Note:  At aglaw.psu.edu, the Center will soon publish in-depth articles on the following recent legal developments in lieu of summarizing here:

Water Quality: D.C. Circuit Court Vacates and Remands Conowingo Dam License
On December 20, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an opinion vacating and remanding the license for Constellation Energy Generation, LLC’s Conowingo Dam. Waterkeepers Chesapeake v. FERC, No. 21-1139.  The court concluded that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) exceeded its statutory authority under section 401(a)(1) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) (33 U.S.C. § 1341(a)(1)) by granting the March 2021 license under a circumstance not enumerated in the CWA.  The court stated the CWA only allows FERC “to issue a license [in] two circumstances: (1) where a state has granted a [water quality] certification; or (2) where the state has waived its authority to certify . . . by failing or refusing to act.”  Neither situation applied here.  The state of Maryland issued a 2018 CWA water quality certification with conditions but, during Constellation’s subsequent legal challenge to those conditions, Maryland settled with Constellation and waived its CWA certification rights.  The court found that the CWA “leaves no room for FERC’s third alternative, in which it issued a license based on a private settlement arrangement entered into by Maryland after the state had issued a certification with conditions but then changed its mind.”  For background, see ALWR—March 19, 2021, “Exelon’s Conowingo Dam Relicensed as Per Settlement with Maryland”); ALWR—April 23, 2021, “Petition Filed for Conowingo Dam Licensing Rehearing;” ALWR—June 18, 2021, “Conowingo Dam Relicensing Appealed to D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.” 

Agricultural Labor: Ag Employer Group Challenges October 2022 H-2A Final Rule
On November 23, 2022, the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking vacatur and an injunction against the October 12, 2022, final rule titled, “Temporary Agricultural Employment of H-2A Nonimmigrants in the United States” (“Biden Rule”) (87 FR 61660). Nat’l Council Agric. Employers v. U.S. Dep’t Labor, No. 1:22-cv-03569.  NCAE alleges that the Biden Rule was wrongly promulgated—a process that began in 2019 under the Trump administration—and thus invalid. See 84 FR 36168; ETA-2019-0007.  On January 15, 2021, contemporaneous with the 2021 change of presidential administrations, the outgoing Trump administration submitted its version of the final rule to the Federal Register for publication, in addition to announcing and publishing the rule on the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) website.  However, on January 20, 2021—Inauguration Day, a federal holiday—the Biden administration withdrew that submission from the Federal Register before publication.  In October 2022, approximately 22 months later, the Biden Rule was published as a substitute for the previous version of the final rule.  NCAE’s suit claims the Trump administration “duly promulgated” the previous version in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and withdrawing and substituting a different version should have been subject to a public notice-and-comment process under the Act.  On November 29, 2022, the court denied NCAE’s emergency motion for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).  On December 23, 2022, NCAE filed a motion for a preliminary injunction, which remains pending.

Pesticides: 11th Circuit Grants En Banc Hearing on Federal Preemption of State Law Roundup Products Liability Claims
On December 19, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued an order granting a rehearing en banc—with all active judges—in the case John Carson v. Monsanto Company, No. 21-10994.  The court previously found, on two occasions, no federal preemption under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) of state law failure-to-warn products liability tort claims that exposure to Monsanto/Bayer’s glyphosate-containing Roundup caused non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  In July 2022, the court issued an opinion finding there was no federal preemption after analyzing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) pesticide registration process and FIFRA’s misbranding provisions.  In October 2022, the court issued a second opinion, vacating its July 2022 opinion, and reversing the order of its analysis—FIFRA’s provisions, then EPA’s process—and still found no preemption.  The order granting a hearing en banc vacates both opinions.  According to a docket entry dated January 4, 2022, the brief for the appellant, John D. Carson, is due on February 13, 2022, and Bayer/Monsanto’s brief is due March 15, 2022.  For background, see ALWR—July 15, 2022, “Eleventh Circuit Court Finds No Federal Preemption of Roundup Product Liability Claims”

