Friday, November 21, 2008

Week's top environmental news in NJ & PA

Below are just a few of the environmental news stories for
New Jersey and Pennsylvania appearing in EnviroPolitics
during the week of Nov. 17-21.

New Jersey Environmental News

Assistant promoted to top spot at the NJ DEP
Gov. Jon Corzine yesterday appointed Mark Mauriello to head the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Star-Ledger

Passaic River dioxin cleanup ahead Dredging cancer-causing dioxin out of the most polluted portion of the Passaic River in NJ won't begin until 2010, EPA officials say. That puts the first phase of the complex $80M cleanup project on schedule for a summer 2011 completion Bergen Record

17 towns approve pact on Highlands Seventeen towns in the Highlands have passed resolutions stating they plan to follow the Highlands regional master plan, a set of policies that would restrict new development in their communities Star-Ledger

Security funds boosted for N.J. chemical plants New Jersey and neighboring states will soon get more than $237M in federal funds for passenger and freight rail, port, bus and infrastructure security, NJ’s U.S. senators say Bergen Record

Appeals court limits state beach regulation New Jersey's Environmental Protection Department overstepped its bounds in managing beaches, an appeals court rules AP

Power line plan cuts into fragile Highlands PSE&G seeks exemption for $650M project Star-Ledger

Measure to lift licenses of med waste dumpers Legislation to strip licenses from medical professionals and medical waste-handling companies found guilty of violating the state's medical waste anti-dumping laws clears General Assembly Star-Ledger

Studies cite lead contamination in deer With deer hunting season gets under way, two studies conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the North Dakota Department of Health warn about the dangers of eating hunted meat due to lead from shot and bullets AC Press

Pennsylvania Environmental News

Compromise to be offered on logging It the only good tree a dead tree? That's become a fiery question for the managers of the 1,105-acre Governor Dick Park on the Lancaster-Lebanon line near Mount Gretna Lancaster New Era

EPA to test 800 wells for lead The federal agency plans to test residential wells in North Whitehall Township for possible lead contamination, officials announced to about 70 residents at board of supervisors meeting Morning Call

Angry residents pack PPL info session on power line “We’re willing to work, but we haven’t heard anything interesting, yet”, said Bill Hopkins, a Saw Creek resident representing several hundred upset fellow homeowners Pocono News

Professor: Don’t deter drilling To hear John Baen describe it, Pennsylvania is like an awkward, na├»ve suitor, dithering over the details so much that it’s stumbling on the walk to the front door and turning off its date: natural gas drillers Times Leader

Experts: Marcellus Shale will impact entire state The natural-gas producing Marcellus Shale will have a massive effect on nearly every county in Pennsylvania, becoming a vital contributor to the economy that will affect other industries, experts agree Citizens Voice

Drilling companies bemoan regulations Oil and gas industry executives will testify alongside government officials today on the future of Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale natural gas field, the potentially lucrative and largely untapped reservoir of fuel that lies a mile or more beneath the Appalachian topsoil Post-Gazette Pocono News

Engineering firm faults plant plans A multimillion-dollar plan to upgrade Harrisburg's massive wastewater treatment plant to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay has been caught up in a political push and pull Patriot-News

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