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DEP Calendar of Events

Aug. 5
Environmental Justice Advisory Board meeting, 8:30 a.m., 16th Floor, Delaware Room, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg. Contact: Kim Morewood, 412 -442-4116.

Aug. 7
Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee meeting, 9:15 a.m., Room 105, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg. Contact: Nancy Herb, 717 783-9269.

Aug. 13
State Board for Certification of Water and Wastewater Systems Operators meeting, 10 a.m., 10th Floor Conference Room, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg.  Contact: Cheri Sansoni, 717-772-5158.

Aug. 19
Environmental Quality Board meeting, Room 105, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg.  Contact: Jen Swan, 717-783-8727.

Aug. 19
DEP public hearing on the proposed regulations regarding the Control of VOC Emissions from Fiberglass Boat Manufacturing Materials, 1 p.m., DEP Southwest Regional Office, Island Conference Room, 400 Waterfront Dr., Pittsburgh.  Contact 717-787-4526.

Aug. 20
DEP public hearing on the proposed regulations regarding the Control of VOC Emissions from Fiberglass Boat Manufacturing Materials, 1 p.m., DEP Southeast Regional Office, Schuylkill Conference Room, 2 East Main St., Norristown. Contact 717-787-4526.

Aug. 21
DEP public hearing on the proposed regulations regarding the Control of VOC Emissions from Fiberglass Boat Manufacturing Materials, 1 p.m., Rachel Carson State Office Building, Conference Room 105, 400 Market St., Harrisburg. Contact 717-787-4526.

Aug. 26
DEP public meeting and hearing to discuss plans to clean up solvent contamination at the former Lock Haven Laundry property on Bellefonte Avenue, 6:30 p.m., Lock Haven City Hall, 20 East Church St., Lock Haven.  Contact Daniel Spadoni, 570-327- 3659.

Sept. 9
Storage Tank Advisory Committee meeting, 10 a.m., Room 105, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg. Contact: Charles Swokel,  717-772- 5806.

Sept. 10
Sewage Advisory Committee meeting, 10:30 a.m., Room 105, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg. Contact: John Diehl,  717-783- 2941.

Sept. 11
Mine Families First Response and Communications Advisory Council meeting, 1 p.m., Bureau of Mine Safety, Marion Center Mine Rescue Station, 21 Griffith Dr., Home.  Contact: Allison D. Gaida, 724-439-7289.

Sept. 15
State Board for Certification of Sewage Enforcement Officers 2014 Examinations, Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., exams start at 9 a.m., Susquehanna Room A & B, DEP South-central Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg. Contact: Patricia Hodgson, 717-720-4811.

Sept. 16
Environmental Quality Board meeting, 9 a.m., Room 105, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg.  Contact: Jen Swan,  717-783-8727.

Sept. 16
Citizens Advisory Council meeting, 10 a.m., Room 105, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg.  Contact: Jen Swan,  717-783-8727.

Sept. 16
Climate Change Advisory Committee meeting, 10 a.m., 12th Floor Conference Room, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg. Contact: Mark Brojakowski, 717- 772-3429.

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Aug. 21
Instrument Filing and Permit Termination Procedures Related to NPDES Permits for Stormwater Discharges Associated With Construction Activities, 2-3 p.m.  Click here to register.

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July 30
Deadline to comment on the Pennsylvania Energy Development Plan.  Contact David Althoff, 717-783-8411.

Aug. 4
Deadline to comment on Federal Consistency under the Coastal Zone Management Act - Installation of a Temporary Floating Park at the Marina at Penn's Landing on the Delaware River in Philadelphia.  Contact 717-772-2196.

Aug. 4
Deadline to comment on Federal Consistency under the Coastal Zone Management Act - Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant Sludge Force Main Pipe Replacement at Schuylkill River Crossing.  Contact 717-772-5659.

Aug. 22
Deadline to comment on the Proposed Revision to the State Implementation Plan for Reasonably Available Control Technology - Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority.  Contact James Rebarchak, 484-250-5074.


Sept. 22
Deadline to comment on the proposed regulations for the Control of VOC Emissions from Fiberglass Boat Manufacturing Materials.  Contact 717-787-4526.

