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Rachel McDevitt

Rachel McDevitt is a reporter for StateImpact Pennsylvania at WITF.

Rachel joined WITF in 2017 as the host of All Things Considered. She previously reported for WITF’s Radio Pennsylvania Network, where her work earned the National Association of State Radio Network’s award for best feature two years in a row. The western Pennsylvania native started her journalism career with the CBS affiliate in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Rachel is a graduate of Temple University.

Latest by Rachel McDevitt

Researchers find spreading drilling wastewater on Pa. roads can lead to harmful runoff

Contaminants such as salts, metals, and radioactive elements found in the runoff were at levels higher than what’s considered healthy for people and the environment.

By Rachel McDevitt

A new Pa. law aims to address old gas well cleanup. It could make the problem worse, critics say

Gov. Wolf said the law eliminates the state’s authority to impose stricter requirements than what’s needed under Pa. law, even if more stringent requirements are mandatory parts of the federal program.

By Rachel McDevitt

Updated: July 26, 2022 | 4:25 pm

Environmentalists hail latest Pennsylvania budget, even as a key climate program is on hold

Pennsylvania’s new state budget gives more money to environmental agencies and a chunk to put toward a maintenance backlog at state parks.

By Rachel McDevitt

Updated: July 8, 2022 | 4:16 pm

Pennsylvania’s climate rule paused until trial this fall

Pennsylvania’s regulation allowing the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative took effect July 1, making it the first major fossil fuel-producing state to price carbon emissions.

By Rachel McDevitt

SCOTUS EPA ruling a set-back for climate regulations, but Pennsylvania retains power to set limits, lawyers say

Pennsylvania has its own law governing air pollution that gives the state Department of Environmental Protection authority.

By Rachel McDevitt

Poll: 75% of Pennsylvanians accept evidence of climate change

The poll included more than 400 people statewide and has a margin of error of 5.5 percent.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pennsylvania drops a major source of methane from new rule to limit emissions

DEP said it is considering how to tackle emissions from conventional wells and hopes to have a rule before the end of the year.

By Rachel McDevitt

Activists bring climate clock to Pennsylvania capitol to urge lawmaker action

Unveiling the clock was the final piece of a three-day event called the Pennsylvania Climate Convergence.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pennsylvania solar companies breathe easier as threat of tariffs is paused

President Joe Biden is using executive power to suspend any new tariffs on solar products from the four southeast Asia countries for two years.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pennsylvania natural gas hits highest price in last decade, report says

Natural gas prices hit an average of $4.10 per million British thermal units in the first three months of 2022.

By Rachel McDevitt