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April 18
Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant Application Assistance Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon,  Cranberry Township Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Township.   Contact: Geoff Bristow, 814-332-6681.

April 22
Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, Green County Fairgrounds, Upper Level Bldg. 10, 107 Fairground Rd., Waynesburg.? Contact: Margaret Hall, 412-442-4137.

April 23
Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, Community College of Allegheny County - West Hills Center, 1000 McKee Rd., Oakdale. Contact: Rick Price, rprice5705

April 23
Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee meeting, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 12th Floor Confernce Room, Rachel Carson State Office Building, Harrisburg.  Contact: Susan Foster, 717-787-7019.

April 29
Natural Gas Vehicle, Infrastructure and Incentive Workshop, 8:30 a.m.-2  p.m., Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, 2300 North Cameron St., Harrisburg.  Email: Tony Bandiero: director

April 29
Alternative Fuels Incentive Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, Johnstown Area Regional Industries Center for Business Development, 160 Jari Dr., Johnstown.? Contact: Margaret Hall, 412-442-4137.

April 29
HSCA hearing and presentation on DEP's proposed interim response at the Ridgway Borough LandfillMunicipal Landfill Site in Ridgeway, Elk County, 6-8 p.m., Ridgeway Borough Building, 108 Main St., Ridgeway. Contact: Gary Clark, 814-332-6615.

May 2
Workshop: What All Local Governments Need to Know About Brownfields, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.,DEP Northwest Regional Office, 230 Chestnut St., Meadville.  Contact: Kim Hoover, 717-787-8623.

May 2
Alternative Fuel Grant Workshop, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Northern Tier Regional Planning & Development Commission office, 312 Main St., Towanda.  Contact: Michelle Ferguson, 570-327-3783.

May 6
DEP Environmental Justice Advisory Board Community Listening Session, 6-8 p.m., Chester City Hall Community Room, 1 Fourth St., Chester. Contact: Holly Cairns, 717-783-9731.

May 7
2014 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium, Ramada Inn Conference Center, State College.  Contact: Bryan Swistock, 814-863-0194.

May 7
DEP public hearing on the proposed response for residential drinking water wells near the intersection of Bustleton Pike, Churchville Lane and Bristol Road, Bucks County,  Northampton Township Building, 55 Township Rd., Richboro.  Contact: Lynda Rebarchak, 484-250-5900.

May 7
DEP hearing sessions on an Application for Gas Well Spacing Units, or spacing order, received from Hilcorp Energy Co., 10 a.m., Albert P. Gettings Government Center Annex, Lawrence County Government Center, Assembly Room, 349 Countyline St., New Castle.  Contact 717-772-2199.

May 8
DEP hearing sessions on an Application for Gas Well Spacing Units, or spacing order, received from Hilcorp Energy Co., 9 a.m., Albert P. Gettings Government Center Annex, Lawrence County Government Center, Assembly Room, 349 Countyline St., New Castle.  Contact 717-772-2199.

May 8
DEP public hearing sessions on an Application for Gas Well Spacing Units, or spacing order, received from Hilcorp Energy Co., 6 p.m., Albert P. Gettings Government Center Annex, Lawrence County Government Center, Assembly Room, 349 Countyline St., New Castle.  Contact 717-772-2199.

May 14
Workshop: What All Local Governments Need to Know About Brownfields, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., DEP Southwest Regional Office, 400 Waterfront Dr., Pittsburgh, Contact: Kim Hoover, 717-787-8623.

May 20
Keystone Energy Education Program Workshop, 8:30 a.m., von Liebig Center for Science, Juniata College, 1098 Neff Lecture Hall, 1700 Moore St., Huntingdon. Contact: Dr. Leslie Leckvarcik, 814-641-3665.

May 21
Environmental Quality Board meeting, 9 a.m., Room 105, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg. Contact: Jen Swan, 717-783-8727.          

May 21
Citizens Advisory Council meeting, 10 a.m., Room 105, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg. Contact: Jen Swan, 717-783-8727.

Public Input

May 5
Deadline to comment on Sewage Enforcement Officer Certification and Training Program Guidance.  Contact John Diehl, 717-787-8184.

