Friday, August 18, 2017

Joint State Government Commission Seeking Members For Advisory Committee On Lead Exposure

The Joint State Government Commission has begun implementing Senate Resolution 33 (Yudichak-D-Luzerne) that creates a Task Force On Lead Exposure and a Lead Exposure Advisory Committee to help the Task Force and the Commission.
The Commission is now accepting recommendations for members of the Advisory Committee which must be composed of--
-- 2 Medical professionals with recognized experience in pediatric care and lead poisoning;
-- 1 Parent of a child with elevated lead levels or an individual representing an association or organization with recognized experience in children’s health;
-- 1 individual representing municipal water authorities;
-- 1 individual representing rural water authorities;
-- 1 Individual representing a water utility regulated by the PUC that is incorporated in the Commonwealth;
-- 1 Representative of a county or municipal health department;
-- 1 Individual who is certified to remediate lead in the Commonwealth;
-- 1 Representative of an urban school district; and
-- 1 Representative of a rural school district.
Recommendations should be submitted to Yvonne Hursh at the Commission by sending email to: by September 1.
The Task Force and the Advisory Committee are required by the Resolution to--
-- Complete a comprehensive review and analysis of laws, regulations, policies and procedures of the Commonwealth and other states regarding an assessment of lead exposure as a public health concern;
-- An assessment of the age of this Commonwealth's housing stock, public housing units, water pipelines, school buildings and day-care facilities;
-- An assessment of the threat lead exposure poses to public health;
-- An assessment of the prevalence of lead in homes, schools, day-care centers and other places in which children spend a majority of their days;
-- An assessment of the Commonwealth's approach to lead testing, abatement and remediation and how it compares to other states; and
-- Recommend changes to State statutes, regulations, practices, policies and procedures 8 relating to lead testing, abatement and remediation.
The Resolution requires the Task Force to file a report to the Senate within 18 months of the establishment of the Advisory Committee.
Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne), Minority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, was prime sponsor of the Resolution which passed the Senate unanimously on June 6.
Click Here for a copy of the Resolution.

Updated Regulatory Agenda Shows DEP Acting On Fee Increases For 6 Programs

The Governor’s Office published its semi-annual Regulatory Agenda in the August 19 PA Bulletin starting on page 4922.  The Agenda contains an agency by agency list of regulations under consideration and new proposals and their status.  
The regulatory agenda shows DEP proposing permit fee increases for at least 6 programs-- Noncoal Mining, Oil and Gas, Water Quality/NPDES Permits and Air Quality programs and finalizing fee increases for the Drinking Water and Radiation Protection.
Some highlights--
-- Conservation Easement Program - September Proposed
-- Weights, Measures And Standards - August Proposed
-- Update List Of Native Wild Plants - October Proposed
-- Snowmobile & ATV Grants - September Proposed
-- Practices and Procedures - Summer Final
-- Mining - Handling and Use Of Explosives - 4th Quarter Final
-- Noncoal Mining Fee Increases - 3rd Quarter Proposed
-- Mining Water Supply Replacement - 3rd Quarter Proposed
-- Oil and Gas Fee Increases - 4th Quarter Proposed
-- Conventional Oil & Gas Regulations Update - 3rd Quarter Proposed
-- Drinking Water Disinfection Rule - 4th Quarter Final
-- Drinking Water Fee Increases - 1st Quarter 2018 Final
-- Triennial Review Of Water Quality Standards - 2nd Quarter 2018 Final
-- Water Quality NPDES Fee Increases - 4th Quarter Proposed
-- Sewage Facilities Planning, Standards For Onlot Systems - 2nd Quarter 2018 Proposed
-- Laboratory Accreditation - 3rd Quarter Final
-- Storage Tank Regulations Update - 3rd Quarter Proposed
-- Radiation Protection Program Fee Increases - 3rd Quarter IRRC Consideration
-- Pittsburgh Gasoline Volatility Rule Repeal - 4th Quarter Final
-- Air Quality Fee Increases - 4th Quarter Proposed
-- Emission Limits On Oil & Gas Facilities - 2nd Quarter 2018
The Department of Environmental Protection has a similar agenda available for non-regulatory technical guidance documents that was last updated in July.

