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DEP to Hold Public Comment Period and Hearings on Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project Permit Application

05/25/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will open a comment period on May 27, 2017 and hold four public hearings for feedback on the earth disturbance (Chp. 102)  and waterway and wetland encroachment (Chp.105) permit applications submitted by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC for the proposed Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project.

Trump Budget Proposal Threatens Safe Drinking Water, Clean Air, and Job Creation

05/25/2017
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell has warned the Pennsylvania congressional delegation that the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to environmental protection and clean energy programs will threaten Pennsylvania residents and businesses.

DEP Launches Electronic 2016 Oil and Gas Annual Report to Improve Public Access to Information

05/17/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has published its 2016 Oil and Gas Annual Report in an interactive, electronic format to improve public access to well information. It’s the first time the report has been published electronically.

DEP Proposes Plan to Improve Safe Drinking Water Oversight

05/16/2017
In order to provide mandated protections to public drinking water, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) proposes to increase the number of inspectors who ensure safe drinking water is delivered from the state’s more than 8,500 public water systems to more than 10 million Pennsylvania residents. To fund the positions, DEP proposes a new annual fee and amendments to existing permit fees for public water systems. The proposed fee package will allow DEP to expand the existing drinking water staff complement by more than 50 percent and improve inspection rates of public water systems.

Drought Indicators Statewide Return to Normal

05/16/2017
Following a meeting today of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that 19 counties have moved out of drought watch into normal status.

MEDIA ADVISORY – DEP to Hold Environmental Justice Listening Session in Delaware County

05/16/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold an Environmental Justice listening session in Chester, PA on May 23, 2017.

DEP Issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for the Philadelphia Area for May 17

05/16/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for ozone on Wednesday, May 17, for the 5-county Philadelphia area (encompassing the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia). This forecast is the first Air Quality Action Day issued for Philadelphia area for the 2017 season.

DEP Issues Air Quality Plan Approval for Proposed Lackawanna County Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant

05/15/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued an air quality plan approval to Archbald Energy Partners, LLC, to construct and operate a 485-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Archbald, Lackawanna County.

DEP Tackles Public Safety and Environmental Challenges of Historical Oil and Gas Wells

05/09/2017
With the results of a new study and development of an interactive mapping tool, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has taken a major step toward identifying environmental impacts and addressing potential public safety concerns related to abandoned wells drilled over the past 150 years of oil and gas development in the state.

ADVISORY – HARRISBURG – TOMORROW – DEP Hosts Facebook Live Falcon Banding Event

05/09/2017
Tomorrow, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell will host a Facebook Live Event featuring the banding of the #HbgFalcons nestlings.

MEDIA ADVISORY – DEP to Hold Environmental Justice Listening Session in Lancaster

05/08/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold an Environmental Justice listening session in Lancaster, PA on May 15, 2017.

New GIS Open Data Site Puts Maps of Pennsylvania Environmental Information at Public’s Fingertips

05/05/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has put a trove of environmental data at the public’s fingertips with a geographic information system (GIS) open data map site.

Steering Committee for Phase 3 of Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Plan to Discuss Process and Outreach, May 8

05/05/2017
The steering committee for the development of Phase 3 of Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan will finalize its Game Plan for Success and discuss a June public listening event and other outreach at its second meeting, May 8.

MEDIA ADVISORY – DEP to Hold Environmental Justice Listening Session in Allentown

05/04/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold an Environmental Justice listening session in Allentown, PA on May 11, 2017.

DEP to Host Second Public Meeting on Proposed Landfill Expansion in Northampton County

05/04/2017
he Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public meeting to answer resident’s questions regarding IESI Landfill’s permit application to expand its facility on Applebutter Road in Lower Saucon Township, Northampton County. The meeting will take place Tuesday, May 23 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Saucon Valley High School Auditorium, at 2100 Polk Valley Road, Hellertown, PA. <br>

Lee Ann Murray to Lead DEP Citizens Advisory Council

05/01/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that Lee Ann Murray has accepted the position of executive director of the Citizens Advisory Council.

MEDIA ADVISORY – DEP to Hold Environmental Justice Listening Session in Harrisburg

04/25/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold an Environmental Justice listening session in Harrisburg, PA on May 2, 2017.

Seneca Resource Corporation Assessed $375,000 for Multiple Violations

04/24/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that Seneca Resource Corporation (Seneca) has agreed to a $375,000 civil penalty for oil and gas violations of the Clean Stream Law, Dam Safety and Encroachment Act, the Oil and Gas Act, and the Solid Waste Management Act.

DEP Begins Helicopter Spraying to Control Black Flies

04/24/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has begun aerial spraying on more than 1,600 stream miles in 37 Pennsylvania counties to control black flies, also referred to as gnats.

ADVISORY – TOMORROW – DEP Acting Secretary to Make Environmental Education Grants Announcement

04/20/2017
On behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell will announce 79 statewide environmental education grants at an event with one of the local grant recipients, Capital Region Water.

ADVISORY – SATURDAY – DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell to Join in Steelton Community Clean-Up for Earth Day

04/20/2017
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell will join in the Steelton Community Clean-Up event on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22.

Earth Day: Wolf Administration Encourages Pennsylvanians to “Pick It Up PA!”

04/20/2017
In honor of Earth Day, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell and Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards call on Pennsylvanians to “Pick it up, PA” and look for opportunities to participate in cleanup activities across the state.

MEDIA ADVISORY – DEP to Hold Environmental Justice Listening Session in Erie

04/19/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold an Environmental Justice listening session in Erie, PA on April 27, 2017.

MEDIA ADVISORY – DEP to Hold Environmental Justice Listening Session in Williamsport

04/13/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold an Environmental Justice listening session in Williamsport, PA on April 20, 2017.

DEP Reaches Settlement on $400,000 Civil Penalty Against Monroe Energy, LLC for Air Quality Violations in Delaware County

04/10/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has reached settlement on a penalty of $400,000 against Monroe Energy, LLC (Monroe) for air quality violations at its facility in Trainer Borough, Delaware County. Through a Consent Assessment of Civil Penalty, Monroe has agreed to pay the settlement amount, which will be paid to the Pennsylvania Clean Air Fund.

MEDIA ADVISORY – DEP to Hold Environmental Justice Listening in 2 Southwest PA Locations

04/07/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold the first two listening sessions on Environmental Justice in Waynesburg on April 12 and in Pittsburgh on April 13, 2017. <br>

Wolf Administration Officials Detail Impacts of Proposed Cuts to U.S. Department of Energy

04/06/2017
In a joint letter to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell and Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin outlined the impacts of proposed cuts to U.S. Department of Energy programs would have on Pennsylvania. <br>

Drought Declarations Change for Six Counties

04/06/2017
Following a meeting today of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced drought declaration changes for six counties...

Development of Phase 3 of Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan Begins with First Steering Committee Meeting, April 3

03/31/2017
Development of Phase 3 of Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan begins April 3, with the first meeting of the steering committee that will coordinate a broad-based effort by work groups and committed partners in the 43 watershed counties.

DEP to Gather Pennsylvanians Input on Environmental Justice in Statewide Listening Tour

03/28/2017
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell is hosting nine roundtables across the state over the next two months to meet with residents and hear their perspectives on environmental justice. <br>
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