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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

Where Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidates stand on energy, climate issues

StateImpact Pennsylvania checked in on how climate change and energy issues are playing out in the race for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pennsylvania governor candidates show support for fossil fuels, ignore climate in runup to primary

StateImpact Pennsylvania checked in on how climate change and energy issues are playing out in the state’s race for governor.

By Rachel McDevitt

Court battle over Pennsylvania climate rule set to begin

Coal and labor groups and power plant owners are suing the Department of Environmental Protection, saying the rule will cause them irreparable harm.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pennsylvania solar projects held up by federal probe, group says

The U.S. Commerce Department is trying to find out if China is avoiding tariffs on solar panels by setting up factories in four countries in Southeast Asia.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pennsylvania’s climate rule met with applause and court threats upon finalization

Joining RGGI is the centerpiece of Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to address climate change.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pennsylvania air quality shows little improvement in latest State of the Air report

Even though the new review includes data from 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic limited travel, there wasn’t a significant improvement in air quality.

By Rachel McDevitt

Wolf’s climate rule to be published, making Pa. first fossil fuel state to price carbon

The state can be a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative once the rule that allows joining is published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Saturday.

By Rachel McDevitt

New study takes close look at where to protect at-risk species

Rare species in Pennsylvania include six types of federally endangered freshwater mussels found in the Allegheny and Delaware rivers.

By Rachel McDevitt

Updated: April 5, 2022 | 7:46 pm

Commonwealth Court pauses Pennsylvania’s effort to enact climate rule

Publishing the rule would make it official, positioning Pennsylvania to become the first major fossil fuel-producing state to put a price on carbon emissions.

By Rachel McDevitt

Lawmakers move to block Pennsylvania from climate program, offer federal money instead

Wolf has vetoed a similar attempt before. But this time, Republicans say they’re offering a solution.

By Rachel McDevitt