Governor Wolf Awards $8.5 Million from Volkswagen Settlement to Reduce Transportation Pollution

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that 34 cleaner energy transportation projects will receive $8,489,844 in Driving PA Forward grants and rebates. Funded by Pennsylvania’s share of the settlement with Volkswagen Group of America for cheating on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions tests, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)is committing funding for an extensive range of clean energy transportation projects on our roads, at schools, and at marine ports and airports.“The funding awarded from the VW emission cheating scandal is helping Pennsylvania reduce transportation pollution statewide and will help continue our efforts to improve air quality throughout the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf.By replacing older, polluting engines with new technologies, the projects over their lifetimes are expected to prevent emission of 503 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx), 130 tons of carbon monoxide, 238 tons of carbon dioxide, 59 tons of hydrocarbons, 30 tons of fine particulate matter, and a half-ton of coarse particulate matter.“This comprehensive approach to reducing emissions will help improve Pennsylvanians’ health and advance Governor Wolf’s goal of protecting the state from further climate change impacts,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.These emissions contribute to climate change and ground-level ozone, or smog, which the EPA has shown can have negative health impacts, including asthma attacks and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.Driving PA Forward launched in 2018 with the goal of permanently reducing NOx emissions in Pennsylvania by 27,700 tons by supporting clean transportation projects with funding from the commonwealth’s $118.5 million settlement with Volkswagen. Six projects received $580,000 in the first set of awards, announced last year. In this second set of awards, the following recipients will receive grants and rebates:Statewide• SYSCO Leasing LLC: A $432,320 grant to replace 24 diesel Class 8 trucks with new diesel trucks used in food and food-related products distribution.Multi-county• Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission: A $2,093,042 grant for a joint project with the City of Philadelphia to replace five diesel trash trucks with five compressed natural gas (CNG) trash trucks and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority to replace five older diesel service vehicles with new ones to operate in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.• Advanced Disposal Services: A $778,035 grant to replace 13 older diesel trash trucks with one new CNG truck and 12 new diesel trucks in State College (Centre County), Shippenville (Clarion County), Pittsfield (Warren County), Somerset (Somerset County), and Norristown (Montgomery County).• First Student: A $363,537 grant to replace 18 older diesel school buses with 18 new diesel school buses in Plymouth Meeting and Colmar (Montgomery County), Middletown (Dauphin County), and Allentown (Lehigh County).Allegheny County• Port Authority of Allegheny County: A $1,104,000 grant to replace two diesel transit buses with two new battery electric buses and install two charging stations. The buses will operate on the 88 Penn route, linking downtown with East End neighborhoods.• City of Pittsburgh: A $245,650 grant to install two direct current (DC) fast chargers and four Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in a parking lot at 6117 Kirkwood Street that’s owned and operated by the City and the Pittsburgh Parking Authority.• Giant Eagle, Inc.: A $240,000 grant to purchase and install two DC fast chargers at the Giant Eagle at 4010 Monroeville Boulevard, Monroeville, and a $240,000 grant to purchase and install two DC fast chargers at the Giant Eagle at 100 Settlers Ridge Center Drive, Pittsburgh.• Executive Office Associates: An $8,000 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers.Beaver County• Valley Waste Service, Inc.: A $217,340 grant to replace four older diesel trash trucks with four new CNG trash trucks at its facility in Beaver Falls.Bedford County• Garry L. Pepple (Pepple Busing): A $91,955 rebate to replace two diesel school buses with two new propane school buses for use in Everett Area School District.Bucks County• Chargepoint, Inc.: A $254,191 grant to purchase, install, and maintain two DC fast chargers at a Burger King at 4100 New Falls Road, Bristol.Butler County• Seneca Landfill, Inc.: A $694,283 grant to replace two older diesel trash compactor vehicles and one older diesel bulldozer with two new diesel trash compactor vehicles and a new diesel bulldozer at its facility in Evans City.• Vogel Disposal Service: A $217,340 grant to replace four older diesel trash trucks with four new CNG trash trucks at its facility in Mars.Cambria County• McIlwain Charters, Inc.: A $32,500 rebate to replace an older diesel commercial shuttle bus with a new diesel commercial shuttle bus.Centre County• College Township: A $3,739 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers at the municipal building.Cumberland County• Kauffman Bus Service, Inc.: An $80,000 rebate to replace two older diesel school buses with two new diesel school buses for use in Cumberland Valley School District and Northern York County School District.• Autobahn Indoor Speedway Harrisburg LLC: A $4,309 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers.Dauphin County• City of Harrisburg: A $352,500 grant to purchase two new diesel bulk collection trucks to replace two older similar diesel trucks for services including large item pick-up, clean-up of blight and illegal dumping, removal of downed trees, and transfer of tree and yard waste to a local compost facility.• Camp Hebron, Inc.: A $16,400 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers.Lackawanna and Fulton Counties• Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: A $20,000 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers at Lackawanna State Park and two Level 2 EV chargers at Cowans Gap State Park.Lancaster County• Sam’s Auto: A $9,967 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers.Lehigh County• Allentown Parking Authority: An $89,754 rebate to purchase and install 10 Level 2 EV chargers at parking garages (two at each of the five locations) in Allentown.Luzerne County• Charles Esposito (Yatesville Bus Company): A $40,000 rebate to replace an older diesel school bus with a new diesel school bus for use in Pittston Area School District.Luzerne and Lycoming Counties• STA of Pennsylvania: A $185,832 grant to replace 10 older diesel school buses with 10 new diesel school buses for use in Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport.Mercer County• Tri-County Industries, Inc.: A $213,582 grant to replace six older diesel trash trucks with six new CNG trash trucks at its facility in Grove City.Mifflin County• Happy Holiday LLC: A $6,744 rebate to purchase and install four Level 2 EV chargers at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Reedsville.Montgomery County• Whitemarsh Township: A $28,000 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers at the municipal building, two Level 2 EV chargers at Miles Park, and two Level 2 EV chargers at the Department of Public Works building (six total).• Penn Mutual Life Insurance: An $8,000 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers.Perry County• Shutt Buses LLC: An $80,000 rebate to replace two older diesel school buses with two new diesel school buses for use in the Newport School District.Philadelphia County• ChargePoint, Inc.: A $264,475 grant to purchase, install, and maintain two DC fast chargers and two Level 2 EV chargers at a retail center at 4000 Monument Road, Philadelphia.• Murano Condominium Association: A $16,000 rebate to purchase and install four Level 2 EV chargers.• 10 Rittenhouse Square Condominium Association: A $16,000 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers.Wayne County• Joseph Ewain (Joe Ewain Busing): A $40,000 rebate to replace one older diesel school bus with a new diesel school bus for use in Forest City Regional School District.The two newest Driving PA Forward programs opened this summer and are available for businesses, non-profits, and government agencies in Pennsylvania. In total, $6 million is available through the new programs for the purchase and installation of ocean-going vessel shore power systems and for repowering or replacing older diesel large forklifts and various cargo handling equipment with electric upgrades. Application deadlines are in October and November.Funding remains available in three programs that opened last year: $2.4 million for Class 8 trucks and transit buses, $1 million for Level 2 EV charging, and $1.5 million for DC fast charging and hydrogen fueling. Application deadlines are in September and October.Funding programs for clean diesel engines and class 4-7 trucks, port drayage trucks, school buses, and shuttle buses are closed but expected to reopen in early 2020. A new grant program for marine and rail freight movers is anticipated to open this fall.Find more information on Driving PA Forward program eligibility and applications. 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Cards fall in opening round of state playoffs

