Policy

We are champions for local, state and national public policies that protect and expand our environmental resources.

Pennsylvania has a long and storied history of polluting industries with deep pockets and powerful political influence making harmful and lasting changes to our water, air, and landscapes that future generations must pay to fix. Pennsylvania faces significant challenges that grow every year as oil and gas infrastructure expands, our waters become more polluted, and climate change becomes more severe. It’s important now more than ever to defend against renewed efforts to weaken our environmental protections.

Contact Gov. Wolf

Legislation

During an average two-year legislative session, the Pennsylvania General Assembly produces between 3000-4000 pieces of legislation. Of those, as many as 10 percent hold the potential to impact Pennsylvania’s environment. PennFuture tracks each of these bills, engaging with stakeholders and legislators to advance those that benefit the Commonwealth’s environment or defeat those that aim to damage it.

The bills listed below are those of the highest priority for PennFuture

PennFuture Legislative Contact
Matt Stepp
P: 215-545-2013


Bill Origin Bill# Overview Focus Area Status PF Pos.
House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R)
This bill is the vehicle for Administrative Code changes that are a part of the state budgeting process. As amended in the Senate, HB 118 includes a number of changes to environmental policy, including weakening regulation of manganese discharges, allowing conventional oil and gas wastewater treatment plants to operate with expired permits, and only allowing future solar credits toward in-state solar projects.

More Information:
Bill Language (As Amended by the Senate, July 2017)
Summary of Environmental Provisions (PennFuture, August 2017)

House Vote:
197-0
(Pre State Budget Process)

Senate Vote:
37-13
(As Amended for State Budget)

House Vote:
First Consideration

Opposed

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Curt Sonney (R)
Allows owners of preserved farmland to allow right-of-way for small wind power development, with limits on how much farm land can be used.

House Vote:
192-4 (Passed)

Senate Vote:
First Consideration

Support

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Stan Saylor (R)
Vehicle for the FY2017-18 State Budget spending and investment bill.

More Information:
Harrisburg Punts on Environmental Protection in the State Budget (Again) (PennFuture Blog, June 2017)
Let's Dispel These Four Myths About the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (Op-Ed, July 2017)
State Budget Ignores Need for Clean Water (Op-Ed, July 2017)

House Vote:
114-84 (Passed)

Senate Vote:
43-7 (Passed, Amended)

House Vote:
173-27 (Passed)

Governor:
Became Law without Signature

Opposed to significant cuts in environmental protection program budgets

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Bob Godshall (R)
Directs the Commonwealth to adopt National Groundwater Association standards for well water construction.

More Information:
PennFuture Letter of Support (2015-2016)
Patriot News Op-Ed: Adopt Well Water Standards

Consideration: House Consumer Affairs

Support

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Jonathan Fritz (R)
House Resolution urging the Delaware River Basin Commission to suspend consideration of a moratorium on natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin.

More Information:
PennFuture Letter of Opposition (October 2017)

House Vote:
101-83 (Passed)

Opposed

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Curtis Thomas (D)
This bill is the vehicle for Tax Code changes that are a part of the state budgeting process. As amended in the Senate, HB 542 includes a number of changes to environmental policy, including the core "deal" made between the Senate and Governor: implementation of a severance tax on natural gas in exchange for broad based weakening of environmental permitting at DEP.

More Information:
Bill Language (As Amended by the Senate, July 2017)
Summary of Environmental Provisions (PennFuture, August 2017)

House Vote:
176-18
(Pre State Budget Process)

Senate Vote:
26-24
(As Amended for State Budget)

House Vote:
First Consideration

Opposed

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Greg Rothman (R)
Amends the Regulatory Review Act by requiring any regulation deemed to cost greater than $1 million to be approved by both the House and Senate. If either House rejects the regulation or fails to act, the agency is barred from implementing the regulation. Benefits of the regulation are not considered.

Consideration:
House State Gov
Committee

Opposed

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Mike Sturla (D)
Amends Farmland and Forest Land Assessment to require those seeking preferential tax treatment under the Clean and Green program to have submitted Agricultural Erosion and Sediment Plan, Manure Management Plan, and National Pollutant Discharge System Permit for Concentrated Animal Operations, and a Nutrient Management Plan.

