Thursday, February 23, 2017

DEP Extends Comment Period On Oil & Gas Industry Methane Emission Control Permits

The Department of Environmental Protection Thursday announced the comment period for two general permits relating to methane emissions control have been extended until June 5.
The extended comment period is for both the proposed General Permit 5 (for Natural Gas Compressor Stations, Processing Plants and Transmission Stations) and the proposed General Permit 5A (for Unconventional Natural Gas Well Site Operations and Remote Pigging Stations).
The comment period was originally scheduled to end in March 2017. Notice of the extension will be printed in the February 25, 2017 edition of the PA Bulletin.
Click Here for copies of the proposed permits and instructions on how to submit comments.

Help Wanted: LandStudies, Inc. Water Resources Design Professional

Lancaster County-based LandStudies, Inc. is now accepting applications to fill a Water Resources Design Professional position.             
LandStudies is seeking a mid-level Engineer or Landscape Architect professional with experience in stormwater management design and permitting.
The successful candidate will manage select stormwater design projects as well as provide other project managers with support for Hydrologic and Hydraulic (H&H), NPDES permitting, and a variety of other projects.
Click Here for all the details. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Andrew@LandStudies.com.
Click Here for other professional opportunities available with LandStudies, Inc.

DRBC Sets March 15 Hearing On Aquatic Life Water Uses In Delaware River Estuary

The Delaware River Basin Commission Thursday announced plans to take several actions to recognize improved water quality in the Delaware River Estuary and to formally review the designated aquatic life uses and water quality criteria necessary to support these uses in the estuary.
The plans are described in a proposed resolution which will be the subject of a special public hearing on March 15 where interested parties will have the opportunity to provide oral comments.  
The hearing, beginning at 2 p.m., will be held at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, Pa.  Written comments on the proposed resolution will be accepted until 5 p.m. on April 13.
“The draft resolution recognizes that evidence supports further study on the inclusion of propagation of resident and migratory fish as a ‘designated use’ in a 38-mile section of the tidal Delaware River stretching from Wilmington, Del. to just above the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge connecting Philadelphia and New Jersey,” said DRBC Executive Director Steve Tambini.  “The resolution would provide for additional studies to be undertaken in consultation with state and federal co-regulators as well as municipal and industrial dischargers.”
“In addition, the resolution affirms the goal of continued water quality improvement shared by the DRBC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the estuary states of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania,” added Tambini.
When the DRBC was created in 1961, little or no dissolved oxygen (DO) was present in the Delaware River from Wilmington to Philadelphia for periods of up to six months each year, preventing the survival of resident fish and movement of migratory fish through these waters to spawning areas.
Significant improvements in DO levels have occurred throughout this stretch of the tidal Delaware River since DRBC originally adopted designated uses and implemented related water quality criteria in 1967.  
This shared achievement has been the result of effective water management by DRBC, the federal government, and the four basin states, as well as substantial investment in treatment works by public entities and private industry.
“The proposed resolution, among other measures, calls for the DRBC to conduct an analysis to determine the attainability of DO criteria that would be required to support an upgrade in the designated use in this 38-mile stretch of the tidal Delaware River,” said Tambini.  “This would be done in close collaboration with the four basin states, EPA, and the regulated community.”
In order to fulfill their obligation under the federal Clean Water Act to designate and protect uses for surface waters including the shared waters of the Delaware River Estuary, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania either apply DRBC water quality standards that they have jointly established or provide for application of the more stringent of state and DRBC standards within the basin.
Once the comment period is closed, commission action on the proposed resolution can only occur at a future DRBC business meeting that is open to the public and for which the public has received the required advance notice.
The proposed resolution, additional information about the March 15 public hearing, and details describing how written comments can be submitted can be found on the Commission’s website.  

