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DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for Ozone for Friday, June 14, 2024, for the Southeastern Pennsylvania area

06/13/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has forecast a Code ORANGE Air Quality Action Day for ozone for Friday, June 14, 2024, for Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware counties.

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for Ozone for Friday, June 14, 2024, for the Southeastern Pennsylvania area

06/13/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has forecast a Code ORANGE Air Quality Action Day for ozone for Friday, June 14, 2024, for Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware counties.

DEP Establishes a Customer Experience Management Advisory Council to Put Customer Service Front and Center for Agency Leadership

The Advisory Council is made up of eight senior executives from across the Commonwealth. The Advisory Council will help DEP improve its service delivery model to be more effective and efficient. DEP has already taken steps under the Shapiro Administration

06/12/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is establishing a Customer Experience Management Advisory Council (CXMAC) to advise DEP’s Acting Secretary and Chief Customer Experience Officer on strategies and improvements to enhance service delivery to the public. CXMAC brings together a team of experts from private businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

DEP Establishes a Customer Experience Management Advisory Council to Put Customer Service Front and Center for Agency Leadership

The Advisory Council is made up of eight senior executives from across the Commonwealth. The Advisory Council will help DEP improve its service delivery model to be more effective and efficient. DEP has already taken steps under the Shapiro Administration

06/12/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is establishing a Customer Experience Management Advisory Council (CXMAC) to advise DEP’s Acting Secretary and Chief Customer Experience Officer on strategies and improvements to enhance service delivery to the public. CXMAC brings together a team of experts from private businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority Launches Financing Program to Help Local Governments Make Energy Efficiency Upgrades

The Municipal Opportunities for Retrofits and Energy Efficiency (MORE) Program will help local governments finance energy system upgrades, lowering their utility bills while fighting climate change pollution

06/11/2024
The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) has launched a new financing program designed to help local governments identify and develop energy efficiency and energy system upgrades for municipally-owned buildings. The Municipal Opportunities for Retrofits and Energy Efficiency (MORE) Program offers both grants and loans to eligible Pennsylvania municipalities and municipal authorities, and applications opened on June 3, 2024.

Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority Launches Financing Program to Help Local Governments Make Energy Efficiency Upgrades

The Municipal Opportunities for Retrofits and Energy Efficiency (MORE) Program will help local governments finance energy system upgrades, lowering their utility bills while fighting climate change pollution

06/11/2024
The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) has launched a new financing program designed to help local governments identify and develop energy efficiency and energy system upgrades for municipally-owned buildings. The Municipal Opportunities for Retrofits and Energy Efficiency (MORE) Program offers both grants and loans to eligible Pennsylvania municipalities and municipal authorities, and applications opened on June 3, 2024.

DEP To Host Public Hearing for Proposed Monroe County Warehouse Project

06/05/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public hearing to take testimony from residents regarding an application for a National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System Permit (NPDES) for the proposed warehouse 180-115 C-1 Site, LLC Project in Blakeslee, Monroe County. The public hearing will take place on Thursday, June 20, 2024, from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Tunkhannock Township Fire Hall located at 1539 Long Pond Road, Long Pond, PA 18334. Representatives from DEP’s Waterways & Wetlands Program, the Monroe County Conservation District, and I-80-115 C-1 Site, LLC will be in attendance.

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for Ozone for Tuesday, June 4, 2024, for the Lehigh-Berks and Susquehanna Valley areas in Pennsylvania

06/04/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has forecast a Code ORANGE Air Quality Action Day for ozone for Tuesday, June 4, 2024, for the Lehigh-Berks and Susquehanna valley areas in Pennsylvania. This includes the counties of Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, and York.

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for Ozone for Saturday, May 25, 2024 for the Southeastern Pennsylvania area

05/24/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has forecast a Code ORANGE Air Quality Action Day for ozone for Saturday, May 25, 2024 for Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester counties.

Shapiro Administration Awards over $980,000 to Environmental Education Projects that Engage Youth and Adults

Projects will foster environmental stewardship by encouraging kids and adults to play a role in protecting clean air and water. Nearly every project supports environmental justice communities.

05/22/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is awarding $980,256 in Environmental Education Grants to 56 projects that will promote environmental education and stewardship across Pennsylvania. Nearly all of the projects will support people in environmental justice communities, communities composed of Pennsylvanians that are more threatened by climate change, air pollution, and water pollution.

DEP To Host Public Meeting and Hearing on Reworld Plymouth Air Permit

05/16/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a combined public meeting and hearing at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Davenport Elementary School, 1 East Oak Street, Norristown, PA 19401 on the renewal of the Title V Operating Permit for the Reworld Plymouth waste to energy facility.