Consideration: House
Ag and Rural Affairs

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Frank Farry (R)
Bans municipalities from implementing a ban, fee, or tax on plastic bags.

More Information:
Philly.com op-ed: PA, Let Cities and Towns Tax Plastic Bags
Letter of Opposition (Municipal League)

House Vote:
101-87 (Passed)

Senate Vote: 
28-21 (Passed)

Governor:
Vetoed

Opposed

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Dawn Keefer (R)
Requires the legislature to vote to approve any regulation that costs greater then $1 million. If the regulation doesn't gain approval, the agency cannot promulgate the rule. The legislature has 30 calendar days or 10 legislative days to approve the regulation.

Consideration: House
Commerce Committee

Opposed

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. David Zimmerman (R)
Transfers agriculture permitting powers from DEP to the State Conservation Districts.

Consideration: House
ERE Committee

Opposed

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Matt Gabler (R)
Changes Pennsylvania's coal mining rules for temporary cessation to allow for unlimited cessation of mining activity without DEp approval, which is currently required for cessations greater than 90 days, as long as the mining company renews permits and the site is "effectively secured." This limits opportunities to hold mining operators accountable and is of particular concern due to DEP budget and staffing constraints.
 

House: 2nd
Consideration

Opposed

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Dan Moul (R)
House Resolution urging Congress to repeal the MS4 stormwater pollution program.

More Information:
PennFuture Letter of Opposition
Joint Letter of Opposition (June 2017)

Consideration: 
House Voting Calendar

Opposed

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. Gene Yaw (R)
Surgical change to Pennsylvanias Sewage Facilities Act (Act 537) to allow for on-lot alternative sewage systems in municipal sewage planning. Currently, Act 537 is interpreted as not allowing alternative systems in site planning, but can be installed once the site is established.

Senate Vote:
50-0 (Passed)

House Vote:
ERE Committee

Support

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (R)
Limits state methane regulations to not exceed what the federal EPA has already set.

More Information:
Fact Sheet: PA Methane Problem
Fact Sheet: Methane Pollution

Consideration: Senate ERE Committee

Opposed

Senate Bill

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)

Consideration: Senate CERD Committee

Support

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. John Rafferty (R)
Provides a framework for municipalities to adopt regulations for riparian buffers of a minimum of 100 feet on either side of the waterway and 300 feet for waterways considered exceptional value or high quality.

Consideration: Senate
ERE Committee

Support

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. Thomas McGarrigle (R)
Vehicle for the Administrative Code, one of the suite of state budget bills passed annually. Rep. Stan Saylor (R) amended SB 446 in the House to reflect the agreed upon Administrative Code language that includes provisions to weaken water pollution rules covering toxic manganese discharges from industrial facilities and allowing naturalg as waste water treatment facilities to continue operating under expired permits. It also includes a provision to close Pennsylvania's solar SREC borders.

More Information:
PennFuture Letter of Opposition (July 2017)

Senate Vote:
50-0 (Passed, Pre-Amendment)

House Approp Cmmt:
24-14 (Passed, as Amended)

House Vote:
Third Consideration

Opposed

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. John DiSanto (R)
Amends the Regulatory Review Act by requiring any economically significant regulation of a cost greater than $1 million to be approved by the House and Senate. If either House rejects the regulation or fails to act, the agency is barred from implementing the regulation.

More Information:
Joint Letter of Opposition (June 2017)
York Daily Record Op-Ed (Mitch Hescox, June 2017)

Senate Vote:
29-20 (Passed)

House Vote:
State Gov Committee

Opposed

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. Joseph Scarnati (R)
Amends the Clean Streams Law to assume that coal pollution from mining is not considered pollution as long as the coal company says it can be mitigated.

More Information:
Center for Coal Field Justice Bill Analysis
Letter of Opposition (May 2017)

Senate Vote:
32-17 (Passed)

House Vote:
Third Considered;
Re-referred to House
Appropriations

Opposed

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. Tom Killion (R)
Eliminates the sunset provision for the Recycling Fund.

Senate Vote:
49-0 (Passed)

House Vote:
ERE Committee

Support

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. Richard Alloway (R)
Implements new standards on fertilizers used for turf applications, such as lawns, athletic fields, and golf courses. Limits the amount of phosphorous and nitrogen used in fertilizer as well as provides for certification of professional fertilizer applicators.

