Rural Water News
EPA Action Ensures that Runoff Doesn’t Harm Nearby Streams at North Reading, Mass. Construction Site
BOSTON – An EPA enforcement action resulted in reduced amounts of sediment and contaminated run off impacting streams and waterways near a construction site in North Reading, Mass. The recent settlement between EPA and Gilbane Building Co. resolved EPA allegations that the company violated a Clean Water Act General Construction Permit at the work site
HARRISBURG – Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, this week hosted an informational meeting to update the committee on issues impacting the veterans’ community and emergency preparedness and response activities. He also heard testimony during a House Appropriations Committee hearing regarding funding allocated for emergency services professionals in the governor’s budget proposal.
Speaker Turzai Energy Forum to Highlight Vision for 21st Century Energy Policy and Marcellus/Utica Shale Usage
WHAT: Panel and media event with Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) to unveil a vision for 21st century Pennsylvania energy policy and the necessity of growing Marcellus/Utica Shale-related usage.
NEWS ADVISORY: EPA Issues Pesticides Warning in Caribbean; Methyl Bromide Suspected of Making Four People Ill on St. John, U.S. VI
(New York, N.Y.) Today, the EPA issued a pesticides use warning advisory (web link below) with information about the restricted use of pesticides. Pesticides must be used in accordance with label directions. The EPA is working closely with the U.S. Virgin Islands government to investigate an incident of suspected exposure to Methyl Bromide reported on March 20, 2015. Paramedics responded to a call that four people staying at the Sirenusa Condominium Resort in St. John became ill
(Seattle—March 26, 2015) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a compliance order and $7,500 penalty to R. Bajema Farm for violations of the Clean Water Act. During a 2013 inspection of the Lynden, Washington dairy farm, EPA staff observed the discharge of water polluted with animal waste to a ditch that flows into Fishtrap Creek and the Nooksack River, which empties into North Puget Sound near shellfish beds
EPA Awards Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants to Reduce Runoff that Contributes to Algal Blooms
CHICAGO -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced the award of 14 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants totaling over $17 million to fund projects that will improve Great Lakes water quality by preventing phosphorus runoff and soil erosion that contribute to algal blooms and by reducing suspended sediments in Great Lakes tributaries
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) honored Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams) for his work in passage of a new law to help protect Wildlife Conservation Officers and Waterways Conservation Officers (WCOs) while on the job.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Cris Dush (R-Jefferson/Indiana) today announced the introduction of his first piece of legislation (House Resolution 191) that would restore subpoena power to all standing committees and subcommittees in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
WHAT: Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the governor’s decision to implement a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland/Allegheny) today sent the following letter, calling for the rejection of the tax plan included in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2015-16 budget proposal, to House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny).
HARRISBURG – Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced that he has introduced legislation that would amend the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act to ensure that property owners have the choice between two or more Uniform Construction Code (UCC) inspectors for property inspection services.
Despite the recent surge of surface water caused by snow melt, parts of the state have below-average groundwater levels. The lack of groundwater recharge has caused the Department of Environmental Protection ...
HARRISBURG – State Rep. David Parker (R-Monroe) today met with Gov. Tom Wolf’s deputy secretary of legislative affairs, Mike Hanna Jr., to talk about education funding and property tax relief for Monroe County school districts.
WHAT: Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Majority Chairman Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) will convene a public hearing focusing on how to address Pennsylvania’s multi-billion dollar public pension funding crisis.
Auditor General’s York City Pension Audit Highlights Need for Municipal Pension Reform, Lawmakers Say
HARRISBURG – As Auditor General Eugene DePasquale returned to his home city and joined York City Mayor Kim Bracey to release the findings of his latest municipal pension audit, Reps. Keith J. Greiner (R-Lancaster) and Seth Grove (R-York) today highlighted the need for the General Assembly to act on municipal pension reform. Last week, Greiner and Grove introduced legislation that would put the state’s municipal pension systems on an affordable and sustainable path forward.
WHAT: Reps. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), chairman of the House Health Committee, and Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will hold a combined hearing on the practical implications of legalizing medical cannabis in Pennsylvania and its impact on health care professionals.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced the members of the Conventional Oil and Gas Advisory Committee (COGAC). COGAC's mission is to increase transparency and communication about ...
The Department of Environmental Protection invites land developers, local governments, environmental consultants, and the general public to comment on two interim final technical guidance documents that ...
WHAT: The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, led by Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), is hosting an informational meeting to update the committee on a wide range of issues impacting the veteran community and emergency preparedness and response activities.
On March 3, Gov. Tom Wolf outlined his budget priorities for the coming fiscal year. The spending plan would increase spending from $29 billion to $33.8 billion, an increase of 16 percent or $4.7 billion in a single year and $12.7 billion over the next two years. It has become increasingly clear since his budget address the governor’s unprecedented spending increase is built on a foundation of higher taxes and is harmful to middle-class families and small business owners.