PA Statewide Sustainable Energy Board Highlights Projects At Annual Meeting

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 PPL SEF provided overviews of its commercial loan program and non-profit energy savings agreement program, along with an update on EnergyPath 2016 and 2017.  Click Here for the presentation.
The West Penn Power Co. SEF showcased its funding commitments to the construction of high performance buildings and programs geared to raise public awareness.  Click Here for the presentation.
The Metropolitan-Edison Co. and Pennsylvania Electric Co. SEF discussed 2016 grant and loan approvals and highlights from programs funded for various businesses.  Click Here for the presentation.
Representatives from the PECO Sustainable Development Fund presented information on SDF’s new energy loans that closed in 2016 and its experience with Energy Service Companies now providing guaranteed energy savings contracts for modest-sized commercial clients, in addition to an update on its reinvestment fund.  Click Here for the presentation.
The PASEB was originally established by the Commission in 1999 to provide oversight, guidance and technical assistance to the regional sustainable energy boards that have funded projects such as wind farms, solar power systems, smart thermostat programs and the construction of buildings using energy efficient technologies.
On Aug. 7, 2003, the Commission issued an order further defining the role of the PASEB. That order charged the PASEB with holding an annual meeting; enhancing communications among the four funds and state agencies; and establishing bylaws and a “best business practices” model.
For more information, visit the PA Sustainable Energy Board webpage.
(Photo: Try Again Homes Project in Washington, PA, West Penn Power SEF.)

Keep PA Beautiful, Local Affiliates Working In 14 Counties Earn National Recognition

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and local affiliates working in 14 Pennsylvania counties earned national recognition from Keep America Beautiful at its national conference recently.
These Pennsylvania groups were recognized with the President’s Circle Award.  The Award recognizes exemplary performance by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in creating clean, green and beautiful communities.
In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, the nine Pennsylvania affiliates met Keep America Beautiful’s standards of merit by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio, and administering activities in the areas of Ending Littering, Improving Recycling, and Beautifying the Pennsylvania landscape.
Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful consists of a national network of more than 620 community-based affiliates whose programs, initiatives and efforts, supported by millions of volunteers, help transform public spaces into beautiful places.
“One of Keep America Beautiful’s most effective tools is the work of our grassroots network of affiliate organizations, which has an impact on millions of Americans each year,” said Keep America Beautiful COO Becky Lyons. “Our affiliates are providing real solutions that help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound.”
“We are honored that Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and our local Keep America Beautiful affiliates have been recognized nationally for our efforts. Each affiliate has worked tirelessly to identify the needs of their local community and the partners and supporters that allows them to offer programs that meet those needs,” said Shannon Reiter, President of Keep PA Beautiful. “We commend and congratulate our affiliates for working towards our shared vision of a clean and beautiful Pennsylvania.”  
The Keep America Beautiful National Conference, its premier educational and networking event, brought together more than 350 leaders from Keep America Beautiful’s national network of affiliates, business leaders, policymakers and other experts who shared innovative ideas and proven strategies to help End Littering, Improve Recycling, and Beautify America’s Communities.
The 2017 Keep America Beautiful National Conference was made possible through the support of some of America’s leading companies, including: Title Sponsor – Wrigley Company Foundation; Leadership Sponsors – Altria, Lowe’s and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company; Stewardship Sponsors – Anheuser-Busch, Steel Recycling Institute; Strategic Sponsors – Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Northrop Grumman; Supporting Sponsors – Foodservice Packaging Institute, Maryland Environmental Services and Owens-Illinois, Inc.
Scholarships are provided by Altria, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and The Share Fund.
For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from KPB, Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter, Discover them on Pinterest and visit their YouTube Channel.
Also visit the Illegal Dump Free PA website for more ideas on how to clean up communities and keep them clean and KPB’s new Electronics Waste website.
Sign up now for the 2017 Great American Cleanup of PA and set up your own cleanup and beautification event through May 31.