first_imgCorning >> The Cardinals took their first loss of the season Wednesday night when they faced the No. 11 Ripon Indians in the opening round of the Division IV CIF State Playoffs, 58-50, to finish the year 29-1.“Great season,” said coach Kurt Wilkins after the game. “There’s no other way to say it, great season.”Despite the early exit from the state playoffs, the No. 6 Cardinals won the NSCIF Division IV championship game Friday in convincing fashion, 54-34 over the Pierce Bears at Butte …last_img read more

If Giants adjust Oracle Park dimensions, players wonder if other changes will follow

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. — The San Francisco Giants won World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014 with elite pitching and strong defense, but the sport of baseball looks much different at the end of this decade than it did at the beginning.The Giants have been reluctant to shift their organizational philosophy to adapt to the changes, yet it’s possible the franchise could soon take a significant step toward doing so. For the first time in two decades, the Giants plan to explore the possibility of …last_img read more

Raiders reward Darren Waller with contract extension

first_imgALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders have signed tight end Darren Waller to a multiyear contract extension.The team announced Wednesday the deal to keep Waller from becoming a restricted free agent next offseason.Waller has been one of the biggest bright spots for the Raiders this season. He leads the team with 37 catches through five games for 359 yards and 17 first downs. Waller entered the year with just 18 career catches for Baltimore and Oakland after being drafted by the Ravens in the sixth …last_img read more