May 7
Deadline to comment on Pennsylvania Function Based Aquatic Resource Compensation Protocol Technical Guidance Document (DEP ID:310-2137-001).  Contact Kenneth Murin, 717-787-7411.

May 7
Pennsylvania Wetland Condition Level 2 Rapid Assessment Protocol Technical Guidance Document (DEP ID: 310-2137-002) Contact Kenneth Murin, 717-787-7411.

May 7
Pennsylvania Riverine Condition Level 2 Rapid Assessment Protocol Technical Guidance Document (DEP ID: 310-2137-003) Contact Kenneth Murin, 717-787-7411.

May 7
Pennsylvania Lacustrine Condition Level 2 Rapid Assessment Protocol Technical Guidance Document (DEP ID: 310-2137-004) Contact Kenneth Murin, 717-787-7411.

Speakers' Bureau



DEP Celebrates Earth Day with Cleanups, Exhibits and Awards

HARRISBURG -- DEP staff from around the state are taking part in lots activities to commemorate Earth Day. Portions of the DEP at Home exhibit was on display at today's “Red Goes Green” day event sponsored by the Phillies at Citizen’s Bank Park.  The display then moves on to the East Wing Rotunda of the State Capitol Building from April 21 to 25.

On April 22, staff from DEP's South- central Regional Office will clean up Asylum Run, a tributary that runs through the State Hospital grounds in Harrisburg.  Also on Earth Day, DEP will announce the award of more than $309,000 in Environmental Education Grants for 111 projects around the state.  And later that evening, winners of the Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence will be honored at a dinner sponsored by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council at the Harrisburg Hilton.  DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo will be the keynote speaker.

On April 27, DEP staff will clean up the east shore of the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg between Market and Forster streets.

DEP’s regional offices are also participating in cleanup events. Volunteers from DEP’s Southeast Region will participate in the Brandywine Valley Association’s canoe-based cleanup of the Brandywine Creek in Chester County on April 26.

Many other cleanup events will be taking place across the state throughout the end of May as part of the Great American Cleanup of PA.  You can find a cleanup event in your area by visiting 

DEP Releases 2014 Susquehanna River Sampling Plan

DEP water program specialist Josh Lookenbill records data about a sample taken from the river.

HARRISBURG -- DEP has released a work plan outlining efforts to continue studying and sampling the Susquehanna River basin throughout 2014. The plan includes analysis of water quality, water flow, sediment, pesticides, hormones, invertebrates, fish tissue and more.

“Over the last two years where we tremendously enhanced our examination efforts, DEP has learned a great deal about the health of the Susquehanna River,” DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo said. “It is important to continue these efforts so that DEP can create policy and regulation based on facts and sound science.”

In 2013, DEP personnel spent the equivalent of 927 days in staff time collecting samples on the river. The amount of work days in 2014 is expected to be the same or increase slightly.

DEP will collect samples at sites along the Susquehanna in Marietta, City Island and Sunbury and along the Juniata River at the Lewistown Narrows and Newport. Additional sampling sites along the Delaware, Allegheny and Youghiogheny rivers will be used as control sites to establish a baseline for water quality.Portions of the study will focus on areas where smallmouth bass reproduce.

Staff will test for various water quality parameters, like dissolved oxygen, temperature and pH, at multiple sites in the Susquehanna River.

Samples of fish, mussels and macroinvertebrates, such as mayflies, will also be collected. Fish tissue from bass collected during the spawning season will be analyzed for pesticides, PCBs and metals.

Throughout 2014, DEP will continue to sample for pesticides at existing water quality network stations along the Susquehanna, Juniata and Delaware rivers. Samples will be collected during high and low flows to better document pesticides in these waters.

DEP’s biologists continue to consult with a contracted algal expert to analyze samples collected in the Susquehanna River Basin and control sites. Algal samples are analyzed for total suspended solids, ammonia, nitrogen and phosphorus to determine the relationship between nutrient run-off, or discharges, and algal growth. Excessive algae may be indicative of poor water quality.

For more information, visit and click on the “Susquehanna River Study Update” button on the homepage.

