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Environmental Resources & Energy 2021-2022

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee held a public on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 on Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery site and clean-up effort:


The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee met on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 to consider the following bills:

SB301 (Yaw): Amends the Air Pollution Control Act to change to make-up of the Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee (AQTAC).

Voted out of committee along a party line vote of 7-4. 

SB776: (Laughlin): Amends the PA Sewage Facilities Act to allow for Garage Drains.

Voted out of committee 8-3, Senators Comitta, Muth, and Santarsiero voting in the negative. 

HB598 (Oberlander): Clarify that only public entities (Commonwealth and local government) can pursue prescriptive easements for the benefit of the public.

Voted out of committee along a party line vote of 7-4.

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee met on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 to consider the following legislation:

 SB525 (Gordner) – Growing Greener III is a program to allocate $500 million of ARP funds to preservation.

The bill was reported out of committee on a vote of 10-1. Sen. Hutchinson voting in the negative. 

SB806 (Yaw) – Natural Gas Royalty Interest Transparency will require oil and natural gas production companies to provide specific information as well as timely payment of moneys owed from production.

  • Amendment #02421 – Language added for transparency to payment information by adding “upon the mutual consent of the royalty owner and payor.” As well as clarifies the penalty as being adjusted to a “permanent structure.”

The amendment was adopted on a vote of 10-1, and the amended bill was reported from committee on a 10-1 vote. Sen. Muth recorded as voting in the negative for both the amendment and bill. 

SB832 (Yaw) – Establishing a Clean Streams Fund by allocating $250 million of ARP funds.

  • Amendment #02427 – Changes the percentages of administrative fees in half for the varying programs. 

The amendment was adopted unanimously, and the bill was unanimously reported out of committee as amended.


The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee met on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 to consider the following resolution:

Concurrent Resolution on the disapproval of RGGI regulation.

The resolution passed on a party line vote of 7-4.


The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee met on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 to discuss a letter to IRRC disapproving the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative regulation.

The letter was approved, along a party line vote of 7-4, and sent to Independent Regulatory Review Commission immediately.

Senator Comitta made a motion to table this letter and offer a letter of support for the RGGI regulation. This motion was denied, 7-4.


The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee met on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 to consider the following bills:

Senate Bill 139 (Mensch/Kane): Resolution to urge the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exercise its authority under section 211(o)(7)(A)(i) of the Clean Air Act to revise the nationwide Renewable Fuel Standard (“RFS”) updating volume mandates to provide relief to refiners in Pennsylvania, the East Coast and elsewhere, and to implement additional reforms going forward which will allow for the blending of renewable fuels consistent with the original intention of the RFS program, while containing costs for independent refiners.

Technical amendment was adopted by a vote of 10-1. Senator Muth voting in the negative.

The bill was reported as amended by a vote of 10-1. Senator Muth voting in the negative.

Senate Bill 717 (Bartolotta): Improving the Permit Appeals Process

The bill was reported as committed on a party line vote of 7-4. All Dems voting in the negative.

Senate Bill 718 (Bartolotta): Improving Permit Appeals Process as it retains to Environmental Hearing Board’s membership

The bill was reported as committed on a party line vote of 7-4. All Dems voting in the negative.

Senate Bill 765 (Langerholc): Updating the Cremation Law

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The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee met on June 15, 2021 to consider the following bills:

SB245 (Yaw) – Charges the EQB with promulgating regulations which establish bonding requirements for project developers who seek to install or operate commercial wind or solar electric generation and other renewable energy facilities in PA

  • Senator Yaw offered amendment, A01476, to clarify language.
    • The amendment was adopted 7-4, Senators Comitta, Boscola, Muth, and Santarsiero voting in the negative.
  • The Bill was reported out of committee as amended by a party line vote of 7-4.

SB302 (Yaw) – Prohibits the use of certain class B firefighting foams under certain circumstances, and imposing powers and duties on the PA Emergency Management Agency and the State Fire Commissioner

  • Senator Yaw offered amendment, A01677, to clarify PFAS language and insert section on warning labels.
    • The amendment was adopted 10-1, Senator Muth voting in the negative.
  • The bill was reported out of committee as amended by a vote of 9-2, Senators Muth and Santarsiero voting in the negative.

SB545 (Yaw) – Legislation to amend the Clean Streams Law, adding a new section to provide for notice of discharge endangering public health or environment.

  • The bill was reported out as committed by a party line vote of 7-4.

Environmental Resources & Energy and Local Government Committees met on Tuesday, May 11, 2021:

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee met on Wednesday, February 3, 2021:

Senator Carolyn Comitta

Senator Carolyn Comitta

Committee Chair