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Environmental Health Legislation in Pennsylvania
Childhood Blood Lead Test Act
An Act providing for blood lead testing of certain children by health care providers, for health insurance coverage for blood lead testing and imposing duties on the Department of Health.
Jan. 28, 2019
Wastewater Systems Replacement of Customer Lead Service Lines
Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation that authorizes water and wastewater systems regulated by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to recover costs to replace residential lead services lines and damaged sewer laterals. The bill, originally sponsored by Rep. Charlton (R-Delaware), will become effective at the end of December 2018.
October 15, 2018
Polystyrene food container prohibition
Reduce the adverse environmental impact of polystyrene food containers by prohibiting food establishments from dispensing prepared food to a customer in a polystyrene food service container.
July 17, 2018
An Act providing for the disposal of hospice or home health care patient medication.
Following a patient’s death, unused medications which often include prescribed narcotics are not disposed of properly. In accordance with the Controlled Substance Act, a member of the hospice patient’s household may dispose of the patient’s pharmaceutical controlled substances but the home hospice provider cannot do so unless otherwise authorized by (state) law to dispose of the decedent’s personal property. This act aims to improve drug chain of command to curb the opioid epidemic.
June 28, 2018
Resolution to Urge Congress to repeal EPA’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4)
MS4s are conveyances or systems of conveyances including roads with drainage systems, municipal streets, catch basins, curbs, gutters, ditches, man-made channels, or storm drains that are ownedvor operated by a public entity, are designed or used for collecting or conveying stormwater, and are not a combined sewer or part of a publicly-owned treatment works. A municipality is bound by US
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations for an MS4 when all or a portion of a municipality lies within an urbanized area (UA), as determined by the US Census Bureau
April 16, 2018
April 16 through 22, 2018, as “Clean Streams Week”
A Resolution designating the week of April 16 through 22, 2018, as “Clean Streams Week” in Pennsylvania.
April 5, 2018
An Act relating to conventional wells and the development of oil, gas and coal
Senate and House Bills Imposing powers and duties on the Department of Environmental Protection; and providing for general requirements for underground gas storage, enforcement, remedies, and related funds.
March 19, 2018
Lyme disease research and data surveillance.
A Resolution urging the Federal Government to allocate significant funds to Pennsylvania to be used for Lyme disease research and data surveillance.
March 15, 2018
An Act amending Title 27 (Environmental Resources) providing for transition to renewable energy;
Imposing duties on the Department of Environmental Protection and other Commonwealth agencies relating to energy consumption and renewable energy generation; establishing the Clean Energy Transition Task Force, the Clean Energy Center of Excellence, the Council for Clean Energy Workforce Development and the Clean Energy Workforce Development Fund; and providing for interim limits on energy produced from nonrenewable sources.
March 9, 2018
An Act providing for lead testing in child day care centers and family child care homes.
An Act amending the act of June 13, 1967 (P.L.31, No.21), known as the Human Services Code, in departmental powers and duties as to supervision, providing for lead testing in children’s institutions; and, in departmental powers and duties as to licensing, providing for lead testing in child day care centers and family child care homes.
Feb. 14, 2018
An Act amending the Public School Code of 1949, in grounds and buildings, providing for lead testing.
An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in grounds and buildings, providing for lead testing.
Feb. 5, 2018
A Resolution recognizing the month of January 2018 as “Radon Action Month” in Pennsylvania.
Unanimously Adopted (181-0) [House]
Jan. 22, 2018
An Act amending the act of July 7, 1980, known as the Solid Waste Management Act, in general provisions, further providing for definitions.
Feb. 15, 2018
An Act amending the act of June 13, 1967 (P.L.31, No.21), known as the Human Services Code, in public assistance, providing for work requirements.
Work and Community Engagement Requirement for Medical Assistance
Jan. 22, 2018
An Act providing for blood lead testing of certain children by health care providers
Imposing duties on the Department of Health.Legislation to require that all Pennsylvania children are tested for lead at ages one and two.
Jan. 3, 2018
An Act amending the act of December 1, 2004 (P.L.1766, No.227), entitled “An act authorizing cities of the first class that have adopted a home rule charter to enforce ordinances, rules and regulations prohibiting dumping or disposal of waste, trash or debris,” further providing for enforcement of trash laws.
