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


DEP looks to address environmental justice concerns in RGGI rule

An update to the proposed regulation to join the cap-and-trade program adds a set of equity principles and a commitment to assess air quality.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pennsylvania’s first green hydrogen plant planned for Lancaster County

Green hydrogen is seen as a possible solution for industries with hard-to-cut emissions, like shipping and aviation

By Rachel McDevitt

Community group created to advise TMI cleanup

Decommissioning company EnergySolutions agreed to work with a citizen committee after state regulators objected to accelerated plans to dismantle the site last year.

By Rachel McDevitt

Wolf Administration to buy half of state government’s electricity from solar

The projects spread across six counties will add 191 megawatts of solar energy in the state, nearly double how much is produced statewide now.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pa. elected officials calling for feds to support transition to cleaner cars

Some state representatives and local officials want Congress to support stronger clean car standards and invest in a transition to electric vehicles.

By Rachel McDevitt

Midstate county seeks input on how to address climate change

Cumberland County is part of the state’s Local Climate Action Program, a statewide effort to encourage local governments to prepare for climate change.

By Rachel McDevitt

Chesapeake Energy to pay $5.3 million in settlement with AG

Under the settlement with Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, landowners will get paid up to $700 and can renegotiate their leases.

By Rachel McDevitt

Talen Energy agrees to protect Montour Preserve as part of coal phase-out plan

Conservationists say the agreement is a win for water quality and recreation in the middle Susquehanna watershed.

By Rachel McDevitt

One day, two hearings: Fossil fuels shift climate change messaging; Dems show rift on green transition

Two state capitol hearings featured coal and gas boosters, but scientists say we must phase out emissions by 2050 to avoid climate change’s worst effects.

By Rachel McDevitt

Mariner East project penalized for dozens of violations in Lebanon County

The incidents include a 200-gallon spill at sites along Snitz Creek.

By Rachel McDevitt
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