From PennFuture (http://www.pennfuture.org):
One small step for the EQB; one giant leap for clean water
On May 17 the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (EQB) approved two important water protection rules that will shield both drinking water and the state’s rivers and streams (http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/newsroom/14287?id=11447&typeid=1). One rule sets a protective limit on total dissolved solid (TDS) pollution and requires Marcellus Shale drillers to treat wastewater that they discharge to rivers and streams to drinking water standards (http://www.epa.gov/safewater/dwinfo/pa.htm). The second rule requires new developments to create or protect a 150 foot natural filter planted with trees and other plants along our best waterways.
PennFuture praised the EQB for these critical new rules (http://www.pennfuture.org/media_pr_detail.aspx?MediaID=1156&Home=Y), especially the support of Representative Camille “Bud” George (D-Clearfield) and Senator Ray Musto (D-Luzerne). The new rules now move to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (http://www.irrc.state.pa.us/About.cfm) and the House and Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committees for a 30-day review period.