DEP Published 70 Pages Of Permit Actions In Aug. 19 PA Bulletin

DEP published 70 pages of public notices related to proposed and final permit and approval/ disapproval actions in the August 19 PA Bulletin - pages 4834 to 4904.
Sign Up For DEP’s eNotice: Did you know DEP can send you email notices of permit applications submitted in your community?  Notice of new technical guidance documents and regulations?  All through its eNotice system.  Click Here to sign up.

DEP Proposes Water Quality Cert. For 42-Inch Natural Gas Pipeline In Lancaster, Chester Counties

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the August 19 PA Bulletin (page 4901) it intends to issue a Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the Northeast Supply Enhancement natural gas pipeline project to run through Lancaster and Center counties.
The project involves installation of about 10.17 miles of new 42-inch natural gas pipeline parallel to an existing pipeline along a route located in Eden, Drunmore and East Drumore townships in Lancaster County and East Whiteland Township in Chester County.
The pipeline will cross 11 streams and 11 wetlands. Four permanent access roads and the addition of one 21,902 horsepower motor-driven compressor at the existing Compressor Station 200 are also proposed.
Comments are due to DEP by September 18.
Written comments should be submitted by email to  or by mail to: DEP Southcentral Regional Office, Waterways and Wetlands Program Manager, 909 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD) and should be directed to Program Manager, Waterways and Wetlands Program.
Comments must be submitted in writing and contain the name, address and telephone number of the person commenting and a concise statement of comments, objections or suggestions on this proposal. No comments submitted by facsimile will be accepted.

Susquehanna River Basin Commission Meets Sept. 7 In Elmira, NY

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission will hold a business meeting September 7 at the Holiday Inn Elmira Riverview, 760 East Water Street, Elmira, New York starting at 9:00. (formal notice & agenda)
The business meeting will include actions or presentations on the following items: (1) informational presentation of interest to the Chemung Subbasin area; (2) ratification/ approval of contracts/grants; (3) adoption of alternatives analysis guidance; (4) amendment of delegation authority to the Executive Director; (5) report on delegated settlements; (6) resolution adopting amendments to the Commission's by-laws; (7) Middletown Borough request for waiver of application required by 18 CFR 806.6(a)(5) and (b) (relating to transfer of approvals); (8) Peak Resorts, Inc.—Greek Peak Mountain Resort request for waiver of 18 CFR 806.6(b)(1); (9) request for waiver of 18 CFR 806.31(e) (relating to term of approvals) as it pertains to the renewal of Docket No. 19870901 for Carrolltown Borough Municipal Authority; and (10) Regulatory Program projects and requests for extension of emergency certificates, including for Sunset Golf Course, Sunoco Pipeline L.P. and Furman Foods, Inc.
The public is invited to attend the Commission's business meeting. Comments on the Regulatory Program projects, the alternatives analysis guidance and the request for waiver by Middletown Borough were subject to a deadline of August 14, 2017.
Written comments pertaining to other items on the agenda at the business meeting may be mailed to the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 4423 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110-1788, or submitted electronically through the Commission’s website. The comments are due to the Commission on or before August 31, 2017. Comments will not be accepted at the business meeting.
For more information, visit the SRBC’s Public Participation Center webpage.
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PUC Stakeholder Meeting On Energy Conservation Program Review Sept. 13-14 In Harrisburg

The Public Utility Commission will hold a stakeholder meeting on September 13-14 to offer interested parties the opportunity to make comments on the universal service and energy conservation programs required by the Commission.  (formal notice)
On July 29 the PUC made available a staff report providing background on the universal service and energy conservation programs and invited comments from the public on the report.  Click Here to review the comments submitted.
The report provided an historical perspective on the programs, summaries related proceedings and outlines potential options for action going forward-- regulations, policy or statute.
The stakeholder meeting is another opportunity for interested parties to provide feedback on the filed comments and on any other priorities, concerns or suggested changes pertaining to the universal service and energy conservation model.
The meeting will be held in Hearing Room 1 of the Keystone building from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on September 13 and from 8:00 a.m. to Noon on September 14.
Stakeholders planning to attend the meeting should contact Joseph Magee by sending email to;  Stakeholders may attend one or both days. A call-in bridge may be available.
Following the stakeholder meeting, interested parties may file reply comments to address the filed comments and any issues discussed at the stakeholder meeting. Reply comments are due by October 16, 2017. Copies of reply comments must also be emailed in Word-compatible format to
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3rd Annual Living Product Expo Sept. 12-14 In Pittsburgh

