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DEP continues checking retail outlets for lead solder….Causer reports state moving towards complying with “Real ID” law…..Vietnam Veterans recognition event next September near Coudersport will include program for high school students…More than $2200 worth of plumbing equipment stolen from wrecked truck in Elk County….
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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has completed routine surveillance of hardware stores and other retail facilities in 13 counties to verify that leaded solder is not being sold for plumbing purposes. This surveillance is conducted in accordance with the 1989 Lead Ban Act.
Throughout the summer of 2017, DEP staff investigated 430 stores to make sure that lead solder is not being sold and that restricted solder types that are allowed to be sold commercially are not being displayed in plumbing supply sections of those stores.
The investigation found 281 stores that sell solder. Of those stores:
57 percent sell only lead-free solder
8 percent of stores (22) were selling solder in violation of the Lead Ban Act
7 percent selling banned solder (20)
Less than 1% selling restricted solder in plumbing section (2)
Compliance notices were issued for the violations. DEP can also issue fines of up to $1,000 for each violation. The majority of the stores in violation were first time offenders. Store ownership often changes in the years between surveillance periods, and new owners may not be aware of the specific provisions of the Lead Ban Act. Additionally, since 2005, surveillance activities have included auto parts, electronics, and craft stores which may not be aware of the Lead Ban Act.
DEP staff will continue routine and follow-up activities throughout 2018 to continue educating stores and ensure that they remain in compliance.
The full report can be found at: http://files.dep.state.pa.us/Water/DrinkingWater/Lead/2017_Lead_Ban_Report.pdf
Rep. Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting News that Pennsylvania is working to become compliant with the Federal Real ID Act before this coming October.
Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law was declared unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court but the Real ID Act was passed by Congress in 20015 to make fraudulent identification harder to obtain and use. The Act came about from the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations regarding homeland security. The ACT stipulates what U.S. states and territories need to do in order to meet the Act’s minimum standards when it comes to the issuance and production of ID cards; principally, driver licenses. The jurisdictions covered by the Act include: Accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.
After October 10th, 2018, according to the Real ID Act, residents of these states/territories won’t be able to use their driver’s licenses as ID when flying within the US:
Starting October 1, 2020, every domestic air traveler will need to present a Real ID driver’s license, a Real ID identification card or a passport in order to board a domestic flight. A Real ID-compliant license or card is one that meets, and is issued by a state or territory that complies with the Real ID Act. A passport, along with domestic flights, also affords you cross-border access.
Residents of the Real ID-compliant states/territories as well as some of those on the extension list, like California and Oregon, are now able to obtain Real ID cards and driver’s licenses from their local DMV office. Pennsylvania is 1 of 31 in non-compliance.
Those states or territories that have received an extension and are on a clear path to becoming compliant by the final deadline of October 1, 2020. Driver’s licenses from these states will fail to meet the federal government’s minimum security standards under the Real ID Act after October 10, 2018, though as in previous years, these states will more than likely receive deadline extensions to the final date as stated above by that time.
As of January 22, 2018, airline passengers with a state-issued driver’s license in a state not yet compliant (specifically American Samoa, the only non-compliant territory without an extension at this time) with the Real ID act will need to show an alternative form of identification to fly domestically. If you do not an alternative form of identification to go along with your state-issued driver’s license, you will not be permitted though the security checkpoint.
What You Need to Do:
Birth Certificate: To make sure you can travel after October 10th, 2018, if you are in one of the affected states listed above, you’ll need to get your passport or Real ID driver’s license. In order to do so, you’ll need to present a certified copy of your U.S. birth certificate. No need to take time off of work and wait in government lines for this. You can get this now, online, at USVitalRecords.org.
Passport: Similar to obtaining your birth certificate, one of the easiest ways to do this is online. One great service for this is RushMyPassport.
For more information on the Real ID Act, please contact the federal DHS Office of State-Issued Identification Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we reported previously, Potter County has been awarded an $11,250 state grant to support a Vietnam War veterans recognition weekend and outreach activities later this year. Money comes from the Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF), which is funded by Pennsylvanians who voluntarily make a $3.00 donation when applying for or renewing their driver’s license or photo ID or renewing a motor vehicle registration. Additionally, proceeds come from the sale of the Honoring Our Veterans license plate and private donations.
Members of the Potter County Veterans Service Committee are Bill Simpson, Paul Heimel and Dawn Wooster. Their Vietnam Veterans Recognition Weekend, Sept, 13-17, will include an appreciation dinner, a memorial service for Potter County soldiers killed in the war, outreach activities to apprise veterans of benefits and services, public education events, a veterans gravestone restoration demonstration, and a visit from the Moving Wall, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel reported at last week’s board meeting a ceremony will be held when the wall arrives at Maple View on Friday, September 13. It will be guarded 24/7 throughout the weekend and people can visit anytime but are asked to be quiet and respectful. A program for area high school students will close out the visit on Monday September 17.
Ridgway based state police are looking for thieves who stole more than $2200 worth of plumbing tools from a wrecked truck last weekend. The tools belonged to a 46 year old Wilcox man and were taken between 8:00 pm Friday and 3:30 pm Saturday while the truck was parked on Rocky Run in Jones Township. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.776.3136.