DEP South-central Regional Roundtable meeting, 10 a.m.,
Room 309, Department of Agriculture Building, 2301 N. Cameron St.
Harrisburg. Contact Lisa Kasianowitz,
State Board for Certification of Sewage Enforcement
Officers 2014 Examinations?, 8:30 a.m. registration, exams start at 9
a.m., Susquehanna Room A and B, DEP South-central Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Ave. Harrisburg. Contact: Patricia Hodgson,
DEP Public Hearing on the Redesignation
Request and Maintenance Plan for the Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley
Nonattainment Area for the 1997 and 2006 Fine Particulate Matter National
Ambient Air Quality Standards, 1 p.m., DEP Southwest Regional Office, 400
Waterfront Dr. Pittsburgh. Contact: Nancy Herb, 717-787-9495. [/EC]]
Cleanup Standards Scientific Advisory Board meeting, 9
a.m., 14th Floor Conference Room, RCSOB, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg.
Contact: Mike Maddigan, 717-772-3609.
Agricultural Advisory Board meeting, 10 a.m., Susquehanna
Room A, DEP Southcentral Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg. Contact: Steven Taglang, 717-783-7576.
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, 717-787-2172.
State Board for Certification of Sewage Enforcement
Operators meeting, 10 a.m., Conference Room 11 B, Rachel Carson State
Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg. Contact: Kristen Szwajkowski, 717-772-2186.
Meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee on
Diesel-Powered Equipment, 10 a.m., Westmoreland Room, DEP New Stanton
Office, 131 Broadview Rd., New Stanton. Contact: Allison D. Gaida, 724-404-3147.
Solid Waste Advisory Committee meeting, 10 a.m., Room 105,
Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg. Contact:
Richard Ashley, 717-787-2553.
Act 162 webinar, 11 a.m. To register, click here.
Deadline to comment on the Proposed State Implementation
Plan Revision - Redesignation Request and
Maintenance Plan for the Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley Nonattainment Area for
the 1997 Annual and 2006 24-Hour Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient
Air Quality Standards. Contact: Nancy Herb, 717-787-9495.
Deadline to comment on the Proposed Modifications to
General Plan Approval and/or General Operating Permit No. 5 for Natural
Gas Compression and/or Processing Facilities (BAQ-GPA/GP-5). Contact: Virendra Trivedi,
Deadline to comment on the Proposed Request for Delegation
of Authority to Implement the Federal Hospital/Medical/ Infectious Waste
Incinerators Plan. Contact: Craig Evans, 717-772-3995.
Hundreds of Lehigh
County Residents Attend DEP Radon Information Meeting
DEP Bureau of Radiation Protection Director Dave Allard
talks to residents about the risks of radon.
HARRISBURG -- Several hundred residents from the Center
Valley/Coopersburg region of Lehigh County attended a Dec. 4 DEP
information meeting about record high levels of radon detected in the
area. DEP identified a home there with the highest residential radon
level ever measured in Pennsylvania.
The concentration in the affected home measured 3,715
picocuries per liter (pCi/L). Additionally,
several other homes in the area have had measured concentrations over 1,000
pCi/L. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) recommends that that any dwelling or structure with a radon
concentration of more than 4 pCi/L
be remediated to lower the radon concentration.
In this circumstance, DEP recommended the occupants
vacate the home until the measured radon concentration was verified and
remediated to a level less than 4 pCi/L
A radon mitigation system was successfully installed on Dec. 6
allowing the homeowners to return.
Elevated radon levels in homes in this area were
initially observed in September. In response, DEP sent letters to more than
500 Center Valley area residents and included a coupon for a free test kit
to encourage the residents to test their homes. The residents of the home
with this highest measured radon concentration responded to that letter by
testing their home. In addition, DEP is working with several other
residents to conduct follow-up testing, as well as taking soil and rock
samples in the area that will undergo additional testing.
DEP has created a web
page with radon information for residents in the Center
Valley/Coopersburg region. In addition, people can call DEP's
toll-free radon hotline at 800-23-RADON for more information.