Reed Midem is introducing a new conference strand

first_imgReed Midem is introducing a new conference strand designed specifically to lure channel operators and their clients.The Global Distribution Daywill run on the Monday of this year’s MIPCOM market, wrapping in time for James Murdoch’s keynote at the end of the first day of the event in Cannes.“Channel distribution is a growing part of the market,” Laurine Garaude, director Reed Midem’s TV Division, told DTVE’s sister title, TBI. “Channel distributors are very active at MIPCOM and there are now more channels out there and more possibilities.”Events such as Cable Congress, Anga and IBC are partly geared towards channel and platform operators, who have also traditionally been in Cannes in force for MIPCOM, although not always officially as part of the event. The channels day is seen as a way to bring them ‘into the Palais’ as well as better inform content companies about developments in the channels world.The full line-up of speakers has yet to be confirmed, but Reed Midem told TBI that French pay TV operator Orange, German telco and IPTV operator Deutsche Telekom, Russian cabler MTS and OTT service operator Magine will all feature.The day-long conference strand will open with a scene-setting overview and be followed by sessions about what platforms want from content companies, how cable and OTT platforms can co-exist and a special focus on channels and platforms in Asia.There will also be a global channel distribution lunch to provide channels, producers and distributors to forge contacts and network.last_img read more

Facebook scrubs 15mn Christchurch attack videos but criticism goes viral

first_imgUPDATED graphic on the Christchurch shooting attack Friday. © 2019 AFP New Zealand wants answers from tech giants after mosque attack livestream Explore further Facebook has hired about 20,000 moderators but critics say they are not doing enough.David Ibsen, executive director of US-based Counter Extremism Project, charged: “The technology to prevent this from happening is available. Social media firms have made the decision not to invest in adopting it.” As the alleged gunman callously picked off his victims in Christchurch’s Al Noor mosque, he livestreamed the gruesome scene on Facebook Live Facebook says it removed a staggering 1.5 million videos showing harrowing viral footage of the Christchurch mosque rampage but criticism of social media giants for failing to block images of the “real-time terror attack” is also spreading fast. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. As the alleged gunman callously picked off his victims in Christchurch’s Al Noor mosque, he livestreamed the gruesome scene on Facebook Live, apparently using a camera mounted on his body, after also tweeting a racist “manifesto.”Facebook said it “quickly” removed the video, plus the gunman’s account and Instagram, and in the first 24 hours scrubbed 1.5 million videos worldwide “of which 1.2 million were blocked at upload.”Spokeswoman Mia Garlick from Facebook New Zealand said the firm was “working around the clock to remove violating content using a combination of technology and people.”But despite pleas—and official orders from authorities—not to share the content, the footage proliferated widely online and experts said the 17-minute video was easily retrievable several hours after the attack that killed 50 people.According to Facebook’s own figures, at least 300,000 videos were not blocked before being uploaded and there is no official data on how many times these were viewed or shared.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said authorities did whatever they could to purge the web of the images but laid the responsibility at the door of the Silicon Valley giants.”Ultimately it has been up to those platforms to facilitate their removal,” she told reporters. “For a brief period this morning the Mirror website ran some edited footage filmed by the gunman in Christchurch. We should not have carried this. It is not in line with our policy relating to terrorist propaganda videos,” its editor tweeted.British journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy described the posting of the “murder video” as a “new low in clickbait.”And the Australian Communications and Media Authority has launched a “formal investigation” into whether any firms broke the law after Sky News Australia broadcast the footage.For its part, AFP analysed a copy of the video and confirmed it was genuine via a digital investigation but did not broadcast the footage to its clients.Social media expert and Buzzfeed journalist Craig Silverman said the killer “created the equivalent of a multiplatform content strategy” that was “meticulously planned.””Newsrooms, platforms, and public officials need to think about how to avoid playing into the hands of people whose deadly actions are designed to trigger maximum exposure for their message, and set off new cycles of violence and radicalisation,” wrote Silverman. “I do think that there are further questions to be answered. Obviously these social media platforms have wide reach. This is a problem that goes well beyond New Zealand.””This is an issue that I will look to be discussing with Facebook,” she warned.According to the New Zealand Herald, some major firms are considering pulling ads from Facebook and the anger is evident from an op-ed in that paper from one of its business writers.”At the moment, it feels like my kids are at risk of seeing live snuff films on Facebook, just so (boss) Mark Zuckerberg can get fractionally richer.”‘Enough is enough’This was not the first time Facebook Live has been used to broadcast atrocities—a murder was livestreamed in the US city of Cleveland in 2017—and Facebook and Twitter say they have invested in technology and human resources to combat the problem. Citation: Facebook scrubs 1.5mn Christchurch attack videos but criticism goes viral (2019, March 18) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-facebook-15mn-christchurch-videos-criticism.html According to New Zealand reports, some major firms are considering pulling ads from Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook as a result of the livestreaming incident Forensic experts collect evidence near one of the attacked mosques in Christchurch New Zealand’s prime minister vowed to toughen the country’s gun laws after revealing Saturday that the man accused of murdering 49 people in two mosques legally purchased the arsenal of firearms used in the massacre. Jacinda Ardern said the gunman, 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant, obtained a “Category A” gun licence in November 2017 and began purchasing the five weapons used in Friday’s attacks in the southern city of Christchurch the following month. And world leaders and authorities are beginning to indicate they may try to take matters into their own hands.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison acknowledged that while social media companies have indicated willingness to take action, “clearly the capability to deliver on that willingness hasn’t been present. That is the problem.””There needs to be the capability to be able to shut this—these horrific things—down immediately and if you can’t do that, then the responsibility of having those features available is something that really generally needs to be questioned,” he added.British Home Secretary Sajid Javid also urged social media giants to do more. “Take some ownership. Enough is enough.”Courts are also taking almost immediate action, with a Christchurch 18-year-old—whose name was suppressed by the judge—charged with distributing the video and inciting violence with a post that said “target acquired”. He faces a maximum of 14 years in prison for each charge.’New low in clickbait’Critics have also slammed some mainstream media for broadcasting the video, with some UK tabloids briefly posting excerpts before apparently reconsidering.last_img read more

