DEP public meeting/ hearing about a proposed remediation
of lead shot contamination at the Philipsburg Rod and Gun Club, Rush
Township, Centre County, 6:30 p.m., Rush Township Municipal Building, 150
North Richard St., Philipsburg. Contact: Daniel Spadoni,
Small Water Systems Technical Assistance Center Board
meeting, 10 a.m., Room 105, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market
St., Harrisburg. Contact: H. Thomas Fridirici,
State Board for Certification of Sewage Enforcement
Operators meeting, 10 a.m., Room 11B, Rachel Carson State Office
Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg. Contact: Patricia Hodgson, 717-720-4811.
Board of Coal Mine Safety meeting, 10 a.m., DEP Cambria
Office, 286 Industrial Park Road, Ebensburg.
Contact: Allison D. Gaida,
Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board meeting, 10 a.m.,
Room 105, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street,
Harrisburg. Contact: Darek Jagiela,
Tri-State Petroleum HSCA public hearing, 6:30-8:30 p.m.,
Kennedy Township Municipal Building, 340 Forest Grover Rd., Coraopolis.
Contact: John Poister,
DEP listening session on EPA's proposed carbon pollution
emission guidelines for existing fossil fuel-fired power plants, 9 a.m.
in the Honors Suite (First Floor), 333 Market St., Harrisburg. Contact Tammey Adams, 717-772-2725.
Water Resources Advisory Committee meeting, 9:30 a.m.,
Room 105, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St.,
Harrisburg. Contact: Sean Gimbel, 717-783-4693.
DEP Regional Brownfield Seminar: What All Local Governments
Need to Know about Brownfields, 10 a.m.-1:30
p.m., Mifflin County IDC Industrial Plaza Career Link Building, 6395 SR
103N - Bldg. 58, Lewistown. Contact: Kim Hoover, 717-783-1566.
Low Level Waste Advisory Committee meeting, 10 a.m., Room
105, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg.
Contact: Rich Janati,
Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee meeting, 9:15
a.m., Room 105, 400 Market St., Harrisburg. Contact: Nancy Herb, 717-783-9269.
Cleanup Standards Scientific Advisory Board meeting, 9
a.m., 14th Floor Conference Room, Rachel Carson State Office Building,
400 Market St., Harrisburg. Contact: Molly Adams, 717-783-1566.
Technical Advisory Committee on Diesel-Powered Equipment
meeting, 10 am., Fayette County Health Center, 100 New Salem Rd.,
Uniontown. Contact: Allison Gaida, 724-
Agricultural Advisory Board meeting, 10 a.m., Susquehanna Room
A, DEP Southcentral Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg. Contact: Steven Taglang, 717-783-7576.
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.
Southwest Region Elected Officials Update, borough,
township and county officials are invited to an update on DEP initiatives
and projects, DEP Southwest Regional Office, 400 Waterfront Dr., Pittsburgh.Contact: John Poister, 412-442-4000.
Radiation Protection Advisory Committee meeting, 9 a.m.,
Room 105, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St.,
Harrisburg. Contact: Joe Melnic, 717-783-9730.
NGV Grants Round 3 Webinar, 2-3 p.m. DEP staff will review
the grant application requirements and answer questions about the funding
that supports the purchase or retrofit of natural gas vehicles that
utilize new or existing natural gas fueling stations. Click
here to register.
AFIG Grantee Webinar, 2-3 p.m. DEP staff will review the
grant requirements for the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants to help
awardees understand the grant agreement and processes.Click
Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board meeting webinar, 10 a.m. and 1
p.m. Members will discuss the bifurcation of Chapter 78. Click here to register for the
morning session. Click here to register for the
Deadline to comment on the Proposed Rulemaking: Control of VOC
Emissions from Fiberglass Boat Manufacturing Materials. Contact the
Environmental Quality Board, 717-787-4526.[/EC]]
Deadline to comment on the proposed revisions to DEP ID:
383-2300-002. Title: Training Provider Manual for the Pennsylvania Water
and Wastewater System Operator Training Program. Contact Bill
Deadline to comment on Nutrient Credit Trading Program;
Certification and Inter-Basin Trading Requests. Contact Jay Braund, 717-772-5636.
DEP Fines Range Resources $4.15 Million for Violating Environmental
PITTSBURGH —DEP today announced it has signed a wide-ranging
consent order and agreement with Range Resources for violations at six of
its Washington County impoundments.
The consent order requires the company to pay a $4.15
million fine, the largest against an oil and gas operator in the state’s
shale drilling era, close five impoundments and upgrade two other
impoundments to meet heightened “next generation” standards currently under
development at DEP.
