Remediation Efforts Associated with the 2019 Explosion at the former Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex

Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 10 a.m.

The University of the Sciences, Rosenberger Hall, Room 102
600 South 43rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


*COVID-19 protocols require that everyone wears a mask while indoors.

Agenda

Remediation Efforts Associated with the 2019 Explosion at the former Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex

Schedule

10:00 AM

Opening Remarks

10:10 AM

Joe Adams, Deputy Secretary for Field Operations  –  Testimony
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

10:25 AM

Marilyn Howarth, MD, FACOEM  – Testimony, Additional Testimony
Director, Community Outreach & Engagement Core (COEC), Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology,
University of Pennsylvania

10:50 AM

Christopher Ahlers, Esq. Testimony
Clean Air Council

Adam Nagel  – Testimony
PennFuture 

11:30 AM

Mr. Rodney Ray
Community Organizer
Philly Thrive

11:50 AM

Closing Remarks

Submitted Testimony

HILCO  –  Testimony, Testimony 2

Evergreen Resources Management Operations  – Testimony

 

 

 

Meeting to consider bills

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461


Agenda

Consideration of bills

Schedule

  • Senate Bill 301, PN 312 (Yaw) – The legislation would restructure the appointments of the Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee (AQTAC).  This bill would balance out appointments with the Governor and Legislature and provide for an 18 member Committee: six appointed by the Governor; six appointed by the Senate (four from the Majority, two from the Minority); six appointed by the House of Representatives (four from the Majority, two from the Minority).
  • Senate Bill 776, PN 918 (Laughlin) – The legislation amends the Sewage Facility Act to allow garage floor drains to be discharged to a treatment tank of an on-lot sewage system.
  • House Bill 598, PN 567 (Oberlander) – The legislation clarifies that only public entities (Commonwealth and local government entities) can pursue prescriptive easements for the benefit of the public.

Meeting to consider SB 525, SB 806, SB 832, followed by an informational briefing on PJM’s MOPR proposal and maintaining competitive and reliable energy markets

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1


Meeting to consider SB 525, SB 806, SB 832, followed by an informational briefing on PJM’s MOPR proposal and maintaining competitive and reliable energy markets

AGENDA:

  • Senate Bill 525 (Gordner) – establishes the framework for a Growing Greener III program;
  • Senate Bill 806 (Yaw) – ensuring landowners are afforded a clear and distinct assessment of royalties paid to them through lease agreements with natural gas operators;

*Amendment A02421

  • Senate Bill 832 (Yaw) – establishing a Clean Streams Fund for Pennsylvania, dedicated to water quality, specifically focused on mitigating “non-point” sources of pollution, such as agricultural runoff and acid mine drainage.

*Amendment A02427

Informational briefing on PJM’s MOPR proposal and maintaining competitive and reliable energy markets.

AGENDA

Opening Comments

  • Chairman Yaw
  • Chairman Comitta 

Asim Z. Haque (Awe-Sim Hock)  – Testimony
Vice President – State and Member Services, PJM Interconnection

Dr. Joseph Bowring Testimony
President, Monitoring Analytics &
Independent Market Monitor for PJM

Glen Thomas, GT Power Group, LLC  – Testimony

Closing Comments

  • Chairman Yaw
  • Chairman Comitta

Additional Written Comments Submitted by
PA Municipal Electric Association / American Municipal Power Testimony
PA Chamber of Business & Industry  Testimony

Meeting to consider SB 717, SB 718, SB 765, and SR 139

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

Wednesday, June 23, 2021  9:30 a.m.

Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation


Senate Bill 717, PN 817 (Bartolotta) – The legislation amends the Environmental Hearing Board Act of 1988 to provide clarity regarding permit appeals.

Senate Bill 718, PN 818 (Bartolotta) – The legislation amends the Environmental Hearing Board Act of 1988 to decrease terms for the Environmental Hearing Board’s membership.

Senate Bill 765, PN 906 (Langerholc) –  The legislation establishes in statute a minimum temperature for cremations at 1600 degrees.  This legislation also modernizes and properly defines the language of the Cremation guidelines that date back to 1891.

