Illegal Dumpsite Cleanups Discussed in November’s “Environmental Focus”

Contact: Alex Oltmanns
Date: Nov. 13, 2015
Phone: (412) 481-9400
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Pittsburgh – Despite years of progress in recycling and reducing municipal waste, there are still more than 6,500 illegal dumpsites in Pennsylvania, the topic of November’s “Environmental Focus.”

This month’s edition of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s (PEC) monthly environmental affairs program airs on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m.

The half-hour television show welcomes featured guest Shannon Reiter, executive director of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (the state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc.), an organization dedicated to helping Pennsylvanians make their communities clean and beautiful. Additionally, a roundtable discussion was led by former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful board member David Hess, Keep York Beautiful executive director Tom Smith, and PEC vice president Janet Sweeney.

Topics discussed include the measures being taken to help reduce illegal dumping — with access to trash disposal a recurring proposed solution — as well as looking into the reasons behind it, and the costs of illegal dumping, both environmentally and economically.

Previous editions of “Environmental Focus” have featured topics such as outdoor recreation on Pennsylvania’s waterways, Pennsylvania’s capital budget, the Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Taskforce, the Delaware River Conservation Program, and climate change with guests such as Pennsylvania DEP Secretary John Quigley, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, and Andrew Johnson of the William Penn Foundation.

To view past episodes of “Environmental Focus,” click here.

About the Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Founded in 1970, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council is the leading environmental organization in the state, and was instrumental in the passage of nearly every major piece of legislation and regulatory initiative affecting clean air, clean water, land use and conservation, hazardous materials, and other major public policy actions since that time. Today, the organization is heavily engaged in a number of critical initiatives surrounding the development of the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, trail and green space development, green energy and climate change programs, water quality, and watershed protection projects.

PEC serves the entire state with programs and staff spanning the Commonwealth.

About Pennsylvania Cable Network

PCN (the Pennsylvania Cable Network) is a Government-access television cable television network dedicated to 24-hour coverage of government and public affairs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It features live coverage of both Houses of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, as well as other forms of informational and educational programming.

The bulk of PCN’s operations are located in Harrisburg, the Commonwealth capital, but it also has bureaus in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

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