Voting meeting for HB 1780

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

Monday, June 20, 2022 | 1:00 p.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461

AGENDA

Voting meeting for HB 1780

Schedule

House Bill 1780, PN 3134 (Armanini) This legislation extends the sunset dates for the Underground Storage Tank Environmental Cleanup Program and the Underground Storage Tank Pollution Prevention Program, which were established in the Storage Tank Spill and Prevention Act (Act 32 of 1989).  The sunset for these programs is currently set for June 30th, 2022. House Bill 1780 extends the sunset until December 31, 2027.

*Technical amendment A04364 is attached.

Voting meeting to consider HB 2075, SB 692, SB 1255 and SR 285

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | 9:30 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461

Agenda

Voting meeting to consider HB 2075, SB 692, SB 1255 and SR 285

Schedule

House Bill 2075, PN 2529 (Knowles) – The legislation creates a free-standing act to be known as the Heavy-Duty Diesel Emissions Control Program Suspension Procedures Act. The legislation temporarily suspends a subchapter of regulations, 25 Pa. Code Ch. 126 Subch. E, which adopted and incorporated by reference California regulations for heavy-duty diesel vehicles.

Senate Bill 692, PN 771 (Bartolotta) – The legislation creates a free-standing act to be known as the Erosion and Sediment Control Act to ensure complete review of E&S permit applications.

Senate Bill 1255, PN 1698 (Pittman) – The legislation amends Pennsylvania’s Bituminous Coal Mine Safety Act to provide PA DEP’s Bureau of Mine Safety the flexibility in the schedule of maintenance for the replacement of oil and oil filter(s) on diesel-powered equipment.

Senate Resolution 285, PN 1630 (Gordner) – The resolution directs the Joint State Government Commission to conduct an assessment and analysis of public and private recycling infrastructure and operations across the Commonwealth.

*Amendment will be offered extending the timeframe to conduct the study (from “seven” to 12 months).

Meeting to consider SB 1038 and SR 229

Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 | 9:30 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461

Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 1038 and SR 229

Schedule

Senate Bill 1038, PN 1359 (Stefano) – The legislation requires civil penalties collected for Clean Streams Law water quality violations, which are connected with or related to a coal mining activity, to be deposited into the Reclamation Fee (Operations & Maintenance) Trust Account for treatment of postmining pollution discharges.

Senate Resolution 229, PN 1451 (Dush) – The resolution directs the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study of the economic, environmental and health impacts relating to the development of the critical mineral industry in Pennsylvania. 

Public hearing on the economic impacts of RGGI

JOINT HEARING
Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee

AND Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 | 10:00 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1

Agenda

Public hearing on the economic impacts of RGGI

Schedule

Opening Remarks (10:00 am)

Sen. Gene Yaw, Chair, Environmental Resources & Energy Committee
Sen. John Yudichak, Chair, Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee
Sen. Carolyn Comitta, Minority Chair, Environmental Resources & Energy Committee
Sen. Amanda Cappelletti, Minority Chair, Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee

Independent Fiscal Office Matthew Knittel, Director (10:15am-10:45am) Testimony

Economic Development (10:45 am-11:30 am)

Kevin Sunday, Director, Government Affairs, PA Chamber of Business & Industry – Testimony
Melissa Morgan, Assistant State Director, National Federation of Independent Business – Testimony
Carl Marrara – Vice President, Government Affairs, PA Manufacturers Association – Testimony
Brett Vassey – President & CEO, Virginia Manufacturers Association – Testimony

Labor (11:30 am-12:15 pm)

Kris Anderson, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Third District – Testimony
Martin Williams, National Coordinator of State Legislative Affairs; International Brotherhood of Boilermakers – Testimony
Shawn Steffee, Business Agent, Boilermakers Local 154 – Testimony

Education (12:15 pm-12:45 pm)

Professor Daniel Mallinson – Assistant Professor of Public Policy & Administration, School of Public Affairs, Penn State-Harrisburg (Zoom)
Dr. William M. Shobe, Director, Center for Economic & Policy Studies, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service; Adjunct Professor of Economics; University of Virginia – Testimony

Closing Remarks & Adjournment.

