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Community Legislation

PennFuture joined Clean Air Council, Mountain Watershed Association, and Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services in filing an amicus brief in Commonwealth Court to support Rockhill Township's position that the Environmental Hearing Board (Board) erred as a matter of law in misconstruing precedent of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in concluding the Board lacked jurisdiction over the appeal.  This error has broad and likely unintended implications in federalizing control over state regulatory decisions and the de novo review framework for appeal of Departmental decisions.

Earthjustice filed a complaint on behalf of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, Gasp, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, and Sierra Club, sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for improperly regulating coke ovens – producers of known carcinogens – thus failing to protect communities throughout the country. Over a decade ago, EPA found that carcinogenic emissions from coke ovens destroy air quality and cause devastating health complications, yet plaintiffs in the case argue the agency failed to act to protect nearby communities from this threat.

Charlestown Township and  French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, Inc.sought review of a prior decision regarding the implemenation of a conservation easement held by French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, Inc. on property now owned by the Naylors.   Representing the Pennsylvania Land Trust Alliance (PALTA), PennFuture submitted an amicus brief in support of Charlestown Township and French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, Inc. 

Community Policies

Introduced: Sen. John Blake (D)
Creates the Penn-STAR Program, the Commonwealth's first Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program. This would allow municipalities to voluntarily create a C-PACE program and float a bond to cover the upfront cost of commercial building owners retrofitting properties for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Owners would pay back the loan through their property tax bill.

More Information:
Letter of Support (February 2017)

Introduced: Sen. Thomas McGarrigle (R)
Eliminates DEP from regulating transportation of leachate from a landfill to an off-site facility.

Community Blog Posts

In the coming days, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is poised to vote on Senate Bill 790, a substantial rollback of environmental protections governing the conventional oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania.
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While an important step, the proposed rulemaking still has some hurdles in the regulatory process before becoming law, but the rule also has some significant shortfalls.
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This bill aims to revive the conventional gas drilling industry, but at the expense of undoing years of regulations.
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Community News

On Jan. 17, PennFuture partnered with other groups on behalf of the Our Pocono Waters coalition to lead regional officials on a tour of local streams.
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PennFuture has submitted comments about the potential environmental impacts of the Interstate 80 reconstruction project in Monroe County.
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The Pennsylvania Campaign for Clean Water work group recently sent a comment letter to the DEP for the Leidy South pipeline project.
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