Quality Board meeting, 9 a.m., Rachel Carson State Office Building,
Advisory Council meeting, 11 a.m., Room 105, Rachel Carson State Office
Building, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg.
Education Program Workshop, 8:30 a.m., Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 3475
East Waterfront Dr., Homestead.
Regional Roundtable meeting, 10-11:30 a.m., Delaware and Schuylkill
Conference Rooms, DEP Southeast Regional Office, 2 E. Main St.,
Advisory Committee meeting, 10 a.m., Rachel Carson State Office Building,
Bridge Road HSCA
public hearing, 7 p.m., Skippack Township Building, 4089 Heckler Rd.,
Skippack, Montgomery Co.
for the Revisions to the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Ozone Maintenance Plan,
1-2 p.m., Susquehanna Room A, DEP Northeast Regional Office, 2 Public
Brownfields Conference, Radisson Valley Forge, King of Prussia.
State Board for
Certification of Water and Wastewater System Operators meeting, 10 a.m.,
Rachel Carson State Office Building, Harrisburg.
Coal and Clay
Mine Subsidence Insurance Fund Board meeting, 10 a.m., Rachel Carson State
Office Building, Harrisburg.
Protection Advisory Committee meeting, 9 a.m., 14th Floor Conference
Room, Rachel Carson State Office Building, Harrisburg.
Technical Advisory Committee meeting, 9:15 a.m., Rachel Carson State
Office Building, Harrisburg.
Regional Roundtable meeting, 10 a.m.-noon, Susquehanna Confererence Room A, South-central Regional Office,
909 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg.
meeting/hearing on the Cleveland Pork Farm NPDES/CAFO permit application
submitted by Joel Knoebel, 6:30 p.m., Elysburg
Fire Co. #1, 1 East Mill St., Elysburg, Columbia County.
Quality Board meeting, 9 a.m., Room 105, Rachel Carson State Office
Participation Center Overview, 9:30 a.m. Click here to register.
Act 13 Natural
Gas Vehicle Grants Round 2 webinar, 2-3
p.m. Click here to register.
for DEP's Proposed Fine Particulate Nonattainment Area Designation
for DEP's Draft Assessment and Listing Methodologies
on the draft Policy for the Consideration of Community Environmental
Projects (CEP) in Conjunction with Assessment of Civil Penalty
on the Draft NPDES General Permit for Wet Weather Overflow Discharges from
Combined Sewer Systems
DEP Opens Second
Round of Act 13 NGV Grants
SCRANTON -- The Corbett Administration recently opened the second round of
Act 13 Natural Gas Vehicle grants providing an estimated $11 million to
help pay for the incremental purchase and conversion costs of heavy-duty
natural gas fleet vehicles weighing more than 14,000 pounds. The Act 13
Natural Gas Vehicle grants are financed by impact fees paid by natural gas
The announcement was made at Scranton’s Johnson College,
a leader in natural gas job training, where DEP Acting Secretary Chris Abruzzo also announced the award of more than $3
million in Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG) to 33 companies,
counties and organizations making the switch to compressed natural gas
(CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), or propane for medium to light-weight fleet
Fifty percent of Act 13 Natural Gas Vehicle grant
funding is allocated exclusively for local transportation organizations,
including non-profit agencies providing public transportation services and
public transportation, port and redevelopment authorities, as well as
school bus projects.
Others eligible to apply include incorporated non-profit
organizations, for-profit companies, state-owned or state-related
universities, commonwealth or municipal authorities, and the Pennsylvania
Grant requests can be no more than 50 percent of the
incremental purchase or retrofit cost per vehicle, with a maximum of
$25,000 per vehicle. Applications are due by 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 10, 2014,
and will be awarded in the spring.
Applicants are encouraged to participate in a related
webinar, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 2 to 3 p.m.To
register for the webinar, or learn more about the Act 13 and AFIG grant
programs, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click on the
“Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program” button.
Homeowners, Small Businesses Urged to Take
Advantage of Solar Rebates
HARRISBURG -- Residents and small businesses are to act now to take
advantage of the remaining $1 million in rebates available through the
agency’s Sunshine Solar Program, ending Dec. 31 or when funds are
The $1 million in remaining funds will be disbursed on a
first-come, first-serve basis. Homeowners are eligible for rebates of up to
$7,500 for solar electric projects; and small businesses of 100 or fewer
employees are eligible to receive up to $52,500.
