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[ Draft Permits: “First Step” to Reduce Methane Emissions in PA ]

The Department of Environmental Protection has released new draft permits to reduce methane emissions in the state.

The draft general permits, announced Thursday, would require natural-gas operators to check for and repair leaks from new equipment on a quarterly basis at well sites and at compression, transmission and processing facilities.

Andrew Williams, senior state regulatory and legislative affairs manager for the Environmental Defense Fund, said the proposal is in keeping with commitments Gov. Tom Wolf made in January.

“Now there are no standards or rules that work to cut methane emissions directly,” he said, “so, this will be the first step that actually directly controls methane emissions across the natural-gas supply chain in Pennsylvania.”

Gas producers have said emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, already are declining, making the new permits unnecessary.…

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[ Penn State Named Silver Bicycle Friendly University, Joining 6 Other PA Schools ]

The League of American Bicyclists has recognized Penn State’s University Park campus with a silver Bicycle Friendly University award, moving up from bronze last year.

With this designation, Penn State is one of more than 150 bicycle-friendly colleges and universities across the country.

Other Pennsylvania campuses now on the BFU list are: Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Dickinson College, Montgomery County Community College, Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania

With the announcement of 51 new and renewing BFUs from 25 states, Penn State is among a cutting-edge group of colleges and universities across the United States transforming their campuses and the communities around them.…

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[ Eco-Friendly Gift Guide ]

Scrambling to find something to suit the many friends and family members on your holiday list?

With eco-friendly clothing, your gift is practical, unique, and ethically sound. It’s why the Sierra Club put together a list of some the top sustainable clothing companies around—along with suggestions for particularly “gifty” items.

And to spare you some hassle this holiday season, they’ve made sure you can order each of them online.
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[ Proposal Would Allow Killing of Endangered Bats ]

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting public comments on a proposal to allow oil and gas companies to kill bats, including some endangered species, in three states.

Nine companies have requested what’s known as an Incidental Take Permit. It would allow them to kill bats from five species for a period of 50 years, as an unintended casualty of pipeline and well-pad construction, which can destroy bat habitat.

According to Tracy Carluccio, deputy director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, bats play an important role in Pennsylvania’s ecosystem.…

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[ Get Real for Christmas, Go Green ]

treeIf you want to help the environment this Christmas, you might want to “get real” when you’re shopping for a tree.

Environmentalists point out artificial Christmas trees often end up as plastic waste in a landfill. And according to B.J. Small, director of media and communications for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Pennsylvania, real trees are not only biodegradable, they’re actually good for the environment through their entire life cycle.

“On the farm, they stabilize soil, reduce erosion and help reduce polluted runoff, because trees filter and absorb pollutants that would otherwise make their way into local rivers and streams,” he explains.…

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[ Weis Markets, Ahold USA, PepsiCo Among EPA’s First Food Loss & Waste Champions ]

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the inaugural class of 15 U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions, U.S. businesses and organizations pledging concrete steps to reduce food loss and waste in their operations 50 percent by 2030.

Champions announced in Pennsylvania include Weis Markets, Ahold USA (Giant Foods, Food Lion, Martin’s Food Markets, Peapod) and PepsiCo.

“The founding 2030 Champions have shown exceptional leadership in the fight to reduce, recover and recycle food loss and waste,” said Vilsack.…

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[ Neil Young Wants Obama To End ‘Violence’ At Pipeline Protest ]

Neil Young is calling on President Barack Obama “to step in and end” what he calls the “violence” against protesters demonstrating against an oil pipeline being built in North Dakota on part of an Indian reservation.

In an open letter on Facebook posted Monday, the 71-year-old rock star calls the protest at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation “an awakening.” He says demonstrators are “standing strong in the face of outrageous, unnecessary and violent aggression.” He says law enforcement agencies and the National Guard are “seemingly acting to protect the interests of the Dakota Access Pipeline profiteers” with taxpayer money.

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[ Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Everyday Household Items ]

Having a green household, one that’s both sustainable and healthy, is so much more than just energy-efficient light bulbs and reusable grocery bags. Take a look around your house. From plastic containers filled with chemicals you can’t even pronounce to your constantly filled trash bin, there are plenty of improvements to be made.

