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    Community meetings are generally held at Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA

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The Sentinel: Clean Air Board’s fight to clear the air in Carlisle

June 1, 2018, Joe Cress The Sentinel

Sometimes the proudest achievement is the hardest one to measure in terms of its impact down the road.Such is the case with the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania and the lobbying effort it led a decade ago to implement anti-idling legislation.

That legislation put into place time limits on idling in the hope the new restrictions could reduce fine particulate emissions from diesel engine exhausts.  Read more ….

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Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change

Professor Michael Vandenbergh of Vanderbilt Law School will be speaking at Widener University Commonwealth Law School on Friday, Feb. 9, at noon (bring along your lunch), in Room A180 of the Administration Building3737 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, Pa., about a topic that could help reduce current political partisanship on climate change.  He will explain how private companies, on their own, can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by a billion tons per year over the next decade.  
 
The talk is based on a new book, Michael P. Vandenbergh & Jonathan M. Gilligan, Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change (Cambridge University Press 2017).
 
He will explain that private sector action provides one of the most promising opportunities to reduce the risks of climate change, buying time while governments move slowly or oppose climate mitigation. Starting with the insight that much of the resistance to climate mitigation is grounded in concern about the role of government, the talk will draw on law, policy, social science and climate science to demonstrate how private initiatives are already bypassing government inaction in the United States and around the globe. 
 
The talk will combine an examination of the growth of private climate initiatives over the last decade, a theory of why private actors are motivated to reduce emissions, and a review of viable next steps.
 
This is an important talk about an important topic.  The program is free and open to all the Widener community and to the public. In addition, one free CLE (substantive) credit is available. Registration is not necessary.
 
A campus map, showing the administration building, is available here:  https://commonwealthlaw.widener.edu/current-students/resources-for-current-students/campus-map/
 

Clean Air Board Community Meeting March 2, 7 pm

We will discuss two topics:

The future of rural Cumberland County. The Cumberland Conservation Collaborative is planning a forum on the forces and factors that will shape the future of rural Cumberland County.  CAB  will participate in this forum.  Share your concerns.

Carbon Fees and Dividend Policy.  Natalie McNeil, Dickinson College student, will explain a proposal that she is presenting to the Carlisle Borough Council.

Join us at the Second Presbyterian Church in Carlisle, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle. March 2, 7-8pm.  The meeting room is the chapel (on your right side as you enter). Garland Drive is just south of Exit 45, Interstate 81 in Carlisle.

Widener Law School holds event on Practical Sustainable Development – Tools for Municipalities

Practical Sustainable Development: Tools for Municipalities
November 18, 2016; 1:00–4:30 p.m.
Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Administration Building, Room A180
3737 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA

3 Continuing Legal Education credits available (2 substantive, 1 ethics) – $20.00 non-CLE and CLE attendees

A growing number of municipalities are looking for ways to make economic development, social well-being, and environmental protection work together for improved quality of life.
This program will showcase eight model sustainability ordinances drafted by Widener
Commonwealth law students under the close supervision of Widener Commonwealth
faculty and in coordination with representatives of the Pennsylvania State Association of
Township Supervisors and Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. Building on these
presentations, the program also includes an explanation of the ethical responsibility of
lawyers to analyze legal problems through the lens of sustainable development.

Sponsored by Widener University Commonwealth Law School;
PA State Association of Boroughs; PA State Association of Township Supervisors

To register, go to Widener Commonwealth Law School events:
http://commonwealthlaw.widener.edu/prospective-students/why-widener/events/register-for-events/
For more information, please e-mail: CLEcwlaw@widener.edu

EPA and DOT announce new truck standards

EPA and DOT Finalize Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks

Truck on a road
The final standards are cost effective for consumers and businesses.

EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly finalized standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that will improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution, while bolstering energy security and spurring manufacturing innovation. The final phase two standards were called for by President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, and respond to the President’s directive in early 2014 to develop new standards that run into the next decade.

The final standards are expected to lower CO2 emissions by approximately 1.1 billion metric tons, save vehicle owners fuel costs of about $170 billion, and reduce oil consumption by up to two billion barrels over the lifetime of the vehicles sold under the program. Read more about the new standards.

Read a joint blog post by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx on how these standards are helping to address climate change.

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Jan 31

DEP Issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for January 31, 2016 for Eight Counties in South-central PA

HARRISBURG, PA — The Department of Environmental Protection and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast a Code Orange air quality action day for particle pollution on Sunday, January 31, 2016 for Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northampton, and York Counties.

On air quality action days, young children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems, such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis, are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution and should limit outdoor activities.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standardized air quality index uses colors to report daily air quality. Green signifies good; yellow means moderate; orange represents unhealthy pollution levels for sensitive people; and red warns of unhealthy pollution levels for all.

Over the weekend, with a ridge of high pressure building in the south-central region of Pennsylvania from the southeastern US, warmer air will begin to build in over the commonwealth. On Sunday, the clear skies during the early morning hours coupled with the thick snowpack across eastern PA will allow for the formation of a strong surface inversion. The inversion will help to limit mixing near the ground, forcing an increase in particle pollution concentrations. Particle levels are expected to remain elevated during the afternoon as the winds remain light as they turn more out of the southeast. Overall, the daily average concentration of particle pollution should peak in the Code ORANGE range.

To help keep the air healthy, residents and business are encouraged to voluntarily restrict certain pollution-producing activities by:

• Limiting the use of wood stoves in the overnight hours;
• Setting thermostats to a lower temperature
• Carpooling or using public transportation; and
• Combining errands to reduce trips.

These forecasts are provided in conjunction with the Lehigh Valley-Berks Air Quality Partnership and the Susquehanna Valley Air Quality Partnership.

For more information, click here or visit www.dep.pa.gov.

DEP to hold listening session on EPA Clean Power rule

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a listening session Thursday, September 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to hear what you think of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Rule. This rule will limit carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants by 30% by 2030. The rule will require states to develop plans to reduce carbon intensity from electric generation plants. In July, EPA held public hearings in Pittsburgh on how to implement the rule.

The Clean Air Board recently sponsored a forum at Dickinson College to discuss the issues raised the EPA proposed rule. At that forum, DEP Deputy Secretary Vince Brisini presented his views on the proposed rule.

Now you have the opportunity to inform DEP of your views on reducing carbon emissions. Please sign up to speak at the DEP listening session.
You can register for the listening session by contacting DEP’s Tammey Adams at 717-772-2725 or taadams@pa.gov.