Rural Water News
ATLANTA - The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program partnership developed the Gulf Guardian awards as a way to recognize and honor the businesses, community groups, individuals, and organizations that are taking extraordinary steps to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful and productive
DALLAS – (Oct. 28, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal partners are meeting to discuss the designation of San Antonio as an Urban Waters Partner. The partnership was formed to revitalize the San Antonio River Basin and improve the local area
HARRISBURG - Unanimously passing the state House last week and the Senate the week before, an unprecedented Workers’ Compensation reform bill was signed into law today by the governor, announced Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny).
Legislation containing key language authored by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) to combat prescription drug abuse was signed into law on Oct. 27 by Gov. Tom Corbett. The new law expands the state’s prescription drug monitoring program to include Schedule II through V controlled substances that are prescribed and dispensed in Pennsylvania. The database will help improve patient care and prescribing practices, uncover drug diversion, and identify “doctor shopping.” Pictured with Baker and the governor at the table is Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland/York), who sponsored the Senate bill.
HARRISBURG – Legislation supported by state Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Harborcreek) that will maintain eligibility in Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate (PTRR) program for many senior citizens has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett. The bill, which was unanimously passed by the House last year, was only recently sent to the governor’s desk by the state Senate.
HARRISBURG -- Rep. Duane Milne (R-Chester) announced that his historic bill to re-engineer business financing programs in Pennsylvania is on its way to becoming law. The bill achieved final passage in the House of Representatives on Oct. 14 by a vote of 202-0, and now awaits Gov. Tom Corbett’s signature to officially become law.
HARRISBURG – With a strong focus on rebuilding the state’s economy since taking control of the House legislative majority in 2011, House Republicans have developed and enacted pro-growth policies that have created an atmosphere where local manufacturing can thrive. Reps. Doyle Heffley (R-Lehighton), Jerry Knowles (R-Tamaqua), Tarah Toohil (R-Hazleton) and Mike Tobash (R-Pottsville) made that point Friday at a press conference at Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corporation (KME), a Nesquehoning firm that is a global leader in the manufacture of customized specialty trucks and vehicles.
EPA Finalizes List of Polluted Water Bodies in New Jersey; PCBs, Arsenic, and Phosphorus are Most Common Pollutants
(New York, N.Y.) From Raritan Bay to the Maurice River in Cumberland County, New Jersey continues to struggle with meeting federal water standards. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the 2012 list of waters in New Jersey that are considered either impaired or threatened by pollutants. An impaired water body does not meet federally-approved water quality standards even after pollution controls have been put in place
HARRISBURG – Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee (VAEP), assembled Pennsylvania’s top health and emergency management officials to inform the committee and the public about the Commonwealth’s readiness in the face of the Ebola threat.
HARRISBURG – Legislation co-sponsored by Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) to help children who are unable to digest regular foods because of rare health conditions was signed into law by the governor on Wednesday.
Brooks’ Measure to Help Seniors and Disabled Maintain Eligibility for Property Tax Rebate Program Signed into Law
HARRISBURG – Legislation has been signed into law that will allow more Pennsylvania senior citizens to be eligible for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program should Social Security cost-of-living increases bump their increases above the state limit, said Rep. Michele Brooks (R-Crawford/Mercer/Lawrence), author of the new law.
DEP Fines Wilkinsburg-Penn Joint Water Authority for Failure to Maintain Minimum Disinfection of Drinking Water
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has imposed one of the largest civil penalties in the last 20 years for violations of Safe Drinking Water regulations in the southwest region of the state.
HARRISBURG—Legislation backed by Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia) to better control the distribution of dangerous prescription drugs is headed to the governor.
Truitt Bill to Require Coverage of Medically Necessary Nutritional Formulas for Children with Rare Illnesses Becomes Law
HARRISBURG – Legislation introduced by Rep. Dan Truitt (R-Chester) to help children who are unable to digest regular foods because of rare health conditions was signed into law by the governor on Wednesday.
HARRISBURG-- Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia) joined his colleagues in passing legislation to expand and improve the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and the Educational Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs by allowing career and technical schools to benefit from the program.
EPA Region 7 Issues Decision Letter on the State of Missouri’s Proposed Changes to Water Quality Standards
Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lenexa, Kan., Oct. 23, 2014) - EPA Region 7 has issued its decision letter to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) on the State of Missouri’s proposed new and revised Water Quality Standards, approving most proposed changes, including Missouri’s decision to protect previously unclassified lakes and streams for certain uses listed in the federal Clean Water Act (CWA)
WHAT: Area members of the House Republican Caucus will discuss state employment advances in the region, including new jobs at a plant in Carbon County. House members will also discuss increases in family-sustaining jobs across Pennsylvania. A local business leader and new employee will also speak.
Governor Tom Corbett today announced nearly $12.5 million in Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) grants to 28 local governments, schools and businesses for alternative and clean ...
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) joined the majority of his colleagues Monday in supporting legislation which prevents any of Pennsylvania’s more than 2,500 municipalities from enacting their own individual gun ordinances. House Bill 80, which passed with bipartisan support, has been sent to Gov. Tom Corbett for his signature into law.
PERKASIE – Lower costs for energy and consumer products, along with other commercial applications, are direct benefits of the growing natural gas industry for residents and businesses in the southeastern part of the state, members of the House Majority Policy Committee learned today during a roundtable discussion at the Bucks County Community College’s Upper Campus in Perkasie, said Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), host of the event and member of the Policy Committee.