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It was wonderful to celebrate Veterans Day weekend with so many current and former members of our armed forces at the Vets Salute Breakfast. Click here for a short video of my remarks.
Costly Fuel Pump Regulation Eliminated
I’m pleased to report that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has implemented my legislation and will no longer enforce the Stage II vapor recovery requirement for new or modified gasoline dispensing equipment.
Senate Bill 1386, a bill that I introduced and was signed into law as Act 135 of 2012, eliminated the requirement that gas stations in the Pittsburgh region install Stage II vapor recovery systems on fuel pumps. Since 2000, all passenger cars and light trucks have been required to include onboard refueling emissions controls, rendering the costly Stage II vapor recovery systems on fuel pumps redundant. In fact, the two technologies used in tandem have been shown to be less effective than either system alone.
The vast majority of vehicles on our roads today already do a better job at reducing emissions than the expensive “at the pump” systems that were previously required by law. This is a common sense move that is good for small business owners and the environment.
Congratulations to Calendar Contest Winners!
Congratulations to all thirteen winners of my Scenes from the 47th
Senate District Calendar Contest. It was a pleasure to meet with many of the
winners earlier this month.
2017 Calendars are available for free at all of my district offices. Taxpayer dollars were not used in the production of the calendar!
Scenes from the 47th Senate District 2017 Calendars are available for free at all of my district offices!
Growing Greener Plus Program Now Accepting Applications
Applications are now being accepted for projects under the Growing Greener Plus Program. Up to $18 million in grants will be available for eligible projects that restore and protect Pennsylvania watersheds and reclaim and conserve surface mining lands.
Examples of eligible projects include streambank fencing, streamside forest buffers, mine land reclamation and reforestation, and other projects designed to reduce non-point sources of water pollution.
Applications will be accepted through Friday, January 13, 2017.
Higher Education Partnerships Announced
I’m happy to report two exciting developments for higher education in the 47th Senate District.
Earlier this month, Westminster College and UPMC’s Jameson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing announced the launch of the Westminster College School of Nursing beginning in the Fall Semester of 2017. This collaboration will provide students with the opportunity to purse both a nursing diploma and a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree in the new four-year program. Click here for more information.
And, just last week, the Community College of Beaver County and Robert Morris University announced an expansion of their partnership through 14 new agreements that will allow students to seamlessly transfer from CCBC to corresponding programs at RMU. Programs include business administration, history, engineering, visual media design, and much more. Click here for more information.
Rural Health Week
November 14 – 18 was recently declared Rural Health Week in Pennsylvania.
An estimated 2.8 million Pennsylvanians live in rural areas. Far too often, these areas are served by a limited number of family doctors and specialists. Older citizens may find it difficult to secure reliable transportation to these providers when they no longer drive themselves. Rural hospitals, often operating on razor-thin margins, are struggling to cope with the dramatic increase in regulations demanded by the federal government.
Earlier this year, I introduced legislation that will encourage the development and proliferation of telemedicine in Pennsylvania. Telemedicine will significantly increase access to health care providers and specialists for patients living in rural areas. Click here for more information.
The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health’s mission is to achieve equity in, and access to, quality health care for Pennsylvanians living in rural communities. In addition, they have resources to assist the agricultural community in a number of areas, including compliance with federal EPA Worker Protection Standards. I encourage you to visit their website at http://porh.psu.edu/porh/ for more information.
Hunters Sharing the Harvest
Heating Assistance is Available
Are you or someone you know in need of assistance with heating bills this winter? There is help available for those in need through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).Click here for more information or call 1-866-857-7095.
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