No More “Acting” for Pat McDonnell – Confirmed PA DEP Secretary

No more “acting” for Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP). In May 2016, DEP Secretary John Quigley was fired for using a PRIVATE email account to collude with his Big Green friends to try and bully PA’s legislators into supporting his onerous proposed regulations (see Smoking Gun: Copy of the Email that Got John Quigley Fired). Richly deserved. The man who took his place as Acting Secretary is Patrick McDonnell, a 19-year veteran of the DEP. Pat made it clear from the beginning he’d like to move from “acting” to full Secretary. It took Wolf long enough, but finally last September he put Pat’s name forward as permanent DEP Secretary (see Gov. Wolf Nominates Pat McDonnell to Head PA DEP, Finally). We’re not sure what the holdup was, but the PA Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee finally held a hearing and grilled McDonnell a few weeks ago, after which the panel voted to recommend he be confirmed (see PA DEP Acting Secretary McDonnell Will Soon Drop “Acting” from Title). We’re happy (we think) to announce that Pat McDonnell was confirmed by a full vote by the PA Senate. The vote was unanimous…

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