Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pennsylvania environmental bills in committee Oct. 25

The Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee will meet on Tuesday at 9:30 AM in Room 8 E-B of the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg to consider the following bills:

House Bill 608 (Brooks)                  Provides incentives for the planting of bio-energy crops to re-vegetate lands affected by surface mining.

Senate Bill 152 (D. White)                Amends the PA Infrastructure Investment Act (PENNVEST) to incorporate federal standards related to funding of non-point source discharge projects related to storm water management.

Senate Bill 532 (Rafferty)                Amends the Solid Waste Management Act by requiring a new permit or permit modification to have no outstanding violations of the act. 

Senate Resolution 143 (Pippy)         Directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study the economic impact of recreational water trails on local communities in this Commonwealth.

Senate Resolution 202 (Kasunic)    Urges the oil and gas industry to utilize acid mine water in fracturing Marcellus Shale for natural gas extraction whenever economically feasible and environmentally safe.

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