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DEP Begins 2021 Black Fly Suppression Program

04/16/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) began its 2021 Black Fly Suppression Program this week. The program involves aerial and backpack spraying on roughly 1,700 stream miles in 35 counties of the commonwealth.

DEP Report Assesses Pennsylvania’s Energy Storage Capacity, Recommends Solar-Plus-Storage for a Cleaner, More Resilient Electric Grid

04/14/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today released a report that assesses energy storage capacity statewide and recommends significantly increasing it by pairing solar energy with storage for a cleaner, more resilient electric grid. The report identifies policies, programs, and incentives that decision makers can pursue to add energy storage technologies to the state energy portfolio.

DEP Reaches Agreement with Seward Generation, LLC to Address Control Device Efficiency Requirements

04/07/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that it has entered into a consent order and agreement (COA) with Seward Generation, LLC to resolve outstanding violations to the Air Pollution Control Act at its waste coal-fired, steam electrical generation station located at 595 Plant Road, New Florence, Pennsylvania 15944 in Indiana County.

ADVISORY – VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING – TUESDAY – DEP to Host Virtual Public Hearing on Mazzaro – McKees Rocks Landfill HSCA Response

03/31/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a virtual public hearing on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 6:00 PM to take testimony from interested parties on DEP’s prompt interim response under the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act (HSCA) at the former Mazzaro-McKees Rocks Landfill site in Kennedy Township, Allegheny County.

DEP Awards $2.4 Million in Driving PA Forward Funding to Transportation Projects to Improve Air Quality in Seven Counties

03/31/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced $2,400,969 in Driving PA Forward grants to cleaner fuel transportation projects that will take 62 older diesel vehicles off the road to help improve air quality in many communities. The grant funding comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Pennsylvania’s share of the national settlement with Volkswagen Group of America for cheating on EPA emissions tests.

DEP Issues Discharge Permit with PFAS Limits to Montgomery County Air National Guard Base

03/24/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today it has issued a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) limits to the Biddle Air National Guard Base (ANGB), formerly known as the Horsham Air Guard Station (HAGS), in Horsham Township, Montgomery County. Water discharged from the site will have a limit of 70 parts per trillion (ppt) for the combined concentration of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), two of the most common PFAS compounds.

DEP, EPA, and DOJ Reach $1.9 Million Agreement with Chesapeake Appalachia over Wetland and Stream Violations

03/24/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection (DEP), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) executed a landmark Consent Decree with Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC to resolve Chesapeake’s violations of the federal Clean Water Act and the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law and Dam Safety and Encroachments Act associated with the failure to identify and protect wetlands at 76 oil and gas well sites in Pennsylvania. The Chesapeake Consent Decree was filed in the U.S. District Court, for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on March 24, 2021.

Gov. Wolf Encourages Residents to “Pick Up Pennsylvania”

03/23/2021
Governor Tom Wolf today encouraged residents to help reduce litter by joining the statewide “Pick Up Pennsylvania” campaign of community cleanups running through May 31. The governor also invites everyone to learn about litter’s negative impacts and state efforts to reduce this scourge in a free online discussion, “Don’t Trash Pennsylvania,” hosted by the Wolf Administration this Friday.

Wolf Administration Reminds Pennsylvanians to Avoid Ticks

03/22/2021
With the new spring season here, the Wolf Administration reminds Pennsylvania residents and visitors to avoid ticks by taking precautions when spending time outdoors as the weather warms.

ADVISORY – VIRTUAL MEDIA BRIEFING – MONDAY – Wolf Administration to Make Major Solar Energy Announcement

03/19/2021
On Monday, Pennsylvania General Services Secretary Curt Topper, Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, and Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn will make a major announcement regarding the commonwealth’s commitment to solar energy, the largest government commitment to solar in the nation to date.

DEP Makes It Easier to Get Low-Interest Loans for High-Impact Energy Efficiency Projects

03/19/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today it’s revamped the Green Energy Loan Fund (GELF) to make it easier for commercial property owners to get low-interest loans for large-scale, high-impact energy efficiency projects. Approximately $1.8 million is currently available in funding.

DEP to Host Public Hearing on Proposed Tri-County Landfill, Inc. NPDES Permit

03/15/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a virtual public hearing Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 6:00 PM to accept feedback on the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit application submitted by Tri-County Landfill, Inc. for the proposed re-opening of the existing closed municipal waste landfill called Tri-County Landfill in Liberty and Pine townships, Mercer County.

CANCELLED – ADVISORY – VIRTUAL MEDIA BRIEFING – MONDAY – Wolf Administration to Make Major Solar Energy Announcement

03/14/2021
The announcement about the commonwealth’s commitment to solar energy is postponed. A new date will be announced soon.

Wolf Administration Announces Second Round of Statewide PFAS Sampling Results

03/12/2021
65% of sites sampled did not detect any PFAS; none of the sites were above federal limits

ADVISORY – VIRTUAL MEDIA BRIEFING – MONDAY – Wolf Administration to Make Major Solar Energy Announcement

03/12/2021
On Monday, Pennsylvania General Services Secretary Curt Topper, Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, and Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn will make a major announcement regarding the commonwealth’s commitment to solar energy, the largest government commitment to solar in the nation to date.

Wolf Administration Announces Equity Principles to Guide Investments Through Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

03/10/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced a set of guiding equity principles to help inform the public on the implementation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and investments of the program’s proceeds. DEP has also partnered with the Delta Institute to engage with impacted communities and workers to identify ways to ensure a just and equitable transition for all Pennsylvania residents.