International Trade: U.S. Expands USMCA Dispute Resolution Consultation Request Challenging Canada’s Dairy Tariff Rate Quotas
On December 20, 2022, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced an expanded request for new dispute resolution consultations with Canada under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to address Canada’s administration of its dairy tariff rate quotas (TRQs).  This new request broadens a previously pending consultation request from May 2022 to address claims that Canada violates the USMCA by favoring dairy processors over other potential importers in its market-share allocation of TRQs among entities eligible for the reduced tariff rates on imported U.S. dairy products.  In 2021, the United States first challenged Canada’s administration of its dairy TRQs by restricting eligible entities to processors.  In that initial dispute resolution proceeding, a USMCA arbitration panel, in January 2022, determined that Canada’s restriction of eligibility to processors violated Article 3.A.2.11(b) of the USMCA.  Following this finding, Canada implemented one change by adding distributors as eligible parties, but not retailers or other potential importers.  This change in eligible importing parties has remained unsatisfactory to the United States and spurred the May 2022 request.  The latest request includes the same grounds as the May 2022 request but also includes the market-share allocation challenge. For background, see ALWR—May 6, 2022, “U.S. Twice Rejects Canada’s USMCA Dairy Tariff-Rate Quota Proposals”.

Food Policy: Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act Amended
On January 5, 2023, President Biden signed into law S.5329, an amendment to the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act.  The act generally provides articulated immunities from criminal and civil liabilities arising from foods donated according to its terms.  Among other things, the amendment expands donations eligible for statutory immunities from foods donated “at zero cost” to the receiving entity to also include donations made “at a good Samaritan reduced price,” defined as “a price that is an amount not greater than the cost of handling, administering, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, and distributing the apparently wholesome food or apparently fit grocery product.”  The bill also clarifies that “direct donations to needy individuals” are included within the protections of the act.  The bill does not change any provision of law as to when donations “at a good Samaritan reduced price” may be tax-deductible.

Regulatory Policy: USDA Formally Trademarks Organic Seal
On December 20, 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) announced that it registered the USDA organic seal with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. While the USDA organic seal is already statutorily protected by the Organic Foods Protection Act (OFPA), this move allows the USDA greater access to civil remedies to address fraud and food product mislabeling.  More information on the USDA’s organic seal can be found here.

Food Safety: Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture to Require ‘Food Establishment’ Registration for Egg Processors
On December 21, 2022, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s (PDA) Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services issued a letter—and an additional follow-up letter on December 28, 2022—to Pennsylvania Egg Processors stating that, beginning January 1, 2023, PDA will begin registering egg processing facilities as Food Establishments under Pennsylvania’s Food Safety Act.  According to the letters, Food Establishment registration is required for facilities that are “currently inspected under the PA Certified, Non-PA Certified, or PEQAP Programs” and “hold, wash, and/or package eggs intended for retail sale.”  “Offline” facilities are exempted from registration if they “do not package eggs onsite, intended for retail sale.”  As a registered Food Establishment, an egg processing facility will only be subject to inspection once every 12 months instead of every 3 months, as required under the previous programs, and the previously required quarterly inspections will stop immediately.  Additionally, in PDA’s follow-up letter, the agency clarified that the January 1, 2023 “effective” date of the requirement only indicates when PDA will begin registering facilities and “is not the deadline for which applications must be submitted.”

Local Agricultural Policy: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Publishes Solar Siting Guidance
On December 29, 2022, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced the department’s publication of guidance titled, “Farmland Considerations for Siting Grid-Scale Solar Panels.”  Topics in the guidance include site selection, panel maintenance, and best practices for integrating solar panels with agricultural production.  Additionally, the guidance addresses the impact of solar panel installations on a “farm’s enrollment in preferential tax programs, preserved farm status, local zoning, environmental permits, and conservation plans.”  The new guidance supplements solar siting guidance documents or policy statements previously issued by Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resource, titled “Conservation Considerations for Siting, Planning, and Maintaining Grid-Scale Solar Systems in Pennsylvania,” and Department of Environmental Protection, titled “Grid-Scale Solar Siting Policy Statement.”

