Heffley and Yudichak Announce Over $285,000 in Grants to Emergency Responders in Carbon County

HARRISBURG – January 30, 2018 – Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today announced that over $285,000 in funding has been awarded to 25 fire and emergency services organizations in Carbon County.

The funding is part of an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner. Fire and emergency services organizations use the funds for construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training, or reduction of existing debt.

“I applaud our local fire and emergency services companies that took advantage of this great program,” said Heffley. “These volunteers provide life-saving efforts across our communities, and I am pleased to see state resources returning to Carbon County for investment in fire and emergency service companies.”

“The state’s investment in our emergency personnel and volunteer fire companies is vital to the safety of our communities and its residents,” said Yudichak. “The risks that these men and women take on a daily basis do not go unnoticed, and this funding will help our local organizations provide their emergency personnel and volunteer fire companies with the necessary resources.”

For legislative updates, please visit www.RepHeffley.com and www.SenatorYudichak.com.

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Senator Yudichak Legislation on Performance Review of Environmental Permitting Programs Approved by Senate Committee

Harrisburg, January 30, 2018 — Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced that Senate Resolution 226 was approved unanimously by the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today. 

The resolution requires the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to conduct a comprehensive performance evaluation of two of the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) largest, most widely used permitting programs.  Specifically, LBFC must study the Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control and Water Obstruction and Encroachment programs and to submit a report containing an analysis and recommendations to the Senate within one year.

“Democrats and Republicans, as well as business leaders and environmental groups, can all agree that DEP’s permitting must improve if we are to continue creating jobs and protecting the environment,” said State Senator John Yudichak.  “With DEP staffing levels at historic lows and turnaround times frustratingly long, Senate Resolution 226 will provide us the necessary baseline data to improve the efficiency of DEP’s environmental permitting process.”

Senate Resolution 226 is supported by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, UGI, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and PennFuture.

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