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[ Carbon County Mine Fire Update ]

Harrisburg, November 24, 2015 – The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded Hazleton Shaft Company a $9.35 Million contract to extinguish the Jeanesville Mine Fire in Banks Township, Carbon County.

Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement:

“The awarding of the contract to extinguish the Jeanesville mine fire follows an extensive assessment by DEP and the formulation of a comprehensive plan to attack the fire,” said Senator John Yudichak. “We will continue to work closely with DEP and Banks Township officials to monitor the progress of the work and keep the residents living near the fire informed.”

Funds for the project are from the Federal Abandoned Mine Land Grant Program and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.…

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[ Do People in Pennsylvania Love Earth the Most? ]

Across the nation, Americans are going green – and they’re heading online for more information. Even their search results prove it, as they type in terms such as “how to save energy,” “eco-friendly,” and “electric cars.”

Brianna from Save On Energy recently contacted us here at [1thing] Northeastern Pa.  She wanted to share the data they recently collected from around the country showing which states are most environmentally friendly.   Save on Energy researched action phrases people may search for when looking into certain environmentally friendly activities; then they used Google Trends to rank the results by topic and state.…

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[ Which is Better for the Environment- A Real or Fake Christmas Tree? ]

Before you know it, Christmas will be here.  That means for many of us, we’ll soon be putting up and treedecorating our Christmas trees.  According to a 2004 poll by ABC News and The Washington Post, approximately 60 percent of Americans set up fake trees for the holidays.  But is that what’s best for the environment?  Well, it turns out in most instances, whether you buy a farm-grown tree or an artificial one doesn’t change how much of an environmental impact you’ll have on the planet.…

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[ PA Tightens Controls on Smog-Causing Pollution ]

But Allows One Big Source to Continue

The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board approved a new rule on Tuesday that will reduce smog-causing pollution from most coal-fired power plants, but gave one of the biggest sources a pass.

Nitrogen Oxide, or NOx, is particularly harmful to children, seniors and those with heart disease or respiratory problems. Tom Schuster, senior campaign director for the Sierra Club, explains the rule will require power plants that have pollution controls installed to actually use them.

“A lot of them had elected to meet regional pollution regulations by purchasing allowances rather than cutting their pollution at the source,” says Schuster.…

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[ Cigarettes Are a Huge Problem For Our Oceans ]

According to a recent article on One Green Planet titled Little Butt Lethal: How Cigarettes Are a Huge Problem For Our Oceans, “It is estimated that roughly 4.5 trillion cigarettes around the world end up as litter every buttsingle year. And the Ocean Conservancy says their most commonly recovered item in their annual International Coastal Cleanup event is the cigarette butt.”

Like most things that end up in the ocean that don’t belong there, cigarettes are taking a toll.…

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[ EPA Holds Hearings on Clean Power Plan ]

Community leaders, environmentalists and public-health advocates are in Pittsburgh for a second day of hearings on implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

The plan calls for a nationwide reduction of carbon pollution from power plants of 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. According to Ed Perry, Pennsylvania outreach coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation, meeting that goal would be an important step toward controlling global climate change.

“It sends a signal, not only to our country but the rest of the world, that the United States is serious about tackling carbon pollution,” he said.…

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[ The Best Way to Deal with Food Waste ]

According to the WorldWatch Institute, three times as much food waste is generated between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than is created throughout the rest of the year.  What is the best way to deal with all that food waste?  Well, Jacqueline in Sausalito, California recently posed that question to the Sierra Club’s Mr. Green.  Here’s what he had to say:

The amount of water needed to deal with in-sink disposal is negligible, according to Abby Figueroa, a spokesperson for California’s East Bay Municipal Utility District.…

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[ A Yoga Mat Made From Algae? ]

According to GOOD, clean tech company Algix and environmentally-minded product and material development company Effekt have joined forces to commercialize the world’s first algae-derived flexible foams.

Algae—enemy of ponds, lakes, and middle-school bio quizzes everywhere. That is until recently, when scientists discovered that the long-derided life form could be used to produce environmentally sustainable foam. Clean tech company Algix and material development company Effekt just announced their big plans to take algae and use it in multiple lifestyle products, including footwear, sporting goods, and the universal favorite, the yoga mat.…

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[ Leonardo DiCaprio Already Working on VW Scandal Movie ]

Well that was fast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a film about the recent Volkswagen emissions scandal is already in the works, and Leonardo DiCaprio is going to be a part of it.