Shapiro Administration Awards $5 Million to Beaver County Community Projects Through Record-Breaking Agreement Holding Shell Accountable for Environmental Violations

Under the agreement with Shell, the Shapiro Administration secured nearly $10 million for DEP and the local community – including $5 million for projects to benefit Pennsylvanians living in Beaver County. The Beaver County Environmental Mitigation Communi

05/15/2024
As a result of one of the largest environmental mitigation funds in Pennsylvania history, the Shapiro Administration, through an advisory board at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) made up of environmental and community advocates, has recommended funding for 21 projects to benefit the environment, heath, and quality of life of the Beaver County community. Projects include upgrades to a community park in Monaca, renovating an emergency women’s shelter to support victims of domestic violence, a solar array on the News Tribune building in Beaver Falls that will help power a local museum, and projects to protect water quality in the Beaver area.

The Shapiro Administration Awards $5.67 Million for Mineland Restoration Projects

Pennsylvania has the largest inventory of abandoned coal mines in the nation – and already, the Commonwealth has rehabilitated 91,000 acres of abandoned mine lands. The grant funding will go towards rehabilitating abandoned mines, protecting homes and bus

05/13/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced $5,672,751 in funding for eight abandoned mine lands (AML) and abandoned mine drainage (AMD) restoration projects as a part of the Abandoned Mine Lands and Acid Mine Drainage Grant Program. The awards are part of the $244.7 million announced by U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, alongside Lieutenant Governor Austin Davis and DEP Acting Secretary Jessica Shirley, for Pennsylvania reclamation projects as part of the Infrastructure, Investment, and Jobs Act (IIJA).

DEP To Host Public Hearing for Schuylkill County Landfill Permit Renewal Application

05/10/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public hearing to take testimony from the public regarding an application by the Blythe Recycling and Demolition Site (BRADS) to renew its operating permit for its facility in Blythe Township, Schuylkill County. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Saint Clair Area Elementary/Middle School located at 227 S. Mill St., Saint Clair, PA 17970. Representatives from the Department’s Waste Management Program and BRADS will be in attendance.

DEP Begins 2024 Black Fly Suppression Program

05/03/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has begun its 2024 Black Fly Suppression Program, monitoring and treating 48 rivers and streams spanning more than 1,800 miles.

DEP Launches New Pilot Program to Reduce Errors, Speed Up Processing Time for Key Construction Permit

Under DEP’s new pilot program, applicants for Chapter 102 permits in 10 counties will meet with DEP staff before applying for one of the most common construction permits, with the goal of reducing errors on applications and speeding up the permitting proc

04/29/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the next step in efforts to modernize and improve its permitting process with a new 10-county pilot program to improve and accelerate the review process for construction stormwater discharge permits. The process improvements in this pilot will also better facilitate compliance with environmental laws and regulations. The pilot program is anticipated to reduce the average processing time for Chapter 102 Individual National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit applications by 73 business days.

Shapiro Administration and Partners Celebrate Turtle Creek Watershed Stream Restoration, Investments, and Water Quality Improvements

Stream delisting highlights the importance of strong partnerships in restoring the Chesapeake Bay watershed

04/25/2024
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA), and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) joined the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), Senator Gene Yaw, Senator Scott Martin, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, and the Chesapeake Conservancy to celebrate portions of the Turtle Creek watershed in southeastern Union County being removed, or “delisted” from the federal Clean Water Act impaired waters list. Stream delisting and improving water quality in Pennsylvania is a long-term goal for the Shapiro Administration, including in Pennsylvania’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

MEDIA ADVISORY – DEP, Partners to Celebrate Stream Restoration Investments and Water Quality Improvements on Turtle Creek

04/24/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and agency partners will host an informational briefing and walking tour of Turtle Creek, celebrating stream restoration investments and water quality improvements created through an innovative partnership.

DEP Awards $2.9 Million for Clean Diesel Transportation to Improve Air Quality

This grant program targets diesel-powered engine transportation sources to replace, repower, or retrofit for better air quality

04/23/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is awarding $2.9 million to seven applicants for the PA State Clean Diesel Grant program, which provides financial incentives and support for fleet owners and operators to reduce air pollution from their vehicle fleets.

Pennsylvania to Receive Over $156 Million from Biden Administration for “Solar for All” Initiative

Pennsylvania’s Solar for All will benefit more than 14,000 low-income households, help save more than $192 million on Pennsylvanians’ electric bills over the next two decades, and cut carbon emissions

04/23/2024
Yesterday, Pennsylvania was awarded over $156 million from the Biden Administration to deliver affordable, reliable, and sustainable solar power to low-income Pennsylvanians and environmental justice communities.