The International Living Future Institute will hold its 3rd Annual Living Product Expo on September 12 to 14 at the LEED certified David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.
The Living Product Challenge re-imagines the design and construction of products to function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world.
The creation of this program kicked off a groundbreaking new event that brought together leading minds in the product industry to inspire a revolution in the way materials are designed, manufactured and delivered.
At Living Product Expo 2017 participants will share and discover disruptive new ideas and technologies that are reshaping their materials landscape, accelerating the pace of innovation and making Living Products possible today.
Click Here for the schedule of speakers and events.
For more information and to register, visit the 3rd Annual Living Product Expo website.

Aug. 18 Take Five Fridays With Pam Now Available From PA Parks & Forests Foundation

The August 18 Take Five Fridays With Pam is now available from the PA Parks and Forests Foundation.  For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the PA Parks & Forests Foundation website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Foundation,  Like them on Facebook or Follow them on Twitter.  Click Here to become a member of the Foundation.
(Photo: Photographed in Susquehannock State Forest, Potter, Clinton, McKean counties.)

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fish & Boat Commission: Special Fishing Opportunities Offered On Labor Day

The Fish and Boat Commission Wednesday announced it is offering two special fishing opportunities to entice adults and kids to fish on Labor Day, September 4.
The first is a $1 license for adult residents and nonresidents. The license - good for Labor Day only - provides an easy and affordable way for everyone to enjoy a special day with family and friends while fishing on the Commonwealth’s waters, says Steve Kralik, Director of the Bureau of Outreach, Education and Marketing.
“This is a great opportunity for lapsed anglers to renew their interest in the sport, and for first-timers to give fishing a try,” he said.
The second opportunity is the Mentored Youth Panfish Day. This provides youth anglers who have obtained a free mentored youth permit or have purchased a voluntary youth license an opportunity to fish on 19 Panfish Enhancement lakes.
The Panfish Enhancement lakes were chosen as mentored youth fishing opportunities because the waters are managed to increase the number and size of fish. Panfish include bluegill, pumpkinseed, and redear sunfish, which are collectively called sunfish; black and white crappies; and yellow perch.
“Kids should catch a lot of sunfish, crappies and perch, which makes the day fun,” said Kralik, who noted that as an added incentive, minimum size limits have been lifted for kids and their mentors on this day.
The 19 lakes will be open to all anglers all day, but only mentored youth participants (adults and kids) may keep fish under the minimum size.
The lakes included in the program are, by county:
-- Berks- Blue Marsh Reservoir
-- Cambria- Beaverdam Run Reservoir, Hinkston Run Reservoir, Wilmore Dam
-- Centre- Foster Joseph Sayers Lake
-- Chester- Chambers Lake
-- Fayette- Bridgeport Reservoir
-- Monroe- Bradys Lake, Gouldsboro Lake
-- Montour- Lake Chillisquaque
-- Pike- Lower and Upper Promised Land Lakes
-- Somerset- Quemahoning Reservoir
-- Washington- Cross Creek Lake, Peters Twp. Lake (Reservoir #2)
-- Westmoreland- Bridgeport Reservoir, Indian Lake, Lower Twin Lake, Northmoreland Lake, Upper Twin Lake
Kralik added that these opportunities are a way to remind anglers that fishing is a sport which can be enjoyed throughout the year and doesn’t end after trout or bass seasons or when school starts and kids return to the classroom.
“We want to show families where they can go to fish and how easy it can be to fit fishing into their fall schedules,” he said.
To participate in the mentored youth program, adult anglers (16 years or older) must have a valid Pennsylvania fishing license and be accompanied by a youth. Accompanying youth anglers must have either a free PFBC-issued permit or a purchase a voluntary youth fishing license.
Both permits and licenses can be obtained at the Gone Fishing PA website.

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