Thursday, March 22, 2012

Top 2 environmental news stories for PA & NJ - 3/21/12

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In Pennsylvania

US budget running dry for locks repair
Each year, the deteriorating locks and dams used to transport about 550 million tons of coal, grain and other products on the nation's rivers increase the pressure to fix what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and industry officials agree is a broken system for maintaining the nation's aging river infrastructure. Including the  Elizabeth Lock and Dam No. 3, a 105-year old facility on the Monongahela River Post-Gazette

Environmental groups release impact fee vote scorecard A series of votes leading to enactment of the Marcellus Shale drillers impact fee law is drawing scrutiny from a coalition of state environmental groups who are giving each state lawmaker a grade for votes on bill amendments, chamber-approved bill versions and final passage of Act 13 between November and February
Scranton Times-Tribune

In New Jersey

Conservationists claim agency rules restrict beach access Looking to expand access to those beaches and waterways, the state DEP this week adopted new rules that it says enhances entry to those areas, particularly for fishermen NJ Spotlight 

Opinion: Solar farms shouldn't sprawl all over farmland
We need to ensure that solar panels do not diminish the aesthetics of the urban environment and should regulate their placement through local zoning Barry Chalofsky

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