Bedrin Named as Pennsylvania DEP Chief Counsel

Mar 05, 1999, 00:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of General Counsel

    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
     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