Food Safety: Allegheny County’s New Food Safety Code Becomes Effective
On January 1, 2023, the updated Allegheny County Health Department Rule and Regulation Article III “Food Safety” became effective.  Approved by the Allegheny County Council on June 7, 2022, the repeal and replacement of the County’s food safety code will bring Allegheny County closer to matching Pennsylvania and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Model Food Code standards.  Additionally, these updates repeal various regulations and replace others.  Among these changes are new regulations concerning sanitation §311.5, food storage §332, food preparation §333.9, and food transportation §336.  Notably, farms providing the public with unprocessed foods are exempt from Article III and will not be affected by the updates.  A list of the changes can be found here and a redlined draft of the updated food safety code here.

 

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CENTER PROGRAMS & RESOURCES

Events:

3rd Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show Agricultural Law Symposium

On January 10 and 12, 2023, the Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law will host the 3rd Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show Agricultural Law Symposium.  The symposium consists of four hours of educational webinars on current important topics in agricultural law, presented by the Center’s legal staff.  Symposium sessions are free and open to the public and will be conducted via Zoom. Four hours of substantive Pennsylvania CLE credits are available for licensed attorneys at no cost to attendees.

  •  Tuesday, January 10, 2023 (1:00–3:15pm)
    • 1:00–2:00pm Agricultural Law: The Year 2022 in Review
      • A review of the major federal and state legal developments across all three branches of government affecting agriculture in 2022.
    • 2:15–3:15pm S. Supreme Court Deep Dive: Searching for Clarity in WOTUS and the Dormant Commerce Clause
      • Sackett v. EPA seeks to define the Clean Water Act’s phrase “waters of the United States” and National Pork Producers Council v. Ross questions whether the dormant Commerce Clause prohibits California’s in-state pork sales restrictions, which largely affect out-of-state producers. Oral argument was presented for both cases in October. We’ll review the precedential case law, history, and arguments of each case as we wait for the final opinions.
  • Thursday, January 12, 2023 (1:00–3:15pm)
    • 1:00-2:00pm Agricultural Antitrust: Protein Sector Spotlight
      • The poultry, pork, and beef sectors are each entangled in federal multi-district class action litigation and facing Department of Justice investigations and enforcement for alleged price-fixing and conspiracy. Learn the details in this session.
    • 2:15-3:15pm Agriculture & the Environment: 2022 in Pesticides & the Chesapeake Bay
      • First, we’ll review the continuing complex status of EPA’s glyphosate and dicamba product registrations and the federal litigation over them that continues. Then, we’ll provide a complete update on Pennsylvania’s status and activities in the countdown to the Chesapeake Bay’s 2025 nutrient reduction goals.

Understanding Agricultural Law. A free monthly Zoom webinar series for all agricultural and rural business advisors. One hour of substantive CLE credit available for Pennsylvania-licensed attorneys at no charge. Click here for registration, recordings, presentation materials, and more information on all installments in the series. Next in the series:

Dairy Quarterly Legal WebinarA free quarterly Zoom webinar series covering U.S. dairy industry legal and regulatory developments with an in-depth focus topic presentation. One hour of substantive CLE credit available for Pennsylvania-licensed attorneys at no charge. Click here for registration, recordings, presentation materials, and more information on all installments in the series. Next in the series:

Legal Planning for Specialty Crop Producers. A free six-webinar series is available by clicking here and registering for on-demand viewing.

Resources of Interest:

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FEDERAL ACTIONS—EXECUTIVE & LEGISLATIVE  

U.S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA) PRESS RELEASES

Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Following the Swearing in of Alexis Taylor to Serve as Under Secretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs (Dec. 29, 2022).

Statement by Secretary Vilsack on the Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill (Dec. 23, 2022).

