Announces $12.5 Million Available for Energy Development Authority Grants
A $1 million PEDA grant helped fund Keystone Solar's 5 megawatt solar project in Lancaster County.
HARRISBURG – Governor Tom Corbett and the Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that the Pennsylvania
Energy Development Authority (PEDA), an independent public financing
authority created in 1982, will offer an estimated $12.5 million in grants
and loans beginning June 14 for alternative and renewable energy projects,
along with projects deploying technologies such as solar energy, wind,
hydropower and biomass.
“This funding is an opportunity for companies,
municipalities, schools and organizations to deploy alternative energy projects
or construct new facilities related to alternative fuels,” Corbett said.
“Such projects further our goal to develop a diverse and robust energy
sector here in Pennsylvania, in a manner that protects our environment and
uses our resources smartly and efficiently.
Those eligible to apply include non-profit
corporations; Pennsylvania schools, colleges and universities; any
Pennsylvania municipality, and public or private corporations,
partnerships, limited liability companies, associations and other legal
Grant or loan funds will be awarded on a competitive
basis. PEDA anticipates awarding approximately $10 million
specifically for alternative and renewable energy projects, deploying
technologies such as solar energy, wind, hydropower and biomass.
Funding is also available for clean alternative
fuels, alternative energy manufacturing and alternative energy research.
Funded activities must be conducted entirely in
Pennsylvania and be in compliance with applicable laws.
Applications are due by 4 p.m. on August 15th and
must be submitted online using the state’s eGrants
system - www.grants.dcnr.state.pa.us.
Grants will be awarded in the fall.[[/EC]]
Potential applicants are encouraged to participate in
a related webinar, scheduled for June 24 from 2-3 p.m. Register
PEDA is an independent public financing authority
created in 1982 by the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority and
Emergency Powers Act, revitalized through an April 2004 Executive Order.
The authority's mission is to finance clean, advanced energy projects in
To register for the webinar, complete the online
grant application or learn more about PEDA, visit www.dep.state.pa.us,
keyword: Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority.
The availability of funding helps further implementation
of Gov. Corbett’s “Energy Equals Jobs” state energy plan released in
January. To learn more about the energy plan, click
Corbett Announces Act 13 Impact Fee County and Municipal
HARRISBURG -- Governor Tom Corbett announced June 3
that county and municipal allocation amounts from the Act 13 natural gas impact
fee are now available for review on the Pennsylvania
Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) website.
“These dollars are helping local communities all across
Pennsylvania meet their critical obligations to their constituents without
the need to raise local taxes,” said Corbett.
In early April, Corbett announced that impact fee
revenue totaled over $225 million for calendar year 2013, an increase in
revenue of over 11 percent from 2012. To date, the impact fee has generated
a total of $630 million in new revenue for the citizens of Pennsylvania
since its enactment in February 2012.
This revenue is in addition to nearly $2 billion in
corporate and personal income tax revenue paid by oil and gas companies
since the onset of significant Marcellus Shale activity in Pennsylvania
seven years ago.
of Monestary Run Abandoned Mine Drainage Cleanup
Highlighted During Tour
Beth Bollinger of St. Vincent College leads DEP Secretary Abruzzo on a tour of Monastery Run Abandoned Mine
Drainage Cleanup Site
LATROBE – DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo along with Deputy Secretary for Water
Management Kelly Heffner recently visited the Saint Vincent College campus
in Latrobe to tour the Monastery Run Abandoned Mine Drainage Cleanup Site.
The Monastery Run Project consists of five separate
projects completed through the cooperative efforts of all members of the Loyalhanna Mine Drainage Coalition. Members of
the group include the Westmoreland County Conservation District, the Loyalhanna Creek Watershed Association, and the
Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation, as well as
local businesses, and Saint Vincent College, which owned much of the land
where the AMD surfaced. DEP's Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation (BAMR),
Bureau of Watershed Conservation and the Greensburg District Mining Office
provided assistance and funding for the project iwth
suppport from federal agencies, including the
former Bureau of mines (now under the Department of Energy), the Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Office of Surface Mining.
Before the field trip and tour, Secretary Abruzzo attended the Westmoreland County Conservation
District’s monthly public board meeting in Greensburg to hear how the
district’s innovative stormwater program has
benefited local communicates in the area. Staff also described the
partnerships their stormwater program has
cultivated over the years and its short and long-term goals.
DEP to Host Open House for Activities in Streams and Wetlands
HARRISBURG -- DEP will host an open house from 10
a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, for property owners, homeowners, municipalities
and small developers to learn about permitted activities in and along
streams and wetlands.
The open house will be held at DEP’s South-central
Regional Office on 909 Elmerton Ave. in
“The open house will provide people with a chance to
have ‘face time’ with department permitting staff and ask questions about
permitting requirements for stream and wetland activities,” South-central
Regional Director Lynn Langer said. “This is an educational opportunity
that should not be missed because we often find the public is unaware that
certain permits are required.”
Awards More than $1 Million for Two Mine Reclamation Projects in Centre
WILLIAMSPORT -- DEP has awarded $819,444 for the
Coaldale abandoned mine reclamation project in Rush Township and $321,718
for the Moshannon Far North project in Snow Shoe
Township. Both projects are in Centre County.
