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2010-12-29 13:00:00

State's Comprehensive Cost-Effective Plan to Build on Significant Past Pollution Reductions, Keep Industries Viable HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Now that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has outlined its final "pollution diet" for states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, Pennsylvania's top environmental and agriculture officials say the state is ready to do its part to improve water quality. Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger and...

2010-08-24 14:57:00

Regulations Drive Industry Investment in Technologies that Treat Wastewater HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New wastewater treatment standards for total dissolved solids, which will apply to gas well drilling wastewater, and that protect aquatic life and drinking water supplies are now in effect and enforceable, Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger announced today. The combination of this Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Rule and the new rule requiring 150-foot...

2010-07-09 14:34:00

No Statewide or Regional Declarations in Effect HARRISBURG, Pa., July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection and other state and federal agencies continue to monitor water and moisture levels throughout Pennsylvania to assess the severity of dry conditions that would signal the beginning of a drought. Although much of the state saw very hot weather earlier this week and many areas have received little significant precipitation in recent weeks, no drought...

2010-05-21 12:12:00

Clean Streams Law Prohibits Discharging Chlorinated Water to Storm Sewers HARRISBURG, Pa., May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As pools across Pennsylvania prepare to open for the season, the Department of Environmental Protection is reminding private and public pool owners, as well as pool management companies, that pool and chlorinated wastewater must be handled responsibly. "With warmer weather here, many residents and municipalities are getting their pools ready for the summer," said...

2010-04-20 15:59:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger today honored 16 Pennsylvania individuals, organizations and businesses for outstanding efforts to protect and restore watersheds, reduce pollution and conserve energy, educate the public on environmental issues and revitalize communities. The annual Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence recognizes efforts and investments to turn environmental problems into opportunities and promote...

2010-04-15 12:07:00

Suspends Review of Cabot's New Drilling Permit Applications; Orders Company to Plug Wells, Install Residential Water Systems, Pay $240,000 in Fines HARRISBURG, Pa., April 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection today issued a sweeping order requiring Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. to take extensive actions and help the residents of Dimock Township, Susquehanna County, who have been affected by the company's drilling activities. Under the consent...

2009-08-24 15:23:00

New Online Application Available HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger today announced that DEP's Water Planning Office will begin accepting applications for federal fiscal year 2010 coastal zone grants. The grants are funded by the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA), and will finance projects within the Delaware Estuary and Lake Erie coastal zones that support the program's mission to protect and enhance...

2009-05-22 15:58:00

Viewers Invited to Watch Wednesday, May 27 HARRISBURG, Pa., May 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Game Commission will conduct a live Webcast of the annual peregrine falcon banding on Wednesday, May 27. The birds live on a ledge of the Rachel Carson Building, where DEP is headquartered. To view the Webcast, scheduled for 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., visit www.depweb.state.pa.us and click on the falcon icon. "Peregrine falcons have called...

2009-02-12 10:00:00

Proposed Sliding Scale Structure Better Reflects DEP's True Cost of Permitting, Inspection Work HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Beginning Feb. 14, the public can review and comment on a proposal that will better enable the Department of Environmental Protection to cover the increased costs and staffing needs for overseeing Pennsylvania's booming natural gas industry. DEP hopes to replace the $100 flat fee for drilling permits -- a fee that has not been increased since...

2009-01-29 15:26:00

Safety Hazard to be Eliminated at No Cost to Taxpayers HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dangerous abandoned mine lands with threatening, 115-foot high cliffs and 15 acres of acidic spoil that pollute the Moshannon Creek in Clearfield County will be reclaimed as part of a re-mining project that significantly reduces the reclamation cost while providing at least 10 mining jobs. The Department of Environmental Protection will issue a surface mining permit to Junior Coal...


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  • A stinking tobacco.
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