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Mario Live: Q&A with Met-Ed (First Energy)
Over the last several years, I have had numerous conversations with Met-Ed officials regarding their service area throughout the Pocono region, the need for infrastructure upgrades to their system and how we can better prepare for weather-related outages. I was joined recently on my weekly radio program by State Representative Rosemary Brown and Scott Surgeoner of First Energy to discuss what Met-Ed is doing within the region to maintain and improve electric service to area customers.
After the program, I attended a public hearing with the House Majority Policy Committee where Met-Ed, PPL and the state Public Utility Commission (PUC) provided testimony. I recommended that the PUC consider implementation of a sharing arrangement where, during an outage, one power company can provide electric service until the other company regains power. Specifically, in Stroudsburg and Bartonsville for example, Met-Ed and PPL poles are very close to each other and could be used to provide service in the event one utility is without power.
Senator Scavello Circulates Sludge Legislation Co-Sponsorship
This past week I circulated a co-sponsorship memorandum for legislation I plan to introduce in the Senate regarding the regulation of biosolid waste, otherwise known as “sludge.” This legislation mirrors the language in House Bill 2281, sponsored by Representative Jerry Knowles.
This legislation would enable a municipality to develop ordinances regulating the deposit, testing, and disposal or land application of sludge material. Further, this legislation would give a municipality the authority to veto a permit application approved by the Department of Environmental Protection for the deposit or land application of this material.
I share the concerns of residents of my legislative district over the land application of sludge to properties throughout our region, particularly in the Slate Belt. Passage of this legislation will provide municipalities with further local control over the use of sludge material.
It was an honor to recognize Xavier Jenkins this past week for his graduation from Army Basic Training. Xavier, thank you for your dedicated service to our country and I wish you much success and safety in your military career and beyond. God bless you.
Friday Night Deadline to Enter Elk Hunt Raffle
Hunters have until 8 p.m. Friday to purchase chances for a raffle to take part in PA’s 2018 elk hunt.
The winner will receive an extended opportunity to hunt bull elk anywhere on Pennsylvania’s elk range, as well as a fully guided hunt to be filmed by a professional crew and, if the hunt is successful, the trophy mounted free of charge. Chances cost $25 each, with proceeds going to conservation, education and improving elk habitat in PA.
12-Year PA Transportation Plan Updated
The State Transportation Commission has updated the 12-Year Transportation program. The new plan, which takes effect October 1, anticipates $11.53 billion being available for state highway and bridge projects in the first four years. Public transit is in line for $9.62 billion; aviation, $128 million; rail freight, $228 million, and multimodal projects, $319 million.
The commission is chaired by the Secretary of PennDOT and consists of 10 appointed citizens and the majority and minority chairs of the state House and Senate Transportation committees. You can read the plan & search projects by county here.
Information on Purchasing Auto Insurance
Resources for researching and purchasing auto insurance are available from the PA Insurance Department. You can find an Auto Insurance Guide, Questions & Answers, Glossary, Fact Sheet and more. Includes topics such as “Insurance 101 for Teens.”
Preventing and Treating Heat-Related Illnesses
Red, hot and dry skin with no sweating and a rapid, strong pulse are signs of heat stroke. Heavy sweating, paleness and muscle cramps are symptoms of heat exhaustion.
You can learn more about preventing heat-related illness and how to help someone in distress here.
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