The independent Citizens Advisory Council Tuesday unanimously approved the text of a letter to Senate and House Appropriations Committee Chairs expressing serious concerns about current funding levels at the Department of Environmental Protection saying, in part, “consistent cuts to DEP over the last 2 decades has reached an unsustainable level.”
The PA Resources Council Thursday presented its second annual Zero Waste Awards to 10 Pittsburgh-area organizations in recognition of their commitment to adopting sustainable environmental practices and diverting waste through recycling, compost and reuse.
The PA Sustainable Energy Board, in conjunction with the Public Utility Commission, held its annual meeting in Harrisburg Thursday to update Commonwealth agencies and other interested groups on activities of the regional Sustainable Energy Funds.
The Game Commission is now accepting orders for its Seedlings For Schools Program which provides tree seedlings to classrooms so students can plant them as part of projects to improve wildlife habitat. Orders placed as part of the Seedlings for Schools Program are being accepted through March 24.
FirstEnergy Corp. announced Friday the two units at its coal-fired Bruce Mansfield Power Plant in Shippingport, Beaver County. are expected to restart early next week following a short out-of-service period that began mid-February.
Restart activities at Units 1 and 3, each with a capacity of 830 megawatts, will begin this weekend. While the units were offline, Bruce Mansfield's 350 employees completed routine daily maintenance work that supports ongoing safe and reliable operation.
Unit 2, also with an 830-megawatt capacity, will remain out of service as maintenance on plant equipment is completed.
The Bruce Mansfield Plant is FirstEnergy’s largest coal-fired power plant.
President Trump Friday issued another Executive Order affecting federal regulations requiring each agency to establish Regulatory Reform Task Forces to evaluate existing regulations to identify costly, unneeded and unnecessary regulations.
The House Appropriations Committee will hold budget hearings Monday, February 27 for the Department of Environmental Protection (10:00) and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (1:00). Click Here to watch hearings live.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has its budget hearing on the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources March 1 at 3:00 and for DEP on March 9 at 10:00. Click Here to watch Senate hearings live.
DEP published notice in the February 25 PA Bulletin granting Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the Gray’s Landing Lock and Dam 12-megawatt hydroelectric project (page 1224) and the Point Marion Lock and Dam (photo) 5-megawatt hydroelectric project (page 1229) both on the Monongahela River in Greene and Fayette counties.
This Blog is a companion to www.PaEnvironmentDigest.com, the weekly online newsletter published by Crisci Associates, Harrisburg, PA.
I can be contacted at 717-576-0420 or by sending email to: DHess@CrisciAssociates.com.
I served as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection from 2001 to 2003, Executive Deputy at DEP from 1995 to 2001, as staff to the PA Senate Environmental Committee and various positions in the former Department of Environmental Resources, working on environmental issues for nearly 40 years.