Growing Greener program, pollutants market bill strike up feud between admin, House

Growing Greener program, pollutants market bill strike up feud between admin, House

A hearing on an amended, omnibus environmental bill, which includes a nitrogen procurement plan to ease waterway pollution, brought up questions of funding and interbranch cooperation Thursday.

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee heard testimony on the bill, SB 799 by Sen. Richard Alloway (R-Franklin). Originally, the bill only set up a procurement program to use public dollars to purchase nitrogen credits from the agricultural industry to keep runoff from heading into the commonwealth’s streams and rivers and into the Chesapeake Bay.

Then, in late January, the Senate amended the bill to include a reauthorization of the Growing Greener program, first set up under former Republican Gov. Tom Ridge in 1999.

Thursday, August 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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DEP, environmental groups reach settlement on Mariner East 2 permitting

DEP, environmental groups reach settlement on Mariner East 2 permitting

Legal wrangling over the flashpoint Mariner East 2 piepline’s permitting was finally resolved Friday, as the Department of Environmental Protection announced it had reached a settlement with suing environmental groups.

The Philadelphia-based Clean Air Council, as well as two other state environmental groups, had originally sued the commonwealth’s main environmental regulatory agency in February 2017, claiming that DEP had issued permits off of incomplete applications.

Friday, July 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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While PWSA gets permission to consider new lead pipe treatment, House to review new replacement rules next week

While PWSA gets permission to consider new lead pipe treatment, House to review new replacement rules next week

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewage Authority Board announced Friday they’d gained state approval to introduce a chemical into their water treatment process that would help to lower lead levels. 

Meanwhile, Rep. Alex Charlton's (R-Delaware), HB 2075, to amend state law and let PUC-regulated utilities use their dollars on full lead line replacements, has a hearing next week.

Friday, May 18, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
PWSA facing DEP fine for violation of Clean Streams Law, addresses report on People’s Natural Gas deal at board meeting

PWSA facing DEP fine for violation of Clean Streams Law, addresses report on People’s Natural Gas deal at board meeting

The state Department of Environmental Protection recommended a fine against the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority from two broken pipes that spilled chlorinated water into the Allegheny River last year. 

The violation came up on the PWSA’s February board meeting agenda Friday morning. After the meeting, Interim Executive Director Robert Weimar refused to divulge any details besides that the authority planned an appeal. 

Friday, February 23, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Gov. Wolf discusses plans for permitting reform at DEP

Gov. Wolf discusses plans for permitting reform at DEP

On Friday afternoon, Governor Tom Wolf and the Department of Environmental Protection held a press conference where they shared the findings from the administration's comprehensive review of the permitting processes throughout the department. 

The main goals are to reduce permit backlogs, modernize permitting activities through an electronic permitting initiative, and use technology to improve both oversight and efficiency. 

Friday, January 26, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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