Radnor Twp, Delaware County Stream & Stormwater Photography Volunteer Project, March 4

Radnor Township, Delaware County is organizing a unique Stream and Stormwater Photography Volunteer Project on March 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Radnor High School, 130 King of Prussia Road, Villanova, PA in Room 150.
It’s true that every picture tells a story.
All of Radnor’s streams are considered, by DEP, to fail to meet pollution protection standards. Radnor communities are being harmed by ongoing flood damages. Properties and parks are being washed away by erosion.
Your pictures can help tell the stories of Radnor’s waterways and get them the investment and protection they need.
The Township will also talk about Radnor's stormwater ordinance -- the changes that are needed and the actions the Township is failing to take, and what you can do about it.
Bring your smart-phone and your willingness to take a walk and learn how to take pictures that can help protect Radnor’s waterways and identify good projects for Radnor’s stormwater fee.
The Township will provide coffee, juice, bagels and fruit.  At the workshop, you will learn:
-- How to identify a healthy stream and one that is in trouble, and to take pictures that will tell that story;
-- How to take better pictures with you cell phone camera to protect streams,
-- How to geo-tag, label & upload your photos to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network's web collection site,
-- Basic watershed issues & what to look for in the field,
-- Safety tips when walking around Radnor’s waterways and surrounding areas,
-- How to find, walk and document your assigned stream for the project,
-- How your pictures can be used to protect Radnor communities, streams and environment.
Click Here for more information and to register.

Keep PA Beautiful Welcomes New Staff To Coordinate Illegal Dump Free PA Initiatives

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Thursday announced Aaron Semasko has joined the team to help facilitate the Illegal Dump Free PA initiative across the state.  
Semasko will work with local governments, communities, and enforcement agencies to identify and hold accountable individuals and businesses that choose to dump their trash illegally through KPB’s Illegal Dump Free PA.
Illegal Dump Free PA is an innovative program launched in 2015 that provides surveillance camera loans, training and support to Pennsylvania municipalities and community groups.
"We are excited to welcome Aaron to our team. His field experience with game cameras combined with his education and respect for nature and the outdoors provides a great foundation as we advance the Illegal Dump Free PA program and our mission to empower Pennsylvanians to keep our communities clean and beautiful,”  said Shannon Reiter, President of Keep PA Beautiful.  “Aaron brings a fresh perspective and I know he will be an asset to the Illegal Dump Free PA initiative and the organization as a whole."
“I am thrilled to help catch those who create these incredible blemishes on our beautiful Pennsylvania landscape!” said Semasko.   
Semasko worked previously as a biomonitor and consultant. He has extensive game camera and field experience through rattlesnake population monitoring and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Terrestrial Ecology and a Master’s Degree in Biology.
The Keep PA Beautiful Surveillance Camera Loan Program provides grant recipients with three surveillance cameras to capture evidence of illegal dumping at an active dumpsite and technical assistance with installation.
To learn more about the program visit the Surveillance Camera Loan Program webpage or contact Aaron Semasko at 724-836-4121 x107.
For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from KPB, Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter, Discover them on Pinterest and visit their YouTube Channel.
Also visit the Illegal Dump Free PA website for more ideas on how to clean up communities and keep them clean and KPB’s new Electronics Waste website.
Sign up now for the 2017 Great American Cleanup of PA and set up your own cleanup and beautification event through May 31.

CBF-PA: Urge Your Legislators To Invest In Clean Water

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA is urging all Pennsylvania residents to contact their state House and Senate members to urge them to invest in clean water.
All Pennsylvanians have a right, guaranteed by the state’s constitution, to safe, healthy water.
Now is the time to raise your voices to make it loud and clear to your elected officials that we need more acres of streamside trees, fewer cattle in streams, safer drinking water, and healthier soils.
But these things can only happen if the state increases its investment in clean water.
Roughly 19,000 miles of Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams are damaged by pollution, putting human health at risk and damaging local economies.
But the state’s investments in clean water continue to be inadequate! The Keystone State lags significantly behind in reaching its clean water goals.  
Before budget hearings begin in Harrisburg on DEP and DCNR’s budget request February 21, urge state legislators to commit to greater investments in saving local rivers and streams and finding additional support so the Commonwealth can provide the clean water that is the right of every Pennsylvanian.
Click Here to find your legislators and send a message.  Click Here to find out how clean the stream or river near you is.
For more on Chesapeake Bay-related issues in Pennsylvania, visit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA webpage.  Click Here to sign up for Pennsylvania updates (bottom of left column).  Click Here for a copy of CBF-PA’s most recent newsletter.
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