Bill addressing stream cleaning moves from committee

The Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee recently approved a measure to promote stream cleaning.

State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, committee chairman, said the Senate Bill directs the Environmental Quality Board to develop regulations authorizing counties to adopt a program for removing obstructions and flood-related hazards from waterways.

“Maintaining our streams and waterways has been an issue across my Senate district for years,” Yaw said, according to a news release. “Just like we take care of roads, we need to have a program that takes care of our streams. In recent years, there have been a number of instances where microbursts have created all kinds of issues, a lot of which are created due to obstructions in the streams. We need to have them properly maintained and this bill will provide a framework.”

The legislation was among three bills voted on by the committee and sent to the full Senate for consideration.

A different Senate bill updates the state’s household hazardous waste collection program. Under the legislation, the cap on grants for waste collection during each fiscal year would increase from $100,000 to $250,000.

The third bill — a House bill — requires the state Department of Environmental Protection to forward notices of noncompliance from the federal Environmental Protection Agency under the Toxic Substances Control Act to the municipality where the violation occurred.


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