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


With solar on the rise in Pa., some worry the panels will be harmful. Scientists say most fears have been disproven

Scientists say the outcomes of studies are not as well known as the initial concerns.

By Rachel McDevitt

State gives $34 million for water cleanup

The largest share is going to efforts in the south central part of the state.

By Rachel McDevitt

Environmentalists see opportunity for legislature in 2021, but also expect repeats of old fights

The General Assembly’s Republican leadership hasn’t yet discussed legislative priorities for the upcoming term.

By Rachel McDevitt

Top stories of 2020: The fight over RGGI

DEP released a draft plan to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in February. Republicans and industry groups pushed back.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pennsylvania’s alternative energy goals set to flatline next year, unless legislature acts

Advocates for raising the standards say it will create jobs and help address climate change.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pennsylvania is on the cusp of a solar energy boom. Some communities want to fight it.

Solar developers proposed more than 200 projects in Pennsylvania in 2020. Many are slated for rural townships, which haven’t traditionally hosted energy projects.

By Rachel McDevitt

State gives $2.5 million to Pitt to study health impacts of fracking

The money will fund two observational epidemiological studies to be finished within two years.

By Rachel McDevitt

Federal agency approves transfer of TMI-2 for decommissioning

TMI-2 Solutions is one of a few companies that aim to turn a profit by dismantling nuclear sites using less money than what’s in a dedicated fund.

By Rachel McDevitt

Central Pa. counties get $6M to help reduce pollution headed to the Chesapeake Bay

The Department of Environmental Protection is awarding 2020 Environmental Stewardship Fund grants to Adams, Bedford, Centre, Cumberland, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties.

By Rachel McDevitt

Can Biden’s climate plan spark cooperation in Pa.? Some see possible common ground in jobs, infrastructure

Republican lawmakers have resisted Wolf administration climate-change efforts. But a different national tone could encourage efforts to compromise.

By Rachel McDevitt
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