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PUC Orders 17 Utilities To Return $320+ Million To Consumers Following Federal Tax Cuts

The Public Utility Commission Thursday issued an Order, requiring a “negative surcharge” or monthly credit on customer bills for 17 major electric, natural gas, and water and wastewater utilities, totaling more than $320-million per year.

The refunds to consumers are the result of the substantial decrease in federal corporate tax rates and other tax changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which impacted the tax liability of many utilities.

Additionally, the PUC will consider the effects of federal tax reform on seven other public utilities as part of the investigations for rate cases which have already been filed or are expected to be filed by Aug.…

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PA National Parks Need Repair

Community groups are calling on Congress to fully fund maintenance at National Park Service sites in Pennsylvania that have backlogs of needed repairs.

For years, the National Park Service has postponed critical maintenance on sites across the country. From Point Marion south of Pittsburgh to Independence Hall in Philadelphia, there are 19 national historic sites, battlefields and parks across the state.

Chad Forcey, executive director of the Pennsylvania Conservative Energy Forum, said deferred maintenance has left some of the most popular tourist destinations crumbling into disrepair.…

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Reduce The Environmental Impact Of Your Swimming Pool

If you haven’t already, within the next few weeks you’ll probably be opening your swimming pool for the season.

No one wants to ruin the joy of having a swimming pool in your backyard by bringing up the environmental impact of pools, but that’s exactly what the folks at Sierra do. Traditional pools invoke the trifecta of environmental destruction: high water use, high energy use, and harmful chemicals.

So, how to reduce the impact of your pool?  Here are some tips for how to make it more eco-friendly:

Cover up:  The best thing you can do to save water and energy is to use a pool cover.…

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Free Pa Inspection This Saturday At Planet Kia

May is Good Car Keeping Month!  Planet Kia, 3007 Scranton Carbondale Highway in Blakely, will be celebrating by offering Free Pa Inspections* this Saturday, May 19th, from 10 am until noon.

A well-kept car is more fuel-efficient, produces less carbon pollution, and reduces your impact on the environment.  Keep your engine properly tuned, use the recommended grade of motor oil, replace clogged air filters and follow the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule.  Follow these tips and you’ll have a well-kept car & a much greener car.

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New Recreational Opportunities In Carbondale Riverwalk Improvements

Department of Community and Economic Development Executive Deputy Secretary Scott Dunkelberger, Department of Conservation of Natural Resources Deputy Secretary for Conservation and Technical Services Lauren S. Imgrund, and Department of Transportation project manager April Hannon Thursday joined the Lackawanna Heritage Valley and local leaders for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Carbondale Riverwalk, a new 1.5-mile trail that closes a critical gap in the 70-mile Lackawanna River Heritage Trail  system.

The new trail, which was supported by funding through DCED, DCNR, and PennDOT, will provide new recreational opportunities for visitors and residents.…

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Deferred Maintenance Takes a Toll on National Parks

As part of National Infrastructure Week, advocates are calling on Congress to fully fund maintenance at national parks here in Pennsylvania and across the country.

There are 19 National Park Service sites in the Keystone State, drawing more than 10 million visitors a year and generating close to half-a-billion dollars in local spending in 2017 alone. But years of deferred maintenance have left a backlog of needed repairs that was estimated at $11.6 billion for all parks nationally as of last year.…

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Invasive Plants Get Free Ride Into PA Forests

When Marcellus Shale drilling came to Pennsylvania state forests, it brought a few hitchhikers along — invasive plants. They got a free ride into remote northcentral interior forests that previously had been spared the influence of heavy truck traffic.

Read the full story from Bay Journal here.…

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Volkswagen Settlement to Clean PA Air

Pennsylvanians could be breathing a little easier after the state puts its share of the multi-billion-dollar settlement with Volkswagen to use. Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday that $118 million will be used to help clean up the air in the Keystone State.

Volkswagen had rigged computers in diesel-fueled cars to turn on emission controls during testing, but scale them back during normal driving. The state will use some of the settlement money to fund replacements and upgrades of diesel engines in everything from school buses to tugboats.…

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PennDOT Announces Funding For Trail, Environmental Projects To Support Transportation Alternatives

Gov. Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards Tuesday announced the approval of funding for 82 projects to improve transportation alternatives and enhance mobility and public accessibility across the Commonwealth.

