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July 31, 2014
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"Last year, Lake Wallenpaupack's first known bald eagle pair successfully raised an eaglet at Kipp Island, and so far this spring we've received several reports of eagles on the island," said Paul Canevari, PPL's community relations director for the Pocono region.

The Kipp Island nest is just one of the nests established by bald eagles and other threatened birds of prey in the Lake Wallenpaupack area.

Kipp Island, the second largest on the lake, will reopen for public recreation at the end of July, when the nesting season for eagles has ended.

Milk exempted from oil spill regs

NATION — Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formally exempted milk and milk containers from the Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure rule, potentially saving the milk and dairy industries more than $140 million a year, according to the agency.

Since the 1970s, milk had been considered the same pollutant threat as oil. That’s because all kinds of oils, including animal fats and vegetable oils, had been considered oils under the EPA rule, with special requirements for storage and handling to keep them out of waterways.

Statuory requirements for farmers included measures such as building concrete dikes around milk tanks, drafting milk spill hazard control plans and reporting a spill when milk ends up on the ground.

The spill-prevention requirements on milk were never actually enforced, but the potential for enforcement remained, and farming groups have been pushing for an exemption for some time.

Samuel Kieffer, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau's national governmental relations director, said, "There were two different deadlines where EPA said, 'Be prepared to do this.' There was the uncertainty of the farmers getting their ducks in a row and worried EPA would come on their farm and stick it to them."

EPA said it acted to formally exempt the dairy industry from the rules "as part of the Obama administration's efforts to make regulations more effective and eliminate unnecessary burdens."