ZIP code discrimination, pollution top concerns at DEP meeting on environmental justice policy
Air quality, interagency collaboration, and community investments were among the chief concerns shared by Pennsylvanians about the Commonwealth’s interim environmental justice policy at a public meeting Wednesday evening.
Pa. awards more than $12M in Chesapeake Bay cleanup grants to counties
On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that it had awarded $12.2 million in 2023 Countywide Action Plan (CAP) Implementation Grants to 34 counties to reduce sediment and nutrient pollution in local waterways that flow into the Chesapeake Bay.
State officials ask for public input on draft water resources plan
The plan, an outline for how the commonwealth manages the demand on its water resources, contains more than 100 water-management recommendations focusing on areas of concern, such as flood control, stormwater management, water withdrawal, legacy coal mining impacts, legacy oil and gas wells, drinking water and wastewater treatment, contaminants of emerging concern, and agricultural nonpoint source pollution, according to the department.
DEP outlines a path for Pa. to hit ‘100 percent’ of Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction goal
The announcement by the state Department of Environmental Protection comes after a litany of criticism and legal challenges from neighboring states Virginia and Maryland, the District of Columbia, and environmental advocacy groups that the Keystone State wasn’t meeting its fair share of the cleanup burden.
Sunoco to pay $4.3M for spill that polluted Chester County state park; pipeline construction rerouted
The builder of a controversial pipeline will be required to repair a state park in Chester County that it polluted more than a year ago with drilling fluid, according to a settlement the Wolf administration announced Monday. Sunoco Pipeline L.P., a subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Transfer L.P., must dredge a lake in Marsh Creek State […]
Facing grim climate projections, state officials call for multi-dimensional approach to addressing climate change
The Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment is a report produced every three years by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as directed by the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act (Act 70) of 2008.
Saylor to DEP: What assurance do you have Pa. citizens ‘aren’t going to die like they did in Texas?’
A top Pennsylvania Republican repeated a narrative without expert backing about Texas’ power failures during a budget hearing with state environmental regulators on Monday. While asking questions of Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Stan Saylor, R-York, pressed on Pennsylvania’s preparedness for extreme winter weather, such as the record lows […]
Energy projects statewide receive COVID restart grants | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority had awarded $1.7 million in COVID-19 restart grants to 11 clean energy and energy efficiency programs across the commonwealth.
DEP: 2019 was a big year for natural gas production in Pa. This is how big | The Numbers Racket
From its report, DEP found that Pennsylvania produced its largest volume of natural gas in a single year to-date in 2019, recording 6.8 trillion cubic of natural gas produced.
Pa. environmental board approves plan to limit carbon from power plants; Wolf admin sets 2022 target date
The Environmental Quality Board voted 13-6 Tuesday to let Pennsylvania enter the multi-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
18 counties now under drought watch, one more under drought warning, DEP says
The counties included in the drought watch are: Armstrong, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Fayette, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Lycoming, McKean, Mifflin, Perry, and Tioga.
‘Bubblegum and band-aids’: Pa. environmental programs in question
Now with COVID-19, DEP field inspectors have been limited in what they can do — though a department spokesman said air quality testing and inspections on Public Water Systems have continued.