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[ Families Demand Cleaner Air for PA ]

Families and child health advocates were in Harrisburg on Wednesday to oppose legislation they say would end the state’s ability to protect its citizens from pollution.

Senate bill 175 would prohibit the state from passing any regulations on emissions from gas facilities that are more restrictive than federal regulations. But Patrice Tomcik, an organizer with Moms Clean Air Force, said that as the second largest natural gas-producing state, Pennsylvania has thousands of gas wells, pipelines and other facilities polluting the air.…

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[ Go Green-Scaping ]

March is when we typically begin to think of springtime – lawns, flowers, and being outdoors. Get ideas and useful tips from the EPA on environmentally friendly practices to improve the health and appearance of your lawn and garden.

– Reducing waste: https://www.epa.gov/recycle/reducing-waste-what-you-can-do

– Pesticide safety: https://www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol

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[ PA American Water Accepting Protect Our Watersheds Student Art Contest Entries ]

PA American Water has announced entries are now being accepted for its 15th Annual Protect Our Watersheds Student Art Contest. The deadline is March 31.

All fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students in schools served by Pennsylvania American Water are eligible, as well as individual students who live in the company’s service area.

The contest encourages students to tap into their artistic talents to express the importance of protecting Pennsylvania’s water resources.

Pennsylvania American Water recently sent contest information and applications to teachers in nearly 500 schools in its service territory.…

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[ Mariner East Pipelines Proceed, as Challenges Continue ]

Environmental groups are going ahead with their challenge to permits for the Mariner East II pipelines, despite the denial of their petition to halt construction. The pipelines, being built by Sunoco, will carry highly flammable, natural-gas liquids at high pressure for 300 miles across 17 Pennsylvania counties.

According to Alex Bomstein, senior litigation attorney with the Clean Air Council, the state Department of Environmental Protection permits were granted while there were still outstanding problems with the applications, including lack of a required analysis of alternative routes.…

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[ Fish Consumption Advice ]

The EPA and FDA recently issued advice regarding fish consumption. The advice is designed to help pregnant or breastfeeding women make informed choices about fish that are healthy and safe to eat. Learn more about the fish consumption advice at http://go.usa.gov/x9tQq.…

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[ National Poison Prevention Week 2017 ]

On September 26, 1961, the 87th United States Congress passed a joint resolution (Public Law 87-319) requesting that the President of the United States proclaim the third week of March National Poison Prevention Week.  On February 7, 1962, President John F. Kennedy responded to this request and proclaimed the third week of March as National Poison Prevention Week.  The first National Poison Prevention Week was therefore observed in March 1962.  This year, National Poison Prevention Week occurs from March 19th thru the 25th.…

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[ Get Free Seeds & Help Bees ]

There’s something serious going on with the world’s bees. Bee populations everywhere have been declining at an alarming rate.  People need bees. And now bees need people.

How can you help:

Cheerios is giving away free wildflower seed packets to help you create a bee-friendly habitat in your yard.


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[ Advocates: Proposed Cuts Would Cripple Water Cleanup ]

Clean-water advocates say proposed federal cuts in Chesapeake Bay restoration funds would reverse years of progress.

The Trump administration is proposing a 93 percent cut in federal funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program, a multi-state agreement administered by the Environmental Protection Agency. Pennsylvania is the source of an estimated 60-percent of the pollution flowing into the bay.

According to Harry Campbell, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Pennsylvania office, a cut of that size would significantly reduce the EPA’s fundamental role in the cleanup effort.…

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[ Scientists Say EPA’s Pruitt Wrong on Global Warming ]

Scientists reacted strongly Thursday when EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in an interview that carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to global warming.

Speaking on CNBC’s show “Squawk Box,” Pruitt said there’s a lot of disagreement about the how much human activity is contributing to climate change, and that debate should continue.

But Noah Diffenbaugh, professor at Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment, says climate change and humans’ contributions to it, are well known.

“To deny that scientific reality is not only a denial of evidence, but it also threatens the security and safety of Americans, because we are experiencing increasing occurrence of extreme events,” he states.…

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[ How Much Pesticides Are in Your Produce? ]

The Environmental Working Group has released their Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ for 2017.  For the second year, strawberries top the list of produce with the most pesticide residue and sweet corn was found to have the least.  You can view the full list of produce the Environmental Working Group recommends that you always buy organic because it contains the most pesticide residue here.  Also check out the fruits and vegetables that are least likely to have pesticide residues here.…

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[ Eat Your Bananas & Wear Them, Too ]

With the increasing environmental awareness and growing importance of eco-friendly fabrics, banana fiber has also been recognized for all its good qualities.

The fiber originates from the trunk of the banana tree which is an agricultural waste.

NTD Television has more on the process here and check out exactly how yarn is made from a banana tree in the video below!…

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[ Game Commission Now Accepting Orders For Seedlings For Schools Program ]

The Game Commission is now accepting orders for its Seedlings For Schools Program which provides tree seedlings to classrooms so students can plant them as part of projects to improve wildlife habitat.