More Information:
Choose Clean Water Coalition Joint Letter of Support (June 2017)

Consideration: Senate
Ag and Rural Affairs

Support

Bill Origin Bill# Overview Focus Area Status PF Pos.
Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. John Blake (D)
Establishes the Penn-STAR Program, which would create the first Commercial PACE program in Pennsylvania, opeing the potential to increase commercial energy efficiency projects.

Consideration: Senate Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee

Support

House Bill

Introduced: John Maher (R)
Creates an Independent Counsel at EQB using DEPs existing budget.

House Vote:
160-28 (Passed)

Consideration: Senate ERE Committee

Oppose

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. David Zimmerman (R)
Exempts high tunnels on agriculture lands from the Storm Water Management Act.

House Vote:
154-37 (Passed)

Consideration: Senate ERE Committee

Oppose

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. Patrck Stefano (R)
Allows the Game Commission to set their own fees for items like hunting licenses. Currently, the Game Commission must request fee changes from the legislature. PennFuture opposes amendments to this bill, as many included bad environmental riders.

More Information:
Letter of Support/Opposition to Amendments

Senate Vote:
46-2 (Passed)

House: 2nd Consideration

Support
Unamended

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. John Eichelberger (R)
Allows PA Fish and Boat Commission (PAFBC) to set their own fees for items like fishing and boat licenses. Currently, PAFBC must request fee changes from the legislature. PennFuture opposes amendments to this bill, as many included bad environmental riders.

More Information:
Letter of Support/Opposition to Amendments

Senate Vote:
46-2 (Passed)

House: 2nd Consideration

Support
Unamended

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. Don White (R)
Delays state climate action on the Clean Power Plan.

More Information:
Letter of Opposition (April 2016)
Policy Memo: SB 1195 Unnecessarily Delays Climate Action
Fact Sheet: Clean Power PA Coalition
Letter of Opposition (June 2016)

House Vote:
147-41 (Passed)

Senate Vote:
38-11 (Passed)

Signed by Governor Wolf as Act 57

Oppose

House Bill

Introduced: Curt Sonney (R)
Permits the Department of General Services to lease Lake Erie submerged lands for the assessment, development, and operation of utility scale offshore wind, solar, or kinetic energy generation. Establishes a 2% royalty on the gross revenues of the project to be given back to the county, PAFBC, DEP, and County Conservation District Fund.

Consideration: House State Government Committee

Support

House Bill
1292

Introduced: Dan Frankel (D)
Amends Act 13 by eliminating the "physician gag order" that requires physicians to sign a confidentiality agreement if obtaining information on the chemicals used in frasking to help diagnose a patient. The gag order prevents collaboration with other health professionals as well as discussion with their patients.
 

Consideration: House ERE Committee

Support

House Bill

Introduced: Mark Mustio (R)
Allows 2nd class townships to assess a stormwater fee and ordinances without creating a municipal stormwater authority.

House Vote:
150-47 (Passed)

Senate Vote:
48-1 (Passed)

Signed by Governor Wolf as Act 62

Support

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (R)
Limits state methane regulations to not exceed what the federal EPA has already set.

Consideration: Senate ERE Committee

Oppose

House Bill
1327

Introduced: Rep. Michael Peifer (R)
FY2016-17 Fiscal Code bill that includes provisions to abrogate new conventional oil and gas drilling regulations as well as delay state action on developing a state strategy under the Clean Power Plan.

More Information:
Press Release
Letter of Opposition

House Vote:
200-0 (Passed)

Senate Vote:
49-1 (Passed)

Governor Wolf Veto

Oppose

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. Mario Scavello (R)
Aims to close the solar SREC borders in Pennsylvania, so that solar projects getting credit under the AEPS must be constructed in Pennsylvania.

Consideration: Senate ERE Committee

Support

House Bill
1349

Introduced: Rep. David Zimmerman (R)
Prohibits size restrictions on anaerobic digesters in response to PUC actions to do so.

Consideration: House Consumer Affairs Committee

Oppose

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R)
Enacts a 3.2% severance tax with revenue generated for multiple programs, including DEP, DCNR, and Chesapeake Bay clean-up.