“Building for the future includes improving access to a variety of transportation options and these investments will promote safety and mobility for communities across Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said.

The administration awarded $66.8 million through the Surface Transportation Block Grant program Set-Aside or Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside.

The Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside provides funding for projects and activities defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation, trails that serve a transportation purpose, and safe routes to school projects.…

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FirstEnergy Utility Customers Offered $3,000 Rebate On All-Electric Cars By Nissan In PA

FirstEnergy Wednesday announced its Pennsylvania customers will be able to take advantage of special $3,000 rebates for all-electric cars from Nissan through June 30, or while supplies last.

FirstEnergy utilities in Pennsylvania include– Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power.

The rebate is in addition to the manufacturer incentives. The purchaser could also qualify for up to $7,500 in federal electric vehicle tax credits.  FirstEnergy customers can use the special offers to buy cars off the lot or by ordering a vehicle.…

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It’s About That Time

Check out these tips from the U.S. EPA regarding bees and mosquitoes:

Bee Safe with Pesticides. It’s that time of year to start gardening … and if you use pesticides where bees are present, always READ THE LABEL. Be sure you know how to use pesticides or other garden chemicals safely and correctly. More about protecting bees and other pollinators:

Don’t Get Bugged. Mosquito season is almost here. You can help control mosquitos before they become a problem. Regularly drain or change standing water near your home – some mosquitos need only a few tablespoons (!) of water to breed.…

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Keep PA Beautiful Great American Cleanup Of PA Video Contest Now Accepting Entries

Anyone participating in Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup of PA is reminded to submit an entry in the video contest. The deadline for entries is June 8.
To participate, send Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful a 60-second video of your Great American Cleanup of PA event showing individuals, groups, children, and adults having fun making our communities clean, beautiful and vibrant!
Be sure to mention the Great American Cleanup of PA in your video!
Cash prizes, sponsored by the PA Waste Industries Association, are $200 for the winning entry and $100 each for two runners up.…

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Finally Getting The Dirt Off After A Long Long Winter

Check out the forecast for this week in Northeastern Pa and you’ll finally see some warm temperatures ahead.  We’ll be experiencing the perfect weather to clean off all that dirt and salt that’s been accumulating on your car all winter long.   So, here are some eco-friendly car wash tips to help ensure you’re cleaning your car in a green way without sending chemicals into nearby rivers or lakes:

Park in the Grass

The soil in your yard is capable of filtering chemicals like oil and gas out of the water that runs off your car when washing it.…

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OUT NOW: EWG’s 2018 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

  • Most conventionally grown produce contains pesticides, EWG’s guide lists low- and high-residue foods
  • Recent studies suggest eating high-pesticide produce can affect fertility

WASHINGTON – All adults and children should eat more fruits and vegetables, whether they are organic or conventionally grown. With EWG’s 2018 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, you can choose healthy produce while minimizing unwanted doses of multiple toxic pesticides.

Many shoppers don’t realize that pesticide residues are common on conventionally grown produce, even after it is carefully washed or peeled.…

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Planting Ten Million Trees for Clean Water

A statewide partnership launched a major effort Tuesday to help protect rivers and streams by planting 10 million trees in the state by the end of 2025.

Trees planted next to streets and waterways form natural buffers to keep sediment and pollutants from reaching the water. The Keystone State failed to meet its goal of having 60 percent of its practices to clean up rivers and streams in place by the end of last year.

Harry Campbell, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Pennsylvania, said the project is critical to putting the state on track to meet its obligations under the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.…

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EPA announces $2.7 million in Brownfields Grants for Pennsylvania

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)yesterday awarded 144 communities that will receive Brownfields grants for environmental assessment, revolving loan funds, and cleanups. The 221 grants totaling $54.3 million will provide communities with funding to assess, clean up and redevelop underutilized properties while protecting public health and the environment. The grants include $2.7 million to support seven Brownfields projects in Pennsylvania.

