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Quick hits: Pennsylvania news in brief for Wednesday, Nov. 13

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DCNR announces millions in grants for trail projects

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has awarded grants in three regions for new trail projects.

The counties of Luzerne and Lackawanna received a $2 million grant, one for a 10-mile multiuse trail that runs along a former trail line and another for a three-mile walking and biking path.

Philadelphia received $1.02 million for four projects, one that is part of a project that links the city’s trail.

A $900,000 grant was given to Clarion County for two trail projects. One of the grants is for two miles along the Armstrong Trail near the south part of the Brady Tunnel. The second one will create eight miles of trail called the Knox Kane Rail Trail.

eWIC now available in all Pennsylvania counties

Electronic access to Pennsylvania’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is now available in Bucks, Delaware and Philadelphia counties, according to the Wolf administration.

The addition of the three counties gives families access in all of the commonwealth’s 67 counties.

“Families throughout Pennsylvania will now be able to use the eWIC card instead of a paper check to purchase nutritious food,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “This will allow for WIC families to visit a grocery store and purchase food as they need it instead of just once a month.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds the program.

Bucks County PFA contamination traced to 1986 tire fire

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) says a 1986 tire fire in Bucks County is behind perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination at the Ridge Run PFAS HSCA Site.

The fire involved tires and was extinguished with firefighting foam, according to a statement from the DEP. The property owner has been identified and deemed responsible under the Pennsylvania Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act of 1988.

The investigation began in 2016 when a public well was found to contain PFAS.

Work will begin with additional sampling to determine what additional cleanup is needed.

Food manufacturer bringing 134 jobs to Pennsylvania

Food processor Stuffed Puffs will invest $31.5 million and bring 134 jobs to Pennsylvania by 2020, according to an announcement by Gov. Tom Wolf’s office.

The company is locating in a 150,000 square-foot building in Hanover Township in Northampton County and will make chocolate stuffed marshmallows, the announcement said.

The company received two grants from the Department of Community and Economic Development – one a $670,000 Pennsylvania First grant and $140,000 for workforce training and development. The company also received $268,000 in job creation tax credits.

Operations are scheduled to begin in May.