Department of Environmental Protection

Democratic State Senators have a few problems with Governor Tom Corbett's proposed budgets for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

First of all, State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) said DCNR's budget is too dependent on royalties garnered from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling in state forest land. While $53 million of the DCNR budget comes from the state's General Fund, roughly $77 million comes from royalty fees on gas extraction.

DEP’s “Falcon Cam” is Back!

Feb 19, 2013
PA Dept of Environmental Protection

For those of you missing the Wisconsin recall cam, the webcam that gave thousands of people an inside look into the life of bureaucrats, the Pennsylvania DEP’s “falcon cam” might just catch your attention with nesting falcons.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today launched its annual 24-hour a day webcast of the peregrine falcon nest on its Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg.

DEP Awards Recycling Grants

Feb 17, 2013
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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $17.8 million in grants for recycling programs to 131 municipalities and counties in the 53rd round of grants since passage of the PA Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act in 1988.

Municipalities in Allegheny County will receive a total of $985,507.00; Beaver, $324,934.00; Cambria, $231,843.00; Somerset, $140,052.00; Washington, $246,861.00.