Monday, August 21, 2017

Fmr Corbett Admin Official Anthony Pugliese Named FERC Chair Chief Of Staff

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chair Neil Chatterjee Monday announced Anthony Pugliese has been named Chief of Staff at the Commission.
Since January 2017, Pugliese has served as Senior White House Advisor at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he helped oversee all aspects of the department, including pipeline safety and regulatory issues.
He also played a leadership role in the development and planning of President Donald J. Trump’s infrastructure proposal.
Prior to that, he was a consultant on energy issues involving solar, oil and natural gas at Pugliese Associates. Before that, he was Director of Legislative Affairs for former Gov. Tom Corbett, focusing on energy, tax policy, infrastructure, economic development and international affairs.
He also served on Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale Commission.
“I am very pleased to welcome Anthony to the Commission,” said Chairman Chatterjee. “We appreciate his willingness to bring his experience and expertise on energy, infrastructure and safety to FERC.”

Fish Advisories Updated: Anglers Warned Not To Eat Fish From Shenango River In Lawrence, Mercer Counties

The departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection, and Health Monday along with the Fish and Boat Commission announced a “DO NOT EAT” advisory for all fish species caught in the Shenango River in Mercer and Lawrence Counties due to extremely high levels of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB).
This specific warning is included in the 2017 update of Fish Consumption Advisories across the state that saw the addition of these streams and lakes to the advisory--
-- Bucks County: Lake Towhee
-- Clinton County: Little Pine Creek
-- Delaware County: Chester Creek
-- Potter County: Lyman Run Reservoir
-- Sullivan County: Lopez Pond
-- Warren County: Chapman Dam Reservoir
Trout stocked from Fish & Boat Commission state fish hatcheries are subject to the blanket one-meal-per-week consumption advisory that applies to recreationally caught sport fish in Pennsylvania.
The Shenango River advisory extends to all fish between the Shenango Lake Dam and the mouth of the Shenango River in New Castle, PA.
DEP is currently investigating possible sources of the PCB contamination.
“The levels found in the tissue samples are extremely high, and DEP will be investigating to find the source of this contamination,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “DEP will work with EPA and others to determine the sources of this contamination and how to remediate it.
"PCBs are a class of chemical compounds that are hazardous to the health of fish and humans so anglers are strongly encouraged to avoid consuming any species of fish that are caught in this reach of the Shenango River,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “We are very concerned about the fate and effects of PCBs since they have an extremely long environmental half-life and will remain in the river for decades if not properly cleaned up and disposed of."
A “DO NOT EAT” advisory was already in effect for the river for muskellunge, carp, and channel catfish, and the new advisory now includes all other game fish like smallmouth and largemouth bass, bluegill, and walleye.
PCBs have been shown to cause a wide range of adverse health effects and cancer. There are a number of serious non-cancer health effects in animals including effects on immune system, reproductive system, nervous system, endocrine system and other organs.
Tissue samples taken from fish found some levels of PCB to be more than 22 mg/kg in smallmouth bass, which is more than 10 times the “NO CONSUMPTION” advisory level of 1.9 mg/kg.
The Fish and Boat Commission will not stock trout in Shenango River Section 04 until further notice. The agency will continue to work to identify another nearby waterbody to provide recreational trout fishing opportunities for anglers.
DEP has contacted the public water suppliers that withdraw water from this area of the river. These water suppliers have been conducting annual monitoring for PCBs.
None of the monitoring—including samples collected earlier this year—showed any presence of PCBs in the water itself. These systems have agreed to increase the frequency of monitoring to quarterly to ensure ongoing compliance with the drinking water standards for PCBs.
For more information on fish consumption advisories, visit DEP’s 2017 Fish Consumption Advisory webpage.  Click Here for a list of streams, lakes and ponds covered by the 2017 advisory noting additions and changes.
Click Here for advice on cleaning fish to limit PCB exposure. (photo)