More Information:
Severence Tax Fact Sheets

Consideration: House ERE Committee

Support

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Garth Everett (R)
Does not allow drilling companies to deduct post-production costs from land owner royalty rates so that royalties are below the statutory minimum of 12.5%. PennFuture supported the bill unamended, due to a number of anti-environmental amendments offered.

Consideration: 2nd House

Support
Unamended

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Mark Mustio (R)
Allows boroughs to assess a stormwater fees and ordinances without creating a municipal stormwater authority.

House Vote:
152-45 (Passed)

Consideration: Senate Local Government Committee

Support

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Mark Mustio (R)
Allows 1st class townships to assess stormwater fees and ordinances without creating a stormwater authority.

House Vote:
164-25 (Passed)

Consideration: Senate Local Government Committee

Support

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Rosemary Brown (R)
Creates a financial assistance program for private dam owners that need to obtain bonds as insurance per DEP regulations starting in 2016. The program is self funded through a $1000 and a annual 1% fee on the bond.

House Vote:
195-1 (Passed)

Consideration: Senate ERE Committee

Support

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Mike Turzai (R)
Creates the Keystone Energy Authority to further the development of manufacturing, petrochemical, and other business opportunities through the use of natural gas. Establishes Keystone Energy Enhancement Zones, which are areas of deteriorated property up to 500 acreas that gain tax subsidies when used for natural gas industry development.

Consideration: House Commerce Committee

Oppose

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. John Maher (R)
Allows waste-to-energy facilities to accept pharmaceutical waste for destruction.

House Vote:
195-0 (Passed)

Consideration: Senate ERE Committee

Support

House Bill
188

Introduced: Rep. Curt Sonney (R)
Allows owners of preserved farmland to allow right-of-way for small wind power development, with limits on how much farm land can be used.

House Vote:
194-1 (Passed)

Senate Vote:
50-0 (Amend)

House Concurrence:
189-0 (Amend)

​Senate Concurrence: Senate Rules Committee

Support

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Chris Ross (R)
Reforms the state Covered Device Recycling Act of 2010 by creating a new system that allows private contractors to bid on collecting and recycling electronic devices beyond which electronic manufacturers are already tasked with doing.

Consideration: House ERE Committee

Support

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Angel Cruz (D)
Requires children under 6 years old be tested for lead in their blood.

Consideration: House Health Committee

Support

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Angel Cruz (D)
Requires water testing for lead every year at sample sites around the state and complete testing of every site every three years. Current law prescribes testing every three years at sample sites around the state.

Consideration: House ERE Committee

Support

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D)
Requires lessors of residential dwellings built before 1978 to inspect dwellings for the presence of lead-based paint and chipping paint prior to new occupancy. Lessors must disclose all information regarding levels of lead and inspection results to lessee's.

Consideration: House Urban Affairs Committee

Support

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. Judith Schwank (D)
Amends Clean and Green to allow a landowner to lease an area to a third-party for a rural enterprise under the Farmland Preservation program. This eliminates the situation where a farmer under Clean and Green would lose their protections of they leased a portion of the land to a third party enterprise that falls under Farmland Preservation.

Consideration: 2nd Senate

Neutral

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Brian Ellis (R)
Creates a consultant position to solicit, assess, and propose public-private projects for developing recreational facilities on state park lands, such as golf courses, office buildings, and water parks.

More Information:
Letter of Opposition
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Bill permits commercial development in parks

House:
77-123 (Failed)

Oppose

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Steven Santarsiero (D)
Amends the PA Climate Change Act to set a 50% carbon reduction goal by 2030 goal. Establishes benchmarks for carbon emission reductions that correspond with the Climate Change Action Plan. Provides DEP with enforcement authority to meet the reduction goa, including providing incentives.

Consideration: House ERE Committee

Support

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Fred Keller (R)
Aims to close the solar SREC borders in Pennsylvania, so that solar projects getting credit under the AEPS must be constructed in Pennsylvania.

Consideration: House Commerce Committee

Support

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Stephen Bloom (R)
Allows DEP to waive Act 108 e-recycling requirements for municipalities greate than 5 miles from a DEP-permitted e-recycling facility, allowing municipalities to dispose of electronic waste in landfills.