DEP to Host Virtual Public Hearing on Mazzaro – McKees Rocks Landfill HSCA Response

03/05/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a virtual public hearing on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 6:00 PM to take testimony from interested parties on DEP’s prompt interim response under the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act (HSCA) at the former Mazzaro-McKees Rocks Landfill site in Kennedy Township, Allegheny County.

Latest Settlement Between DEP and ETC Addresses Revolution Pipeline Stability Concerns, Commits ETC to Corrective Actions

03/01/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that it has executed a consent order and agreement (COA) with ETC Northeast Pipeline, LLC (ETC) which owns and operates the Revolution Pipeline, a 40.5-mile natural gas gathering pipeline that crosses Butler, Beaver, Allegheny, and Washington counties. This COA addresses the construction and monitoring of steep slopes along the pipeline right of way and allows for ETC to put the pipeline into service, subject to any requirements by other regulatory agencies.

DEP Collects $497,000 in Penalties from Sunoco for Violations Along Mariner East 2 Pipeline

02/25/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) ordered Sunoco Pipeline L.P. (Sunoco), which operates numerous petroleum and natural gas pipelines in Pennsylvania, to pay $497,000 as a result of a consent order and agreement for violating the Clean Streams Law, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Code, and the Dam Safety and Encroachments Act. The violations happened in Lebanon County in connection to the Mariner East 2 pipeline project. Sunoco satisfied its payment obligation on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

DEP Advances Actions to Support Electric Vehicle Use Statewide

02/19/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced its latest actions to help expand electric vehicle use statewide: more than $936,000 in grant funding for projects to install 16 more fast chargers in high-traffic areas, the start of a draft rulemaking to make electric vehicles more readily available to consumers, and the release of a booklet on the benefits and basics of these zero emission vehicles.

ADVISORY – VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING – WEDNESDAY – DEP to Host Virtual Public Hearing on Heritage Coal & Natural Resources, LLC Shaw Mines Proposed NPDES Permit

02/12/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a virtual public hearing on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM to take testimony from interested parties regarding a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) draft permit for the proposed Shaw Mines Refuse site in Summit and Elk Lick townships, Somerset County.

Range Resources Paid $294,000 in Penalties After DEP Received Inaccurate and Conflicting Information Regarding Well Activity Status

02/10/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) executed a consent assessment of civil penalty (CACP) with Range Resources - Appalachia, LLC (Range Resources), an oil and gas operator that owns conventional wells, on Thursday, January 7, 2021, in the amount of $294,000 for violations of the 2012 Oil and Gas Act (Oil and Gas Act) regarding wells ineligible for inactive status listed on its inactive status request to DEP. DEP received Range Resources’ CACP payment on Friday, January 8, 2021.

DEP Lifts Drought Watch for Centre, Clearfield, and Clinton Counties, Announces Hydrologic Conditions Normal Statewide

02/04/2021
After a meeting of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today returned to normal status the final counties on drought watch: Centre, Clearfield, and Clinton. Hydrologic conditions are now normal statewide.

State and Local Partners Made Record Progress in Second Year of Chesapeake Bay Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan

02/03/2021
The Pennsylvania Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP), Agriculture, and Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announced today that state and local partners made record progress in 2020 on the Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan (Phase 3 WIP) to improve the health of Pennsylvania’s share of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

DEP Reaches Agreement with Montgomery County Waste to Energy Plant

01/26/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced a consent assessment of civil penalty (CACP) with Covanta Plymouth Renewable Energy, LLC (Covanta Plymouth) to address air quality violations that occurred at its Conshohocken facility.<br>The CACP covers violations that occurred on eight separate days between June 2019 and September 2020, as well as Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems violations and late emission fee payments. In addition to corrective actions currently being identified and implemented, Covanta Plymouth has agreed to pay a $218,393 civil penalty.

DEP Provides $1 Million in Support as 26 More Counties in Chesapeake Bay Watershed Begin Developing Plans to Improve Local Water Quality

01/22/2021
State Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan reaches a milestone, with all counties signed on

Chapter 102 Electronic Permit System to be Released Monday

01/21/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is finalizing development and testing of an electronic permitting (ePermitting) system for Chapter 102 permit applications for stormwater discharges associated with construction activities.

Wolf Administration Hosts ‘Feeding Pennsylvanians, Reducing Waste’ Discussion on Food Security and its Environmental Impacts

01/15/2021
The Pennsylvania departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Agriculture today hosted “Feeding Pennsylvanians, Reducing Waste,” a panel discussion on food security in Pennsylvania and how commonwealth programs, partners, and residents are taking steps to reduce food waste, protect the environment, protect the security of the food supply chain, and protect the charitable food system. The event was held as part of the virtual 2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

ADVISORY – VIRTUAL PANEL DISCUSSION – FRIDAY – Wolf Administration to Host ‘Feeding Pennsylvanians, Reducing Waste’ Discussion on Food Security

01/13/2021
The Wolf Administration will host “Feeding Pennsylvanians, Reducing Waste,” a panel discussion on food security in Pennsylvania and how commonwealth programs, partners, and residents are taking steps to reduce food waste to protect the environment and the charitable food system on Friday, January 15 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Fine Particulate Matter for Thursday, January 14, 2021, in Southeastern and Southcentral Counties

01/13/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for fine particulate matter for Thursday, January 14, 2021, in the southeastern counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia, and the southcentral counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York.
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