Climate and calamity are linked to culture Modi

first_imgclimate change (politics) ‘Solar Alliance to play OPEC’s role’ RELATED COMMENT UN honour Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives the ‘Champions of the Earth Award’ from United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres at a ceremony in New Delhi on Wednesday.- PTI PM Modi gets UN’s ‘Champions of the Earth’ award COMMENTS Prime Minister Narendra Modi (file photo)center_img Published on SHARE October 03, 2018 awards SHARE SHARE EMAIL A clean and green environment is at the root of his government’s policies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Wednesday as he was presented the UN’s Champions of the Earth Award by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres.Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron were jointly awarded the UN’s highest environmental honour for their pioneering work in championing the International Solar Alliance and promoting new areas of cooperation on environmental action. In his address, Modi said climate and calamity are linked to culture, and it will be difficult to avoid calamity as long as concerns for the climate do not become a part of culture. “From agriculture and industrial policies to building houses and construction of toilets, the need for a clean environment has been driving his government’s programmes,” Modi said. India’s commitment to environment has only increased, he said, adding that his government is working to bring down “emission intensity” by 20-25 per cent in the next two years against its 2005 figure and by 30-35 per cent by 2030. “We have also pledged to get rid of single-use plastics by 2022,” he said in his speech.Honour for India Citing ancient Hindu shlokas and texts, the Prime Minister also referred to India’s traditions to assert that respecting nature had always been part of Indian society. He said his government has succeeded in changing people’s behaviour accordingly, an apparent reference to ‘Swachhta Abhiyan’.The honour bestowed on him is a recognition of Indian tribes living in forests who respect trees more than their lives, its fishermen who capture only as much fish as they need to earn their living and farmers whose lives are intertwined with the cycle of seasons, he said. It is also an honour for Indian women who have worshipped trees as gods, he said. “Reuse and recycle” have always been a part of their lives, the prime minister said. “Indians have always treated nature as a living organism,” he said. The poor are the worst victims of climate change, he said, adding that his government has been pursuing policies to further quicken the rate of economy growth to give them a life of dignity. Crores of people have come out of extreme poverty in the last few years, Modi said. Cutting edge technology and renewable energy are the basis of his government’s “smart city” project, while “per drop more crop”, soil health card and organic farming are a priority in agriculture, he said. Modi said he had spoken about “climate justice” during the Paris agreement, which was signed in 2016 with an aim to deal with climate change. The whole world has committed to it but a lot needs to be done to execute it on the ground, he added.last_img read more