“This action reaffirms the administration’s unwavering
commitment to protecting Pennsylvania’s soil and water resources,” DEP
Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo said. “This
landmark consent order establishes a new, higher benchmark for companies to
meet when designing future impoundments, which is an environmental win for
Violations at the impoundments include various
releases of contaminants, such as leaking flowback
that affected soil and groundwater. To date there has been no impact on
drinking water from any of these impoundments.
Mine Drainage Project to Generate Electricity for Sale on Grid
connection of the second turbine to the grid, the project is expected to
generate 460,000 kilowatt hours per year.
TWP. – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a power
generation license for an innovative project in Tioga County that uses mine
drainage to generate electricity that can be sold on the grid.
issued the license Sept. 3 to Antrim Treatment Trust to operate the 40 kW
micro-hydropower plant in the Babb Creek/Pine Creek Watershed as net
producer of power.
the first project ever licensed by FERC that uses mine drainage to generate
electricity that can be sold on the grid. In February 2014, the Trust
received the final "NEMR" (net energy metering) approval from Penelec authorizing the connection of the Antrim
micro-hydropower turbines to the electric grid. This agreement allows
both turbines to go on-grid and sell excess power.
hydropower project has been operational and providing the Antrim AMD water
treatment plant with a portion of the plant’s electric need with just one
of two turbines since May 2012. Combined, the turbines can generate
up to 40 kW of power. Expected power generation from the
grid-connected power system is 460,000 kilowatt hours per year.
Antrim treatment plant will use a large portion of the power, saving up to
$12,000 annually. Any additional power generated by the Antrim Micro-Hydropower
Project (AMHP) will help offset the operational cost of the Antrim
project was a collaborative effort of DEP’s Moshannon
District Mining Office, Babb Creek Watershed Association, Antrim Treatment
Trust, the Anthracite Region Independent Power Producers Association (
ARIPPA), the Eastern Pa. Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR)
the Western Pa. Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (WPCAMR), the
Tioga County Conservation District, and the project design/build partner, BioMost Inc.
project was financed by a 2009 Energy Harvest Grant to the Babb Creek
Watershed Association, Inc., for $428,710; however, the cost to obtain the
FERC license, greater than $75,000, was contributed by BioMost,
Rivers of the
Chesapeake Project Considered Top Priority for LWCF Collaborative
View of the
Susquehanna River from Duncannon, Perry County.
-- DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo, along
with officials from Maryland, Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay Commission,
sent a letter this week to U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary
Robert Bonnie, thanking him for his role in supporting the “Rivers of the
Chesapeake” as a top priority project for the Land Water Conservation
Fund's FY 2016 Collaborative Landscapes program.
which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month, uses a fee on
offshore oil and gas drilling to fund wildlife, recreation and similar
programs on public land.
Rivers of the Chesapeake proposal identifies more than 21,000 acres of
federal land conservation opportunities within six focus areas: the Lower
Susquehanna, James-York-Mouth of the Bay, Rappahannock, Middle Potomac,
Nanticoke, and Headwaters (of the James and Potomac Rivers, including the
Shenandoah. If chosen, the proposal could marshal roughly $50 million
in federal funds for land conservation in the Chesapeake watershed for FY
16 and additional dollars in the two outlying years.
that many other worthy projects from around the country applied, we are
writing to express our gratitude for your confidence in us," the letter
states. "Your vote recognizes the value and quality of the Rivers of
the Chesapeake Project and your willingness to invest in us."
a delegation representing the Chesapeake Bay Commission including Abruzzo, Pa. Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources Secretary Ellen Feretti, Maryland
Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joseph Gill, Virginia Department
of Natural Resources Secretary Molly Ward, and Commission Executive
Director Ann Swanson, met with Bonnie and Forest Service Chief Tom
Tidwell to urge their support for the proposal.
has received approximately $315 million over the past four decades,
protecting places such as Gettysburg National Military Park and Valley
Forge National Historical Park.
Announces Listening Session on EPA Proposal to Lower Emissions from
Existing Power Plants
-- DEP will hold a listening session to obtain public input on the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon pollution emission
guidelines for existing fossil fuel-fired power plants and the proposed
standards for modified and reconstructed units on Thursday, Sept. 25.
listening session is being held prior to the finalization of the
department’s official comments to EPA on the proposed guidelines and
standards. The session will begin at 9 a.m. in the Honors Suite (First
Floor), 333 Market St., Harrisburg.
Pennsylvania submitted a white paper to EPA outlining a plan that would
achieve lower carbon emissions from existing power plants by removing
obstacles and encouraging efficiency projects. At the heart of
Pennsylvania's plan is the preservation of states’ authority and discretion
in the development and implementation of emissions control programs.