DEP Fines Range Resources-Appalachia LLC $75,000 for Lycoming County Brine Spill
WILLIAMSPORT -- DEP has fined Range Resources-Appalachia LLC of Fort Worth, Texas, $75,000 for a July 2012 manufactured brine spill of 3,066 gallons at its Cornwall Mountain Hunting Club Unit A well pad in Lewis Township, Lycoming County.

“This was a significant spill that Range reported to the department but did not properly remediate until nearly a year later,” DEP Director of District Oil and Gas Operations John Ryder said.

The department’s investigation determined that a leak from the manhole cover on a manufactured brine storage tank caused the brine to flow off the well pad, over an access road and into an unnamed tributary leading to Trout Run, a high quality stream. However, there is no evidence the brine reached Trout Run.

Range reported the leak occurred during a rainstorm, resulting in a mixture of brine solution and rainwater entering storm water swales, trenches and retention basins around the well pad. Due to the volume of the solution that leaked and mixed with heavy rainfall, the structures were overwhelmed, allowing the fluid to travel down to the unnamed tributary.

Range submitted a final closure report to DEP on June 21, 2013, which was approved by the department on July 9, 2013. The company removed 1,294 tons of contaminated soil from the impacted area, which was properly disposed at the Wayne Township Landfill in Clinton County.

DEP staff documented existing contamination and remediation issues at the site in eight inspections between July 24, 2012 and March 28, 2013. Three Notices of Violation were issued to Range. All violations noted during this time were included in the penalty agreement.

DEP Releases Annual Natural Gas Drilling Emissions Inventory Data        

HARRISBURG – DEP recently released annual emissions data for the natural gas drilling industry. The inventory represents 2012 emissions levels from Marcellus Shale natural gas production and processing operations as well as compressor stations that receive gas from traditional oil and gas well sites.

“The natural gas emissions inventory was created to collect and assess air quality impacts from these sources,” DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo said. “This vital information assists DEP in its efforts to improve Pennsylvania’s air quality.”

In addition to the emissions inventory, DEP has implemented new measures for controlling and reducing emissions from natural gas sites. In 2013, DEP made revisions to the general permit, GP-5, that regulates emissions from natural gas-fired engines and equipment at compressor stations. The changes will significantly lower allowable emissions for compressor stations.

DEP also finalized new air quality criteria for Marcellus Shale gas well owners and operators. These criteria require actions to be taken which are more stringent than the EPA’s standards for new emission sources and result in emission levels of minor significance. If an owner or operator is unwilling to or cannot meet these criteria, they must seek an air quality plan approval for construction of the well site from DEP.

The sources and activities of natural gas operations that DEP identified as part of the inventory include compressor stations; dehydration units; drill rigs; fugitives, such as connectors, flanges, pump lines, pump seals and valves; heaters; pneumatic controllers and pumps; stationary engines; tanks, pressurized vessels and impoundments; venting and blow down systems; well heads and well completions.

For the 2012 inventory, data reported to DEP came from 56 Marcellus Shale operators covering 8,800 natural gas wells and 70 operators of 400 compressor stations, which received gas from Marcellus Shale and traditional oil and gas well sites. New to this round of reporting were 250 additional compressor stations that process gas from traditional well sites. These compressor stations were not required to report in 2011.

The totals reported for the 2012 natural gas emissions inventory are:

  • 16,361 tons of nitrogen oxides, a 1.09 percent decrease from 2011;
  • 101 tons of sulfur dioxide, a 17.21 percent decrease from 2011;
  • 7,350 tons of carbon monoxide, a 7.27 percent increase from 2011;
  • 548 tons of particulate matter (PM)2.5, a 8.51 percent increase from 2011;
  • 600 tons of PM10; a 3.99 percent increase from 2011; and
  • 4,024 tons of volatile organic compounds, a 42.70 percent increase from 2011. 

 Significantly, since 2008, when unconventional drilling across the state began quickly increasing, cumulative air contaminant emissions across the state have continued to decline. In particular, sulfur dioxide emissions from electric generating units (EGU) have been reduced by approximately 73 percent. The emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter have also been reduced by approximately 23 percent and 46 percent, respectively, from this sector.