Consideration: House ERE Committee

Oppose

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Jim Christiana (R)
Establishes 4 new golf courses on public lands named and developed after Arnold Palmer.

Consideration: House State Government Committee

Oppose

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R)
Abrogates new conventional oil and gas regulations and restarts the regulatory process. Also creates the PA Crude Council to advise DEP on new regulations.

More Information:
Press Statement
Letter of Opposition
Fact Sheet: CH. 78 Oil and Gas Regulations

House Vote:
141-46 (Passed)

Senate Vote:
37-12 (Passed)

Signed by Gov. Wolf as Act 52

Oppose

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. Randy Vulokovich (R)
Establishes a Waterfront Development Tax Credit for businesses that contribute to non-profit waterfront improvement organizations.

Consideration: 1st Senate

Support

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. John Yudichak (D)
Creates an Independent Counsel at EQB using DEPs existing budget.

Senate Vote:
49-0 (Passed)

House: 2nd Consideration

Oppose

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. Michelle Brooks (R)
Senate Resoution that directs the Joint State Government Commission to produce a study within 18 months on environmental regulations that exceed federal mandate.

Senate:
27-21 (Passed)

Oppose

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Mike Reese (R)
Repeals the smart meter mandate in Act 129.

Consideration: House Consumer Affairs Committee

Oppose

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Mike Reese (R)
Allows consumers to opt-out of smart meter installation mandated by Act 129.

Consideration: House Consumer Affairs Committee

Oppose

House Bill
395

Introduced: Mike Reese (R)
Requires customer consent before electric distribution companies share customer meter data to a government agency.

House Vote:
189-0 (Passed)

Consideration: Senate Consumer Affairs Committee

Oppose

House Bill

Introduced: Mike Reese (R)
Omnibus bill containing smart meter provisions from House Bills 393, 394, and 395.
 

Consideration: House Consumer Affairs Committee

Oppose

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Jim Marshall (R)
Eliminates state ethanol blending requirements put in place through the Biofuel Development and In-State Production Incentive Act.

House Vote:
155-42 (Passed)

Consideration: Senate ERE Committee

Neutral

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Bob Godshall (R)
Directs the Commonwealth to adopt National Groundwater Association standards for well water construction.

More Information:
PennFuture Letter of Support
Patriot News Op-Ed: Adopt Well Water Standards

Consideration: 2nd House

Support

Senate Bill

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

House Vote:
172-25 (Passed)

Senate:
47-0 (Passed)

Signed by Governor as Act 45

Oppose

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. John Gordner (R)
Enables a Standing Committee to disapprove regulatory action that could delay approval of new environmental rules in perpetuity.

More Information:
Letter of Opposition

Senate Vote:
47-0 (Pass)

House Vote:
109-81 (Amend)

Senate Concurrence: 
31-16 (Pass)

Gov. Wolf Veto

Oppose

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. Richard Alloway (R)
Sets standards on applying fertilizer to turf, creates a certification process for those working in the turf fertilizer industry, and creats clear content and label restrictions on retail fertilizer.

Consideration: Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

Support

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Eli Evankovich (R)
Amends Pennsylvania's building code adoption process to bifurcate new, triennial building codes into "opposed" provisions that require a supermajority vote to adopt and "unopposed" provisions that require a simple majority. Requires a superminority vote to shift provisions to "opposed." Also severely delays the process for reviewing and voting on new codes.

More Information:
Policy Memo: Consequences of not adopting new building codes
Policy Memo: Primer on House Bill 568
Letter of Opposition

House Vote:
195-0 (Passed)

Senate Vote:
45-3 (Amend)

House Concurrence:
106-86 (Amend)

Senate Concurrence:
47-0 (Amend)

House Concurrence: House Rules

Oppose

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. Elder Vogel Jr. (R)
Amends Chesapeake Bay TMDL nutrient trading program to allow for large agricultural projects as a prime source for nutrient reductions.

Consideration: Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

Oppose

Senate Bill

Sen. Lisa Boscola (D)
Allows large industrial companies to opt-out of Pennsylvania's Act 129 energy efficiency program, thus reducing the overall investment in statewide energy conservation projects.

