Snyder: DEP probe finds no radiation danger in Tenmile Creek HARRISBURG

(Dec 17, 2015)

HARRISBURG , Dec. 17 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said that the state Department of Environmental Protection reported today that its extensive, six-month investigation found no elevated radiation levels in Tenmile Creek in Greene County. "The conclusion is good news for residents worried about the safety of drinking water supplies after elevated radiation levels were reported from surface water samples taken in the spring of 2014," Snyder said. "I pushed hard for increased monitoring and analysis of the waterway, and I applaud the thoroughness and attention devoted by the DEP and researchers to the matter." Snyder said DEP conducted comprehensive sampling at 12 sites upstream and downstream of the Clyde Mine Treatment Facility near Clarksville. Surface water and samples of sediment, sludge, soil, aquatic vegetation and fish also were tested. According to the investigation: All water samples were below the EPA drinking water limit of 5 picocuries per liter for radium-226 and radium-228; DEP did not find any indication of accumulated radiation in the sediment, plants, or fish; The 2015 water samples were taken when the average daily stream flows within the watershed were at near normal flow conditions and; The flow of raw and treated mine water was typical mine drainage, consistent with what would originate from a flooded underground coal mine in southwestern Pennsylvania. "DEP is not dropping the Read more


Snyder: We're Ready to Work

(Dec 11, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam Snyder says that she and her House Democratic colleagues are in the State Capitol ready to pass a budget and calls upon the House Speaker to bring the House back into session to work until the budget process is complete. Read more


Snyder pleads for work, compromise on budget

(Dec 11, 2015)

HARRISBURG , Dec. 11 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said House members must work for the greater good and pass a state budget promptly. “The governor, House Democrats, and Republicans and Democrats in the state Senate have all worked together to forge a solution,” Snyder said at a Capitol news conference. “Regrettably, some House Republicans would rather continue to put politics before the people of Pennsylvania.” Snyder, who has not cashed a state paycheck since the start of the budget impasse on July 1, questioned why the House was not in session working on the 2015-16 spending plan. “It should be the season of hope,” Snyder said. “Instead, it’s the season of despair for so many. Two weeks before Christmas, and 164 days into this budget impasse, I ask myself, ‘Why?’” Snyder said that by refusing to compromise, many House Republicans are hurting tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians, including seniors and victims of domestic violence, who are being denied vital services. “This impasse must end as soon as possible for the good of our children and commonwealth, whose reputation, stature and credit rating are on a slippery slope,” Snyder said. “We shouldn’t have to beg them [other legislators] to do the right thing.” Compromise is necessary in life, Snyder said, except apparently in Harrisburg. “Our plea is simple: Compromise with Read more


Snyder Fights To Keep Children Healthy With CHIP

(Dec 01, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam Snyder talks about the importance of extending the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2017. Pennsylvania's CHIP program puts health coverage within reach for all uninsured kids and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. Read more


Snyder: Coal Critical to Stable Employment

(Nov 19, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam Snyder spoke at a joint hearing of the House and Senate Coal Caucuses that focused on the Clean Power Plan and its impact on Pennsylvania. Snyder spoke out about the need to keep coal prominent in Pennsylvania's energy portfolio because of the large number of jobs the industry supports in the state and the lower energy prices it delivers. Read more


Snyder: Need Solutions to Drug Epidemic in Pa.

(Nov 17, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam Snyder says the opioid epidemic has touched nearly all Pennsylvanians. Snyder served on a task force looking for solutions to epidemic, including better access to treatment and resources for those affected by addiction. Read more


Snyder: Over $1 million OK’d for projects in Greene, Fayette counties

(Oct 08, 2015)

HARRISBURG , Oct. 8 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency today approved more than $1 million for five housing projects in Greene and Fayette counties. The local projects seeded by funding from impact fees on natural gas producers and administered by the PHFA’s PHARE -- Pennsylvania House Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement -- Fund are: $200,000 for the Brownsville Senior Housing Project, which features rehabilitation and new construction at 5 Market St. to include 24 affordable, senior housing apartments augmented by first-floor retail outlets and 17 parking spaces; $450,000 for the Independence Place 2 project in Jefferson Borough to develop four units of affordable housing; $165,000 for the Rogersville Project to acquire the former Center Township High School/Rogersville Elementary School site and remove demolition debris to develop single-story townhomes; $150,000 for the Nazer Street Project in Waynesburg for site acquisition and demolition to develop two, three-bedroom, single-family homes in coordination with Habitat for Humanity; and $125,000 to provide rental and utility assistance through the Greene County Housing Assistance Program to veterans who do not qualify for other assistance. Snyder noted that the funding for the Brownsville project follows the $1.4 million in funding and tax credits announced in May to launch the renewal project. “All five projects Read more


