Rachel McDevitt | StateImpact Pennsylvania

Rachel McDevitt

Rachel McDevitt is a reporter for StateImpact Pennsylvania at WITF.

Rachel joined WITF in 2017 as the host of Fresh Air and 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


Three Mile Island operator, surrounding communities to scale back emergency planning for shuttered site

Starting in January 2021, Exelon won’t have to maintain a 10-mile planning zone around the plant and it can end off-site radiation monitoring and regular siren tests.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pa. produces a lot of greenhouse gases, but its Republican-led legislature isn’t acting on climate change — even as scientists say the clock is ticking

Political observers point to a few reasons why Pennsylvania doesn’t act more aggressively: Climate change often takes a backseat to other pressing issues, the discussion remains deeply partisan, and the fossil fuel industry holds a lot of influence in the natural gas-rich state.

By Rachel McDevitt

Green stimulus proposal calls for departure from legislative business as usual

The PennFuture report calls for supporting Pennsylvania’s nature-based tourism, agriculture and renewable energy sectors while creating a modern-day Civilian Conservation Corps to help ease unemployment. But some of its proposals have already been snubbed by the Republican-led legislature.

By Rachel McDevitt

Updated: July 14, 2020 | 5:58 pm

Wolf, legislature draw closer to more tax breaks for the natural gas industry

The compromise measure lowers the size of the tax break from more than $1 billion to $670 million over 25 years.

By Rachel McDevitt

Are gas royalty owners buyers or sellers? In a court fight over royalties, the answer to that question could make all the difference to landowners

The state attorney general’s office says when someone sells drilling rights to a company, they should be covered under the consumer protection law. Drillers in the lawsuit argue the landowners aren’t buying anything — so they’re not protected consumers.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pa. House moves to block RGGI entrance as DEP estimates it will save money and lives

The House voted 130-71 Wednesday to prevent the state joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative through executive action.

By Rachel McDevitt

Republican lawmakers defend shale gas industry after grand jury report says state failed to protect public health from fracking

Some GOP lawmakers reacted to the report by saying the shale gas industry is “one of the most regulated in the nation,” and they were “offended” at the report’s characterization of the industry.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pa. lawmakers hear from industry, environmental advocates on impact of cap-and-trade program

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy committee on Tuesday invited regulators, industry representatives, and environmental advocates to talk about the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

By Rachel McDevitt

Impact fees collected from gas drillers dropped in 2019

Pennsylvania collected about 20 percent less in impact fees from natural gas drillers last year than in 2018, according to the Public Utility Commission. 

By Rachel McDevitt

House committee takes first step to block Pa.’s entry into regional cap-and-trade program

The bill would bar the Department of Environmental Protection from taking any action that is designed to control carbon dioxide emissions, including participation in a regional greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program such as RGGI, unless the action is authorized by the General Assembly.  

By Rachel McDevitt
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