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EPA to Set PA Targets on Chesapeake Bay

The EPA notified Pennsylvania this month that it will be developing Pennsylvania-specific goals for reducing nutrients and sediment in the Pennsylvania portion of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to help the Commonwealth get back on track to meeting its 2025 TMDL cleanup commitments.

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Wolf, General Assembly Reach Agreements on Oil and Gas Regulations, Clean Power Plan Reviews

The Governor has signed three bills relating to the state’s oil and gas industries after weeks of negotiations with the House and Senate.

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Assembly to Review Clean Power Plan Actions

On another energy/environment front, the Governor signed SB 1195, which establishes a role for the General Assembly in reviewing the states proposal for compliance with the Clean Power Plan relating to greenhouse gas emissions, now Act 57.

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PA Internists ask General Assembly to Investigate Highmark Losses, Decisions

The PA Chapter of the American College of Physicians has asked the House and Senate Insurance Committees to investigate Highmark’s losses from the Afffordable Care Act coverage, its decision to cut physicians payments by 4.5%, and contracting issues which allowed the insurer to use doctors as a risk pool, rather than use the billions of dollars it keeps in its reserves for such losses.

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Moniz Says Clean Energy Technologies are Accelerating in the U.S.

Ahead of the International Energy Agency’s Ministerial in Paris, which serves as a lead-up to the COP21 UN Climate Negotiations, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this week released the 2015 Revolution…Now report, which details the state of several clean energy technologies in the U.S. that provide technology solutions to climate change.

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E&C Advances Two Resolutions to Disapprove CPP

The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed two resolutions, H.J. Res 71 and H.J. Res 72, to “keep electricity affordable and reliable for ratepayers across the country.” The resolutions, introduced by Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), would provide Congressional disapproval on two final rules issued by the EPA for new and existing fossil fuel-fired power plants, and that the rules shall have no force or effect.

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Congress takes on CPP

The US Senate has voted 52-46 for a measure that would block President Barack Obama’s highest-profile climate regulation, a symbolic rebuke less than two weeks before he is due to travel to Paris for negotiations on a major global warming deal.

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HERO BX Purchases Alabama Biodiesel Refinery

Erie biodiesel producer Lake Erie Biofuels LLC d/b/a HERO BX announced this week that it has acquired the assets of the former Veros Energy biodiesel refinery in Moundville, Ala.. The plant will be operated under the name HERO BX Alabama LLC.

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Coal Caucus Holds its own Hearing on Clean Power Plan

Last week, the DEP concluded its series of public hearings for reactions and comments on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. DEP Secretary John Quigley said the state is close to writing a first draft of its proposal to meet the requirements of the Clean Power Plan. He noted that Pennsylvania’s plan will be better than the model federal plan EPA presented in Pittsburgh last week, one that takes away state flexibility.

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Draft recommendations for pipeline infrastructure released for public comment

The DEP last week released the 355-page first draft of the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force report and opened a 30-day public comment period that ends December 14. The draft report is the first product of Governor Wolf’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force (PITF), chaired by DEP Secretary John Quigley.

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