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. 

Independent Analysis Concludes RGGI Carbon Tax Could Increase Pennsylvania Electricity Costs 3.8x More Than Wolf’s Projections

HARRISBURG – Impartial analysis from the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) projects the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) could nearly quadruple new electricity costs for consumers, Sens. Gene Yaw (R-23) and John Yudichak (I-14) said today.

The IFO, revered across state government for its nonpartisan examination of budgetary policy, reviewed the administration’s outdated RGGI modeling and presented its findings to a joint hearing of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and the Community Economic and Recreational Development Committee on Tuesday.

Among the many shocking details of the report, IFO Director Matthew Knittel said Pennsylvania energy generators could spend upwards of $781 million annually on emissions credits at the RGGI auctions – nearly four times the amount anticipated by the administration’s taxpayer-funded analysis used to justify our participation in RGGI in 2020. The IFO also warned members that “those costs would be pushed through to final customers.”

“Thoughtful, independent testimony from a diverse group of experts in government, business, and organized labor confirms the many concerns legislators have raised about the administration’s unilateral and unconstitutional decision to push Pennsylvania into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative without legislative action,” said Yudichak.

This $781 million represents a carbon tax on electricity generation that will have a direct impact on electricity rates for residential, commercial and industrial customers. This will be particularly harmful to low and fixed income households already smothered by energy poverty and runaway inflation, Yaw said.

“The IFO’s findings confirm my worst fears about the administration’s hasty push to join RGGI,” Yaw said. “The cost of this program will cripple our economy at a time when we can least afford it.”

“Growing evidence from economists and environmental scientists suggest that RGGI will devastate Pennsylvania’s energy industry, dramatically increase energy costs for every consumer and produce no material gains in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Yudichak said.

Yaw and Yudichak sent a letter to the IFO last month requesting an audit of the modeling completed by ICF International and used by the Department of Environmental Protection to tout RGGI’s supposed economic and environmental benefits.

When Gov. Tom Wolf signed the 2019 executive order that would force Pennsylvania into the regional carbon tax program, auction clearing prices – the amount energy producers pay to buy “credits” to offset their emissions – would only be $3.24 per short ton in 2022. At that time, taxpayer-funded analysts insisted prices would stay under $4 through 2030.

The auction clearing price set on Dec. 1, however, exceeded $13 per short ton, more than four times what the department estimated and 40% above the Sept. 8 clearing price alone.

The IFO said this spike in clearing prices casts doubt on every projection the former analysis made. For example, net generation from coal and natural gas – two sources of carbon emissions targeted by RGGI – will likely grow 16%, not the flat rate assumed by ICF, to account for increased demand.

IFO analysis also concluded that emissions reductions between 2008 and 2020 for the 10 RGGI states were comparable to non-participating states – a fact that unravels the entire premise for joining the program in the first place, Yaw said.

“This is disastrous policy built on delusions of grandeur, and we must do everything we can to prevent Pennsylvania from diving headfirst off this proverbial cliff,” Yaw said.

The hearing also included perspectives from Pennsylvania’s business, labor and educational experts. Full video of the hearing and testimony from each of the participants can be found on the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee’s website.

CONTACT:

Nick Troutman (Yaw)
Scot Pitzer (Yudichak)

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

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.

Informational meeting regarding Tiadaghton State Forest ATV Pilot Connector (Lycoming/Clinton Counties)

Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.

Pennsylvania College of Technology, Alvin C. Bush Campus Center
Penn’s Inn, 1 College Avenue
Williamsport, PA  17701

Penn College Campus Map


Informational meeting regarding Tiadaghton State Forest ATV Pilot Connector (Lycoming/Clinton Counties)

The discussion will include a presentation from DCNR, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), and a number of local and regional organizations including the Central Mountains ATV Association, Inc., Pine Creek Preservation Association, Slate Run Sportsmen’s and others

AGENDA

Panel One

10:10AM

John Norbeck, Deputy Secretary, Parks & Forestry
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Jason Albright, Forest Field Operations Manager
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Panel Two

10:40AM

T Jay Cunningham, Acting Director, Bureau of Maintenance & Operations – Testimony
PA Department of Transportation

Timothy D. Schaeffer, Executive Director – Testimony
PA Fish and Boat Commission

Panel Three

11AM

Hon. Jeff Snyder, Vice Chairman
Clinton County Board of Commissioners

Panel Four

11:10AM

Henry J. Sorgen, IV, President
Central Mountain ATV Association, Inc.

