Department of Environmental Protection en Corbett's New Pollution Plan Fails to Address the Top Polluters, Says Sierra Club <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This past Saturday, Governor Corbett and the Department of Environmental Protection (</span>DEP<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">published a draft plan</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> intended to reduce dangerous smog pollution that puts nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvanians’ health at risk.</span></p><p>However, some feel the expected plan falls short, failing to set meaningful limits on smog-causing pollution from the state’s largest emitters – <a href="">coal-fired power plants</a>.</p><p>Kim Teplitzky, deputy press secretary of the Sierra Club said all of South Western PA has been designated unsafe in terms of air quality by the EPA. She compares the breathing in of smog pollution to a sunburn on your lungs.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:42:25 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27932 at Corbett's New Pollution Plan Fails to Address the Top Polluters, Says Sierra Club Results Mixed In 2012 Natural Gas Drilling Emissions Data <p>The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has released <a href="">annual emissions data</a> for Marcellus Shale natural gas production for 2012. Emissions are tracked each year in an effort to assess air quality in the state. &nbsp;</p><p>“The data shows two decreases and four increases in pollutant categories from natural gas emissions,” said DEP spokeswoman Morgan Wagner. “However, overall, total air contaminate emissions across the state have continued to decline.”</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:19:21 +0000 Deanna Garcia 27033 at Final Phase of Deer Creek Mine Drainage Project Slated to Start <p>The last phase of an effort to treat water discharge from the Indianola mine pool is slated to start March 17.</p><p>The project is expected to improve the water quality of Little Deer Creek. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation and the Clean Streams Foundation is designing a settling pond to handle the discharge that currently flows into Little Deer Creek.</p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 14:19:41 +0000 Deanna Garcia 25492 at DEP Continues Air Quality Study In Southwestern PA <p>The Department of Environmental Protection will continue to study air quality near gas wells in Washington County through the end of the year.</p><p>In 2012, the DEP began a long-term study to measure ambient air pollution in Chartiers and Hickory townships, where both “wet” and “dry” natural gas are being extracted and sold through compressor stations and pipeline networks.</p><p>DEP spokesman Kevin Sunday said while most of the attention has been on water contamination, the emphasis is beginning to shift towards drilling’s effect on air pollution.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 14181 at $23 Million Available for Growing Greener Grants <p>Pennsylvania’s Act 13 Marcellus Shale impact fees from the state’s 6,000 wells so far amount to $400 million: $204 million for 2011 and $198 million for 2012 (because the price of natural gas declined).&nbsp;</p><p>A fixed amount goes to agencies that oversee the industry, and the rest goes to local entities.&nbsp;</p><p>Counties where drilling takes place get 60 percent of the remainder, while 40 percent goes into the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which is accessible to all.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:37:38 +0000 Charlee Song 12139 at Pennsylvania DEP Launches Online Map Atlas of Underground Mines <p>Of the 1 million homes in Pennsylvania that sit above underground mines, one in 2,000 insured buildings are damaged by mine subsidence, costing an average of $50,000 per structure.</p><p>That’s according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which has launched an underground Mine Map Atlas, an <a href="">online mapping system</a> that allows the public to view underground mines across the state.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:56:28 +0000 Michael Lynch 11130 at Controversial Head of DEP Leaving Agency to Work on Behalf of Energy Industry <p>The head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection, Michael Krancer, announced recently he will be leaving the agency on April 15 to return to Blank Rome, an influential Philadelphia law firm where he worked during the 1990′s.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 07:30:00 +0000 StateImpact Pennsylvania 7009 at Controversial Head of DEP Leaving Agency to Work on Behalf of Energy Industry Krancer Steps Down as Pennsylvania DEP Director <p>Gov. Tom Corbett has announced Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Mike Krancer is stepping down April 15. He plans to return home to Montgomery County to practice law.</p><p>Corbett appointed Krancer in 2011, and since then the DEP has had to oversee the booming Marcellus Shale industry. &nbsp;</p><p>“Serving Governor Corbett and DEP has been the greatest honor of my career,” Krancer said. “I am grateful to the governor for giving me this role is assuring that natural gas and energy development happen in an environmentally sound and responsible manner.”</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:29:32 +0000 Deanna Garcia & Mary Wilson 5096 at New Limits Could Make Pine Creek Safe for Fun <p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is setting limits on pollution into Pine Creek—hoping to make fishing and recreation safe in the watershed.</p><p>Pine Creek flows through 14 municipalities in the North Hills of Allegheny County before joining the Allegheny River in Etna.</p><p>Jon Capacasa, Director of Water Protection Division in the EPA’s Mid-Atlantic region, said they are establishing a TMDL, or a Total Maximum Daily Load for Pine Creek,</p><p>A TMDL identifies the leading sources of pollution and assigns responsibility in reducing it to each major source.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:36:49 +0000 Tim Camerato 2869 at Gov. Corbett's Spending Plan Ties DCNR, DEP Budgets to Gas Drilling Revenues <div class="field-item even"><p>Democratic State Senators have a few problems with Governor Tom Corbett's proposed budgets for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).</p><p>First of all, State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) said DCNR's budget is too dependent on royalties garnered from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling in state forest land. While $53 million of the DCNR budget comes from the state's General Fund, roughly $77 million comes from royalty fees on gas&nbsp;extraction.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:08:09 +0000 Noah Brode 2043 at DEP’s “Falcon Cam” is Back! <p>For those of you missing the<a href=""> Wisconsin recall cam</a>, the webcam that gave thousands of people an inside look into the life of bureaucrats, the Pennsylvania DEP’s<a href=""> “falcon cam”</a> might just catch your attention with nesting falcons.</p><p>The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today launched its annual 24-hour a day webcast of the peregrine falcon nest on its Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:20:58 +0000 Tim Camerato 1220 at DEP’s “Falcon Cam” is Back! DEP Awards Recycling Grants <p>The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $17.8 million in grants for recycling programs to 131 municipalities and counties in the 53rd round of grants since passage of the PA Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act in&nbsp;1988.</p><p>Municipalities in Allegheny County will receive a total of $985,507.00; Beaver, $324,934.00; Cambria, $231,843.00; Somerset, $140,052.00; Washington,&nbsp;$246,861.00.</p> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 21:40:34 +0000 Charlee Song 1129 at DEP Awards Recycling Grants