USDA Developing New Tools to Identify COVID Virus in Wild and Domestic Animals (Dec. 21, 2022).

USDA Invests $9.5M to Develop New Bioproducts from Agricultural Commodities (Dec. 20, 2022).

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) PRESS RELEASES

EPA and Army Finalize Rule Establishing Definition of WOTUS and Restoring Fundamental Water Protections (Dec. 30, 2022).

EPA proposes Clean Water Act settlement on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana (Dec. 20, 2022).

EPA Announces $263 Million WIFIA Loan to Boise, Idaho to Modernize Wastewater Infrastructure and help recharge the Boise River water supply (Dec. 19, 2022).

USDA AGENCY PRESS RELEASES:

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

USDA Settles a Packers and Stockyards Case with Anderson County Livestock Exchange, LLC. (Dec. 29, 2022).

USDA Expands Local Foods in School Meals through Cooperative Agreement with Massachusetts (Dec. 28, 2022).

USDA Announces Its Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement with Utah (Dec. 27, 2022).

U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Foundation Launch New Toolkit to Increase Market Access for Underserved Specialty Crop Farmers (Dec. 22, 2022).

USDA Takes Steps to Support Food Sovereignty with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (Dec. 21, 2022).

USDA Releases 2021 Pesticide Data Program Annual Summary (Dec. 21, 2022).

USDA Expands Local Foods in School Meals through Cooperative Agreement with Nevada (Dec. 20, 2022).

USDA Restricts PACA Violator in Oregon from Operating in the Produce Industry (Dec. 20, 2022).

USDA Settles a Packers and Stockyards Case with Lowell Livestock LLC. (Dec. 20, 2022).

USDA Settles Packers and Stockyards Case with Jackman Florida Wagyu Beef LLC and Justin Ashley Jackman (Dec. 20, 2022).

USDA Settles a Packers and Stockyards Case with Ashton Hall (Dec. 20, 2022).

USDA Expands Local Foods in School Meals through Cooperative Agreement with Oklahoma (Dec. 19, 2022).

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Agency (APHIS)

USDA Extends Public Comment Period on Environmental Documents for Deregulation of American Chestnut Developed Using Genetic Engineering (Dec. 23, 2022).

APHIS Announces Final Regulatory Status Review Guide (Dec. 22, 2022).

Request for Information: Identifying Ambiguities, Gaps, and Uncertainties in the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology (Dec. 20, 2022).

Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

USDA Continues Expanding SNAP Online Shopping, Invests in Reaching New Retailers (Dec. 21, 2022).

Increasing Transparency around WIC Infant Formula Contracts (Dec. 21, 2022).

Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)

Export Sales to Unknown Destinations (Dec. 30, 2022).

Export Sales to Japan (Dec. 27, 2022).

Export Sales to Mexico and Unknown Destinations (Dec. 23, 2022).

U.S. Agencies Forge Partnership to Improve Food Safety Standards Globally (Dec. 22, 2022).

Walnuts Will Knock Your Stockings Off This Holiday Season (Dec. 22, 2022).

USDA Announces $1.5 Million for Educational Fellowship Programs in Ghana, Guatemala, and Mexico (Dec. 21, 2022).

U.S. Requests New USMCA Dispute Consultations on Canadian Dairy TRQ Policies (Dec. 20, 2022).

USDA and USTR Seek New Trade Advisory Committee Members (Dec. 20, 2022).

Export Sales to Mexico and Unknown Destinations (Dec. 19, 2022).

