HARRISBURG, Pa., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Paul A. Tufano, general counsel to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, today announced his appointment of Michael D. Bedrin as the chief counsel at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Bedrin, of Mountaintop, Luzerne County, is regional counsel for DEP's Wilkes-Barre Office, a position he has held since creation of the regional legal office in 1989. In this capacity, Bedrin supervises the legal staff and provides counsel and litigation support to environmental protection programs involving air and water quality; waste management; drinking water supplies; hazardous sites; remediation; and land recycling. As DEP chief counsel, Bedrin will oversee one of the largest environmental law practices in the country. DEP attorneys provide legal representation and litigation support to assist the department in developing, implementing and enforcing regulatory programs to protect the Commonwealth's environment. His duties will include supervising a staff of more than 75 attorneys in nine units and six regional offices across the Commonwealth; handling litigation; reviewing legislation; drafting and approving contracts and regulations; and acting as liaison with legal counsels for other agencies at federal, state and local levels. A 1980 graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, Bedrin earned a bachelor's degree with honors. Bedrin received his law degree from Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh in 1986.
SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of General Counsel