Snyder: Compromise budget off target on property taxes

(Oct 07, 2015)

HARRISBURG , Oct. 7 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said she voted against a budget plan because it fell short on key concerns, especially property tax relief. “Every Pennsylvania homeowner deserves a property tax decrease,” Snyder said. “Unfortunately, the measure defeated today failed in that respect and would have done too little to move the commonwealth toward an education funding system based on ability to pay and not property.” Snyder said the measure, defeated 73-127 – would increase state revenue by a projected $1.4 billion in the current fiscal year and $2.4 billion in the next through a half-point increase in the Personal Income Tax to 3.57 percent. “Increasing a broad-based levy such as the income tax should produce benefits for a wider range of Pennsylvanians,” Snyder said. “Instead, the proposal neglected property tax relief for working folks, asking a family making $53,000 annually to pay more than $5 a week more in income taxes. “I am working to make taxes fairer on the middle class and working families, not put more of the tax load on it,” Snyder said. “A more than 16 percent increase in income taxes and a severance tax on natural gas drillers must bring with it commensurate benefits, but this good-faith attempt came up just short.” Snyder said the defeated revenue bill also was lackluster in restoring the devastating cuts to public education, Read more


Snyder applauds confirmation of PUC nominee from Greene County

(Sep 30, 2015)

HARRISBURG , Sept. 30 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, praised the state Senate’s confirmation today of Greene County resident Andrew Place to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. “Andrew Place’s impressive talents and experience will serve Pennsylvania well,” said Snyder, Democratic secretary of the House Consumer Affairs Committee, which oversees the PUC. “He brings an outstanding mix of energy know-how and environmental savvy to the table -- qualities that I salute Governor Tom Wolf and the Senate for recognizing.” Snyder said Place’s experience as an energy executive involved in Marcellus shale natural gas development and in state government dealing with energy and technology development make him an ideal PUC commissioner. “As a fellow farmer in Greene County, Andrew has experience dealing with energy and environmental matters on a personal level,” Snyder said. “His hands-on experience is burnished by his record at the EQT Corp., the state Department of Environmental Protection and his degrees from the universities of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon. “He is the right person for the job at precisely the right time.” Place replaces Jim Cawley on the commission, which oversees natural gas utilities, pipeline safety and inspection and administers Pennsylvania’s impact fee, the levy gas producers pay on new natural gas wells. Cawley’s five-year term Read more


Snyder: We need a REAL budget

(Sep 24, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam Snyder speaks out against a short-term stopgap budget that does nothing more than create another budget crisis for schools and non-profit social service agencies until October and urges the passage of a true compromise budget that delivers long-term, sustainable funding. Read more


Keep Hunting and Shooting Safe

(Sep 22, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam Snyder wants to make sure the next generation of Pennsylvanians learns to handle firearms safely and with respect. You can stop by her offices for information on firearm laws, gun safety and hunting in Pennsylvania. Read more


Snyder: Stopgap is Not the Budget Answer

(Sep 22, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam Snyder says a stopgap budget plan will do nothing to bring Pa. closer to a real, long-term, and comprehensive budget. Read more


Snyder at the Washington Senior Fair

(Sep 21, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam Snyder co-hosted the Washington County Senior Fair to help area seniors and their families connect with local services and state government agencies for the resources they need. Read more


Snyder: Attorney general’s legal woes must not distract from duties

(Aug 12, 2015)

CARMICHAELS, Aug. 12 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today issued the following statement in response to state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's refusal to step down from the position as she faces perjury, official oppression and other charges. “The attorney general faces serious, troubling charges and deserves her day in court. However, I share the deep concerns of most Pennsylvanians who want and deserve the best and undistracted efforts of the commonwealth’s chief prosecutor to lead the fight against crime and drugs. “I think it's difficult for her to continue as the top law enforcement officer in Pennsylvania while defending herself against criminal charges. The situation makes it challenging for the Attorney General’s Office, hard on her family and friends and problematic for Pennsylvania.” Read more


Snyder Dedicates Kowalewski Bridge

(Aug 07, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam Snyder officially renamed the bridge running over Muddy Creek in Cumberland Township on Route 88 as the Army Corporal Richard W. Kowalewski Memorial Bridge. Read more


Snyder: Exhaustive water analyses under way

(Jul 28, 2015)

