Friday, March 23, 2018

March 26 PA Environment Digest Is Now Available

The March 26 PA Environment Digest is now available.

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PennVEST Loans Available To Help Hollidaysburg, Other Homeowners Pay For Sewer Laterals

As work continues to replace sewer lines in Hollidaysburg, the PA Infrastructure Investment Authority reminds homeowners that it offers a low-interest loan to help with the expense of connecting to the municipal sewer system.
The loan program is made available by PennVEST working in cooperation with the PA Housing Finance Agency and the state Department of Environmental Protection.
"We're encouraging homeowners in Hollidaysburg to consider the PennVEST loan as an affordable option available for area residents who will be connecting to the new sewer lines in the months ahead," said PennVEST Executive Director Brion Johnson. "The cost of these connections can be burdensome, so we hope this funding can help mitigate the impact on family budgets."
The PennVEST loan offers several features of benefit to homeowners, including:
-- 1.75 percent interest rate (maximum annual percentage rate of 2.9 percent)
-- Loan terms up to 20 years (15 years for manufactured homes), regardless of loan amount
-- Loan amounts up to $25,000 are available
-- There are no restrictions on household income for homeowners who want to apply
-- Two unit dwellings deeded as one property are eligible unless the residence is a manufactured home, and
-- There is no repayment penalty for homeowners who pay off their loans early
The loan is available only to Pennsylvania residents.
PHFA Executive Director and CEO Brian Hudson Sr. added, "It can be hard to budget for a sizable expense like this, even if you know it's coming. So the fact that we offer an affordable loan to help soften the financial impact should be welcome news for homeowners."
Homeowners who want more information or want to start the PennVEST application process should contact Debbie Gilmour with Liberty Mortgage Corporation at 814-868-8564, or contact Stacy Martin with 1st Summit Bank at 814-262-4060.
They can also call PHFA at 1-855-U-Are-Home (827-3466), and then press "0" to be connected with the agency's Customer Solutions Center.
More details are available at the PHFA PennVEST Homeowner Septic Program webpage.

Penn State Extension Private Water Well Owners Drinking Water Clinics April 11 In Bucks County

Penn State Extension will host two Drinking Water Clinics for owners of private water wells on April 11 in Doylestown, Bucks County.  The same Clinic will be presented at 1:00 and 6:00 p.m.
These Clinics are designed for people who manage a private drinking water supply.  
They'll cover how to test and protect your well or spring, and when water treatment might makes sense.  They will also discuss well and spring system inspection and maintenance so you know how to protect your family, your property, and the groundwater we share.
Free water testing is frequently offered to a limited number of households at these workshops. Call or email the instructor listed for the event you plan to attend to confirm if testing will take place. See the instructor tab for this contact information for the event you want to go to.
Testing for any of the following may be offered: bacteria, pH, total dissolved solids, and nitrate nitrogen. Test results are not official, but are instead offered to help participants decide how soon they should consider additional testing by a state accredited laboratory.  
At a minimum, Penn State recommends testing every 12-14 months for bacteria (total coliform and E.coli. bacteria), and every three years for pH and total dissolved solids.
Support for these workshops is provided by the Master Well Owner Network grant from the Department of Environmental Protection and the PA Ground Water Association.
Click Here for a summary of a similar Clinic in Montour County.
The Clinics will be held at the Neshaminy Manor Center, 1282 Almshouse Road in Doylestown.
Click Here for all the details and to register.
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Alissa Burger Joins PA Environmental Council As Senior Policy Advisor For Energy & Climate

The PA Environmental Council Friday announced Alissa Burger has joined the organization as Senior Policy Advisor for Energy  and Climate.
In this new role, she is responsible for implementation of PEC’s ongoing decarbonization initiative, working with state and national stakeholders to achieve deep carbon and greenhouse gas emission reductions in Pennsylvania.
“Having Alissa join PEC with her wealth of expertise and experience working collaboratively on energy policy gives us the ability to continue what we think is really groundbreaking work in some of these areas,” says Davitt Woodwell, PEC’s President.
Alissa comes to PEC with national and international experience in climate issues, distributed energy resources, and low-carbon futures.
Prior to joining PEC in 2018, Alissa worked on climate and energy policy at the Center for Sustainable Energy in California; the Institute for Market Transformation and the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington, D.C.; and PennFuture and Sustainable Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.
Her recent work has focused on transformative market mechanisms, building performance policy, overcoming regulatory barriers, clean energy investment, urban innovations, and climate resiliency strategies.
“This is a really exciting opportunity in that Pennsylvania obviously is a huge player in the energy space, both from a production standpoint and in terms of technology,” Alissa says. “To be back in my hometown and home state and be able to carry this work forward is really exciting to me.”
Alissa Burger can be contacted at 412-481-9400 or send email to:
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