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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

Updated: December 2, 2022 | 2:37 pm

Pennsylvania emissions rule for conventional oil and gas sites moves ahead

The Environmental Quality Board voted 16-2 to adopt the rule limiting emissions of volatile organic compounds and methane at existing conventional gas sites.

By Rachel McDevitt

Emissions limits on conventional oil and gas wells to get emergency vote by Pa. regulators

Pennsylvania environmental regulators are meeting Wednesday to vote on an emergency measure to limit emissions from some oil and gas sites.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pennsylvania boosts carbon capture research with investment in state geological survey

Pennsylvania core samples have a lot of value for researchers now looking for the best places to inject carbon dioxide, so it can’t reach the atmosphere.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pa. Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan falls short for third time, EPA says

The federal government says it will continue heightened enforcement in the state indefinitely.

By Rachel McDevitt

Tom Wolf’s Pa. climate program awaits court decision after GOP, industry challenge

Attorneys for industry groups and Republican state lawmakers say RGGI is an unconstitutional tax on power plants by the executive branch.

By Rachel McDevitt

Josh Shapiro could set new tone with legislature on climate, ex-DEP secretary says

Shapiro’s political background will likely help as he negotiates his environmental priorities.

By Rachel McDevitt

Climate change prompts Pa. farmers to adapt crops and businesses

As the climate changes and brings more risks to the traditional farming schedule, farmers are looking for ways to make sure their crops survive.

By Rachel McDevitt

York County creek worst in the country for PFAS pollution, study says

The Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper found high levels of chemicals known as PFAS in the Kreutz Creek Watershed in York County.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pa. moves natural gas well emissions rule forward, seeks to beat federal deadline

The Environmental Quality Board on Wednesday approved the rule on emissions of volatile organic compounds at shallower, conventional well sites.

By Rachel McDevitt

Updated: October 3, 2022 | 5:47 pm

Pa. needs to finish emissions regulations for oil and gas sites by December or face sanctions, EPA says

The Environmental Protection Agency has warned of impending sanctions if Pa. does not submit plans to reduce emissions of VOCs at oil and gas sites by Dec. 16.

By Rachel McDevitt