HARRISBURG, July 21 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said in-depth water analyses that she requested soon should provide answers to reports of elevated radiation levels in Ten Mile Creek in Greene County. “The state Department of Environmental Protection responded promptly to my request for thorough testing throughout the immediate watershed,” Snyder said. “The health and safety of local residents is paramount, and the analyses soon should begin providing answers to the many questions surrounding the initial reports about heightened radiation levels.” Snyder said 35 samples collected last month from 13 sites, including from water, vegetation, sediment, soil and fish are being tested at DEP laboratories. “The analyses will include more precise methodologies than were previously employed and cited in the initial reports,” Snyder said. “Everyone is anxious for definitive answers, and the testing results, expected in August, should begin replacing much of the speculation with solid information.” Snyder said the DEP testing ranged upstream and downstream from the both the Tri-County Joint Municipal Water Authority plant and the Clyde Mine Treatment Facility. “The testing should provide key scientific markers as to the extent of any problem as well as any cause,” said Snyder, who has been meeting frequently with DEP officials since the reports first surfaced. “Protecting Read more


Snyder: Study finds negligible radiation in Ten Mile Creek

(Jul 23, 2015)

HARRISBURG, July 23 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said that independent analyses by the West Virginia Water Research Institute found vastly reduced radiation levels in contrast to 2014 test results from Ten Mile Creek in Greene County. “This is the first of the exhaustive testing planned for the creek, but today’s results indicate no dangerous levels of radiation,” said Snyder, who has pushed for increased monitoring and analysis of the waterway, which supplies public water in the area. “No one is resting easy, but it is encouraging that zero or negligible levels of Radium 226 and 228 were detected.” Snyder said the results from June 25 testing at four sites found: No levels exceeding federal Safe Drinking Water Act limits; A gross alpha radiation -- energy released from decaying radioactive elements -- reading near the Clyde Mine less than half of what was detected in the 2014 study; Zero traces of Radium 226 at Cumberland and Clyde mines’ discharge sites; Fractional Radium 226 levels – well below SDWA limits -- at a Smith Creek tributary and at Ten Mile Creek at Sugar Camp Road; and Only miniscule Radium 228 levels at all four testing sites. “The results are highly technical, but I have been assured that they are generally encouraging and should begin to reassure residents about the safety of Ten Mile Creek,” Snyder said. “Even those without a scientific Read more


Snyder salutes Jefferson-Morgan’s WPIAL champion softball team

(Jul 10, 2015)

JEFFERSON, July 10 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, feted the Jefferson-Morgan High School girls’ softball team for its triumphant season, which included the Rocket’s first-ever Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League softball championship. The ceremony Thursday night at the elementary school also enabled the community to express their condolences to the family of Chris Dugan, a Rockets assistant coach who died from cancer May 15 at age 45. “The team was magnificent during its march to the district championship and into the state tourney despite the heartbreak of losing a revered coach and family member,” said Snyder, a Jefferson-Morgan alumnus who presented the team and its coaches a citation from the state House of Representatives recognizing their achievements, sacrifices and sportsmanship. “It was a storybook, yet bittersweet season for a wonderful team and their coaches.” The Rockets compiled a 16-3 overall record, including a four-game winning streak through the WPIAL Class A championship that was capped by a 3-2 victory over Chartiers-Houston. The winning continued before ending with a 1-0 loss in 10 innings to Cochranton, Crawford County, in the state quarterfinals. The team, led by head coach Tony Barbetta, was composed of Nikki Venick, Morgan Kendall, Madison Dupont, Camryn Dugan, Jessica Taylor, Reagan Rush, Madison Ludrosky, Katey Wolf, Morgan Gamble, Kayla Yorko, Brooke Diamond, Read more


Snyder Stands Up For Students and Homeowners

(Jun 27, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam Synder voted “no” on a bad Pennsylvania budget that does nothing to help restore school funding cuts that have hurt students in our area and does nothing to reduce property taxes for homeowners. Read more


Snyder: Inadequate state budget deserves veto

(Jun 24, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the spending plan passed Saturday largely along party lines in the state House fails on measures crucial to Pennsylvanians – education funding and property tax relief. “Pennsylvanians want a state budget that makes education a priority while providing statewide property tax relief,” Snyder said. “The proposal passed Saturday repeats the last four years of failed strategies. It deserves an immediate veto.” Snyder said House Democrats were not included in the formulation of the spending plan that she voted against and Gov. Tom Wolf has vowed to veto. “Pennsylvanians want real property tax relief and education funding that works,” Snyder said. “Yet, this budget fails at both.” Snyder said the plan, which now heads to the state Senate, provides one-quarter of the funding needed to begin restoring cuts to public education. “It also is bereft of property tax relief needed so desperately by the middle class and older Pennsylvanians,” Snyder said. “I lament the time lost on this partisan attempt, and look forward to sitting down and crafting a serious plan to address the needs of the 50 th Legislative District and all of Pennsylvania.” Read more