Shapiro Administration Honors 22 Projects Statewide with 2024 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence

Projects include streambank restoration efforts, tree planting, environmental conservation in environmental justice communities, and many more projects

04/15/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is honoring 22 projects completed by schools, businesses, and community organizations around the state with 2024 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence.

Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority Launches Initiative to Help Pennsylvanians Lower Electricity Costs by Financing Energy Efficiency Upgrades to Their Homes

The Keystone Energy Efficiency Program (KEEP) Home Energy Loan program will provide affordable financing for home energy upgrades installed by qualified contractors

04/10/2024
The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA), supported by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), has launched the Keystone Energy Efficiency Program (KEEP) Home Energy Loan program, a new consumer loan program designed to assist Pennsylvania homeowners in reducing their energy costs. PEDA is an independent public authority created by the Commonwealth in 1982 to finance energy and energy-related projects.

DEP Issues $1.1 Million Civil Penalty to Equitrans for Violations Related to Rager Mountain Gas Release

The penalty includes $764,000 pursuant to Pennsylvania’s oil and gas and solid waste laws and $350,000 for air quality violations – the maximum civil penalty allowable under the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act. DEP will continue to oversee cleanup

04/09/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has assessed significant civil penalties totaling $1,114,000 from Equitrans, L.P. (Equitrans) for air quality, waste, and oil and gas violations related to the uncontrolled gas release from Equitrans’ Rager Mountain natural gas storage field and George L Reade 1 storage well in November 2022.

DEP To Host Public Hearing for Northampton County Warehouse Project

04/09/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public hearing to take testimony from the public regarding Arcadia Development Corporation’s application for a National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) permit for a warehouse project in Hanover Township, Northampton County. The hearing will take place on Monday, April 29, 2024 from 6:00-9:00 PM at Bethlehem School District’s Nitschmann Middle School, located at 1002 West Union Blvd, Bethlehem, PA 18018.  Representatives from the DEP’s Waterways & Wetlands Program (which will be reviewing the permit application), the Northampton County Conservation District, and the Arcadia Development Corporation will be in attendance.<

DEP Holds Keystone Sanitary Landfill Accountable for Odor Concerns, Reaches Settlement on Civil Penalty & Requires Keystone to Immediately Begin Mitigating Odors

DEP will continue monitoring and responding to complaints to ensure Keystone complies with the agreement and reduces odors at the landfill.

04/01/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has entered a Consent Order and Agreement (COA) with Keystone Sanitary Landfill for odor violations, including creating malodors, at its facility in the boroughs of Dunmore and Throop between November 2022 and February 2024, and impacting residents in several surrounding communities. The $575,000 civil penalty is the largest penalty DEP has issued to Keystone Sanitary Landfill in the last decade.

DEP Reports Progress on Implementing Shapiro Administration Permitting Reform, Reduces Permit Backlog by 41 Percent

To date, under the PAyback program, DEP has not had to refund a single application fee – meaning permits are getting out the door in a timely manner.

03/07/2024
The Shapiro Administration’s efforts to enhance and improve permitting are showing early success as the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) improves online permitting, online payment, and delivers on-time permit decisions.

Drought Watch/Warning Lifted for 8 Counties, All counties now back to Normal Status

03/06/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced after a meeting of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force that drought watch/warning will be lifted for the last remaining 8 counties.

DEP To Host Public Hearing on Proposed Warehouse Project in Monroe County

02/14/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public hearing for the proposed Warner Road Warehouse Project in Pocono Township, Monroe County. The hearing will be held on Monday, March 4, 2024 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM at the Pocono Mountain School District Swiftwater Elementary Center located at 135 Academic Dr, Swiftwater, PA 18370. Core5 Industrial Partners of Harrisburg (Core5) has applied for a National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) permit for a discharge of stormwater from construction activities. Representatives from DEP's Waterways & Wetlands Program, the Monroe County Conservation District, and Core5 Industrial Partners, LLC will be in attendance for the hearing.

DEP Enforcement Actions Lead to Appointment of a Receiver to Manage East Dunkard Water Authority

Commonwealth Court today ordered the appointment of Pennsylvania American Water Company as receiver of the Greene County public water system

02/08/2024
As the result of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) enforcement action, a receiver will take over management and operations of the East Dunkard Water Authority’s (EDWA) non-compliant public water system. On Thursday, February 1, 2024, EDWA’s board approved a motion agreeing to the appointment of a receiver, and, today, Commonwealth Court signed an order officially appointing Pennsylvania American Water Company (PAWC) as receiver.
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