The Year Award Harrisburg, Pa Luzerne County High School Wins 2012 PA State Envirothon MMI Preparatory School located in Luzerne County was the winner of the 2012 PA State Envirothon held at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown on May 22 and 23. The school scored 537 points of a possible 600. Rounding out the top 10 winners' spots were: -- Second Place Penncrest High School, Delaware County, with a score of 535; -- Third Place Homeschoolers, York County, with a score of 527; -- Fourth Place Blue Mountain High School, Schuylkill County, with a score of 520.6; -- Fifth Place Carmichaels Area High School, Greene County, with a score of 497.3; -- Sixth Place Bald Eagle Area High School, Centre County, with a score of 486.6; -- Seventh Place United Jr. Sr. High School, Indiana County, with a score of 444.3; -- Eighth Place Northern Cambria County High School, Cambria County, with a score of 442.6; -- Ninth Place Eastern Lebanon County High School, Lebanon County, with a score of 441.6; and -- Tenth Place Downingtown East High School, Chester County, with a score of 438. The Pennsylvania Envirothon awarded scholarships to the first, second, and third place teams. The scholarships were sponsored by EXCO Resources (PA), PPL Corporation and Pennsylvania Envirothon. Each of the top ten teams received a plaque and other prizes. High school students from 62 Pennsylvania counties participated in this years event. At the Envirothon, five-member teams participate in a series of field-oriented tests that focus on five topic areas soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and environmental issues. The 2012 current environmental issue focused on Nonpoint Source Pollution and Low Impact Technology. The teams also prepare and deliver oral presentations to panels of judges who evaluate each team on its problem-solving capabilities, oral presentation skills and recommendations to help solve the specific environmental challenge, which relates to the current environmental issue. Teams participating represent the best and the brightest of the thousands of high school teens who have competed in county Envirothon competitions sponsored by conservation districts across the state. May 28, 2012

At the state level, the Envirothon is sponsored by Pennsylvanias sixty-six conservation districts, the State Conservation Commission and the PA Association of Conservation Districts. The program is managed by a board of directors representing those sponsors. Technical expertise is provided by the following agency partners: Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Game Commission, Fish and Boat Commission and the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service. Sponsors of the 2012 Envirothon are EXCO Resources (PA), The Hershey Company, American Honda Foundation, PPL Corporation, Air Products Foundation, Bayer HealthCare, Canon Envirothon, PA Trappers Association, PA Outdoor Writers Association, Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, State Conservation Commission and the PA Growing Greener Program. The Hershey Company, Dwight Lewis Lumber, Lewis Lumber Products and Cargill are Corporate Station Sponsors. The 2021 PA Envirothon champions will represent the Commonwealth at the 25th Canon Envirothon North American competition planned for July 22 27 at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania has won the North American event in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2009. More than 45 states, eight Canadian provinces, and one Canadian territory have initiated Envirothon contests based on the program that was originally developed by Pennsylvanias conservation districts. For more information, visit the PA Envirothon website program, contact your county conservation district or contact the Pennsylvania Envirothon by phone 814-623-7900 ext. 111 or send email to: paenvirothon@pennswoods.net. NewsClips: Connellsville Team Wins Envirothon, Advances To State Cambria Envirothon Students Seeking Pollution Solutions House Positions Budget Bills For Amendments When They Return June 4 Much of the legislative action in the House this week revolved around positioning the Senate's budget proposal on the House Floor for what is expected to be the annual Budget Amendment Festival when they return to session on June 4. The first step was in House Appropriations which took two and a half hours and lots of wrangling over the ground rules for amendments before the bills made their way unamended to the House Floor. House Majority Appropriations Chair Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) made a preemptive motion at the beginning of the meeting to require that any amendments in Committee be revenue neutral, meaning any increases in the budget had to be offset by budget cuts somewhere else. The motion effectively ruled most of the amendments prepared by House Democrats out of order. The House, like the Senate, has a rule on the Floor that any amendments had to be revenue neutral effectively making the $27.6 billion Senate spending level the ceiling for budget spending. This was the first time it was used in Committee.

Several sources said House Republicans are looking to restore the entire $38 million in funding for the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund and would continue funding farmland preservation programs through a portion of the state Cigarette Tax. The Senate Republican budget restored $19 million for the Keystone Fund. Gov. Corbett's proposed budget would divert monies going to the Keystone Fund to balance the state budget. But nothing is done until it's done in the budget world. NewsClips: House Sends Senate GOP Budget To Floor House Panel Blocks Budget Restoration Amendments Legislative Surplus A Target Future Pension Benefits Of PA Public Workers Eyed Corbett To Face GOP's Tough Love Did You Know You Can Search 7+ Years Of Digests On Any Topic? Did you know you can search 7 years of back issues of the PA Environment Digest on dozens of topics, by county and on any key word you choose. Just click on the search page. Also take advantage of these related services from Crisci Associates-PA Environment Digest Twitter Feed: On Twitter, sign up to receive instant updates from: PAEnviroDigest. PA Environment Daily Blog: provides daily environmental NewsClips and significant stories and announcements on environmental topics in Pennsylvania of immediate value. Sign up and receive as they are posted updates through your favorite RSS reader. You can also sign up for a once daily email alerting you to new items posted on this blog. PA Environment Digest Video Blog: showcases original and published videos from environmental groups and agencies around the state. Sign up to receive as they are posted updates through your favorite RSS read. You can also sign up for a once daily email alerting you to new items posted on this blog. PA Capitol Digest Daily Blog to get updates every day on Pennsylvania State Government, including NewsClips, coverage of key press conferences and more. Sign up and receive as they are posted updates through your favorite RSS reader. You can also sign up for a once daily email alerting you to new items posted on this blog. PA Capitol Digest Twitter Feed: Don't forget to sign up to receive the PA Capitol Digest Twitter feed to get instant updates on other news from in and around the Pennsylvania State Capitol. Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee meetings showing bills of interest as well as a list of new environmental bills introduced-Session Schedule Here is the latest voting session schedule for the Senate and House-Senate June 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 House June 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 Bill Calendars House (June 4): House Bill 2223 (Gingrich-R-Lebanon) and House Bill 2167 (Quigley-RMontgomery) further providing for the preservation of open space by local governments; Senate Bill 1466 (Corman-R-Centre) the General Fund Budget bill; House Resolution 438 (Cruz-DPhiladelphia) urging Philadelphia to establish a waste tire removal and disposal program; House Resolution 423 (Petri-R-Bucks) directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study state funding formulas and how they impact counties; House Resolution 505 (Preston-DAllegheny) disapproving the PUC regulation on natural gas competition. <> Click Here for full House Bill Calendar. Senate (June 4): Senate Bill 1346 (Kasunic-D-Somerset) encouraging the use of mine drainage water for fracking and other purposes; Senate Bill 1480 (Corman-R-Centre) providing for the 2012-13 Capital Budget; House Bill 3 (Geist-R-Blair) authorizing public-private transportation projects; House Bill 728 (Barrar-R-Bucks) setting new standards for emergency shut-off values for facilities dispensing flammable liquids; House Bill 807 (Sonney-R-Erie) further providing for the definition, content, registration and enforcement of the Biofuel Development and In-State Production Incentive Act; House Bill 1682 (Taylor-R-Philadelphia) further providing for the creation of land banks; House Bill 1934 (Keller-R-Snyder) amending Act 101 to exclude the populations of prisons and other state facilities in calculating mandated recycling communities. <> Click Here for full Senate Bill Calendar. Committees NOTE: The Senate and House return to session June 4. House: <> Click Here for full House Committee Schedule. Senate: <> Click Here for full Senate Committee Schedule.

Senate/House Bills Moving

The following bills of interest saw action this week in the House and Senate-House General Fund Budget: Senate Bill 1466 (Corman-R-Centre) the General Fund Budget bill was reported from the House Appropriations Committee and is on the House Calendar for action. Open Space: House Bill 2223 (Gingrich-R-Lebanon) and House Bill 2167 (Quigley-RMontgomery) further providing for the preservation of open space by local governments were reported from the House Local Government Committee and are on the House Calendar for action. Historic Tax Credit: Senate Bill 1150 (Smucker-R-Lancaster) providing for historic preservation tax credits was amended and reported from the House Finance Committee and Tabled. Alternative Energy Standards: House Bill 1775 (George-D-Clearfield) amending the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards to address ownership of alternative energy credits was reported from the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and Tabled. Uniform Permit Reviews: House Bill 1659 (Pyle-R-Armstrong) providing for a uniform permit review and consideration process within DEP was amended and reported from the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and Tabled. Stream Cleaning: House Bill 2359 (Causer-R-Cameron) further providing for stream clearance of flood debris was reported from the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and Tabled. Drilling On Other State Land: Senate Bill 367 (D.White-R-Indiana) authorizing the sale and development of mineral rights under other state-owned land and allocating the funding from the development was amended and reported from the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and Tabled. National Forest: House Bill 1904 (Rapp-R-Forrest) limiting the condemnation of land for the Allegheny National Forest was Tabled. Senate Storage Tank Cleanup: Senate Bill 1398 (Yudichak-D-Luzerne) providing for an extension of the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Program was passed by the Senate. A summary and Senate Fiscal Note are available. The bill now goes to the House for consideration. Snowmobile/ATV Registration: House Bill 2151 (Gabler-R-Clearfield) further providing for the registration of vintage snowmobiles was reported from the Senate Appropriations Committee

and is now on the Senate Calendar for action. Biofuels: House Bill 807 (Sonney-R-Erie) further providing for the definition, content, registration and enforcement of the Biofuel Development and In-State Production Incentive Act was reported from the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action. Emergency Shut-Off Valves: House Bill 728 (Barrar-R-Bucks) setting new standards for emergency shut-off values for facilities dispensing flammable liquids was amended and reported from the Senate Labor and Industry Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action. Mine Water Reuse: Senate Bill 1346 (Kasunic-D-Somerset) encouraging the use of mine drainage water for fracking and other purposes was amended and reported from the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action. Mandated Recycling: House Bill 1934 (Keller-R-Snyder) amending Act 101 to exclude the populations of prisons and other state facilities in calculating mandated recycling communities was amended and reported from the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action. Public-Private Partnerships: House Bill 3 (Geist-R-Blair) authorizing public-private transportation projects was amended and reported from the Senate Transportation Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action. Flood Relief: House Bill 1913 (Culver-R-Northumberland) authorizing counties and school district to provide property tax abatement for properties damaged in September's flooding was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Land Banks: House Bill 1682 (Taylor-R-Philadelphia) further providing for the creation of land banks was removed from the Table and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

