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DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Ozone for Sunday, June 6, 2021, in Multiple Pennsylvania Regions

06/07/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for ozone for Sunday, June 6, 2021, in the following areas of Pennsylvania:

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Ozone for Saturday, June 5, 2021, in Southwestern Counties

06/04/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for ozone for Saturday, June 5, 2021, in the southwestern counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland.

DEP Approves Keystone Landfill Expansion in Lackawanna County

06/03/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that it has approved the application by Keystone Sanitary Landfill, Inc. (KSL) to expand its facility in the boroughs of Dunmore and Throop in Lackawanna County.  This major modification of their existing permit allows Keystone to expand on 435 acres within the existing permitted area of the landfill and increase its disposal capacity by 145 million cubic yards. The current permit will be up for renewal in 2025.

Wolf Administration Announces Final PFAS Statewide Sampling Results

06/03/2021
As a result of Governor Tom Wolf’s executive order to address Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in drinking water, the Wolf Administration today released the complete and final list of results of samples collected from public water systems. The results do not indicate widespread PFAS contamination.

Erin Wells Named DEP Regional Director of Northwest Regional Office

06/02/2021
Effective Saturday, May 1, 2021, Erin Wells became the regional director of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Northwest Regional Office. Wells replaces James Miller, who was named regional director of the DEP’s Southwest Regional Office.  Wells, previously worked for DEP for 11 years as the region’s local government liaison, serving as the primary point of contact for all federal, state, and local elected officials in the 14-county region. Wells will manage field operations for Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Venango, Warren counties.

DEP Collects $175,000 from Olympus Energy for Erosion and Sedimentation Violations in Allegheny County

06/01/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that it has executed a consent assessment of civil penalty (CACP) with Olympus Energy, LLC for erosion and sedimentation violations that occurred in 2019 at the operator’s Plutus well pad and Ceto tank pad located in Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County. DEP assessed and collected a $175,000 civil penalty.

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Ozone for Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in Southeastern Counties

05/25/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for ozone for Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in the southeastern counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Fine Particulate Matter for Saturday, May 15, 2021, in the Liberty-Clairton Area of Allegheny County

05/14/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for fine particulate matter for Saturday, May 15, 2021, in the Liberty-Clairton Area of Allegheny County which includes Clairton City, Glassport Borough, Liberty Borough, Lincoln Borough, and Port Vue Borough.

DEP Awards More Than $3.4 Million to Cleaner Fuel Transportation Projects Statewide to Improve Air Quality, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

05/13/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today awarded more than $3.4 million in 2020 Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIGs) to 20 cleaner fuel transportation projects statewide that will help improve air quality and public health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change.

DEP Report Finds Clean Energy Workforce Development Will Boost Job Creation, Economy

05/12/2021
A new report released today by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) shows tremendous potential for clean energy workforce development opportunities that can bolster Pennsylvania’s economy.

DEP to Receive Comments, Host Virtual Public Hearing on Amendment Applications for Mariner East 2 Pipeline, Chester County

05/07/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today it will receive public comments and host a virtual public hearing regarding major permit amendment requests from Sunoco Pipeline LP (SPLP) for work near Marsh Creek Lake, Upper Uwchlan Township, Chester County.

ADVISORY – TOMORROW – VIRTUAL BRIEFING – Wolf Administration to Announce Projected Climate Impact Risks

05/04/2021
On Wednesday, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, and Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, along with Harrisburg Environmental Justice community leader Rafiyqa Muhammad, will announce Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment 2021. DEP Environmental Justice Director Allison Acevedo will also be on hand for questions.

DEP Reaches Agreement with Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill and County Hauling for Waste Transportation Safety Act Violations

04/28/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that it has executed a consent order and agreement (COA) with Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill, LLC and County Hauling, LLC for Waste Transportation Safety Act (Act 90 of 2002, Chapter 62) violations that primarily occurred in 2019. As part of this settlement, the companies have agreed to pay a $25,000 civil penalty, and also to fund a community environment project (or projects) valued at $25,000 (in lieu of paying an additional $15,000 civil penalty).

DEP Joins in Dedication Ceremony of Gladden Acid Mine Drainage Treatment Plant in South Fayette

04/27/2021
Today, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell joined with project partners and stakeholders to commemorate the completion and acknowledge the results of the South Fayette Conservation Group’s Gladden acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment plant in South Fayette Township, Allegheny County.

