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
Categories: News and Views
Environmentalists release state lawmaker rankings, turn eye to fall session, election

Environmentalists release state lawmaker rankings, turn eye to fall session, election

Ahead of the general election, state environmental groups released their rankings of Harrisburg lawmakers earlier this week based on their perception of green votes— and hinted at a bill they think might get pushed through ahead of November.

Ranked on a scale of zero to 100 — with 100 representing the most eco-conscious and 0 representing the least — the report card released by Conservation Voters of PA, PennEnvironment, the Sierra Club's Pennsylvania Chapter and Clean Water Action gave both session and lifetime ratings to all 253 members of the General Assembly.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
State officials and leaders fight for clean car standards

State officials and leaders fight for clean car standards

On Wednesday morning Pennsylvania Secretary of Environmental Protection Patrick McDonnell was joined by state officials and community leaders to bring attention to a plan by the Trump Administration they feel would weaken gas mileage standards for cars, light trucks and SUVs. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Pittsburgh mayor announces climate change preparedness program

Pittsburgh mayor announces climate change preparedness program

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is on record with the opinion that from floods to fires, the city has often been unprepared when disaster has struck. To confront the impact of climate change head-on, the mayor on Monday announced Prepared Pittsburgh, a program that will help residents prepare for environmental and medical climate-related scenarios.

Monday, June 4, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Bill increasing trespass punishments on pipelines may threaten civil rights, according to opponents

Bill increasing trespass punishments on pipelines may threaten civil rights, according to opponents

A bill that expands criminal trespass into a felony when on pipelines, chemical plants, refineries and other similar industrial or transportation related infrastructure passed the Senate Tuesday.

Introduced by Sen. Mike Regan (R-Cumberland), SB 652 adds four new crimes to state law, three of which are first degree felonies that can come with a minimum fine of $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the charge.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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