The film will be based on a book proposal by New York Times writer Jack Ewing, which the Reporter claims has been pitched as the Too Big To Fail of the auto-industry. The rights to the book have been purchased by Paramount and Appian Way, DiCaprio’s film production company.

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[ The 6 Absolute Best Things About Climate Change ]

Put down those protest signs and turn the frown upside down! Ben & Jerry’s has come up with 6 reasons to enjoy climate change:

Vacation in the Arctic!

We’ve always loved going to new places on holiday. But the Northwest Passage through the Arctic has been too clogged up with ice for big boats to pass. Finally, that frosty mess has been cleared up by climate change, and Arctic cruises are on offer! In recent years, Arctic sea ice has been setting new records for the speed and extent that it’s melting.…

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[ Dryer Balls? ]

Dryer balls? Really?

Yes, really. And they aren’t as weird or dirty as they sound. If you are unfamiliar with dryer balls, they are simply balls made of various material that are quickly becoming a popular commodity in eco-friendly homes.

The benefits are many:

▪ Non-toxic and hypoallergenic

▪ Energy-saving (big time)

▪ Very affordable, even DIY

▪ And most of them are sustainably made

This article goes into WHY you should really considering making this switch from toxic fabric softeners or dryer sheets, as well as some FAQs to help you learn more about them.…

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[ Environmental Groups Challenge Toxic Ash Permit ]

Environmentalists are challenging a permit that would allow more coal ash to be shipped to a toxic waste dump in western Pennsylvania.

The Department of Environmental Protection has granted the permit allowing 48-hundred tons of ash a day to be shipped to a closed landfill in Green County.

Charles McPhedran, an attorney with Earthjustice, says the ash would travel 113 miles by barge on the Ohio and Monongahela rivers.

“And the dangers of the transport are that there will be some spill of the toxic material into the river that will endanger the river and endanger people that live along the river,” he points out.…

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[ PA Revives Its Office of Environmental Justice ]

The state Office of Environmental Justice finally is getting a new director, and fracking for natural gas will be on the agenda.

The office reviews the environmental impact of projects set for poor and minority communities, but it’s been without a director for three months. Now, the Department of Environmental Protection says gas-drilling permit applications once again will trigger extra notification and community involvement in areas with few of the resources needed to say no.

That’s good news to Larry Schweiger, president of the environmental group PennFuture.…

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[ Alternatives to Disposable Cleaning Products That Will Save You Money ]

Who doesn’t love to save money?  We all do, right?  How about saving money and protecting the planet?  A win-win!  Well, DealNews has a great list of alternatives to disposable cleaning products that are better for your wallet and the planet.  Here are some of the alternatives they came up with:

  • An alternative to pre-packaged cleaning wipes is DIY disinfecting wipes.  Making your own wipes is a great way to repurpose old rags, and all you need is rubbing alcohol, dish soap, and good old H20.
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[ Tips for Composting Fall Leaves ]

A yard of fallen leaves may seem like a mess. But hidden in all that decomposing foliage is the perfect organic matter for a great pile of compost. So this year, instead of putting fall leaves in a garbage bag and sending them to the dump, put them to use.  Here are a few tips for composting leaves from the Sierra Club:

1. Big or Small? Size Does Matter

The size of a leaf pile can make a big difference in how fast leaves decompose.…

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[ Recycling Made Easy: The Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling ]

Recycling is job one when it comes to keeping Earth’s environment going for the next generation and the six after that. It’s why we dutifully trot our newspapers, magazines, bottles, cans, and plastic milk jugs out to the curb each week. But what about all the other stuff?

The fact is, the trash that’s traditionally filled our blue bins is the low-hanging household-waste fruit, and much of what we discard is still a can-I-or-can’t-I question mark when it comes to recycling.…

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[ 5 anti-conservation pet projects Congress is using to hijack the budget ]

Congress is working on a deal to fund our government for the coming year, but this fundamental congressional obligation may be hijacked by anti-conservation interests.


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[ Mitigation strategy is key to protecting the western Arctic ]

Today, that work is focused on developing a Regional Mitigation Strategy that will help offset the negative environmental impacts of future oil and gas development in the reserve under the IAP, which allows industry access to 72 percent of the reserve’s economically recoverable oil.


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[ The Wilderness Society Statement on Badger-Two Medicine Oil and Gas Leases ]

Anastasia Greene

“Secretary Jewell is on the right track. The plan to pursue cancellation of this oil and gas lease sets the stage for getting rid of the remaining leases in the Badger-Two Medicine region,” said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society

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