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PLNA Opposes Bill to Weaken Clean Streams Law

HARRISBURG – In a letter to every member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, PLNA has opposed a bill that would weaken the requirement for riparian buffers, HB 1565. PLNA believes that HB 1565 would weaken the protection afforded exceptional value and high quality streams by forested riparian buffers under Pennsylvania’s Clean Streams Act and Chapter 102 of the Pennsylvania Code. The bill is to be acted on Monday, October 6 by the Senate Environmental Resources Committee. Please click here to make your voice heard now or read more...

DCNR Seeks Sources of Bare Root Trees

Tree PlantingHARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has asked PLNA to advise its member nurseries that it is looking for sources of 1½ to 2½ inch caliper bare root trees for its “TreeVitalize” tree planting program. DCNR estimates that communities in the program will require between three and four thousand trees annually for the state-wide tree planting program. They are seeking a wide variety of both native and non-invasive... (more)

Bill to Exempt Ag Structures from the UCC May Pass

High TunnelHARRISBURG – A bill, HB 1440, that would exempt agricultural structures from the Uniform Construction Code (UCC) seems to have new life after PLNA teamed up with the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to convince lawmakers that the bill was needed. Although the Governor signed two high tunnel bills in December, 2013, a third bill, HB 1440, stalled on the Senate floor with no vote scheduled. HB 1440 passed the House unanimously... (more)

Turf Grass Fertilizer Bill Dead?

Lawn SpreaderHARRISBURG – With only six more session days left in the 2014 General Assembly, SB 1149, the EPA-backed turf grass fertilizer bill will probably die at the end of the session November 30. The bill now sits in the Senate Appropriations Committee and would need to pass both the Senate and House to become law, a scenario that is very unlikely this late in the game. PLNA has opposed the bill for two main reasons: The bill as written would provide no environmental or water quality... (more)

White House Delays Administrative Immigration Fix

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama Administration announced in September that it will not propose sweeping administrative changes to the country’s immigration policies before the mid-term elections November 4. In late July, President Obama vowed to take steps by executive order to implement measures for immigration reform that Congress had been unable to move forward. The White House had hinted that their administrative recommendations would be revealed... (more)

House Passes Anti “Waters of the U.S.” Bill

Pennsylvania StreamWASHINGTON, D.C. – The U. S. House passed the "Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act” (HR 5078) on September 9. The bill would require the EPA and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to withdraw the proposed rule for redefining “Waters of the United States” and would instead require them to work with relevant state and local officials to develop recommendations, essentially sending them back to the drawing board... (more)

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