Showing posts with label Environment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Environment. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Groundwater monitoring program introduced by Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Health Department has unveiled a new groundwater monitoring program that officials say "will be instrumental in assessing water quantity trends locally, thereby allowing for county issuance of preliminary drought status instead of waiting for official state declarations."

From a Health Department press release:
In the past, several county-wide drought emergencies emphasized the impact water quantity has on the health and welfare of county residents. Therefore, the Division of Water Quality Management (WQM) worked in collaboration with the United States Geological Service (USGS) to plan, develop and implement a groundwater monitoring program throughout the county.

Data collection for the program began in 2005 and includes a network of nineteen (19) wells located on both public and private properties. The selected wells currently are not in use or impacted by large groundwater withdrawals and are monitored by WQM staff monthly.

The results collected from wells participating at least five years in the program are currently available for review on the MCHD website at in the Programs section.

The results will assist WQM staff in developing localized drought status levels such as Watch, Warning and Emergency during times of extended low precipitation and will allow them to offer recommendations for residents to reduce non-essential water use.

For questions regarding the program, please contact Kyle Schmeck at 610-278-5117 X6725.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cap and tax: Exposing the charade

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says the cap and trade legislation backed by Democrats will cost each American household about $2,000 a year in new energy taxes.

From a recent editorial:
Cap and tax: Exposing the charade

Newly released Treasury Department figures on the cap-and-trade climate bill reveal a potential government windfall of up to $200 billion annually in federal receipts, far in excess of what the Obama administration originally projected.

And that would cost the average American household about $2,000 annually, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), which requested the Treasury data from March under the Freedom of Information Act.

The findings sent Gang Green into a frenzy: The data are dated, they say. The cap-and-tax proposal would give away some emission credits (and tilt the field to favored industries). And some revenues from those hefty allowances would be used to -- wait for it -- cut taxes.

If anything at all is certain about government's generalizations for wealth-robbing initiatives, it's that they're notoriously low-balled.

But even more egregious, the legislation passed by the U.S. House is premised on a supposed "need" that doesn't exist. For all their costs and economic injury -- which are facts -- the carbon caps would have no effect on Earth's temperatures, experts say.

It's a charlatan's canard dressed up as a public priority.

"If they don't tell you the cost and they don't tell you the benefit, what are they telling you?" asks CEI's Christopher Horner.

Obviously not much in this era of government "transparency" in which crucial data are withheld, or redacted, until the damage is done.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Hidden taxes behind global warming agenda

Two good editorial published recently by The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on the global warming hoax and how the far-left is using the climate change hysteria to raise your taxes.

In "Bogus climate bill," the newspaper argues:
If the Waxman-Markey global warming bill becomes law, it will have a devastating impact on people but virtually no impact on the planet.

It's a massive energy tax in disguise that promises job losses, income cuts and a sharp left turn toward bigger government...
In "The Coming Frost," the newspaper says:
Carbon dioxide is odorless. But the Obama administration's prioritization of politics and eco-wacko dogma above all else regarding this so-called "greenhouse gas" stinks.

The administration is on a chilling path -- as in a chilling effect on dissent now and chilly winters to come when Americans will see their own carbon dioxide emissions as every breath they exhale frosts the air in homes they can't afford to heat.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Hayden Panettiere saves the whales

I hadn't given much thought about saving whales, but now that Hayden Panettiere is taking up the cause, count me in.

This is no April Fool's joke. The star of NBC's "Heroes" will be in Australia on April 1 to rally support for a campaign to gather 1 million signatures to save the whales from commercial fishing.

Since the whaling moratorium went into effect in 1986, more than 25,000 great whales, including endangered species, have been killed by Japan, Norway, and Iceland while Japanese fisherman have killed hundreds of thousands of dolphins and small whales in their coastal drive hunts, according to The Whaleman Foundation.

I'm not big on celebrity endorsements, but how can anyone resist Hayden's plea to save the whales?

Find out more about the petition drive at the link below:

Hayden Panettiere in Sydney Australia on April 1 to Ask for 1 Million Petition Signatures to End Commercial Whaling

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

PA Energy Alliance to promote nuclear power

Armed with a new poll that says Pennsylvania residents support the expansion of nuclear power to meet future energy needs, a statewide coalition has formed to promote nuclear energy.

The coalition is made up of community leaders, technical experts and others who believe nuclear energy is vital to Pennsylvania's future.

The group's goal is to advocate for nuclear energy and increase awareness of the environmental and economic benefits it brings to Pennsylvania, according to a press released announcing the launch of PA Energy Alliance.

Pennsylvania is the nation's second largest producer of nuclear energy and gets more than one-third of its electricity from this carbon-free source, says the Pennsylvania Energy Alliance for Generating Reliable Electricity for Our Energy Needs (PA Energy Alliance).

The alliance released the results of a statewide poll showing that a large majority of state residents believe nuclear energy is important to meeting the nation's electricity requirements.

The poll of 800 Pennsylvania residents, conducted by Terry Madonna Opinion Research last September, found that:
-- Over 82 percent of respondents believe nuclear power is important to
meeting America's energy needs;

-- 82 percent believe nuclear power is a reliable source of electricity;

-- 73 percent believe nuclear power will lead the country to greater independence from foreign energy sources;

-- Over 66 percent believe nuclear power is safe;

-- Nearly 60 percent believe nuclear power will lead to increased national security;

-- 57 percent believe the use of nuclear power will reduce the effects of global warming.
The survey specifically asked about two of the state's nuclear plants - Three Mile Island in Dauphin County and Limerick Generating Station in Montgomery County.

Three-fourths of those surveyed said they have a favorable opinion of the nuclear plants.

"Our poll found that overwhelming majorities in Pennsylvania believe that nuclear energy is safe and reliable, that it will help reduce the effects of global warming, and that it will lead to greater energy independence and increased national security," said G. Terry Madonna. "Of particular note is that these views are held by Pennsylvanians who live near nuclear energy plants, as well as those who do not."

The PA Energy Alliance includes community and business leaders, public officials, scientists and others who support energy policies "that meet the state's needs, protect our environment and improve our economy."

A primary goal of the Alliance is the continued safe operation of the state's five nuclear plants, according to the group.

Karen Walsh, former deputy chief of staff to U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey Jr., is the executive director of the PA Energy Alliance.

Initial administrative funding for the coalition comes from Exelon Corp., which operates nuclear plants in Pennsylvania.

Among the most notable members of the coalition: Pete Duncan and Dave Hess, former secretaries of the Department of Environmental Protection; Forrest J. Remick, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State University; Former Pennsylvania Gov. Mark S. Schweiker; and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.

To join the coalition or learn more about the PA Energy Alliance go to

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Pennsylvania makes 'Dirty Dozen' pollutants list

Pennsylvania is among the top "Dirty Dozen" states with the most coal power plants generating high mercury emissions, according to a new report by the Environmental Integrity Project.

Report to Show That Mercury Pollution Is Up at Most of the 50 Worst U.S. Coal-Fired Power Plants, 'Dirty Dozen' States Identified