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DEP Provides $6 Million to Continue Support for Eight Counties’ Accelerated Progress on Local Water Quality Improvement in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

11/20/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it’s providing just over $6 million in grant funding to eight counties to continue support for their accelerated progress in improving local water quality in Pennsylvania’s share of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
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DEP Lifts Drought Watch in 10 Counties, as 20 Remain on Watch and Three on Warning

11/17/2020
After a meeting of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) lifted drought watch for 10 counties today, returning those counties to normal status. Twenty counties remain on drought watch, and three remain on drought warning.

DEP Orders ETC Northeast Pipeline to Keep Natural Gas out of Unstable Sections of Revolution Pipeline

11/12/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued an order to prevent ETC Northeast Pipeline, LLC (ETC) from putting natural gas in unstable sections of the Revolution Pipeline located in Butler, Beaver, Allegheny and Washington counties.

DEP Issues Civil Penalty against Luzerne County Man for Violations at Waste Tire Site

11/10/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a $266,987 civil penalty against a Luzerne County man for ongoing violations related to unlawful management of thousands of waste tires at his property in Duryea Borough. The owner, Douglas Martinez, has failed to comply with a July 2018 Compliance Order and a 2019 Court Order requiring him to implement mosquito controls at the site, re-configure several waste piles, and eventually conduct a full cleanup of the site.

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Monday, November 9, 2020, in Southeastern and Southcentral Counties, the Lehigh Valley-Berks Area, and Parts of Allegheny County

11/09/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for fine particulate matter for Monday, November 9, 2020, in the southeastern counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia, the southcentral counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York, the Lehigh Valley-Berks area which includes the counties of Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton, and the Liberty-Clairton area of Allegheny County which includes Clairton City, Glassport Borough, Liberty Borough, Lincoln Borough, and Port Vue Borough.

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Fine Particulate Matter for Sunday, November 8, 2020, in Southern Counties and the Lehigh Valley-Berks Area

11/07/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for fine particulate matter for Sunday, November 8, 2020, in the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia in southeastern Pennsylvania, the counties of Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton in the Lehigh Valley-Berks area, the counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York in southcentral Pennsylvania, and the counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The Environmental Quality Board Seeks Comments on CO2 Budget Trading Program Regulations

11/06/2020
Public Comment Period Open Through January 14, 2021

DEP Reaches Agreement on Civil Penalty against Grand Central Sanitary Landfill in Northampton County

11/06/2020
Agreement Calls for Landfill to Assist Waste Removal at Illegal Dump Site

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Saturday, November 7, 2020, in the Liberty-Clairton Area of Allegheny County

11/06/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for fine particulate matter for Saturday, November 7, 2020, in the Liberty-Clairton area of Allegheny County in southwestern Pennsylvania which includes Clairton City, Glassport Borough, Liberty Borough, Lincoln Borough, and Port Vue Borough.

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Fine Particulate Matter for Friday, November 6, 2020, in the Liberty-Clairton Area in Allegheny County in Southwestern Pennsylvania

11/05/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for fine particulate matter for Friday, November 6, 2020, in the Liberty-Clairton area which includes Clairton City, Glassport Borough, Liberty Borough, Lincoln Borough, and Port Vue Borough in Allegheny County in southwestern Pennsylvania.

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Fine Particulate Matter for Thursday, November 5, 2020, for the Liberty-Clairton area in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

11/04/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for particulate matter (PM 2.5) for Thursday, November 5, 2020, for the Allegheny County.
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DEP Adds One County to Drought Watch, Bringing Total to Thirty

10/28/2020
Three additional counties remain on drought warning

DEP Increases Permitting Efficiency, Maintains Environmental Protection Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

10/23/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) continues its efforts to maintain environmental protections and even increased permitting efficiency throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, announcing today that staff have taken final action on nearly 20,000 permit applications since March. DEP used innovative cloud-based tools and Governor Tom Wolf’s ongoing e-Permitting initiative to improve efficiency while protecting the environment.

Grants Available to Help Farmers and Small Businesses Save Money and Reduce Pollution

10/20/2020
Grant funding for energy efficiency and pollution prevention projects for small business owners and farmers is still available from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) through the Small Business Advantage Grant program.

DEP Reaches Agreement with Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill to Address Violations

10/14/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that it has executed a consent order and agreement (COA) with Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill, LLC, a residual/municipal waste landfill located in Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County. The agreement includes a $59,000 civil penalty for violations of the landfill’s permit, Solid Waste Management Act and state regulations.

Wolf Administration Announces Winners of the 2020 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence

10/14/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced the winners of the 2020 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence. More than 60 applicants from across the commonwealth nominated projects on energy efficiency, emissions reduction, watershed restoration and protection, environmental education opportunities, and smart growth planning and design.