News From The Capitol

Senate Approves Bill Extending Storage Tank Cleanup Program Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) Tuesday announced Senate Bill 1398 extending the sunset date of two critically important environmental protection grant programs unanimously passed the Senate. The bill now moves to the House for consideration. The bill would extend the sunset date of the Underground Storage Tank Environmental Cleanup Program and the Underground Storage Tank Pollution Prevention Program to June 30, 2017. Both programs were set to sunset in June of this year unless reauthorized by the legislature. Aging underground storage tanks are a very real environmental safety concern and it is imperative that we take these steps to protect our environment and help homeowners address any

problems that arise before the contamination becomes more widespread and costly, Sen. Yudichak said. The Underground Storage Tank Environmental Cleanup Program provides financial assistance for owners of underground storage tanks with a capacity of 3,000 gallons or less. The Department of Environmental Protection is authorized to use $500,000 to provide reimbursements to tank owners for the actual costs of corrective action up to $5,000. The owner must first pay a $1,000 deductible to qualify for funding. The Underground Storage Tank Pollution Prevention Program is a program designed to help small tank owners cover the cost of pumping out and sealing very old underground storage tanks that were never upgraded to meet regulations. Sen. Yudichak said that while the law authorizes DEP to use up to $1 million for small business owners. House Stream Cleaning Bill OK'd By Committee, Opposed By CBF The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Wednesday reported out House Bill 2359 (Causer-R-Cameron) to streamline the process for removing potential flood hazards from streams. Prior to Committee action, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation wrote to the Committee chairs and members saying, "While CBF understands the premise behind the bill and agrees that it attempts to address situations requiring attention, we believe the bills before the House EREC fall short of creating a viable solution to these complicated issues." The process for removing obstructions such as gravel bars from our streams is not only inefficient and cumbersome but also a threat to public safety, Rep. Martin Causer said. The Department of Environmental Protection has been unable to offer a solution to the problem, and we simply cannot wait any longer. The intent of the bill is to create a clear, efficient and effective process to better manage stream obstruction problems without an unnecessary, complicated and expensive permitting process. The bill also includes measures to further expedite stream clearings when such activities are deemed to be an emergency by local, county or state authorities. In Emporium, Cameron County, borough officials have been trying to remove a gravel bar for more than five years but have been unable to get the go ahead from DEP to do so, Rep. Causer said. And they arent the only ones. There are other communities in our area and across the state that have experienced similar roadblocks. Its just ridiculous. Rep. Causer and other lawmakers in rural areas of the state questioned DEP Secretary Michael Krancer extensively about the issue of gravel bars during House Appropriations Committee hearings earlier this year, and the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee held an informational meeting on the topic as well. Matthew Ehrhart, PA Director of CBF, told Committee members: "... attempts to address concerns resulting from recent flooding events by allowing for the removal of obstructions deemed having the potential to create a flood without a thorough understanding of the impacts such removal may have on aquatic life and the hydrology of the stream itself. Stream cleaning, as it is often called, often results in increased flooding frequency, higher peak discharges, and a higher flow velocity, thereby increasing the damage to established infrastructure.

"Advocates of stream cleaning fail to recognize that flooding events are not caused by such things as gravel beds and the natural meandering of waterways; rather, poor stormwater management and extreme weather conditions are most often the impetus. Proper permitting and oversight by DEP and its engineers is imperative to ensure that more damage is not done to streams by well-intentioned but uninformed citizens who believe that removal of obstructions will save their property from future flooding events. "It should be noted that there is a distinction between obstructions resulting from a severe flooding event, such as newly fallen trees, which may in fact need to be removed from a waterway. While House Bill 2359 does not explicitly acknowledge these hazards, it is important to note that DEP currently has an emergency permitting system in place to handle debris found in our streams as a result of an extreme weather event. As such, it may be more productive to work with DEP to set up a more streamline, easily accessible system which addresses post-flooding storm debris." House Environmental Committee OKs AEPS, Stream Clearance, Other Bills The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Wednesday reported out legislation amending the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards, create a uniform DEP permit review process, provide for streamline stream clearance approvals and authorize mineral rights development on other state lands. The bills include: -- House Bill 1775 (George-D-Clearfield) amending the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards to address ownership of alternative energy credits; -- House Bill 1659 (Pyle-R-Armstrong) providing for a uniform permit review and consideration process within DEP (amended); -- House Bill 2359 (Causer-R-Cameron) further providing for stream clearance of flood debris; and -- Senate Bill 367 (D.White-R-Indiana) authorizing the sale and development of mineral rights under other state-owned land and allocating the funding from the development (amended). Rep. Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango) serves as Majority Chair and Rep. Bud George (DClearfield) serves as Minority Chair. Senate Environmental Committee Reports Out Mine Water Reuse, Recycling Bills The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Wednesday reported out legislation encouraging the reuse of mine drainage water in fracking operations and further defining mandated recycling communities. The bills include: -- Senate Bill 1346 (Kasunic-D-Somerset) encouraging the use of mine drainage water for fracking and other purposes (amended); and -- House Bill 1934 (Keller-R-Snyder) amending Act 101 to exclude the populations of prisons and other state facilities in calculating mandated recycling communities (amended). (Senate Bill 1346) is aimed at encouraging the use of mine water in drilling rather than the continued heavy use of municipal and fresh water sources, said Sen. Kasunic. The cost of abating, and the liability associated with the perpetual treatment of these mine pools can often

run into the millions of dollars. Without limiting these potential costs, it is highly unlikely the industry will consider using this alternative water source. Sen. Mary Jo White (R-Venango) serves as the Majority Chair and Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) serves as Minority Chair. NewsClip: PA Considers Leasing University, Prison Land For Drilling House Democrats Introduce Package Of Marcellus Shale Bills House Democrats this week introduced their Marcellus Compact -- a six-bill legislative package aimed at what they said was fixing the Marcellus Shale law adopted in February, Act 13. "This Marcellus Compact is our attempt to right the wrongs of Governor Corbett's sham of a Marcellus Shale law," said Democratic Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny). "House Democrats are committed to a strong Marcellus Shale law that puts Pennsylvania taxpayers, workers and families first, and these bills will accomplish that." The Marcellus Compact includes the following six bills (not yet online): -- House Bill 2412 (Dermody-D-Allegheny) would restore the rights of municipalities to determine how natural-gas drilling and related activities can be zoned in their communities. -- House Bill 2413 (Hanna-D-Clinton) would provide real tax fairness to Pennsylvanians through a fair and reasonable statewide fee for drilling companies, rather than the Corbett law, which imposes among the lowest fees in the nation. -- House Bill 2414 (Santarsiero-D-Bucks) would establish stronger environmental safeguards in natural gas drilling activities than what is currently required in Act 13. -- House Bill 2415 (Bradford-D-Montgomery) would ensure the rights of patients and doctors to full medical disclosure and transparency in natural gas fracking a hot-button issue that has caused serious concerns regarding Act 13. -- House Bill 2416 (Mundy-D-Luzerne) would add new protections from drilling activities for public water sources and would create an online tracking system to report the storage, transportation and disposal of drilling wastewater. -- House Bill 2399 (Mirabito-D-Lycoming) would create a new Marcellus Shale Job Creation Tax Credit program as an incentive for companies in the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry to hire Pennsylvania workers. "These are common-sense bills that make Pennsylvania residents and workers the top priority when it comes to the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry," Rep. Hanna said. "We intend to be the people's voice and advocate in Harrisburg, because it's clear they're not being heard by this governor or his allies." NewsClip: Don't Hold Your Breath On Act 13 Changes June 18 Environmental Issues Forum To Focus On Future Of Biomass Energy The Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committees June 18 Environmental Issues Forum will feature presentations on the future of biomass energy in the Commonwealth. The forum will feature three speakers from the biomass energy industry who are also officers and directors of the Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association--

-- PBEA President Jay Clark of AFS Energy Systems in Lemoyne, a leader in renewable energy biomass systems; -- PBEA Vice-president Karen Smeltz of Harman Stove Company in Halifax, manufacturers of more than 36 models of stoves, inserts and central heating units burning a variety of biomass fuels; and -- PBEA board member Mike McCaskey of the Lancaster office of EnergyWorks, developers of energy and nutrient recovery facilities for agricultural operations. PBEA is Pennsylvanias first industry-driven organization working to advance the use of biomass for clean heat, electric generation, and combined heat and power (CHP) applications. The association is focused on the use of sustainable biomass in the residential, small business, commercial, institutional, agricultural and industrial sectors. The guest speakers will discuss both traditional and non-traditional sources of biomass energy, showcase a variety of successful biomass projects and discuss the role biomass can play in both regional and statewide economic and energy plans. The Forum will be held June 18 at 12:00 noon in Room G-50, K. Leroy Irvis Building. Rep. Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango) serves as Chair of the Committee. Legislative Information Now Available on Twitter The Pennsylvania General Assembly now has an official Twitter feed, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware) announced Monday. Information available at the Twitter feed @PaLegis includes notification of upcoming Senate and House committee meetings, links to session roll call votes for both chambers, and links to the official legislative journals which include the full text of all floor debates. I believe state government should be as open and transparent as possible, and this is a great way to make information about the General Assemblys work more easily accessible, said Sen. Pileggi. He serves as chairman of the Legislative Data Processing Committee, which oversees the official legislative website and other efforts to make legislative information available on the Internet. Other members of the Legislative Data Processing Committee are Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson), House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman (R-Centre), Sen. Richard Kasunic (DSomerset), Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia), Rep. Robert Matzie (D-Allegheny), and Rep. Michael Peifer (R-Monroe).