“EPA’s Brownfields Program expands the ability of communities to recycle vacant and abandoned properties for new, productive reuses, using existing infrastructure” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.…

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Association Of Independent Festivals Goes ‘Drastic On Plastic’ In The UK

The organizers of more than 60 independent festival across the UK have committed to get rid of single-use plastic on site by 2021. The campaign is dubbed ‘Drastic On Plastic.’

View article from Pollstar here…

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Environmentalists Condemn EPA Coal-Ash Proposal

Environmental groups say changes proposed by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt would gut federal coal-ash regulations put in place in 2015.

Coal ash contains toxic pollutants such as arsenic, lead and radioactive elements, many of which have no federal maximum contaminant level for drinking water. According to Lisa Evans, senior administrative counsel with the environmental law firm Earthjustice, the current regulations require leaks from coal-ash dumps to be cleaned up before they reach drinking water supplies.

“What Pruitt would like to do is to allow states or the polluters themselves to set their own standards for those chemicals that don’t have a federal MCL,” Evans said.…

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Live Nation Teams To Reduce Waste At Sheds, Including Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Concert promotion and ticketing giant Live Nation has committed to remove all single-use plastic straws in favor of a marine-friendly paper alternative at all of its 45-plus U.S. owned and operated amphitheaters, teaming with environmental organization The Lonely Whale.

View full article from Pollstar

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Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority Receives Governor’s Award For Stormwater Management Partnership

Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) recently announced the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority and its Executive Director Jim Tomaine has received one of the 2018 Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence in the category of Building Community Partnerships.

The WVSA has been providing wastewater treatment services for Luzerne County since 1962 and is currently spearheading the WVSA Regional Stormwater Management Project.

The project is designed to create opportunities for streamlined regulations, economies of scale, strategic partnerships, and a more affordable cost for property owners who benefit from the WVSA stormwater services.…

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McDonald’s Phasing Out Plastic Straws In UK Locations

McDonald’s is jumping on the plastic ban train.

The chain recently announced it would phase out plastic straws from its 1,300 U.K. restaurants and begin a trial of paper straws in some of its locations starting in May. The fast food chain will also begin keeping straws behind the counter, requiring customers to ask for them.

Read the full story from Fortune here.…

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Electric-Vehicle Bill a Potential Win for PA

Pennsylvania is lagging behind some other states in creating the infrastructure to support electric vehicles, but a bill making its way through the General Assembly could change that.

Transportation is one of the main sources of carbon pollution. But without a reliable network of charging stations, consumers are reluctant to switch to clean electric vehicles.

Noah Garcia, transportation policy analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council, says passage of House Bill 1446 would be a major win for clean energy in the Commonwealth.…

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Register Now For Rails-To-Trails Conservancy June 10-14 Delaware & Lehigh Sojourn

The Rails-To-Trails Conservancy is now accepting registrations for the June 10-14 Delaware & Lehigh Trail Sojourn in Eastern Pennsylvania.
Spend five days exploring more than 160 miles of this scenic and historic Delaware & Lehigh Trail and the vibrant towns it touches, with the people who know trails best.
This fully supported bicycle tour will have hot showers, great food, fun evening activities, awesome optional trips—and the added benefit of supporting America’s trails!
Click Here for all the details and to register.…

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Gov. Wolf Announces Funding For Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Projects, Including Lackawanna And Luzerne Counties

Gov. Tom Wolf Friday announced the approval of $25 million in funding for environmental cleanup and revitalization projects at 12 abandoned mine land (AML) locations in fourteen municipalities across Pennsylvania.

“These projects demonstrate my administration’s strong commitment to assisting Pennsylvania communities in overcoming the challenges of abandoned mine land,” Gov. Wolf said. “While it protects public health and safety through environmental cleanup, the disbursement of this funding will also support the creation of thousands of jobs, create new residential and business opportunities, and revitalize communities and outdoor recreation spaces that attract people and improve quality of life.…

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The 2018 farm bill in the spotlight: Here’s what you need to know

The largest source of conservation dollars for private land owners hangs in the balance after the House failed to pass the bill.

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Attacks on National Forests Fail in Republican Controlled House

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How Scott Pruitt’s “transparency” rule is just a sneaky ploy to censor science

A new EPA rule would curb scientific studies we’ve relied on for decades to protect public health. It’s easy to see why.

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