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PEC Letter on “Regulatory Reform” Legislation

February 5, 2018

PEC has sent the following letter to the House State Government Committee concerning a suite of legislation aimed at changing how regulations are reviewed and approved in Pennsylvania. February 5, 2018 To:       Members of the House State Government Committee Re:       February...

PEC Letter to Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

January 29, 2018

PEC submitted the following comments to the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, which will have a voting meeting tomorrow (January 30, 2018) for several bills. January 29, 2018 To:  Members of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Re:  Senate...

PEC Applauds DEP Permitting Modernization Effort

PEC Applauds DEP Permitting Modernization Effort

January 26, 2018

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council commends Governor Wolf and the Department of Environmental Protection for their efforts to improve Department performance with respect to environmental protection and responsiveness to the regulated community. Today’s announcement that the Governor will seek to add...

PEC Opposes Senate Bill 977

January 22, 2018

PEC sent the following letter to the Senate Rules Committee today on Senate Bill 977.  January 22, 2018 To:       Members of the Senate Rules Committee Re:       Opposition to Senate Bill 977 (P.N. 1363) Dear Senator: Today you may be asked...

PEC Applauds Pittsburgh’s Climate Vision, Presses for Action

November 30, 2017

The following remarks were presented to Pittsburgh City Council at a public hearing held November 29, 2017. To read PEC’s full commentary on the City’s Climate Action Plan, click here. Good evening. My name is Lindsay Baxter and I am...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #65: Success Story
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Pennsylvania Legacies #65: Success Story

January 26, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Since its inception in 1993, the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund has made possible the creation or improvement of thousands of community assets – everything from trails and green space to libraries and historic sites. In honor of the...

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Can we fight climate change without scaling up nuclear power?

January 24, 2018Pittsburgh City Paper

One long-running disagreement about the environment isn’t the familiar fight between people who understand that human-caused climate change is real and people who deny it. Rather, it’s between folks who contend that keeping the planet livable requires us to use...

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DEP’s GO-TIME speeds inspection

January 5, 2018Allied News (Grove City)

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is completing more gas and oil drilling inspections across the state thanks to a new program that streamlines the process. “It’s been a huge improvement,” said Deborah Klenotic, deputy communications director for DEP. The...

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A look at Pittsburgh’s latest Climate Action Plan

December 20, 2017Pittsburgh City Paper

Pittsburgh’s proposed new Climate Action Plan is certainly ambitious. Most broadly, it sets the goal of reducing the city’s greenhouse-gas emissions by 20 percent (from a 2003 baseline) by 2023; by 50 percent by 2030; and by 80 percent by...

Why Carbon Capture?
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Why Carbon Capture?

December 18, 2017By: Lindsay Baxter

On December 12th, PEC convened a meeting of 20 on the topic of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. (To learn more about what CCUS is, see our earlier blog post.) Attendance was...

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