News From Around The State

Former DEP Officials Support Putting Susquehanna, Juniata Rivers On Impaired Waters List On May 15, 22 retired environmental professionals from the Department of Environmental Protection wrote to current DEP Secretary Michael Krancer asking his agency to reverse its decision to not list the Susquehanna and Juniata rivers on the 2012 Section 303(d) impaired waters list.

This letter was followed by a formal request by the Fish and Boat Commission on May 21 asking DEP to reconsider its decision. The John Arway, Executive Director of the Fish and Boat Commission, also appeared at a Senate Game and Fisheries Committee hearing Tuesday on Susquehanna River issues. Click Here to watch video of the hearing. The text of the letter from the former DEP employees follows-Dear Secretary Krancer: I represent a group of 22 retired DEP professionals with over 600 years of combined service in managing, establishing standards, permitting, monitoring, and enforcing in the Commonwealth's water quality and pollution control programs. Our names are included on the attached list. Our careers spanned from the 1950s to the recent past. Most of the Commonwealth's water quality related laws, regulations and policies were developed and implemented on our watch. We believe in the goals of improving and maintaining water quality for the benefit of all Pennsylvanians. We are writing to express our concern and submit comments regarding DEP's proposed 2012 Section 303 (d) list. Specifically, we are concerned about environmental conditions that exist in the Susquehanna and Juniata Rivers, particularly regarding the smallmouth bass population and DEP's refusal to acknowledge that these waters are impaired. Our concerns are similar to those of PA Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway, which he has recently conveyed to you. Section 303(d) of the Federal Clean Water Act requires that the states periodically provide the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a list of impaired and threatened waters and their cause, if identified. A number of us were involved in preparing this list during our years of employment. We maintain it is not necessary to know the cause or source of the impairment prior to listing. According to EPA's most recent fact sheet, there are thousands of waters nationwide where the causes or sources are not yet identified. In fact, DEP's proposed 2012 list of impaired and threatened waters also includes 3,482 miles of streams and rivers that are classified by DEP as impaired without knowing the sources, and 1,140 miles of streams and rivers that are classified by DEP as impaired by unknown causes. The Susquehanna and Juniata Rivers fit several of EPAs listing categories. These include failure to meet a designated use (Warm Water Fishes), violations of the dissolved oxygen criteria, and presence of noxious weeds. All of these conditions are well documented from Sunbury to the Holtwood Dam in the Susquehanna River basin. A warm water fishes use is defined as maintenance and propagation of fish species and additional flora and fauna which are indigenous to a warm water habitat (25 PA Code Chapter 93). The evidence is clear that the water quality of the rivers no longer supports this use. We further believe that these rivers meet the following criteria for high priority impaired and threatened designation: Risk to human health and aquatic life; Degree of public interest and support; Recreational, economic and aesthetic importance; and Vulnerability and fragility as an aquatic habitat. Listing the rivers as high priority impaired and threatened will compel DEP to develop a TMDL in two years (40 CFR 130.7(d)(1)). This will be a first step toward bringing the rivers back to a healthy condition.

Frankly, we do not understand DEP's reluctance to list the Susquehanna and Juniata Rivers as impaired. It is not necessary to know the reason for the impairment. Listing would focus attention and funding on the issue. This, in turn, will help to resolve the problem. These rivers were once a valuable water supply, recreational, and economic resource. They were recognized as a world class smallmouth bass fishery. Many of our group enjoyed what they had to offer. We would like to enjoy these attributes again. &nbsp; As former DEP scientists, engineers and attorneys we take pride in what we have accomplished. We are also willing to volunteer our time and experience to assist DEP in restoring and preserving this significant resource. Sincerely, -- Stuart Gansell, PE, Director, Bureau of Watershed Management (Ret), 35 years -- Robert Agnew, Chief, Environmental Analysis and Support, Bur. of Mining and Reclamation, 34 years -- Daniel L. Alters, Environmental Program Manager, Williamsport Regional Office, 35 years -- Charles D. Ferree, Jr., Sewage Planning Supervisor, Water Management Program 32 years -- Andrew E. Friedrich, Chief, Division of Mine Hazards, Bur. of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, 35 years -- Robert P. Ging, Jr., Esq. Assistant Attorney General, 4 years -- Steve R. Jones, Chief, Division of Mine Hazards, Bur. of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, 26 years -- Michael J. Klimkos, Water Pollution Biologist II, 32 Years -- Susan M. Klimkos, Clerical Supervisor, 15 years -- Milt Lauch, Chief, Division of Wastewater Management, Bureau of Water Quality Management, 33 years -- Walter A. Lyon Pa. Water Quality Administrator, 22 years -- John Meehan, Mining Program Manager, 33 years -- Leon M. Oberdick Jr, Water Management Program Manager, Southcentral Regional Office, 35 years -- Kenneth Okorn, Chief Compliance and Monitoring, Bureau of Water Quality Management, 32 years -- Curtis Pieper, Executive Assistant, Office of Mineral Resources Management, 20 years -- Robert J. Schott, BS/MS, Water Pollution Biologist Supervisor, Water Management Program, 32 years -- Joseph Schueck, P.E., PG. Chief, Division of Acid Mine Drainage Abatement, BAMR, 36 years -- Evan T. Shuster, Hydrogeologist, 35 years -- Peter Slack, Division Chief, Bureaus of Water Quality Management and Mining and Reclamation, 30 years -- Khervin D. Smith, Esq., 35 years -- James T. Ulanoski, BS/MS, Water Pollution Biologist, Chief Aquatic Biology Section, 25 years -- Robert J. Wellington, Biologist, 36 Years NewsClip: Op-Ed: Petition Is First Of Many Steps To Help Susquehanna

Grants Awarded From Power Plant Settlement By Foundation For PA Watersheds The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds awarded $224,500 in grants for projects in the Kisi-Conemaugh Watershed as a result of a 2011 settlement of power plant violations from the GenOn Settlement Fund. The grants leveraged over $1.02 million dollars. We are privileged to have this opportunity to invest this money back into the communities for which the settlement was won," said John Dawes Executive Director of the Foundation. "Though we had no part in the litigation, we certainly take our job of overseeing the funds very seriously. We hope that this investment will further inspire those working in the trenches to think even bigger about what watershed recovery means to Johnstown and the surrounding area. The projects funded included: --The American Chestnut FoundationFlight 93 Restoration $40,000: Project funds will be used to assist with restoring native, American chestnut trees to the reclaimed mine site at the Shankesville, PA Flight 93 National Park. More than 230 chestnuts will be planted on the 60 acre plot. The blight-resistant trees will serve to introduce the chestnut back into its home range. This project leverages National Park Service resources, and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcements Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative. -- Blackleggs Watershed Association, IncBig Run #3 $55,000: In total the Big Run projects will address more than 50 percent of the acidity, 25 percent of the iron, and 50 percent of the aluminum flowing into Big Run. This project is part of the larger initiative that will address water quality improvements in a nearly nine square mile watershed. Additional project partners include: Growing Greener, OSMREs Clean Streams Initiative, Environmental Protection Agency 319 funds, and Norfolk Southern. -- Conemaugh Valley ConservancyStream Team $9,500: Funding will assist the Stream Team in continued support of water quality monitoring for watershed organizations, ensure continued monitoring of 150 sample points, provide community outreach/engagement, and assist with student education about the environment. In 2011, the Stream Team reached 700 students through their outreach efforts. -- Stream Restoration, Inc.Kiski-basin Assessment $60,000: Project funding was awarded to provide a more thorough evaluation of passive treatment systems that were deemed failing by a preliminary scan of water quality data provided in DataShed. The scan identified more than 20 systems that showed decreased water quality performance. The grant will allow SRI to thoroughly evaluate these systems, and provide recommendations for their repairs. -- Western Pennsylvania ConservancyDirt and Gravel Roads and Unassessed Waters $60,000: Grant funds were awarded to assist with Dirt and Gravel Road activities in Ligonier Township totaling one mile, and for assessing fish assemblages within several state parks. Fish assessments will result in 61 miles of additionally assessed state, water resources. Lastly, the