“It is important to note that across-the-board emission reductions in emissions can be attributed to the steady rise in the production and development of natural gas, the greater use of natural gas, lower allowable emissions limits, installation of control technology and the deactivation of certain sources,” said Abruzzo.
These reductions represent between $14 billion and $37 billion of annual public health benefit, based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) methodologies.

The U.S. EPA requires Pennsylvania to submit a comprehensive air emissions inventory every three years which includes emissions data from sources such as refineries, manufacturing plants, power plants, dry cleaners and cars, trucks and other vehicles. The last comprehensive inventory was submitted in December 2012 for calendar year 2011. The next comprehensive submission will be due on Dec. 31, 2015, for calendar year 2014.

In addition to the EPA submission, DEP regulations and Act 13 of 2012 directs owners and operators of unconventional and conventional natural gas sources to report their emissions annually for the previous year to DEP by March 1 of each year.

Click here to view the emissions inventory.

DEP Urges EPA to Consider State Differences When Developing Framework for Emissions Guidelines for Existing Fossil Fuel-Fired Power Plants

HARRISBURG -- DEP has submitted a white paper to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging them to consider state differences and needed flexibility when developing emissions guidelines addressing carbon dioxide (CO2) standards for existing fossil fuel-fired power stations.

“Under Governor Tom Corbett’s leadership, Pennsylvania is continuing to make great progress in its efforts to position the state as a world leader in the new energy economy while ensuring that we continue improving our air quality and protecting public health,” DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo said. “A key part of this plan is maintaining the stable and diverse supply of electricity vital to our economy and national security.”

President Barack Obama, as part of his Climate Action Plan, directed EPA to develop carbon dioxide pollution standards for both new and existing power plants. EPA released proposed standards for new power plants in January and is expected to release its proposal for existing power plants in June with a final rulemaking due by June 2015.

The department’s white paper presents an innovative and flexible framework for achieving lower CO2 emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants and urges the EPA to preserve the authority and discretion of states in the development and implementation of emission control programs.
Specifically, DEP requests:

If EPA develops emissions guidelines, it should be done under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.
• Emissions guidelines should be developed in close consultation with the states.
• EPA should establish targets for reductions, rather than mandate pathways to achieve them. 
• States must be allowed to join with other states in multi-state or regional programs.
• EPA should recognize the different makeup of existing power generation fleets in each state.
• EPA should recognize the differences inherent in regulated versus competitive energy markets and the need to provide for electric grid reliability.
• Changes to major New Source Review regulations should be considered to encourage efficiency improvements.

“Pennsylvania is committed to achieving the goals that would be established under a flexible CO2 program in a fashion that allows us to best serve the needs of our citizens,” Abruzzo said. “We believe the best way to achieve these goals is to implement a plan that focuses on state leadership, provides flexibility and takes advantage of a wide range of energy sources and technologies towards building a cleaner power sector.”

Click here to read the entire white paper.

DEP Publishes Final Community Environmental Projects Policy in Pa. Bulletin

HARRISBURG -- The final version of DEP's Community Environmental Projects (CEP) Policy will be published in this week's Pennsylvania Bulletin.  The CEP policy outlines the process for DEP consideration of a Community Environmental Protect, in certain situations, in lieu of a portion of the amount of civil penalty it will accept as a settlement.

A CEP is a project that substantially improves, protects, restores or remediates the environment, or improves, protects or reduces risks to the public health or safety.

DEP staff will consider the performance of a CEP, in appropriate situations, in lieu of a portion of the amount of civil penalty it will accept as a settlement.  The department may, in determining the amount of civil penalty to collect, consider projects that have substantial public health or environmental benefits.

DEP may consider CEPs in situations it decides are appropriate, as an exercise of its enforcement discretion.  Additional consideration may be given to CEPs proposed in areas that are susceptible to disproportionate environmental impacts and projects that will benefit conditions in an environmental justice area.

DEP sought input from the Citizens Advisory Council and the Environmental Justice Advisory Board in the development of the policy. Where possible, those comments were included in the version that was shared with the public for comment. Due to the early involvement of both advisory groups prior to public comment, neither had additional comments on the version published for public comment.