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AG's Performance Report Focuses on IT, Record-keeping; Finds No Instances Where Water Not Protected

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HARRISBURG – The Auditor General’s Office on July 22 released the Special Audit of DEP’s Performance in Monitoring Potential Impact to Water Quality from Shale Gas Development for the period 2009 through 2012, finding no instances where DEP failed to protect public health, safety or the environment with respect to unconventional gas drilling activities.

The audit report encompasses the period of Jan. 1, 2009 through Dec. 31, 2012 and focuses largely on DEP’s management of electronic data with respect to water supply complaint investigations.

“For the past 16 months, we’ve cooperated fully with the Auditor General’s Office and we appreciate the professionalism shown by their staff,” DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo said. “As we’ve explained to the auditors, because the report focused on the time period up until the end of 2012, most of this audit reflects how our Oil and Gas Program formerly operated, not how the program currently functions."

Read more.         

Hearing Rescheduled for Hilcorp Application for Gas Well Spacing Units

HARRISBURG -- Hearing officer Michael Bangs has rescheduled the public hearing sessions on an Application for Gas Well Spacing Units, or spacing order, received from Hilcorp Energy Co., for Sept. 16 and 17.

Hilcorp Energy Co. is applying for a well spacing order that establishes four gas well drilling units on 3,267 acres to drill into the Utica Shale Formation in Pulaski Township, Lawrence County and Shenango Township, Mercer County.

Under the Oil and Gas Conservation Law of 1961, when a spacing order application is submitted, an administrative hearing must be held prior to entering an order establishing well spacing and drilling units. The hearing sessions were postponed twice previously.

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Natural Gas Infrastructure Subject of DOE Public Meeting in Pittsburgh

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DEP Policy Director Hayley Book participates in a panel discussion sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy in Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH -- The Department of Energy held a public meeting July 21 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh,  to receive stakeholder input on its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), an administration-wide effort to make recommendations regarding key infrastructure needed for energy transmission, storage and distribution in the United States.

DEP Policy Director Hayley Book was part of a six-person panel titled "Natural Gas Infrastrcture:  Historical Overview and Current Status."  Book was joined on the panel by Thomas Murphy, Co-Director of Penn State's Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research; Peter Terranova, Vice President, Midstream Assets and Services, UGI Energy Services; Josh Nordquist, Director of Business Development, Ormat Technologies; Piotr Galitzine, Chairman, TMK IPSCO; and Thomas Minney, Director-Central Appalachians Program. 

In addition to panel discussions on current and historical natural gas infrastructure, infrastructure development needed to maximize resource development and public-private partnerships for economic development, the public had an opportunity to make statments on the QER. 

For more information on the meeting, click here.

DEP Extends Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program

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Large battery vehicles like this Nissan Leaf are eligible for $2,000 rebates.

HARRISBURG – DEP today announced the extension of the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate program, that will continue to provide $2,000 rebates for 500 additional large-battery system plug-in hybrid electric and battery-electric vehicles, or until Dec. 31.

“The Corbett administration remains committed to seeing the alternative fuels market grow,” DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo said. “Our commitment represents an impressive total investment of $4.35 million towardsthe deployment of electric vehicles in Pennsylvania since 2011.”

Large-battery vehicles that have battery system capacities equal or greater than 10 kilo- watt hours (kWh), including models such as the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus, BMW,  Tesla and Chevy Volt, are eligible for the highest rebate amount of $2,000. DEP is also extending rebates of $1,000 for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery-electric vehicles with battery system capacities of less than 10 kWh, including models such as the Toyota Prius plug-in, Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Fusion and Honda Accord.

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DEP to Hold Public Meeting, Hearing on Former Lock Haven Laundry Property in Clinton County

WILLIAMSPORT -- DEP will hold a public meeting and public hearing to discuss plans to clean up solvent contamination at the former Lock Haven Laundry property on Bellefonte Avenue.

The public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by the public hearing at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at Lock Haven City Hall, 20 East Church St., Lock Haven.

“Staff from DEP’s Environmental Cleanup and Brownfields program will explain the problem, review the proposed remedial solutions and answer questions,” DEP North-central Regional Director Marcus Kohl said.

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Governor Corbett Announces $81.5 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 11 Counties

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HARRISBURG – Governor Tom Corbett this week announced the investment of $81.5 million in 14 non- point source, drinking water and wastewater projects across 11 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST). 