grant will provide funding for assessing additional township and state property that might be eligible for Dirt and Gravel Road funding from the state. Branden S. Diehl, Project and Grant Consultant said, Some groups have seized the opportunity presented by the GenOn funds. Several projects had been shelved because funding wasnt available, so they dusted them off and now they are being constructed. FPWs next deadline for statewide grants is August 24 when fall Letters of Inquiry are due. To learn more about FPWs grant process visit the Foundation's website. To learn more about the projects they fund visit the Foundation's projects webpage. Berks County Breaks Previous Pharmaceutical Collection Record Pennsylvania American Water and the Berks County Solid Waste Authority reported Wednesday a record-setting volume of pharmaceutical products was recently collected and destroyed, ensuring that they will never end up in drinking water sources. The free event on April 28, at the Exeter Township Municipal Building enabled Berks County residents to dispose of unwanted and expired prescription and over-the-counter medicines. This was the largest turnout by far for a pharmaceutical collection event in Berks County since we started the program in 2009, said Solid Waste Authority Executive Director Jane Meeks. Better yet, we more than doubled the amount of drugs and medical products collected compared to our May 2011 event, when the previous record was set. Approximately 930 Berks County residents drove through the Exeter Township lot and dropped off 2,324 pounds of pharmaceutical products, including controlled and non-controlled substances and non-hazardous materials. The May 2011 event attracted nearly 430 residents and collected 1,020 pounds of drugs and medical products. This is the third time that Pennsylvania American Water co-sponsored the event to prevent the contaminants from entering local waterways and landfills, plus disposing of unused medications in an environmentally safe manner keeps them from falling into the wrong hands. All of the substances collected have been incinerated. The communitys overwhelming response and participation will go a long way to help protect our sources of drinking water, said Terry Maenza, director of communications and external affairs for Pennsylvania American Water. The event also helps us reinforce the message that unused or expired drugs should not be flushed down the toilet where they can enter our waterways. Representatives from Pennsylvania American Water, Berks County Solid Waste Authority, Berks County District Attorneys office and Exeter Township Police, as well as local pharmacists and licensed hazardous waste contractor took part in the April 28 event. The Solid Waste Authority coupled the pharmaceutical disposal with a drop-off for free paper shredding. Penn State Extension: Helping To Save Our Lakes, Taking Care Of Stormwater Many of our neighborhoods in Pennsylvania have beautiful streams and lakes, which are being degraded due to excessive stormwater runoff.

Impervious surfaces, such as parking areas, streets and rooftops concentrates this runoff and then discharges large amount of highly polluted water into our streams and lakes. These pollutants can include litter, pet waste, vehicle fluids, fertilizers and pesticides. Studies from the Center for Watershed Protection have shown that significant impairment of streams and lakes often occurs when 10 percent of the land in the watershed is covered in parking lots and rooftops. However, if the watershed exceeds 25 percent impervious area, severe ecosystem and water quality impairment can occur through stream bank erosion and channelization, increased nutrient pollution and flash flooding. What can homeowners and communities implement to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff on the streams in their communities? One way is to reduce stormwater runoff is to install rain barrels. Rain barrels catch the runoff from rooftops and store water for future landscape uses. During the summer, lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40 percent of a typical households water use. A rain barrel could save a homeowner about 1,300 gallons of water during the summer months. Another way to reduce stormwater runoff is install rain gardens. A rain garden is a technique in which plants and soils remove pollutants from stormwater, improving water quality. A rain garden allows about 30 percent more water to soak into the ground compared to conventional lawns. Benefits of rain gardens include: increasing the amount of water recharging the groundwater while reducing pollutants such as sediments and nutrients from entering your lake; providing valuable wildlife habitat for birds and butterflies; and reducing erosion of stream banks. Finally, homeowners can preserve the natural landscape that is on their property. Existing wooded areas, mature trees and natural terrain provide shade in the summer months, wildlife habitat for songbirds and mammals, and absorb and use rainfall. According to the American Forestry Association, a single urban tree provides a savings of $273 per year by reducing heating and cooling costs; sheltering and feeding wildlife; and diminishes the impacts of stormwater runoff. For more information on rain gardens and other ways to reduce stormwater runoff in your community, visit the Penn State Extension Discovery Watershed Stormwater Management website. (Written By: Peter T. Wulfhorst, Penn State Extension, Pike County, and reprinted from Penn State Extension's Watershed Winds online newsletter.) DEP Invites Information From Public On Stream Quality Classifications Review The Department of Environmental Protection published a notice this week inviting the public to submit information to help evaluate whether 50 stream segments have the proper water quality classification. Click Here to see the streams under evaluation and how you can submit information. Friends of the Wissahickon Announces 2012 Photo Contest

The Friends of the Wissahickon, Montgomery County, Friday announced the 2012 Wissahickon Photo Contest, sponsored by The Cedars House. Winners of the contest will be selected by the public through online voting. Deadline for submissions is October 1 at 5 p.m. A winners reception will be held in November at The Cedars House in Wissahickon Valley Park. FOW is looking for striking images taken in Wissahickon Valley Park that capture its natural beauty and wildness. Photographers may submit work in five categories: people; wildlife; landscape; structures; and FOW activities. A $100 prize will be awarded for Best in Show. First Place winners in each category will receive a gift certificate for The Cedars House. Second place winners in each category will be invited to the winners reception. First Place winners in the Junior Competition (under 15) will receive $25 each. Photos will be posted to FOW's Facebook page so the public may view all entries and vote for their favorites. Photographers will retain the rights to their photographs, but FOW retains the right to use all photo contest submissions on their website and in their publications, with credit being given to the photographer. Entries should be sent electronically to FOW Outreach Coordinator Sarah Marley at marley@fow.org. Complete submission guidelines, rules, and an official entry form are available online or visit FOWs office at 8708 Germantown Avenue. For more information, contact Sarah Marley at marley@fow.org or 215-247-0417 x109. Visit the Friends of the Wissachickon website for more information on summer internships and other special events. Penn State: Shale Gas Development Creates Demand For Environmental Graduates The Marcellus Shale natural gas play is having a significant impact on Pennsylvania's economy, and Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is helping to position students to benefit from associated employment opportunities. Recently the college's Environment and Natural Resources Institute held a Marcellus Shale Info-Fest for students in the College of Agricultural Sciences in environment-related majors to show them what the specialized industry has to offer in the way of jobs. This year, in particular, there are many opportunities, according to James Ladlee, extension educator and director of special initiatives for the Marcellus Education and Training Center, which is a collaboration between Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport and Penn State Extension. "In 2011, roughly 1,900 Marcellus Shale wells were drilled, likely requiring more than 25,000 direct employees and nearly 45,000 indirect employees," said Ladlee. "State data show that since 2008, core jobs related to shale-gas development have increased by nearly 17,000 just in Pennsylvania." Ladlee said College of Agricultural Sciences' students often represent the strong work ethic, the interest in experiential learning and the creative problem-solving skills needed for the jobs in the shale-gas arena. "They are among those who best understand the importance of using science-based information to create a better future," he said. "All these skills are directly transferable to oil and gas exploration companies or businesses and government agencies that support or regulate gas development."

The Marcellus Shale Info-Fest touched on a wide variety of jobs and careers related to environmental implications for shale development. Those jobs can be in the gas industry, government agencies, private firms and academia. Shale gas is emerging as a significant economic driver in many places across the country, so students have many chances to get involved, Ladlee noted. It's a relatively new industry to the East, so here the job opportunities are widely available. "Although changes appear to be occurring, over the last several years the scale of shalegas development in the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southwestern part of the state was unprecedented," Ladlee said. "Those areas have been hot spots. Thousands of jobs were created just in Pennsylvania, either directly related to drilling or indirectly related to the shale-gas industry." Penn State College of Ag Sciences students are uniquely positioned to tackle all aspects of oil and gas development, Ladlee pointed out. Students with an education or background in environmental sciences, forestry, engineering, construction, geology, biology, agricultural law, energy business or information sciences are qualified. "If a student wants to be on the front end of an industry or regulatory system that is growing and dynamic, there are opportunities," he said. "Students can be a part of the foundation for a strong regulatory system or help to transform and create even better oil- and gasmanagement practices for industry from the inside. "Students need to understand that there are opportunities. There are literally tens of thousands of jobs being created as a result of this particular energy development throughout Pennsylvania." Job and career information provided at the Marcellus Shale Info-Fest is posted online. Click here to watch a video and see resources for potential jobs related to shale gas development. Shale Gas Innovation Contest Identifies 12 New Technologies The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center Wednesday announced the winners of its Shale Gas Innovation Competition. The contest, which was announced in October 2011, offered a total of $50,000 in cash prizes for the two best shale gas-oriented innovations in two categories - new products/services and new technologies. Each winner was awarded $25,000 by C. Alan Walker, Secretary, Department of Community & Economic Development. The projects are--- Polymics LTD, located in State College, holds multiple patents on ultra-high performance polymers used by the oil and gas industry. For this competition, the company developed a lightweight, reusable, leak-proof mat system that effectively contains mud and fluids during pad construction. Presenting and accepting the award for the company was President/CEO Dr. Tim Hsu. Partners, on the effort to date, have been Minuteman Environmental Services headquartered in Milton, PA, and Chesapeake Energy. -- The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute at Penn State University brings together top faculty, world-class facilities and students to address critical transportation-related problems. The Institute developed a patch box system for retrofitting diesel truck fleets utilizing natural gas. Presenting and accepting the award for the Institute was Joel Anstrom,

