New Bills Limit PA DEP Permit Appeals, Reduce Enviro Judge Terms

As we reported yesterday, Big Green radicals in Pennsylvania are grumpy that the PA House passed five bills meant to fix the dysfunctional PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (see PA House Passes 5 Bills to Fix Broken DEP, Environuts React). Conservative Republicans in the House continue to play offense (which we love). On Monday of this week, PA Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) sent around a memo to fellow House members asking them to co-sponsor two new bills she plans introduce. The first bill will narrow the grounds on which a DEP-issued permit may be appealed. Antis love to file endless appeals of permits for drilling and pipelines, dragging out the process in hopes of eventually defeating a given project. The first bill will fix that. The second bill reduces the terms of sitting Environmental Hearing Board judges. If a judge has been on the bench for 10 or more years, their term will expire and they will not get a chance to continue. The second bill is aimed at draining the EHB swamp (pun intended). Both bills are common sense measures, and of course, Big Green radicals are already howling at the moon because of them…

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