Milford Walking Tour Sept. 9 Features Pinchot Family History In Pike County

A walking tour of Milford in Pike County, that illustrates the many contributions to the community made by the prominent Pinchot family since the 1800s is planned for September 9, beginning at 10 am.
Offered by the Grey Towers Heritage Association and the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers, ancestral home of the Pinchot family, the tour is free and open to the public.
Unique to this walking tour is guest lecturer Edgar Brannon, who will blend his 50+ years knowledge of history, architecture, landscape design and community background to deliver a dynamic program.
Participants will learn the answers to such questions as what was the Milford Community House before it became a library? Where was the Gifford Pinchot Grange Hall? Who built Forest Hall and what was it used for?
Pre-registration is required by calling 570-296-9625 or sending an email to:  Participation is limited to the first 25 registrants.
The interesting stroll through the borough will illustrate how one family influenced the beginnings of the community. Participants should meet at Broad and Harford streets, at 10 am, rain or shine.
This walking tour is intended to enhance the understanding of the deep connection between the Pinchots, Grey Towers and the community.
Tour participants will learn of some of the  family contributions, including Forest Hall, the Community House, Normandy Cottage, the Pike County Courthouse and others. Gifford Pinchot founded and served as first chief of the USDA Forest Service and was twice Governor of Pennsylvania.
For more information on programs, initiatives and other upcoming events, visit the Grey Towers Heritage Association.  Click Here to sign up for updates from the Association, Like them on Facebook, Follow them on Twitter, visit their YouTube Channel, become part of their Google+ Circle and follow them on Instagram.
 Also visit the Grey Towers Historic Site website and the Pinchot Institute for Conservation website for information on its conservation research and policy programs.  Click Here to sign up for the Institute’s regular updates.
(Photo: Before the Pinchot family completed construction of Forest Hall at the corner of Broad and Harford, the Pinchot Dry Goods store served the community during the 1800s.)

August Environmental Synopsis Now Available From Joint Conservation Committee

-- Proposals For Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Facilities (photo)
-- The Benefits Of Just Walking
-- Strategy To Improve Water Quality In The Mississippi River Off To Slow Start
-- Scientists Aim To Harness Energy From Algae
-- Climate Change, Hotter Temps Could Affect Airplane Takeoffs
-- Addressing Barriers To Pennsylvania Green Energy Markets
Next Environmental Issues Forum
The next Environmental Issues Forum will be held on October 16 to hear a presentation from DCNR on its new Penn’s Parks For all - Planning For The State Parks Of Tomorrow initiative.
It will be held in Room 8E-A East Wing of the Capitol starting at noon.
Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango) serves as Chair of the Joint Conservation Committee.
For more information, visit the Joint Conservation Committee website, Like them on Facebook or Follow them on Twitter.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Committee.
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Help Wanted: Centre County Conservation District Watershed Specialist

The Centre County Conservation District is seeking qualified applicants for a Watershed Specialist position.  While there is no application deadline, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible since interviews will be scheduled in mid-September.  Click Here for all the details.

PennTAP: How To Move Your Company Toward Sustainability Webinar Nov. 16

The Penn State PA Technical Assistance Program will host a How To Move Your Company Toward Sustainability webinar on November 16 from Noon to 1:00 p.m.
In order to move toward more sustainable practices, industrial managers need to understand what cultural, environmental, and economic challenges exist, and how to respond to them.
PennTAP will review the link between sustainability and energy efficiency projects, and highlight the process to develop a carbon footprint, set a reduction goal, and implement projects to reduce your carbon footprint.
The webinar will also discuss methods to publicize the sustainability improvements at your facility.
For more information and to register, visit the Webinar webpage.
PennTAP is also hosting these upcoming webinars for businesses on environmental topics--
-- December 21: SBA Innovation Research, Technology Transfer Grants.  Noon to 1:00 p.m.
For more information on the kinds of technical and other assistance available to help your business with environmental and other issues, visit the Penn State PA Technical Assistance Program website.
Assistance is also available through the PA Small Business Development Center’s Environmental Management Program.
Help is also available through DEP’s Small Business Ombudsman Ed Boito by contacting him at 717-772-5160 or send email to:

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