Director of the Hybrid & Hydrogen Vehicle Research Lab. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., headquartered in State College, PA, partnered with the Institute on its efforts. Bill Hall, Executive Director of the Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center, commented, Today, we heard first-class presentations from all of the finalists. Awarding the prizes to just two applicants was a difficult job for the judges. We encourage anyone who has a business interest surrounding any of these projects to call us so we can put them in touch with the proper contacts. The finalists included: -- Aither Chemicals, LLC Developed a process to convert ethane to petrochemicals; -- EMS Energy Institute Identified process for converting natural gas to Dimethyl Ether (DME) as a transportation fuel; -- Greenways, Inc. Developed a flowback water filter press treatment system for shale wastewater; -- HydroConfidence, Inc. Developed hydrocarbon and cement integrity detection for groundwater and the freshwater casing; -- J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers Developed a patent-pending dust control technology for existing sand equipment; -- MicroEnergies, LLC Utilizes Microchannel Fischer Tropsh natural gas to liquid fuel well head application; -- OsComp Ltd Developed a rotary compressor that allows natural gas & NGL to be piped together from the well head; -- ProChem Tech International, Inc. Developed sequential precipitation and fractional crystallization treatment of shale wastewater; -- Seraph Energy, LLC Developed an engine conversion system from diesel to all natural gas; and -- S4 Worldwide, LLC Offers mobile real-time site monitoring and security The competition was co-sponsored by the Marcellus Shale Coalition, Little Pine Resources, Chesapeake Energy, First National Bank and Schlumberger. The judges, all of whom are senior gas industry experts, included representatives from the sponsoring companies as well as CONSOL Energy Inc and Range Resources. Copies of all presentations can be found online. PUC Clarifies Pipeline Regulation Implementation Order The Public Utility Commission Thursday clarified its Implementation Order as a continued step in implementing the Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipelines Act (Act 127). The Commission voted 5-0 to issue the Tentative Order indicating all pipeline operators in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania of Class 1 transmission lines must register these lines with the Commission. All entities with Class 1 transmission lines that have not previously filed must now file with the Commission by June 22, 2012. A Class 1 location is considered an offshore area or any class location unit that has 10 or fewer buildings intended for human occupancy. Interested parties may submit comments on or before June 1, 2012. On February 16, 2012, the Commission approved its Order, which began the process of creating a statewide registry for non-public utility gas and hazardous liquids pipeline equipment and facilities within the Commonwealth; provides resources to conduct safety inspections to

enforce Federal pipeline safety laws on certain classifications of pipeline; and assesses entities for the costs. Final forms and other materials are available on the Commissions website. Act 127 directed the PUC to develop a registry and conduct safety inspections of these lines for pipeline operators in the state. The Commission also is tracking the development of pipelines in less populated areas which transport gas from non-conventional wells. Act 127 expands the Commissions authority to enforce the federal pipeline safety laws as they relate to those pipelines and facilities. Non-public utility gas and hazardous liquids pipeline operators include several different categories of pipelines such as cooperatively owned natural gas distribution systems, non-utility natural gas transportation and gathering lines and propane distribution pipeline systems. Visit the PUC's Act 127 webpage for more information.

Opinion Marcellus Shale Legislation Will Provide Millions For The Environment
Rep. Kate Harper Much has been written about the parts of the newly enacted Marcellus Shale Impact Fee law that some environmental groups dont like, but little attention has been paid to the millions of dollars the law makes available to communities impacted by the natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale rock formation, as well as environmental programs statewide. Recently, gas-rich Bradford County joined the list of counties that have enacted local ordinances authorizing the collection of fees ranging from a minimum of $40,000 per well in the first year down to $5,000 per well in year 15, with adjustments that will increase the fee in each year that the price of natural gas rises as well. &nbsp; That means 97 percent of the wells currently producing natural gas will be paying the fee, and millions of dollars every year (beginning right away) for the foreseeable future will be available to mitigate local impacts from the drilling, and to fund statewide environmental programs like the popular Growing Greener program that preserves farms, parkland and open space in perpetuity. Much credit for the impact fee bill goes to state Rep. Marguerite Quinn of Bucks County, who carefully researched the industry, its Wall Street analysts and its global projections to design a program that would not drive the gas drillers out of Pennsylvania, while still providing millions of dollars every year to the Department of Environmental Protection and conservation districts. This money will be used for enforcement of Pennsylvanias clean air and clean water statutes, to enhance emergency management, to provide natural gas development opportunities, affordable housing, roads and bridges and other services in affected counties, and for the Hazardous Sites Clean Up-Act Fund and the Environmental Stewardship Fund. While the fracking process is unfamiliar to many Pennsylvanians and needs to be carefully monitored and regulated, it has been safely employed for years to release natural gas trapped deep within geological formations below our commonwealth and in other states. Done safely, it is a proven job-creator for parts of rural Pennsylvania that have not seen good jobs in a generation. It also provides other highly skilled and technical employment

opportunities all over Pennsylvania in the energy, chemical, road building, pipe, drill and machinery sectors of our battered economy, as well as spill over jobs in hotels, restaurants and other businesses. In addition, the rich deposits of natural gas found in Pennsylvania promise real hope for energy independence for our country. Why buy oil from people who dont like us when we can produce energy right in our own backyard ? Act 13s funding for the Environmental Stewardship and Hazardous Sites Clean-up Act Funds is particularly compelling. In my decade in Harrisburg, I have spent many, many budget seasons trying to ensure funding for these important line items. Its always a tough sell, and its tougher now when balancing Pennsylvanias budget without raising income or sales taxes means reducing most line items across the board. We need to be constantly ready to remedy hazardous spills and problems from any industry, since the polluter is all too likely to go bankrupt and walk away if theres a particularly big mess. Weve seen it happen. Act 13 provides money to remediate and clean up spills. At the same time, fracking for natural gas is a heavy industrial process, and its happening in rural Pennsylvania where we used to depend upon the lush and undisturbed forests for clean air and clean water sources. Act 13s funding for the Environmental Stewardship Fund will allow us to do environmental projects all over the commonwealth to mitigate its detrimental effects. Doubtless, the availability of a stable funding source for these important environmental programs was the reason why the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, the Chesapeake Bay foundation, the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, the County Commissioners Association and dozens of other environmental and local government groups supported the legislation and urged its passage. Is it a perfect bill? No, of course not. But soon, very soon, we will feel the effects of the fee in stronger local communities, safer and better regulation of the fracking process, and in open space and watershed projects that preserve whats clean and beautiful about Penns Woods. Rep. Kate Harper serves the 61st District in Montgomery County. Pittsburgh, PRC Launch Don't Trash My Turf Litter Awareness Campaign On May 18, the Pennsylvania Resources Council and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl kicked-off the new Dont Trash My Turf! Litter Awareness Campaign during a press conference in Market Square. Mayor Ravenstahl is encouraging Pittsburgh residents to take pride in Americas Most Livable City by keeping it clean! The new DONT TRASH MY TURF! Litter prevention effort offers a game plan for preventing litter in Pittsburgh. Learn how to become involved in clean-up activities by visiting the Don't Trash My Turf! website. On the website you will find links to litter prevention, clean-up and beautification organizations, volunteer opportunities, clean-up event schedules and other information. The DONT TRASH MY TURF! Campaign is a partnership project between the Office of Mayor

Luke Ravenstahl and the Pennsylvania Resources Council made possible by a grant from Colcom Foundation. Click Here to view event photos in a slideshow. DEP Issues Air Quality Action Day Forecasts For Memorial Day Weekend The Department of Environmental Protection and its regional air quality partnerships have released forecasts for air quality action days for the Memorial Day Weekend. The DEP and the partnerships urge residents sensitive to air pollution to limit outdoor exposure on the days an air quality action day has been issued for their region. Regional Forecasts The forecasts call for an air quality action day May 26, May 27 and May 28 for the Pittsburgh region for ozone. The Liberty-Clairton area will have air quality action days Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27 for ozone and fine particulate matter (PM 2.5). An air quality action day has also been issued for the Susquehanna Valley and Lehigh Valley areas for May 28 for ozone. Forecasts also include the possibility of air quality action days for ozone being issued for the five-county greater Philadelphia region for May 28 and May 29. Residents in the southeastern region residents are advised to monitor the DEP website for announcements regarding the air quality in their region over the weekend. The Pittsburgh region is Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties. The Liberty-Clairton region is the municipalities of Clairton, Glassport, Liberty, Lincoln and Port Vue, all in southeastern Allegheny County. The Lehigh Valley region is Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties. The Susquehanna Valley region is Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York. On air quality action days, young children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems, such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis, are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution and should limit outdoor activities. An air quality action day is issued when forecasted meteorological conditions are considered favorable for either ozone or PM 2.5 concentrations to rise into at least the Code ORANGE threshold. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys standardized air quality index uses colors to report daily air quality. Green signifies good; yellow means moderate; orange represents unhealthy pollution levels for sensitive people; and red warns of unhealthy pollution levels for all. Ground-level ozone, a key component of smog, forms during warm weather when pollution from vehicles, industry, households and power plants bakes in the hot sun, making it hard for some people to breathe. To help keep the air healthy, residents and businesses are encouraged to voluntarily limit certain pollution-producing activities by: Riding the bus or carpooling to work; Refueling cars and trucks after dusk; Combining errands and reduce trips; Washing dishes and clothes only with full loads; and Saving energy by turning off unused lights in your home. These forecasts are provided in conjunction with the Air Quality Partnership of the Delaware Valley, the Southwest Pennsylvania Air Quality Partnership, the Lehigh Valley/Berks Air Quality Partnership and the Susquehanna Valley Air Quality Partnership.

