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DEP Terminates Some Permit Review and Inspection Authority Delegated to Beaver County Conservation District

08/20/2019
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that it is terminating the delegated permitting and inspection authority of the Beaver County Conservation District (BCCD) for the erosion and sediment control (E&S) program. This decision follows an evaluation of the BCCD program conducted by DEP.

Wolf Administration Announces Funding Available to Help Farmers and Communities Improve Water Quality in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

08/15/2019
Today, the Wolf Administration announced the availability of funding to help Chesapeake Bay Watershed communities reduce pollutants in local streams and rivers. The Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Agricultural Plan Reimbursement Program will provide $1.3 million in reimbursement grants to help farmers with the cost of preparing agricultural plans that will help reduce flooding, protect public health and water supplies, and promote the long-term viability of farming.

ADVISORY – NORTHAMPTON COUNTY – MONDAY – DEP to Host Public Meeting Regarding Proposed Heat Recovery Center

08/09/2019
On Monday, the Department of Environmental Protection will host a public hearing to take testimony from residents regarding the proposed Slate Belt Heat Recovery Center at Grand Central Landfill in Plainfield Township, Northampton County.

Wolf Administration Outlines Benefits of Restore Pennsylvania for Proposed Recreational Complex in Luzerne County

08/05/2019
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell was joined by state Senator John Yudichak (D-14th) and other local officials today in Luzerne County to highlight the benefits of the Wolf Administration’s Restore Pennsylvania plan in remediating and redeveloping blighted properties across Pennsylvania.

ADVISORY – LUZERNE COUNTY – MONDAY – Wolf Administration to Tour Proposed Nanticoke Recreation Site and Discuss How Restore Pennsylvania Proposal Could Help Rehabilitate Old Industrial Sites

08/02/2019
On Monday, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell will join Nanticoke and community leaders at the site of the proposed Lower Broadway Recreation Complex to discuss how the bipartisan Restore Pennsylvania proposal could help communities rehabilitate vacant land for recreational use.

DEP, Talen Energy, and Environmental Integrity Project Reach Settlement for Violations at Brunner Island

07/31/2019
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced a settlement with Talen Energy Corporation and the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP). Under terms of the Consent Decree, Talen Energy agreed to pay a civil penalty of $1 million, the largest coal ash penalty in Pennsylvania history, for violations of groundwater degradation and NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) effluent violations at Talen’s Brunner Island Steam Electric Station.

DEP Reaches Agreement for $750K Against PQ Corporation for Air Quality Violations

07/30/2019
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has negotiated a Consent Assessment of Civil Penalty with PQ Corporation (PQ) in the amount of $750,000 for air quality violations in the City of Chester, Delaware County for the period between July 2013 and December 2018.

ADVISORY – SLIPPERY ROCK TOWNSHIP – TUESDAY – DEP to Hold Informal Public Meeting on Allegheny Mineral Corporation’s Surface Mine Permit Application

07/26/2019
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold an informal public meeting to discuss the large noncoal surface mining permit application submitted by Allegheny Mineral Corporation for a proposed surface coal mine located in Slippery Rock Township, Lawrence County. Allegheny Mineral Corporation is requesting approval to surface mine 252 acres located one mile southeast of Princeton, PA.

DEP Offering Grants to Small Businesses and Farmers

07/26/2019
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the availability of $1 million in grant funding to Pennsylvania small businesses and farmers for energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and natural resource protection projects through the Small Business Advantage grant program. New to the program this year is the opportunity for small business owners to install solar hot water systems for their business operations.

DEP Issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for Southeastern Counties on July 27, 2019

07/26/2019
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 Saturday, July 27, 2019, for the southeast region (encompassing the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia).

Wolf Administration Outlines Benefits of Restore Pennsylvania for Erosion Prevention, Community Outdoor Activities in Franklin County

07/24/2019
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell joined community leaders at Lurgan Lions Club Park in Roxbury today to discuss how Restore Pennsylvania could support stream restoration projects to prevent erosion and protect communities across the commonwealth.

Mosquito Spraying Set for Beaver County for Wednesday, July 24, 2019

07/23/2019
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will conduct a mosquito control operation to decrease populations of mosquitoes and reduce the risk of West Nile virus transmission on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in North Sewickley Township, Franklin Township, and New Galilee Borough, Beaver County.

ADVISORY – LURGAN TOWNSHIP – WEDNESDAY – Wolf Administration to Tour Community Park, Discuss How Restore Pennsylvania Could Protect Stream, Community Activities

07/22/2019
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell will join Representative Rob Kauffman (R-89th) and Franklin County and Lurgan and Letterkenny township officials at Lions Club Park to discuss how Restore Pennsylvania could prevent streambank erosion that’s threatening a popular youth fishing event and other community activities, as well as the stability of park structures.

DEP to Conduct Air Quality Sampling Plan Around Erie Coke

07/22/2019
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that it will conduct air quality sampling near the Erie Coke plant and throughout the Erie community to collect data to assess health risks to the general population. Specifically, DEP will be monitoring for compounds related to coke production, such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene. Thirteen monitors will be placed along the perimeter of the facility and at four locations in the community.