Sen. Gene Yaw, Chair, Environmental Resources & Energy Committee.
Sen. John Yudichak, Chair, Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee.
Sen. Carolyn Comitta, Minority Chair, Environmental Resources & Energy Committee.
Sen. Amanda Cappelletti, Minority Chair, Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee.

Additional Written Testimony

Department of Environmental Protection – Testimony

Herr’s – Testimony

Ohio River Valley Institute – Testimony

The Pennsylvania State University-Dr. Seth Blumsack Testimony

MEDIA ADVISORY: Joint Senate Hearing to Discuss Economic Impacts of RGGI

HARRISBURG – The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will hold a joint hearing with the Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee on Tuesday, March 29 at 10 a.m. to discuss the economic impacts of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

The Independent Fiscal Office will discuss the results of its own analysis regarding RGGI’s effects. The IFO offers revenue projections for use in the state’s annual budget process as well as impartial analysis of fiscal and economic concerns that assist the General Assembly in evaluating policy decisions.

Additional panels will include testifiers from affected businesses and labor groups, including the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry; the National Federation of Independent Business; the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association; the Virginia Manufacturers’ Association; the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers and Boilermakers Local 154.

The hearing will be held in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building. A livestream link will also be available at PASenateGOP.com.

 CONTACT:

Nick Troutman (Yaw)
Scot Pitzer (Yudichak)

Yaw: Commonwealth Refuses to Pay Millions in Municipal Stormwater Fees

HARRISBURG ­– The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania routinely refuses to pay stormwater management fees owed on dozens of state-owned properties, leaving local taxpayers footing the bill to the tune of millions of dollars, said Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).

“The optics of this for the Commonwealth are horrible,” Sen. Yaw said. “We passed laws that require municipalities to safely manage stormwater runoff only to leave taxpayers on the hook for our share of the bill.”

Officials from Capitol Region Water told the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on Tuesday that the Commonwealth owes them nearly $387,000 for stormwater fees calculated on 22 state owned properties since October 2020.

Across the river in Cumberland County, the Hampden Sewer Authority said the state owes more than $1.2 million for stormwater management fees assessed since October 2015. It’s a similar story in municipalities across Pennsylvania.

Local officials told the committee both state and federal laws require Pennsylvania’s 2,500-plus municipalities to manage stormwater runoff, but only the U.S. government pays its share of the fees.

The Commonwealth’s failure to pay delays critical upgrades to stormwater infrastructure, including Harrisburg’s century-old combined system that routinely discharges household sewage and waste into the Susquehanna River, said J. Marc Kurowski, chairman of Capitol Region Water’s Board of Directors.

“I can tell you firsthand that residents and business owners in Harrisburg are not happy about what the Commonwealth is doing,” Kurowski said. “It is hard to ignore the giant domed complex that sits right in the heart of this city. People want to know why the Commonwealth is doing what it is doing when other tax-exempt properties, including our local school district, other tax-exempt property owners, and the city itself, are stepping up to meet their obligations. And, honestly, I am at a loss about what to tell them.”

The Commonwealth owns more than 40% of Harrisburg’s real estate, including 5.4 million square feet of impervious services subject to the city’s stormwater fee that generates 120 million gallons of runoff annually. The state’s failure to pay forces city residents to cover the gap, which represents about 10% of Capitol Region Water’s billings.

And the problem isn’t limited to properties, local officials said. Dr. Horace Strand, executive manager of the Stormwater Authority of the City of Chester, said his attempts to negotiate payment from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for runoff and flooding damage on state highways running through the city has also been unsuccessful.

“Thus far, PennDot refuses to meet with us,” Strand told the committee. “Our response from PennDot has been a long letter that they consider these fees to be taxes rather than fees, and they have no intentions of paying these fees. Since we are a small growing authority, these fees are much needed to help us maintain our operations and provide the services we provide the City of Chester daily.”

