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Former Pa. environment secretary to lead green lobbying group

PennFuture announced Monday that Patrick McDonnell will start as its President and CEO in October.

By Rachel McDevitt

DEP hears concerns over evaporator at western Pa. landfill that processes fracking waste

DEP’s proposed plan approval would allow for the temporary operation of the evaporator for 180 days to process 45,000 gallons of leachate per day.

By Julie Grant/The Allegheny Front

What to know about Pa. DEP’s newest plan to reduce pollution to the Chesapeake Bay

The agency isn’t certain where all the money will come from to pay for what it has planned. The effects of climate change have driven the price higher.

By Adriana Delagarza

Green groups give mixed review of Pa. DEP head as he leaves agency

Some environmental groups praised Secretary Patrick McDonnell’s work on climate change while others said he didn’t do enough.

By Rachel McDevitt

Updated: May 23, 2022 | 8:38 pm

Pennsylvania’s top environmental regulator to step down

Pennsylvania’s Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell will be replaced in July

By Rachel McDevitt

DEP looks to add 40 staff to oversee water programs

Gov. Tom Wolf’s final budget proposal calls for a $5 million increase to the Department of Environmental Protection to hire new staff.

By Rachel McDevitt

Updated: February 16, 2022 | 5:53 pm

High-ranking oil and gas official resigns from DEP

As of Friday, Scott Perry is no longer Deputy Secretary for Oil and Gas Management at DEP, an agency spokesman confirmed in an email.

By Rachel McDevitt

Updated: October 5, 2021 | 5:52 pm

Pa. charges Energy Transfer with environmental crimes over Mariner East pipeline project

The company has already paid more than $20 million in fines for more than 120 violations of the state’s Clean Streams Law. That same law is the basis for the criminal charges announced Tuesday.

By Susan Phillips

DEP to require landfills to test for radioactivity from fracking waste

Leachate is tested for dozens of potential pollutants. But until now, landfills haven’t had to test it for radium, a radioactive material common in oil and gas waste.  

By Reid Frazier
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