Senate Resolution 139, PN 897 (Mensch/Kane) – A Resolution urging the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exercise the waiver authority in Clean Air Act Section 211(o)(7)(A)(i) to reduce nationwide Renewable Fuel Standard (“RFS”) volume mandates to provide relief to refiners in Pennsylvania, the East Coast and elsewhere, and to implement additional reforms going forward, which will allow for the blending of renewable fuels consistent with the original intention of the RFS program, while containing costs for independent refiners.

  • Amendment A01828

Meeting to consider SB 284, SB 302, and SB 545

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 12:30 pm

Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation


  • Senate Bill 284, P.N. 270 (Yaw) – Legislation that charges the Environmental Quality Board with promulgating regulations which establish bonding requirements for project developers who seek to install or operate commercial wind or solar electric generation and other renewable energy facilities in Pennsylvania.
    • Amendment A01476 (Yaw)
  • Senate Bill 302, P.N. 313 (Yaw) – Legislation that establishes statewide uniform requirements restricting the use of Class B firefighting foams containing added PFAS chemistries for training.
    • Amendment A01677 (Yaw) 
  • Senate Bill 545, P.N. 563 (Yaw) – Legislation would amend the Clean Streams Law, to address accidental discharges or spills of substances that enter or may enter the waters of the Commonwealth.

Public hearing to discuss SB 284 – bonding of solar and wind installations

 

JOINT HEARING

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

AND Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.

Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation)


9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.

Opening Remarks
Senator Vogel, Majority Chair, Agriculture & Rural Affairs
Senator Yaw, Majority Chair, Environmental Resources & Energy
Senator Schwank, Minority Chair, Agriculture & Rural Affairs
Senator Comitta, Minority Chair, Environmental Resources & Energy

9:05 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.

Thomas B. Murphy, Director | Testimony
Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research
Penn State Cooperative Extension

9:25 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.

David Althoff, Jr., Director | Testimony
Energy Programs Office
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Doug Wolfgang, Director
Bureau of Farmland Preservation
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Cheryl Cook, Deputy Secretary
Market Development
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Testimony

9:55 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Darrin Youker, Director | Testimony
State Government Affairs
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau

10:15 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.             

Scott Elias, Senior Manager | Testimony
Mid-Atlantic State Affairs
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Craig Sundstrom, Director | Testimony
Government and Regulatory Affairs
RWE Renewables Americas, LLC

10:40 a.m. -10:45 a.m.

Closing Remarks/Adjournment

Additional Testimony:

Tom Newhart of Mt. Joy | Testimony

Jim Welty, Marcellus Shale Coalition | Testimony

Public hearing on Foreign Influence on Natural Gas Development in PA

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.
NOB, Hearing Room #1

 

Foreign Influence on Natural Gas Development in PA

10:00 AM Opening Comments

Presenter Bios

10:10 AM

Thomas B. Murphy, Director
Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research

10:35 AM

Kevin J. Mooney, Reporter
The Daily Signal

11:00 AM

Thomas J. Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

11:25 AM

Closing Comments

11:35 AM

Adjourn

Written Testimony:

Scott Blanchard, StateImpact Pennsylvania editor

Kenneth L. Stiles, Blacksburg, PA

Grant Oliphant, The Heinz Endowments

Public Hearing on Flooding and Emergency Response

Joint Public Hearing

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee
and 
Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 9 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-B

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9:00 AM       Opening Comments

9:05 AM
Statewide Impacts
Department of Environmental Protection
Honorable Patrick McDonnell, Secretary

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
Rick Flinn, Jr., Director                                  

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Andy Shiels, Director of Bureau of Fisheries                              

9:45 AM
Countywide Impacts
Allegheny County Department of Emergency Services
Matt Brown, Chief

Dauphin County Department of Public Safety
Stephen Libhart, Director & Emergency Management Coordinator

Bradford County Conservation District
Mike Lovegreen, Conservation District Operations Specialist             

10:25 AM
Local Impacts
Borough of West Pittston (Luzerne)
Tom Blaskiewicz, Mayor

City of Meadville (Crawford)
Andy Walker, City Manager

Borough of Etna (Allegheny)
Mary Ellen Ramage, Manager

11:00 AM       Adjourn