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DEP Approves Permits for Underground Injection Wells in Elk and Indiana Counties

03/27/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today approved permits for two underground injection control (UIC) wells for disposal of wastewater associated with oil and natural gas production. The wells are located in Highland Township, Elk County; and Grant Township, Indiana County.

Wolf Administration Announces 2017 Environmental Excellence Award Winners

03/23/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that 21 organizations across the commonwealth will receive the prestigious 2017 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for 16 projects that represent the very best in innovation, collaboration, and public service in environmental stewardship.

ADVISORY – FRIDAY – Department of Environmental Protection to Hold Webinar on 2016 Lawrence County Seismic Events

02/16/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a webinar on Friday, February 17, 2017, at 10:00 AM to discuss findings of its review of seismic events that occurred in Lawrence County on April 25, 2016.

DEP Approves PA Pipeline Project/Mariner East 2 Permits

02/13/2017
After extensive review, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved the permit applications from Sunoco Pipeline LP (Sunoco) for the PA Pipeline Project/Mariner East 2 pipeline project. DEP considered 17 Chp. 105 (Water Obstruction and Encroachment) permits and 3 Chp. 102 (Erosion and Sediment Control) permits for the project.

UPDATED: DEP Opens Public Comment Period for New and Revised General Permits to Regulate Methane Requirements

02/06/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has opened a 45-day public comment period to accept input on two general permits and revisions to an air quality permit exemption for reducing methane and other pollutants at well sites and compressor stations associated with natural gas drilling and transport.

DEP Announces BWA for PWSA Customers Can Be Lifted

02/02/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a letter to the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), informing PWSA that the Boil Water Advisory can be lifted. DEP has evaluated the data provided by PWSA and has determined PWSA’s data demonstrates that the water in the distribution network is now in compliance with regulations. <br>

ADVISORY – STATE COLLEGE – FRIDAY – DEP to Hold Public Hearing on Oak Hall Quarry Surface Mining Permit Modification

01/26/2017
Tomorrow, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public meeting and hearing to solicit comments regarding Hanson Aggregates Pennsylvania LLC’s request to modify the surface mining permit at its Oak Hall Quarry. The public meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Mount Nittany Middle School, 656 Brandywine Drive, State College, PA 16801.

DEP Urges Pennsylvanians to Test Homes for Radon

01/10/2017
he Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) urges Pennsylvanians to test their homes for radon in January as part of national Radon Action Month. Colorless, odorless, and radioactive, radon is a known human carcinogen and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

DEP Completes Lead Surveillance Program to Keep Banned Solder Products Off Shelves

01/09/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has completed routine surveillance of hardware stores and other retail facilities in 13 counties to verify that leaded solder is not being sold for plumbing purposes. This surveillance is conducted in accordance with the 1989 Lead Ban Act.

DEP Offers Funding for Stormwater Management Projects

01/06/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is offering grants up to $200,000 to local entities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed for stormwater management projects that implement best management practices (BMP) to reduce the amount of nutrients and sediment pollution in local waterways. <br>

DEP Engineer Craig Burda Honored with National Award for Coal Refuse Reclamation

01/05/2017
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) mining engineer Craig Burda was honored with a national award for his outstanding work in coal refuse reclamation by the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) at an event hosted by DEP on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

Drought Declarations Remain Unchanged after Task Force Meeting

01/05/2017
Following a meeting today of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) made no changes in county drought declarations: 8 counties remain in drought warning status and 26 remain on drought watch.

ADVISORY - DEP to Host Public Hearing Regarding Northampton County Landfill Proposed Expansion

12/20/2016
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public hearing regarding Chrin Landfill’s permit application to expand its existing facility in Williams Township, Northampton County.

DEP Increases Drought Warning to Eight Counties; 26 Counties Remain on Drought Watch

12/16/2016
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has placed four more counties on drought warning status following a meeting today of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force.

