For Republicans, permitting reforms offer a chance to attract businesses to Pa.

For Republicans, permitting reforms offer a chance to attract businesses to Pa.

Upon returning from summer recess, Republican state lawmakers had their sights set on advancing a package of tax incentive and permitting relief bills designed to lure big employers to Pennsylvania.

But while roughly half of the bills in the package have either passed the House or become law, a series of permitting-related bills have stalled, prompting a larger conversation on the need for permitting reform in Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Stakeholders look to navigate potholes and boost electric vehicles in PA

Stakeholders look to navigate potholes and boost electric vehicles in PA

Once the stuff of science fiction fantasy, more Pennsylvanians than ever are opting for electric vehicles. But the commonwealth still trails its regional neighbors in adoption of the technology and state officials are working to ensure that infrastructure is growing to support the burgeoning industry.

As part as of this push, the Department of Environmental Protection rolled out the Electric Vehicle Roadmap earlier this year, which attempts to survey the current electric vehicle landscape and chart out future barriers to its proliferation.
Monday, April 1, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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New rules limiting air pollution, methane for natural gas industry gets first DEP committee hearing

New rules limiting air pollution, methane for natural gas industry gets first DEP committee hearing

Even as President Donald Trump helmed as the federal government reconsiders a push for stricter air quality regulations, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection is poised to forge ahead with the initiative following late Obama-era instructions.

 

The state Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee discussed this early draft of new rules for oil and natural gas industries at a meeting Thursday morning.

Thursday, December 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Environmental groups propose carbon market to state board, kick starting action on climate change

Environmental groups propose carbon market to state board, kick starting action on climate change

Environmentalist activists proposed carbon emissions regulations to the state Environmental Quality Board Wednesday that would, if implemented, create a market for greenhouse gases to reach carbon neutrality by 2052.

Their argument cites both existing state clean air laws as well as the environmental rights clause of the state constitution to claim the state has a duty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to protect its residents from harm.

“I not only think it’s feasible, think it's absolutely essential,” Joseph Otis Minott, executive director of the Clean Air Council, said. “We’re prepared to litigate it if need be. This is the right path for Pennsylvania.”

Wednesday, November 28, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Elected officials highlight lead line replacement progress

Elected officials highlight lead line replacement progress

Amid excavators and hard hats on a dug up Greenfield Street, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto struck an optimistic tone on replacing the lead pipes that have shaped the city’s water politics since 2016.

Friday, October 26, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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