Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection http://wesa.fm en Alternative Fuel Car Rebates Extended http://wesa.fm/post/alternative-fuel-car-rebates-extended <p>Electric cars have come a long way from having short ranges, and a wimpy top speed of 40 miles per hour. Now many electric cars can go upwards of 130mph, have a range of 250 miles, and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is trying to get more motorists to purchase one.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:48:26 +0000 Jess Lasky 33337 at http://wesa.fm DEP Audited, But It Disagrees With Findings http://wesa.fm/post/dep-audited-it-disagrees-findings <p>After an 18-month audit, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been called “outdated, understaffed and underfunded” when it comes to monitoring the impact of Marcellus Shale drilling on water quality.&nbsp;</p><p>“For an analogy internally we believe it’s like firefighters trying to put out a five-alarm fire with a 20-foot garden hose,” said Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.</p><p>The audit resulted in eight findings with 29 recommendations. DePasquale said 18 of the recommendations would not cost tax payers any more money.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:34:18 +0000 Jess Lasky 33018 at http://wesa.fm Range Resources Stores Radioactive Sludge in Washington County http://wesa.fm/post/range-resources-stores-radioactive-sludge-washington-county <p>Two drilling pads in Washington County are storing Marcellus Shale drilling sludge with radioactivity levels that are too high for regular disposal.</p><p>According to John Poister, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) spokesman, drilling company Range Resources sent the department a request for a Department of Transportation exemption form March 1<sup>st</sup>.</p><p>The form would allow Range Resources to move waste that has a “higher than background radiation level” - meaning that it is a higher level than the radiation that is usually found in the environment.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 17:48:28 +0000 Jessica Nath 29978 at http://wesa.fm State DEP: No Health Concerns From Air Near Well Fire http://wesa.fm/post/state-dep-no-health-concerns-air-near-well-fire <p>The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says it found “no pollutants that would indicate a potential health concern for local residents or emergency responders” as a result of the Greene County Chevron well fire incident.</p><p>It took crews brought in by the company two weeks to cap the fire that broke out Feb. 11 in Dunkard Township. The fire claimed the life of one employee.</p><p>DEP spokesman John Poister said the department used temporary air monitoring devices to look at the levels of 57 different toxic air pollutants.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:51:31 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 28070 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny County Gets Grant To Fight West Nile Virus http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-gets-grant-fight-west-nile-virus <p>The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded about $2.1 million in grants to 26 counties to combat West Nile Virus.</p><p>Allegheny County received $168,114 to study and control the virus-carrying mosquito populations. Philadelphia County got the most at $231,298.</p><p>DEP spokeswoman Amanda Witman said West Nile Virus studies are best handled at the local level.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 27717 at http://wesa.fm DEP: ‘Tis the Season to Recycle Unwanted Electronics http://wesa.fm/post/dep-tis-season-recycle-unwanted-electronics <p>Televisions, computers and smartphones are popular gifts during the holidays, but what should you do with your old electronics?</p><p>The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) wants to remind Pennsylvanians they must recycle unwanted electronics.</p><p>According to the DEP, electronics that are thrown away usually end up in landfills and create an environmental hazard.</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 21752 at http://wesa.fm State Board Holds Public Hearings on Tighter Oil and Gas Regulations http://wesa.fm/post/state-board-holds-public-hearings-tighter-oil-and-gas-regulations <p>The state Environmental Quality Board (EQB) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold hearings next month on a proposed package of regulations that would govern surface operations of oil and gas producers.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20:57:27 +0000 Tim Camerato 21332 at http://wesa.fm Water Group Applauds Proposed Consent Decree Between DEP and Waste Treatment Corp. http://wesa.fm/post/water-group-applauds-proposed-consent-decree-between-dep-and-waste-treatment-corp <p>The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has proposed a consent decree with Waste Treatment Corporation following allegations of violations of the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:00:08 +0000 Deanna Garcia 20452 at http://wesa.fm First 2013 PA Cases of West Nile in Humans Detected http://wesa.fm/post/first-2013-pa-cases-west-nile-humans-detected <p>Summer may be coming to a close, but the threat of West Nile Virus continues.</p><p>The Department of Health has detected Pennsylvania’s first confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus this year.</p><p>A Montgomery County man tested positive for West Nile Aug. 7 and was hospitalized, and the infection was confirmed in a York County man July 20, who did not require hospitalization.</p><p>Health department spokeswoman Kait Gillis said both men are recovering.</p><p>Sixty human cases of West Nile Virus were recorded in 2012.</p> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 15114 at http://wesa.fm