Fredericksburg Sewer and Water Authority, Contractors $75,000 for
HARRISBURG — DEP has announced a settlement agreement
with the Fredericksburg Sewer and Water Authority, Joao and Bradley
Construction Company, and Steckbeck Engineering
and Surveying, Inc. to resolve multiple violations of the Clean Streams Law
and the Dam Safety and Encroachments Act that occurred during the
construction of the Fredericksburg Sewer Main Project in Bethel Township,
Joao and Bradley Construction Company served as the
project’s general contractor and Steckbeck
Engineering and Surveying, Inc. provided daily project oversight. The
settlement includes $75,000 in civil penalties.
Prior to beginning construction in early 2013, the
parties failed to obtain the necessary permits for the full scope of the
project. Additionally, in areas where permit coverage was obtained, the
parties failed to conduct work in accordance with permit conditions and/or
failed to follow the approved plans.
DEP Fines Cabot
$120,000 for Susquehanna County Storage Tank Explosion and Spill
WILLIAMSPORT -- DEP recently fined Cabot Oil &
Gas Corp. of Pittsburgh $120,000 for a January storage tank explosion and
production fluid spill at the Reynolds well pad in Jessup Township,
“This was a serious incident that injured an employee
and resulted in a spill of approximately 2,835 gallons of production fluid
from a 21,000-gallon storage tank,” DEP Director of District Oil and Gas
Operations John Ryder said. “Some of this fluid escaped containment and
impacted soil off the well pad.”
Ignited vapors in the headspace of the tank caused
the Jan. 11 explosion and subsequent rupture of the tank.
Chesapeake Bay Program Seeking Technical Assistance Support
-- DEP urges Pennsylvania entities experienced in various aspects of
fisheries, watershed science and policy, watershed stewardship, local
leadership, wetlands, toxics, and other watershed issues to submit
proposals for consultant services technical assistance to support the
Chesapeake Bay Program.
The Chesapeake Bay Trust will accept the RFPs until
Jan. 5, 2015. The trust has been designated to receive federal funds from
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Maryland Department of
Natural Resources as part of the Bay Program Goal Implementation Team
The work to be supported should advance outcomes from
the Chesapeake Bay Agreement. Ten specific outcomes from 10 management
goals have been identified as top priorities. The request also includes
nine components separated into nine individual scopes of work. Three focus on fisheries issues, two focus on citizen
stewardship topics, one each focuses on wetlands, toxics, local leadership,
and healthy watersheds.
Applicants can bid on one or more of the individual
scopes of work, with each scope of work addressed in a separate proposal.
For more information, visit https://www.chesapeakebay.net/rfps
[[EC]]2015 Pa. Brownfields Conference Seeks "Best of Land
HARRISBURG -- DEP
and the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania are seeking nominations
for the “Best of Land Recycling” contest to be held in conjunction with the
2015 Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference to be
held May 13-15, 2015 at the Erie Bayfront
Convention Center, Erie.
The conference will commemorate the 20-year
anniversary of Pennsylvania’s Land Recycling Act. Applicants are encouraged
to nominate unique or impactful projects that were completed as a result of
Act 2. All types of brownfield projects are
encouraged -- big or small, 20 years or 6 months old.
Submittals may be considered for verbal
presentations, poster display or recognition at the conference. The projects
will also be featured on the conference's "Transformation
Tuesday" Twitter feed.
Signed into law in 1995, the voluntary cleanup
legislation known as Act 2 fosters reuse of former commercial and
industrial sites. Pennsylvania’s approach to brownfields
redevelopment has proven to be a national model for helping to restore
environmentally-challenged properties back to useful life and economic
The deadline for submittals is Jan. 31, 2015. To
submit a nomination, visit the conference
"Pick it Up, Pa." PSA Wins National Award
The PSA featured a
cleanup of one of Harrisburg's parks.
HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania's public service
announcement promoting the annual Great Pennsylvania Cleanup initiative has
won the "Best Statewide Promotion" award from Keep America
The PSA, produced by DEP, PENNDOT and Commonwealth
Media Services, highlighted the annual cleanup event held in partnership
with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America
Keep America Beautiful annually recognizes the
outstanding work of its affiliates, volunteer groups, nonprofit and
government organizations, leading corporations and individuals who have
committed to delivering cleaner, greener and more vibrant communities.
To view the PSA, visit DEP's