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DEP looks the other way as the Susquehanna suffers
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) this week denied the joint request of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC), PennFuture, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, American Rivers, and the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited to list the Susquehanna River as impaired under the Clean Water Act. Despite lots of evidence, DEP did not include the Susquehanna on its release of the state's 2012 impaired water list.

Our world-class smallmouth bass population, on a 98-mile stretch of the lower Susquehanna, has collapsed. We don't know why, but all signs point to environmental causes. Listing the Susquehanna as impaired would stimulate further research, spur cleanup efforts, and galvanize the public.

And the people in charge ignore the need for answers
Despite requests by a coalition of organizations, including PennFuture, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) has never performed a comprehensive study on the impact of water withdrawals and other gas development activities in the basin. Without a basin-wide study, the commission is not gathering comprehensive, scientific information.

In 2011, American Rivers named the Susquehanna the nation's most endangered river because of the risks posed by unconventional gas development. Refusing to study the problem is likely to make it worse. The commission meets this month in Harrisburg.

How is disposal of your garbage like waste management at oil and gas well pads?
The answer is not so much — but not in the way you might be thinking. Disposal of your trash is more heavily regulated!

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) prohibits you from digging a hole and burying bags of household trash on your property unless you have a permit. But the oil and gas industry can bury industrial waste at well pads, even waste that may otherwise be considered hazardous, without a permit — and without any notice to the public. And it’s all legal.

In this week's PennFuture Facts, PennFuture President George Jugovic Jr., shines a bright light on this dirty secret. Let's hope the members of the General Assembly read it and start asking some serious questions.

Check out the Rational Middle
The Rational Middle Energy Series is a set of short films by Gregory Kallenberg that explores challenges American society faces while crafting a viable energy future with public involvement. On Feb. 6, Washington & Jefferson College will host a screening of the films with commentary from a panel that includes PennFuture President George Jugovic Jr. Visit our website for further information, including registration.

How much e-waste piles up in two weeks?
PennFuture shepherded Pennsylvania's new electronic waste law through the legislature from start to finish. The final portion took effect on Jan. 24, banning the world's fastest growing waste (and some of the nastiest) from Pennsylvania landfills.

Last summer, PennFuture Wilkes-Barre intern Brittany Ott organized a drive to collect and recycle e-waste from other tenants in their six-story building. The result of two weeks of work was 3,000 pounds of e-waste and this great and fun short video.


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