FEDERAL EXECUTIVE AGENCIES (Federal Register Dec. 19–30, 2022):            

Agricultural Marketing Service

87 FR 80111 Notice: “Virtual Meeting of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee” (Dec. 29, 2022).

87 FR 80111 Notice: “United States Standards for Canola” (Dec. 29, 2022).

Agriculture Department

87 FR 79849 Notice—Public Comment: “Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request” (Dec. 28, 2022).

87 FR 78631 Notice—Public Comment: “Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request” (Dec. 22, 2022).

87 FR 78631 Notice—Public Comment: “Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request” (Dec. 22, 2022).

87 FR 78632 Notice—Public Comment: “Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request” (Dec. 22, 2022).

87 FR 77547 Notice—Public Comment: “Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request” (Dec. 19, 2022).

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

87 FR 80002 Final Rule: “Domestic Quarantine Regulations; Quarantined Areas and Regulated Articles” (Dec. 29, 2022).

87 FR 79273 Notice—Public Comment: “State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry; Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Plant Pest Risk Assessment for Determination of Nonregulated Status for Blight-Tolerant Darling 58 American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) Developed Using Genetic Engineering” (Dec. 27, 2022).

87 FR 77787 Notice—Public Comment: “Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Veterinary Services Field Operations Services Customer Service Survey Project” (Dec. 20, 2022).

Environmental Protection Agency

87 FR 79298 Notice—Public Comment: “Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Reporting in the FIFRA Grant Database (Renewal)” (Dec. 27, 2022).

87 FR 79299 Notice—Public Comment: “Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Foreign Purchaser Acknowledgement Statement of Unregistered Pesticides (Renewal)” (Dec. 27, 2022).

87 FR 78957 Notice—Public Comment: “Pesticide Registration Review; Proposed Interim Decisions for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability” (Dec. 23, 2022).

87 FR 78558 Final Rule: “Iron Oxide (Fe₃O₄) in Pesticide Formulations Applied to Animals; Tolerance Exemption” (Dec. 22, 2022).

87 FR 78562 Final Rule: “Simazine; Pesticide Tolerances” (Dec. 22, 2022).

87 FR 77832 Notice—Public Comment: “Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Phosphoric Acid Manufacturing and Phosphate Fertilizers Production (Renewal)” (Dec. 20, 2022).

Farm Service Agency

87 FR 79273 Notice: “Information Collection Request; Application for Payment of Amounts Due Persons Who Have Died, Disappeared, or Have Been Declared Incompetent” (Dec. 27, 2022).

Food and Drug Administration

87 FR 78857 Final Rule: “International Dairy Foods Association and Chobani, Inc.: Response to the Objections and Requests for a Public Hearing on the Final Rule To Revoke the Standards for Lowfat Yogurt and Nonfat Yogurt and To Amend the Standard for Yogurt; Correction” (Dec. 23, 2022).

87 FR 78694 Notice—Public Comment: “Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Records and Reports Concerning Experiences With Approved New Animal Drugs: Adverse Event Reports” (Dec. 22, 2022).

87 FR 77619 Notice—Public Comment: “Evaluating the Safety of Antimicrobial New Animal Drugs With Regard to Their Microbiological Effects on Bacteria of Human Health Concern; Revised Draft Guidance for Industry; Availability” (Dec. 19, 2022).

Food and Nutrition Service

87 FR 79213 Rule: “Streamlining Program Requirements and Improving Integrity in the Summer Food Service Program; Correction” (Dec. 27, 2022).

87 FR 78918 Notice—Public Comment: “Agency Information Collection Activities: Healthy Meals Incentives Recognition Awards Application for School Food Authorities” (Dec. 23, 2022).

Food Safety and Inspection Service

87 FR 78915 Notice: “2023 Rate Changes for the Basetime, Overtime, Holiday, Laboratory Services, and Export Application Fees” (Dec. 23, 2022).

87 FR 77707 Final Rule: “Uniform Compliance Date for Food Labeling Regulations” (Dec. 20, 2022).

Foreign Agricultural Service

87 FR 79274 Notice—Public Comment: “Notice of a Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection” (Dec. 27, 2022).

International Trade Administration

87 FR 78939 Notice: “Certain Lemon Juice From Brazil: Final Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value” (Dec. 23, 2022).

87 FR 78928 Notice: “Certain Lemon Juice From the Republic of South Africa: Final Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value” (Dec. 23, 2022).

