DEP extends alternative fuel vehicle rebate program until Dec. 31

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on July 24 announced the extension of the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate program, which will continue to provide $2,000 rebates for 500 additional large-battery system plug-in hybrid electric and battery-electric vehicles, or until Dec. 31. “The Corbett administration remains committed to seeing the alternative fuels market grow,” DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo said. “Our commitment represents an impressive total investment of $4.35 million towards the deployment of electric vehicles in Pennsylvania since 2011.” (read more)

DEP to host Aug. 18 public hearing at DelVal High School on proposed changes to natural gas compressor station in Milford

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public hearing on Monday, Aug.18, to discuss the Air Quality Plan Approval application submitted by Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC to modify their existing natural gas compressor station in Milford, Pike County. The company is proposing to replace two existing engine-driven compressors with new turbine-driven compressors. The hearing will be held at Delaware Valley High School, 256 U.S. Route 6, Milford 18337 from 6-9 p.m. Representatives from Columbia Gas will also be in attendance. (read more)

Brodhead Watershed Association hosts ‘Where in the Watershed Walk No. 7 – The Cranberry Creek Preserves’ Saturday, Aug. 2 at 1 p.m.

Join Brodhead Watershed Association (BWA) and Pocono Heritage Land Trust (PHLT) and naturalist Don Miller; aquatic resource expert, Don Baylor; and PHLT executive director, Dawn Gorham for Where in the Watershed Walk No. 7 – The Cranberry Creek Preserves’ on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. This event explores the newly acquired and preserved open space lands in the Cranberry Creek watershed of Paradise and Barrett Townships. (read more)

Supervisors approve 25-year lease for environmental partners’ use of Evergreen Golf building in Analomink, now ForEvergreen Nature Preserve

On July 15, Stroud Township Supervisors, Ed Cramer, Daryl Epply and Jim Decker, approved a 25-year renewable lease granting Brodhead Watershed Association (BWA) and its partner, Pocono Heritage Land Trust (PHLT) the use of the former Evergreen Golf Club building on Cherry Valley Lane in Analomink. The site will serve as a permanent base for offices, storage, displays, educational events and meetings. (read more)

PennFuture praises new law to address storm water; bill provides new tool to authorities encouraging voluntary efforts to reduce storm water

PennFuture on July 10 praised the Pennsylvania General Assembly and Gov. Tom Corbett for the passage of state Sen. Ted Erickson’s (R-Chester, Delaware) Senate Bill 1255 that provides new options for local governments to address the widespread problem of storm-water runoff. Gov.Corbett signed SB 1255 into law July 9 as Act 123 of 2014. SB 1255 builds on the enactment of Act 68 of 2013, also sponsored by Sen. Erickson, that allows local governments to form storm-water authorities. A number of local governments across Pennsylvania, such as Hampden Township in Cumberland County, are now moving to take advantage of Act 68. (read more)

PEC opposes bill mandating different environmental safeguards for conventional oil and gas wells

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) sent a communication to the Pennsylvania State Senate to express its opposition to the recently introduced Senate Bill 1378 (P.N. 2053). Paul King, president and CEO of PEC, made the following statement in association with the communication: “Senate Bill 1378 is a step in the wrong direction. At a time when we are still waiting for promulgation of new natural gas regulations from a law that passed more than two years ago, this legislation seeks to further limit protection standards. As many natural gas operators have done at their own initiative, including in cooperative fashion through the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, we should be looking for ways to improve performance and protection — not carving out new exemptions. If Pennsylvania truly wants to be a leader in responsible resource development, the General Assembly should promptly reject Senate Bill 1378.” (read more)

Kane Is Able expands transportation fleet with Volvo natural-gas-powered trucks

Third-party logistics provider Kane Is Able Inc. ( announced June 3 that it is expanding its transportation fleet with seven compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered trucks manufactured by Volvo Trucks. Kane’s new CNG-powered trucks are being manufactured by Volvo Trucks at the New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, Virginia. Each truck’s range is approximately 425 miles between fueling. (read more)

Business groups decry EPA’s ‘war on coal’ Observers say Pennsylvania relies on coal-fired plants for as much as 40% of its electricity generation; loss of coal as a generation source could mean higher electricity prices, an unstable grid — and even make Pennsylvania a less desirable place to do business

By Kathy Ruff Power plants represent the largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S., accounting for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Pennsylvania had 78 coal-fired generating units at 40 locations in 2005 — representing 41.5 percent of the state’s total electric generating capacity. The EPA released a proposed ruling in June, The Clean Power Plan, to create limits to reduce those emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels. If approved, the EPA would allow each state “flexibility” on how to meet the new national standard, including by improving energy efficiency and replacing coal-fired power plants with those using lower-carbon sources of power such as solar, wind or natural gas. (read more)

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