The Environmental Media Association has a few eco-friendly alternatives to everyday household items that will start you on your way to a greener home:


When it comes to candles, the options are seemingly endless.…

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[ Entercom Asks Trump to Follow Climate Policy ]

Radio companies don’t often deliberately hop into the boiling pot of politics, but Entercom CEO David Field has utilized Twitter to send a clear message to President-elect Donald Trump. The CEO’s tweet addresses the controversial topic of climate change. Field writes: “Entercom joins 365 US co’s urging President-elect not to scuttle global Paris Climate Deal. Good for US competitiveness, jobs & security.”

Field also links a New York Times business article, the summary of which states: “Hundreds of American companies are pleading with Donald Trump not to abandon gains made to mitigate climate change.”

Read the full story from Inside Radio here.…

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[ Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Kicks Off The Holidays With Open House Nov. 26 ]

After the Thanksgiving and Black Friday madness settles down, celebrate Small Business Saturday at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Holiday Open House November 26th in the Sanctuary Visitor Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Raptors Up Close Program bookends the event with programs offered at 11a.m. and 2 p.m. Complimentary hot chocolate and bird-friendly coffee samples will be available throughout the event, and children’s crafts and activities will be held in the Visitor Center Gallery from 12-2 p.m.

In spirit of Small Business Saturday, anyone who purchases a membership that day will receive 3 free months and a complimentary gift.…

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[ Ways To Help Kids Become Part Of The Green Movement ]

If you want your children to have a healthy respect for the environment, it’s best to instill a green consciousness in dreamstime_xs_6950646their minds at an early age. You can do this by setting a good example and by educating them on the importance of living in a green and sustainable manner. The Environmental Media Association has a few ways you can help your kids become part of the green movement:


If children are old enough to throw something in the garbage, they’re old enough to learn about recycling.…

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[ $2 Million Abandoned Mine Reclamation Project At Eckely Miners’ Village ]

Local, state, and federal partners and supporters were at Eckley Miners’ Village in Carbon County as Department of Environmental Protection Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell announced $2 million in funding for the cleanup of a 62-acre abandoned coal mine property.

The project will enable the community’s planned extension of a popular bike path to the historical mining village and other area improvements.

DEP selected the Hazleton/Eckley project to receive a share of $30 million in federal funding from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement through its Abandoned Mine Lands Economic Revitalization Pilot Program.…

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[ Finding Common Ground for Saving the Environment ]

With big changes on the way in Washington, D.C., environmental groups are saying conservation should not be a partisan issue. The new administration has already outlined some possible radical shifts in federal environmental policies.

Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, noted that environmental laws, such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, are not at odds with economic growth.

“Americans have seen health outcomes go up at the same time we’ve seen the GDP go up,” he said.…

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[ Keep Your House Warm Or Reheat? ]

If you haven’t done it already, you will be turning up your heat in your home very soon if you live here in Northeastern Pa.  If you want to save energy and money(and who doesn’t?!), should you lower the heat at night and crank it back up in the morning or maintain a constant temperature throughout the day?  The Sierra Club’s Mr. Green has the answer.  Find it here.…

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[ Chemical reform in action: EPA moves to ban solvent used by dry cleaners, consumers ]

An updated chemical safety law is already bringing results.

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[ Trump’s Interior Nominee is the Wrong Choice ]

Michael Reinemer

Today, Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, issued the following statement on the expected nomination of U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers for Secretary of the Interior.


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[ Trump’s likely Interior nominee is the wrong choice—help hold her accountable ]

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to lead the Department of the Interior. In doing so, he elevates a politician with a history of anti-conservation rhetoric and congressional action to the brink of managing most American public lands.

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[ Cathy McMorris Rodgers anti-conservation record is disturbing ]

Caroline Mosley

Unfortunately, she has voted for measures that would prevent taxpayers from receiving a fair price for resources mined on public lands, prioritized drilling public lands over recreational uses, and allowed companies to bypass certain Clean Air Act provisions for offshore drilling.


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