For more information, visit DEP's Air Quality Partnership webpage. PPL Generation Rate for Non-Shopping Customers To Increase June 1 The rates that PPL Electric Utilities passes along to customers who dont select an alternative energy supply will increase June 1 based on a filing submitted May 18 with the Public Utility Commission. The new rates affect only residential and small-commercial customers on the utilitys default supply service. The updated rates reflect higher supply portfolio costs that include projected market costs for the next three months when demand for electricity generally peaks across the region. It also reflects an annual update to transmission rates, which are set by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and are updated every June 1. New Prices To Compare The new price to compare for residential customers will be 7.993 cents per kilowatt-hour, up from 6.935 cents per kilowatt-hour currently. This price applies to residential customers who have not chosen an alternative supplier and receive default supply service from PPL Electric Utilities. The price to compare includes generation and transmission services, which combined make up about two-thirds of the typical residential monthly bill. It does not include distribution charges, which apply to all customers and cover the companys costs to deliver power and provide customer service. For small-business customers, the new price to compare will be 9.154 cents per kilowatthour, compared with 6.387 cents per kilowatt-hour currently. A full list of PPL Electric Utilities new rates for all rate classes can be found online. In addition to higher summer supply costs, the price to compare for small-business customers reflects the expiration of a refund associated with an overcollection of revenue during a prior period. The new price to compare also reflects updates to the Transmission Service Charge, which recovers the transmission charges set by FERC. The transmission charge will decrease slightly for residential customers and increase for small-business customers for the 12 months beginning June 1. Transmission costs make up a small portion of the typical customers monthly bill. PPL Electric Utilities adjusts its generation rates and price to compare for shopping purposes every three months to reflect the cost of power purchases and adjustments based on customer use in the prior period. The generation rate for large industrial customers is based on hourly market prices. The companys generation rates change March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1 each year, similar to other utilities in Pennsylvania. Customer Choice The increase in PPL Electric Utilities price to compare means customers may be able to save on power supply costs by comparing the new price to compare with offers from alternative suppliers. A list of state-licensed suppliers and their offer prices are available from the PUCs website. More than 30 suppliers are currently serving the residential market in PPL Electric Utilities service area.

Alternative suppliers can offer options that PPL Electric Utilities does not, such as the ability to lock in a price for a longer term, said Dennis Urban, senior director of Rates and Regulatory Affairs for the utility. We encourage all customers to look at available offers from alternative suppliers, weigh the terms and conditions, and choose what is best for them. More than 580,200 PPL Electric Utilities customers, or about 41 percent of customers, are obtaining their power from other suppliers. More than 76 percent of the energy delivered by PPL Electric Utilities comes from alternative suppliers, including almost all power used by large commercial and industrial customers. The utility does not receive any profit on the generation portion of customers bills. It merely passes along the cost of that supply, which is purchased on the wholesale market to customers without markup. PPL Electric Utilities primary focus is on electric delivery, billing and customer service. NewsClip: PPL Default Electricity Rates To Go Up PJM Ready For Hot Summer Weather Electricity Demand PJM Interconnection, the grid operator serving 60 million people, expects to have adequate electricity resources available this summer to handle high electricity demand associated with heavy air conditioning use on hot days. The peak demand for electricity this summer is forecast to reach 153,780 megawatts (MW), assuming normal temperatures, compared to PJM's all-time peak demand of 163,760 MW set during record heat. PJM has 10,230 MW of demand response and energy efficiency to meet demand and has added this year a total of 5,007 MW of new capacity resources which includes demand response, energy efficiency and generation. The installed generation capacity available this summer to meet forecasted demand is 185,180 MW. This year, PJM's region includes the addition of Duke Energy Ohio and Duke Energy Kentucky customers. Adjusting for these new member companies, the anticipated load growth between 2011 and 2012 is 1.2 percent, slightly lower than normal once again due to the sluggish economy. "PJM, with the support of its members, expects to be as ready as we were last year for whatever the summer brings, even if it's just typical summer heat," said Michael Kormos, senior vice president Operations. "Last summer, we not only met a new record peak for power but kept the high voltage grid stable despite a hurricane, tropical storm and earthquake," Kormos said. Kormos added that although it is not possible to forecast for the natural disasters and extreme weather conditions that the summer can bring, PJM can make sure there is enough power available for the peak demand for power to be used at one time in the summer. He noted, however, that with a full-time meteorologist on staff, newer weather forecasting technology and key alert systems, PJM is able to get earlier warnings of some events. In addition, each year PJM regularly conducts emergency preparedness drills with its members and participates in industry-wide exercises for responding to weather and security-related threats. Peak electricity use in the PJM region is driven by high temperatures and economic conditions. PJM's forecast looks at a range of possible conditions to allow for variation in weather conditions. The forecast is based on typical weather conditions on peak use days

experienced over the past 38 years. Actual electricity demand will vary as temperatures vary from normal. PUC Seeks Comments On Act 129 Energy Conservation Resource Cost Test The Public Utility Commission Thursday issued for comment revisions to the total resource cost (TRC) test to analyze the costs and benefits of energy efficiency and conservation (EE&C) plans submitted by electric distribution companies (EDCs). Act 129 of 2008 directs the Commission to use a TRC test to analyze the costs and benefits of the EDCs plans The Commission voted 5-0 to issue changes to the TRC test for comment. The proposed TRC test will be used in the event a Phase II of EE&C plans is required of the EDCs. Act 129 of 2008 required electric distribution companies (EDCs) with more than 100,000 customers to file, by July 1, 2009, an energy efficiency and conservation (EE&C) plan to reduce electric consumption by at least one percent of the EDCs expected load for the period from June 1, 2009, through May 31, 2010, adjusted for weather and extraordinary loads. This 1 percent reduction was to be accomplished by May 31, 2011. By May 31, 2013, the EDC is required to reduce its total consumption by a minimum of 3 percent, as well as its peak demand by a minimum of 4.5 percent. The current EE&C plans are valid through May 31, 2013, at which time the law directs the PUC to re-evaluate the costs and benefits to determine if the EE&C programs should continue. On May 10, 2012, the Commission tentatively approved a second phase of Act 129 EE&C plans. Visit the PUC's Act 129 webpage for more information. New Survey Finds Strong Support For Nuclear Energy In PA The Pennsylvania Energy Alliance Thursday released the results of a new statewide survey that shows a strong majority of Pennsylvanians continue to support the use of nuclear energy. The poll of 700 Pennsylvania residents found that nearly 9 of 10 respondents believe the use of nuclear power is an important part of meeting the United States electricity needs. Its quite apparent that people recognize the benefits of nuclear power as a clean, safe and reliable source of energy, said PA Energy Alliance Executive Director Melissa Grimm. The state needs to have a reliable source of electricity, especially now with summer approaching and our energy demands increasing. Other notable results from the Susquehanna Polling & Research poll include: -- 79 percent of respondents agree that nuclear is a reliable source of energy; -- 71 percent of respondents support allowing existing nuclear plants to extend their operating licenses; -- 65 percent agree that nuclear power is a safe method of generating electricity; and -- 65 percent support the construction of new nuclear power plants in the state. This survey clearly shows Pennsylvanias support for nuclear power and its importance to the future energy needs of the Commonwealth, said James Lee from Susquehanna Polling & Research. Its also interesting to note that for those people who told us they live in close proximity to one of the five nuclear generating facilities in Pennsylvania, 72-percent had a

favorable opinion of that facility. The poll tells us that these plants are thought of as 'good neighbors' in their communities." A copy of the poll results are available online. Game Commission Advises Motorists To Watch For Deer Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe Monday urged motorists to stay alert and slow down when driving after dusk and before dawn to reduce their risk of colliding with a white-tailed deer. Each spring, deer congregate on the grassy areas along the states busy highways, and cover greater distances in search of food, Roe said. This activity makes vehicle collisions with deer all but inevitable. For the sake of public safety, the Game Commission is asking motorists to watch for deer and to drive defensively after dark and before sunrise, which is when deer are most active. Your efforts can help to keep accidents to a minimum, which, in turn, will reduce or eliminate hardships to your family and other Pennsylvanians. Roe noted that being more knowledgeable about deer can help Pennsylvanians steer clear of a deer-vehicle collision. For instance, in spring, young deer last years fawns are on the move as does chase them away to prepare to give birth to this years fawns. Yearling does usually travel no farther than necessary and will often later reunite with the doe after her new fawns begin traveling with her. However, young bucks typically disperse farther to set up their own home range. Click Here for the full advisory. PPL Closes Kipp Island to Protect Nesting Bald Eagles As part of PPLs support for wildlife habitat around Lake Wallenpaupack, Kipp Island in Wayne County will be unavailable for recreational activities until August 1 to protect a bald eagle nesting area. For the past several years, bald eagles have successfully raised eaglets at Kipp Island, and this spring weve received several reports of eagles on the island, said Paul Canevari, PPLs community relations director for the Pocono region. Were committed to supporting endangered and threatened species and all wildlife here at Lake Wallenpaupack, he said. Closing Kipp Island to protect the eagle nesting area is in accordance with federal regulations for this threatened species, and a key action to ensure that our national bird continues to nest here. Its a source of pride for the entire lake community. The Kipp Island nest is just one of the nests established by bald eagles and threatened birds of prey in the Lake Wallenpaupack area. These active nesting areas are a direct result of the clean water and natural habitat promoted by PPLs Lake Wallenpaupack management policies and the community support of those policies, Canevari said. Were hopeful that the majestic eagles will continue to return to Kipp Island year after year to nest. Kipp Island, the second largest on the lake, will reopen for public recreation on Aug. 1, when the nesting season for eagles has ended.

