Thursday, May 4, 2017

Senate Environmental Committee To Consider Nomination Of Patrick McDonnell To Be DEP Secretary May 9

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, Thursday announced the Committee will hold a confirmation hearing May 9 to consider the nomination of Patrick McDonnell to serve as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection.
If approved by the Committee and confirmed by the full Senate, Mr. McDonnell would succeed John Quigley as Secretary of the Department, who resigned in May 2016.
Prior to serving as Acting DEP Secretary, Mr. McDonnell served as director of policy for the Department, where he oversaw the agency’s regulation and policy development processes.
In addition, Mr. McDonnell ran the State Energy Office and was charged with coordination of renewable energy and energy efficiency issues.
Prior to returning to DEP, Mr. McDonnell was executive policy manager for former Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer of the Public Utility Commission, focusing on electric, natural gas and water issues as well as cybersecurity and the impact of environmental regulation on energy markets.
Previously, Mr. McDonnell spent 13 years with DEP in a variety of roles. As deputy secretary for administration, he managed the budget, human resources, information technology and oversaw the facilities management functions of the agency.
He also previously served as policy director and as an assistant to the special deputy secretary. He began his career at DEP working in the State Energy Office on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building projects.
The Senate has until May 23 to act on the nomination.
The hearing will be held in room 8-EA of the East Wing of the Capitol Building starting at 9:00 a.m.  Click Here to watch the hearing live online.
Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) serves as Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Committee and can be contacted by sending email to:   Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by sending email to:

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