Orders placed as part of the Seedlings for Schools Program are being accepted through March 24.

There is no charge to schools that participate in this program. The seedlings are provided by the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery. The shipping costs are paid in full by the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation and its contributors.…

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[ National Groundwater Awareness Week ]

Life as we know it would be impossible without groundwater. It is the world’s most extracted natural resource, and it supports our ecosystems.

Don’t take groundwater for granted. Pay forward during National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 5-11, 2017, by letting others know how important groundwater is.

Get more info from the National Ground Water Association here and check out the video below to see how cool groundwater is.

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[ Keep PA Beautiful: 171,576 Volunteers Removed Over 5.5 Million Pounds Of Trash In 2016 ]

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, its local affiliates and partners held community improvement events in 2016 resulting in engaging over 171,000 volunteers to pick up and properly dispose of over 5.5 million pounds of trash, 1.6 million pounds of electronics waste and over 42,000 tires.

In total during 2016, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful helped involve 171,576 volunteers; remove 5,536,480 pounds of trash from Pennsylvania’s landscape; collect, recycled and properly handled 1,692,490 pounds of electronics; disposed of 42,464 tires; and had $584,846 of in-kind donations.…

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[ Health Professionals Urge Halt to Attacks on Clean-Air Protections ]

Forty-thousand doctors, nurses and public-health professionals have asked the oil and gas industry to stop opposing policies to reduce methane emissions.

In an open letter to the Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry lobbying group, the health advocates point out that opposing regulations that restrict methane emissions endangers public health. The gas developers are urging state legislators to support a bill that would prohibit the Department of Environmental Protection from having stricter regulations than those mandated by the federal government.

And as doctor Ned Ketyer, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health, notes, the Trump administration does not like regulations.…

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[ National Invasive Species Awareness Week ]

National Invasive Species Awareness Week, February 27 – March 3, 2017, is a week to raise awareness and identify dreamstime_xs_18618610solutions to invasive species issues at local, state, tribal, regional, international and national scales.

Invasive species are one of the leading threats to native wildlife.  Approximately 42% of Threatened or Endangered species are at risk primarily due to invasive species.

Human health and economies are also at risk from invasive species. The impacts of invasive species on our natural ecosystems and economy cost billions of dollars each year.…

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[ Chesapeake Bay Foundation Save The Bay Photo Contest Now Open ]

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation 2017 Save the Bay Photo Contest is now accepting entries through March 24.

CBF is celebrating its 50th year and they want to see how you see the Chesapeake Bay and all its rivers and streams.

The contest is open to both amateur and professional photographers, and they are seeking photographs that illustrate the positive aspects of the Bay and its rivers and streams. All photos must include water from the Chesapeake Bay or a river, stream, creek, or other body of water inside the Chesapeake Bay watershed.…

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[ Environmental Groups Challenge Pipeline Permits ]

Environmental groups have filed an appeal of 20 permits issued Monday for the proposed Mariner East Two pipelines. The pipelines would carry highly-flammable, natural-gas liquids including propane, butane and ethane over 300 miles across 17 Pennsylvania counties.

But according to Delaware Riverkeeper Maya von Rossum, the Department of Environmental Protection issued the permits despite applications riddled with errors.

“There’s been misinformation and missing information, and information challenged by the public and by experts, and information challenged by Department of Environmental Protection employees themselves,” she said.…

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[ How to Save Arctic Ice ]

Crazy warm winters haven’t pushed Arctic ice beyond a “tipping point.” Every ton of CO2 we don’t emit saves 32 square feet of it.

Find out what National Geographic says could happen in the next 30 years.…

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[ PA American Water Accepting Stream Of Learning Scholarship Program Applications ]

PA American Water announced that applications are being accepted for its 2017 Stream of Learning Scholarship Program to provide financial assistance to high school seniors who are planning to pursue careers in the water and wastewater industry.

The deadline for applications is March 24.

The program is designed to support outstanding students living in Pennsylvania American Water’s service territories who are charting a course of study in specific fields, ranging from engineering to environmental science.

The company will award scholarships of $1,000 each to 10 students who are selected through the program’s application process.…

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[ Racing to the Bottom on Methane Emissions? ]

Clean air advocates are concerned that a bill in the state Senate would undermine efforts to control a major contributor to climate change.

Over a 20-year time period, methane, the main component of natural gas, is 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.

And Pennsylvania puts a lot of methane into the atmosphere – 115,000 tons in 2014 alone, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.

SB 175 would prevent the DEP from imposing any regulations on emissions of methane that are more restrictive than federal regulations.…

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[ Why rust belt states are tackling methane when Trump won’t ]

A growing number of states that supported Trump in 2016 are taking steps to rein in methane leaks from the oil and gas industry. It’s easy to see why.

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[ In another sneak attack, Senate votes to undermine Alaska refuges. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge next? ]

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is America’s last big, pristine and wild place, and it is facing challenges greater than at any time in more than a decade. When the time comes to decide its future, we must be sure lawmakers don’t repeat the mistake they made this week.

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