Opens New Clean-Burning Natural Gas Fueling Station in Philadelphia
Corbett participates in the opening of a new compressed natural gas
(CNG) public fueling station in Philadelphia.
-- Governor Tom Corbett joined officials from VNG Co. Sept. 11 to announce
the opening of a new compressed natural gas (CNG) public fueling station in
Philadelphia to support the widespread use of natural gas vehicles in the
has the second-largest energy field in the world, and cities from
Pittsburgh to Williamsport to Towanda to Philadelphia are benefiting from
our game-changing energy resources,” Gov. Corbett said. “The convenience of
a local CNG fueling station makes it possible for local governments,
organizations, companies and residents to make the switch to this cleaner
and affordable alternative fuel. By harnessing natural gas, we are reducing
greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality and putting Pennsylvania at
the forefront of American energy independence.”
Oil and Gas
Technical Advisory Board Meeting to be Available Online
-- DEP this week announced that the Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board’s
(TAB) meeting on Thursday, Sept. 25 to discuss proposed changes to the
Chapter 78 Oil and Gas regulations, will be
available online via webinar.
morning session will run from 10 a.m. to noon and include discussion on the
bifurcation of the regulations for the conventional and unconventional
industries. The afternoon session will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and include
discussion of several changes to the proposed Chapter 78 Subchapter C
the links under Upcoming Webinars to the left to register.
Regulations Subject of Visit with South Korean Envoy
with Dr. Hong (2nd from R) are DEP's Tom Mellott,
Kevin Beer, Glenn Mitzel, Laura Henry and
-- Staff from DEP's Bureau of Waste Management recently met with Dr. Yongseok Hong, assistant professor of Environmental
Engineering from Daegu University, Jillyang, South Korea, to discuss Pennsylvania’s
regulations related to mercury. The visit was prompted by the recent
creation of the international agreement to reduce mercury pollution, the Minimata Convention. The United States has already
signed and ratified this agreement.
is assisting the Republic of Korea with a research project on existing
mercury regulations in the United States with the goal of building a new
regulatory frame work for Korean businesses and citizens. He was especially
interested in how US businesses can recover more mercury and the most
profitable methods to help with the transition of stricter regulations.
Current practices in Korea recover very low amounts of mercury and it has
become a considerable public health concern and a worker safety problem.
included a meeting with Deputy Secretary Vince Brisini,
Waste Management Bureau Director Ken Reisinger,
External Affairs Director Katherine Hetherington Cunfer,
Policy Specialist Laura Henry, and staff from the Waste Management Program
including Tom Mellott, Kevin Beer, and Glenn Mitzel to review Pennsylvania’s statutes, regulations,
and policies related to mercury, especially the Hazardous Household Waste
Program. Dr. Hong and DEP staff had field visits to APR Supply in
Harrisburg to exhibit the non-profit Thermostat Recycling Corporations’
(TRC) drop off locations for mercury containing thermostats as well as
meeting the local representative from TRC. The second tour location was
Bethlehem Apparatus, a nationally recognized specialty mercury recovering
and recycling business, to tour their Bethlehem facility.
was extremely impressed with the extensive regulatory frame work for
mercury that exists in Pennsylvania as well as the buy in by citizens and
businesses. He planned to encourage Korean EPA officials to follow the
regulatory framework of Pennsylvania. He was most delighted with the site
visits and expressed that he had contacted other states and corporations
that deal in mercury recovery to schedule a tour and was rebuffed.
glad to host Dr. Hong and share the successes of Pennsylvania’s mercury
regulations and recycling programs,” Brisini said. “We look forward to continuing to assist
the Korean government develop responsible and effective policies to
regulate this highly hazardous substance.”
Assist Montgomery Co. Residents Affected by Trichloroethene
Drinking Water Contamination
– Governor Tom Corbett this week announced that DEP has awarded a $450,000
grant to Skippack Township, Montgomery County to extend public water to
area residents whose drinking water wells are contaminated with trichloroethene (TCE). Funding for this Hazardous Sites
Cleanup Fund grant comes from Act 13 impact fee revenues.
impact fee on the natural gas industry provides numerous financial benefits
to communities across Pennsylvania,” Gov. Corbett said. “For Skippack
Township, this funding will provide a permanent clean drinking water source
to ensure the public’s safety.”
Secretary Abruzzo Addresses Compliance Managers
from Leading Pa. Companies
Secretary Abruzzo briefs compliance anagers
get on DEP initiatives.
-- DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo was the
luncheon speaker at a recent meeting of Compliance Management International
(CMI), a professional management firm that offers a range of services
including environmental, health and safety, emergency management and
Abruzzo provided an overview of DEP, gave an update on recent regulatory and compliance
assistance initiatives as well as answered questions.
of more than a dozen Pennsylvania companies including Comcast Cable,
Hershey Foods, Wawa and Glatfelter attended.
Click here for more information on
Assist Luzerne County Communities in Securing Safe Drinking Water
a screened intake for distribution in Reservoir #1
-- DEP and Hazleton City Authority today kicked off a partnership plan to
provide safe, reliable drinking water to two old coal mining communities in
southern Luzerne County.
Staff from the Safe Drinking Water Program in DEP's Northeast
Regional Office have agreed to provide free engineering services for
a water line construction project to help residents of the patch-town
communities of Stockton #6 and Stockton #8, which are part of Hazle Township, get fresh and treated water to their
residences in both communities have been relying on a 50-year old outdated
and unregulated system to supply their water. Test results from
samples taken in July by staff from DEP's Northeast Regional Safe Drinking
Water Program show a presence of giardia cysts in
the water and high concentrations of metal.
project, known as the Main Extension Project, would provide a water line
extension from the homes to the main water supply line run by the Hazleton
City Authority. The offer now allows the HCA to apply for a PennVest loan to build and maintain the water line.
estimated the water line extension project could cost close to $1-million.
Cleanup Seeks Volunteers for this Saturday, Sept. 20
from Penn State Behrend participate in last
DEP invites the public to improve the Lake Erie watershed on Sept. 20 by
participating in the 12th annual Pennsylvania/Lake Erie International
Coastal Cleanup (ICC).
urging residents to help clean up trash around Erie County waterways from 9
a.m. until noon on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Morewood Named Director of DEP's Environmental Justice
Kimberly A. Morewood.
-- DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo this week
announced the appointment of Kimberly A. Morewood,
as Director of the Environmental Justice
Advocate Office. Morewood previously served as
DEP's Environmental Advocate in Western Pennsylvania.
experience and skills, including her strong background working with the
regulated community, coordinating with local governments and engagement
with advocacy groups, along with her previous service as the western
Pennsylvania environmental advocate, have prepared her well for her new
role as the Director of this Office," Abruzzo
Morewood began her career at DEP as the Local Government
Liaison for the South-Central Region from 2001-2004. She then worked for
the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as a Public Relations
Coordinator, and later, as the Chief of Staff to a State
Representative. She returned to DEP in 2013 to serve in her current
role as Environmental Justice Advocate for western Pennsylvania.
new role, Morewood will be responsible for
providing support to the Secretary by directing the identification of
social and environmental justice issues within the Commonwealth, and by
formulating and developing commonwealth-wide policies, regulations and laws
to support the fair, ethical, and meaningful treatment of all its citizens.
Citizens’ Advisory Council Recognizes Long-Time Member Pat Lupo, OSB, of Erie
-- The Citizens’ Advisory Council (CAC) to DEP this week recognized one of
its members for her 26 years of dedicated service. Pat Lupo,
OSB, of Erie, has served on the CAC since her initial appointment by Gov.
Robert P. Casey in 1988.
longstanding commitment to the CAC and its mission is unprecedented,” CAC
Chairman Terry Dayton said. “Pat’s leadership on environmental education,
stewardship and conservation, based on her experience in northwest
Pennsylvania, were vital in guiding council’s priorities. Council will miss
her enthusiasm and dedication which influenced a number of important
been involved in environmental issues in Pennsylvania for more than 40
years. A member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, she received her M. Ed.
in Science Education from Clarion University and taught more than 20 years
at the elementary and high school levels before her involvement in a number
of non-profit environmental organizations, including Environment Erie,
where she served as Education Director.
information on the CAC, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us/cac or call
Employees Help Kick Off Annual SECA Campaign
Executive Deputy Secretary Jeff Logan takes a turn in the popular dunk
-- DEP employees were among hundreds of state employees who participated in
the kickoff of the State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA) earlier this month
in Harrisburg. SECA is the commonwealth's annual combined charitable
giving campaign for employees and runs for eight weeks. It gives
employees the opportunity to donate by signing up for a payroll deduction,
or contributing via check or money order.
statewide SECA kick-off that took place Sept. 10 and raised a total of
$9288 for charity. DEP Executive DeputySecretary
for Administration and Management took a turn in the dunk tank to help
year, more than 15,000 of commonwealth employees donated $2.94 million
through the campaign. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Not All
Heroes Wear Capes” to honor all doners who give.
more pictures from the kickoff, visit the Office of Administration's FaceBook