“Pennsylvania has approximately 180,000 acres of
abandoned mine sites in need of remediation, and our aggressive program is
reclaiming these sites to eliminate harmful acid mine drainage, protect our
waterways and return the land to its original condition,” DEP Deputy Secretary
for the Office of Active and Abandoned Mine Operations John Stefanko said.
The Coaldale project will reclaim 58 acres of
abandoned mine land, last mined prior to 1966 by K&M Kephart Mining Co. One residence and five hunting camps
are located within 1,000 feet of the highwalls.
The spoil piles and highwalls border Coaldale
Road, which provides easy access to the abandoned mine site for ATV riders.
Part of the Coaldale site includes an illegal waste dump, and the
reclamation work will include removing 10 tons of solid waste along with
grading, drain installation and seeding.
Contract Awarded for Winslow Township Mine Reclamation
MEADVILLE -- DEP recently awarded a Government
Financed Construction Contract (GFCC) to P. and N. Coal Company, Inc. of
Punxsutawney for a mine reclamation project in Winslow Township, Jefferson
“This awarded contract is just one example of the
department’s efforts to reclaim abandoned mine sites across the state for
the safety of our citizens and the health of our environment,” DEP Mining
Engineer Roger Bowman said.
The project will include the incidental removal of
coal and the reclamation of 19 acres of abandoned deep mine and subsidence
areas. The reclamation work will occur within the Redbank
Creek sub basin, and will eliminate safety hazards, promote positive
drainage to Fehley Run and contribute to the
improved use of the property for wildlife habitat.
DEP to Hold Public Hearing on Chemical Contamination Cleanup
PITTSBURGH -- An on-going investigation by the
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) indicates that a residential
area adjacent to the former National Torch Tip plant in O’Hara Township and
Aspinwall Borough may have been impacted by
industrial chemical contamination.
The investigation into the former Torch Tip facility
found tetrachloroethene (PCE) and trichloroethene (TCE) in soil and groundwater. Testing
also shows evidence of indoor air contamination at a vacant property
located next door to the former plant.
The extent of the contamination in other nearby
buildings will not be known until the investigation is complete. To reduce
the buildup of the chemical vapors inside buildings in the vicinity, DEP is
proposing to install special systems designed to draw vapors from
underneath basement floors.
Exelon Hydroelectric Power Project in Lancaster County as part of Federal
Exelon's Muddy Run Hydroelectric Power Plan is located in
HARRISBURG -- DEP recently issued a water quality
(WQ) certification for the continued operation and maintenance of Exelon’s
Muddy Run hydroelectric project in Martic and Drumore townships, Lancaster County.
“DEP has determined that the Muddy Run Project is
continuing to meet all applicable state regulations and water quality
standards,” DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo
said. “Exelon has agreed to make substantial commitments to mitigating the
aquatic resource impacts of the project and we appreciate the cooperative
approach that Exelon brought to the table in development of this water
Muddy Run, owned and operated by Exelon, is an
existing 800 megawatt hydroelectric project located on the eastern shore of
the Conowingo Pond on the Susquehanna River in
Lancaster County. The project has operated since 1966.
Ephrata Water Treatment Plant Completes Third Phase of
Partnership for Safe Water
-- The Ephrata Area Joint Authority Water Treatment Plant in Lancaster
County recently completed the third phase of the Partnership for Safe Water
program, a voluntary effort to provide safe drinking water.
Presently, the water plant provides drinking water service to approximately
17,937 people. The Ephrata Area Joint Authority Water Treatment Plant
is now one of the 58 water plants to complete this phase of the Partnership
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.
Phase III entails a detailed, peer-reviewed report
that summarizes the rigorous self assessment portion of the program.
This phase 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 completing this phase of the program, the Ephrata
Area Joint Authority Water Treatment Plant is working to provide an
additional measure of protection to drinking water consumers.
Currently, 118 surface water treatment plants serving
over 5.9 million people are now involved in Pennsylvania's Partnership for
Safe Water program.
For more information, visit www.dep.state.pa.us,
keyword: filtration, or contact Kevin Anderson at 717-783-9764 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Falcon Watch & Rescue Video on YouTube
Watch as DEP Director of
Environmental Education Jack Farster and team
rescues a stranded falcon.
HARRISBURG -- Volunteers this week wrapped up their annual
Falcon watch and rescue program as the four young Peregrine falcons have
recently fledged from the nest located on the 15th floor ledge of the
Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg.
Three of the four young falcons fledged
successfully. The fourth falcon, the black-banded male, was
discovered dead on a low roof below the nest ledge on June 7. This
fledgling impacted some portion of the building, likely a window or
skylight. These hazards have been a significant mortality factor over the
past 15 years and are typical of urban nest sites.
The other three fledges are doing well, getting
flight lessons from the adults. This includes in-flight food transfers
providing them with the challenge of attaining food with reliance on their
own flight skills.
DEP received an email on June 3 from FalconCam watcher Judith Smith of Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada, thanking the voluteers for their
assistance to DEP in keeping the fledglings safe.
"...I just wanted to see the peregrine fledge
watchers acknowledged publicly for their incredible dedication in rescuing
a second fledgling this season, the fledge today being especially fraught
with danger for the young falcon who would almost certainly have met an
early death if the fledge watchers had not been there at 5:30 in the
morning to protect her," Smith said.
DEP made a short video
of one such rescue that happened on June when one of the fledglings got
stuck on the 16th floor balcony. Watch as wildlife officials rescue the
falcon and re-release it on the roof.