DEP Celebrates Earth Day with $22.5 Million Available for Community Projects to Improve Water Quality and Watershed Health

04/22/2021
Schools, local governments, and nonprofit organizations encouraged to apply for funding

ADVISORY – SOUTH FAYETTE – TUESDAY – DEP Secretary to Attend Dedication of Gladden Acid Mine Drainage Treatment Plan

04/21/2021
On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell will join project partners and stakeholders for a dedication ceremony of the South Fayette Conservation Group’s Gladden acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment plant. The facility will improve water quality and restore portions of Millers Run and Chartiers Creek for fishing and recreational opportunities.

DEP Begins 2021 Black Fly Suppression Program

04/16/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) began its 2021 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 Report Assesses Pennsylvania’s Energy Storage Capacity, Recommends Solar-Plus-Storage for a Cleaner, More Resilient Electric Grid

04/14/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today released a report that assesses energy storage capacity statewide and recommends significantly increasing it by pairing solar energy with storage for a cleaner, more resilient electric grid. The report identifies policies, programs, and incentives that decision makers can pursue to add energy storage technologies to the state energy portfolio.

DEP Reaches Agreement with Seward Generation, LLC to Address Control Device Efficiency Requirements

04/07/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that it has entered into a consent order and agreement (COA) with Seward Generation, LLC to resolve outstanding violations to the Air Pollution Control Act at its waste coal-fired, steam electrical generation station located at 595 Plant Road, New Florence, Pennsylvania 15944 in Indiana County.

ADVISORY – VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING – TUESDAY – DEP to Host Virtual Public Hearing on Mazzaro – McKees Rocks Landfill HSCA Response

03/31/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a virtual public hearing on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 6:00 PM to take testimony from interested parties on DEP’s prompt interim response under the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act (HSCA) at the former Mazzaro-McKees Rocks Landfill site in Kennedy Township, Allegheny County.

DEP Awards $2.4 Million in Driving PA Forward Funding to Transportation Projects to Improve Air Quality in Seven Counties

03/31/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced $2,400,969 in Driving PA Forward grants to cleaner fuel transportation projects that will take 62 older diesel vehicles off the road to help improve air quality in many communities. The grant funding comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Pennsylvania’s share of the national settlement with Volkswagen Group of America for cheating on EPA emissions tests.

DEP Issues Discharge Permit with PFAS Limits to Montgomery County Air National Guard Base

03/24/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today it has issued a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) limits to the Biddle Air National Guard Base (ANGB), formerly known as the Horsham Air Guard Station (HAGS), in Horsham Township, Montgomery County. Water discharged from the site will have a limit of 70 parts per trillion (ppt) for the combined concentration of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), two of the most common PFAS compounds.

DEP, EPA, and DOJ Reach $1.9 Million Agreement with Chesapeake Appalachia over Wetland and Stream Violations

03/24/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection (DEP), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) executed a landmark Consent Decree with Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC to resolve Chesapeake’s violations of the federal Clean Water Act and the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law and Dam Safety and Encroachments Act associated with the failure to identify and protect wetlands at 76 oil and gas well sites in Pennsylvania. The Chesapeake Consent Decree was filed in the U.S. District Court, for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on March 24, 2021.

Gov. Wolf Encourages Residents to “Pick Up Pennsylvania”

03/23/2021
Governor Tom Wolf today encouraged residents to help reduce litter by joining the statewide “Pick Up Pennsylvania” campaign of community cleanups running through May 31. The governor also invites everyone to learn about litter’s negative impacts and state efforts to reduce this scourge in a free online discussion, “Don’t Trash Pennsylvania,” hosted by the Wolf Administration this Friday.

Wolf Administration Reminds Pennsylvanians to Avoid Ticks

03/22/2021
With the new spring season here, the Wolf Administration reminds Pennsylvania residents and visitors to avoid ticks by taking precautions when spending time outdoors as the weather warms.

ADVISORY – VIRTUAL MEDIA BRIEFING – MONDAY – Wolf Administration to Make Major Solar Energy Announcement

03/19/2021
On Monday, Pennsylvania General Services Secretary Curt Topper, Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, and Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn will make a major announcement regarding the commonwealth’s commitment to solar energy, the largest government commitment to solar in the nation to date.

DEP Makes It Easier to Get Low-Interest Loans for High-Impact Energy Efficiency Projects

03/19/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today it’s revamped the Green Energy Loan Fund (GELF) to make it easier for commercial property owners to get low-interest loans for large-scale, high-impact energy efficiency projects. Approximately $1.8 million is currently available in funding.

DEP to Host Public Hearing on Proposed Tri-County Landfill, Inc. NPDES Permit

03/15/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a virtual public hearing Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 6:00 PM to accept feedback on the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit application submitted by Tri-County Landfill, Inc. for the proposed re-opening of the existing closed municipal waste landfill called Tri-County Landfill in Liberty and Pine townships, Mercer County.
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