ADVISORY – FRIDAY – Department of Environmental Protection to Hold Webinar on Chesapeake Bay Farm Survey Results

12/14/2016
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a webinar on Friday, December 16, 2016, at 10:00 AM to discuss study findings on farmers’ voluntary water pollution reduction efforts in the Pennsylvania Chesapeake Bay Watershed. <br>

Year-In-Review: DEP Puts Miners Back to Work, Protects Air and Water and Kick-Starts Energy Economy in 2016

12/13/2016
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell announced the following accomplishments by the agency in 2016.

ADVISORY – ERIE – MONDAY – Pennsylvania Lake Erie Environmental Forum (PA-LEEF) Meeting December 12

12/09/2016
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Pennsylvania Sea Grant invite interested members of the public to attend the third meeting of the Pennsylvania Lake Erie Environmental Forum (PA-LEEF) at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center on Monday, December 12, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.

DEP Presents Mine Land Reclamation Award to Amerikohl

12/07/2016
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has presented a National Association of State Land Reclamationists award for mine land reclamation to Amerikohl Aggregates for their work to remediate and reclaim land at their Vanport surface mine.

Rice Energy Subsidiaries Assessed Over $3.5 Million in Penalties for Well Pad and Pipeline Violations

12/07/2016
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) assessed civil penalties to Rice Energy subsidiaries for multiple violations of environmental laws at 10 well sites and 6 pipeline locations, with a total fine of over $3.5 million.

Statement on DEP Appeal to PA Supreme Court

12/06/2016
The following statement can be attributed to Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell

ADVISORY – NEW HANOVER TOWNSHIP – TUESDAY – DEP to Host Public Hearing on Prompt Interim Response Actions in Montgomery County

12/05/2016
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public hearing on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 regarding the prompt interim response actions taken by DEP at the Hoff VC Site (Site) in New Hanover Township, Montgomery County.&nbsp;

DEP Final Report of Tenmile Creek Shows No Radioactivity Danger

12/01/2016
In a follow-up study to a report released in December 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has confirmed that there is no radiation concern for Tenmile Creek in Greene County.

Precipitation Welcome, But Drought Declarations Remain Unchanged; Monitoring to Continue

11/30/2016
&nbsp;Following a meeting Wednesday of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced no changes in county drought declarations, despite recent precipitation. Conditions will continue to be monitored, with drought declarations reassessed when the task force meets again in two weeks. <br>

ADVISORY – CHESWICK - THURSDAY - DEP to Hold Public Hearing on Keystone Metals Building Site Remediation

11/29/2016
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public meeting and hearing on December 1, 2016 beginning at 5:30 p.m. to discuss options for remediating the former Keystone Metals building site in the Borough of Cheswick, Allegheny County.&nbsp;

Pennsylvania Environmental Stewards: Apply for 2017 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence

11/28/2016
From environmental justice advocates to business entrepreneurs, school students to senior citizens, many Pennsylvanians work to protect the air, land, and waters of the Commonwealth.

DEP Suspends Stage II Vapor Recovery Requirements for New and Modified Gasoline Dispensing Equipment

11/22/2016
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that effective November 12, 2016, it will no longer enforce the Stage II vapor recovery requirement for new or modified gasoline dispensing equipment.

DEP to Host Public Meeting and Hearing on Shell Chemical Appalachia Petrochemicals Complex Air and Water Discharge Permit Amendments

11/21/2016
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public meeting from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. followed by a public hearing from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2016 regarding both the Department’s intent to issue a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit amendment as well as its intent to authorize a modification to the existing Air Plan Approval for the Shell Chemical Appalachia Petrochemicals Complex located at 300 Frankfort Road in Monaca.

New Interactive Map Makes Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permit Process Easier for Local Governments

11/21/2016
he Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has developed a new geospatial information system (GIS) mapping website to help local governments and other entities pursuing permits for municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) to obtain information for their permit applications more easily.
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