DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell to leave Wolf admin on July 2
The Wolf administration said that it plans to tap DEP Executive Secretary of Programs Ramez Ziadeh, to serve as acting secretary following McDonnell’s departure next month.
Pa.’s litter problem | The Numbers Racket
Of the total estimated litter on roadways, the study found that 186.2 million (37.1 percent) pieces were cigarette butts. Another 152.9 million (30.4 percent) pieces of litter were plastic, most prevalently plastic film and plastic beverage containers, according to the study.
The state of emissions in Pa. | The Numbers Racket
In its 278-page 2021 Pennsylvania Climate Change Action Plan, the Department of Environmental Protection noted that as of 2017, the most recent year for which data were available at the time of the report, Pennsylvania has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 19.2 percent - 6.8 percent away from its 2025 goal.
These are the meaningful actions Pennsylvanians can take this Earth Month
“There are many small but meaningful actions we can take to improve the health of the natural ecosystem we depend on,” Deborah Klenotic, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection told the Capital-Star.
The Clean Water Act at 50: A closer look at Pa.’s waterways | The Numbers Racket
In Pennsylvania, the Department of Environmental Protection oversees the enforcement of the federal CWA for waterways in the commonwealth, which includes approximately 85,500 miles of rivers and streams, according to the department.
DEP encourages Pennsylvanians to join local litter cleanup efforts | Five for the Weekend
The department reports that there are already 290 events registered this year on the Pick Up Pennsylvania website with approximately 21,000 volunteers.
‘The goal is to act now’: state officials detail Pa.’s 2021 Climate Action Plan
The plan builds on six areas of impact noted in the 2021 Climate Change Impacts Assessment
DEP steamrolling power plant approval is out of step with agency rhetoric | Opinion
The agency must reopen the public comment period for a proposed pipeline in Clinton County
State regulatory board gives Pa. greenlight to join regional cap-and-trade program
This story was updated at 12:15 p.m. on 7/13/21 with additional details on the rule’s next steps. A state regulatory board has moved the commonwealth one step closer to joining a regional cap-and-trade program that would limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants across Pennsylvania. The state Environmental Quality Board voted 15-4 Tuesday to approve […]
Report: Pa. sees record natural gas production, more compliance violations in 2020
Producing more than 7.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, Pennsylvania ranked second among states for natural gas production in 2020, a state record for gas production in a single year.
DEP announces new funding to expand Pa.’s electric vehicle infrastructure
As of November 2020, there were more than 29,000 electric vehicles registered in Pennsylvania, according to the DEP’s Electric Vehicle Roadmap.
DEP: Nearly half of Pa. counties in drought watch
The list of counties in a drought watch now includes: Armstrong, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Columbia, Cumberland, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Warren, and Wyoming counties.