More Information:
Optimal Briefing Memo on Impacts of Senate Bill 805
Letter of Opposition (November 2015)

Senate Vote: 
35-13 (Pass)

Consideration: House Consumer Affairs Committee

Oppose

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Kate Harper (R)
Directs the Commonwealth to adopt National Groundwater Association standards for well water construction.

Consideration: House ERE Committee

Support

Senate Bill

Introduced: Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R)
Establishes the Affordable Energy Development Zones Program. Directs DCED to estabish zones where there are natural gas producing wells and provide new businesses ten-years of state tax subsidies.

Consideration: Senate Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee

Oppose

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Garth Everett (R)
A resolution tasking the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee with studying a water usage fee.

Consideration: House ERE Committee

Support

House Bill

Introduced: Rep. Bob Godshall (R)
Expands Standing Committee powers to provide approval or dissapproval of regulatory actions that could delay approval of new rules in perpetuity through holding hearings and passing letters of disapproval.

More Information:
Letter of Opposition

House Vote:
113-84 (Passed)

Consideration: Senate Rules Committee

Oppose

Regulation

Environmental regulation is a critical tool for reducing or eliminating environmental harm due to commercial and industrial activity. Pennsylvania’s existing regulations make up the foundation of environmental protection for our air, hundreds of thousands of acres of land, and miles of waterways. Yet, new pollution challenges often require new regulations to ensure public safety, health, and sustainability.

The regulations listed below are of the highest priority for PennFuture. 



Title Overview Focus Area Status PF Pos.

Agency: DEP
Proposed updates to General Plan Approval and General Operating Permit for unconventional natural gas well site operations and remote pigging stations (GP-5A) as well as permit for natural gas compressor stations, processing plants, and transmission stations (GP-5). The update includes best available technologies aimed at reducing methane leaks at new unconventional gas well pads, compressor stations, and processing facilities. Permit updates also includes requiring increased use of leak detection and repair (LDAR) processes.

More Information:
Pennsylvania Bulletin Notice
Proposed Changes
Public Comment Page
Letter: Rep. Daryl Metcalfe
Letter: Sen. Gene Yaw and Senate Leaders
DEP Response Letter to Senate Letter
PennFuture Response Letter to Rep. Metcalfe

Published:
February 4, 2017

Public Comment:
Ends June 5, 2017

Support

Agency: Fish and Boat Commission
Proposed river and stream designations as Wild Trout waterways to manage self-sustaining trout populations as a natural resource.

More Information:
Pennsylvania Bulletin Notice
Proposed Changes
Public Comment Page

Published:
February 8, 2017

Public Comment:
March 20, 2017

Support

Agency: DEP
Proposed Pennsylvania mitigation strategy for investing the state share ($118 million) of the Volkswagon (VW) Settlement. VW was found to illegally exceeding air pollution limits on its diesel automobiles. As a result, VW settled the case by, in part, providing a multi-billion payment to states whose air quality was adversly impacted. Pennsylvania's draft mitigation plan aims to invest its share in reducing NOx from the transportation sector.

More Information:
Pennsylvania Bulletin Notice
Draft Mitigation Plan
Public Comment Page
PennFuture Public Comments (July 2017)

Published:
May 19, 2017

Public Comment:
Ends July, 5, 2017

Under Review

Agency: Fish and Boat Commission
Proposed river and stream designations as Class A Wild Trout waterways to manage self-sustaining trout populations as a natural resource.

More Information:
Pennsylvania Bulletin Notice
Proposed Changes
Public Comment Page

Published:
February 8, 2017

Public Comment:
Ends March 20, 2017

Support

Agency: DEP
Development of Pennsylvania's Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIPIII) to describe pollution reduction programs and goals in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed counties through 2025.

More Information:
Pennsylvania Bulletin Notice
Public Comment Page
Choose Clean Water Coalition Public Comments (July 2017)

 

Published:
June 10, 2017

Public Comment:
Ends July 7, 2017

Support

Title Overview Focus Area Status PF Pos.
2016 Draft Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report

Agency: DEP
Comprehensive report on the condition of waterways, water pollution issues, and groundwater throughout the Commonwealth. The report lists waterways DEP recommends for pollution control programs or EPA designation of Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) limitations, including DEPs decision to not recommend listing the Lower Susquehanna as impaired.