The 5,700-acre Lake Wallenpaupack provides water for the Wallenpaupack hydroelectric plant, a 44-megawatt plant near Hawley that has been generating clean, renewable electricity since 1926. Become A Pennsylvania Master Naturalist A Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is an individual with a passion for the natural world who participates in an intensive training program and uses his or her knowledge by giving back to the community through volunteer service. The Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education offers a training course and certification for individuals interest in being a Master Naturalist. The deadline for the next round of applications is May 28. The Master Naturalist training program is a national initiative that aims to connect people with their local ecosystems through intensive natural science training and local conservation service work. It is a venture directed toward developing local corps of "master volunteers and service providers" to offer education, outreach and stewardship dedicated to the understanding and management of natural areas within their communities. This year-round program has three components: the initial volunteer training course, volunteer service hours, and advanced training classes. Training sessions for PA Master Naturalist candidates will be held in Bucks and Chester counties. Visit the PA Master Naturalist webpage for more information. Hiking Week to Showcase Pennsylvanias Trails, Walkways Hikers will be picking their pace and path through Pennsylvanias bountiful outdoors when Hiking Week 2012 steps off May 26, offering participants a variety of organized hikes across the state. Thanks to the cooperative efforts of the co-sponsoring Keystone Trails Association and our bureaus of state parks and forestry, a wealth of healthy hiking activities again is being offered to all ages and abilities, said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan. For 11 years now, this event has become increasingly popular as we reach out to the uninitiated and offer a wide variety of highly organized hikes, said Allan. The welcome mat is out to novices and trail-hardened veterans alike, inviting them to hike in our state parks, forests and municipal greenways in this annual salute to healthy exercise and the serenity of those very special outdoors places. The nine-day Hiking Week concludes Sunday, June 3, and encompasses National Trails Day on June 2. The co-sponsoring trails association and DCNR have been encouraging suggestions on new hikes that could be added to this years schedule at the Explore PA Trails website. We welcome all non-hikers to join us for a hike, said Curt Ashenfelter, executive director of the Keystone Trails Association. Guided hikes offer a great opportunity for nonhikers to learn the skills necessary for a safe day outdoors. Call the hike leader to confirm that you have picked a hike that is right for you -- whether that is steep or flat, long or short.

Also, ask for advice on appropriate footwear, clothing, food and drink and then enjoy your healthy lifestyle choice while you explore one of Pennsylvanias many beautiful, secret spots! Special events planned by DCNR and the Keystone Trails Association will take place in parks, forests, cities and towns across the state. All of the scheduled hikes have leaders and include a variety of lengths and terrain -- from easy strolls along urban greenways to strenuous treks in some of Pennsylvanias rugged mountain areas. Special hikes include night hikes; wildflower walks; hikes for people with disabilities; and pet and geology walks. A goal of more than 100 hikes has been set, with state forests and parks across the state being asked to schedule and oversee activities. For more information, including hikes already planned, dates and locations, visit the Hiking Week webpage. For details on hiking clubs across the state, visit the Keystone Trails Association. Organized in 1956, KTA is a 1,306-member umbrella organization made up of 44 hiking and outdoors organizations in and around Pennsylvania. NewsClips: Three Rivers Heritage Trail To Be Extended Nature Trails Open In Highspire, Lykens, Millersburg Hiking Trail Bridge Replacement Focuses On Tourism June Celebration Of Carlisle LeTort Spring Trail Upgrades A Walk In The Woods At Pool Wildlife Sanctuary DCNR Dedicates New Laurel Highlands Trail Bridge Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and other state officials Thursday joined to dedicate the new Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Somerset County. The span is used by up to 100,000 hikers, snowmobilers, equestrians and other visitors each year. For all of you who patiently awaited this new, beautiful structure, today is indeed a day for celebration, said DCNR Secretary Richard Allan, addressing onlookers gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the span. Once again the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail invites you to strike out in long, uninterrupted forays through some of the most scenic, uninterrupted and wild sections of our bountiful state. The new bridge crosses the turnpike just about midway between the Somerset and Donegal exits. It was opened Jan. 28 after construction began in spring 2011. It replaced an almost 40-year-old span that had become unsafe. Timing of this ribbon-cutting is two-fold: we wanted you to see this beautiful structure in beautiful weather, not in January sleet and cold, Allan said. Also, in just two days, well be kicking off annual Hiking Week activities across the state, and on June 2, observing National Trails Day. What better place to remind you of these two upcoming outdoors highlights in the state than on one of its most highly acclaimed trails? Hiking Week events planned by DCNR and the Keystone Trails Association will take place in parks, forests, cities and towns across the state though Sunday, June 3. All of the scheduled hikes have leaders and include a variety of lengths and terrain.

For information, including hikes already planned, dates and locations, visit the Explore PA Trails website. The original Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail bridge, built in 1970, was closed in late 2009 after inspectors found conditions that could endanger hikers and snowmobile riders using the bridge, as well as motorists passing beneath. We know the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is a major regional recreational attraction, drawing 80,000 to 100,000 hikers and other visitors a year, Allan said. We know this new span is invaluable to the economic vitality of the Laurel Highlands area and the diverse, all-season recreational enjoyment it provides. We at DCNR also know we would have liked to have seen an earlier replacement. We continued to push for an early as opening as possible, but weather conditions and material deliveries hampered this effort. The replacement span, built at the same site as the old bridge, reconnects various trail systems in the Laurel Highlands and will facilitate foot traffic as well as snowmobiles, mountain bikes and equestrians. I would argue that this bridge reconnects the most vital system of recreational trails in the state, said Laurel Hill State Park Complex Manager Mike Mumau. The LHHT, part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, offers an incredible trail experience. In addition, this bridge allows us to reconnect the system of multi-use trails on the Forbes State Forest. Owned by the Bureau of State Parks, the bridge rejoins the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, a 70-mile corridor running north and south through state parklands and Forbes State Forest. Part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is a major regional recreational attraction. The bridge project was awarded in March 2011 to the Pittsburgh-based Mosites Construction Co. The bid totaled nearly $1.3 million for work on the 12-foot-wide, 184-foot-long span. NewsClips: Three Rivers Heritage Trail To Be Extended Nature Trails Open In Highspire, Lykens, Millersburg Hiking Trail Bridge Replacement Focuses On Tourism June Celebration Of Carlisle LeTort Spring Trail Upgrades A Walk In The Woods At Pool Wildlife Sanctuary DCNR Names Members Of New Advisory Committee On Trails DCNR is forming a new Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee to assist efforts to build a statewide network of land and water trails. Our nationally-honored Statewide Outdoor Recreation Plan recommended we create a statewide trails committee to help implement recommendations from the plan related to a trail network as a way to facilitate outdoor recreation, provide alternative transportation routes and encourage healthy lifestyles, DCNR Secretary Richard Allan said. This new committee helps us in our efforts to make that plan a reality. The Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee will consist of the following members, with their affiliation: Cheryl Allerton, horseback riding, Boyertown; Thomas Baxter, bicycling; Monongahela;

Eric Bruggeman, ATV riders, Dover; Jeffrey Cernic, off-highway motorcycling, Johnstown; Silas Chamberlin, trail walkers, Allentown; Scott Cope, member at large, Whitehall; James Foster, hiking, Mechanicsburg; Jodi Foster, member at large; Ridgway; Andrew Hamilton, member at large, Doylestown; Eryn Hughes, mountain biking, Pittsburgh; Timothy Karr, snowmobiling, Danville; Larry Knutson, trail builders, Newville; Philip McGrath, people with disabilities, Pottstown; James McNulty, water trail user, New Cumberland; Steve Risk, 4-wheel driving, Quarryville; Jane Sheffield, member at large, Hollidaysburg; Michael Stokes, trail planner, Royersford; Patricia Tomes, trail advocate, Dover; Robert Watts, cross-country skiing, Downingtown; and Gwen Wills, trail trainer, Summerville. The committees responsibilities will include advising DCNR on the use of federal trails funding in Pennsylvania, reviewing and ranking trail project applications and presenting an annual report to the secretary on the accomplishments of the preceding federal fiscal year. For more information about trails in Pennsylvania, visit the Explore PA Trails website. NewsClips: Three Rivers Heritage Trail To Be Extended Nature Trails Open In Highspire, Lykens, Millersburg Hiking Trail Bridge Replacement Focuses On Tourism June Celebration Of Carlisle LeTort Spring Trail Upgrades A Walk In The Woods At Pool Wildlife Sanctuary (Reprinted from DCNR's May 23 Resource online newsletter.) State Parks, Forests Roll Out Welcome Mat For Summer Visitors Pennsylvanias forest and park system offers a wide range of ways for visitors to enjoy spending time outdoors during the summer, according to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Summer memories of times in the outdoors are truly priceless, and the good news is we have plenty of affordable opportunities to create those memories in our state parks and forests, said DCNR Secretary Richard Allan. With 2.2-million acres of state forests, and 120 state parks covering 300,000 acres, there is a state park within 25 miles of nearly every Pennsylvanian. If we have good weather this weekend, we anticipate it will be a very busy holiday in our state parks and forests, Allan said. A look at our overnight reservations indicates many of our campgrounds at parks will be at or near capacity for the Memorial Day weekend. Click Here for the full announcement of special events and offers. Find a State Park. Find a State Forest.