DEP Issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for Southeastern Counties on July 20, 2019

07/19/2019
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 Saturday, July 20, 2019, for the southeast region (encompassing the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia).

DEP Issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for the Lehigh Valley and Southeastern Counties on July 19, 2019

07/18/2019
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 Friday, July 19, 2019, for the Lehigh Valley (Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties) and the southeast region (encompassing the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia).

Wolf Administration Hosts Open House to Outline How Restore Pennsylvania Can Address Stream and Flooding Needs

07/16/2019
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Northcentral Regional Director Marcus Kohl today hosted a public open house where multiple agencies shared information about working in streams impacted by flooding and erosion and discussed how Restore Pennsylvania can help communities better prepare for, and deal with, the aftermath of flooding.

ADVISORY – ADAMS COUNTY – WEDNESDAY – DEP to Host Information Session and Hearing for Specialty Granules’ Pitts Quarry Discharge Permit Renewal Application

07/15/2019
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public information session and hearing on Specialty Granules LLC’s application to renew the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for its Pitts Quarry, located in Hamiltonban Township, Adams County.

DEP Issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for Southeastern Counties on July 16, 2019

07/15/2019
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 Tuesday, July 16, 2019, for the southeast region (encompassing the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia).

DEP to Host Public Hearing Regarding Proposed Heat Recovery Center in Northampton County

07/12/2019
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public hearing regarding Slate Belt Heat Recovery, LLC’s (Slate Belt) plans to construct and operate the Slate Belt Heat Recovery Center at Grand Central Landfill in Plainfield Township, Northampton County. The hearing will take place on Monday, August 12 from 6:00-9:00 PM at Wind Gap Middle School, 1620 Teels Road, Pen Argyl, PA 18072.

ADVISORY – PHILIPSBURG – MONDAY – DEP to Host Open House on Stream Maintenance to Outline How Restore Pennsylvania Proposal Will Help

07/11/2019
On Monday, July 15, 2019, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Northcentral Regional Office will host an open house to provide vital information and resources to landowners and municipalities seeking to work in streams impacted by flooding and erosion. DEP staff will provide an overview of Restore Pennsylvania, a bold, four-year, $4.5 billion statewide initiative that will provide funding for critical flood control infrastructure, including large-scale stream restoration and maintenance work.

DEP’s Oil and Gas Annual Report Details Increased Permitting and Inspection Efficiency

07/10/2019
The 2018 Oil and Gas Annual Report released today by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) shows that internal restructuring and continued expansion of electronic tools increased permitting and inspection efficiency, while also increasing the overall strength of DEP’s oversight, even as unconventional gas production reached a record level in Pennsylvania.

Wolf Administration Tours Pottstown Arch System to Discuss How Restore Pennsylvania Plan Could Address Infrastructure Needs

07/10/2019
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Regional Director Pat Patterson and staff joined local elected officials and Pottstown leaders today to discuss how Restore Pennsylvania could help address critical storm sewer infrastructure needs in the borough.

DEP Issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for the Lehigh Valley and Southeastern Counties on July 10, 2019

07/09/2019
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 Wednesday, July 10, 2019, for the Lehigh Valley (Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties) and the southeast region (encompassing the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia).

ADVISORY – POTTSTOWN – WEDNESDAY – Wolf Administration to Tour Arch System, Discuss How Restore Pennsylvania Will Help Address Infrastructure Needs

07/08/2019
On Wednesday, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Regional Director Pat Patterson and staff will join local elected officials and Pottstown Borough leaders to tour portions of the Goose Run Arch System in Pottstown Borough and to discuss how the bipartisan Restore Pennsylvania proposal will help address critical infrastructure needs.

DEP Issues Environmental Assessment Letter to Keystone Landfill for Proposed Expansion in Lackawanna County

07/08/2019
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued its environmental assessment review letter to Keystone Sanitary Landfill (Keystone) regarding its permit application for expansion at its facility in the boroughs of Dunmore and Throop, Lackawanna County.

DEP Denies Erie Coke Operating Permit; Files For Injunction to Close Plant Following Numerous Violations

07/01/2019
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today denied Erie Coke’s application to renew its Title V operating permit and has filed a complaint for injunctive relief in Erie County Court seeking to shut down the coke production facility following years of numerous repetitive environmental violations.

Wolf Administration Awards Environmental Education Grants

06/28/2019
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today awarded $205,000 in Environmental Education Grants to 45 projects addressing environmental justice, climate change, and water quality.

DEP Issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for Southeastern Counties on June 29, 2019

06/28/2019
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 Saturday, June 29, 2019, for the southeast region (encompassing the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia).

DEP to Hold Public Hearing on Consol’s Bailey Mine Draft Discharge Permit

06/27/2019
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) District Mining Operations will hold a public hearing on a draft discharge permit for Consol Pennsylvania Coal Company’s Bailey Central Mine Complex in Morris Township, Greene County.
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