87 FR 78941 Notice: “Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp From India: Notice of Final Results of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review” (Dec. 23, 2022).

87 FR 77552 Notice: “United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), Article 10.12; Binational Panel Review: Notice of Completion of Panel Review” (Dec. 19, 2022).

National Agricultural Statistics Service

87 FR 78637 Notice—Public Comment: “Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Revise and Extend a Currently Approved Information Collection” (Dec. 22, 2022).

87 FR 78635 Notice—Public Comment: “Notice of Intent To Request To Conduct a New Information Collection” (Dec. 22, 2022).

Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement

87 FR 79854 Notice: “Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers” (Dec. 28, 2022).

Susquehanna River Basin Commission

87 FR 79415 Notice: “Actions Taken at December 15, 2022 Meeting” (Dec. 27, 2022).

87 FR 79416 Notice: “Projects Approved for Consumptive Uses of Water” (Dec. 27, 2022).

U.S. HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE:

H.R.9667 “To amend the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 to establish a sustainable agriculture research and education resilience initiative, and for other purposes.” Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture. (Dec. 21, 2022).

H.R.9672 “To amend the Emergency Food Assistance Act of 1983 to provide additional agricultural products for distribution by emergency feeding organizations; and for other purposes.” Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture. (Dec. 22, 2022).

H.R.9678 “To ensure 100 percent renewable electricity, zero emission vehicles, and regenerative agriculture by 2030 to address global warming caused by human activity.” Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. (Dec. 22, 2022).

U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, NUTRITION, AND FORESTRY:

No new actions this week.

STATE ACTIONS—EXECUTIVE & LEGISLATIVE  

PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PRESS RELEASES:           

Agriculture Secretary Releases Guidance For Farms And Rural Communities Considering Solar Energy Production (Dec. 29, 2022).

Wolf Administration Encourages Eastern PA Ag Businesses To Apply For Low-Interest Economic Recovery Loans Following Federal Disaster Declarations (Dec. 28, 2022).

Secretary Of Agriculture Announces Santa’s Reindeer Receive Clean Bill Of Health, Approved For Gift Deliveries In Pennsylvania On Christmas Eve (Dec. 21, 2022).

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Announces $1.58 Million PA Farm Bill Grants To Help Small Meat And Poultry Processors In 15 Counties Meet Demand For Local Foods (Dec. 21, 2022).

PENNSYLVANIA EXECUTIVE AGENCIES (Pa. Bulletin Vol. 52, No. 52—Dec. 24, 2022): 

Department of Environmental Protection 

52 Pa.B. 7927 Notice: “Applications, Actions and Special Notices.”

52 Pa.B. 7974 Notice: “Availability of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for Discharges of Stormwater Associated with Industrial Activity (PAG-03).”

State Conservation Commission

52 Pa.B. 8039 Notice: “Access to Odor Management Plans for Concentrated Animal Operations and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and Volunteers Complying with the Commonwealth’s Facility Odor Management Program.”

52 Pa.B. 8039 Notice: “Action on Odor Management Plans for Concentrated Animal Operations and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and Volunteers Complying with the Commonwealth’s Facility Odor Management Program.”

PENNSYLVANIA EXECUTIVE AGENCIES (Pa. Bulletin Vol. 52, No. 53—Dec. 31, 2022): 

Department of Environmental Protection 

52 Pa.B. 8237 Notice: “Applications, Actions and Special Notices.”

52 Pa.B. 8287 Notice: “Bid Opportunity.”

52 Pa.B. 8287 Notice: “Bid Opportunity.”

52 Pa.B. 8288 Notice: “County Recycling Coordinator Grant Program under Section 903 of Act 101 (Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of 1988).”

PENNSYLVANIA LEGISLATURE

No new actions this week.

 

Written by:
Dillon Lightfoot—Research Assistant
Megan Guess—Research Assistant
Audry Thompson—Staff Attorney
Brook Duer—Staff Attorney