PennDOT maintains nearly 40,000 miles of roadway throughout the Commonwealth, meaning many other municipalities could be facing the same struggle, Sen. Yaw said.

“We will see what we can do about getting someone’s attention and putting our money where our mouth is,” Yaw said. “I thank all of the presenters for their candor in discussing this issue with our committee.”

To watch the hearing in its entirety, CLICK HERE.

CONTACT: Nick Troutman, Chief of Staff, 717-787-3280

Yaw: Committee Approves Four Bills Streamlining Environmental Regulations, Capping Orphan Wells

HARRISBURG – The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee approved four bills Tuesday that would update Pennsylvania’s existing environmental regulations and offer a solution to plug the state’s abandoned oil and gas wells, said Chairman Gene Yaw (R-23).

“The committee advanced four bills that will streamline existing environmental regulations and address ongoing problems, like uncertainty around accidental spills and generating money to plug orphaned oil and gas wells,” Sen. Yaw said. “I appreciate my colleagues’ support in advancing these important measures.”

  • House Bill 668: Adds a stakeholder from coal refuse energy and reclamation industry to the Mining Reclamation and Advisory Board (MRAB).
  • House Bill 1842: Amends the Clean Streams Law to require the Environmental Quality Board to further identify and define accidental spills that require reporting to the Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Senate Bill 945: Allocates proceeds from the sale of alternative energy credits to the Commonwealth Financing Authority to create a fund to plug abandoned oil and gas wells.
  • Senate Bill 1030: Amends the state’s Air Pollution Control Act of 1959 to temporarily suspend a 2002 regulation that requires heavy-duty highway diesel engines sold in Pennsylvania to meet certification standards set by the California Air Resources Board.

The bills now advance to the full Senate for further consideration. To watch the entire committee hearing, click here.

CONTACT: Nick Troutman, Chief of Staff, 717-787-3280

Public hearing on storm water fees and implementation

Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 | 10:00 a.m.

Room 8-EB, East Wing

Agenda

Public hearing on storm water fees and implementation

Schedule

10 AM              Opening Remarks 

Panel One

 10:05 AM

J. Marc Kurowski, PE, President and CEO
K&W Engineers

Charlotte Katzenmoyer, Chief Executive Officer – Testimony | Stormwater Fees Policy Paper
Capital Region Water

Jeremy Miller, P.E., Director of Public Works – Testimony
Hampden Township, Cumberland County

Dr. Horace W. Strand, Executive Manager – Testimony
Stormwater Authority of the City of Chester 

Panel Two

10:50 AM        

Robert Traver, PhD, PE, D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE – Testimony
Director, Center for Resilient Water Systems
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Villanova University

Fernando Pasquel, Senior Vice President – Testimony
National Director, Stormwater & Watershed Management
Arcadis U.S., Inc.

Ted Evgeniadis – Testimony
Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper

 11:25 AM         Closing Remarks

Additional Written Testimony:

Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority – Testimony

 

Voting meeting for SB 945, SB 130, HB 668 and HB 1842

Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 | 9:30 a.m.

Room 8-EB, East Wing

Agenda

Voting meeting for SB 945, SB 130, HB 668 and HB 1842

Schedule

Senate Bill 945, PN1245 (Yaw) – This legislation directs the Department of General Services to sell any alternative energy credits that the Commonwealth owns or comes into possession of as a result of entering into contracts for the purchase of renewable or alternative energy.

Senate Bill 1030, PN1337 (Yaw, Langerholc, Regan) – This legislation temporarily suspends Pennsylvania’s regulations, which adopt California regulations related to heavy-duty vehicle diesel controls, leaving the federal standards to govern while the suspension is in effect.

House Bill 668, PN629 (James) – This legislation adds a member of the Coal Refuse Energy and Reclamation industry to the Mining Reclamation and Advisory Board (MRAB).

House Bill 1842, PN2231 (Zimmerman) – This legislation amends the act of June 22, 1937 (P.L. 1987, No. 394), also known as The Clean Streams Law, to address accidental discharges or spills of substances that enter or may enter the waters of the Commonwealth.