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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.<br><br>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 &amp; 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).

DEP Provides Funding to Help Counties with Water Quality Improvement in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

01/29/2020
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today it’s helping counties hit the ground running on water quality improvement in Pennsylvania’s part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed by supplying $789,400 in funding for local coordinators to head up county action plans and $690,000 in grant funds to get planned projects underway.

DEP Issues Permits to PA Waste LLC for Proposed Camp Hope Run Landfill in Boggs Township, Clearfield County

01/28/2020
Following a public hearing, local municipal involvement process, and extensive technical and environmental review, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued permits to PA Waste LLC for the construction of a new 5,000 tons-per-day, double-lined, municipal waste landfill in Boggs Township, Clearfield County.

DEP Issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for January 24, 2020, for Susquehanna, Lehigh Valleys

01/23/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) on Friday, January 24, 2020, for the Susquehanna Valley (Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lancaster, and York counties) and Lehigh Valley (Northampton, Berks, and Lehigh counties).<br>

DEP Issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for January 23, 2020, for the Liberty-Clairton Area in Allegheny County

01/22/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for fine particulate matter on January 23, 2020, for the Liberty-Clairton area in Allegheny County.

DEP Issues $1.95 Million Penalty to Sunoco Over Violations at Raystown Lake

01/16/2020
Orders Sunoco to Spend an Additional $1.15 Million on Fish Habitat Rehabilitation

ADVISORY – NORTHAMPTON COUNTY– THURSDAY – DEP to Host Public Meeting on proposed Mulching and Composting Project

01/15/2020
On Thursday, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public meeting to answer questions from residents regarding the Gravel Hill Enterprises mulching and composting project to be located in Lower Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County. The project proposes to bring in material to be composted for landscaping purposes.

DEP Orders Range Resources to Address Leaking Gas Well in Lycoming County

01/13/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today ordered Range Resources-Appalachia, LLC (Range Resources) to address its gas well in Moreland Township, Lycoming County, which has caused methane to escape and pollute groundwater and multiple surface waters.

DEP Approves Chrin Landfill’s Application for Expansion in Northampton County

01/09/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today it has approved Chrin Landfill’s application for a permit renewal and an expansion at its facility in Williams Township, Northampton County. The combined actions allow Chrin to continue operating until January 6, 2030, and to expand its existing landfill by 30 acres to the east.

DEP Reminds Pennsylvanians to Take a Commonsense Approach to Home Heating Oil and Propane Supply for a Safe Winter

01/08/2020
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reminds the more than 2.5 million Pennsylvania households that heat with oil or propane to take a commonsense approach to maintaining their fuel supply for a safe winter.
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