Saturday, November 29, 2008

Week's top Pennsylvania environmental news- November 24-28, 2008

Below are just a few of the environmental news stories for Pennsylvania appearing in EnviroPolitics during the week of November 24-28, 2008

Pennsylvania Environmental News

Rendell pushing McGinty for EPA While Gov. Ed Rendell has largely taken himself out of the running for a job in Washington, he has made no secret of his desire to see his former top environmental aide, Kathleen McGinty, who headed up Pennsylvania’s DEP for five years of his Democratic administration, named by President-elect Obama as Energy secretary or administrator of the EPA PolitickerPA

DEP seeks ouster of felon running Monroe trash agency A few years ago, James Lambert went to prison for trying to bribe a New Jersey public official. When he got out, he applied for a job that would seemingly be off-limits to a felon: chief executive of a public waste management authority, overseeing 15 employees and a $2.5M budget. He got the job and now a prosecutor wants him gone Morning Call

Coal gasification technology new to U.S. Future Power Pa. LLC, a subsidiary of Houston-based clean coal energy developer Future Fuels LLC, and technical consultant company Quad 3, are out to build and operate a gasification plant in Schuylkill County by 2011 Republican & Herald

Zebra mussel found in Susquehanna River Environmental Protection and Fish and Boat Commission officials confirm the discovery of a zebra mussel at the Conowingo Hydroelectric Dam in Maryland-- the first time the species has been found in the lower Susquehanna River PA-DEP

Modifications, doomed PPL structure An analysis has revealed that icing and structural modifications that added weight led to the August collapse of a wooden structure surrounding a cooling unit at the Montour PPL plant, an event that cost the company about $50M Sunbury Daily Item

DEP approves first phase of landfill expansion he first phase of the application process to expand the municipal waste landfill in Sergeant Township, operated by Rustick LLC gets DEP’s OK Bradford Era

Delaware River plan to draw further review After a torrent of objections from the public, a plan to manage the flow of the Delaware River - the latest in a half-century's worth of wrestling matches among four states, the federal government, and others - is headed for review Inquirer

Counties want ability to assess oil, natural gas for taxes As drilling of the Marcellus Shale formation continues; county commissioners across PA are lobbying to once again for the ability to assess a company’s oil and natural gas inventory for property taxes Citizens Voice

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