“Through the PENNVEST program and its Board of Directors, we continue to make investments in water- related infrastructure improvements that protect public health, clean the environment and enhance Pennsylvania’s economic climate,” Governor Corbett said. “Furthering these goals will continue to be of the highest priority to me and will continue to shape the focus of this program.”

Of the $81.5 million, $66.5 million is for low- interest loans and $15 million is offered as grants.

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DEP Awards $1.66 Million to Clean Streams Foundation for Abandoned Mine Drainage

HARRISBURG -- DEP has awarded a $1.66 million grant to the Clean Streams Foundation, Inc. (CSF) to maintain acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment facilities in Butler, Cambria, Clarion and Venango counties.

This grant will allow CSF to operate and maintain nine existing water treatment plants that remove AMD from nearby waterways. This includes costs incurred for water monitoring, treatment chemicals, system flushing, sludge removal, emergency repairs, among other things.

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DEP Staff Get Hands-on Training during Visit to Schrack Dairy

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DEP staff spend a day at Schrack Dairy to learn more about issues affecting agriculture. 

LOGANTON -- More than two dozen DEP staff recently visited Schrack Dairy in Clinton County to see first-hand how best management practices employed on the farm are improving crop yields and soil health while reducing the use of herbicides and pesticides.

Schrack Dairy is home to a 1000-cow milking herd on 2200 acres.  It's managed by Jim Harbach who hosted the annual staff training that also included a panel discussion.

“Soil health was the most impressive thing we saw on this farm, especially given the size of the operation,”
said DEP Bureau of Conservation and Restoration Chief Steve Taglang. “The technology and soil health principles
being used here have significant opportunities to improve water quality.”

Also participating in the tour were staff from the Clinton County Conservation District, the Upper Susquehanna Crop Management Association and the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania. 

Schrack Dairy employed no- till in the 1970s, and has added cover crops over the past five to 10 years.  The result is improved yields, reduced use of herbicides and pesticides and a reduction in fuel costs.

Five Pennsylvania Farms Receive Clean Water Farm Award

http://media.state.pa.us/2238/Users/10612/CWFAsign.jpgHARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD), with financial support from DEP, recently awarded the operators of five farms with the Clean Water Farm Award. The honor is annually awarded to farmers who manage their daily farm operations in an environmental conscious manner that helps to protect Pennsylvania’s water quality. This is the first year the award was opened to farmers outside the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

This year’s award recipients are from Indiana, Wyoming, Bucks, Clinton and Lancaster counties.

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DEP Hosts Open House for Local Government Officials

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Jack Crislip of DEP's Southwest Regional Clean Water Program answers questions as Kay Frederick of the regional Safe Drinking Water Program looks on.

PITTSBURGH -- Staff from DEP's Southwest Regional Office hosted more than 30 local elected officials from Somerset, Indiana and Cambria counties on July 17.  The Elected Officials Updates are designed reach local officials and offer information and discussion about various DEP programs and initiatives.

The updates are being held quarterly so that each county in the region can be represented.  DEP staff target issues that are shared by each county invited to the sessions.  For the July 17 session, DEP staff focused on water questions.  Representatives from DEP's regional Safe Drinking Water and Clean Water programs answered questions from the officials and introduced new regional Oil and Gas Program Manager Eric Gustafson to the group.

The next Elected Officials Update is scheduled for October.


Governor’s Innovation Office Presents Innovator Awards to State Agencies

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DEP Director of Environmental Education Jack Farster demonstrates the exhibit's CNG nozzles.

HARRISBURG -- DEP was among more than a dozen state agencies that participated in the 2014 Innovation Expo held July 22 at the Keystone Building in Harrisburg.

The revamped DEP at Home exibit showcases a newly updated garage that features information about alternative fuels. It includes useable pumps and receptacles for compressed natural gas and electric vehicles (EV) so visitors can experience fueling an alternative fuel vehicle (AFV). The garage also boasts flooring made from recycled tires, information about proper disposal of household hazardous waste, as well as landscaping with native plants and tips on proper pest management.

The expo featured informational displays, as well as in-depth presentations by agencies competing for the Innovation of the Year awards. Click here to read about the winners of the competition. 

Since 2011, state agencies have completed 275 innovation initiatives worth a combined $690 million in cost savings and productivity gains. 

 

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