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The PSATS Morning News includes the latest news, videos – look for TVN and the Question of the Week every Tuesday and Thursday – along with legislative and policy updates, grant and funding opportunities, and announcements about upcoming PSATS training.

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DEP Releases Draft 2022 Water Quality Report

The state Department of Environmental Protection has released its draft Pennsylvania 2022 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report on the health of streams and lakes statewide. Waters are assessed for one or more of four uses: drinking water, fish…

IFO 2021 Natural Gas Impact Fees Up

The Independent Fiscal Office released its 2021 estimate for the natural gas impact fees. The total estimate is $233.8 million, a $87.6 million increase from collections for 2020. The primary reasons are due to a higher average annual price of…

Reminder: PSATS Town Halls on Final ARP Rule Scheduled for Tomorrow

Don’t miss PSATS’ Virtual Town Halls on the U.S. Treasury’s final rule for the American Rescue Plan funding, scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, January 20, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.   The final rule contains significant new flexibility by allowing townships…

Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests Available

The U.S. Post Office is now taking orders from residential households for one order of 4 free at-home rapid antigen tests from USPS.com. Orders will ship in late January. Click here for more.  

Pennsylvania to Receive $4 Billion in New Federal Highway Funds

The state Department of Transportation announced that the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will provide an estimated $4 billion in new federal highway and bridge dollars over five years, including an estimated $1.6 billion from a new federal bridge program.   The…

Reminder: PSATS Town Halls on Final ARP Rule Scheduled for Thursday

As previously reported, the U.S. Treasury released its final rule for the American Rescue Plan funding. PSATS staff are currently analyzing the 400-plus-page final rule in preparation for the virtual town halls scheduled for Thursday, January 20, at 11 a.m. and 3…

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Show Signs of Slowing

218,173 new cases of COVID-19 were reported last week in Pennsylvania, The statewide COVID-19 total case count now stands at 2,458,722. The commonwealth dropped to 26th in cases per 100,000 nationally, with Rhode Island, Delaware, and New York now in…

CDC Updates Mask Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance for choosing masks and respirators, including the levels of protection offered by each and situations where greater protection may be desired. Click here to learn more.  

PSATS Sets Town Hall on Final ARP Rule

As previously reported, the U.S. Treasury released its final rule for the American Rescue Plan funding last week. PSATS staff are currently analyzing the 400-plus-page final rule in preparation for the virtual town halls scheduled for next Thursday, January 20, at 11…

Reminder: FEMA Accepting SAFER Grant Applications

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is accepting Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant (SAFER) applications until February 4, 2022. This program provides funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter organizations to help them increase or maintain the…
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