The final version of the policy will be available on DEP's Public Participation Center.

DEP's Environmental Justice Advisory Board to Hold Community Listening Session May 6

CHESTER -- DEP's Environmental Justice Advisory Board (EJAB) will hold a public listening session from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, May 6 in Chester to provide interested stakeholders an opportunity to give public comment on concerns and suggestions regarding environmental justice issues. EJAB will provide recommendations to the department based on information gathered from the listening session. The session will be held in the Community Room of Chester City Hall located at 1 Fourth St.

Questions and topics raised from the community listening session will be addressed in a comment/response document that will be available at a later date on DEP’s website under “Environmental Justice Advisory Board.”

Anyone interested in providing oral comment at the public listening session should register by contacting Holly Cairns, DEP Office of Environmental Advocate, by phone at 717-783-9731 or e-mail at, no later than 5 p.m. Friday, May 2. 

Organizations are requested to designate one spokesperson to provide comment. Comments are limited to 5 minutes. Anyone providing oral comment should provide three written copies of their comments at the listening session.

Those unable to attend the listening session but who would like to provide written comment can e-mail comments to or submit them via U.S. Mail to: Environmental Justice Advisory Board, c/o DEP, 400 Market Street, 16th floor, Harrisburg, Pa. 17101. Written comments will be accepted until 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 6.

Information for this meeting is available through the Public Participation Center on DEP’s website,, DEP Keyword “Public Participation.”

People in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact DEP at 717-783-9731 or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Services at 800-654-5984 (TDD) to discuss how DEP may accommodate their needs.

Cleanup at Site of Massive Tire Pile Fire Almost Complete

Clean up at the site is expected to be completed this spring.

DURYEA  -- A $1 million cleanup of what was left after an arson fire torched 100,000 tires and burned for three days in 1991 in northeast Pennsylvania is nearly complete.

DEP took over the cleanup of the site near the Coxton rail yards in Duryea that was once one of the largest tire piles in the state after the tire recycler went bankrupt following the fire. Hundreds of thousands of tires remained to be cleaned up after the fire.

Twenty-three years later, a bulldozer is picking up the final remaining tires and tossing them into a dumpster where they will be hauled away to a landfill or recycled. 

Most of the funding for the cleanup came from fines and fees that tire haulers pay in Pennsylvania..

With the clean-up at Coxton Yards, considered one of the worst tire fires in the state, Pennsylvania is now at a clean-up rate of 95% and still progressing.

DEP Briefs Media on Mine Fire Efforts

This coal refuse fire is located in Simpson, near Carbondale, Lackawanna County.

SIMPSON – DEP staff briefed local media April 5 about deep mine and coal refuse fires across the state and provided an update on the status of the ongoing fire in Simpson, Lackawanna County.

DEP Deputy Secretary for Active and Abandoned Mining Operations John Stefanko presented information about ongoing fires and DEP’s response and remediation efforts when a fire is discovered. Stefanko also provided a timeline and update about the ongoing coal refuse fire in Simpson.

Staff from DEP’s Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation were on hand to field questions including Bureau Director Eric Cavazza, Mike Korb and Tim Altares.

Following the briefing, media were invited to the Simpson site for a tour.

Anglers Have Successful Opening Day of Trout Season in Formerly AMD Plagued Watershed

Fishermen show off their catch on opening day of trout season.

CLEARFIELD CO. -- For the second year in a row, anglers were able to fish for trout along the tributaries of Bennett Branch Sinnemahoning Creek in Clearfield County.  The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocked the waterway for the first time this year after a private group stocked it last year.

The stocking was made possible due to the water quality improvements made as a result of the $14 million Hollywood Acid Mine Drainage Treatment Plant that treats 21 separate discharges in the West Branch Susquehanna Watershed.

Operation of the treatment plant has allowed for the restoration of water quality in the Bennett Branch to a level where fish are now being stocked in the main stem of the Bennett Branch and fish have returned to the Dents Run tributary for the first time in roughly 100 years.

