Friday, March 16, 2018

March 19 PA Environment Digest Is Now Available

The March 19 PA Environment Digest is now available.

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Lancaster Waste-To-Energy Facility Processed 10 Million Tons Of Waste Into Clean Energy

Covanta and the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority are celebrating the processing of 10 million tons of municipal solid waste into 5.6 million megawatt hours of electricity since 1991.
LCSWMA's Lancaster WTE Facility, which Covanta designed, built and has operated since 1991, primarily serves the sustainable waste management needs of Lancaster County, with the capacity to process 1,200 tons of municipal solid waste per day to produce enough renewable energy to power over 20,000 homes continuously.
In addition to processing 10 million tons since start-up, the facility has:
-- Produced 5.6 million megawatt-hours of electricity, enough to supply all of the homes in the City of Lancaster for over 21 years;
-- Recovered 180,000 tons of ferrous metal for recycling, equivalent to over two Golden Gate Bridges; and
-- Offset the equivalent greenhouse emissions of over 1.9 million passenger cars on the road for one year.
The Lancaster WTE Facility has also been recognized as a Star worksite in the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Voluntary Protection Program. VPP Star status is the highest honor given to worksites with comprehensive, successful safety and health management systems.
"Almost 30 years ago LCSWMA made the smart decision to invest in an integrated waste management system that also provides clean, renewable energy to its community," said Joey Neuhoff, vice president and general manager of Covanta's mid-Atlantic region. "The milestone of processing 10 million tons shows that their investment is paying off and will continue to provide important benefits to the community for many years to come."
"We are proud of this big milestone and would like to thank Covanta for their excellent partnership in operating our facility for almost 27 years," says Jim Warner, LCSWMA CEO.  "Together, we are truly transforming waste into a resource for this community."
For more information on Lancaster’s innovative recycling and waste management system, visit the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority website.
In Pennsylvania, Covanta operates energy-from-waste facilities in Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery and York counties, a metals recycling facility in Bucks County and ECOvanta, an electronics waste recycling operation in Philadelphia.
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Popular Mentored Youth Trout Days Set For March 24, April 7

Parents and kids are eagerly awaiting warmer weather and the start of the 2018 fishing season, which kicks off March 24 with the first of two Mentored Youth Trout Days. The second one is set for April 7.
Now in its fifth year, the popular program provides adult mentors with an opportunity to take kids fishing before the traditional rush of the regional and statewide opening days of trout season.
“Our goal is to get more kids involved in fishing and to keep them engaged, and one of the best ways to do that is to make the experience as easy as possible for parents and mentors,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “The Mentored Youth Trout Days program does just that and has developed into the premiere spring event for kids, with more than 30,000 participating last year.”
Beginning at 8 a.m. on these two days, participants can fish in any PFBC stocked trout water. Kids can keep two trout, which must measure at least seven inches. Mentors must have a fishing license and trout stamp.
Because the program is focused on kids, adult mentors are encouraged to fish with the children and provide encouragement and tips, but they must release their catch to the water unharmed.
Click Here for all the details from the Fish and Boat Commission.

Egg-citing News! Harrisburg Peregrine Falcons Have 2 Eggs So Far!

The Harrisburg peregrine falcons are proving productive again this year with two eggs so far in their nest on the 15th Floor of the Rachel Carson Building.
The first egg arrived Tuesday and the second on Friday.  The falcons lay from 3 to 5 eggs in a clutch.
Click Here for a recap of events through the Falcon Wire News.  Click Here to watch live video online (pop up).
For more information on peregrine falcons, visit DEP’s Falcon Cam webpage.
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Fish & Boat Commission Receives Funding To Update Children's Lake Dam In Cumberland County

Gov. Tom Wolf Friday announced he has authorized construction funding to the Fish and Boat Commission to advance the Children’s Lake Project in Boiling Springs, South Middleton Township, Cumberland County.
“This is an excellent community project that my administration is proud to support,” said Gov. Wolf. “The local community raised money to invest in Children’s Lake and its enthusiasm and support has led to a truly cooperative state and local partnership.”
The scope of the project includes repair and replacement of the dam spillway and addressing structural and drainage issues, as well as other amenities such as ADA-compliant sidewalks and railings, construction of streetscape features, sediment removal and ecological assessments.
The PFBC and South Middleton Township Board of Supervisors each contributed $200,000 to support the estimated $2.4 million project. The balance of the project will be funded by capital budget funds approved by the governor’s office.
“Children’s Lake is a gem in Cumberland County, drawing anglers and tourists year-round to the charming community of Boiling Springs,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “We are very grateful to Gov. Wolf for approving the project funding and to local officials and residents for rallying around the project and demonstrating the value the lake brings to the community.”
Township officials further touted the project as an excellent example of inter-agency and intergovernmental coordination.
“We are fortunate to have a fantastic and spirited group of committed individuals to help us get to this point,” said Brian Gembusia, chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “I would like to express our appreciation to those that have been critical to making this a success, including Gov. Wolf, Sen. Mike Regan (R-Cumberland), and the Fish and Boat Commission.”
The next step in the process is to retain engineering services for the project’s design. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2020.

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