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
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