Enforcement of Trash Laws – Disposal of Waste Tires in a City of the First Class
Dec. 6, 2017
An Act Providing for Regulation of Underground Storage Tanks and Tank Facilities
An act providing for the regulation of underground storage tanks and tank facilities; imposing additional powers and duties on the Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Quality Board; and making an appropriation
Dec. 21, 2017
A Resolution to Suspend a Prohibition on Natural Gas Drilling
A Resolution urging the Delaware River Basin Commission to suspend consideration of a moratorium on natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin.
An Act Amending The Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951
Imposing penalities for lead-based paint and related hazardous conditions.
An Act Providing for Lead testing in Charter Schools
An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in grounds and buildings, providing for lead testing; and, in charter schools, further providing for provisions applicable to charter schools.
An Act Establishing Recovery and Management of Certain Electronic Waste Equipment
Imposing duties on manufacturers and retailers of certain electronic equipment. Also providing for the powers and duties of the Department of Environmental Protection for enforcement. Improved management of leaded glass resulting from the processing and recycling of waste electronic equipment.
An Act Amending the Human Services Code
Departmental powers and duties as to licensing, providing for lead testing.
An Act providing for lead screening and related services
An Act providing for lead screening and related services, for health insurance coverage for lead screening and related diagnostic services and supplies and for duties of the Department of Health.
A Resolution Establishing a Task Force on Lead Exposure and the Hazards of Lead Poisoning
Imposing duties on the Joint State Government Commission; and authorizing a study.
Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act
Further providing for definitions and providing for Governor may declare disaster emergency
Resolution urging the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to join the United States Climate Alliance in response to the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement
Superfund Lead Remediation and Abatement Superfund
An Act establishing the Lead Remediation and Abatement Superfund.
Storm Water Management
An act amending the Storm Water Management Act of 1978, further providing definitions for watershed storm water plans.
Environmental Stewardship and Watershed Protection
An act amending definitions of disposal fees for municipal waste landfills.
Powers and Duties, Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Tracer
Resolution-Requiring Tracer fluids in Hydraulic Fracking Operations
An Act Amending the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority Act
Providing for additional use of funds for financial assistance in Private Sewer Lateral and Water Service Line Repair. Lead Abatement.
An Act Amending the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes,
Providing for additional definitions in powers and duties in private water lines. Lead Abatement.
An Act Providing for Lead Abatement Assistance
An Act amending Title 27 (Environmental Resources) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for lead abatement assistance; establishing the Lead Abatement Grant Program and the Lead Abatement Assistance Fund; and imposing an architectural paint surcharge.
Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act
Defining the powers and dudies of responsible parties
An Act Amending the Solid Waste Management Act- Further Providing Definitions
An Act amending the act of July 7, 1980 (P.L.380, No.97), known as the Solid Waste Management Act, in general provisions, further providing for definitions.
An Act Amending the Covered Device Recycling Act–Powers and Duties
An Act amending the act of November 23, 2010 (P.L.1083, No.108), known as the Covered Device Recycling Act, in duties of manufacturers and retailers, further providing for manufacturer plan and reporting.
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week” in Pennsylvania.
A Resolution recognizing the week of October 22 through 28, 2017, as “National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week” in Pennsylvania.
An Act Amending The Clean Streams Law
An Act amending the act of June 22, 1937 (P.L.1987, No.394), known as The Clean Streams Law, in other pollutions and potential pollution, further providing for potential pollution.
An act amending the PA Safe Drinking Water Act–Further Providing Definitions
An Act amending the act of May 1, 1984 (P.L.206, No.43), known as the Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act, further providing for definitions.
An act amending the PA Safe Drinking Water Act–Maximum Contaminant Levels
An Act amending the act of May 1, 1984 (P.L.206, No.43), known as the Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act, providing for maximum contaminant levels.
An act amending the PA Safe Drinking Water Act–Powers and Duties
An Act amending the act of May 1, 1984 (P.L.206, No.43), known as the Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act, further providing for powers and duties of the Department of Environmental Protection.
Compliance, reporting and duties, Erosion and Sediment Control Permit
An Act providing for an erosion and sediment control permit, for compliance, for an annual report and for duties of the Department of Environmental Protection.
An act amending the Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipelines Act,
An Act amending the act of December 22, 2011 (P.L.586, No.127), known as the Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipelines Act, in preliminary provisions, further providing for definitions; and, in related activities, providing for recreational use and for storm water runoff.
Findings and Duties, Environmental stewardship and Watershed Protection,
Environmental stewardship and watershed protection, further incorporating for legislative findings and establishing duties agencies.