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Conservation

Waste Facts

How Much Waste We Create

As of 2016, Pennsylvanians generate approximately 8.7 million tons of municipal waste annually. That’s about 1,360 pounds per person every year!


What We Throw Away

According to a study produced for the state Department of Environmental Protection, the 10 most common materials in Pennsylvania residential waste are:

  • food waste – 12.2%
  • non-recyclable paper – 10.1%
  • corrugated cardboard – 5.3%
  • newspaper – 5.2%
  • yard waste –  1%
  • mixed paper – 4.8%
  • film plastic – 4.7%
  • C&D (construction and demolition) – 4.5%
  • textiles – 4.4%
  • unpainted wood – 3.6%

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        Threats to America’s National Monuments
                              GCA  ConWatch   Summer 2017 

       On April 26, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order instructing the
Department of the Interior to review national monuments (which are managed
by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and other agencies) designated under the Antiquities Act.                   

The order targets national monuments using three criteria: (1)  areas made monuments after 1996; (2) monuments  larger than 100,000 acres, or (3) monuments that Interior Secretary Zinke determines were designated as national monuments without adequate public outreach or support. The Antiquities Act is a vital conservation tool that allows presidents to set these federal lands aside for the American  people. Any attempts to weaken an environmental law that has been working effectively since Congress established it in 1906 raises serious concerns. The Antiquities Act has been used by Republican and Democrats alike to safe guardiconic sites throughout the country for more than a century. No president has attempted to revoke a predecessor’s monument designation. The efforts to shrink or eliminate existing national monuments have begun. On June 12, Secretary Zinke announced that he would recommend reduction of   Bears Ears National Monument , located in southeast Utah. Secretary Zinke also stated that President Trump should use the “appropriate authority”to redraw the monument’s boundaries.

If  you want to see America’s national monuments preserved call  or write
Interior Secretary Zinke   asking him to protect our public lands and not  to reverse any national monuments.

To reach members of the U. S. Congress                 www.congress.org.
To contact members of the PA General Assembly           www.legis.state.pa.us
Fracking ban along Delaware River moves forward

A commission that oversees drinking water quality for 15 million people took an initial step Wednesday to permanently ban drilling and hydraulic fracturing near the Delaware River and its tributaries.

The step drew criticism from the natural gas industry as well as from environmental groups worried that regulators would still allow the disposal of toxic drilling wastewater inside the area.

The Delaware River Basin Commission voted 3-1, with one abstention, to begin the lengthy process of enacting a formal ban on drilling and fracking, the technique that's spurred a U.S. production boom in shale gas and oil.

The watershed supplies the Easton area, Philadelphia and half of New York City with drinking water.

The resolution approved by the commission says that fracking "presents risks, vulnerabilities and impacts to surface and ground water resources across the country," and directs the staff to draft regulations to ban it.

Representatives of the governors of New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware, all Democrats, voted for the measure. A representative of Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie abstained and a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officer, representing the administration of GOP President Donald Trump, voted "no," drawing lusty boos from a strongly anti-fracking crowd attending the meeting outside Philadelphia.

"Today, we are acting to protect a watershed that supplies drinking water to more than 15 million people in one of the most densely populated areas of the country," Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement.

Environmentalists were infuriated by provisions they said would allow the industry to draw water from the river and its tributaries for hydraulic fracturing outside the region, and to dispose of fracking wastewater within the Delaware watershed.

"The frackers get our clean water and we get a Superfund site back. It's a wolf in sheep's clothing. This is not a deal that we should be making," Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, told commissioners.

Steven Tambini, the commission's executive director, urged critics to withhold judgment until they see the regulations. Draft regulations will be published no later than Nov. 30, with hearings and a public comment period to follow. Tambini anticipated that a final vote could take place next year.

"You don't know what the rules are going to say yet, so take it easy," he said.

The ban would apply to two counties in Pennsylvania's northeastern tip that are part of the nation's largest gas field, the Marcellus Shale. More than 10,000 Marcellus wells have been drilled in other parts of Pennsylvania since a natural gas boom began nearly 10 years ago, but the industry has been prevented from developing its acreage in the Delaware watershed.