More Information:
2016 Draft Assessment Report
Pennsylvania Bulletin Notice
Public Comment Page
PennFuture's Public Comments

Published:
7/30/2016

Public Comment:
Ends 9/12/2016

Oppose not listing Lower Susquehanna as impaired

2016 Proposed Classifications for New Wild Trout Streams

Agency: Fish and Boat Commission
Proposed river and stream designations as Class A Wild Trout waterways to manage self-sustaining trout populations as a natural resource.

More Information:
Pennsylvania Bulletin Notice
Proposed Changes (Part 1)
Proposed Changes (Part 2)

Published:
7/12/2016

Public Comment:
Ends 8/22/2016

Support

2016 Water Quality Standards and HQ/EV Stream Designation

Agency: DEP
Proposed rulemaking to designate water quality standards, high quality streams, and exceptional value streams.

More Information:
Pennsylvania Bulletin Notice
Public Comment Page
PennFuture's Public Comments

Published:
3/5/2016

Public Comment:
Ends 4/18/2016

Support

Ch. 78/78a Conventional and Unconventional Oil and Gas Regulations

Agency: DEP
Sets new regulations on unconventional and conventional oil and gas drilling, including impoundments, setbacks, and spillage standards. Act 52 of 2016 abrogated the Ch. 78 conventional regulations, but allowed the Ch. 78a unconventional regulations to move forward.

More Information:
DEP Ch. 78 Information Page
EQB Meeting Minutes Supporting Ch. 78/78a Regs
Final Rule Published in the PA Bulletin

Published:
12/4/2013

Public Comment:
Ends 3/14/2014

EQB Vote:
15-4 (Passed)

IRRC Vote:
3-2 (Passed)

House: ERE Cmmt Disapproval

Senate: ERE Cmmt Disapproval

Final Action:
Act 52 of 2016

Final Rule Published:
10/7/16

Support

Environmental Laboratory Accreditation

Agency: DEP
Proposed streamlining of state environmental lab accreditation regulations in addition to increasing Lab Accreditation fees by $100 - $750, depending on the fee and lab, the only mechanism to better fund the state lab system. 

More Information:
Pennsylvania Bulletin Notice
Public Comment Page

Published:
8/20/2016

Public Comment:
Ends 9/19/2016

Support

Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan

Agency: DEP
Triennial submission of Pennsylvania's updated Climate Action Plan, incuding recommended legislative changes and cost-effective strategies for reducing carbon emissions.

More Information:
Pennsylvania Bulletin Notice
Public Comment Page
PennFuture's Public Comments

Published:
1/30/2016

Public Comment:
Ends 3/30/2016

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Proposed Designation Recommendations for Ozone Air Quality Standards

Agency: DEP
Proposed recommendations to EPA for designating ozone attainment and non-attainment areas around the Commonwealth under the Clean Air Act. Non-attainment areas must deploy cost-effective measures to reduce precursors to ozone.

More Information:
Proposed Recommendations Report
Pennsylvania Bulletin Notice
Public Comment Page

Published:
8/20/2016

Public Comment:
Ends 9/2/2016

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Radiological Health and Radon Certification Fees

Agency: DEP
Proposes increasing fees for radioactive material licenses by 50%, decrease the source material fee by 50%, and increase the hourly rate for personel by $75/hour. Proposes a new $50 fee per radon mitigation system tag. Fee changes are the only mechanism to better fund state radiological programs.

More Information:
Pennsylvania Bulletin Notice
Public Comment Page

Published:
7/2/2016

Public Comment:
Ends 8/30/2016

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Revisions to Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard Regulations

Agency: PUC
Opens the door to new fees on net metered distributed generation, and requires an independent load on remote sites before virtual meter aggregation is allowed. 

More Information:
Pennsylvania Bulletin Notice
Public Comment Page
PennFuture Public Comments

Released (NPRM):
2/20/2014

Published (Draft):
7/7/2014 

Public Comment:
Ends 9/3/2014

Published (ANFR):
4/23/2015

Public Comment:
Ends 5/29/2015

IRRC Vote:
0-5 (Failed)

Published (Final):
2/11/2016

IRRC Vote:
0-5 (Failed)

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