DCNR Salutes Employees' Award-Winning Efforts It is a familiar refrain, but one DCNR Secretary Richard Allan says he never tires of hearing: DCNR employees excel at what they do. The scope and excellence of what you accomplish day in and day out is recognized and appreciated, and it comes back to me over and over again, the secretary said, addressing honorees and guests at the seventh annual DCNR Employee Recognition Program. As I travel the state, the people on the street, in the towns and communities, all tell me they are appreciative of the great job you all do. Receiving a total of 21 awards, more than 60 DCNR workers were personally congratulated by Allan and deputy secretaries John Giordano, Ellen Ferretti and Cindy Dunn in a May 3 ceremony in the auditorium of the Rachel Carson State Office Building, Harrisburg. You all are exemplary employees and your accomplishments bring pride and value not just to this agency but to the entire state, Allan said. Your fantastic, award-winning efforts and the daily performance of your co-workers say what you are, and what DCNR is. Working in this position with you all has given me with the most enjoyment I ever had in my career. Click Here for a list of DCNR employee award winners. (Reprinted from DCNR's May 23 Resource online newsletter.)

Grants & Awards

This section gives you a heads up on upcoming deadlines for awards and grants and other recognition programs. NEW means new from last week. May 31-- Expedition Chesapeake Student Essay Contest June 8-- Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award June 8-- Game Commission State Wildlife Grants June 29-- DEP Act 101 Recycling Implementation, Waste Planning Grants July 6-- PROP Recycling Film Festival July 15-- Pocono Forest and Waters CLI Conservation Assistance Grants July 31-- DCNR Southcentral PA Natural Resource Protection Grants August 1-- PA Snowmobile Assn. Trail Improvement Grants August 24-- Foundation for PA Watershed Grants September 1-- Erie TreeVitalize Grants October 31-- PA Resources Council Lens On Litter Contest December 14-- EPA College Campus RainWorks Challenge -- Visit the DEP Grants and Loan Programs webpage for more ideas on how to get financial assistance for environmental projects.

Budget/Quick Clips

Here's a selection of NewClips on environmental topics from around the state-Centralia Mine Fire Still Burns 50 Years Later Budget House Sends Senate GOP Budget To Floor House Panel Blocks Budget Restoration Amendments Legislative Surplus A Target Future Pension Benefits Of PA Public Workers Eyed Corbett To Face GOP's Tough Love Other Connellsville Team Wins Envirothon, Advances To State Cambria Envirothon Students Seeking Pollution Solutions Central PA Students Bid Farewell To Trout From Their Classrooms Littering: The Bad Habit Of Other People Right? Editorial: Pittsburgh Gets Tough On Trashing City Rapho Twp Reviews New Recycling Mandates Phipps Previews Greenest Building New Building In Phipps Greenest Of Its Kind Energy Saving Gadget Giveaway Aims To Spur Public Action PPL Default Electricity Rates To Go Up Editorial: Obama's Coal Crock Refinery Woes West Nile Gets Early Start In Erie County Cumberland County Holds Hearing On Conserving Land Conservancy Acquires Creek Bank, Erie Lakefront Philly's Glass-Clad Buildings Killing Birds Column: Parks & Recreation Funding Fall Short In Philly Renewal Follows Flames At French Creek State Park Three Rivers Heritage Trail To Be Extended Nature Trails Open In Highspire, Lykens, Millersburg Hiking Trail Bridge Replacement Focuses On Tourism June Celebration Of Carlisle LeTort Spring Trail Upgrades Natural Lands Trust Breaks Ground On Lenfest Center A Walk In The Woods At Pool Wildlife Sanctuary Camping Time Just Got Easier In State Parks UPJ's Concrete Canoe Team Paddles To Nationals Fish For Free In Lake Erie On Memorial Day Fish For Free On Memorial Day In PA Advisory Group Discusses Presque Isle Bay's Status Quecreek Mine Rescue 10th Anniversary

Marcellus Shale NewsClips

Here are NewsClips on topics related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling---

Critics Question Shale Gas Researcher, Research School Don't Hold Your Breath On Act 13 Changes Waivers Could OK Drilling Near Water DEP Investigating Methane In Water In Bradford County Testing Shows Dallas Twp Spills Didn't Pollute Washington County Families Sue Drilling Over Health Problems Shale Drilling Contaminated Water, Families Say In Lawsuit Column: Bradford County Beauty Getting Drilled Column: Fracking Spurs A Municipal Mutiny In PA PA Considers Leasing University, Prison Land For Drilling Drilling Checks May Dry Up Amid Low Natural Gas Prices Fines Against Drillers In PA Down 70 Percent Groups Criticizes DEP Over Shale Drilling Violations Powdermill Compiles List Of PA Shale Wells Energy Jobs Await Science Students Marcellus Institute Offers Summer Camp At Mansfield Is Pittsburgh's Fracking Ban Hurting Business? Marcellus Shale Coalition Touts Industry Success At Rally Shale Gas Ventures Lead To Piggyback Investments Washington County Appeal Of DEP Marcellus Finding Moves Ahead Allegheny County Airport Drilling Deal Reached New Delaware Valley Marcellus Shale Business Association Op-Ed: Drilling Risking Out Environment, Is It Worth It? Financial/Other States Firm Announces $380 Million Gas Pipeline Expansion Injection Well Construction Booms Despite Drilling Water Recycling Chesapeake Energy Sells More Land To Bridge Funding Gap Methane Gas Found In 3 Wells, Two Streams DEP Issues Statement On Bradford County Methane Migration

Flooding/Watershed NewsClips
Here are NewsClips on watershed topics from around the state-Flooding Warm Spring Creates Moldy Mess For Flood Victims Shickshinny Group Unveils Blueprint For Flood Recovery Other Watershed NewsClips Central PA Students Bid Farewell To Trout From Their Classrooms Drought Worries Ease Along Stonycreek River Fish For Free In Lake Erie On Memorial Day Op-Ed: Petition Is First Of Many Steps To Help Susquehanna Japanese Knotweed Overtaking Kiski River's Shoreline

Fish For Free On Memorial Day In PA

Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

No new regulations were published this week. Pennsylvania Bulletin - May 26, 2012 Proposed Regulations Open For Comment - DEP webpage Proposed Regulations With Closed Comment Periods - DEP webpage DEP Regulatory Agenda - DEP webpage

Technical Guidance & Permits

The Public Utility Commission formally published the order implementing the Act 13 Marcellus Shale Well Impact Fee, a notice of the availability of the Act 129 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program Phase II and notice of a tentative implementation order for the Act 11 Distribution System Improvement Charge. The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of new draft guidance on Lake Erie bluff recession and setback regulations. DEP also published a notice inviting the public to submit information to help evaluate whether 50 stream segments have the proper water quality classification The State Board for Certification of Sewage Enforcement Officers announced its 2012 examination schedule. The Department of Public Welfare published notice and opportunity to comment on the proposed state low-income home energy assistance program plan. Draft TGD: Substantive Revision. DEP ID: 394-2000-001. Municipal Reference Document: Guidance for the Implementation of the Chapter 85 Bluff Recession and Setback Regulations. The Bluff Recession and Setback Act of 1980 (BRSA) and 25 Pa. Code Chapter 85 (relating to bluff recession and setback) regulations establish the Lake Erie bluff setback program. Technical Guidance Comment Deadlines - DEP webpage Copies Of Draft Technical Guidance - DEP webpage Copies of Final Technical Guidance - DEP webpage

Calendar Of Events
Upcoming legislative meetings, conferences, workshops, plus links to other online calendars.

Meetings are in Harrisburg unless otherwise noted. NEW means new from last week. Go to the online Calendar webpage. Click on Agenda Released on calendar entries to see the NEW meeting agendas published this week. June 5-- CANCELED. DEP Storage Tank Advisory Committee meeting. The next scheduled meeting is September 11. (formal notice) June 7-- House Democratic Policy Committee holds a hearing on climate change. Philadelphia Seaport Museum. 10:00. June 7-- Public Utility Commission briefing on summer electric demand. Hearing Room 1, Keystone Building. 1:30. June 7-- CANCELED. DEP Solid Waste Advisory Committee meeting. Agenda available. The next scheduled meeting is September 13. (formal notice) June 7-- Susquehanna River Basin Commission meeting. Binghamton State Office Building, Binghamton, NY. 9:00. (formal notice) June 18-- Environmental Issues Forum, Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee will feature a presentation by the PA Biomass Energy Association. Room G-50 Irvis Building. Noon. June 21-- DEP Climate Change Advisory Committee meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 10:00. (formal notice) DEP Calendar of Events Note: The Environmental Education Workshop Calendar is no longer available from the PA Center for Environmental Education because funding for the Center was eliminated in the FY 2011-12 state budget. The PCEE website was also shutdown, but some content was moved to the PA Association of Environmental Educators' website. Senate Committee Schedule House Committee Schedule

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