Homeowners are eligible for rebates of up to $5,000 for solar hot water
projects, while small businesses are eligible to receive up to $50,000.
As required under the Alternative Energy Investment Act,
eligible applicants must select and work with a DEP-approved
installer. The installer applies for the rebate on behalf of the
homeowner or business once the project is completed. A list of
approved installers is available on DEP’s website, www.dep.state.pa.us; keyword: Sunshine.
The balance of remaining funds will be updated weekly on
the Sunshine Solar webpage.
Completion of Mine Subsidence Work
Underscores Importance of Insurance
MONESSEN – DEP has completed two
mine subsidence projects on two neighboring homes that had suffered severe
structural damage in late summer. It happened when the roof of a mine last
worked in 1905 collapsed underneath the houses. Separate inspections
in early September confirmed the damage. Because of serious health and
safety concerns, a stabilization plan was quickly drawn up and put out for
bid. The low bidder was Armstrong Drilling of Murrysville.
Work to stabilize the properties began within three days
after the drilling company was notified to proceed. A total of
18 boreholes were drilled. The contractor then pumped a liquid
mixture of sand and concrete into the holes, filling the mine cavity.
Work on both projects was completed within two weeks and under budget.
Unfortunately, neither building was insured against mine
subsidence. Since 1960, DEP has provided low cost mine subsidence
insurance to property owners in Pennsylvania. At about $57 for each
$100,000 dollars of insurance, the program represents affordable
peace-of-mind for building owners. Currently, about 60,000 mine
subsidence insurance policies are in effect, but DEP estimates that more
than a million structures in the state are built over abandoned mines.
For more information, visit DEP’s mine
subsidence insurance program website.
Opening of New Exhibit Marks America
Recycles Day at State Museum
Secretary Chris Abruzzo, right, with Pa.
Recycling Markets Center Ex. Director Bob Bylone.
HARRISBURG -- DEP Acting Secretary Chris Abruzzo joined officials from the Recycling Markets
Center, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and the Pennsylvania Waste Industries
Association in cutting the ribbon on a new exhibit, Recycling Works! –
America Recycles Day, unveiled today at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in
Today, in celebration of America Recycles Day, the
Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (RMC) proudly unveiled their exhibit,
Recycling Works! – America Recycles Day, at The State Museum of
Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. Also taking part was Keep Pennsylvania
Beautiful (KPB) and the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association (PWIA).
The Recycling Works! exhibit
displays Pennsylvania-manufactured recycled-content products; provides the
history of recycled content product manufacturing and grassroots recycling
in Pennsylvania; and showcases the advancements in recycling technology,
including single stream recycling.
The exhibit will be on display in Harrisburg through
early January 2014 and is included with a paid admission to the State
Museum. It is anticipated that the exhibit will make stops at additional
museums across the state during 2014.
For more information about the museum, visit www.statemuseumpa.org.
DEP to Conduct Webinar on New Public
Participation Center Website
HARRISBURG -- DEP will conduct a webinar on the
department’s new online Public Participation Center from 9:30 to 10:30
a.m., Friday, Nov. 15. Staff from DEP’s Office of External Affairs
and Policy Office will show users where to find important documents and
tools to stay up-to-date on department events and important regulatory
Registration is required and is available here.
The new website is part of DEP’s enhanced public participation and
education initiative aimed at improving its outreach to the public to more
actively engage citizens and the regulated community in the development of
policies and regulations.
DEP’s Radon Chief Receives National Award
DEP's Bob Lewis receives his certificate
from Acting Sec. Abruzzo.
HARRISBURG -- Robert Lewis, chief of DEP’s Division of
Radon, recently received the national Radon Hero Award from the Conference
of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD).
“For his accomplishment in radon risk reduction, his
unwavering commitment demonstrated by his years of sustained exemplary
leadership, and his consistently helpful, supportive guidance for state
radon programs, Bob Lewis is recognized as our 2013 Radon Hero,” the
organization stated in presenting the award.
CRCPD is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated
to addressing and resolving radiation protection issues. The
organization highlighted Lewis’ work in developing indoor air radon
concentration action levels, testing protocols, proficient standards, and
actual methods to mitigate homes. Lewis has worked to develop
some of the first Pennsylvania state laws, certification regulations and
guidance to ensure the laboratories, testers and mitigators
were performing to acceptable standards.