DEP began working with the Bennett Branch Watershed Association, other state and federal agencies and the mining industry in 2004 to restore water quality and reclaim abandoned mines in the lower 33 miles of the Bennett Branch and many of its tributaries.

DEP Announces New District Mining Manager

PITTSBURGH -- DEP recently announced the appointment of Joel Koricich as District Mining Manager for DEP’s California mining office.

Koricich has been serving as acting mining manager for the past 16 months. He succeeds William Plassio, who now serves as bureau director for District Mining Operations for DEP.

As the mining manager in the California office, Koricich will oversee the review and processing of permits for underground mines, coal refuse and fly ash disposal facilities, coal preparation plants, mine treatment plants, stream encroachment issues and general air quality activities relating to mining.

Koricich served DEP, first, for 11 years as a senior civil engineer responsible for all aspects of surface mining and compliance. For the past 22 years, he has worked in a number of positions at the DEP California district mining office. In addition to his DEP experience, Koricich was an environmental health engineer with the Allegheny County Health Department and a regional engineer manager with Chambers Development Corp.

Koricich is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering. He is currently chief of the Collinsburg Volunteer Fire Co. in Westmoreland County, strike team leader with the Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatics Rescue Team, a state fire academy instructor and an instructor-trainer in swiftwater rescue for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Joel lives in Collinsburg with his wife Kelly and his two daughters.

York Water Company Joins the Partnership for Safe Water “Treatment” Program

YORK -- The York Water Co. Water Plant in York County recently became the newest member of the Partnership for Safe Water Treatment Program, a voluntary effort to provide safe drinking water.  Presently, the water system provides drinking water service to approximately 159,623 people.  The York facility is the fourth plant in York County to join the treatment program.

The Partnership for Safe Water is made up of DEP, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Pennsylvania Section American Water Works Association (PA-AWWA) and other drinking water organizations.  Its goal is to implement preventative measures that are based on optimizing treatment plant performance.

The treatment program is specifically geared toward identifying weaknesses in plant operation, design and administration that could lead to a breakthrough of waterborne disease-causing organisms into the finished water that is distributed to consumers.  Correcting these weaknesses helps prevent waterborne disease outbreaks from pathogenic organisms like Cryptosporidium and Giardia.

By participating in the program, the York Water Co. Water Plant is working to provide an additional measure of protection to its drinking water consumers.

The Partnership for Safe Water also offers a “Distribution” Program for water suppliers who wish to pursue optimization of their distribution system.

Currently, 118 surface water treatment plants serving over 6.1 million people are now involved in Pennsylvania's Partnership for Safe Water Treatment Program.

For more information, visit, keyword:  filtration, or contact Kevin Anderson at 717-783-9764 or

DEP Awards 26 Counties Nearly $2.1 Million in West Nile Virus Grants

HARRISBURG -- DEP is awarding nearly $2.1 million in West Nile Virus (WNV) Control Program Grants to 26 counties.

The funding is used to cover the costs associated with surveying and controlling mosquitoes that carry WNV. DEP developed the funding proposals in consultation with county officials based on need. The grant program is funded by the General Fund.

To reduce the risk of WNV, DEP and county staff use a combination of education, source reduction and mosquito control. Mosquito control is largely done by using larval control products, such as Bti, which is derived from soil bacteria.

If necessary, man-made adult mosquito control products derived from the chrysanthemum flower are used to reduce mosquito populations when they pose an elevated risk of infecting people. Adult mosquito control products are effective in controlling mosquito populations and pose little to no harmful effect to humans, plants or other animals.

Last year DEP detected 1,213 mosquito samples, 28 avian specimens, two horses and 11 humans infected with WNV in Pennsylvania.

In humans, the virus can cause West Nile fever and encephalitis, an infection that can cause inflammation of the brain and death. Most people bitten by an infected mosquito will never develop any symptoms, and only one person in 150 people with symptoms will develop the more serious West Nile encephalitis.

Residents are encouraged to remove all standing water from their property to prepare for mosquito season and prevent infection.

To report a dead bird, file a mosquito complaint or for more information about WNV, visit or call 717-346-8243.

Click here for the complete list of the 2014 West Nile Virus Control grant amounts for each county.



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