PA DEP Acting Secretary McDonnell Will Soon Drop “Acting” from Title

Patrick McDonnell Acting Secretary, DEP

It won’t be long now and Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection won’t have to “act” any more. 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 in 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 has been, but the PA Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee finally held a hearing and grilled McDonnell yesterday, after which the panel voted to recommend he be confirmed. The full Senate has until May 23rd to cast that vote, which we expect they will do…

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