Panel Five

11:20AM

Cynthia Bower, Member – PresentationWritten Comments
Pine Creek Preservation Association

Clinton F. Ivins III, Member – Testimony
Slate Run Sportsmen

Walt Nicholson, President – Testimony
Susquehanna Chapter, Trout Unlimited

Dr. George Durrwachter, Resident – Testimony

12PM

Closing Remarks

Additional Written Comments:

Justin Bryerton – Testimony

Lycoming Audubon Society – Testimony

Pennsylvania Council, Trout Unlimited – Testimony

 

Joint Hearing on Consumer and economic impacts of failing to invest in Pennsylvania’s natural gas infrastructure

JOINT HEARING
Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee

AND Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee

Monday, October 4, 2021 | 2:00 p.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A


Agenda

Consumer & Economic Impacts of Failing to Invest in Pennsylvania’s Natural Gas Infrastructure

SCHEDULE

2:00 pm: Opening Remarks

  • Senator John Yudichak, Majority Chair, Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee
  • Senator Gene Yaw; Majority Chair, Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee
  • Senator Amanda Cappelletti; Minority Chair, Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee
  • Senator Carolyn Comitta; Minority Chair, Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee

Panel #1: Labor 2:15PM-2:45PM

  • Tony Seiwell – Business Manager for the Laborers’ District Council of Eastern PA  – Testimony
  • Jim Snell – Business Manager, Steamfitters Local Union 420  – Testimony

Panel #2: Economic Development 2:45PM-3:15PM

  • Kevin Sunday – Director, Government Affairs, PA Chamber  – Testimony
  • Dave Taylor – President & CEO, PA Manufacturers’ Association  – Testimony
  • Dave Callahan, President – Marcellus Shale Coalition  – Testimony

Panel #3: Consumer Protection 3:15PM-3:45PM

  • Christine Maloni Hoover – Interim Acting Consumer Advocate  – Testimony
  • Ray Cantor – Vice President, Government Affairs, New Jersey Business & Industry Association (remote)
  • Mike Butler – Executive Director, Consumer Energy Alliance – Testimony

Final Remarks & Adjournment

  • Senator Carolyn Comitta; Minority Chair, Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee
  • Senator Amanda Cappelletti; Minority Chair, Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee
  • Senator Gene Yaw; Majority Chair, Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee
  • Senator John Yudichak, Majority Chair, Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee

Written Testimony
Clean Air Council  – Testimony
Penn Environment  – Testimony
PennFuture  – Testimony

Meeting to consider a letter to IRRC disapproving of Reg #7-559 regarding a CO2 Budget Trading Program (RGGI)

 

Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee

Wednesday, August 18 at 10 a.m. | Main Capitol, Room 461


To consider a letter to IRRC disapproving of Reg #7-559 regarding a CO2 Budget Trading Program (RGGI)

Read Letter

Public hearing to SB 275 (Energy Choice Legislation)

 

JOINT HEARING

Senate Local Government Committee AND

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | 10 a.m.

Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation)

Public hearing to SB 275 (Energy Choice Legislation)


10:00 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Senator Dush, Majority Chair, Local Government
Senator Yaw, Majority Chair, Environmental Resources & Energy
Senator Kearney, Minority Chair, Local Government
Senator Comitta, Minority Chair, Environmental Resources & Energy

10:05 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Joseph H. Gerdes, III, Director of Government Relations – Testimony
Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors

                                    
Ronald J. Grutza, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs – Testimony
Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs

Amy Sturges, Director of Governmental Affairs – Testimony
Pennsylvania Municipal League

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Robert M. Routh, Esq., Public Policy and Regulatory Counsel – Testimony
Clean Air Council

11:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.

Terrance J. Fitzpatrick, President & CEO – Testimony
Energy Association of Pennsylvania

Jamie White, President – Testimony
Commercial Real Estate Development Association

Michael Butler, Executive Director  – Testimony
Consumer Energy Alliance

Jeff Nobers, Executive Director – Testimony
Builders Guild of Western PA and Pittsburgh Works Together

11:55 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks/Adjournment

Additional Testimonies:

AARP Pennsylvania – Testimony

Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and Greater Pittsburgh – Testimony

Keith Holmes, President, Gas Works Employees Union Local 686 – Testimony

Laborers’ District Council – Testimony

Manufacturer and Business Association – Testimony

PA Builders Association – Testimony

PA Chamber of Commerce – Testimony

PA Farm Bureau – Testimony

PA Municipal Electric Association – Testimony

PA Propane Association – Testimony

PENNFUTURE – Testimony

Pennsylvania Petroleum Association – Testimony

Sierra Club – Testimony