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Welcome to "Mike's Memo," an update on what's happening in the 48th Legislative District, the State Capitol, and the progress of my legislative priorities. If you haven't done so already, please take a few moments to visit my website at to learn more about issues that may affect you and your family.

Week of September 11, 2017

Hometown Hero Jared Kreiser & WellSpan Wound Healing Center Cable Show
My September Community Report Cable Show featuring US Marine Corps CPL Jared Kreiser, of the 2/3 3rd Marine Division, wounded in action October 7, 2006 in Al Anbar, Iraq and the Lebanon WellSpan Wound Healing Center’s hyperbaric chamber therapy is ready to view! Watch Jared’s heroic story and the incredible benefits the hyperbaric chamber provided to help him heal after 36 surgeries, and the benefits it can offer to so many in our community. The show is also on my website, and Comcast On Demand and WHBG TV 20 should also be airing through the month of September.

September 2017 - WellSpan Wound Healing Center & Hometown Hero Jared Kreiser

Senate Bill 76 Town Hall Meeting
I was pleased to participate in a town hall meeting in Kinzers, Lancaster Co., hosted by Senators Aument and Martin, on the much needed Senate Bill 76, which provides for total elimination of school property taxes. Watch my comments below. The entire town hall can be viewed here. Remember: No tax should have the power to leave you homeless!


All Lanes of Rt. 422 in N. Londonderry Twp. Closed to Traffic Due to Sinkhole
All lanes of Rt. 422 in N. Londonderry Twp., Lebanon Co., are closed as a safety precaution due to a sinkhole that created cracks in the pavement of eastbound Rt. 422 and continues to threaten the stability of the highway. PennDOT is assessing the sinkhole located in front of the Palmyra Bowling center and developing options for repairs to make the highway safe for travel. A signed detour will direct motorists by way of Rtes. 117, 322 and 934. An emergency contract will be prepared and a contractor in place this week, who will excavate the highway for a distance of about 200 feet, from just east of the previous repair made in 2014 located near the west driveway entrance to the bowling center, to the driveway for the credit union. The goal is to finish the repair and reopen Rt. 422 by Thanksgiving.

DEP Approves Water Quality Permits for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline
The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved the Chapter 105 and Chapter 102 permit applications for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project, which will transport natural gas from northeast PA to mid-Atlantic and southern states. The project required Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroachment Permit for each of the 10 counties the project crosses (Lebanon, Susquehanna, Luzerne, Schuylkill, Wyoming, Columbia, Northumberland, Lancaster, Lycoming and Clinton), as well as three Chapter 102 erosion and sediment control permit authorizations. Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Transco), the operator of the pipeline, will require approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to begin construction.

DEP undertook a thorough review of these permit applications, and factored in thousands of comments from Pennsylvania residents,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “DEP’s technical staff reviewed the comments in evaluating the revised plans and final permit conditions that must be met throughout the construction process of this pipeline. Transco is required to implement new protocols for alerting homeowners of activities near their homes and water supplies. In addition, Transco must offer to pre-test private water supplies along the pipeline route so that any impacts from construction can be quickly identified and remediated,” said McDonnell.

More information, including all of the permits, can be found here.

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