DEP Awards $4.9 Million in Nonpoint Source Management Grants to 23 Watershed Restoration Projects Statewide

10/07/2020
$3 million still available for further project grant applications

DEP Reaches Agreement with Columbia Gas Transmission for Erosion and Sedimentation Violations in Greene County

10/07/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has executed a consent order and agreement (COA) with Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC in settlement of violations that occurred during construction of its Leach Xpress gas pipeline in Richhill Township, Greene County. The agreement requires Columbia Gas Transmission to pay a civil penalty of $156,000 to the department and $1,126 in cost recovery to the Greene County Conservation District (GCCD).
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DEP Expands Drought Warning to 3 Counties and Drought Watch to 29 Counties

09/30/2020
After a meeting of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today moved Clinton and McKean counties to drought warning and added 13 counties to drought watch.

DEP Reaches Settlements with EQM for Stabilization, Erosion and Sedimentation Violations in Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties

09/29/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently finalized the last of three settlements and assessed civil penalties against EQM Gathering OPCO, LLC (EQM) totaling $427,650 for slips, stabilization, and erosion and sedimentation violations at pipeline sites in Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
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Learn the Benefits and Basics of Driving Electric Vehicles in Free Public Webinar from DEP, PennDOT, and Partners

09/23/2020
The Pennsylvania Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Transportation (PennDOT) and other partners in the Drive Electric PA Coalition will hold a free public informational webinar on the benefits and basics of driving electric vehicles on September 30 at 11:00 AM, and again on October 1 at 6:00 PM, as part of National Drive Electric Week.

DEP Collects $736,000 from TransCo for Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Violations

09/22/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced that it has collected a civil penalty of $736,294.11 from Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Transco) for violations associated with the construction of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in Columbia, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, and Wyoming counties. The penalty was part of a Consent Assessment of Civil Penalty (CACP) entered into between DEP and Transco. DEP will collect  $680,000 of the civil penalty, and the remaining penalty, $56,294.11, will be distributed among the county conservation districts that inspected the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline during its construction to reimburse the costs they incurred during their inspections.

DEP Completes Review, Approves Permit Modification Requests for Mariner East 2 in Delaware and Chester Counties

09/22/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that it has completed its review of requests submitted by Sunoco Pipeline, LP (SPLP) to amend to the Chapter 102 (Erosion and Sediment Control) and Chapter 105 (Water Obstructions and Encroachments) permits for portions of the Mariner East 2 pipeline located in Delaware and Chester Counties.

DEP Offers $400,000 in Grants for Environmental Education Projects, Free Webinar on How to Apply

09/17/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has $400,000 in grant funding available for youth and adult environmental education projects in 2021-22 and will hold a free webinar on October 14 on how to apply. Environmental Education Grants are available to schools, colleges, nonprofit community and environmental organizations, county conservation districts, and businesses.

Environmental Quality Board Approves Proposed Climate Change Regulation

09/15/2020
The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (EQB) has voted to promulgate a regulation to limit carbon pollution from power plants. The proposed regulation will be reviewed by the Office of the Attorney General and a public comment and participation period will be announced at a later date. The vote in the EQB was 13 to 6.

DEP releases 2019 Oil and Gas Annual Report

09/14/2020
Natural gas production in Pennsylvania increased while new well drilling decreased in 2019, according to the 2019 Oil and Gas Annual Report released today by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The report also notes improved permit review efficiency. DEP is also exploring new partnerships to address orphan wells, identifying better restoration practices, and developing better ways to manage stormwater on well sites.

DEP Orders Sunoco to Reroute Pipeline, Further Assess, Investigate Chester County Marsh Creek Lake Spill, Restore Impacted Resources

09/11/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) today ordered Sunoco Pipeline, L.P. (Sunoco) to reroute its planned pipeline route, and further assess, investigate, and restore resources impacted by Mariner East II pipeline installation activities in Upper Uwchlan Township, Chester County. The horizontal directional drilling (HDD) site which caused the impacts includes the installation of two pipes, a 16-inch and 20-inch line, and is referred to as HDD 290.

DEP Expands Drought Watch to 18 Counties, Declares Drought Warning for Potter County

09/10/2020
After a meeting of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today moved Potter County to drought warning status and added three counties — Elk, Lycoming, and Tioga — to drought watch. There are now 18 counties on drought watch: Armstrong, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Fayette, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Lycoming, McKean, Mifflin, Perry, and Tioga.

DEP Provides Grants to Add Five Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Locations in Western Pennsylvania

09/09/2020
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced $523,216 in FAST Act Corridor Infrastructure Grants funding for projects that will add five electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging locations in western Pennsylvania, helping to expand drivers’ route options for these zero emission vehicles.

DEP Provides Grant to Add Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Location Near Interstate 80 in Luzerne County

09/09/2020
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced an $85,000 FAST Act Corridor Infrastructure Grant for a project that will place two electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers for public use at a location in Luzerne County, helping to expand drivers’ route options for these zero emission vehicles.
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