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Capping Carbon Pollution Would Save Hundreds of Lives and Billions of Dollars

07/08/2020
DEP analysis shows tremendous health benefits to RGGI participation

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Ozone for July 9, 2020, in Southwestern Counties of Pennsylvania

07/08/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for ozone for July 9, 2020, for the counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland in southwestern Pennsylvania.

DEP Releases Draft Report on Statewide Water Quality

07/02/2020
Public comment on draft report open until August 11, 2020

DEP Completes Hazardous Sites Cleanup Response at Pool Doctor-Beaver Alkali Products

06/30/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the conclusion of its prompt interim response under the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act (HSCA) for the Pool Doctor-Beaver Alkali Products Site in Rochester, Beaver County. The site is now clear of hazardous chemicals that had been improperly stored and disposed within and outside buildings on the site. Final restoration of the site—which consisted of final grading, construction of a drainage swale, seeding, and mulching—has been completed.

DEP Awards over $434,000 in Environmental Education Grants to Benefit Youth, Adults Statewide

06/26/2020
Seventy-seven percent of funding supports projects in Environmental Justice areas

DEP Launches Expanded Online Permitting Options to Assist Businesses

06/22/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced a new online permit application tool that will help permit applicants submit their permit applications electronically. The new tool, OnBase-DEP Upload Form, will allow applicants to submit applications for all DEP authorizations.

Construction Commences on AMD Treatment Plant in South Fayette, Allegheny County

06/11/2020
Once operational, this plant will restore portions of Millers Run and Chartiers Creek for aquatic life, fishing, and recreation

DEP “Healthy Waters, Healthy Communities” Storymap Shares Tips and Shows Benefits of Improving Water Quality in Pennsylvania’s Part of Chesapeake Bay Watershed

06/08/2020
As part of Chesapeake Bay Watershed Awareness Week, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today launched a new storymap, Healthy Waters, Healthy Communities, that shares tips for reducing nutrient and sediment runoff pollution and shows the benefits of improving water quality in Pennsylvania's part of the watershed. All or part of 43 counties are in the watershed.

DEP Issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for Southeastern and Southcentral Pennsylvania Counties for June 9, 2020

06/08/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for ozone on June 9, 2020, for southeastern and southcentral Pennsylvania (encompassing the counties of Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and York).

DEP Accepting Feedback on Regulations to Reduce Air Pollution from Natural Gas Development

05/29/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is accepting public comment and will hold three virtual public hearings on regulations to reduce air pollution from existing unconventional natural gas wells and infrastructure. The regulations would restrict volatile organic compounds (VOC) and have a co-benefit of reducing methane emissions as well.

Wolf Administration Provides Guidance for Buildings Closed During COVID-19

05/08/2020
As businesses in counties enter the Yellow Phase of the state’s reopening plan, the Pennsylvania departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Health (DOH) are encouraging owners and operators of dormant buildings to flush building water systems prior to reopening. Buildings that have been closed or used less frequently for an extended period of time may experience problems with water quality due to stagnation.

DEP Begins Technical Review of Keystone Landfill Permit Application for Expansion

04/30/2020
Landfill responds to department’s Environmental Assessment Letter

Non-flushable Items Cause Problems in Sewer Systems

04/29/2020
“Flushable” Wipes Are NOT Flushable

DEP Begins 2020 Black Fly Control Work

04/24/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) began its 2020 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 Program Helps 20 Pennsylvania Communities Develop Local Climate Action Plans

04/23/2020
Twenty municipalities are developing plans to manage the risks of climate change impacts in their communities, using tools and expertise provided by the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) new Local Climate Action Assistance Program.

Earth Day 2020 – Bringing Pennsylvanians Together Even Though We’re Apart

04/22/2020
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, and Acting Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Yasmin Gramian issued the following statements to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.

DEP Announces Projected Climate Change Impacts to Support Planning for Pennsylvania’s Future

04/20/2020
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today released the 2020 Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment Update, projecting future effects of climate change on livestock, infrastructure, and water quality to support planning to reduce risk to communities and the economy across the state.

DEP Approves Permit for Underground Injection Well in Allegheny County

04/20/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved an underground injection control (UIC) well for disposal of wastewater associated with oil and natural gas production. Penneco’s Sedat #3A well is located in Plum Borough, Allegheny County.

DEP Reaches Agreement with Range Resources for Air Quality Violations in Washington County

04/14/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has executed a Consent Assessment of Civil Penalty (CACP) with Range Resources-Appalachia, LLC (Range Resources) in the amount of $198,920 for violations of state regulations and the Air Pollution Control Act.

DEP Reaches Settlement with CNX for Erosion and Sedimentation Violations at Well Sites in Greene and Washington Counties

04/07/2020
DEP approves Community Environmental Project in lieu of a civil penalty

DEP Emergency Work to Stabilize Hillside in Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County to Begin in April

03/31/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has authorized an emergency contract to stabilize a hillside threatening a home in Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County. The earth movement is uphill of and affecting an abandoned mine land (AML) reclamation project DEP undertook in 2011.

Public Hearings on Major Modification Requests on Mariner East 2 Pipeline Canceled to Mitigate COVID-19 Spread

03/17/2020
To prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has canceled three public hearings to gather public input on proposed modifications to three localized Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD) section of the Mariner East 2 pipeline project in parts of Chester and Delaware counties. The hearings were advertised in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on March 14, 2020 (50 Pa. B. 1620 – 1622).

Public Hearings on Draft Air Quality Plan Approvals for Existing Facility in Delaware County Canceled to Mitigate COVID-19 Spread

03/17/2020
Sunoco Partners Marketing & Terminals, L.P. Draft Plan Approval No. 23-0119E, 23-0119J

Public Hearings on Proposal to Add PFAS to Environmental Cleanup Regulations Canceled to Mitigate COVID-19 Spread

03/16/2020
Interested individuals invited to submit written comments.

To prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has canceled three public hearings to gather public input on proposed rulemaking that would amend state regulation to establish groundwater and soil cleanup standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at contaminated properties. The hearings had been advertised in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, but to date, DEP had only received one attendee registration.

DEP Approves Allegheny Mineral Mine 57 Permit

03/03/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved Allegheny Mineral Corporation’s Surface Mine Permit No. 37160301, Mine 57, application for a large noncoal mining permit in Slippery Rock Township, Lawrence County.

DEP to Hold Public Hearing on Draft Air Quality Plan Approvals for Existing Facility in Delaware County

03/02/2020
Sunoco Partners Marketing & Terminals, L.P. Draft Plan Approval No. 23-0119E, 23-0119J

DEP Reaches Agreement with Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill for Solid Waste Management Act Violations

02/18/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that it has negotiated a consent order and agreement with Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill, a residual/municipal waste landfill located in Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County, to address violations of its permit and the Solid Waste Management Act.

DEP Authorizes Work to Extinguish Lackawanna County Mine Fire and Begin Reclamation Project

02/12/2020
Project will reclaim 75 acres of abandoned mine lands, extinguish underground mine fire

Pennsylvania to Ramp Up Litter Prevention Measures

02/05/2020
Today the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful released the results of the first statewide comprehensive research on litter, the cost of cleaning it up, and attitudes toward litter and announced the formation of a state-led workgroup to shift Pennsylvania’s strategy from cleanup to prevention.

ADVISORY – HARRISBURG – FEB. 13 – DEP to Unveil Draft Regulations to Cap CO2 Emissions Using RGGI Model

01/30/2020
On Thursday, February 13, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will unveil preliminary draft regulations to allow Pennsylvania to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
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